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New Paintings! [Aug. 20th, 2003|08:28 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Ah, here they are:

"Nothing Wrong with a Little Voodoo"

"A Seahorse Friend"
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[User Picture]From: weetzie_baby
2003-08-20 05:39 pm (UTC)
Your Voodoo portrait is beautiful. just beautiful. I've fallen in love with it. ^____^
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-08-21 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you Jacey =)
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From: art_by_lindsey
2003-08-20 06:02 pm (UTC)
Wow! I really love both of them! I love the dark colors in the voodoo painting...and that seahorse is cute!
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From: winterswitchery
2003-08-20 06:19 pm (UTC)
I realize that most of your paintings look like you, but that totally IS you ^^
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-08-20 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it is ;)
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From: ariaelf
2003-08-20 07:00 pm (UTC)
They're both so detailed and everything the colors - like skin tones are so well blended. That must take you forever. How do you manage it?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-08-21 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!!

I did over forty different layers on the face for the Voodoo painting o_O !!! I start off with a darker opaque base coat, and then I add layers of transparent blues and burgundies and greens to give the skin a more realistic colour before I add some more opaque peach and beige highlights. A very time consuming process, but I love doing it! I'm so glad I use acrylics - it would take forever to let them each dry if I painted with oils. I think I have the opposite of Attention Deficit Disorder - I just throw myself into each piece like a crazy person and I get obsessed with it until it's done. This piece ended up taking me two sittings, but I'm very pleased with how it came out.
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From: ariaelf
2003-08-21 10:46 pm (UTC)
Jasmine thats either crazy or brilliant! =) wow! 40 layers... my god =) It's good you have the opposite of ADD! You remind me a bit of what Stephanie Law must be like doing her paintings. They're so insanely detailed, just must just dive into them and not stop until a week later. Everytime I look at her stuff the detail blows me away - the same way all of the faces in your paintings do =)

They must have taught you that trick about opaque blues and greens and stuff in art school, cause who would have thought they would make a face look *more* realistic - lol =)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-08-22 07:21 am (UTC)
Ugh, not at my school! I went to the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and we had the world's tiniest fine art program =P

I had a million figure drawing classes, all of them almost had the same model, for YEARS, lol. There was only one time per semester for the Drawing classes, so no matter if you were in Life Drawing 1, 2, 3, 4 or even Graduate, everybody was in the same class at the same time. There was a cap of 18 students for the class too, so it was insane trying to register for it each year.

Still, as far as PAINTING went - it was worse. There was no place on campus that we could paint. There was only one classroom (the same one for the drawing class), and the sink was only for handwashing - we weren't allowed to use it for paint-water (even acrylics). The windows did not open, so it was illegal to do oil painting (because of the fumes). So, what we were instructed to do, was paint at home. Then, four times a semester we would come in and show one of our paintings in a discussion-style class. We also had a slide-show of art-history type stuff four times a semester too. So, in otherwords, as far as any painting instruction it never really went beyond a "good job there, Jasmine" sort of thing. Any painting techniques I have now were all from my own trial and error. We were welcome to go to the professor's office on off-days to ask him for help or instruction on what we were working on, but I never did. I liked staying at home and doing my own thing. I later just signed up on an "Independent Study" basis, where I pretty much just showed up occasionally and brought whatever I was selling on eBay that month. If I wasn't on a full scholarship, I would have probably not bothered - I certainly wouldn't have paid for it. My degree just kind of sits in a box somewhere - I've never found a use for it....
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From: ariaelf
2003-08-22 09:27 am (UTC)
Wow...how crazy. That reminds me a little of the arts program at the University of Washington - though not quite that bad. There are no good art schools in washington state... if I was going I'd go to San Francisco, Chicago or RIZDY in Rhode Island =P Still... that sucks! That would have been a complete waste of money if you'd paid for it =P
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-08-22 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well - I started off as a Physics major, lol, I wasn't even thinking about getting an art degree (I thought I'd get a "backup" degree since being an artist doesn't really require any sort of degree). Then, I switched partway through since I wasn't getting enough time to draw and paint. I usually worked my eBay projects into my school projects, so it really worked out rather well, lol.

