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I have refreshed and updated my patreon tiers! If you are interested in supporting the art studio and/or wish to receive crazymail, consider supporting me on Patreon - I offer monthly crazymail Art Postcards and Art Letters, and for as low as $1monthly pledge, you will get first peeks at my process, art videos, special projects and offers, and discounts at my online shop.
Rewards happen monthly, but there is no obligation to stay. Once someone pledges an amount, it will be processed on the first of the month. If I am having a busy month, I will put it on hold so I won't get behind! Pledge in December and get my 2019 New Years Crazymail rewards!
Yes I realize that entry title doesn't really make the best of sense, but neither does my art, so neener neener neener! 

(I'm 38 and I teach college, yet I revert back into a 10 year old when I get on dA.) Misha/Castiel Tongue ~ free to use! 

SO. EVERYTIME I VEND people always ask me 'do you have an online shop?' ... I hem and haw and say... well, sorta. 
I have an etsy, but I rarely upload, and when I do... I forget to advertise, so my upload fees go to waste. :/
(I hate it when that happens!) 

BUT THIS TIME Its gonna be different I swear. See? I'm already here telling you fine folks about my fine wares. 

HERE ----> The ART IS HERE ---> (at least go take a gander yeah? Let me know what you think? Suggestions? Advice? Requests?)

So yeah. I've uploaded new and old works that I currently have available. I have prints, originals, tiny original trading cards, bottles, a brain candy book, etc. 
(Bottles? I've never uploaded my bottles to dA! I'll have to put one on.) 
AND I'll be uploading more as the holidays loom ever closer. *cue doomy music* 
I even spent hours resizing photos so each of my items can be fully seen in the preview screen. Artist life yo!

If you happen to be in Indianapolis on December 7th, my studio building is having a big holiday openhouse and my studio (A-250) will be open! 
Here's a link with more info:…
  • Listening to: my brain sliding out of my ears
  • Eating: a free cookie someone gave me yesterday
  • Drinking: day old coffee
Hello All!! 

First of all, I almost wrote the subject of this journal as "The BRIAN is buzzing again" but that's just wrong. Brian is not buzzing, Brian is probably having coffee and pancakes. 
Whoever Brian is. But ENOUGH about Brian, and back to the BRAIN. 

The brain would also like coffee and pancakes. 

But ENOUGH about pancakes! I'd rather have waffles! 

Ok. I'm emerging from my shell more now (after about a year+ of BLEGH possible depression and artist identity crisis) and trying to get back on my biscuit and get shit HAPPENING.
I've been submitting to local shows again and trying not to complain about the burnout from SCHLEPPING my art around. Seriously I need a break from cons for a bit and I DO need to re-up my inventory, and maybe figure out a way to get rid of old things. Mainly I was feeling BLEGH because I'm wanting to MOOOOVE. :moola:  I'm in a LOOP and I want to escape, I Need NEW ADVENTURES and Wind in my hair and to GO GO GO.... but alas, money is a thing (sorta) and I consume too much to save any so... I'm trying to work on saving my moolah so I can be the mad artist and travel more. 
travel the world 

ALSO. I CANT BELIEVE I HAVE NOT UPLOADED ANYTHING IN 2018! (minus something from January that is still a 2017 piece) I'm a SUPER SLACKER. (Or maybe I just uploaded things elsewhere)
Or Maybe I just forgot dA existed again. 

Maybe I'm a ghost. 

Maybe I want to come back here for a bit. 

Maybe I'm fed up with other social medias. 

OK BACK TO WORK. I forgot I'm an adult and I have to do some paperwork, and figure out a way to support my ass. (Or I could just, you know, attach suspenders to my ass-cheeks.) 

  • Listening to: Snap Judgement Podcast today
Hi guys! 
Do any of you do redbubble, zazzle, cafepress, etc? 
Which ones? Link? 
Do they do well? 
Arguments for and against? 

I'm looking for some passive income streams.
And, I'm looking to stop revving my engines. 
I have so so so many images. And I'm making MORE IMAGES. 
I need to get more mileage from my works when I'm not at shows. 

