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Lena Levin
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Another auction release... Click through to zoom in and see the details!
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Bonsoir Lêna !
Toujours plaisant à regarder ...
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Even though I’ve known about the power of metaphors for a long time, I’ve never realised it so fully and viscerally as in painting of this sonnet. This clash between my belief about how I experience love, and the ease with which my mind swallows the love-as-ownership metaphor as a “fact” revealed rather painfully how little I know myself, and what a powerless slave of language I am.
Have you ever wondered, what is language and where it is? It’s in your brain, but it is also in other people’s brains — the same “thing” residing in millions of brains, and easily occupying…
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Just observed how internet algorithms outsmarted themselves: Facebook showed me an ad (sponsored by Saatchi) with my own painting... 
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Yes, it shows some ingenuity... and at least I know that Saatchi is doing something :)
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Today's work: two studies for sonnet 72, 18"x14" and 90 minutes each...
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So buty
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Releasing another painting...
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печально,я знаю...
привет Жене
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On painting and poetry, colours and language, and a biography of the colour Blue...  
Vincent Van Gogh once wrote to his sister that “it is possible to express poetry by means of a good arrangement of colours and nothing more”. What did he mean? There is a superficial answer…
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I think this question -- on how and when consciousness can take part "usefully", and when it should be "absent" -- might well be one of the core questions of our age.

As a matter of fact, I am not even sure anymore that this consciousness thing is the same for all of us -- at least, when I stopped (or rather tried to stop) making this assumption, I seem to be able to understand more of what people are trying to say (without automatically translating it in terms of my own mental life).
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Today's work: drawing meditation on sonnet 72
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In that case, you see more than I do...
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Today's work -- further work on one of the studies for sonnet 72
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Another new release: Timber Cave: Rhythms of Time (16"x20").

Ocean waves glide towards the shore in a slow rhythm, one after another, measuring the time like an ancient, gently murmuring clock. But there is a grander, slower rhythm, which looks like a frozen present to the human eye. Here and now, it seems that the shore is shaping the waves, constraining and breaking them, yet in the grand scheme of things, it's the other way round: the curves of the high shore have been molded by the tides over the centuries and centuries of steady beat. 

The most momentary of all — and most fleetingly picturesque — is the sea foam, its glistering fireworks erupting at the meeting point of water and earth, and disappearing in a matter of seconds. If the foam could think, it would probably imagine itself to be the main actor on this grand stage, the hero of the story being told — full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

Click through to Daily Paintworks to zoom in and see the details: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/lena-levin/timber-cave-rhythms-of-time/352323
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It is im imfres it sow cool
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Another painting listed -- this one for auction, with a low starting bid. One week, and it will revert to the regular price.
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Just sold two paintings today, and decided it's as good trigger as any to resume releasing paintings for sale -- an activity I've neglected for more than a year.

I've looked at my Daily Paintworks gallery, and I think some of them will have to be pulled down in the coming days -- I am in the mood for spring cleaning... So if you like any of them, I am open to any offers and negotiations right now. 
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de rien!! je vous en prie
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Rilke wrote:

“<...> every recognition (with very rare, unmistakable exceptions) should make one mistrustful of one’s own work. Basically, if it is good, one can’t live to see it recognized: otherwise it’s just half good and not reckless enough …”

Excerpt From: Rainer Maria Rilke. “Letters on Cézanne.”
When an artist achieves visibility in popular culture — when they become famous — their work is forever changed.
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St. Petersburg, Russia - Bielefeld, Germany - Leiden, the Netherlands
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I am a painter, a painter of poems; to read more about me and to see my portfolio and the list of available paintings, please visit my website at www.lenalevin.com

I run the +In Studio with Masters page here on G+, dedicated to studies from masters of painting.

+Terrill Welch and I run
G+ with brushes page, an on-going digest of original  paintings posted publicly on G+.

+Samantha Villenave and I run First Friday Art Walk, a monthly virtual art show on G+.
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Documented an endangered language
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Painter, linguist
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  • Institute for Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • University of Saint Petersburg
  • Uni Bielefeld
  • Leiden University
  • Stanford University
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Elena Maslova, Lena Shagina