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Morning...... [Mar. 18th, 2005|10:46 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
I'm sorry that I didn't update yesterday - I spent all day long (yes, all day) answering emails. Seriously!

I'm more caught up, which feels good =) Still some to go!

I need to buy some new brushes - mine are all so fuzzy it's terrible. I have literally one brush that I can paint a straight line with, all the rest are so fuzzy they all look the same! I'll probably go do that before I paint!

I need to start on my self-portrait for the EBSQ show!!! I've got it laid out in my head, but nothing yet in paint. I need brushes first, hehe. Also I MUST paint some new tiki art! When I was answering my emails yesterday I ran across so many requests that I do more tiki themes, and more PIRATE themes! I can't believe how many people asked about those - answering them all in a row really reminded me, lol. And then I woke up and read an article about how Disney is commissioning Shag to do some paintings of the parks for them, and that brought out those tiki-vibes in me today, lol. He did some stuff for the Enchanted Tiki Room (and some shirts too - most people who know me know how much I like Disney's Tiki Birds!).

But first the self-portrait of course!

Oh!!! One thing I did get to do yesterday was go to the newly-opened Town Centre Market here in Celebration. It used to be a corner grocery version of "Goodings" (a cute little grocery, if a little over-priced and touristy, lol), but since they are opening a full-sized Goodings at the new shopping area at the entrance to Celebration, they closed it. So now some new people bought it and it's called the Town Centre Market. It just opened and is still half-empty while they wait for their remaining stock, but it looks great so far! I'd say 50% of their products there were organic or "health food" in general - all of the typical lines I see at Whole Foods or Wild Oats. Woohoo! They have a small frozen section there, and half of what they had in total was either Boca or Morningstar Farms or Amy's Organic vegetarian stuff - how cool is that? All of their produce is organic too - I bought a bunch of patty-pan squashes! I was very impressed that a tiny little corner grocery would be so focused on health foods, that's awesome. They had a whole aisle of organic cereals and stuff too. And then in addition to they health foods, they also carried an incredibly large selection of caribbean foods (more "Goya" brand products than I've ever seen in one spot!) which is also very cool, I love that stuff, and it's always cheap, hehe. And they added a small bakery where they make treats and fresh breads. Yay! LOL - it would have been really nice if this had opened earlier this month when we didn't have a car, since it's only a short walk down the street!! Ah well.

All right - I need to buy brushes, get to some more emails & order stuff, and then later today I'll be painting. Tonight we're going to watch The Incredibles with foxmagic - I still haven't seen it, and people keep telling me how much the girl in it is like me, lol, so I need to!

I'll post my webcam link when I start painting! I'm not listing anything new on eBay for a few days since I'm going to be out of town around Easter (going to Kansas City) and I don't want too many auctions ending while I'm visiting my family, hehe. I'll wait a few days so they'll end after I get back home!!!! >^__^

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[User Picture]From: ulaluma
2005-03-18 04:05 pm (UTC)
MMMH! I love organic vegan, too. :-) Gives me lots of energy. (Which I need!!!)

Have fun finding new paint brushes!!!
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[User Picture]From: gossamerfaery
2005-03-18 04:09 pm (UTC)
Yay vegan!! I get excited when I see that word! LOL XOXO
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[User Picture]From: gossamerfaery
2005-03-18 04:12 pm (UTC)
That sounds awesome Jasmine! We have a Whole Foods, Wild Oats, a food co-op, and my favorite place is Vitamin Cottage. I don't think many people know that they sell more than vitamins there. They are really cheap, too! They even beat out regular shopping places.

Have fun this evening! We're still waiting for our copy of the Incredibles to come from NetFlix! XOXO

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From: mercurial_realm
2005-03-18 04:22 pm (UTC)
Ah brushes....dontchya love the way we can send men to the moon, build micro computers that can do things that were unthinkable ten years ago, and split the atom, but have yet to create the perfect self sustaining, self cleaning brush. One that lasts more than two sittings, and doesn't end up looking like your nans plucked eyebrow?
I must go through twenty a month.
I'll have to pick your brains on the best deals when I come over.

Hey great post earlier btw-I think you are far too nice though miss Jasmine, you should get scathing on their arse like me-or perhaps you'd like some of my past replys to use for stock quotes*hehe
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From: ashecorven
2005-03-18 11:20 pm (UTC)
You just a big meanie tho ;p
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[User Picture]From: petienka
2005-03-18 05:06 pm (UTC)
I just watched "The Incredibles" for the first time myself last night -- loved it!
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[User Picture]From: cybertazz2
2005-03-18 05:23 pm (UTC)
OMG that is too funny! Me and the kids watched the incredibles last night and I thought of you...Mostly I thought the little girls hair looked silky like some of the hair on your fairies..But she has dark hair and big eyes is why I thought of you!
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From: flamingfaery
2005-03-18 05:31 pm (UTC)

