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New Painting - Santa Muerte!!! [Oct. 10th, 2005|09:29 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
I have been SO BUSY for these past couple of days, it's crazy. And the next couple of days are going to be even crazier.

I have finished up this monster of a painting......click below to see her.... (kind of creepy, so be forewarned)......

"Santa Muerte"



Just in time for Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)- Santa Muerte - a rising star in the folk religions of Mexico. A rather non-traditional saint, she is often embraced by the likes of gangsters, prostitutes, and politicians, as well as housewives and just regular folks who want to get a favor from her! Shrines to Santa Muerte are often elaborate, featuring an effigy of the saint (with her skull face and Virgin Mary symbolism) and offerings like tequila, tobacco, fruits, eggplants, candies, and small trinkets. I've portrayed this in my painting by including lots of items associated with her. For more info on Santa Muerte (she's a fascinating figure) check out these links: here, here or here.

This painting took me a lot of time but there are a lot of fun details in there!

The rest of my time (these past couple of days) has been spent working on commissions. I've got two more I'd like to finish before I do any more originals, so it will probably be pretty quiet on my end for awhile.

And on top of that, the next couple of days will be EXTREMELY busy for me & Matt since we are SHIPPING MY BOOK! It's an incredibly daunting task, each book of course has to be signed or personalized by me, wrapped in bubble wrap, packaged up, addressed, taken to the Post Office and mailed. And there are MILLIONS of them (well, not quite, lol, but there are lots). It will probably take a couple of days to get them all out, it's that crazy - I am not joking.

In fact, I've completely sold out my first shipment! Don't worry - we only recently ran out a couple of days ago. Those who have ordered since then will get their books shipped when I receive my next shipment October 25th. I've almost sold out THAT shipment too, and have already placed an order for a third shipment. It's nuts! I will continue updating my website as the back-order dates change. Once a person orders the book from my site they'll receive the confirmation email with the approximate shipping date. And also when we finally SHIP your specific book, you'll receive the "book's on the way!" email. I truly did not anticipate the demand for this book, lol. Keep in mind too that it's just me & Matt doing this out of our house, so we actually have to keep the books, like, in our living room, hehe, so I can't really buy 100,000 at a time or anything like that.

SO, please forgive me if you don't hear much from me these next couple of days - it's going to be CRAZY around here!
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[User Picture]From: novemberhour
2005-10-11 01:51 am (UTC)
I love Santa Muerte... I've been fascinated by her for a while!

Good luck with the crazy and the shipping of books! I have these visions of you guys sitting in your living room surrounded by copies of your book, while the kitties climb all over them...
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:45 am (UTC)
Thank you Annie! She's certainly an intriguing character.

Lol - honestly you're pretty close to the mark there! We've made several post office runs already today - and we're not even 1/3 of the way done (posty is closed now, of course). Craziness!
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From: auburnsiren
2005-10-11 02:01 am (UTC)
She is awesome! I'm going to want a print of her for sure. I really like your departures like this and the Alchemist, and last year's Day Of The Dead. They are interesting pieces.

Congrats on the book! I'll need to grab one of those too!

xoxo

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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:46 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!

I like doing paintings like that from time to time =)
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[User Picture]From: cannibol
2005-10-11 02:05 am (UTC)
oooo, she is very stylie! very cool!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:46 am (UTC)
Thank you Vince! Coming from you, that means a lot =)
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From: mercurial_realm
2005-10-11 02:09 am (UTC)
Not surprisingly Jasmine, this is one of my favourite things I've ever seen you do.Its wonderful-I really love it, and the colours just shine-you've made death look like candy:)

Good luck with the book orders, I don't envy you on that one:P
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:46 am (UTC)
Thank you David - making death look like candy is my job, hehe.
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2005-10-11 02:43 am (UTC)
you know i love this one! so freakin cool!

i was wondering about giving you guys a call this week before we come down, when might a good time be? i havent called yet cause i know you guys are so busy i dont want to be pesky :)
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From: auburnsiren
2005-10-11 04:14 am (UTC)

Did you make that icon? Can I steal it? :-)
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[User Picture]From: lunaminx
2005-10-11 03:10 am (UTC)
Hi I am interested in purchasing your book but was wondering how much shipping would be to australia ??
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:47 am (UTC)
Awesome!

