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New "scary" mermaid painting (hehe), Medusa prints, other good stuff.... [Feb. 8th, 2007|07:46 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Hey!

I finished a new painting, Matt thinks it's scary ;)

Now, I've painted a LOT of mermaids over these past 10 years or so, but this is my FAVOURITE to date! I love oceans, and ocean life - especially those weird, bizarre, creepy creatures that live in the sunless depths of the benthic and abyssal zones of the ocean. The angler fish, lantern fish, dragonfish/devilfish, the jellyfish, the pelican gulper eel, the glass squid - all of these creatures in my painting are actually based on REAL animals, that are out in our oceans right now. I love them all, so I've painted them with a kinda creepy mermaid - with bioluminescent abyssal colouring, just like the other monsters of the deep. Click below to see her.....

"Mermaid of the Deep" ORIGINAL PAINTING



"Portrait of Medusa" 11x14" Lt. Ed. CANVAS PRINT #01

(Since Medusa was an oval painting, I added a solid black background around it to format it to a normal print size/shape - that way it can be framed with an oval or with a rectangle & still look good.)

"Dark Mardi Gras" 15x6" Lt. Ed. CANVAS PRINT #01

I have lots of prints on SALE this week too, CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF THE SALE PRINTS!

Or click on these individually....

"Portrait of Medusa" 8x10 SALE PRINT $10 & "Portrait of Medusa" 12x16 SALE PRINT $20

"Dark Mardi Gras" 10x4 SALE PRINT $10 & "Dark Mardi Gras" 15x6 SALE PRINT $20

and some other Mardi Gras prints are on sale, 'tis the season...

"Mardi Gras Masquerade" 8x10 SALE PRINT $10
& "Ghosts of Mardi Gras" 8x10 SALE PRINT $10

So the other day, I had TWO ripening pineapples growing in my backyard.

Then one morning, I went out there and there was only one. I searched around for clues, and found the core & top of the pineapple under my azalea bushes. It had been obviously eaten by some animal - I'm guessing either possum or raccoon, I see both of them around a lot. Maybe an armadillo, they are in my backyard frequently, but I don't know if they eat pineapples.

So I cut off the top of the eaten pineapple and put it in a glass of water, and lo and behold it is starting to grow roots! Soon I'll plant it out back. Pineapples are strange - they are related to Spanish moss and other bromeliads, so they grow very oddly. Each plant only produces one pineapple, so I was a little sad about losing one, but I think it's kind of cute that some animal came in my yard and stole my pineapple....
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[User Picture]From: jenelycam
2007-02-09 12:58 am (UTC)
Her critters are kind of creepy...in a good way. And she's just too dark and GORGEOUS!!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you Dawn!!!
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From: jasminefairy
2007-02-09 12:59 am (UTC)
I'm growing lychees in my kitchen window!! I wish i lived in a warm climate to grow fun fruit in my garden!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oh how funny! I love lychees, I don't think I've ever seen one growing though. They are such odd looking fruits.

That is one of my favourite things about having a tropical climate - I can grow funny stuff in my yard, lol.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:10 pm (UTC)
Lol - you are right about that! Thank you Sophia!
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[User Picture]From: atlantisdevil
2007-02-09 01:50 am (UTC)
YAY I'm number 4!
I love her..she deffinately looks devious!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you Heather!
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[User Picture]From: jengaart
2007-02-09 04:06 am (UTC)
She's gorgeous! I love all those creatures. Except the pelican gulper, that one was new to me. :D Brilliant as usual. :D
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Jenga! Pelican Gulper Eels are SO strange, I love them.
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[User Picture]From: sweetkisses13
2007-02-09 07:30 am (UTC)
I think she is beautiful! =)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you Jess =) See you this weekend at Mega-Con!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: sweetkisses13
2007-02-13 05:52 am (UTC)
Your welcome, honey! I'm looking forward to it!! =)
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-02-09 08:04 am (UTC)

"Mermaid of the Deep"

OMG She is so beautiful!!!!!!
/sanna
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:14 pm (UTC)

Re: "Mermaid of the Deep"

>^___^< Thank you Sanna!
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[User Picture]From: pixiewildflower
2007-02-09 10:45 am (UTC)
She is dark, mysterious, sultry, beautiful!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you Pixie!
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[User Picture]From: david_k_
2007-02-09 11:38 am (UTC)
i love that gulper eel! its so creepy and cool..
aww i've never seen a possum or raccoon lol.. or a armadillo, i had no idea they just walked around in floridam they seem so.. tropical to me. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you David!