I'm also looking for new shows to attend, or new places to show my work. 
I WILL BE AT GENCON. I will also be at Horrorhound Cinci, and my studio will be open for our big April OPENHOUSE. 
I'm sure I'll be doing other shows too but those are my only official ones right now. 

Thanks for any suggestions!
  • Listening to: Charles de Lint "The Secret of Grace"
Greetings Deviant pals! 
I made a bloggy post over at my blogger, which is where I'm wanting to post more updates. 
(I like that format better, as I'm able to post images mid writing.  Unfortunately its harder to get followers there.)
Do you blog? Do you read blogs? 

Sometimes its nice to just ramble in longer format than other social media sites. 

The beginning: 

"Greetings Internet.

This is a little voice in the digital wind, giving an update on her life.

One of millions of voices, skittering across the surface of a very large and turbulent ocean."
Read the rest at…
  • Listening to: Neil Gaiman's "Trigger Warning" an audio
  • Drinking: sweet hazelnut & carmel coffee w/ vanilla creamer
Man, it has been a super long time since I came to dA to REALLY look at my watch list. 
Years ago I think I stopped because I became overwhelmed by the variety and felt more lost than inspired. 
However, today I took about 40 minutes to really just LOOK at my deviation list. (ps: I never realized how much I LOVE that its called a 'deviation' haha!) 
I am inspired and it felt good to add more favorites, and to leave comments with more than just one word of praise. 
Sometimes great art can be overwhelming - but today I was inspired to push myself - which is what I need. 

Thanks dA. 

I know I won't have time to do this too often, but I'm going to try and make more time to get on here and not just share, but really breathe in what other people are sharing. 
It feels good. 

I'm at a really weird time in my life where I'm about to press my reset button. I've been in the same place for almost 11 years, and I'm ready for huge changes. 
My art is changing, I want to move cities, my relationships are shifting... Its as if the tectonic plates of my entire being are on the move and I'm not sure where they are going, but
I am SO READY for it. 

If anyone wants to cheer me on, I kinda need it. Such big shifts don't come without manic emotions, depression, doubts and feeling lost. And contrary to what my own advice would offer, I've been trying to hide it, to protect those near me. 
  • Listening to: everything on random
  • Playing: Fate: undiscovered realms
  • Drinking: sweet hazelnut & carmel coffee w/ vanilla creamer
Greetings Deviantart friends! 

Have I really not posted a journal since last January here? 
Perhaps I need to connect more here. (yes) 
Happy 2018!! I've got daily art planned, and hope to create another brain candy this year. 

I also have a lot of changes coming up in my life. More on that later. Existential crisis and all that jazz. Hoping to move in the summer. 

--- 2017-2018 Update---
A whole year to update! Well. So many things I'm sure. Lets see how short I can make this: 
Conventions were fun and interesting, I almost broke my foot at work teaching, my dad had a total knee replacement, I took a 16 day solo trip to California and couch surfed. It was amazing., Vended at gencon again after 2 years (and this time I got a magically acquired a big boy table out on the main floor$$$),  I lost myself and havn't found myself yet again, but I think I'm getting close to my hiding spot, I taught a really fun class on mixed media that inspired the hell out of me, I'm considering moving out of Indy and becoming a gypsy pirate,  .... yeah. Thats about it. 

----- ART PLEE ----
PS: If there was ever a time to get your Lydia art fix, now is the time! This year hit me hard financially and I fell into a strange crack between jobs, just short of opportunities, supporting someone when I wasn't expecting to, and between 2 halves of myself. 
Many of my more recent works are available as prints, but I can also art on just about any surface sent to me. I should really post my recent textured bottle creations!! 
See? I'm so lax on posting my work here. 

