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Good morning! [Jan. 26th, 2005|11:59 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
I'm preparing to paint!

I've cut another giant canvas - a big 24"x30" - that's pretty much the largest I can work with on my current art desk. It's going to be called "White Witch of the Storm", featuring Szepasszony, of Hungarian legend. If it ends up looking anything like it does in my head, it ought to be darned cool.....

Might take me a few minutes to get started (got to get the canvas situated) but you'll be able to watch me HERE as always! Since it's so large, it's kind of hard to keep the camera pointed at the section I'm working on at all times, hehe, but I'll try my best >^__^<

Not very stormy outside though, hehe - It's a beautiful day - and the 10 day forecast calls for 70-75 degree weather all week, so it looks like we'll get to have our windows open with no airconditioning needed - I always like fresh air better. Supposed to get some thunderstorms in a few days though, which is cool.

All right - I'll be painting - I'll try to catch up on some emails & LJ comments later on too >^__^<

::EDIT:: 12:29pm
LOL! As soon as I start painting, the stormclouds rolled in! Szepasszony!!!

[User Picture]From: heatherica
2005-01-26 05:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's exactly the kind of weather I love!
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[User Picture]From: faerie544
2005-01-26 05:11 pm (UTC)
OOh that sounds pretty awesome + fun to do! Do you just buy rolls of canvas? I was just wondering if you roll them when you send them out or keep them flat. I had one guy drive me crazy..he didn't want it rolled, he wanted it flat in plastic, in a box in another box! LOL! I think it seems so much easier to roll them when you are working with large canvas. Well good luck that should be quite a feat being so huge and all! ~
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-01-26 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yep - I buy big rolls of acrylic-gessoed cotton canvas up at MisterArt.com

I always roll up anything larger than a 9"x12". It's much, much safer that way! My paintings don't have any impasto (I paint in very thin layers leaving the surface smooth) so there's no danger of damaging the paint, and I only use cotton canvases so they roll and unroll perfectly.
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[User Picture]From: tigerpixieart
2005-01-26 06:23 pm (UTC)
I think that's clouds I see on the cam? :) Our weather is going to be the same up here :) It's 70 right now and I've got the windows open and there is such a nice breeze.
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[User Picture]From: haunted_dawn
2005-01-26 06:57 pm (UTC)
ooh thats sounds really cool! Hey Jas i was wondering (don't laugh)how do you scan a picture so large? Or are you just taking pics of it when you list it? also i noticed Erin asked about rolling up your canvas and you mentioned painting in thin coats which i noticed a long time ago that you do that,my question is how do you do that?? lol
ps thanks for listing the two pretty faes together again i missed them the first go around and was so mad at myself
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-01-26 11:58 pm (UTC)
Oh! Hehe, I get asked that a lot! So often, I actually made a little tutorial about it -

I just use a regular 8.5"x11" scanner, taking many scans and pieceing them together in Photoshop - it takes several hours per painting, but it gives me an extremely high quality file that is good enough to publish, make prints of etc. Here's my little tutorial:


As far as painting - just lots of patience I guess, lol. I use liquid acrylics and I thin them further with water, building up many thin glaze-like layers. I use a hairdryer in between to speed things up!
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2005-01-26 07:35 pm (UTC)
I just read up on that legend of Szepasszony! SOUNDS REALLY COOL! Uh-oh! It's Hungarian--Renee might need to buy a print if you end up selling prints! Hee hee!!! Hungarian & a witch--right up her ALLEY!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-01-26 11:58 pm (UTC)
Hungarian stories are awesome! Always so strange - I might go on an eastern-European fairytale kick, hehe. Oh yes - definitely I'll be offering prints!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-01-27 01:39 am (UTC)
Hi Jasmine!
I cant wait to see this one finished! I especially love your realistic paintings based on storys or myths!
I've always wondered (and i know this is a very strange question!) do you use flesh tone paint straight out of the tube? or do you mix your own flesh tones with primary colors and white? I've always wondered how you get such even lifelike skintones!
Just curious!
Oh, and I just found the enlarge button on your webcam and I'm thrilled! No more squinting! LOL!
Have a nice evening!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-01-27 02:13 am (UTC)
Hi Katie!!!

I usually mix my own flesh tones - this one here is antique white, a little yellow ochre, and I think burnt umber. Sometimes I'll use an "out of the bottle" fleshtone, but I always change it a little bit - otherwise it just looks kind of "flat" or something.
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From: mermaiddelsol
2005-01-27 04:26 am (UTC)
jasmine..i'm FINALLY getting all my painting/prints framed by a professional in fort worth texas!!...1 original and 3 canvas prints..he told me he needs to look at the colors of the painting/prints to get an idea of what frame color to use...i'm leaving it up to him....i've seen his work, he's awesome! ~patty~
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-01-27 05:11 pm (UTC)
Yay!!!! That is exciting!! If you could snap a photo of them when they're all through, I would love to see!!!!
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2005-01-27 04:52 am (UTC)
damn, i keep missing you on the cam lately....im really excited to see this painting!!
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