We get them all in our backyard a lot. We had raccoons and possums back when I lived up North too, a lot of people found them to be a nuisance because they will get into trash cans and that type of thing, lol. Armadillos are everywhere down here, they are really cute.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-02-09 04:04 pm (UTC)
She's gorgeous. Best mermaid so far!

-Abby in KC
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you Abby!!
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[User Picture]From: fuzzylildrgnfly
2007-02-09 07:42 pm (UTC)
That mermaid print is the poo!
I don't even like mermaids and I *love* it. Great work!
We likes....hehe
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!
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[User Picture]From: atlantisdevil
2007-02-10 02:08 am (UTC)
Hey jasmine!!
I have painting class now ^_^
And I need a theme, I'm using my drawings and using astrology to add background and stuff.
I need to research some artists and their techniques and since I want my style to be like yours i was wondering if you could tell me how you do highlights and layers and stuff like that!?

If you could id really appreciate!

thank you ^_^
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you Heather!

I use fluid acrylics - the liquid kind in bottles, usually "Golden" brand. Basically what I do is thin them with water and build up layer after layer after layer (sometimes 100 or more layers painting), very thin, very smooth - like a glaze. I start with opaque, darker colours, and I build up with lighter, more transparent colours. The last thing I do is add the highlights in the appropriate places. I just think about where the light source would be in the scene, and I add the highlights appropriately.
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[User Picture]From: atlantisdevil
2007-02-12 09:30 pm (UTC)
we are using thicker acrylics...but i can try lol
thanks!
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[User Picture]From: crypticvitality
2007-02-10 03:11 am (UTC)
Great work Jas! I always thought those deep underwater critters were creepy as hell, you captured that scariness of them perfectly, is all those teeth and either huge or tiny eyes, and barbed fins and slimy bodied *shivers*
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you Candace!!! They are creepy, hehe - but I am strangely obsessed with them. I have some great ocean books that have all sorts of odd underwater "monsters" in them, I love looking at them.
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[User Picture]From: jasmine_rae
2007-02-10 06:21 am (UTC)

mermaid of the deep

well well this painting is very appropriate because i'm planning on going to see a "Creatures of the Deep" exhibition at "Underwater World" on the Sunshine Coast (QLD, Australia) very soon. I'm super excited about it. There's going to be the world's largest giant squid 'frozen in time' (ie. frozen in a huge slab of ice!). Apparently it's eye measures 25cms across! eek.
I love things like this too and I've been begging my boyfriend to take me to see this exhibition.
Hahaha, the pineapple story is cute.
Here in Queensland, Australia there are tons and tons of pineapple farms. Really really sweet yellow pineapples!!
Come try some sometime! You know you'll always have a place to stay!
Xx
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:21 pm (UTC)

Re: mermaid of the deep

How very neat! That sounds like a wonderful exhibition. I would LOVE to see a giant squid - I've always been very intersted in cryptozoology and have been following the "discovery" of the giant (and now colossal!) squids since I was a little girl.

I would love to go to Australia someday - especially Queensland, it reminds me a little of Florida from the pics!
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[User Picture]From: terrorgore
2007-02-12 05:54 am (UTC)
Hey,
I recently got a tattoo of one of your works ... figured I'd give you a look-see =)

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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-12 04:25 pm (UTC)
Wow!! What a fabulous tattoo - your tattoo artist did an amazing job, that is so well done. I love how they "framed" it too, that is beautiful!

It is one the biggest compliments I can get when I see that somebody likes one of my paintings enough to keep it with them forever as a tattoo =) Thank you so very very much.

If you don't mind - I will put it on my tattoo page here:

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

next time I update =)
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[User Picture]From: terrorgore
2007-02-13 02:11 am (UTC)
No worries - glad you like! He did an awesome job =)
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2007-02-13 06:39 am (UTC)
thats cute! i have two sad looking pineapple plants in my kitchen from fruits that we ate. they are pretty harty plants...mine wont grow fruits for me though :(
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-02-13 09:09 pm (UTC)
Alex!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You're alive! Lol, Matt & I had been wondering about you for awhile - he showed me your email and I'm glad that you're "connected" again =) =)

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