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Whew! [Mar. 15th, 2005|01:58 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
I finished that large portrait commission! Everytime I accept a 48"x36" commission I forget how big they are, hehe. It's fun painting that big though - it leaves so much room for detail!

It turned out really well - I just sent the pics of it to the customer for approval. I'll post some pics of it up here if everything's okay =) I just took digital photos of it instead of scanning since it's so big and I wanted to get it to the client asap (it'd probably take a good six hours to scan & piece together a painting that size!).

Now I'm antsy to paint a new original! Something fun, and small, hehe. My knees are killing me from painting while kneeling the whole time these past several days, lol. Especially from kneeling on pencils & paintbrushes - ouch!

I think I will do a new candy-fairy (like Spearmint Sprite or Licorice Fairy. I was thinking of doing a chocolate themed one - I've been craving chocolate a lot lately!

I'm going to fix us up some lunch right quick first though, and after that you'll be able to peek in on me HERE as usual! I'll need to set the webcam back up on the desk, hehe.

Matt's painting the living room today! It's been a horrid blue shade ever since we bought it last June. We're painting it a colour called "Desert Moss" (it's Behr brand - http://www.behr.com - just search Desert Moss on the "search colours" page). Kind of a dark neutral brown/green colour. We'll see..... I'm sure it will be better than that icky blue, at any rate! It also looks like it would be a good starting point for some of the mural accents I want to add in the living room later.........

Okay, off to make food!

[User Picture]From: 67_chevelle
2005-03-15 07:21 pm (UTC)
Congrats on finishing that BIG painting! My knees, back and entire body ached just watching you paint it. LOL A chocolate fairy sounds yummy!
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[User Picture]From: fragirl
2005-03-15 07:23 pm (UTC)
XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO! You work too hard Lady Jasmine! You should come have some fun with me and Del on msn sometime, its a BLAST lol!!!

I cant WAIT to see that painting!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: princess_lilam
2005-03-15 07:24 pm (UTC)
I have been waiting for the chocolate faery for ages so you would make me very happy! Have it dripping from her mouth.. Mmm...
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[User Picture]From: jenelycam
2005-03-15 07:28 pm (UTC)
Chocolate sounds yummy!!!
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From: mercurial_realm
2005-03-15 07:37 pm (UTC)
*lol-I'm so with you on the knees thing. I wish I'd finished-I've still two more large scale commisions to go.
I'm not complaining of course, regular money is so better than eBay, but at this rate, I'll be entering the US on a stretcher;)
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[User Picture]From: metamorphmuse
2005-03-15 07:50 pm (UTC)
How often does a client send you back for re-working after seeking approval? Just curious how fussy people can be with custom work.

Sounds like a nice neutral colors for a living room so you can pull in your fun colors elsewhere on furnishings etc.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-03-16 02:59 pm (UTC)
Most of the time they don't at all, which is nice, hehe! The last several I've done didn't require any kind of revision.

Sometimes with portraits they will want small changes - "Her nose is just a bit too large" or "My hair is more blonde", etc. etc. etc.

