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Hope Springs Eternal

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 26, 2018, 11:33 AM


Spring for me has finally brought some good news, I've found some pain management that is actually working and it's not a temporary pharmaceutical fix like an opiate.  It's been sort of a tsunami of goings-on.  It's nice to feel like I can handle things now without breaking.  We are remodeling the bathroom/bedroom to make it accessible for my new rigid wheelchair.  It's be a massive undertaking and wholly time consuming.  I apologize for that.  It's a hard concept for most people to understand, I've not been able to go into my closet in the last 5 years.  The door frame is too narrow.  Little things like that take a hard toll on the psyche.  I've also finally planted in my empty backyard.  With the new offroad wheelchair tires I can also get out in the backyard for the first time in 5 years.  I was so happy, I cried tears of joy.  Those tires are incredible, next time I go to Flagstaff, I may not have to sit in the car while everyone goes out to take pictures of the trails I can't go out to.  
Sorry, I hope it's not too depressing to talk about but I truly am excited that I can do these things now.  

So May I'll be working on house and have a big trip planned.  After all the dust settles, I'm going to try to get back to painting. I'm exploring options on both oils and watercolors.  I've got to email manufacturers about some things on the idea I have for working in watercolor. I like the idea of not having to toss out mineral spirits and paint, working with a pigment material I made with my own hands (pigments from a company), and a lowered environmental impact that matches my perfumes.  I am particular about the finished result though, so I'll have to see what I can do with the medium.

I do have some plans.  I am eventually doing a giveaway.  An original painting from 2013.  A way of saying thank you to my fellow art admirers who've supported me through the hell of cancer.  If you have a preference on which one, yell out 1 or 2. (Look for that giveaway in June or July maybe.  I'll do lots of announcements, DA, Instagram and Facebook.)  Giveaway will be random draw.
1:Black Painting "Hello World" on Instagram
2:  Where Do Butterflies Sleep? by lavonia



Wonderful Spring image from 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. 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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Until the Last Tear Falls
Second canvas. "I have survived so many fires, I can no longer tell if I am alive or still burning." Pavana.
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Hope Springs Eternal

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 26, 2018, 11:33 AM


Spring for me has finally brought some good news, I've found some pain management that is actually working and it's not a temporary pharmaceutical fix like an opiate.  It's been sort of a tsunami of goings-on.  It's nice to feel like I can handle things now without breaking.  We are remodeling the bathroom/bedroom to make it accessible for my new rigid wheelchair.  It's be a massive undertaking and wholly time consuming.  I apologize for that.  It's a hard concept for most people to understand, I've not been able to go into my closet in the last 5 years.  The door frame is too narrow.  Little things like that take a hard toll on the psyche.  I've also finally planted in my empty backyard.  With the new offroad wheelchair tires I can also get out in the backyard for the first time in 5 years.  I was so happy, I cried tears of joy.  Those tires are incredible, next time I go to Flagstaff, I may not have to sit in the car while everyone goes out to take pictures of the trails I can't go out to.  
Sorry, I hope it's not too depressing to talk about but I truly am excited that I can do these things now.  

So May I'll be working on house and have a big trip planned.  After all the dust settles, I'm going to try to get back to painting. I'm exploring options on both oils and watercolors.  I've got to email manufacturers about some things on the idea I have for working in watercolor. I like the idea of not having to toss out mineral spirits and paint, working with a pigment material I made with my own hands (pigments from a company), and a lowered environmental impact that matches my perfumes.  I am particular about the finished result though, so I'll have to see what I can do with the medium.

I do have some plans.  I am eventually doing a giveaway.  An original painting from 2013.  A way of saying thank you to my fellow art admirers who've supported me through the hell of cancer.  If you have a preference on which one, yell out 1 or 2. (Look for that giveaway in June or July maybe.  I'll do lots of announcements, DA, Instagram and Facebook.)  Giveaway will be random draw.
1:Black Painting "Hello World" on Instagram
2:  Where Do Butterflies Sleep? by lavonia



Wonderful Spring image from hitogata  

Pixel Vignette: Girls Day FTW by hitogata  



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

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Nerdy-pixel-girl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the fav! if you have the time, please check out the rest of my gallery! ^_^ watches/favs/comments are very appreciated! Heart


And Merry Xmas! Holidays
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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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