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The latest book and books-to-be

Songs in Search of a Tune is a collection of lyric poetry from a time of exquisite longing, a portrait of a mid-journey, misdirected and deeply felt. Written by a synesthetic visual artist, this book compliments the artistic impulse more often expressed in painting, when only words will do.

Producing and publishing this book has been a dream long delayed, finally realized in mid-2018. Two more volumes of lyric poetry are now in the works. Songs in Search of Tune, Volume 2 is due to be published sometime in 2021.

2018 Portland Open Studios blog post

Posted August, 15, 2018

Excerpted and paraphrased from Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence with the basic mathematical framework to get artists thinking about this critical issue. Click here to read the full blog post.

More news to come soon. 

LinkedIn Pulse articles

The Path to Inspiration Is Built with Creative Blocks

Eight ways to NOT set prices for your work; for artists, artisans, and other small-business people.

Consistency in Pricing for Visual Artists and Fine Crafters

Digital Images 101

Defining Success for Artists and Other Creative Folks

How to Check Your Career Level (for visual artists)

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This very website is brand new – designed and developed in the CSS Grid Layout – and Alexandria Levin can create a custom site for you too! She can also design and produce your poetry chapbook and/or any other book layout.

For super-creative, experienced, high-quality, organized, and well-recommended personal service, with on-time and on-budget excellent results, contact the author/designer at

Graphic and web design portfolio here:

Author’s blog: Bright Pink Smile

Bright Pink Smile was founded during the flea-bitten summer of 2009 as an independent and different sort of art blog; a place to opine, wax poetic, share inspiration, and vent steam. Bright Pink Smile offers advice, musings, and monthly creativity exercises. It is about being an artist, and is meant for artists and other curious folks.

Bright Pink Smile is on temporary haitus (with minor attention) while other projects are being persued. However, there is much good writing in the archives on the topic of being an artist.