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Peacock Queen! [Jun. 12th, 2006|08:12 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Hi everyone!

We took Kachina, little Theodore & baby Eleanor to the airport a few hours ago - so they are on their way back home. I miss them already =( At least we had a good long visit. And I'll see them in a few weeks too =)

Poor Matty is SICK today. Everybody is sick - it's crazy! Stay away - we're contagious!

I have a big gorgeous new painting for you and also some links to a collector who has re-listed some of my mini paintings!
The big painting is truly one of my best - you're going to love it! Huge, crazily detailed (maybe my most detailed painting yet) and it is called "Peacock Queen." I've always loved peacocks - they seem like magical, fairy-ish birdies and are certainly beautiful. I've shown a majestic Queen with a pet peacock - you can see the peacock's influence in her dress - peacock & peacock feather motifs can be found throughout this Tudor-style portrait. Click below to see her...

"Peacock Queen"



(And yes, I wore my "Peacock Queen" BPAL perfume while I painted it, hehe!).

Also, one of my collectors has unfortunately had to re-sell some of my ORIGINAL mini paintings. Note - these are not my listings on eBay but I will happily confirm that these are indeed the original paintings, being sold by their original owner. As per usual, they are also listing them at "Buy-It-Now" $50 prices each. I'm not sure when I'll be able to paint any new mini paintings, so if you're in the market for some affordable mini paintings you might want to grab one of these while you can!!!

You can search their listings here:

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZlaughing78QQhtZ-1

Or to see each of the minis individually, click the links below.....

Black Winged Innocent

Daisies in Her Hair

Burgundy Beauty

Fairy with Pink Eyeshadow

Jealous Green Eyes

Suntan Sweetie

Stars in the Dark

A Sinister Flag Bearer

Spectral Swashbuckler

All righty - I'm off to rest up a bit. Tomorrow will be an email catch-up day, and maybe a start-a-new-painting day too.
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From: winterswitchery
2006-06-13 12:43 am (UTC)
I've been drooling over that via webcam since yesterday, saying she's beautiful just seems so inadequate!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!!! I had way too much fun painting her too, lol.
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[User Picture]From: alohashark
2006-06-13 01:29 am (UTC)
Ecinechia in the herb garden, if you feel a cold coming on, you pick some leaves, wash them, and chew them. It staves off a lot of illness.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:21 pm (UTC)
I'm currently planning my herb garden so I might try to squeeze in some echinacea - good suggestion!!
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[User Picture]From: mythosidhe
2006-06-13 01:44 am (UTC)
Wow. She's a little unnerving, but still fantastic! She'll look wonderful alongside Queen Arachne and the Princess of the Goblins. Your starting to assemble quite an interesting court!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I plan on painting some more "royal portraits" soon as well =)
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[User Picture]From: rendergirl
2006-06-13 01:55 am (UTC)
The painting is stunning, as always...so many little details! You guys getting lots of rain down there? I'm about 2.5 hours north of you and we're getting nonstop rain for the last two hours. Hope you and Matt feel better soon!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you Becca! We are both feeling much better now =)

Yes indeed - we've been getting periodic bouts of rainfall over the past week, which we really needed!
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[User Picture]From: kimbearlys
2006-06-13 02:05 am (UTC)

OM GOSH!

Jasmine she is beautiful! I love the colors. This has to be the best ever. I just love it!
I have a question for you-
Just wondering if you know why when I tried to print my dog picture it looked like it was too light. Nothing like the original. It was scanned at 200dpi. Just wonderful. All the beauties I have bought from you just have wonderful color.
Thanks in advance.
I hope you guys get better soon.
Hugs,
Kimbearly
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:32 pm (UTC)

Re: OM GOSH!

Thank you so much Kim! This was one of my favourite paintings to paint, and I am just thrilled with how it turned out. In fact I have kept her in my studio this whole time and keep sneaking peeks of her, hehe.

That can happen - there is a lot of discrepancy that happens in colour, brightness, and contrast between the scanner, the computer, and then printer.

Basically what I suggest (and what I have to do when I get new printers - even printers of the same make & model) is to play around with the scan. Keep one file of the scan completely untouched and save it on a disk somewhere (so if you ever have a different printer, you can use the source scan again to re-adjust it). Make a print of it, un-adjusted. Keep note of what is wrong with the printed image - too dark? Too light? Too much/not enough contrast? Too blue? Too red? Purple disappeared? etc.

