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Happy Mother's Day... [May. 11th, 2003|11:23 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
to Mom and to Robin!!!

Let me see - I've been watching shows about Egypt all morning on the History channel. It's funny - I always fall asleep watching tapes (Usually of the Simpsons or some BBC comedies), and then inevitably the tapes end while I'm sleeping, and the regular TV comes on and gives me weird dreams. I had weird Egyptian dreams, which I assumed was because of the painting I did the other day, but I think it's really because of the TV, hehe.

I'm going to be painting a lot today (boy, I bet you didn't see that coming!). I'm not sure what to work on - I've got a lot of ideas right now. I might just get a blank canvas and see what shows up. I like doing that - I use kind of a "scrying" technique, where I just stare and stare at the white space and try to "see" things in it (like one would use a crystal ball). Then I paint what I see. Some of my favourite pieces happened that way! Lol, I sound crazy.

Other times though, I do some layout and planning first, which is sometimes better (since it's less draining). I think for my "Wizard's Apprentice" I'd better do some sketches first, since it will probably have a lot of layout issues (tables with potions on it, arcane charts, etc.).

I might start on the next "Arcane Ritual" piece, or maybe my Absinthe Faerie. I might wait on her though, since I've got a few bottles of Absinthe (the real kind, imported from Spain) - I think maybe I'll wait until some evening where I can drink it (I'm not going to drink alone on a Sunday morning - that sounds a little too pathetic) and come up with some inspired ideas in a drunken stupor. Eh, we'll see =)

Well - off to paint! Too bad I still don't have my USB cable (although it has been shipped, so it shouldn't be long!) otherwise you could all watch =(
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[User Picture]From: foxmagic
2003-05-11 09:08 am (UTC)
If ya need to borrow a USB extension cable or any other sort of computer equipment, lemme know! I have spares of just about everything in my closet. :)

And by the way, d'you ever paint any woodland creatures? Like, say, foxes? *innocent look* :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-05-11 09:18 am (UTC)
Hi Brian! D'oh - I just bought one online (it was only a penny though, on eBay, so at least I'm not out too much $$$, hehe).

>^_^< I love little foxes too! I always think of them as being half-kitty/half-doggy. I think I might just paint one... they seem like magical creatures, they'd probably fit in well with my fantasy art!
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[User Picture]From: foxmagic
2003-05-11 09:25 am (UTC)
A penny?! Okay, I need to learn how to use this eBay thing! And to get over my fear of it -- I worry that the first time I try to buy something over eBay, I'll get hit with huge hidden shipping charges and it'll arrive broken and then when I try to complain I'll get bad references pasted all over my account... *shudder*

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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-05-11 09:53 am (UTC)
Hehe - yep - a penny =) I love eBay - I buy everything there, lol. Of course, I do a lot more selling than buying, but I still find a lot of great deals there.

It can seem daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it you'll be addicted! Auctions always state the shipping charges (and you can always email the sellers for additional info), and you can get great close-out deals (I bought a set of steak knives for a penny [vegetable knives, really, since we're vegetarians, lol] also and it was only $2.00 for shipping). A lot of wholesalers will sell overstock at a loss (probably for tax reasons or something) and you can find a lot of awesome deals.

It's great for unique and international items as well - I buy a lot of clothing and cosmetics and stuff from Japan, and there's TONS of anime and that sort of thing. Half.com (an eBay company) is pretty cool too - they have books, dvds, music, computers and assorted peripherals - mostly used, but sometimes new - often at 50%-90% off. I've bought a bit of everything from there, and I've never had a bad transaction.

Between eBay & Half.com I've probably done over 1000 transactions over the past several years, so if you ever have any questions - feel free to ask!
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[User Picture]From: foxmagic
2003-05-11 10:26 am (UTC)
Hmmm, maybe I'll have to try it sometime with your help, then... I've always wanted to get a PowerBook Duo for cheap. :-D

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From: faerieshine
2003-05-11 09:34 am (UTC)
You HAVE Absinthe? My my Jasmine. That is certainly not the easiest thing to come by =) You should have some fun!!!

I don't think your crazy at all about staring at a blank page. No crazier than me at least. I NEVER plan out anything, lol. I kind of just follow the patterns on my page that I put there with color. Its weird, but then again I can't paint at ALL.

