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Journal Entry: Tue Apr 28, 2015, 11:54 AM


This is a nice little online book to Mastering Sunsets:
issuu.com/nzpainter/docs/maste…

It has some information I've not seen in any other books.

I've read numerous books on color and painting.  I'm currently re-reading a couple right now.  I do also highly recommend Color and Light by James Gurney and Creating Exceptional Color with Acrylics by Lexi Sundell.  
The Sundell book has good information that reaches beyond just acrylic use and extends to color theory.  All of these are relatively easy to read and have clear useful concepts.

I know I've been AFK, I am sorry.  A blood clot in the lung is difficult to deal with.  I am starting to feel better, had an echocardiogram last week.  The lab tech said my heartbeat is good and that enlarged ventricle is common with the clots.  So it adds strain on the heart but I seem steady.  My legs got weak throughout the process.  I'm up and down a bit, but need help to get off my new exercise bike (weak hip flexor, quads and hamstrings).  So I can only exercise in the evening when my husband comes in from work.   It'll be a bit slow in the beginning but once I can stand off the bike, I should be able to work out during the day.  

:heart: you all.

-PS.  I've been rethinking my art a bit.  I'm not exactly sure how to explain it, but I haven't been painting much.  I've been looking through paintings and contemplating a bit.  I think recent events have changed me a bit, I'm just trying to figure out how to reflect those changes in my art.



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Lavonia
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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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Useful Painting Guide and Books

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 28, 2015, 11:54 AM


This is a nice little online book to Mastering Sunsets:
issuu.com/nzpainter/docs/maste…

It has some information I've not seen in any other books.

I've read numerous books on color and painting.  I'm currently re-reading a couple right now.  I do also highly recommend Color and Light by James Gurney and Creating Exceptional Color with Acrylics by Lexi Sundell.  
The Sundell book has good information that reaches beyond just acrylic use and extends to color theory.  All of these are relatively easy to read and have clear useful concepts.

I know I've been AFK, I am sorry.  A blood clot in the lung is difficult to deal with.  I am starting to feel better, had an echocardiogram last week.  The lab tech said my heartbeat is good and that enlarged ventricle is common with the clots.  So it adds strain on the heart but I seem steady.  My legs got weak throughout the process.  I'm up and down a bit, but need help to get off my new exercise bike (weak hip flexor, quads and hamstrings).  So I can only exercise in the evening when my husband comes in from work.   It'll be a bit slow in the beginning but once I can stand off the bike, I should be able to work out during the day.  

:heart: you all.

-PS.  I've been rethinking my art a bit.  I'm not exactly sure how to explain it, but I haven't been painting much.  I've been looking through paintings and contemplating a bit.  I think recent events have changed me a bit, I'm just trying to figure out how to reflect those changes in my art.



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  • Mood: Affection
  • Playing: FFX
  • Eating: Oranges
  • Drinking: Green Tea

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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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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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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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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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