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Ahhhh.... random ramblings.... [Feb. 25th, 2004|12:27 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
I answered about 150 emails tonight. Actual emails too (not spam or LJ). I am soooo proud! I just kept telling myself each time I finished 25 I could get another glass of wine.... Lol, do the math ;) I'm not the type of person who gets tipsy easily though, but I do feel more relaxed. I've only got 50 emails left which is wonderful! I'll leave those for tomorrow. I've strained my eyes so badly in the past two days I had to wear my glasses today since my contact lenses were hurting my eyes - aaaghh! (Anybody who knows me should know that's pretty bad, since I HATE wearing glasses....).

I also finished a commission today! I'm very happy with how it turned out, and I've just sent the scan to the client for approval. After I finish up Laura's commission tomorrow I'll be primed and ready for a whole new string of totally original paintings!!!

I'm still debating on what to work on next - I have a lot of ideas.... Too many ideas sometimes. I can't close my eyes at night without seeing potential paintings. I can see a long line of them stretching almost infinitely into the horizon....

I really don't know how everybody else paints, but MOST of the time basically I just kind of scroll through my head - I can already see them, almost down to every detail, and I just select one to put onto canvas first. When I actually paint, it's kind of like going on "autopilot". I think that the "creative" part is actually thinking of them in my mind - which I generally consciously do, when I'm walking outside, trying to fall asleep, or even working on other paintings. I think that is part of the reason so many of my paintings are self portraits - when I design the paintings I often like to put myself in there, trying to make my life a little MORE magical.

The actual painting part sometimes seems mechanical, and I feel kind of detached from my hands, but very euphoric.

Other times though, I don't have a clue, and I just start slapping paint down. Sometimes these turn out being some of my best pieces, but sometimes they scare me because I don't know where they came from. Like Lynda, that girl who channels the painter in that Lois Duncan book "Down a Dark Hall" (lol, I don't know how many people here know that one....). Hmmmm....

Okay, I'm going to bed. Matt's snoring on the couch. I'm going to go read and imagine new paintings......
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[User Picture]From: rubidia
2004-02-24 09:54 pm (UTC)
OHh Jasmine I wish I could be in your mind and see how many ideas you have!!!!!!!!!

Somehow now that you were describing the way you paint it felt like a poem to me!:D
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From: winterswitchery
2004-02-24 09:57 pm (UTC)
I never am able to paint what I see in my head, that's quite a gift :)) Often, I am inspired by the music I hear, the images it creates in my mind. And then sometimes..I just sponge some paint down..and look at what shapes come from the inconsistencies..and things crop out of that, kind of scrying my paintings..lol

Whatever the process you create with, it's amazing and so are the results :))
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From: victoriagriffin
2004-02-24 10:05 pm (UTC)
i always have bits and pieces of ideas floating around inside my head constantly. i'll use them when i want to paint just for the sake of painting something. but i think my best work comes out when my Muse bites me. ;) that's when it becomes an almost frantic, uncontrollable need to paint/draw RIGHT THEN. :)
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From: fairyart
2004-02-24 10:13 pm (UTC)
My process is slower. I gotta sketch my idea out first.. then sometimes re-sketch it (depending on how much erasing I do).. then I resketch it again on to the watercolor paper and just fill it in like a coloring book.

I wish I could just throw paint on there without having to do all that sketching. Not confident enough to do that.

Sometimes I have dreams that I'm painting something and I really REALLY love it but as soon as I wake up I forget what it was that I painted. That REALLY pisses me off. Happens all the time too :(
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From: delphineart
2004-02-24 10:18 pm (UTC)
( Kevin is snoring of the couch too ! :-p )

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!! LOL that email thing start to drive me a little bit crazy lol, because they are actually all in english lol ... so my brain have to work even more !!!!!!!!!! LOLLL but what a wonderful feeling it is when you're finnnnnaaaaaallllllllyyyyyyyy done with !!! LOL ! :-D

Awww we are a LOT alike when it come to paint !!! I can visual all my pieces before I paint them !!!!!!!!!! ^_______^
Or most of the time I just focus on one 'item', sometime I just have in mind 'a skull head' or 'a black rose' or stuff like that and then I build the entire concept around it ... ^_^ OR when I'm very very very relaxed, I can just take my sketchbook, sitting on the couch and I just start a face ... and I have absolutely no idea of what it will look, I just let my silly silly brain goes and it most of the time end at some pretty white haired boys ... o_O ! ^_- ... but I found this very relaxing !
Music is also a BIGGGGGGGGGGG influence for me, sometime only a beautiful music or song can inspiring me an entire piece, just have to close my jawa's eyes 1 minutes and 'study' what I see a that moment in my head lol and then I trow that on my skechbook ! ^___^

