For the month of October, Tuesday’s will focus on EBSQ Bloggers who create imaginative artworks of Fantasy, Whimsy and the Spooky! This week we have one of EBSQ most popular and recognizable Fantasy artists. Be prepared to be amazed!
Who and where are you?
I’m Jasmine Becket-Griffith, and I’m down here in Celebration, Florida! I’m an acrylic painter working mostly in the fantasy and pop surrealism genres. I run my studio out of my house.
How did you get started art blogging?
Gosh, really it just started out as “regular” blogging, but since so much of my life revolves around my art, it really just kinda turned into more of an “art” blog. I started posting my work online on my website in July of 1997, and then as places like LiveJournal, FaceBook, etc. began popping up I started incorporating them into it as well. It started off mostly as a way to show my family what I’d been up to (I live about 1200 miles away from my next closest family member, so we do a lot of communicating via computer) and then collectors and fans began to drop in as well. I think blogging is a great way to interact with everybody and to keep them updated on what I’ve been working on, new projects, upcoming shows, that type of thing.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
My best tip is to just keep the momentum going! I keep a netbook or IPhone right by my art desk and check in throughout the day – basically whenever a layer of paint is drying, I hang out at my Facebook page and check in with everybody. Every day I post a photo of something that inspires me (I travel a lot and like taking pictures). I also try to post a new original painting or other new project each and every day as well. That way each day there are a lot of new things for people to see, and that keeps people interested and coming back. Eye candy is important! I have a lot of fun getting the immediate feedback from fans and instant responses and discussions. It kinda keeps me company while I’m sitting here painting all day. Blogging is also a wonderful way to promote upcoming art shows and personal appearances – I always let folks know when I have an art show coming up, and SO many people who know me from the various internet sites come out to see me. It’s always nice to be able to put a human face on the names & internet monikers.
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
I always have something happening in my ears when I paint! I’m an Audible audiobook junkie, and listen to a lot of books while I work. I also listen to a LOT of music. My favourites are (in no particular order): Robyn Hitchcock, Syd Barrett, Rasputina, Nick Drake, The Cure, The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Elliot Smith, Joanna Newsom, Rob Zombie, Tori Amos, and more Robyn Hitchcock (I have a lot of hidden references to his songs in my paintings, heh).
What’s coming next from your easel?
Right now I’m working on a commissioned series of Vampire themed paintings for a publisher creating a new tarot/oracle deck featuring my vampire artwork. Just a few more left to go – I’ve been having fun with the vampires!
Thank you Jasmine for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!
If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?