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I'm going on vacation with Larry Elmore...... [Mar. 8th, 2006|02:19 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
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I'm so excited! In just a week and a half I'll be in the Kentucky wilderness with Larry Elmore and ten other fantasy artists, for an artists' retreat. Lots of art, drawing, reference-photo taking, campfires, outdoorsy-ness, etc. YAY! I will be sure to take lots of pictures =) It's great - it'll only be artists there - sounds like a creative and inspiring time. Matt is going to stay here of course so website/eBay ordering will go on as normal. I'll be gone for 5 days.

Larry Elmore is probably the person who most inspired me to become a professional fantasy artist. It was The Art of Dragonlance book I got for a present when I was 12 that first introduced me to contemporary fantasy art, and helped draw me into the world of fantasy in general. So it is a crazily happy thing for me to get to go do this! I don't get to meet other professional artists in person very often, so that will be fun too.

So in the meantime I need to get as much work done as possible before I leave. I finished up a commissioned portrait and now I'm ready to start another new original painting - you can watch me on my webcam HERE while I work! I have a big 24" canvas ready to go, and it's going to have a wine theme to it.....

Matt & I had a great time on our 9th anniversary last week! We went to Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure during the day, and then at night we went to Melting Pot - what a great restaurant! It's a four course (including salad) meal fondue style, and they are very very vegetarian friendly (and the have vegan options as well!) - a bit pricey, but I'd highly recommend the place. They have locations throughout the US. We also went to Barnes & Noble for some bookshopping, and then to Downtown Disney and to a movie (we saw Underworld 2). A great anniversary!

Let me see...what else is new... other than that it's mostly been work as usual. Lots of wholesale orders, which is awesome, lots of commissions (which is awesome, but time consuming). I am actually going to be raising up my commission prices later this week. I am getting too many and my waiting list is getting too long (lol, which in a way is good, but it kind of is making it so I don't get to do as many of my own originals, and a long waiting list means that it makes it harder for customers with deadilnes like birthday gifts, etc.). SO - if you are wanting a commissioned painting at my current prices please contact me in the next day or two to get your name on the list. The waiting list is currently 8 weeks, so please take that into consideration. Otherwise, prices are going up shortly - I apologize but I kinda have to do this. OF COURSE people already on my waiting list will NOT be affected by the price increase =)

All righty then, I'm off to paint!
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[User Picture]From: _boogaloo_
2006-03-08 08:02 pm (UTC)
Happy enniversary (even though its a bit late)
have fun at the artists retreat it sounds fun :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:29 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!!
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[User Picture]From: pixiewildflower
2006-03-08 08:06 pm (UTC)
Have fun dear!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:30 am (UTC)
I'm sure I will!!
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[User Picture]From: gossamerfaery
2006-03-08 08:06 pm (UTC)
That is awesome!!!! WOW!!! How did you find out about the retreat? I'm always curious how people come across these things, like when metamorphmuse said she took a class from Lis McGrath! I am so happy for you because I know how big that is for you!

Thanks for the heads up on The Melting Pot! Maybe I'll come across one someday:)

XOXO!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-08 08:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited!!!!

I had heard about the previous retreat a couple years back and emailed to get on the mailing list to get a head's up on the next one. I called Larry the second I heard about it to make sure I got in, hehe. I'm stoked!
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[User Picture]From: xo_purity_ox
2006-03-08 08:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! I hope you have lots of fun!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:30 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: ellenmillion
2006-03-08 08:34 pm (UTC)
Holy cow, I'm SO jealous!! Have a fabulous time. :) :)

And good for you for getting to the point of a price raise. That's wonderful to hear! :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:32 am (UTC)
Thank you Ellen!!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:32 am (UTC)
I'm sure it will be!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:32 am (UTC)
=) Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: weetzie_baby
2006-03-08 08:54 pm (UTC)
That is wicked cool Jasmine, congrats!! ^___^
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:32 am (UTC)
Thank you Jacey! I'm soooo excited!!
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[User Picture]From: princess_lilam
2006-03-08 09:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a fun retreat and also very educational. You can always learn from others, no matter how good you are already.

