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MINI Paintings & Photos from my FRANCE TRIP!!! [Jun. 11th, 2007|06:34 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
I'm back! I was gone this weekend on a short visit to the Caribbean for my birthday - we had a wonderful time, very relaxing - just what I needed =)

I'm sure I missed a lot here at LiveJournal while I was gone, so I will catch up asap after I post this!

Good news - I have a TON of mini paintings that have been stacking up over the past couple of weeks, so I have listed them up on eBay. Also I finally have uploaded some of my FRANCE PHOTOS, for those of you who have been asking ;)

First though, the mini paintings.....each is a fixed $50 price (a great deal, for an original painting), is 3"x5", and these sell out FAST so grab one if you can....

Click HERE to see all of the available MINI paintings (that haven't sold yet, if any)

Or individually (also if you missed them until they sold out, click on these links to see them...):

& "A Little Lost in Thought" ORIGINAL MINI PAINTING
& "Little Magenta Dragon" ORIGINAL MINI PAINTING
& "Yellow Wings and Blue Sparkles" ORIGINAL MINI PAINTING
& "Tiny Golden Eyed Green Dragon" ORIGINAL MINI PAINTING
& "Pink Wings and Freckles" ORIGINAL MINI PAINTING

Next up......my FRANCE TRIP! I have a bunch of photos, and a synopsis of my trip. For the courtesy of others, I have put most of the pictures & info behind the link below - click below on the link that says "read more here"..... that's where all my pictures and descriptions are....


My France Trip!

Okay - for those who don't know, my friend, mentor and one of my favourite artists - Larry Elmore - http://www.larryelmore.com - periodically has art classes/art retreats. I've been to several, and I always have fun and learn a lot - and this time it was held in France!

There was about 10 of us total - me, Larry, Donna, Tammy, Delphine, Kayti, Kelly, Leo, Chad, Susie, and Gonzague (the owner of the Moulin Madame where we stayed). Gonzague was also our chauffeur - he drove us around in a big white van, all over the country.

I flew into Paris at Charles de Gaulle Airport - after we all got there, Gonzague picked us up and did a quick (very quick, I was overwhelmed) car tour of Paris - what a beautiful, overwhelming city! Wow! We drove by the different monuments, Eiffel Tower, Arc d'Triumph, Louvre, etc. for a couple of hours. Then it was off to the country - where we spent most of our trip.

We stayed at the Moulin Madame - we rented the whole place just for us - here is a link:

http://www.moulinmadame.com/en/index.html - check it out - a beautiful Chateau - a video of it can be seen here:


It's beautiful, hundreds of years old - great location - in the beautiful countryside of Burgundy, France. I loved it! It was great - it had a living room for all of us to hang out and talk art, sketch, etc.

We stayed there every night except the last one. Every morning I'd wake up and hear birds, with my open windows (no screens there!). Very idyllic. We'd go down to the common room and every morning they had croissants, breads, jams, tea, fruit, etc. - continental breakfast. Very nice!

Then Gonzague would come tell us the schedule for the day - we visited many of the countryside villages all over the region. Many of the towns are still very medieval (on the outside, that is - lol - they are quite modern indoors!) - 800 year old buildings still in use, many places looked straight out of a historical movie or a renaissance festival. We visited so many castles - it was amazing. There were castles on top of almost every hill out there.

We also saw so many vineyards! OH MY GOODNESS, the French folks love their wine! It truly cannot be exaggerated how much wine there is (and how tasty it is) there. It's crazy - every meal they would bring out bottles and bottles. It was great, actually ;) Burgundy is known for their currants - Creme de Cassis is often added to their wines to make "kir" cocktails, which we drank just about every day too. I bought some to bring back home with me.

Before I went to France I kept hearing that French people might be rude to me, or that they were rude to Americans, blahblahblah. That was NEVER the case for me. Everybody I met was very kind, helpful, generous, polite and made me feel welcome. My French is awful, but I always said "bonjour" and "merci" and "si vous plait" etc. and smiled a lot, and everybody seemed to genuinely appreciate the effort. Even in Paris (which people kept telling me was snobby, lol) everybody was great. So that is definitely (in my experience) an incorrect stereotype.