Let me see - most of the pertinent info for international ordering can be found here:

http://www.strangeling.com/fairybookspecialorder.html

Overseas shipping is via Surface Mail, which to Australia is right about $6.00
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[User Picture]From: weetzie_baby
2005-10-11 03:11 am (UTC)
OooOooo that painting is creepy cool!! =D

I'm excited your book is selling so well!!! That is brilliant!! ::bounce:: I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally</b> want to buy one right NOW!!! Unfortunetly I'm going to have to wait until after Christmas though. I'm going to be scrimping and saving every penny so that I can afford to buy some decent presents for my family this year. ::sighs:: I hate being poor. But! i'm happy poor, so I'll shut up now. ;D

♥ ♥ ♥
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:48 am (UTC)
>^___^< Thank you Jacey!!!!

No worries, I'll be sure to keep it in stock for a good long time so everybody gets a chance. I'm sure the ordering frenzy will die down a bit in the meantime and I can actually keep some in stock, lol.
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[User Picture]From: jenelycam
2005-10-11 03:12 am (UTC)
HOLY WOW!!! That is uber detailed!!! I adore the shine of the beads!!! So very realistic. And very creepy!!! But in a good way!!!

I really gotta find the money to buy a copy of your book...
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:49 am (UTC)
Thank you Dawn! I had a lot of fun painting all those details.....
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[User Picture]From: btrflyvampvixen
2005-10-11 03:14 am (UTC)
congrats on all the book orders Jasmine!! Hope you and Matt remember to take a break and not stress yourselves out too much. :) Can't wait to get my book though!! ;) Take care!
~Mary~
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:49 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Mary!!!!! We're taking a short break right now (the Post Office is closed now anyways, hehe).
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:50 am (UTC)
Totally! In Santa Muerte/Day of the Dead culture, death isn't supposed to be a scary thing - nothing wrong with getting some giggles out of it, hehe!

Thank you so much!
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2005-10-11 03:25 am (UTC)
100,000? Why Not???

I am sure with a little cleverness they could amke fabulous couches...endtables...coffee tables...plant stands (watch out for the leaking pots though)...And the ocasional ottoman!!

Hehehehehehe }:)

and James complains about my stacks of Backer board and Clearbags...Hehehehehehehehe

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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:51 am (UTC)
Lol - I can't imagine how much room that would take - probably my whole first floor.....

We're already using boxes of books for desks and setting stuff on them.... =P

Oh man, you should see the UPS guy when he brings in my boxes of extra long mailing tubes (the 54" kind) I'm sure he thinks I'm nuts....
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From: aeris_demise
2005-10-11 04:17 am (UTC)
such vibrant colors! very nice job. :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:51 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!!!
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[User Picture]From: irrimiri
2005-10-11 09:52 am (UTC)
Man, I love your uber detailed pieces, it's like you can look at it and discover something new every time, so cool.

But this is even cooler!! your book!! yay :D
Almost a pity that your last painting isn't in there.
Congrats with selling out your books.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:52 am (UTC)
Thank you Miriam!! There's a lot of fun stuff in this painting - I kind of got "lost" in the details.....
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[User Picture]From: princess_lilam
2005-10-11 10:24 am (UTC)
This is definately a good one! The detail is lovely, it must have taken sooo long to paint it.
I like the cigs. If you look quikly, you think its one of those "Smoking kills" paintings.

