Jasmine Becket-Griffith (jasminetoad) wrote,
Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Memento Mori - New Triptych Painting & Happy Easter tomorrow!

Happy Easter tomorrow, everybody!!!!

Matt & I are going to take it easy, eat good food, play games, etc. And NOT WORK of course! (Well, knowing us we'll probably squeeze a little bit of work in, hehe).

I have a Tofurky thawed in the fridge, and I'll be cooking asparagus, Easter bread (hot cross buns!), carrots, new potatoes, and other yummy things. We have tiny chocolate piggies to eat, I found them at Target and they are so cute I have to eat them!

Tonight I have a beautiful, very special painting for you - another simply amazing collaboration between myself (the artist) and my husband Matt (the framer/woodcrafter) - a stunning Renaissance altarpiece-style wooden triptych! This is definitely one of my most magnificent creations to date, so you are in for another treat!

The painting is called "Memento Mori" and it almost looks like something you'd see in a Renaissance or Medieval art museum - much like an old altar piece. It is a "triptych" - which means that it is actually three paintings - actually I guess this is a polyptych - as it is technically FOUR paitings - divided by gold painted mouldings/frames (I painted them myself!) - a sort of "4 in 1" type of piece. My husband Matty handcrafted the panel & frame out of wood! "Memento Mori" - is a Latin phrase roughly translated as "Remember you are mortal." It is a common motif in my own paintings as well as being an entire genre of Renaissance painters - often the masters would include a skull or skeleton juxtaposed with a beautiful maiden to act as a memento mori. Not only being a reminder of mortality, it can also be considered along the lines of "Eat, Drink and Be Merry - For Tomorrow We May Die" - "Seize the Day" type of idea. I have featured a Renaissance beauty acting as a puppeteer - the marionette puppet if you look closely, is actually an artist's mannequin. She is absolutely radiant - playing with the puppet much as the Fates play with us mortals. A symbol of beauty, she is surrounded by skulls and skeletons - the memento mori aspects of this piece - hence the title. I am so happy I am able to start creating works like these, and by collaborating with my husband and his workshop, I truly have made my dream a reality. I am very proud of this painting. It really has to be seen in person to appreciate it! It is about 24" wide by 23" tall in the center - original acrylic painting on wood (lightweight, easy to hang, around .5" - 1" thick with the framing). She is up for a 10-day auction on eBay starting at just a penny with NO reserve - the auction will be ending on the afternoon/evening of Tuesday, April 1st at 8:56 PM Central Time. Click the sneak preview pic below to see the whole picture:


To see any other original paintings of mine currently available, click below:

Jasmine's Original Paintings

Now, off to watch Torchwood and eat some dinner!

Happy Easter tomorrow, or if you don't do Easter - have a great weekend anyways!
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