Thursday, January 14, 2010

Top Five Paintings of Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Jasmine Becket-Griffith is a world-renowned fantasy artist. Her mystical paintings blend realism with wide-eyed wonder, exploring gothic themes with elements of classical literature, the occult, nature and fantasy. It is her goal as an artist to bring a little bit of magic into the mundane world.

This week we would like to shine a spotlight on Jasmines current top paintings. We hope you enjoy these images and her comments on them.

Snow White and Her Animal Friends — is one of my best. I'm very proud of this one. I can't stop staring at her! The most recent installment in my Fairy Tales series, it shows a slightly gothic Snow White sitting in a forest glade with some cuddly critters—a raccoon, some bunnies, a baby deer, a squirrel, and a chipmunk!

Lute and Lyre — A beautiful painting indeed. Lush and gorgeous. Two nymphs in a dark lovely wood—twin muses with their respective instruments.

Pink Lightning! — She is a striking one (no pun intended!). Brilliant pink lightning flashes in the storm clouds surrounding her…big eyes crackling with energy. Her pink and blonde hair is swirling in the wind. I love this painting!

Alice in Clockwork — the first of a slightly more refined/grown-uppish Alice in Wonderland series I'm working on, with a steampunk flair. The original won the Juried award in the 2008 Dragon*Con Art Show! It features Alice with a more subdued colour palette with clockwork (elaborating on the juxtaposition of time and pocket watch themes in the stories), and it is absolutely gorgeous.

Marie Masquerade — most likely inspired by my recent artist retreat to France. Marie Antoinette, the doomed queen, dressed with her over-the-top glory with her sailing ship hair adornment…magnificent hairstyle, lush makeup and her not-very-concealing masquerade mask! I love this painting; it really looks awesome in person. Her big eyes gleam out of the gloom. It really is lovely.

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