Then take the file (be sure you kept an untouched original somewhere for backup, and then just play around with the copied one) into Photoshop or whatever photo editing program you like to use.

If it is too light, I suggest first turning down the brightness and then increasing the contrast some what. Also working on the "levels" option manually (where you find the darkest value in the painting and set that as black, and click on the lightest value in the painting and set that as white, assuming you used both black & white in the painting!) can help a lot too. Write down what numbers or levels of brightness & contrast you set on the new file. Save it temporarily (again, make sure you saved an unaltered-version in case you messed up or ever get a new printer and need to change the settings again, etc.)

Then print it out and see how it looks! If it looks good, then keep a sheet of paper with the contrast & brightness levels on it that you used to tweak the image. In the future apply those same brightness & contrast levels to other images right after you scan them, and it should optimize the images for printing on your specific printer. Works pretty well - that's what I do with printers that don't print quite exact and scanners that don't scan quite exact!

If you ever use a different scanner or printer you'll need to adjust the settings on the images again (working from the untouched backup scans). Some scanners scan too dark or too light, and some printers scan too dark or too light - it's annoying, but with some photoshop editing you can get a print that looks just like the original =)
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[User Picture]From: crepes_of_wrath
2006-06-13 02:47 am (UTC)
So beautiful! I love peacocks! You're amazing!! *^__^*
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!!! They are rather magical looking birds, I love them too!!!
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From: amanda_now
2006-06-13 02:24 pm (UTC)
OMG freaking GORGEOUS. I am so buying a print when you sell them.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:32 pm (UTC)
=) Thank you very much! I will have prints available soon!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you Natasha! I've been looking at a lot of Tudor portraits lately =)
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[User Picture]From: risen_beauty
2006-06-13 03:22 pm (UTC)
RYN: Thanks for the webcam clarification, lol. Now I can view it without worrying that I will stumble upon something surprising. Most likely entertaining, but definitely surprising, lol.

Anywho, I love the Peacock Queen. I like how the facial features are different from the usual "cute and innocent" or "cute and evil" style. She seems painfully drained, but there is so much beauty in her. I can tell you put a lot of effort into detailing, and it is very apparent you did an excellent job. The feathers are very reflective of the painful beauty surrounding her, the blues to me symbolizing sadness, and greens, jealousy. Maybe I'm analyzing this too much, but then again, I analyze everything, lol. I'm always open and honest, and if I ever see something in your painting that I don't particulary like, I will tell you, because I can already tell you're open to constructive criticism. Not like I'm in any place to tell you how to paint (lol!), but I guess I am an offical fan now :)... so might as well voice my opinion. Take care, darling! - .m. (Maggie)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:34 pm (UTC)
Hi Maggie!

Thank you so much!! It makes me happy when people put a lot of thought into my paintings. I agree - the colours do give a sense of melancholy. They also match the peacock, hehe =)
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[User Picture]From: sunkachina
2006-06-13 03:55 pm (UTC)
Hi! Just wanted to let you know we're back safe. We didn't have a phone so I couldn't call last night.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-13 03:58 pm (UTC)
Hi Chi! Oh good! We were just wondering about you guys =)
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[User Picture]From: jenelycam
2006-06-13 03:57 pm (UTC)
Peacock Queen is so bright and bold!!! Perfect!!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you Dawn!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you Pixie!! >^___^
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-06-13 09:21 pm (UTC)

IDEA: aztec fairy or mexican fairy

I would love to see an image that used the ancient aztec symbols in a fairy or the colonial mexico in form of fairy. My name is synonym with fairy in spanish and I love your images.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:35 pm (UTC)

Re: IDEA: aztec fairy or mexican fairy

That is a wonderful suggestion - I love Aztec and pre-Columbian art, so I would very much be interested in painting something like that - thank you for the idea!
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[User Picture]From: atlantisdevil
2006-06-14 01:55 am (UTC)
You're right, Peacock Queen is definately very detailed and very beautiful!
Its kind of ...creepy too cuz she has no shoulders and her face looks like she hasnt eaten .. ^_^ still very lovely though..
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:35 pm (UTC)
Hehe, thank you Heather! Indeed - she's pretty, but kinda creepy looking.... a real human wouldn't look like that (hopefully!).
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2006-06-14 02:40 am (UTC)
she's gorgeous!! Lots of great detail!! WOW!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-19 02:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you Lisa!!
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