When I was first starting out as an artist though there were some very very picky people who would want 15, 20, 30 different revisions. Eek! Lately though, everybody has been pretty happy with the original piece. If I think that somebody is going to be very picky about revisions I usually do a pencil sketch first and have them tell me how to revise it then before I start putting it down in paint - that's a lot easier.
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2005-03-15 08:08 pm (UTC)
hilda got these wonderful dark chocolate almonds yesterday for me. i was in heaven..i had to make brad take the bag from me so i wouldn't eat them all in like 5 minutes. today i am just wanting lots of water. i got my chocolate fix for a few days.
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[User Picture]From: alohashark
2005-03-15 08:32 pm (UTC)
you can get a foam kneeling pad thingy ( made for gardeners ) at the dollar store for a dollar or two. then you can use it in your garden and also if you get a big painting ... truly a multi-use item.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-03-16 03:00 pm (UTC)
That is a wonderful idea! We could use it out in the yard too - thank you so much for the suggestion!
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[User Picture]From: alohashark
2005-03-16 03:15 pm (UTC)
LOL you are most welcome, I also used to use the same kneeling pad when I paddled the solo Bell canoe I borrowed from the neighbors before I got my kayak, the kneeling pad thing went from the garden to the canoe and back again ...
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[User Picture]From: newmoondarkmoon
2005-03-15 08:42 pm (UTC)
Dear Jasmine,
I love how you said that you are going to fix up some food right quick
That is soo cute
anyway I was righting to say that I like the idea of a chocolate themed Fairy.
Have a great Day!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-03-16 03:00 pm (UTC)
Lol, thank you Gina!
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[User Picture]From: rubyg
2005-03-15 09:09 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see that commission, it was so big!
Chocolate themed fairy, yay! I am such a chocolate fiend, which is fine since tomorrow I think one of my friends has got me one of those BIG bars of chocolate for my birthday hehe. I shall be very happy......and feel sick lol.
So both of you are painting today! Matt on a slightly larger scale though lol! I'm sure it will look great, my Auntie's got her dressing room (she has a big house, damn her! Lol) in that kind of colour and she gave the whole room a kind of natural feel with browns and earthy colours. It looked cute! Plus, she had beanbags. They are SO comfy!
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[User Picture]From: erikasfriends
2005-03-15 09:50 pm (UTC)
I can't believe how long you painted yesterday it was ALL DAY and it was getting dark and it got dark and you were still painting! AMAZING and the painting is enviably awesome (wish it were my dang portrait).

Love desert moss, very elegant - you guys have elegant taste!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-03-16 01:55 am (UTC)
Hi Jasmine!
Would it be copyright infringement if I did a painting inspired by you? Because I am almost finished with a painting that has a Jasmine feel to it, but is still my own concept. Just wondering...
I'll email you a picture of it once I finish. I'm painting along with you at the moment...keeps me going. Almost like a race...lol
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-03-16 02:25 am (UTC)
Hi Abby! If you are doing it for yourself, not to put online or to try to make money off of, that's fine =) That's a good way to learn!

But otherwise, it's always good to work from your own inspiration, and that keeps it legal, and doesn't hurt the original artist's feelings ;) If your gut tells you that something isn't completely yours, you should trust your instincts!

But again, for just learning purposes a lot of people copy other artwork or the styles of other artists - we even did that at school! Not something that you would claim as your own, put online, or try to sell of course though =)
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-03-16 04:09 am (UTC)
No, I don't think I plan on selling it. It is pretty hard to conjure inspiration on my own. I usually have to look at other people's artwork to get going because it makes me strive to become better. I've been at such an artist block lately, but in the past couple weeks, I have finished 3 paintings, just by watching you paint and looking at your gallery for inspiration.
The painting that I'm doing is what you would call a dragonling. I have always drawn fairies and dragongirls, which is why I like your artwork so much. Our ideas are so similar that I'm afraid I'll accidentally copy one of your paintings! I wanted to ask your permission though because the face on my dragonling has a Jasmine-feel to it. I didn't copy your fairy's face detail for detail, I just really enjoy the big eyes and small mouth and I wanted to incorporate that into my own painting.
I'm almost done with it...so I'll show you what I mean real soon.
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[User Picture]From: caitygrl96
2005-03-16 02:33 am (UTC)
mmmmmm.... did you say chocolate?
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[User Picture]From: sage_et_jolie
2005-03-16 04:43 am (UTC)
your work is amazingly beautiul.. I always have a hard time finding art that I like.. This is PERFECT!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-03-16 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!! >^___^
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[User Picture]From: kialo
2005-03-16 01:46 pm (UTC)
So is that why my back hurts so much...I'm channeling your pain! LOL
I can't wait to see that finished product.
A chocolate fairy. Love the idea...love chocolate. Call is the Hershey Fairy (oops copyright pooh).

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