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dragons [Sep. 10th, 2002|08:01 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
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we went to the renaissance festival on sunday and had a wonderful time. it was extremely hot, so i just wore a simple black tank top and a black flouncy circle skirt. we had great foodstuffs! i had a gardenburger, numerous wine coolers, a spinach & feta croissant, and a piece of chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick. it's a good thing i didn't wear my 17" corset - i wouldn't have been able to fit that much food in a cinched stomach!

i bought a large bottle of my precious money draw oil, along with some "Praline" scented oil (smells like someone is making praline pecans!), some Morgan Le Fay oil (smells like, well, kinda like sweet tarts or smarties), and some Witch Magic oil (smells like vanilla and rain and plantlife with just a hint of decay). i also bought a ton of hand dipped incense. we're going back at least once or twice before the festival closes - there are some things i really want there! this one gypsy (in all senses of the word) girl was selling some fabulous silk scarf clothing. it was hard to describe - each 4 piece outfit consisted of a pair of billowy harem pants, and three other scarves that can be tied to make various halter-like tops, shawls, skirts, you name it. kinda like sarongs. they came in all colours and batik-like patterns, but in a renaissance/fairy/goth/stevie nicks fashion. the 4-piece sets started at $165, which wasn't too bad considering the quality and versatility of the outfits. i might just have to buy one next time i am there. it was all mix&match - there were some green and black pieces that looked almost like marble or malachite with silver accents - absolutely gorgeous. i definitely need more "summery" clothes to wear after we migrate down south - i don't have a lot of clothing to wear in warm weather. in fact, i'm going to be thinning out my wardrobe soon. i have bought SO MUCH clothing on eBay and gothicauctions.com - it's insane. generally i'll win an auction 10 piece "lot" (an auction featuring several items) where there are maybe three of the pieces that i really want. once i try them on maybe two of them will fit, so i am stuck with 7 other articles of clothing that i don't like or are too big. in essence, i have about 80% of my closet (and dresser, and chest of drawers and floor...) filled with clothes that do not fit and i didn't necessarily want in the first place. there are some nice things - but they are definitely not for me. i'm going to stick a bunch of the newer stuff (some items still have tags!) up on eBay pretty soon, the rest of it i'll perhaps let my sisters sort through and then give to the GoodWill. it will be a load off of my mind to have all of that stuff out of my possession before i move!

i have put two new paintings up on eBay - "Dragon Dreams"
and "Pet Dragon"

i'm going to paint some more now - i bought a 16"x20" tablet of canvas paper that is dying to be painted on. byebye

From: (Anonymous)
2002-09-10 06:49 pm (UTC)

i dont know who else to ask

I'm wondering what software you use to do the watermarks on your paintings. I've been asking people what they use, but nobody seems to want to share.

Also, I notice that you're putting more than 1 watermark on your images, and I also noticed that Artist's Rights link on your auctions. Did something happen? I hope that doesn't sound like i'm prying, I just think it would be really lame if someone tried to resell your art without them knowing. Well, if someone did try - hope you caught em =)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2002-09-10 07:23 pm (UTC)

Re: i dont know who else to ask

i use adobe photoshop 6.0 to add the watermarks. what i'm really doing is adding a text layer, typing the "sample coypright www.strangeling.com" in white or black (depending on the background colour) and changing the opacity to 10% or so, so that it is see through. photoshop is an awesome program to manipulate scanned images (resizing, adding text, adjusting colour or contrast, etc.). if you can't afford the full version (it runs a few hundred dollars) you can buy "photoshop elements LE" which has many of the same features for cheap. there are probably free shareware graphics utilities out there on the web somewhere that let you add transparent layers to your pictures.

i personally haven't had any problems with people infringing on my online images... yet. several other artist friends of mine however HAVE had some terrible experiences (one girl has seen her paintings show up on T-shirts and coffee mugs at the mall, without any permission, let alone compensation). i just thought i'd add the extra precautions so hopefully i won't have any of the same problems (there are some very unscrupulous people out there.)

if you have any more questions about any aspect of my work, or the self-representing art industry in general, feel free to post questions to my livejournal here, or email me at JasmineToad@aol.com

some artists are a little hesitant to share "inside information" with new artists (i got ignored a lot when i was starting out) under the misconception that they are just "feeding the competition". not me though - i'm always willing to share tips and techniques with my colleagues. the more artists doing well for themselves, the better it is for all of us. =)
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From: (Anonymous)
2002-09-10 08:05 pm (UTC)

thank you!

thanks for being so helpful! That's horrible what happened to your friend. Did they take care of it, or are they still taking advantage of her? I don't know what I would do if that ever happened to me.

I'm currently working on a webpage, and I have a bunch of scanned images of my artwork but am very hesitant to display them until they're watermarked. That atleast will give me some protection.

Thank you so much for your help, and your 2 new paintings are wonderful. Take care.

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