Seven weeks, seven masterpieces of painting, seven practices of seeing to take into your daily life and enhance the beauty of your world. Learn …
Learning the art of seeing from masters of painting
About this site
My name is Lena Levin. I am an artist, and a lover and scholar of art. I live and work in Fremont, California. Read my story, and/or see my work. The two self-study programs above consolidate the most important lessons in active and contemplative seeing that have crystalized in years and years of painting practice and studies.
The "Art of seeing" blog, on the other hand, is a record of what hasn't yet crystalized – my own journey towards cleansing the doors of perception. To help you decide whether it is something you would want to follow, here is the summary of 2016, and here is my plan for 2017, which is rather a deliberate absence of plans than a plan — because what I am exploring this year is living in the realm of freedom, unconstrained by any goals or plans.
I started this site in 2015 with a much loftier goal in mind, as an online service for anyone who loves painting but feels as an outsider in today's art world. For now, I am not sure whether this plan will ever come to fruition – whether my journey of freedom will take me in that direction at all – so I will just add links to a couple of resources you might find helpful if you are still reading this...
If you are interested in an in-depth self-directed study of painting, my recommendation would be Barry John Raybould's Virtual Art Academy — a serious, no-nonsense program, which I used myself to return to painting after a two decades long interruption.
If you are an artist struggling to make space for art in your life, and to find your place in the modern world, you may want to consider Jessica Serran's Becoming Artist programs. She offers everything from five-days "free challenges" to longer online courses to one-on-one coaching. I haven't participated in this program (so somewhat less confident in this recommendation), but I have followed her work for a while, and I believe she is really good at what she does.
For informal conversations among artists about painting life, and a thriving online community, probably the best place is Painters keys, originally started by Robert Genn and now supported by his daughter.