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I love Autumn!

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 18, 2014, 6:25 PM

I bet you do too!  It's more of a planting season here in Phoenix as the winters are mild.  So I'm still messing around with flower boxes.  I hope your fall is going well.

The Addison's symptoms (Adrenal Insufficiency) symptoms are up and down.  I'm no longer in danger of dying from it. I feel more stable, I'm getting some adrenal hormones now, but I'm still working through things.   There have been rough days and better days.  I'm a fighter, so I will manage.  Just a couple of notes:

I updated my favorites section, separating photos by fine art pieces.  Cleaned out 70 pages of images I wouldn't use for a reference or a learning material.  So I've updated both image blogs linked down below.  Lots of romantic, misty, soft lit images of inspiration.

I'm starting a series called Grimoire.  I'm excited about it.  It's all the narrative stuff inside my head I'm afraid to say out loud because I'm a horrible introvert.  Fantasy witchcraft sort of imagery, think Practical Magic meets art.  Fantasy art is my happy place, so I'm choosing to go there and do so with the random thoughts I have during the day, dreams, ideas, etc.
The starting purpose of the series is to create a narrative back and forth.  I've played with text some, my professors didn't like the idea for "fine art".  I'm not a sequential artist, per say, but I think it can be narrative with text and still work out fine.  I've never thought of myself as making great text work by hand, my handwriting is kind of scrawly.  But I think the message is key and it'll stand on it's own.

I had a dream when I was a young girl, about 6.  I was being chased by these two scary people and I ran into the woods.  Along the way, I tripped and fell into a deep ravine.  Inside the ravine, I was invisible from the outside world.  Almost like an invisible bubble.  There was a cobblestone path and I followed it into this small village of cottage houses.  They were in a circular pattern and in the center of the circle there was a great big cauldron and fire.  And all these witches were dancing around it.  
I don't know where the dream came from, but it's always been a pleasant feeling, like a safe place.
So that's where some of the new ideas are coming from.

[Counting Constellations.]

[Cosmic Gardens.]

[Stamp Collection]


Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I grew up in rural Mississippi in indiscriminate 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. I took a detour from grad school and managed with teaching and making art in the field until I finally got the news.

The spinal cord injury I have as an adult likely came from the bad decision of an anesthesiologist when I had surgery at age 20. I went 10 years before a neurologist discovered the mass in my spine. It is inoperable, but life threatening if it continues to grow. I went through radiation to chance stopping the growth. Afterwards, I've lost most of my ability to walk and constantly deal with severe chronic nerve pain. Every day is a struggle to stay on my feet.

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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LEVIATAN-666 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Lovely work,bonito trabajo.Hug 
lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Muchas gracias, mi amigo.  :hug:
LEVIATAN-666 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Sherlock Holmes Hug 
justcallmemike Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing workks ... :D
lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
Imaginata Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Your work is really lovely :)
lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for stopping by to say such kind words.  :hug:
Imaginata Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
No problem :)
ImRandall Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Photographer

Thank you so much for the fav.. If you can coment I aprecciate even more. Anyway, thank you again :dummy: 

Lore-Studio Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just so you know, your art is beautiful. :)
lavonia Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :huggle:
BrianMPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the FAVE!
skylite-compass Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the watch and favs!
Yassnuts Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
wow, beautiful work!
thank you for the favourite (:
lavonia Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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