The food - well, that was an experience! I'm a vegetarian (no meat, no poultry, no seafood, no meat of any kind) - I was worried about if it would be difficult to find food there. I did kind of go hungry a bit, but that was mostly because we were with a large group of people and we ate at authentic French restaurants almost the whole time. I saw other restaurants that had vegetarian options, and even some vegetarian-only restaurants, Indian restaurants, Middle Eastern restaurants, Italian restaurants, etc., so when I go back by myself with Matt I definitely think I'll be able to find plenty of food. But this trip, with the decision out of my hands, we went to fancy grills, French gastronomies with all meat, snails, duck, foie gras, stuff like that. So basically I had a salad and bread and wine at just about every single place we went to. Which was all right, and kept me going, but when I came back to the States I was starving!!! Next time when I go with Matt I'll do research and hit some of the veggie restaurants.

We visited a lot of larger cities too - I loved Dijon! What a great place! Absolutely beautiful, great shopping, amazing architecture and cathedrals, statues, fountains, nice people, I loved it. And yes, I bought some Dijon mustard when I was there =P

We talked a lot about art, and Larry had some class-type afternoons too, which was great. We also focused on taking our own photographs for use as reference photos for paintings, especially architecture and landscapes - you'll probably see a prevalence of that in some of my upcoming paintings ;)

The last day and night we were in France, we spent back in Paris!!! I wish I'd had 2 weeks just in Paris, there is so much to do. Wow. I got to spend time at Notre Dame cathedral (which I love) it is HUGE and insanely detailed both inside and out. What a work of art. I have hundreds of photos of it now, so I'm sure I'll be painting some more Notre Dame themed paintings soon.....

We had dinner up in the Montmartre neighborhood, which is very much a sort of Mecca for artists. It was beautiful - reminded me of San Francisco, or New Orleans a lot. Very magical place.... Made me want to do some Moulin Rouge inspired art...

We did make it to the Louvre (gigantic crazy art museum, one of the best in the world), but it was getting ready to CLOSE. And this was an ART TRIP. So I was very disappointed about that. I'm planning to go back specifically to see the Louvre. It is RIDICULOUSLY large - I had no idea - it went as far into the horizon as my eyes could see. It's almost unbelievably large - I thought they were joking when they said the whole thing was the Louvre. And it goes underground too. I've always wanted to go there, so getting to the building and not going was kind of like taking a little kid to the Disneyland parking lot, and telling them - "never mind, it's closed". Hmph. So I promised myself I will go back sometime soon to go to the Louvre, and spend a few days there.

We walked around the Seine river, enjoyed the lights of Paris at night. Rode all over on the subway - they have an AMAZINGLY CHEAP AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND public transportation system. Very cool.

That last night we spent at a little hotel by where the Bastille was. Small, but clean, nice, and cheap (something worthy of note in Paris!) - this is the place here:

Hotel Trois Gares

The next morning we flew home =( I want to go back already. Also being a Disney NERD I really want to go to Disneyland Paris too, hehe. So I'm tentatively planning a trip in my head sometime to go with Matt to the Louvre and to Disneyland Paris and have several more days in the city too, that would be awesome.

So that was my trip! Bring on the photos........they might take a while to load, so give it a minute....

::quick legal disclaimer - these photos were taken by me, Donna, & Susie - please be respectful and do not use these photos for anything, as they are copyrighted, blahblahblah - also please do not hotlink them elsewhere!::

So! That's all the photos for now! Kelly has 8GB worth of photos he's going to send me too, lol - so I might have more to post later. Mostly though I took reference photos of buildings, plants, landscapes, etc. that probably aren't interesting to anybody but me (I plan on painting many of them) - so I'm not posting them much.

Thank you for reading about my France trip - I had a wonderful time!

The next couple of days I'm going to be doing a lot of painting - I have a couple of commissioned paintings I need to work on, and some new originals as well. I'll also try to catch up on emails and LiveJournal in the next few days too, hehe. Good night all!

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[User Picture]From: lonelilyrain
2007-06-11 11:31 pm (UTC)
The photo of you with your veggie plate is just adorable. Glad you had a good time!
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[User Picture]From: gossamerfaery
2007-06-11 11:41 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous pictures! France is one place that I still haven't visited. I bet you could spend a month in the Louvre!

The pictures of you with the veggies is great! I think I actually see your blue eyes?! Hehe! I knew they were blue, I just don't usually see them:)

Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love seeing travel pictures! I still haven't even posted my Africa pictures from a couple years ago, so I'm one to talk;)

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[User Picture]From: virtualcardsuk
2007-06-12 04:42 am (UTC)
I'm not even an artist and I could spend a month in the Louvre, LOL! It truly is the most amazing place. :) I spent 2 days wandering around it but it was nowhere near long enough.