But seriously. Have me send something special for you or a friend. ANY BUDGET for those who want art. Let me know what you can do and I'll let you know what I can send. Tiny work to huge. Already made work is best, but I can do loose subject commissions. (give me a concept, a word, a song, a phrase and let me go to town in my own way.) (Traditional and/or digital for those who don't need a physical item)

Just putting this out here. I'm terrible at advertising myself, which is partly why I've gotten to this point, and I really don't want to borrow money. O__O  
(And the anti-advertising fb algorythms are seriously cramping my style!) :fear: :doh:

Feel free to send a message here or email lydiaburris (AT) gmail (DOT) com for any inquiries. (It will get to me faster) Thanks!!
  • Listening to: Something 80s revival electronic. love that stuff.
  • Reading: The Night Circus
  • Watching: the waves rise above my head
  • Drinking: sweet hazelnut & carmel coffee w/ vanilla creamer
Hey deviants!
What are you all up to?
I started selling junk at a consignment shop about 2 months ago, opened up a patreon (few months ago) and working on trying not to go insane this 2017 for many MANY reasons.

What about you?

I'm enjoying the consignment shop so far - it gives me something other than art to obsess over, and satisfies my scavanger craving - now I have an excuse to junk for things I don't need, because I can sell them in the shop. XD

Anyway. Ramble over. Feel free to ramble back.

ps: I came here to advertise the 25% off my etsy until the end of January (code: 25MADMAN) but realized I'd also just like to reach out for the sake of reaching out.
sometimes trying to be an artist and a business person feels so conflicting.
  • Listening to: Spotify's weekly suggestions. They know me so well
Greetings oh land of deviantART!!

Earlier this year I sent out tons of crazymail - wildly painted envelopes stuffed full of fun little treasures from the studio: bits of art and mini prints, stickers, an arty newsletter, tissue butterflies, sway, pieces of palette and all sorts of other miscellany.

I sent about 70 envelopes out  - I believe everyone deserves something in the mail other than bills!!

After hearing feedback, I decided to turn this into a sort of crazy-mail service through Patreon.

Not only can people help support this artistic path I'm on, but at the Crazy Mail tier and above, will receive something physical in the mail - a little bit of delight they can grasp in person, creative treasures sent right through the post. At higher levels, it becomes like a pre-claim on art for that month.

If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, please head on over and check out the site, read through it and see what I'm offering. If you think someone you know might like the idea, please share with them.
And thank you so much!!
  • Watching: Fringe Season 1
  • Eating: sausage and potatos
Greetings Deviants!
Whelp, one girl's car problems is another person's art gain!

My Car Needs Some New Brakes!!

SO, I'm offering a (really, really) sweet deal.

Any purchase over $35* is going to get a FREE 5"x7" sketch!! (HOLY MOLY!)
(*not including shipping)

So, head on over to my etsy and take a peek. Perhaps you'll find something that speaks to your soul and flutters your spleen.
The Etsy Page!
(shipping on multiple orders can be discussed if it doesn't seem to be combining)

Or, if you see something in the gallery - ask if its available and I can let you know the deets! Paypal is also doable.

THANK YOU GUYS. My Car Thanks You. My Heart Thanks You. My Big Toe Thanks You! My 5'x7' sketch paper thanks you!
  • Reading: An Urban Fantasy Anthology
  • Eating: leftovers
  • Drinking: water because I'm outta dr pepper!
Greetings Friends and Fiends! I have stayed away for a long time, and have decided I should dip my toes back here again. I only uploaded 2 pieces of art in 2015!! I need to catch up. I'll slowly begin uploading work from both last year and this year.
Please leave a comment and say hi to let me know you are out there!!

How about FANDOMFEST in Louisville KY?
I'll be at both places, and more upcoming!

But, if you are going to be at GenCon - Please make note to also stop in at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, 2 blocks away from the convention center - I've organized a side art show there called
"Bizarre Bazaar: An Alternative Art Extravaganza!" - follow the link to the facebook event page.…
  • Listening to: Rome - Flowers from Exile
  • Watching: Criminal Minds
  • Drinking: ZingZang
Hi guys.
So, I just had a thought. I've been somewhat holding back on my brain rambles, imagining that I'd be presenting some sort of upper level professionalism to NOT ramble as much... but I love when I hear the inner ramble-brambles of other artists, and I'm curious - for those that are watching, do you like to hear the inner random-crazy-brain-flood-of-wacky from other creatives or do you just prefer to see/hear/experience the polished and prepared things?
I have a feeling I already know the majority answers, but I could be delusional, so humor me....
well, I KNOW I have delusions, but life is so much more fun with extra colors streaming from my brain-pan.

