Happy New Year!

Have Some Champagne by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Have Some Champagne by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Here’s to health, success and creativity in 2015!

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Dragon*Con 2012 with Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Dragon*Con is one of the largest popular culture conventions in the southeast. This year 52,000 people turned out, including myself, to revel in everything science fiction/fantasy, gaming, comics, writer and artist workshops, and so much more. As it turns out, EBSQ artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith was a part of the 2012 Art Show!

The Dragon*Con Art Show is a juried exhibition and artist market. This year was Jasmine’s seventh Dragon*Con. She is a fan favorite. I experienced first hand the allure of her fairies, mermaids and even pirates.

Friday afternoon, soon after the doors opened, I made my way to the Hyatt’s Grand Hall West. I zig zagged through a maze of people and art til I found Jasmine’s art booth tucked away in the back corner. It became clear at once I would not be holding an actual interview. Her booth was surrounded by young adults, 20 somethings and middle-age fans. In no hurry, I took it all in–the smiles, the gratitude, and the fans Jasmine knew from previous years.

The experience was magical.

Jasmine was all smiles. She made sure to speak to everyone and always knew her repeat buyers. We chatted for about thirty minutes and during that time I witnessed at least four long-time fans who came seeking out her art. As you can see from the photo above, taken on the last day of Dragon*Con, they nearly cleaned her out! Below is a glimpse of her booth before they opened the doors.

  

Meeting Jasmine, seeing her artwork beyond the monitor, is something I will never forget. I even bought a couple of signed prints for myself!

Want to meet Jasmine too?

She’ll be at FaerieCon East November 9-11 2012.


Follow these links to learn more about Jasmine and explore her magical art:

Strangeling.com

Jasmine on EBSQ

Jasmine on LiveJournal

Jasmine on Facebook

Team EBSQ: Must Have Monday

When you call them Koi, it sounds so fancy. If you were to refer to them as ornamental carp – it just looses all glamor.  So we will stick with Koi. In schools, pairs, or alone they are looked upon as a object of beauty. From the yellows, whites, blacks, and oranges the colors mix and meld to unique works of natural art. Here are some of our takes on Koi for your viewing pleasure.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Muriel Areno
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Muriel Areno
Everybody Loves Koi by Naquaiya
Everybody Loves Koi by Naquaiya
Koi Pond Mermaid by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Koi Pond Mermaid by Jasmine Becket-Griffith Print

More koi can be found in our EBSQ art galleries by searching “koi“. More from our featured artists can be found in their portfolios:  Muriel Areno,   Naquaiya,  and Jasmine Becket-Griffith.

Next week: Graffiti so get those pencils, markers, paints, cameras a moving! If you would like a chance to be featured here use keywords “EBSQ graffiti” in your listings for next week!

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Team EBSQ: Must Have Monday

Whether you dream of spectacular Mermaids who tempt you with their beauty, or dark vixens who pull you down to the dark depths; they have been a part of the world’s folklore since time began.  They have been the subject of many a work of art along the years including over 100 pages at EBSQ from just as many artists. Here are a few highlights from Team EBSQ this week that are available for sale:

Koi Pond Mermaid Print by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

 

For sale on eBay NOW!
Mermaid and Dolphins ACEO by Marty Helgeson

 

Blythe Style Mermaid T-shirt by Noelle Hunt

 

There is even more available at Artfire, Ebay, Etsy, Redbubble and Zazzle.  Please also be sure to stop by and view more artwork by our featured Team EBSQ  artists this week:  Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Marty Helgeson, and Noelle Hunt.

~Kris Jean, Mod Team EBSQ

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Jasmine Becket-Griffith

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!

Jasmine Becket-Griffith

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.

Marie Masquerade
Marie Masquerade - acrylic on masonite - 16"x20"

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.

A Certain Slant of Light
A Certain Slant of Light - acrylic on masonite - 20"x16"

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.

Ruby Moon
Ruby Moon - acrylic on masonite - 16"x20"

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).

Alice and Las Meninas
Alice and Las Meninas – acrylic on masonite – 36″x24″

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!

http://jasminetoad.livejournal.com/

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?

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