Warmest wishes.

Steven XOXOX
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[User Picture]From: ariel_k5
2007-06-12 12:00 am (UTC)
...fucking lucky...

one day ill get there...hah
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[User Picture]From: atlantisdevil
2007-06-12 12:02 am (UTC)
Lovely photos
I really like this one http://www.strangeling.org/france6.jpg it would make a good painting :) nice minis :)
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[User Picture]From: ulaluma
2007-06-12 12:02 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos, Jasmine. Looks like it was a wonderful, inspiring trip. I'd love to visit France someday. It's way up on my list :-)
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[User Picture]From: zerick
2007-06-12 12:13 am (UTC)
I miss France and I miss you !! T__T !! And I miss Larry so much !! Gosh we saw so many things that's insane lol! And oh man, I have been in France 6 times and never entered into the Louvre yet -_- I could have, but I decided to go to Orsay, it's a little less crowded lol ! ^_- But really need to plan like 2 entire days to visit it, and I need to do that with other art lovers lol !!

I still miss everybody so much, and Larry made such a lovely sweet post today on his forum, he's such an inspiration, I wanna keep in touch with him and attempt 2 classes a year if I can, till he dies !!! He's just to awesome! And thank you so much sweetheart for letting me know at the first time about all this, I'm so amazingly motivated now in absolutely everything !!!

Can't wait to get the CDs, they'll probably arrives this week ! ^_________^ omg be ready for tons of tipsy Del photos lol lol lol ( unless Kelly removed them for everybody's safety !!! )

As soon as the next art class schedule with be up, let's contact each other to see which ones we'll probably be able to do ok ?? That would sucks going there without you or Kayti lol XD !!!

Love and miss you dearly !!!!

PS: Here's a little video of us all, walking in Paris HEHEHEHEHE !!! :

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[User Picture]From: thephoenixx
2007-06-12 12:13 am (UTC)
Wow Jasmine! This really looks like the trip of a life time. I am so glad you had an amazing time and thanks for sharing the photos. Hope to see some French inspired art soon.
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From: auburnsiren
2007-06-12 12:18 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing.

The being veg thing must have been frustrating. I've been in the same position. :-/ Come visit Alex and me and I'll drag you to every veg place in Seattle!
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2007-06-12 12:26 am (UTC)
I bet you trying to find something vegetarian would be similar to me actually staying on my diet there!!!

You could eat cheese though, right? at least get some protein?

I cant WAIT to see what you do with those photos!

There is a good chance next summer's trip will be to Tampa for a Month :) So you can bet I will visit! *^_^*
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[User Picture]From: ellenmillion
2007-06-12 12:29 am (UTC)
Ah, envy! Gorgeous photos - thanks for posting them! Can't wait to see the art they spawn. :P
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-06-12 01:34 am (UTC)

Your Work is Beautful!

I am an artist myself and I just love your work! I love how you bring out the eyes the most! Keep it up!!

(A fan)
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[User Picture]From: kasheesty
2007-06-12 06:01 am (UTC)

Re: Your Work is Beautful!

Don't be shy, Anon!!

C,mon out & be yourself!!

As for me? Those Frnace countryside pices are simply breathtaking!! Perhaps one I'll see it in person. Until then, THANK YOU *so* much for the personified glimpses!!!

(I'm no artist but I know what I like!) : P
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[User Picture]From: rubidia
2007-06-12 03:40 am (UTC)
great art and pictures! thanks for sharing!
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[User Picture]From: virtualcardsuk
2007-06-12 04:46 am (UTC)
Absolutely stunning photos Jasmine, it sounds like you had an amazing time! I adore the Louvre, I spent two days there and couldn't get enough of it. I so need to go back to Paris soon! :)

Warmest wishes.

Steven x
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[User Picture]From: yidneth
2007-06-12 08:50 am (UTC)
lovely pictures
love your hair :)!!!
looks like you had a great time, ahh sad we were so close! well hope you stop in bcn one day!
best regards
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-06-12 01:16 pm (UTC)

your trip

What beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing. Visions I wouldn't see other wise!
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[User Picture]From: faebyl
2007-06-12 02:02 pm (UTC)
your pictures are so beautiful! makes me want to go to France!!!
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