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New computers, painting, Dragon*Con, etc........ [Aug. 6th, 2007|09:42 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
We've had a busy weekend! It's all been a blur since we got back from London.

Yesterday we went around town (and around New Egg with Brian ( foxmagic ) purchasing computer parts. Basically Brian is helping us build two brand new computers from the ground up, from the individual component parts. It seems like a great (and relatively inexpensive) way to get two top-of-the-line computers that are very tailored for my art business (ie, printing, orders, scanning, etc.).

I'm very excited about this. Currently our two business computers are 6 and 8 years old, which sucks. I can't run photoshop the same time as AOL, and we can print at the same time we are using the internet. Frankly I can't believe I put up with it for so long =P I've been using my laptop for business stuff more than I should, it's getting silly. So hopefully our various supplies will come in by next weekend and Brian can help us put everything together!!

Other than that - Matt has been busy catching up with orders from when we were in London, and of course getting ready for Dragon*Con - he's still got about a hundred canvas prints to stretch and countless regular prints to make & package. And lots of stuff to frame, too. Yay Matty! ;) I on the other hand am on the artsier side of it - I've got a ridiculous number of original paintings in the works that I would like to finish in time to bring with me to Dragon*Con - I filed the paperwork for several that I wasn't finished with yet, so I have barcodes and bid sheets for them, so I'd better get them finished!

Then I SOLD the original "Wolf Manor" painting, which is awesome of course. I'm very pleased to see it go to a good home (and to somebody I know will appreciate it!!). It was one though that I'd planned on bringing as a central piece at Dragon*Con, I filed the paperwork referring to it as a "Large Wolf Original Painting" - so now I think I will be painting another wolf-themed painting of a similar size to bring in its place. I was thinking about doing a piece with Dire Wolves (I've been impressed with them ever since I visited the La Brea Tar Pits as a child) - but I'm not sure yet.

Today I'm working on a wonderful classical music inspired painting - I might finish it tonight - I'm excited about this one.....

Those of you who don't know what Dragon*Con is - it is an enormous 4-day fantasy & science fiction convention with a FABULOUS art show. I'm in the art show, and I'll be there in person with a big gallery and I'll be signing autographs, books, etc. It is in Atlanta, Georgia - the website is here: http://www.dragoncon.org/

If you live anywhere close, I'd suggest coming - it is a really great event, with so much to see and do. You have to see it to believe it! And come see me, down in the art show, of course ;)

Also yesterday I began sorting through all of our vacation photos from London! Foolishly, I have no photos of myself. I have a couple of Matt, and a couple of Annie, but none of me. Mostly they are of historic places and random stuff I plan on using for painting reference. 75% of my photos were of Highgate Cemetery which is the most beautiful cemetery I have ever visited. I'm actually planning an entire series of paintings around it.

Speaking of painting, I'd better go hop to it! Hope everybody had a good weekend!
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[User Picture]From: tigerpixieart
2007-08-06 04:06 pm (UTC)
Holy Moly!!! :D Congrats on the sale :D That is wonderful!!!

You sound just like me. I use the camera on all of our trips...so there are very few pictures of me. It's ok though :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-08-07 03:05 pm (UTC)
I should have at least gotten one =P Ah well. I'm usually doing so much fun stuff on vacation, sometimes taking pictures or having to carry around a camera is a hassle!
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[User Picture]From: kenderdrache
2007-08-06 10:34 pm (UTC)
Hi Jas,
How awesome that you already sold that Wolf Manor! I like the wolfy ones you've been doing lately - they remind me of Ginkgo :)
Are you thinking about bringing your old computers up for the garage apartment or do you have to get more new ones for when you'll be up here?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-08-07 03:07 pm (UTC)
I thought about Ginkgo when I painted them too!

Actually what I was thinking about doing was to get another laptop, and then just bring the two laptops with us when we're visiting our place up there. That way they'd have all the important files up to date, etc. Also I was thinking about getting one of those 1 Terrabyte external (1,000 GB!) harddrives to keep all my backup print files on, and taking that with us too.
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[User Picture]From: deamonryoko
2007-08-06 10:40 pm (UTC)
Wolf Manor was pretty awesome, I figured it would be quick to go.

Have a quick question for you, what kind of scanner do you use for your oversized paintings? I can't find much of anything to go larger than legal sized paper, and I really need something more in the poster sized range... Any help would be greatly appreciated!

~Valorie
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-08-07 03:09 pm (UTC)
I just have an 8-year-old HP Scanjet. You can get the new ones for $70. It's only 8.5x11". I take multiple scans of my paintings (sometimes up to 40 or 50 scans on the big paintings) and carefully piece them together in Photoshop, erasing seams, lining up pixels, etc. It can take 3-4 hours, but in the end it is a perfect scan.

There are no affordable large scanners, that I've found, so I just make do with a regular 8.5x11" one.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2007-08-07 03:09 pm (UTC)
I just have an 8-year-old HP Scanjet. You can get the new ones for $70. It's only 8.5x11". I take multiple scans of my paintings (sometimes up to 40 or 50 scans on the big paintings) and carefully piece them together in Photoshop, erasing seams, lining up pixels, etc. It can take 3-4 hours, but in the end it is a perfect scan.

There are no affordable large scanners, that I've found, so I just make do with a regular 8.5x11" one.
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[User Picture]From: deamonryoko
2007-08-08 04:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've been looking for one forever. Thanks for the input, I suppose I'll be doing it the long and hard way too :)
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[User Picture]From: amanda_now
2007-08-07 04:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!! Wow, it seems like forever ago that I remember your first painting that broke the $1k mark! Wolf Manor is gorgeous, I'm glad someone bought it :-D

I can't believe you've suffered with such poor computers for so long!
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[User Picture]From: breathing_hard
2007-08-10 03:30 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see London photos!!

I am SOOO excited about Dragon*Con. Will you get a chance to explore more this year?

Do you want to have lunch/dinner/some sort of meal together at some point during the weekend?
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[User Picture]From: atlantisdevil
2007-08-27 03:54 am (UTC)

Look what I found lol!

LOOK what I found


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