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This is an older painting (as one of my collectors said "from your impressionistic period"... :). There is something impressionistic in it, isn't there? No clear edges, everything flowing into everything -- the sunlight and tomatoes reflected in the bottle, the olive oil filtering this light before it falls on the right side of tomatoes, and the tomatoes just enjoying the company and the warmth. 

For a long time, it has been brightening our own kitchen wall... It's a very kitchen-y painting, after all -- filled with light, the atmosphere of a summer Sunday, the anticipation of Italian-style brunch after a visit to farmers market. 

I have now released it exclusively as a "thank you" painting for people who support my work on Patreon -- just click here to reserve it as your own reward (and for your own kitchen): http://lenalevin.com/gal/Patr-2/12. 
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Excellent painting Lena Levin +++♤
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Good morning, dear friends, and fair time of day!

This still life is one of the paintings that are now available exclusively through Patreon, as my way of saying "thank you" for your support. 

https://www.patreon.com/lenalevin?ty=h

The painting can live with you as long as you wish, for monthly support which amounts to, more or less, one visit to Starbucks (or something like this)... So check this idea out if you are interested -- just click the link above to see the details of my idea!
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We like to think that mastery expands our abilities, but it has the power to limit them, too. This phenomenon, and how to deal with it, is what this blog post is about.
Picasso said once that it took him four years to paint like Rafael, and a lifetime to paint like a child. I believe he knew — consciously or not — that knowledge, and even mastery…
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+Lena Levin​ Today enrolled in Coursera "Learning how to learn" course. Looks very interesting after 1st few videos etc. I am "into It! " Thx.
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Today's work -- Monday warm-up (20"x10"). Just a still life. I am inclined to call it just "This". 
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Long time no see... finally, today's work: first day for sonnet 75 ("... or gluttoning on all, or all away")
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Today in the studio... this was the first for me: I actually used this little ladder to reach the top third of the composition. 

My usual set-up doesn't work for paintings this large (60"x60").

Actually, such balancing acts as I did with myself on the ladder, the brushes somewhere on the left, and the palette below on the right -- such balancing acts are supposed to be good for "getting in the flow" (or for "being present"): when the body feels it's about to lose the balance, the mind (kind of) concentrates. Still, I think for the top right square, I'll have to lower the collage to the floor -- but I cannot do it myself without ruining the whole thing... 
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wonderful..................
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Today's work -- sonnet 76: for as the sun is daily new and old, so is my love still telling what is told...
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Good morning, dear friends, and fair time of day. I have some news -- over the last month, I've been working on creating this opportunity for you to have an original painting of mine in your home with your budget barely noticing it. All the explanations of how it works are on my main Patreon page linked below!

The set of paintings participating in this first experimental stage is limited, so please check it out NOW if you are interested -- it's all first-come, first-serve. 

And please share this post if you know someone who might be interested in this opportunity -- it will be greatly appreciated!
Patreon is empowering a new generation of creators. Support and engage with artists and creators as they live out their passions!
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I'll be happy to answer your questions. This post is public, but you can e-mail me at lena AT lenalevin.com (replace AT with @)
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Today's work -- Returned to this still life for today's practice.

If you've noticed that it's not quite what I've been doing lately, that's because I am trying this way to shake off the "Einstellung" thing I wrote about yesterday: 
http://sonnetsincolour.org/2015/07/on-the-danger-of-einstellung-in-art/
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Today's work -- my third day with Sonnet 75: Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day, or gluttoning on all, or all away. 

What I am after here is a rhythmic interplay of busy & colorful areas and "empty" ("all away") areas. As the painting moves towards final stages, one spends less time actually painting and more looking at it from afar and listening to what is to be done. Sometimes the answers seem waaay too risky, but it's no good not to follow them anyway... 
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Some Saturday reading for you -- on the meaning of colors, foundations of abstractionism, and saying "yea" to life...
Have you ever wondered whether colours feel the same for you and other people? Is your sensation of a certain colour unique, or is it more or less the same for everyone? I was fascinated…
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I haven't been here for a while -- that's because I am trying to work on about three new projects at the same time, two of which might be of interest to you guys... Yes, that's supposed to intrigue you, if anyone is here on Friday night. For now, a new blog post on why it makes sense to stay with a painting even if it doesn't "resonate"... 
For several weeks in autumn 1907, Rainer Maria Rilke was visiting Cézanne’s memorial retrospective in Paris nearly every day, and spent hours in front of his paintings. This encounter has transformed him, as a man…
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Ahhhh, yes I now follow. For me, both my experience of life and painting changed and continue to change with the integration of new experiences. The foundational core changes more slowly though and there are constants - such as the use of paints and photography rather than clay and stone. I am fascinated by this process of expanded exploration and expression that to the viewer may only seem slight. On the inside these discoveries seem more profound. 
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Bay Area, CA
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St. Petersburg, Russia - Bielefeld, Germany - Leiden, the Netherlands
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Painter of poems
Introduction
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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  • Painting
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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