Or, if I have to work from photos ( for the self-portrait ) to reproduce the photo detail is pretty easy so I have fun at create the coolest clothes I can do or little pixies around ... so that way I can really go far in the creation even if it was from a photo first ...
hehehehe I also have FUN at making self-portrait ... the one I did of me with white hair was just a pure 'obssession' I have with white hair lol so I wanted to put a little 'magic' on me lol so that way I'm less bored of my poor brown/black hair all the time lol ..
also, most of my inspirations come from when I'm trying to fall asleep, that's incredible to see how much inspiration can more for that moment !! I mean, that also when I create my story for some of my charcters, they help me to sleep well !! ^_- !

anyway, we all can't wait to see your new pieces ! ^_- !!!!
I'm dead too !!!! LOVE XOXOXOXOXOXOXXOXOOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX !!!
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2004-02-24 10:45 pm (UTC)
Oh my GOD! 200 emails! GEEZ!! I only get that many when I go on vacation for a few days, even then 1/2 of it is junk mail. (and all my emails are work emails just vendors bugging me for info & stuff, nothing too interesting, except LJ comments...which of course I always look at 1st before work emails...hee hee)
That's a good thing that you keep having ideas...I think a lot of people find that to be the hardest part--trying to keep coming up with new things to paint or make. I think about my friend, Sara who makes the most amazing dolls in the universe and EVERYTIME she comes up with something again & again & I'm amazed!!
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2004-02-24 10:46 pm (UTC)
thats pretty much how i paint to :) sometimes i have ideas rolling around in my head for months before i even do a sketch, its almost like sketching in your head i guess. it doesnt always come out exactly as i pictured it but its getting closer. must paint tomorrow......
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[User Picture]From: jaishi
2004-02-24 10:48 pm (UTC)
Oh my, Jasmine, I can sooooo relate!!!! There are nights where I literally jump out of bed and just have to paint. That's where "Rejoice" came from.

When I talk to people, I look at them so much deeper now. I'm trying to understand how their face is shaded. The details in their eyes. Their lips, their eyebrows, lol. The other day a friend of mine was crying and I was trying to console her but her eyes look even more beautiful because the red in the background against her green irises were so pretty (Lord I hope she's not reading this right now, lol).

Sometimes, it's overwhelming, especially since doing faces aren't my strength and I'm unable to paint them the way I see them on paper.

I hope I'm making sense. I've also had some "wine".....okay beer, and I don't think I'm use to it.

What's up with all the sleeping SOs, I'm about to wake up Teresa now, lol.

Have a great night Jas, Everyone.

TTYS,
Jaishi
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[User Picture]From: gossamerfaery
2004-02-24 10:51 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm...I know it sounds silly, but I'm not sure that I even believe what I do is considered painting some days! When I do a piece, I always think it is going to be pretty awful, and I'll have to toss it. I keep going because I know I can always paint over things with the acrylics, and somehow I think there will actually be a painting at the end. The piece starts out looking like a 3 year old is working on it, and somehow I bring it up to the 10 year old level by the end;)

When I get an idea, I pull out the digital camera and beg Eric to take some pretty ludicrous pictures of me. When I had to figure out what the Charleston might look like for the "Flapper Fairy", I had on a night gown, glasses, and a bun on my head whilst dancing for the camera. They are awful pictures but they did the job! I tend to walk around looking at life like each object is a potential painting, each shadow cast could be interesting in a piece. I just cannot wait for the day that my skill level catches up with my imagination.
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[User Picture]From: novemberhour
2004-02-24 11:13 pm (UTC)
What kind of wine? Franzia? Boone's Farm? =)

I also hate glasses. Feel so unnatural. My contacts have been threatening to give me an eye irritation (so the eyedoctor tells me), so I've had to wear glasses every other day for a bit. Mmph.

Down a Dark Hall scared the heck out of me at an early age. Good creepy book.

Sometimes your paintings make me think of when I used to look at art books when I was little, and they'd have artist details. But it was never close up enough. Are the fairies in your pictures meant usually to be diminutive, or more the size of people? I realize I've never asked this before. Sometimes it's quite apparent from the setting, but sometimes not. Anyway. Every now and then you do a painting that makes me realize how big the world in your head is, and so many of these other paintings are just lovely fleeting glimpses.
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[User Picture]From: erikasfriends
2004-02-24 11:22 pm (UTC)
Well there is something very MYSTICAL about the way you paint. I can't believe I've never seen you make mistakes or struggle to make a mistake work lol! I put a lot of time into drawings, especially ones I make up, so by the time I put it on the canvas or paper I'm already psyched about rendering it. Watching you on cam tells me I'm not passionate about my craft as you are. You simply inspire me that's why I holler for you on Yahoo when I'm feelling stuck and you're not painting!!!! hehehe You are my official muse ;)

Well be sure to protect your tools and those would be your eyes and your hands. If you ever have a need to pamper them go for it ;)
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[User Picture]From: tau
2004-02-24 11:28 pm (UTC)
My two biggest hurdles at the moment are Ideas and Learning How To Use The Medium. (ie - paint) Of course, when one looks at it like that, I'm basically saying that I dont know jack about creating art. :::sigh:::

Still, the latter is a LOT easier to solve than the former. Ugh.
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[User Picture]From: redrevvy
2004-02-25 12:12 am (UTC)

!!

