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I have often been told by family and friends that I'm 'contrary' and I can't disagree. I just seem to end up doing things backwards, whether I intend to or not. For example starting a snowboarding season with a knee injury and coming out of it physically in better shape than I started. (Perhaps not mentally, but this was nothing to do with the snowboarding) And I have realised lately that I have been taking precisely the backwards approach to careers, as well.

It would have been far more sensible if I'd gone and got myself a day job as a programmer or web developer or somesuch thing that pays, and kept the art as a hobby, but no, I had to make ART the career and take up web development for fun. Still, having taken things the hard way, as ever, it actually seems to be working, and my interests seem to be complementing each other quite well at the moment.

My current pet project has been going since the summer (I know, I'm dreadful at keeping this journal up to date - I'll try harder!) - Jim & Tonic, or The Adventures of jim the Chaosbunny, a webcomic by Maxine Green - is an online cartoon series, updated five times a week at the moment and based on my own life. There's an archive for anyone who wants to catch up from the beginning, and I am already looking at plans for a book. Check it out at www.chaosbunny.com!

In other news: work is still happening on the graphic novel, though it's on the back-burner at the moment, particularly as I have a bunch of commissions to fulfil first, including my first album cover. (yay!)

What else? I'm back in London, happily single again and attempting to enjoy the British weather. I'm doing quite well at nearly everything except that last one.

Wish me luck!

xx
  • Listening to: Rain (as usual)
  • Reading: Something Geeky (as usual)
  • Watching: My life changing beyond all recognition (as usual)
Wow, it's hard to believe that it's over a year since I last updated my DA journal!

It's been an eventful twelve months. I've gone from living in the balmy embrace of the Mediterranean to the grey and rainy streets of London, where I resided for precisely a year and a day, to the gloriously sub-zero temperatures of Canada's winter months, where I'm living in a hotel and alternating between painting and drawing and learning to snowboard. From +40° to -40°C in what feels like no time at all.

In the past year I have:
-been homeless and then homed, and then voluntarily homeless again,
-been jobless, then employed, then jobless again,
-been in love (again),
-become 'un-gaged',
-found places I belonged (and, temporarily, left them behind),
-gained the job title 'queen of IT', but sadly lost it again when the company ran into trouble,
-entirely failed to update my deviantart page, or my website

and in between these I've found time to do a little painting, create a series of little hand drawn books, a couple of which can be found in my gallery, and embark on an exciting new Secret Project. Details will be found here at some point, I promise!
In fact, my un-fiancee challenges and inspires me on a daily basis, and is rather good for my work ethic, so look forward to a great deal of exciting new work in the new future :w00t:

When I do manage to update it, my website is to be found at www.maxinegreen.co.uk

Love to you all,

M.
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  • Listening to: The crunch of snow underneath my boots
  • Watching: My life changing beyond all recognition
  • Listening to: mediterranean breezes, and ticking timebombs
  • Watching: My message count build up to scary proportion
Yes, that's right folks, I only manage to update my journal once every few months, and it takes something pretty big, these days.

On tuesday i am off to London to seek my fortune, taking a suitcase, my savings, and an optimistic outlook with me, to stay until I have made it as an artist or come up with something else I want to do more, or until I decide I hate it/can't afford it/could have more fun elsewhere. It's a big leap, and I will be on my own for the first time really, in terms of housing and finance. I have always paid or myself, but never without a safety net behind me. About time I proved that I can stand on my own two feet.

Packing is a bit stressful at the moment, as I left things fairly last minute and then managed to invalid myself again, having got stitches from slicing my knee open in a fall, and exacerbating my sprained right hand that i got on boxing day (once again i am glad i type left handed). There are gory pictures of the wound on my knee in my scraps.

Will try to update soon, once I know what I'm up to in London, and will be open for commissions as soon as I am back online.

Love to all,

M.

xxx
  • Listening to: mediterranean breezes, and ticking timebombs
  • Watching: My message count build up to scary proportions
Wow. What a couple of months!

The move went pretty much swimmingly, although getting used to the new environment has been a little tougher than I expected, and I can warn you now that things will be unsettled for the foreseeable future - there are more big upheavals coming after christmas. (No, I'm not pregnant, in case anyone asks, but as for exactly what *is* going on, I will go into more detail as and when necessary.)

I'm finally almost finished unpacking, and have been receiving new work since I got here. I am also now teaching a life drawing class at the local education centre, which was a bit of a surprise jump for me - It was rather a spur of the moment thing agreeing to do it, and well out of my usual comfort zone, but an excellent thing to add to my CV, assuming the rest of the ten week course goes well (have done three classes so far, and I think it is getting easier!). It is only a couple of hours a week, but every penny will come in useful!

