2010-s Decade

The Twenty-Tens

My 2010s started in Georgetown, DC and Portland, OR. Most of the 2010s I spent in Southern California, primarily in San Diego and Orange counties.

  1. In the year 2011, I moved to San Diego County, California, after considering other places on the Coast.
  2. In the year 2012, I lived in La Jolla, California, swam in the Pacific Ocean and hiked with camera a lot. I finally switched to acrylics in painting, and discovered technical pens for linework.
  3. In the year 2013, I finally bought my professional mirrorless filmmaking camera and rig.
  4. In the year 2014:
    1. I moved to South Park, and then to North Park neighborhoods of San Diego;
    2. drove an electric bike everywhere (for five months, then it was stolen) and rented electric smart cars;
    3. spent lots of time in Balboa Park, filmed a lot, made good friends, fell in love;
    4. volunteered for humanist non-profits, ushered in theaters;
    5. studied two full-time semesters: Business Law, English Composition and Critical Thinking, Field Media Production, and Documentary Film;
    6. started working in customer service part time, and for that switched to evening classes;
    7. and bought an old hybrid car with recycled plastic interior and textile seats.

I could not paint. Most of my finished artworks of that period are pen and ink or graphite miniatures.

  • 2015

    In 2015, I started a full-time Spring semester: Film Lighting, Small Business Accounting, Payroll, and Taxation. I was still working part time in La Jolla.

    In January, I got 97%+ on IRS advanced tax preparer exam. Till April, I volunteered to file taxes for low-income people every Saturday, driving far inland to small towns of San Diego county.

    In May, I finished a film lighting college course in downtown campus with an awesome professor of art directing who worked in the industry his whole life. One guy from our group became a rock-star in LA, another transferred to Berkley, one Girl went to a film school in New York, another moved to Arizona, and one became homeless, as I learned later.

    Then, I quit the exhausting international customer service job.

    By the end of May, I moved from the North Park in San Diego to Huntington Beach, Orange county, California, Adams street area. The beaches were gigantic, and the traffic was awful. People warned me about conservative Orange County, but at first, it seemed cool and promising.

    In nearby Costa Mesa, I studied history of cinema for Summer semester in the well equipped local college. The professor was a cinematographer who worked with big action movie makers.

    I started making art on the floor of my living room, with teens skating right in front of my open door. I made a couple illustrations, and had long-term corporate German students, and a few travelers and college kids.

    During that Summer, I produced and finished editing tree short documentary films, two of which got minor prizes on film festivals. I was also gathering footage for a feature film.

    In September, I started more filmmaking and studio-drawing courses, but I was not getting what I wanted, it did not justify my time investment. Life started to feel shorter.

  • 2016

    In 2016, I continued working on water-media paintings during my free time in a tiny quarter-studio in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California. I taught business and beginner German, took some translation work, had a small business, redesigned my investment portfolio, and got married!

  • 2017

    In 2017, my last year in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California I went to Europe in Spring, to Brussels for a friend's wedding, and then to Dusseldorf and a few other towns.

    I made great friends in Santa Ana and the city of Orange, California, where a fellow artist (in paper collage) organized downtown meetings, but also in other neighboring towns. I participated in many discussions on humanism and linguistics, went to fun parties and outdoor gatherings.

    By the end of the year though, I might have came close to a nervous breakdown. I could not relax, I cried at strange times and places. Even running along the Santa Ana River, 10K every morning, stopped giving me the same happiness. I still wonder how I came back to my usual self.

  • 2018

    In 2018, I moved from Huntington Beach, Orange County, to Oceanside, San Diego County, California. I founded an orchard, with many unexpected problems - most eventually resolved, and set up a new art studio.

  • 2019

    In 2019, I lived in Oceanside, California, and concentrated on life figure and portrait drawing and painting.

Texture of a Day December 2013
My Tracks on Last.fm 2008-2012 February 2019
My Music in 2010s December 2017
Meditative Drawing Rules April 2013
Intertwined Names February 2018
Creative Commons License - Email to my Filmmaking Group July 2018
Birthplace - Donetsk February 2018
All General Tags December 1999
Adulthood June 2021
1500 Meters Swim in 42 minutes September 2013


Lena Nechet, artist - Fine art, media productions, language.
San Diego, California , USA ,
Art@LenaNechet.com 323-686-1771