Oh I can SO relate to the imagery! Unless I am very depressed, which rarely happens, and if it does, its BAD. But anyway, I usually have my own characters and I can see what they are doing in my mind and I kind of stop the scene when I see something I like and paint it. It's so wierd! It gets annoying when I'm trying to go to sleep and I have to get up early in the morning! Like Delphine, music is also a MAJOR influence on me! Music helps to set the atmosphere for what I like to paint or whatever. I can totally relate though.. :)
My mother and i LOVE your new painting! She is wickedly adorable!
We can't wait for more!
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[User Picture]From: mercury_realm
2004-02-25 02:53 am (UTC)
I tackled my e-mail last night too, though I hasten to add that I was wineless when I did it. I must try that however, it could make for some interesting responses: "You luf mi werk...I luv you too*hic"
As for the creative process-I know exactly what you mean, I have entire series completely unrelated to my current output mapped out in my head, but for the most part go with my gut, which isn't anything to do with craving Mexican food, more a need to paint an expression I can't articulate with words.
I find it saves a lot of money on therapy that way:)
Anyway, take care of those eyes miss Jasmine.
xx
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[User Picture]From: petienka
2004-02-25 05:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing a bit of your process, Jasmine! I've enjoyed reading your post and the shared tidbits of others in your comments. I'm eternally fascinated by art and fellow artists, and just how they go about their work. For every artisan there is yet a different approach to creating. And it's all good!
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-02-25 05:50 am (UTC)

HAHAHA

HAHAHA-and now you have more journal posts in your email box-evil us. anyways that is how i figured you to work - you pull inspiration from the world and how you see it and what you best feel like at that moment. Anyways-have a wonderful day and hope the wine doesn't make your head all achy..
SMILES
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[User Picture]From: fragirl
2004-02-25 06:28 am (UTC)
Wow, I wish I could paint like that. I don't know where my ideas come from, but they are certainly not executed like a machine. I have a VERY over active imagination, lol. So, my paintings get WEIRD sometimes, as you have probably seen. I hope that as I (or if I) improve, my brain will be easier to "read" so to speak =T...If that makes any sense...
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[User Picture]From: pookafey
2004-02-25 06:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your creative process :)! I always have ideas, but I think that it will still take some time getting use to acrylics for me to just be able to let them flow as easily as you do on canvas. I know about contacts/glasses alright! I can't live without my contacts & I actually didn't have any glasses until a year ago when I was forced to go without contacts due to pink eye. I was counting down the days when I could put them back on!
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From: intricateartist
2004-02-25 06:36 am (UTC)
Euphoric is such a GREAT word to describe that zone! It's so cool to know I'm not the only one who goes there. When you finish sometimes do you look at your piece and think "woah how'd I do that?" I've been doing that lately. LOL If I had to explain how I lay color down, I couldn't. I'm in another world! ;D

Hope you're sleeping nice & cozy in your new digs! And yes - REST YOUR EYES!!
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From: art_by_lindsey
2004-02-25 12:26 pm (UTC)
My creative process is hindered whenever I have college classes because I have to do art and graphic design work for school too. So by the time I finish my projects for class, I'm too tired. I still get lots of ideas in my head though. I've only been painting for a year, so it's still pretty difficult for me to put exactly what I see in my mind to the canvas! I also have A LOT of ideas that I'm afraid to put down on canvas because they would scare people. One of them has stuck in my head for a long time now though, so I might paint it and put it in my ebay store for a high price, hehe.

I know the "euphoric" zone you are talking about! Only artists seems to understand it, hehe. Hours pass and I don't even realize it, people talk to me and I don't hear them at all, lol. Then I look down and don't remember how I painted things. That only happens when I don't have any distractions though!
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-02-25 03:55 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I saw a picture of you in glasses once, and I thought you were very cute! I wish I could wear contacts, but I can just barely put on eyeliner, so I severly doubt I could actually put something in my eye! lol

When I draw, I have to do a million sketches of it first. I hope I can get to the point where I can just do it all in one shot!
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