I love organic food

Jasmine, Out here in Phoenix we have Sprouts, and Henrys and Whole foods and Wild Oats and now Sunflower Market, I love good carrot juice when I went to the Rainforest cafe at the mall here I always ordered there carrot juice for a pick me up. I love squash,and veg burgers, spinach. and Rice dream ice cream cakes . Yummy. I hope you get your brushes, and be painting I need more prints for my scarpbook. Have a great day... Sharon
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-03-21 03:27 pm (UTC)

Re: I love organic food

Ah! Before I was an artist full-time I used to also work at the Rainforest Cafe (back in Kansas City) part time! I love that restaurant!!!!
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[User Picture]From: fragirl
2005-03-18 05:40 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: weetzie_baby
2005-03-18 05:43 pm (UTC)
I was actually going to suggest more Jasmine pirates meself!! hehe. ^-^ of course i'm still waiting on that Elizabeth Bathory, lol. ;D ;D ;D

LOL oh my brushes are beyond frayed!!!!! I do actually have one unopened liner brush, but I always used to use those for my tiny little 2" x 2" whale paintings, don't have much use for it with the bigger stuff i've been doing but I think i'll have to soon with those awfully frayed brooshes, lol. =D

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[User Picture]From: irrimiri
2005-03-18 05:45 pm (UTC)
Owww you got the paintbrush-issue too? Haha, I HATE painting with fuzzy brushes, so when I am in the 'big city', I always walk to the artsupplies-store to get some brushes(even when I still have some new ones at home). So I hardly ever run out(which is veeery handy ^_^ )
Have fun watching 'The Incredibles', it's incredibaly funny, and I agree with everyone; that little girl really looks a bit like you.
It's a great animation, so I bet you enjoy it a lot (eyefood)!!

bye bye ^_o

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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2005-03-18 05:47 pm (UTC)
wow-i just read both of your posts. i was totally taken aback by the first one. i hope new brushes bring lots of smiles on your face. you deserve them after having worked so hard on being kind enough to answer all those emails.

i hope you have a wonderful time in KC. I love duckycat's new house. it is so adorable...like something out of a story book.

We leave for california tommorow!! I cannot beleive it...it is like getting to go back home! I miss it so much.
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2005-03-18 05:49 pm (UTC)
ohohoh-i forgot...you are going to love the incredibles. yes you are like the girl in the movie a little bit. and when you see dash you will now know what our baby looked like on the ultra sound when we got to see it. it was hilarious it just kept running inside me and i was laughing so hard that it started kicking its legs even faster.
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[User Picture]From: violetsometimes
2005-03-18 06:27 pm (UTC)

get outta town!

ok, thats just weird. i had been trying to think of a theme i hadn't seen anyone else do in awhile so i spent all day yesterday sketching out tiki stuff. *sigh* i give up! :)

the incredibles is awesome, btw... you'll like it.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-03-18 07:46 pm (UTC)

Re: get outta town!

Oh! There's room for plenty more tiki art in the world!!!

I've done a couple of pieces for commissions and a couple of others, like this one: http://www.strangeling.com/tikisunset.html or this one: http://www.strangeling.com/littlepele.html but not for quite a while.......
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[User Picture]From: kialo
2005-03-18 06:37 pm (UTC)
Have a nice holiday. Can't wait to see your self portrait.

Hey ladies...how do you make your icon photos change. Does it need to be a paid account. I can't seem to find the answers.

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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-03-18 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh! It's just one picture, just an animated .gif

.gif files can either be stationary (like your picture) or animated with multiple frames, like my picture! They upload the same way to LiveJournal, just be sure the file is under 40kb.

I use a free animation program that came along with Paint Shop Pro to make mine! Or you can use a free program like UnFREEz - http://www.whitsoftdev.com/unfreez/ all you do is put the pictures in the order you would want them to be displayed, and save it as a .gif file. That way it looks like an animation!
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2005-03-18 07:59 pm (UTC)
Not to add to your email...BUT, I can't wait to see the self portrait!
OH MAN!! I LOOOOVE the Incredibles! It's SUPER CUTE!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-03-21 03:27 pm (UTC)
>^___^< Thank you Lisa!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: ronnebarton
2005-03-18 10:27 pm (UTC)

reshaping your brushes

Jasmine, I stop by your livejournal every now and then and I just happened to see that you said your brushes were "fuzzy", well I've not tried this myself, but my art teacher swears that if you dip your "fuzzy" brushes in boiling water and hold them there for 10 seconds ONLY that they will regain their shape. It's worth a try if you're going to get some new ones anyway, just try it with an old one first just to make sure it works, you've got nothing to lose!! Keep up the good work.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-03-21 03:28 pm (UTC)

Re: reshaping your brushes

Aha! That is a fantastic suggestion! I will definitely give that a try - thank you so much!!!
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From: ashecorven
2005-03-18 11:24 pm (UTC)
Life at the top, eh?

I bought a big ol' tub of 144 Dynasty brushes...6 different sizes and 24 of each size...so that should last me awhile. Mind you, the speed you work, they would probably only last you about a week...lol
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