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Summer blooms

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 16, 2016, 9:58 AM


Here in Phoenix the weather is now hot!  Phoenix Comicon saw 110 degrees or so.  :flame: I meant to post a weather warning, but living here, you tend to forget.  I tend to avoid going out midday when possible.  Going out in the morning and night, when the weather cools.

Just a heads up, I set up a new laptop.  Wider screen, I love it.  I installed Manga Studio (now Clip Studio).  I've also been updating my reference folders (printing lots o stuff), and it's been time consuming.  Not much time for drawing, so I'd dropped off to get that done.  You have to have working tools.   

I used to work with flexible references, say taking a photo of myself in a certain pose or something.  However, being in a wheelchair sucks and limits that.  So now, I've had to really rethink how I work.  Funny how one change can completely wreck your working habits.  

Summer solstice is coming up, I hope you enjoy the rise of the summer season. Stunning image featured below is hitogata.

Pixel Vignette: Girls Day FTW by hitogata



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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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Summer blooms

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 16, 2016, 9:58 AM


Here in Phoenix the weather is now hot!  Phoenix Comicon saw 110 degrees or so.  :flame: I meant to post a weather warning, but living here, you tend to forget.  I tend to avoid going out midday when possible.  Going out in the morning and night, when the weather cools.

Just a heads up, I set up a new laptop.  Wider screen, I love it.  I installed Manga Studio (now Clip Studio).  I've also been updating my reference folders (printing lots o stuff), and it's been time consuming.  Not much time for drawing, so I'd dropped off to get that done.  You have to have working tools.   

I used to work with flexible references, say taking a photo of myself in a certain pose or something.  However, being in a wheelchair sucks and limits that.  So now, I've had to really rethink how I work.  Funny how one change can completely wreck your working habits.  

Summer solstice is coming up, I hope you enjoy the rise of the summer season. Stunning image featured below is hitogata.

Pixel Vignette: Girls Day FTW by hitogata



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  • Playing: FFX
  • Eating: Oranges
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Spring

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 20, 2016, 10:43 AM


Wow, April moved quickly. I am back from the dead. (Pixels Via: @ichigo-tan).
Wilted by ichigo-tan

Anyway, I've been enjoying loish's new book, it's incredible. I also found another great find, Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories, illustrated by Kay Nielsen. I'll try to post photos when I get it in.  If you haven't heard of Nielsen, he was an illustrator in the Golden Age of Illustration.  Worked for Disney for a while.  His lithographs for In Powder and Crinoline and Twelve Dancing Princesses are godly. Here are some of them: Kay Nielsen Illustrations

I was thinking about life as an INFJ personality, based on the Jungian psychological types. It's the lowest percentage personality, and perhaps phasing out due to our oversensitive neurological instabilities. However, we are amazingly perceptive to people and surroundings and spend far to much time within our own heads. I was reading about how as writers INFJ tend to have trouble making a connection to the outside world. A bit like being in a fishbowl you can't swim out of.

Artistically, I've felt that way for a while, especially with all this cancer crap making expression more difficult. I know I've talked about it some, it's not really an art block as much as a lostness of self. It dawned on me I have to find some connectivity, some way to get outside the bowl to the outside world. How does one get out of a metaphorical fishbowl and become a land breather? With tomes of ancient texts piling all around me, I realize the answer is in the Fairy Tales I loved so much as a child and now. So from now own you will see me doing a lot of work with those.
(Pixels Via: @Nefaire and @angychan)

08012015 by NefaireMy little house by angychan08012015 by Nefaire

P.S. Started Bravely Default Second. So far, so good. Happy adventuring all!




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phizzle30 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
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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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lavonia Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, you too.  :nod:
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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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lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Muchas gracias, mi amigo.  :hug:
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