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The Month of Love

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 29, 2015, 1:59 PM


Love is lovely.  So is a good pencil and paper, a fluffy or friendly critter, and a good cup of tea or coffee.  Speaking of which, my critter (cat) has learned to knock on the door instead of meowing at it.  Such a weirdo.  

I'm sorry I have not been posting much.  I actually am drawing, just a lot of studies and such and nothing substantial.  I posted some drawings and studies anyway, but not many compared to what I've been doing.  
I've been doing life studies, bodies, animals, objects, etc.  And some colored pencil studies too.  And some thumbnails composing some ideas.

I've been thinking it over.  The new paintings I've been working on, they are like lithographs.  I loved lithography (a printmaking process) but with my physical handicaps, being in a wheelchair and all printmaking is not really an option.  I noticed the new paintings are a lot like the lithograph process.  Draw/seal/ink over.  Instead of the last step I paint instead of using a roller and ink.  
Sometimes you just have to learn to evolve your process for doing things when circumstance changes.  

Drawing is a dopamine related process.  My dopamine has been depleted for a long time (from debilitating pain) and I've been struggling not only to draw but to do basic daily tasks.  With dopamine replacement and better pain control I'm starting to see some progress as far as movement and daily life.  
I don't see a lot about dopamine and I'd eventually like to do an article related to how dopamine influences artistic work processes.  However, now is not that time as I need to focus on painting and keeping on my feet.  Reading up on how levadopa (a dopamine agonist) influences Parkinson's patient creativity is one place to start.  
A healthy diet and movement are important for artists.  It's fuel for the machine.
  
I see paintings on the horizon.  It's time to get started on my new wood.  Maybe prints sometime this year.  



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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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The Month of Love

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 29, 2015, 1:59 PM


Love is lovely.  So is a good pencil and paper, a fluffy or friendly critter, and a good cup of tea or coffee.  Speaking of which, my critter (cat) has learned to knock on the door instead of meowing at it.  Such a weirdo.  

I'm sorry I have not been posting much.  I actually am drawing, just a lot of studies and such and nothing substantial.  I posted some drawings and studies anyway, but not many compared to what I've been doing.  
I've been doing life studies, bodies, animals, objects, etc.  And some colored pencil studies too.  And some thumbnails composing some ideas.

I've been thinking it over.  The new paintings I've been working on, they are like lithographs.  I loved lithography (a printmaking process) but with my physical handicaps, being in a wheelchair and all printmaking is not really an option.  I noticed the new paintings are a lot like the lithograph process.  Draw/seal/ink over.  Instead of the last step I paint instead of using a roller and ink.  
Sometimes you just have to learn to evolve your process for doing things when circumstance changes.  

Drawing is a dopamine related process.  My dopamine has been depleted for a long time (from debilitating pain) and I've been struggling not only to draw but to do basic daily tasks.  With dopamine replacement and better pain control I'm starting to see some progress as far as movement and daily life.  
I don't see a lot about dopamine and I'd eventually like to do an article related to how dopamine influences artistic work processes.  However, now is not that time as I need to focus on painting and keeping on my feet.  Reading up on how levadopa (a dopamine agonist) influences Parkinson's patient creativity is one place to start.  
A healthy diet and movement are important for artists.  It's fuel for the machine.
  
I see paintings on the horizon.  It's time to get started on my new wood.  Maybe prints sometime this year.  



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  • Mood: Affection
  • Playing: FFX
  • Eating: Oranges
  • Drinking: Green Tea
Powerline Sunrise Concept by lavonia
Powerline Sunrise Concept
There's no full boobage so I'm not marking mature.    Just a concept, not fleshed out.  Sometimes doodles have great ideas in them.  Trying to flesh out my characters a bit, even anime to have little dimples and bits of fleshiness.  Though I support being healthy, the obsession with absolute thinness as a sign of health is erroneous.  I want to celebrate all bodies, both thin and fleshy.  Both can be healthy and both are lovely.  So I'm trying to add more variety.

I had some odd dream that included a powerline that was near my house when I was a child.  That structure sort of sticks with me.
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Bun Study by lavonia
Bun Study
Bun study. A quick and tiny drawing of a bun, pencil, and white colored pencil.   Not a great piece, but people love buns, so I post.
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Dreaming: Composition and Imagemaking by lavonia
Dreaming: Composition and Imagemaking
Compositional observations from the other image I was playing with.  That triangle is skewed, if you turn the image upright, it still makes a triangular shape, just tall on the right side instead of the bottom.  That'd probably bother my husband, he's precise with stuff.  I'm more trying to point out that the triangle is the basic large shape that the eye follows.

*Should read High contrast between hair and cheeks to draw eye.  The darkness of the hair and the lightness of the face.
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:iconaileenluib:
AileenLuib Featured By Owner 15 hours ago   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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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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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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:iconlavonia:
lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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Imaginata Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Your work is really lovely :)
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:iconlavonia:
lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for stopping by to say such kind words.  :hug:
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Imaginata Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
No problem :)
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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: 

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Lore-Studio Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Just so you know, your art is beautiful. :)
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lavonia Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :huggle:
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BrianMPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the FAVE!
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