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Nearly three years and 2900 miles later...

Buoyancy by Alexandria Levin I've been settled now for almost six months. I remember telling myself, three years ago, that once I've been settled for six months, my life will finally restart.

I thought I was moving back to Boston in 2015. I was even accepted, from a few states over, into the Boston Redevelopment Agency's artist housing program (as a former resident and with enough credits to be considered an alumnus of Mass Art, I had something of an in). But it was not to be, due to the lack of availability of live-work space at that time. I am still partially in mourning for what could have been.

It was something of a journey, 2015, one of those turning point years. I've written about it extensively in lyric poetry, and painted about it some. These things take time to process. There will be more. The material is rich, and some aspects still need deeper expression.

Portland, Oregon is now my home. Well, actually, my residence is outside of Portland, but my painting studio is well inside the city limits. For the first time in over 20 years, I have a studio space in a studio building, and it's heaven. I've been working in this building since the Fall of 2016, but in my current space only since last August, and I've been painting whenever possible since the tail end of 2016. A few weeks ago, with much trial and error, I taught myself how to photograph my own work. Last week, I updated my painting site for the first time in three years, with 25 new paintings.

One of those new paintings is featured in this post, titled 'Buoyancy'. A larger version is on this page.

At the beginning of this year, I did another thing I have not done in quite awhile. I made a list of all the things I wanted to do, with realistic expectations. One was to post in here at least once a month, even if only five people end up reading it. Oops. I missed January. I'll make up for it this month.

It's good to see you again.

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