Yours in madness,
  • Listening to: Carnivale Soundtrack
  • Watching: About to watch Castle
Greetings Deviants!
I have not uploaded them all so far on dA yet, but check out some more of the BUG PAINTINGS I'm doing.
Here, at my blog:…

So, tell me, what are your favorite bugs? Least favorite?
  • Listening to: Carnivale Soundtrack
  • Watching: About to watch Castle
Greetings Deviants!

I'm finally getting close to sending a 'Darkness Dreaming' Lydia Art newsletter and catalogue via SNAIL MAIL. For those of you who already gave me your addy and permission to send something, thanks! For those of you who still want to get on the snail-mail bandwagon and get my snail mail studio update and catalogue experiment... send me your addy via private message.
(its kinda like a blog post, only without the internet) I'm getting all old-timey and fed up with the internet's lack of physical connection. and crazy. XD

  • Listening to: Carnivale Soundtrack
  • Watching: About to watch Castle
:flame: By the way guys, I'm on INSTAGRAM NOW. Look for me under "Madartistlydia"

:flame: I'm still playing with the sewing machine. I'll have to post picture updates soon. There are work-in-progress pictures on facebook. And at least one on this instagram thing. Even one on twitter, but I still look at twitter with shifty eyes.

:flame: I'm going to be sending out a snazzy small SNAIL MAIL newsletter and teeny catalogue. If you'd like to receive it, please private message me your postal address. :)

:flame: Upcoming conventions and art events:
* April 24th and 25th * ART EVENT * --- The Annual Raymond James Stutz Artist Openhouse- The Stutz Building, 212 W. 10th St. Indianapolis, IN.
* May 22-24th * CONVENTION --- Spectrum Fantastic Art Live - Contemporary Fantastic Art Convention -Kansas City, Mo.
* July 30 - Aug 2nd * CONVENTIONish --- Bizarre Bazaar: An Alternative Art Extravaganza! The Indianapolis Arts Garden -Indianapolis, IN  (In the mall connected to the convention center, where GENCON will be happening!)
* August 7-9th * CONVENTION --- Flashback Weekend - Chicago, IL.
* September 11-13 * CONVENTION --- Horrorhound Weekend -Indianapolis, IN
(You can always look at the list here, I try to keep it updated:

:flame: I just finished reading Clive Barker's Everville. Who's read it? I love all his works I've read so far.

Thats all for now. No time for swanky descriptive poetic updates. Perhaps when I'm not teaching anymore, I'll have time for more conversations and in depth expressions!
  • Listening to: Carnivale Soundtrack
  • Watching: About to watch Castle

I got the sewing machine out. Its been hiding for almost a year. I'm a terrible seamstress and I don't sew correctly, I've never really learned how properly, and I probably have a higher percentage of broken needles, but I am an artist, and its like another form of painting and drawing... and experimentation gets me all giddy inside. Working with various cloths and thread and weaving and probably wires later, and I have a feeling I'm going to be breaking out the beading soon.

I had a conversation with myself last night about not fighting my divergent artistic tendencies. (which makes me a somewhat unsafe illustrator, unless you like not knowing what you're gonna get ... exactly)
Being an an artist with a million interests and a teacher who loves to share many aspects of creation and history... how can I not let all of that play in my art?
I'm going to instead embrace my divergent path, and play with sticking as many techniques together as I can. sculpture with drawing with doodling, with collage and realistic renderings next to text and found poetry and bright colored drips next to philosophy and ponderings and stitches and sewn on things. The more layers I make, the happier I get. (and the more cluttered my home and studio become as I tend to gather EVERY MEDIUM KNOWN TO MAN.) O_O ‪#‎makealltheart‬ ‪#‎ineedmorespace‬ ‪#‎mixedmedia‬ ‪#‎divergentthinking‬

  • Listening to: Sousa
  • Reading: Clive Barker's Everville
  • Watching: Castle
  • Playing: sewing machine
My Mannequin "Brunhildegard" has hijacked my website for her own purposes: to reach out to the world in an attempt at snail mail communication. If you like weird snail mail and want to participate in a fun project, please send her something through the post - she'll share it and write back!!