Yay, today the post office will be open so you can start shifting those books. Just dont pack up on of your cats by mistake and ship him aswell :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:53 am (UTC)
LOL - totally - I should license it to the "Don't Smoke" people, hehe. There's liquor and cards in there too - it could double as anti-drinking and gambling too.... ;P

Ha - Quan-Yin was trying to get inside one of the boxes, too......
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[User Picture]From: neva_ivan
2005-10-11 12:02 pm (UTC)
I love it!! I love the Florida water sitting in there too! All those little details. I didn't know about Santa Muerte, so I'm totally being educated! So nice for October!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:54 am (UTC)
Thank you Neva!!!

YAY! You are the first person to recognize the Florida Water! I had a bottle of it by my painting desk, so I had to paint it in there somewhere.....
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[User Picture]From: atlantisdevil
2005-10-11 12:56 pm (UTC)
Well i looked at this one again this morning and the link worked.^_^
I don't know whats up with it..but im gunna find out *_*
nice work!! :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:54 am (UTC)
Lol - a mystery to be sure!

Thank you Heather!
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From: faerieraindance
2005-10-11 01:03 pm (UTC)
Amazing painting !!

I am so excited .. I just pre ordered your book !!! I cant wait to add it to my collection of faerie related books!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:54 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you so much! >^____^
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[User Picture]From: deathsex9
2005-10-11 01:18 pm (UTC)
OMG Jaz!!!!

THat is fabulous!!!

*wishes a money fairy would bless me right this second*

*pouts* I want that!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:55 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Barb!!! >^___^<

Man, I think we could all use some more money faeries....
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[User Picture]From: hippiechic567
2005-10-11 02:05 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your book selling so well! It's on my want list!
Your new picture is very cool too, very in season for Halloween!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:55 am (UTC)
Thank you Kelly!!!
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[User Picture]From: ariesroses
2005-10-11 02:06 pm (UTC)
Wow...make sure you take a break when you sign all of those books!

Cute neat intersting painting you got up. :)

Good luck with all the crazyness!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:55 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Hehe, I'm taking a short break now to catch up on emails since the Post Office is closed. At this rate I'm not going to be done shipping until probably Friday - it's taking forever!
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[User Picture]From: jengaart
2005-10-11 02:50 pm (UTC)
I love Dia de los Muertos, it is traditional for our family to celebrate every year. We make our alters at a local gallery, we make"dead bread" (MMMMM, SO GOOD) and we dress up and dance and honor our dead. Such a beautiful painting, you captured the spirit perfectly! All the detail and the colors are right on! Thank you for the woderful tribute to this lessser known holiday!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:56 am (UTC)
Thank you Jenga!! It's one of the most beautiful and unique holidays (and not very well-known here in the States) - I could draw a constant source of inspiration from it.

Thank you again! >^___^
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From: flamingredflame
2005-10-11 05:31 pm (UTC)

Santa Muerte?? Grim Reaper???

Jasmine, I know you are busy, but what is the difference between Santa Muerte and the Grim Reaper? Is she good or bad...I am having a streak of bad luck and need something to protect me from evil. Can you recommend something? Sharon....
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:56 am (UTC)

Re: Santa Muerte?? Grim Reaper???

Hey Sharon! Emailed you ;)
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[User Picture]From: tourmalina
2005-10-11 08:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, "Santa Muerte" is a very beautiful painting. I just kept staring at it, soaking up the wonderful details.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:57 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun working on the little details and everything =)
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[User Picture]From: wyrdpainter
2005-10-12 12:52 am (UTC)

Coool!

"Santa Muerte" is a facinating piece! I can't think of a better artist to represent that hopeful and macabre saint. Congratulations on your book sales, that's just awesome. ;)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-12 12:58 am (UTC)

Re: Coool!

Thank you Beth!!!! >^__^<

Any house news yet?
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[User Picture]From: waltzingdog
2005-10-12 01:44 pm (UTC)
Jasmine it's all sounding so wonderful!!!!!!!
Good luck!!!
*hugs*
W
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-10-14 11:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you Wendy!!!
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