My partner went away for two weeks at the start of the month, leaving me to fend entirely for myself without really knowing anyone in the area, and with things a bit complicated between us - and that's when shock of shocks, I got not just one, but two Daily Deviations - one on this account (www.deviantart.com/deviation/3…), and one on my photography account (www.deviantart.com/deviation/2…)
Three years on DA, and two seemingly unrelated features in the same fortnight, it's hard to credit, really*! -I am still recovering from the surprise, and I feel I must apologise to anyone who has left comments, or watches - I intend to respond to them, but it may take a little while! As for the :+fav:s, I simply haven't the time, or the hand strength to go around and type out my thanks for all of those, but they were, and are, very much appreciated - every one of them has given me a little extra boost in what would otherwise be a very difficult time for me, so I thank each and every one of you in my heart, even if i don't have the ability to say it.

:heart:

My other accounts:
:iconmaxine-photo: photography
:iconemanix: literature

My Website

*If anyone does spot a link between them, let me know!
Not been painting much lately, there's been a lot on my plate over the last couple of months, working towards moving with my partner to the Mediterranean for three years in July. After that though – there may be nothing but painting –scary thought! I am pretty much totally unprepared, but I think the only way to actually get myself motivated to succeed (or indeed to try and fail) as an artist, is to throw myself in at the deep end with no other options, and I’m extremely grateful to my love for making that possible.
I have set up an Ebay account, and will shortly be starting to sell my work online, originals mainly, as I have prints available through DA, but there may be signed copies and suchlike available as well. If you want to support my artwork, this would be an excellent way to do it! –More news will be posted on here or my personal website when I have my online store properly set up.

Newest work: Tallulah by maxine
Based on: touch by maxine

-because I’ve had requests for various repaints of this from galleries –wish me luck in selling the new one (I have plans to give the original, but the recipient doesn’t know it yet)

Um yes, wish me luck with the move, and expect lots of productivity from August onwards!

x
Mmm, I guess I'mm still happy. I had a fabulous time in Paris with sunnie despite the heatwave, and ate many kilos of fruit (we had a kilo of cherries each while i was there, i kid you not).
Yesterday my bro came round and i painted on his face, one of the resulting photographs is in my thumbs below.
I really need to get back to painting, but haven't felt like it in ages :(
Still, other than that, life is good.
x

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At the start of april I opened a new account maxine-photo :iconmaxine-photo:.
Since I'm a beginner in the photography world, instead of clogging up my existing gallery in this account with possibly rubbish photography and distracting from my 'proper' work, I shall now put all photos in my new gallery.

The exception to this will be anything requested as a print, which, since my print account is attached to this username, will remain here.
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photo thumbs:

The Mask 1 by maxine-photo Between shadows by maxine-photo Reach -take two by maxine-photo

random stuff from my gallery:

Red Dragon by maxine The River
The River
There's no water flowing in the river any more. They say the weather dried it all out, but I think it's for a different reason. It's because he doesn't come here now. This was our place.
He wasn't exactly the boy next door, but it was a small town. It was amazing we didn't know each other well, living in such close proximity, but he was a dreamer, and so was I. Until the day we met down by the river, all I knew about him was his name.
It had been a bad day. I'd had a huge row with my parents and I had run out of the house in tears, not even bothering to pick up a key to let myself back in. I had gone for a walk, to be alone, and ended up down by the river. It was spring, and the weather was warm, I didn't need my coat, so I laid it down on the grass so I could lie down on my stomach and watch the water running by, trickling and rushing past, free to go where life took it. Noone to tell it where to go, or what to do. I'm not sure how long I had been lying there, just staring,
Snacktime... by maxine Envy by maxine

selected favourites:
my mother, myself by devilicious Astronomical Clock by crazy1ady :thumb17031632:
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Yay!!! the sun came out for the first time in a week! I'm off outside to play with the bunny now :)
x

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At the start of april I opened a new account maxine-photo :iconmaxine-photo:.
Since I'm a beginner in the photography world, instead of clogging up my existing gallery in this account with possibly rubbish photography and distracting from my 'proper' work, I shall now put all photos in my new gallery.

The exception to this will be anything requested as a print, which, since my print account is attached to this username, will remain here.
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New deviation not showing up in gallery again:

www.deviantart.com/deviation/1…
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My page views have gone up lately since I put nudity in my icon. Coincidence? I don't think so...