See the website she created for herself, with the address of my studio where she lives:…
  • Listening to: Noise Unit
  • Reading: Clive Barker's Everville
  • Watching: Pee Wee's Playhouse
Behold. An Etry where I compare commissions vs. personal ART to casting magical spells vs. alchemical studies:

(Also posted at the blog:… )

Magic Vs Alchemy by zyphryus


Commissions are like very specific complex magic spells. It takes a lot of energy and knowledge and
mental strength to cast a really good magic spell. It also takes time to build up the magic, to draw strength from the energy in the surroundings. Once it has been cast, one cannot just turn around and immediately cast another equally complex magic spell. The caster has to rest and recuperate.

This is a metaphor for art commissions. I do enjoy them and they challenge me to become better and to expand my abilities. On the other side, it takes a LOT of mental power, and they leave me feeling drained. Sometimes its a lot more exhausting to cast magic in the service of another. I used to think that the more commissions I do, the easier and quicker they would go. This is not the case. If anything, it takes me LONGER to do them know, because my abilities have gotten more


When I am in the studio creating work for myself, it is like alchemy. I am experimenting with  materials and observing results. I become obsessed with the nature of exploration and uncovering unknown combinations. This can also get very complex and interesting, but it is not nearly as draining. When I am being an 'alchemist' all day, I can go to bed exhausted but excited, with more questions on my tongue than when I began.
I invite others to view some of my alchemical meanderings, but I do not wish to reveal all of my notes with my peers, as I feel I am building toward a new discovery, and I don't want to spoil the surprise. I have works in progress that I've not shared yet because I'd love to have a show of completely new and UNSEEN work sometime in 2015.
Alchemy is mysterious and revealing all at the same time.

In 2015, I think I want to focus more on 'Alchemy' and less on 'Spell Casting'. My own projects and experiments are calling to my heart and I need to give them the proper time and attention, in order to be a great wizard. 

P.S. For those who commission me: I truly do appreciate the enthusiasm and support. I will not stop taking commissions, I will just be more selective. I have enjoyed each one I've done in 2014, but I (along with about 20 other creatives I've talked to) want change.

By Tree Painting by zyphryus

Transformation is in the air, and its time we spread our wings.
  • Listening to: audio book: The Davinci Code
  • Watching: AHS
Hey there Deviants!

Get some original Lydia Art at my etsy.

Use the Promo Code: ifartart
for a 20% savings

Also, if you are in Indiana, come see my studio on Dec. 5th!
We are having a huge holiday show and open studios!
The Stutz building
Suite A-250.
  • Listening to: Mister B. Gone , read by Doug Bradley
  • Reading: everything
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper chocolate milk creation.
I'm feeling wordy, so I'm sharing!

Ahhh BLISS. I went to the Indy Library book store for their tri-monthly BOOKSALE!!! Oh how I DON'T need anymore books and OH HOW I MUST Look anyway because one never knows the treasures one may find!! Here is my brief tale, because I'm in a wordy mood. (ha!) I entered excitedly and the first person I encounter is Laura Edwards. - very happy to see a friendly face already in a friendly place! After the ritual hello and brief chat, I wander to the first section which includes the Music CDs for $1. I usually pass by this area to get to the BOOKS, but this time I browsed. I found a rather lovely designed cover by an obscure unknown, and get it anyway because its beautiful. It promises to be a bit bizarre, as it's called "The Sound of Animals Fighting" - as a personal rule, if something looks pretty and sounds unique, I will be swayed by spontaneous impulse-buy glee, and so I picked it up.
Onward to the science section where I found a number of lovely subjects that inspire me to research into the world further, but nothing to bring home at this time, I begin to pass and WAIT, there was an older looking book about "Minerals, Metals and Gems" by U. Hyatt Verrill - After reading Victoria Finlay's book on Gems, I have been hungry for more specifically *social * history of gems, etc - especially more than just precious jewels. This book does include more popular history than just pure science. Exactly what I wanted. *SCORE*.

