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Journal Entry: Mon Mar 27, 2017, 11:07 AM


Hello my friends, it's been quite a while since updating.  Let me focus on the important thing, I am doing better since changing my medication.  I am working hard.  I am focused on trying to get new work out.  I'm definitely only handling half work days now but I am working.  So, that is good.

I've been working on the conversation science behind the wood panels.  I've worked many weeks if not months now on trying to make sure the panel can show the exposed wood grain and hold up over time.  It has been a lot trickier than I expected.  I will be trying Gamblin's Solvent Free Fluid to see if it will better serve for my handicapped lifestyle, being that setting up with solvents is just a waste of my energy.  That energy I want to put into making.   The last issue with painting to address is bracing the panels.  I know Gottsegen recommends it, but for me I want to frame a not to heavy piece and I want to save my energy for art making.  I'm not seeing issues of warping in the sizes I'm using, and I think I'm good.  I am looking at how to evenly distribute the weight of paint and varnish to keep balanced pressure on the piece.   I guess at the end of that, I do have most of the kinks worked out.  So, Bonsai!





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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. A lot of fantasy has always worked it’s way into my life. It was the place I could go and always feel safe.

I attained a bachelor’s degree in art (many studio hours in Printmaking) but by my graduation my health was failing and my life plans were detoured. I was diagnosed with an extremely rare kind of cancer, adult spinal ependymoma. The mass in my spine is inoperable. I’ve undergone radiation and sustained tremendous nerve damage and in doing so lost the ability to walk.

My art is hopeful and sad and finds itself hidden deep within the fantasy genre. It ends up more personal than I would like, such as weeds that always come back no matter how hard I prune at it. I’ve been influenced a lot by stories and fairy tales and poster lithographs, especially the 1900’s illustration and woodblock eras from Western and Eastern printing. Also, now manga and comic artists and film artists such as Miyazaki. Audrey Kawasaki’s wood treatment method appeals to me in my art and life, a need for something old and ancient, something with patina on it. Lastly, video games have made a huge influence on my life, so I am always pulled toward that RPG world, again something old but something fantastic.

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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Hello Friends

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 27, 2017, 11:07 AM


Hello my friends, it's been quite a while since updating.  Let me focus on the important thing, I am doing better since changing my medication.  I am working hard.  I am focused on trying to get new work out.  I'm definitely only handling half work days now but I am working.  So, that is good.

I've been working on the conversation science behind the wood panels.  I've worked many weeks if not months now on trying to make sure the panel can show the exposed wood grain and hold up over time.  It has been a lot trickier than I expected.  I will be trying Gamblin's Solvent Free Fluid to see if it will better serve for my handicapped lifestyle, being that setting up with solvents is just a waste of my energy.  That energy I want to put into making.   The last issue with painting to address is bracing the panels.  I know Gottsegen recommends it, but for me I want to frame a not to heavy piece and I want to save my energy for art making.  I'm not seeing issues of warping in the sizes I'm using, and I think I'm good.  I am looking at how to evenly distribute the weight of paint and varnish to keep balanced pressure on the piece.   I guess at the end of that, I do have most of the kinks worked out.  So, Bonsai!





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  • Playing: FFX
  • Eating: Oranges
  • Drinking: Green Tea
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Can't believe I didn't post this small drawing earlier.
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phizzle30 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
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KiraiMirai Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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 General Artist
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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