As I type this I'm four away from 8000 pageviews. Big number! Think i'll have my next print giveaway at 8888 though, cause i'm not that crazy about zeroes. So watch this space! :P

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At the start of april I opened a new account maxine-photo :iconmaxine-photo:.
Since I'm a beginner in the photography world, instead of clogging up my existing gallery in this account with possibly rubbish photography and distracting from my 'proper' work, I shall now put all photos in my new gallery.

The exception to this will be anything requested as a print, which, since my print account is attached to this username, will remain here.
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I resurrected this piece, but it isn't showing up in my gallery yet, so go look!

  • Listening to: Stuff
At the start of april I opened a new account maxine-photo :iconmaxine-photo:.
Since I'm a beginner in the photography world, instead of clogging up my existing gallery in this account with possibly rubbish photography and distracting from my 'proper' work, I shall now put all photos in my new gallery.

The exception to this will be anything requested as a print, which, since my print account is attached to this username, will remain here.  

Hope everything's going well for everyone -i'm still struggling with my message centre, and for the moment i've given up on my watch list (being a subscriber actually made it harder -d'oh!), when i've caught up with the 1000+ deviations in my inbox i'll go back and re-check those deviation boxes. but i still love you all!

In other news... I have flu or something similar :( someone wish me get well soon!  

i think i'm sort of back on track with the painting, at least i quite like the portrait of alyson hannigan that i got finished last weekend.

am thinking about going back to university to do an art course, not because i think i need help improving my art so much as i need help learning to sell my work, and i can't think of anywhere else to start.
any established artists with tips on how to get there, please feel free to share your wisdom!!!

hope everyone has a great week/month/year/however long it take me to update this!
  • Listening to: Tumbleweeds blowing past my window
Last week I opened a new account maxine-photo :iconmaxine-photo:.
Since I'm a beginner in the photography world, I've decided it's a good idea, instead of clogging up my existing gallery in this account with possibly rubbish photography and distracting from my 'proper' work, I shall now put all photos in my new gallery.

The exception to this will be anything requested as a print, which, since my print account is attached to this username, will remain here.  

Hope everything's going well for everyone -i'm still struggling with my message centre, and for the moment i've given up on my watch list (being a subscriber actually made it harder -d'oh!), but i still love you all!

Addition:
realitysquared.deviantart.com/… Very informative journal. It's great to see how much the staff care about the views and feelings of members.

I'd like to answer the (probably rhetorical) question about why a reasonable person would object to deviantmobile...

The thing that bothers me about the default setting of all pieces to active, is that people from outside DA don't necessarily know that this is the way things are done, so when they click on 'set as mobile wallpaper' and the picture looks dreadful on their phones many will think that this is the fault of the artist.

There is a big difference between a downloading a piece by right-clicking and resizing, in the knowledge that it was not designed for the purpose, and having a button available, implying that the artist had phones in mind when they submitted.

I won't be deleting my gallery, but i have deactivated my whole gallery, and i will be removing my scraps from display until i'm able to deactivate those too, as i know my page is visited by many non-members of DA, and I don't want to give the wrong impression.
I will slowly be going through my gallery and testing my deviations to see how they look as phone wallpaper, but until i have done so they wiill be remaining unavailable.
  • Listening to: Music :)
Sorry again to everyone for not keeping up with comments, journals and deviantwatch. i think there's a demon eating up my time.

i'm not really tired of the year, just plain old tired. i still haven't finished sorting through photos from canada and we got back over a month ago. haven't even written my xmas cards yet :shrug: i think they might have fallen by the wayside a little bit now.

don't know what it is really, just apathy and lack of motivation mostly, though i have got a couple of things weighing me down that i wont go into here. hopefully things will get better in the next few weeks.

love to everybody, and i'm sure i'll get back in touch eventually.

m.
xxx
We leave tomorrow for 16 days in Canada, split between Ottawa and Toronto, and i'm all excited! We bought me a gigabyte memory card for my digital camera so i can take *loads* of pictures while we're there, so i can bore everybody with them :D

so anyway, i wont be around til the start of next month, so apologies to anyone who misses me! i'll be thinking of you!

see you in december!

x
  • Listening to: Music
*** update ***

i just got a perm! :omg: sounds dreadful i know, but my webcam pic shows what it looks like, i think it suits me just fine :) You can go comment on it here.
be honest!


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Yes indeedy, while i've been waiting for my right hand to heal i've been working on my website, just like i said i was going to!

I now have a guestbook :bookdiva: where you can go and write nice comments about the site and my work (you can write nasty ones too, but i get to view the posts before they go on display, so there's probably no point! :movingon:)

There is also a :new: section where i've put most of my recent work from the last few months. most of this has gone up on here as well, up til now, but i'm looking at possibly moving away from DA for some of my prints, so they may be available exclusively on my own site.
It's a shame, because i've found them pretty reliable up til now, but my last order from DA took two attempts to even get a response and still hasn't arrived over a month later.
At the very least this has brought home that i need a backup option.

