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Lydia Burris
United States
The Madwoman

Current Residence: Midian. It's where the monsters go...
Favourite genre of music: Metal, classic rock, folk, techno, I like music that spans over MANY genres. Especially EPIC stuff
Favourite photographer: Jan Saudek, and dA's very own Doomsday-Dawn
Favourite style of art: Cluttered Paitings. Symbolist, 19th century, contemporary fantastic art, sketches
MP3 player of choice: My car MP3 discman. Winamp, or quintessential player.
Wallpaper of choice: William Morris Designs. ;p (actual wallpaper).
Favourite cartoon character: The Maxx
Personal Quote: When in doubt, Use Fire
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Behold. An Etry where I compare commissions vs. personal ART to casting magical spells vs. alchemical studies:

(Also posted at the blog: lydiaburris.blogspot.com/2014/… )

Magic Vs Alchemy by zyphryus



MAGIC SPELLS

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
complex.


ALCHEMY

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.

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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

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Arum1966 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You've really been busy while I've been gone.  Your work is crazy phenomenal.  I look forward to your new stuff.
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zyphryus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Thanks so much man!
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Bibire Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist
is that your studio in the ID picture?....awesome place to let your creativity flow.....
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zyphryus Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Yes it is! I have a studio in an old car factory - transformed into many many spaces for artists, offices, services etc.  Rent isn't bad and even though its a stretch each month, its worth having.
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Bibire Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist
Good for you........great art environment, been among other artists.......
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Senecal Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hello, thanks for visiting and stuff!

It does seem like this place is a ghost town from time to time.

Anyway, glad ya stopped by.
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zyphryus Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
it is indeed ghost townly! NP, I still watch and like!!
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f1shbones Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   General Artist
ahhh! your art..... adgkjsdkfhgosidgjs <3
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zyphryus Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
:D :D
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