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Giant New Original Painting "Alice and Las Meninas" - so beautiful! [Feb. 13th, 2010|08:29 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Hi everyone!

Here is what has been OBSESSING me for the past three days....

I have a new painting to show you tonight! One of my best yet, and certainly one of the largest I have ever offered for sale. Also - the LONGEST time I've ever spent on a single painting, hehe. "Alice and Las Meninas" - my first "Alice" painting of the year! She's up in my eBay store (where she will remain until purchased, or else will come with me to MegaCon or the Celebration Spring Art Festival, so if you want her - grab her now!)! I have prints up already too!

All right, the new original painting! "Alice and Las Meninas" is the title - one of my favourite Alice in Wonderland paintings I've done yet (heck, one of my favourite paintings of any kind I've done yet)! This is the third painting in my sub-series called "Alice in Other Lands" which are paintings featuring Alice in a variety of unusual circumstances, thrown into settings inspired by my love of art history (be sure to check out the first two installments honoring Bosch and da Vinci). Here we have my Alice on the set of one of the most beautiful and famous paintings in the world - "Las Meninas" (the Handmaidens") by 17th century painter Diego Velázquez - the epitome of Spanish Baroque. This is of course my version (for comparison, check out Picasso's Las Meninas, hehe). In my painting, Alice is playing the little princess (Infanta Margarita of Spain). Lewis Carroll has a cameo as the painter in this piece (Velázquez). The handmaidens truly must be from the court of the Queen of Hearts. In the distance you can see the Mad Hatter sneaking out the back, the Duchess holding a squealing pig, and the King of Hearts looking typically downtrodden and bedraggled. And lo and behold, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum have squeezed their way into the portrait too. Also if you look at the portrait on the back wall, you may see the White Rabbit! My favourite part though has got to be the devilish Cheshire Cat who has seemingly replaced Velázquez's faithful hound. This is a painting celebrating my loves of Alice in Wonderland and Baroque art - no reason why the two shouldn't go together! I've always thought that Alice's adventures should continue into many other bizarre tales, and you can expect to see more from me in the future. My own lowbrow big eyed take on Velázquez's work was one of my largest paintings to date, and took longer than any other painting I've completed (over three days, which is a long time for me!). This is my own original acrylic painting, completely painted by hand. PS - this painting is HUGE - almost four feet wide! Could totally hang over a sofa or headboard and make the room fantastic! Framed it measures 44" wide by 32" high (it is the ORIGINAL painting - acrlyics on a 36"x24" masonite panel). A huge, ornate, antique style picture frame. Tiny carved details suit the Baroque theme. It's an open wood frame with a posh antiqued golden finish - this really is a stunning piece - it truly can be the focus of any room. It's up at a fixed price in my eBay store where it will remain unless purchased or else brought to my art show at MegaCon (or possibly the Celebration Spring Art Festival) in March. So if you want her - get her now (or come to one of the shows!). Click below to see her:



"Alice and Las Meninas" ORIGINAL FRAMED PAINTING

And as always, to see all of my other currently available original paintings - click below - I have some BEAUTIFUL originals up right now and will be adding more soon:

All Jasmine's New Original Paintings

I'm making the "Alice and Las Meninas" prints available NOW on Zazzle. If the original isn't in your budget, grab one of these! These are beautiful prints - starting at just $13.80 - and guess what? You can add on custom mats, frames, glass, etc. however you want it. And you can choose the paper type - glossy, matte, canvas, poster, whatever. Small sizes are available as well as BIG sizes - up to 78"x52" in size. Just use the options in the upper right hand corner of this page to choose the size you'd like - leave it plain as a poster print or add framing options. No need to wait any more!!



Prints & Posters of "Alice and Las Meninas"

Enjoy!

Until next time...
-Jasmine


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[User Picture]From: krisgoat
2010-02-14 03:32 am (UTC)
Wow! Congrads on the fast sale! Good work! <3
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2010-02-15 11:25 am (UTC)
Thanks Kris!!!
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[User Picture]From: duckycat
2010-02-14 04:18 pm (UTC)
Wow! Jasmine this is spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it sold right away! You constantly amaze me!!!!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2010-02-15 11:25 am (UTC)
Thanks Mom! I had a lot of fun on this one. Happy Valentine's Day yesterday!
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[User Picture]From: pixiewildflower
2010-02-14 11:39 pm (UTC)
That is fantastic Jasmine....Happy Valentine's Day!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2010-02-15 11:25 am (UTC)
Thank you Pixie! =) =)
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[User Picture]From: jaishi
2010-02-15 01:29 am (UTC)
!Muy linda!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2010-02-15 11:25 am (UTC)
Gracias!!! =)
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[User Picture]From: wickedgillie
2010-02-15 04:11 am (UTC)
This is easily my favourite piece you've ever done. Ever. Congratulations on your phenomenal sale!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2010-02-15 11:26 am (UTC)
Thanks Amie!!! It was a sheer joy to paint, it's long been one of my favourites and I had a lot of fun interpreting it =)
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From: amanda_now
2010-02-15 06:46 am (UTC)
You constantly amaze me with the depth of your art, both in subject and technique. I can't even imagine how hard it must be to consistently come up with SO MUCH amazing work. I love this! It is so subtle and sophisticated! How long does it take to paint something as detailed and complicated as this?
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From: amanda_now
2010-02-15 06:50 am (UTC)
Oh sorry, I meant to specify, how many hours does something like this usually take? I did in fact read the journal before posting and saw that you worked on it for three days ^^;;;
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2010-02-15 11:29 am (UTC)
Thanks Amanda!

Yep, three days - that is the longest time I've ever spent on a single painting. Somebody had actually said something to me along the lines of "hey, usually you do a painting a day - what if you spent a whole week on one painting?" So I thought I'd do something that struck me as a very complicated, time consuming painting. Didn't quite take a week, but three days is pretty long for me! To be fair, in the middle I stopped and did the last half of a commissioned piece I had to catch a deadline on, so maybe it was about 2.5 days, but still, I'm proud to have spent that long on one painting. I might try doing that more often, actually!
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