I wandered quickly through fiction/fantasy/ and horror. I have so many books at home I could be reading or borrowing I didn't want to burden myself more with right now with fabricated stories. I LOVE FANTASTIC stories, but I'm not in the mood this month, plus I'm already reading 1 Clive Barker story, and listening to another book on CD. (yes I'm Barker obsessed this month.)
I look for a few key authors that I always look for, but don't really find anything that grips me intensely.
Of course, my heart beats a little faster as I approach the ART section!
I spend time to look at EACH and EVERY title, even straightening them books a bit as I go (a good x-librarian habit) If I had tons of space and a room for a library I'd buy 100 books here, but I have since realized that I don't have space, let alone the TIME to get to books so I try to be more selective in my approach, choosing only the things that SCREAM at my inner soul ...or books that caress the very back end of my brain, making promises of future enlightenment. Here I chose one book and 2 magazines. The book is the TASHEN book about DADA. I read their surrealism book and enjoyed it, and the more I understand DADA, the more I WANT to understand it more. The punk movement of the art world, The sense among the nonsense... this book can come with me. Plus TASHEN is beautiful, easy to swallow, and places fun-to-jot-down quotes on every page, in nice BOLD lettering. One of the Magazines was 'American Craft' - chosen for the cover, which includes a Nick Cage creation. I've been interested in his work ever since I met his brother, the story of which shall remain anonymous and mysterious. A quick look inside the magazine expresses the very awesome modern and mixed media approach to craft, and intrigued my brain. I also picked up an "Art & Antiques" magazine because the cover image reminds me of Remidios Varo and I wanted to find out who it was. (no time here to extra check, magazines are cheap here and I need to keep exploring! - by the way, it turned out to be Leonora Carrington, with a good size article about her.)

I sweep by the Indiana section and find a Kurt Vonnegut story - I decide to get it as I've embarrassingly never read any of Kurt's work. I hate to admit this out loud.

The History section yields "A History of Private Life: revelations of the medieval world" - hurrah, ancient culture of REGULAR LIFE. I ALREADY have the first volume of this book which covers Greek and Roman Life - I have yet to read it, but it shines bright in my mind as something I will LOVE to read, so I had to get the twin.

Another ambiguous section of the library store brought forth a trivia book called "The Book of the Dead: Lives of the justly Famous and Undeservedly Obscure" - I think mom would have loved this book and its something I would have bought for her. So I get it for the piece of her that hides in my brain. I'd love to read it too.

At this point, Im finding it difficult to browse books holding all these OTHER books, AND my jacket and my purse, but I have just ONE MORE thing I want. an AUDIO book. My new car now accepts CDs as WELL as tapes, (GRIN) so I felt it was appropriate to 'celebrate' having a new car by buying an audio book on cd. (at least that's what I told myself) This took the LONGEST time to browse. I didn't see anything I wanted. I was looking for something other than just fantasy, and I didn't want a modern story.
Finally after several minutes of searching and dropping my pile of books, about to give up and get a story about a famous flood, I saw "Slaughterhouse 5" - another Kurt V. story. PERFECT. (and decided upon this instead of the K.V. book - I can always pick up more K.V. stuff after I hear this story. One thing at a time!)

I check out, happily skip to my car (ok, I skipped in my mind, I really just boringly walked) and went to the grocery, listening to my new book on cd. The End. 
  • Listening to: Mister B. Gone , read by Doug Bradley
  • Reading: everything
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper chocolate milk creation.