I was offered a full scholarship at the San Francisco Art Institute as well as the Kansas City Art Institute (my high school art teacher and my Gifted&Talented program instructor filled out a bunch of scholarship applications without even consulting me, lol), but I didn't want to move to California right then (it was before Matt and I were married, and I wasn't sure what he'd do) and I was still bent on theoretical physics or mathematics for a degree, so I just went ahead and enrolled at the University of Missouri. Ah well, hindsight is always 20/20. Besides, I'm very happy with where I'm at now. If I'd gone into a scientific or research profession I probably wouldn't have the time I'd want to spend on my artwork =)
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From: ariaelf
2003-08-22 09:54 pm (UTC)
Yah, everything turned out well in the end.
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From: winterswitchery
2003-08-20 07:08 pm (UTC)
See! I see the icon, I see the painting, and I scream and run for the hills at the similarities! =)
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[User Picture]From: erikasfriends
2003-08-20 07:22 pm (UTC)
It's my most favorite of your work! (Voodoo) Amazing details, very well done!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-08-21 08:31 pm (UTC)
Hi Erika!!!!!!

Thank you so much! She is one of my favourites now too. I'll probably end up buying her back someday, lol.
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From: (Anonymous)
2003-08-20 07:23 pm (UTC)

"Voodoo"

Jasmine, I have to say this by far is the best piece you have created to date. I have been watching your work for some time now and I am truly amazed how your work has evolved. The depth of colour and detail pulls you in a makes you feel as though you are a part of your creation. I am extremely impressed!! The likeness to you is uncanny. Keep up the good work!!

Do what you love and the money will follow.

Regards,

Cher ~ A Canadian living in Louisiana
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-08-21 08:24 pm (UTC)

Re: "Voodoo"

Thank you very much =)

Every day I am thankful that I'm able to eke out a living doing what I love =)


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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2003-08-20 07:30 pm (UTC)
the background in voodoo is so cool, i especially like the snuffed candle and skull! and that seahorse is so sweet!!

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From: (Anonymous)
2003-08-20 07:34 pm (UTC)
really amazing!! :P



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[User Picture]From: la_lune
2003-08-21 02:15 am (UTC)
I love the Voodoo painting, Jasmine. There is such an erie feeling to it. Kinda like...Hmmm I wonder what she's doing? *shivers* ;D
I hope I'm not to bold in saying that the mermaid with the seahorse has the most beautiful hair you've ever done! I'm impressed! Hair is something I've been trying to improve on.
You go girl! :D
xoxox
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-08-21 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you noticed - I spent an extra amount of time on the hair, and I'm particularly proud of it ;)
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[User Picture]From: pookafey
2003-08-21 05:25 am (UTC)
They are both beautiful- I love the hair & colors on the seahorse (not to mention the cute sea friend). As for the Voodoo painting-WOW! It is one of the best paintings you have made. She is just incredible. The skin tones are wonderful- I remember you saying they were your biggest challenge. I think I need a print soon ;).
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-08-21 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!!!

Oh my - I put about 40 layers of paint to make the flesh tones - I used an opaque purple-ish base coat, and then added layer upon layer of transparent burgundies and blues, and then about twelve layers of more opaque peach/beige shades to create the highlights and contours before adding a few more coloured layers to give some more tone to the skin. I'm so happy with how she turned out =) Skin tones are notoriously difficult to paint! Human skin varies so much in colour. I do have one brand of paint that has the very politically-incorrect title of "Flesh tone" (which is apparently a very orangey-peach colour, nowhere near anybody's skintone I've ever known.....), but it's not very helpful, lol.
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From: faerieshine
2003-08-21 05:49 am (UTC)
YAY! I couldn't see them last night but I see them now!! =) =) =)

WOW! That does look a lot like you. Even the expression looks like yours! You can almost imagine what she is thinking... I really like her lip color as well. It looks very natural, like it had a colorless gloss or something on it. Very nice =)

The Seahorse one is adorable! That Seahorse is just lovely! I have always thought they were quite enchanting beasts as well....
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-08-21 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you Kayti!!!!!

Yeah, that's normally how I wear my own makeup, lol. I sometimes wear dark or black lipstick, but most of the time I just put a gloss on it. I'm a clumsy person sometimes, and when I wear coloured lipstick it tends to get everywhere!
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From: faerieshine
2003-08-21 09:17 pm (UTC)
LOL! Me too ;)
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[User Picture]From: tigerpixieart
2003-08-21 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm late, I know but I just wanted to say that these are both gorgeous! The Voodoo piece does look so much like you!
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