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Journal Entry: Thu Feb 4, 2016, 11:41 AM


I haven't posted much art. For that, I am sorry. Still dealing with a lot of pain and the intensity of it has forced me off my feet. It took me a couple months to transition to using the wheelchair full time. It has been very time consuming. I am more comfortable now not walking, the pain got to causing blackouts and nausea. It is much easier to exercise with my bike instead, it doesn't cause the same level of pain as standing. I am happy pedaling along. I am rethinking my painting process a bit, something isn't working right. So I've been studying some books from painting masters. I blocked off a couple of boards for studies, so I should be able to do some painting studies soon. Sometimes you just need to prune back some branches to grow.



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lavonia
Lavonia
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I grew up in rural Mississippi in poverty. I have always been one part dreamer, one part do-er. So I spent my childhood chasing the sun through the trees and drawing unicorns and bugs and birds with colored jewels in their foreheads. I managed to work through a Bachelor's degree in art but by my graduation my health was failing. (My training was in Printmaking, lithography and linocut primarily.) I took a detour from grad school and managed with teaching and making art in the field until I finally got the news.

I went 10 years before a neurologist discovered a large mass in my spine. It is inoperable, but life threatening if it continues to grow. I went through radiation to chance stopping the growth; the damage to my spine and body from radiation has been difficult. Afterwards, I've lost most of my ability to walk and constantly deal with severe chronic nerve pain.

In many ways I'm tremendously reclusive. I don't think I made a conscious decision to start making art that was extremely personal but it somehow became my means of communication and conversation. Making a beautiful piece is part of my perfectionist personality, making a piece that says something personal is my way of connecting. I do that through a formula of one part reality, one part fantasy.
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George Romney by lavonia
George Romney
From the painter: George Romney. Phoenix Art Museum. Oil painting.  
Putting this master painting into the stock category for studies for artists.
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Jean-Baptiste Le Prince by lavonia
Jean-Baptiste Le Prince
From the painter: Jean-Baptiste Le Prince. Phoenix Art Museum. Oil painting.  
Putting this master painting into the stock category for studies for artists.
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Balthasar Beschey
From the painter:  Balthasar Beschey.  Phoenix Art Museum. Oil painting.  
Putting this master painting into the stock category for studies for artists.  From the 1700s, check how that oil paint held up.
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Monet's Flowering Arches by lavonia
Monet's Flowering Arches
From the painter: Monet. Phoenix Art Museum. Oil painting.  
Putting this master painting into the stock category for studies for artists.
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Alfred Bricher by lavonia
Alfred Bricher
From the painter: Alfred Bricher. Phoenix Art Museum. Oil painting.  
Putting this master painting into the stock category for studies for artists.
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:icondarkoantolkovic:
darkoantolkovic Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
Thank you very much for the fav.! :) 
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015   Photographer
Thank you for the favorites!  I'm really glad you enjoyed my photography!

Your drawings are absolutely lovely :heart:
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Aenea-Jones Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful DAy by KmyGraphic Heart-and-rosa by KmyGraphic
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:iconlavonia:
lavonia Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, you too.  :nod:
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:iconcelem:
Celem Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav: on my stone fort pic :)
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TheGhostSiren Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for favoring my work :blackrose:
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fave on my Terra costume! <3
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AileenLuib Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015   Photographer
Hiiii Lavonia! I just wanted to drop by and thank you for faving my photo!! :hug:

By the way, you have a gorgeous gallery! I'll be starting my weekly feature journal soon so please be sure to look out for your deviations!!! :)
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lavonia Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.  :)  Best wishes!
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ordilloart Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is awesome!  Reminds me of Audrey Kawasaki...you kind of have a similar style to  hers. Great stuff! :) (Smile) 
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lavonia Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.  :hug:
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LEVIATAN-666 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Lovely work,bonito trabajo.Hug 
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:iconlavonia:
lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Muchas gracias, mi amigo.  :hug:
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LEVIATAN-666 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Sherlock Holmes Hug 
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justcallmemike Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing workks ... :D
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