Whatever you do, hurry and do it so I can see it! =) Actually, I'll see it when I wake up tonight hopefully. I'm going to bed soon. Been awake TOO TOO long =(
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-05-11 09:59 am (UTC)
Yep - I've had all sorts of absinthe =) I don't drink it very often, since it has a high thujone content (which in large doses can be harmful), but it's fun. That, and it's insanely expensive to import (you can only get it from parts of Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic). It just makes me feel fancy =)

Have you ever tried drawing first with a permanent pen on watercolour paper (like an extra fine Sharpie) and then going over it with watercolours or thinned acrylics? That can make a cool effect, and gives you WAY more control than just painting from scratch. It would probably look really nice with your style of art (with your detailed linework)!
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From: faerieshine
2003-05-11 08:39 pm (UTC)

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No, I've never tried that! What a great idea! Does the pen show through the paint? Would I have to do shading with the paint? That is what I suck at. I just go overboard I think.

So, it is legal to import Absinthe? Good to know! Where did you buy yours? Do you have to get someone from one of those countries to bring it? Or do they mail it? You know that is what Trent Reznor calls "The Perfect Drug"? That thujone that is in its chemical make-up is almost identical to that of THC. Hehe- I seriously though it was illegal! Shows how much I know =P.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-05-12 07:56 am (UTC)
Depending on the drawing (like if you did some line shading with the pen) it would probably look good with or without shading. Have you used watercolour pencils? They look like coloured pencils, and work like them, and then you can "paint with water" right on top. You can shade with the pencils - not with the brush!

Absinthe can be imported legally for "collecting purposes only" (ie - not for consumption). It cannot be made in the US since it will not meet the FDA standards. When they ship it to a US address it comes with "NOT FOR CONSUMPTION" stickers on it, lol.

I love The Perfect Drug - part of the reason I bought it to begin with, hehe!
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From: faerieshine
2003-05-12 08:20 am (UTC)

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I was researching absinthe last night and I came across a REALLY informative web site that I spent a good two hours browsing. Apparantly the active ingredient is the herb wormwood, which if taken in large doses can be lethal. It looks as if they have "commercialized" it to an extent in different parts of the country. Except it doesn't have wormwood in it, but rather thujone (which is a safer chemical than wormwood) and its Absinth, without the e. Apparantly people have tried to create their own absinth by putting large doses of wormwood extract into vodka or something like that. Apparantly this is extremely harmful and will cause massive memory loss and extreme kydney failure. The same can be said about a lot of drugs though so this seemed like a rather biased view to me. I wonder, are the effects of the absintthe you have tried in the states different from the common effects of alcohol?

Trent Reznor, who has done every drug known to man at one point in time, speaks about the elevated state of consciousness and a euphoric imaginative state almost like DMT without as many hallucenogenic effects. Is this a private post? I didn't even check, lol. Oh well. I'm really not afraid of letting people know that it interests (or at least interested )me at one point to experience new states of consciousness. Anyway, I'm getting off subject. I seem to be quite the babbling one today, lol. Ignore me =) It probably is due to the fact that I haven't slept yet....hehe

I have tried watercolor pencils and I really like the effects. But, it isn't as SOLID as I want it to be if that makes any sense. I'll try shading with pens though, that sounds interesting. Although I don't believe I've ever attempted that before. I really appreciate the advice! Especially when it is coming from an amazing artist such as yourself =)
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2003-05-12 07:56 am (UTC)
i have never had absinthe before, is it like fruity or like a wine or something? i love trying odd things like that, its good to try new/different things once in a while. also your new paintings are beautifull as always, the egyptian one reminds me of our stay at the luxor:)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-05-13 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!! =)

Absinthe is an incredibly potent liquor (like 160 proof!), which is steeped with flavourful herbs. It tastes kind of like black licorice. Very herbal tasting - if you ever buy homeopathic "tinctures" like from the health food store, it tastes very much like those. Very strong! Traditionally, a small amount is poured into a glass, and then you put an "absinthe spoon" on top (a pie-wedge shaped spoon with holes in it). You put sugar cubes on top of the spoon, and dribble ice water through it into the absinthe. It turns it from a clear green colour to a bright greeny-yellow cloudy colour - it's pretty cool. It's a lot more drinkable when it's got all the sugar water in it, hehe.

Oooooh! My dad & his wife always stay at the Luxor - I wanna go!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2003-05-13 07:53 pm (UTC)
you were right about it being expensive. i found a place to buy it in the uk i may just have to try it, it sounds fun =) sounds like it tastes like Jägermeister, i love Jägermeister, i have never had a bad night on that.

you would love the luxor, its a very disorienting place, in a good way.
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