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Hitting the Restart Button

Because it may as well be the beginning of the year, this recently past first day of Spring. It's chilly and windy and the rains are coming in any minute now. No matter which direction you may be going in, I just know it will be the sort of wind-driven rain that thows itself directly into one's face. Cold. Wet. Annoying. And ultimately, cleansing.

first layer new painting by Alexandria LevinSo far this year I have begun many projects, and picked up others wherever they may have fallen. But what has actually been accomplished feels like one broken arm and – surprise – settling in a new cat! But I persevere, all striped and furry distractions aside.

To the right is my first painting begun after fracturing my arm last month. I'm right-handed, but my left hand has plenty of work to do during the process of painting. Squeezing paint tubes is quite the sore workout. The results are seen here in the very beginnings of the new piece. I am getting stronger each day.

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Fall Down, Go Boom

I'm taking a short break from painting... which was not exactly in the plans. I have four paintings in progress along with six freshly gessoed panels waiting for paint of their own... when I managed to break my arm slipping on the ice, which didn't look at all like ice, a few blocks from here. Ouch.

Good thing I got my shiny new health insurance in January. Next best thing to single payer.

Blue Clouds by Alexandria LevinThe break isn't too bad, just a small fracture, I'm in a wrist splint right now, and can type. I'll even try some drawing and watercolors in a few days. And even though I'm neat about most things in life, I'm not a tidy painter. Not at all. And I use both hands. I'll be painting again by early spring.

Meanwhile, I am finishing up the last bit of the annual update to my painting website. The rest is code, but 34 new paintings from 2013 are now up, and you can see them here. To the right is 'Blue Clouds', one of the smaller pieces.

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Waking Up Sleeping Things

Nothing like the flip of a calendar to start anew. The change of year is a time to assess, re-evaluate, get real. It's been a rough few years, no need to go into details here. If curious, you can see some of what I mean by really looking at the more recent work on my painting site, which will be updated with 2013 paintings later this month.

Drawing Out the Muses coverI will attend to this sorely-neglected blog at least once a month in 2014. I went to a Drupal conference this past fall, and learned that I am better off waiting until Drupal 8 is available. Bright Pink Smile will be my Drupal learning site. It will then evolve into a grown-up blog, with real blog features. This will be later this year or by early 2015.

My previous book on overcoming creative blocks has been revised and updated and is finally on the verge of being published as an ebook. Here is the new cover. The insides are in the final stages of being formatted for ebook.

And finally, I have been posting close-up details of my more recent paintings over at alexandria levin - art studio on Facebook. It's an interesting take on seeing brush strokes and other surface elements.

Happy New Year! Good morning. Now streeeeeetchhhh...

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