HAve fun!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:33 am (UTC)
Thank you Lindy!!
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[User Picture]From: david_k_
2006-03-08 09:24 pm (UTC)
oh how kool!
larry elmore (and you) is one of my favourite artists ever!
have a great time ^_^
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:34 am (UTC)
Thank you David, I'm so excited!
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[User Picture]From: andreags
2006-03-08 10:03 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, lucky! I've wanted to go to that for the past couple years, but I've never had the time or money.

Have fun and don't forget to post about how much fun you had! =)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:35 am (UTC)
I'm glad I didn't miss out this time, I was kicking myself that I didn't get to go to the one two years ago. I will definitely post here with a full report! I'll probably take my laptop with me, hehe.
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[User Picture]From: btrflyvampvixen
2006-03-08 10:59 pm (UTC)
Happy Belated Anniversary to you both! Hope you have fun at the retreat, it sounds like it'll be a blast!! Kentucky is nice, I haven't been there since I was small though. When I was about 4 or 5 my family spent a week on a houseboat on Kentucky Lake, it was great!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:37 am (UTC)
Thank you Mary!!

I've driven through Kentucky many times (on the way from Florida up to Missouri, hehe) but I've never spent much time there, so I'm looking forward to it!
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[User Picture]From: wyrdpainter
2006-03-08 11:56 pm (UTC)
Oh that sounds like a wonderful time you're going to have on your artist retreat! Say Hi to Larry for me, he probably only knows me as Denise's friend at GenCon.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:38 am (UTC)
Will do! Thank you Beth!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-09 12:07 am (UTC)
Yep! Same place! I can't wait!!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-09 12:08 am (UTC)
He will be having another retreat this fall - if you join his mailing list you'll get the info to sign up early!
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From: auburnsiren
2006-03-09 12:17 am (UTC)
Happy anniversary! Have a great time at the retreat too!

So I'm finally getting off my ass to send your BPAL and you'll be gone! Well you can enjoy it when you get home. ;-)

xoxo
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! >^__^<

Oh, hehe - no worries - I'll be back soon, and Matt will of course be here to get the mail, etc.
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2006-03-09 01:28 am (UTC)
Happy late anniversary!
WOW! That sounds like a SUPER fun time--going on that retreat! that's AWESOME!! Have a great time!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you Lisa!!
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[User Picture]From: sweetkisses13
2006-03-09 06:30 am (UTC)
Awe... Happy Late Anniversary! It sounds like you and Matt had a nice one. I have been wanting to try the Melting Pot for such a long time now. I did not know it was a four course meal. Cool! =) I should have gone to Downtown Disney, I could have said Hello to you. *Darn* Maybe one day. *Hopes*
Wow, that retreat sounds like fun!! =)
I hope you take and show off lot of pictures.

*Hugs*
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:42 am (UTC)
Thank you Jessica!!! Melting Pot is AWESOME - it's a great "date" place too, very romantic - each booth/table is in its own little nook.

Hey - I need to post soon (when I get more details) - I'm going to be doing a book/art signing at Avalon in Orlando in June!
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[User Picture]From: athenas_secret
2006-03-09 02:19 pm (UTC)
Have fun!

Just wanted to say I love your work. Have you ever considered doing some painting based off of Goddesses? Such as Athena (you can never find a feminine image of her).
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:42 am (UTC)
I'm sure it will be lots of fun!

I've painted a few goddesses - I haven't painted Athena yet though, I should!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:43 am (UTC)
I've been a fan of his so long - I was a big EQ nerd for awhile, hehe. I'm a HUGE Dragonlance fiend though, so I'm extra excited about that, lol.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-09 04:35 pm (UTC)

Inspired

Wow. Your art is amazing. I like it mainly because it's similar to the kind of art I do. I recently began to get back into sketching after seeing your site. It's such an inspiration.
Georgia Fairy,
Theresa
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:45 am (UTC)

Re: Inspired

Hi Theresa! Thank you so much for your kind words, and for stopping by my journal! =)
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From: jimmycuervo
2006-03-09 10:28 pm (UTC)
How did you like Underworld Jas?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-03-10 12:46 am (UTC)
Well, I like anything with vampires & werewolves, hehe. I think I liked it better than the first one - both are entertaining. Not my favourite movies in the genre, but good fun. And great clothes!
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[User Picture]From: irrimiri
2006-03-10 09:03 am (UTC)
Oh that really sounds great and exciting!!! Hope you have a great time there!!!
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