Anyway, less of the whinging, go see my new and improved site!
www.maxinegreen.co.uk/


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  • Listening to: Music
*** Ouch!!!***

Thursday night i nearly cut my finger off, and now i can't hold a paintbrush, i guess it'll be at least a couple of weeks before i'll be able to paint again, at least with my right hand, so i guess i'll be taking an enforced break from the painting and update my website, since thankfully i type with my left hand.
There's more details, and a picture of my bandaged hand in my scrapbook here.

Still looking for that free animation software, if anyone sees or hears anything or knows anyone who might know i'd appreciate it hugely, as i have some wonderful photo sets to use in animations if i only had the way of running them together. Doesn't need to do a lot, as i have all the frames already, just needs to be able to generate a .gif animation file.

Aargh! it hurts even to use the mouse, i'll have to start using even more keyboard shortcuts. :(

oh well, at least it's an excuse not to do stuff i dont want to, like cleaning, and um, work. :D
m.

xxx

*** Update ***
Got my dressing changed today, and the first glimpse of my finger since i cut it open four days ago, still looks pretty gory. Of course, i took a photo, don't click on the thumbnail if you dislike gore, cause it still looks pretty nasty!
(www.deviantart.com/deviation/1…)
  • Listening to: The 'I nearly cut my finger off' Blues
***Help wanted! ***

Does anyone here know of a decent free animation program i could use to run simple gifs together? i had one before but it got wiped and i cant remember what it was called or where it came from. it's really frustrating me!
If anyone happens to have a spare couple of hundred pounds to sponsor a needy artist with so she could give up the day job and focus on the art, then let me know that as well!!! :please:

Thanks everyone for watching me, i love you guys!
:hug:
  • Listening to: X
Meh, i just deleted my story, 'The River' from my gallery here, as i changed my mind about having it in both accounts, and since noone had commented on the version in this one i don't think i'm losing anything. if you're interested in reading my writing though, go take a look. Hopefully there should be something for everyone, i've got short fiction, true stories, kids and adult poetry and erotica in there (warning, it's all lumped in together, so check the category if you dont want surprises! :)).

lots of stuff to do again, i'm afraid, so i'm not on a lot at the moment. will get some more work up here soon though, i hope

m.
xxx
  • Listening to: Rah!
Nearly finished my big project, just taking a break before i go into what's hopefully the last big stint, and then it's done, with luck i'll be uploading the final version tomorrow!

My homepage is at www.maxinegreen.co.uk - go visit!

Also if you are buying prints, it would be really appreciated if you sent me a note to say so, as i'd love to know where they're going - deviantart doesn't tell me anything about who's buying them, just when they get sold! (it would be fantastic if i could tell people i was selling work all over the world!)

thanks to everyone who has bought anything so far, and all the lovely people supporting me by leaving comments
lots of love,
m.
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ok, i will update my journal properly soon, even after deleting all my messages and emptying my watch list over xmas the messages are creeping back up again, i think i may have to set aside an afternoon a week for clearing them!
at any rate, until i do a proper update go here!
:thumb4849591:

this is a gorgeous piece of work by an artist new to deviantart, and it deserves a whole lot more attention than it's received so far, for me it was an instant favourite, so at least go take a look!


*Update: Ignore the link below. Prins are here: maxine.deviantart.com/prints/?… *
i cant cope with all my messages and there's no way i have the time before i go on holiday to go through them,  so i'm going to take a leaf from cryptorchids book... i'm clearing out *everything*. i'm deleting all my messages, and my devwatch, and starting again.

so apologies if you've commented on anything recently and i've not replied, or if you're on my devwatch and i've not managed to look at anything.
hopefully after christmas i'll be able to get back in the swing of things. after a couple of weeks away (i'll probably be offline for the whole xmas period, starting from monday)
i'm starting the new year with a new job, just in the mornings and i'll be spending the afternoons painting. which is exactly what i was hoping for, even if it does involve getting up at 6:30 am!

have a great christmas and new year everyone, and i hope you all take a refreshing break too!
love to you all,
m.
xxx

my other accounts: :iconemanix: :iconchaosbunny:
prints: maxine.deviantart.com/prints/
suggest something someone!

featured work: i am in love with this piece and i cant believe it hasnt got more attention so go and look at it and see how wonderful it is!
feet study by sketchybutterfly

oh well, i ought to go and look for something useful to do
lots of love,
m.
x


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alternate accounts:
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:iconemanix: for writing and stock photos

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Kelly leGoth

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