Monthly Archives: January 2009

Guest Post by Susan L. Guran

January 29, 2009
Dear Jessica,

On a practical note . . . I was thrilled with how quickly, efficiently and graciously you handled our project together. Your skills and talents are impressively evident when looking at your work in all contexts. You seem to understand your medium(s) intimately and were willing to experiment and try different things, always responding kindly to my concerns and suggestions.

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I greatly appreciated how dedicated you remained despite being ill and losing your dear cat McGandy in the midst of our process together–not to mention the fact that this was all happening during the holiday season! Everything was accomplished much sooner than I expected given the obstacles that appeared along the way.

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Fermenting Canadian Ice Wine

I think I miss the point completely on occasion and float away into my own little world forgetting that which exists and already surrounds me. Then I get to thinking about that point and why it has to be tipped and pointy and why is can’t be round, soft and interchangeable with beams of light infused with grape juice.

And then again if beams of light were infused with grape juice they would ferment as they travelled to earth at the speed of light and once here we’d all be drunk on clear burgundy sun drops.

Except here in Canada those infused beams of light would freeze and ice wine would fall from the air.

It’s -28ºC / -18ºF here in Saint John, New Brunswick!

Wooden, 8×8 inch /20,3cm by20,3cm plate distressed and painted by me

The clouds broke open lighting the trees on fire

While the sun was setting over the city, it’s beams shone through the cloud cover lighting the backyard tress on fire. With camera in hand taking pictures of the many glistening trees facing West I was mesmerized by the red’s, oranges and yellows on this grey winter’s day. It turned the sky an awesome deep hued ultramarine blue.

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The three little kittens they lost their mittens

The three little kittens who lost their mittens illustration by Jessica Doyle

This is almost vintage Jessica Doyle. I completed this illustration in 1995. It was drawn in pencil, painted with watercolour and highlighted with both ink and coloured pencil on Arches watercolour paper.

The original measures 12 by 12 inches / 30,5cm by 30,5cm

Three little kittens they lost their mittens, and they began to cry,
“Oh mother dear, we sadly fear that we have lost our mittens.”
“What! Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.”
“Meeow, meeow, meeow, now we shall have no pie.”
The three little kittens they found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
“Oh mother dear, see here, see here
For we have found our mittens.”
“Put on your mittens, you silly kittens
And you shall have some pie”
“Meeow, meeow, meeow,
Now let us have some pie.”
The three little kittens put on their mittens
And soon ate up the pie,
“Oh mother dear, we greatly fear
That we have soiled our mittens.”
“What! soiled you mittens, you naughty kittens!”
Then they began to cry, “Meeow, meeow, meeow”
Then they began to sigh.
The three little kittens they washed their mittens
And hung them out to dry,
“Oh mother dear, do you not hear
That we have washed our mittens.”
“What! washed your mittens, you are good kittens.”
But I smell a rat close by,
“Meeow, meeow, meeow” we smell a rat close by…

This illustration is very similar in style to Do you love me.

Slowly but surely I’m scanning in my older illustrative work and creating prints of them for you and are available in my art shop. These illustrations are large and must be scanned in sections and painstakingly pieced back together again in photoshop. The alternative is to have a digital photo taken of the artwork. I do send out my much larger acrylic paintings to a local photographer for digitizing. It is expensive to do it that way but worth every penny as the alternative would be next to impossible on a 8.5 by 11.5 inch scanner.

Someday soon, I’ll own a good camera and be able to take the shots myself.

Welcome to my new home

The last step of pointing the dns of http://jessicadoyle.CA to JessicaDoyle.COM is almost complete…

I am in the process of unpacking and setting up. I found a wonderful premium WordPress theme named Thesis created by wizard Chris Pearson that will allow me to grow, learn and progress all the while continuing to provide you with stimuli via art creation and the written word. This theme is extensively supported with documentation, user forums and by Chris himself, and it is highly customizable.

As the weeks progress this blog will adapt and change into what I want it to be. There is a learning curve with Thesis, yet the time away from self-hosting did indeed give me a substantial break from all the things that made my head spin in the past. In fact, this year long break allowed precious time to reacquaint myself with creativity via pen, ink and watercolour.

I chose Media Temple as a host. Their support and knowledge base is fantastic. They wrote back to me using words I could understand after writing saying, I could not import my blog due to it’s size. Keep in mind, that I am not a programmer. I am a novice at best and can follow instructions after reading them nine times, trying to do the task twice, having to re-install WordPress thrice… I did learn however, how to edit that damn php.ini file. Media Temple told me which three lines needed to be edited but not the values (the numbers) needed to complete the import. I searched the WordPress codex until I found what was needed. If you don’t know what I’m talking about… don’t worry about, it until you have to transfer 571 posts, 2484 comments, 144 categories and 1407 tags from one blog to another blog.

Mentally, I feel great and up for the challenge of learning again. What a wonderful feeling!

I’m so glad you are here!

I am moving

The researching and later, packing began in early November, hrmmm June 2008. You know how it gets when things become crowded and you can’t do what you need to do anymore in order to expand and grow.

You might notice things become a little wonky over the next few days as I migrate to self-hosting WordPress Blogging software again.

I currently blog on WordPress.com, a free blogging platform and forward my domain(s) here. It’s been great! I loved my time here. They were here when my finances ran dry and I could no longer afford to self-host anymore. Well, it’s come full circle and to advance I must move beyond. So thank you WordPress.com for the last year of awesomeness!

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Review – Epson R2880 – Part 2 – testing the Canvas Roll

This is the second part of my Espon R2880 Review. You can read the first part here.

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Set up is straightforward

Do not rip the plastic off the canvas like I did pictured above. The white plastic holders do come off and it is much easier to remove the plastic and paper coverings when they are off! Place the dark grey roll attachments on the canvass roll and then attach this to the back of the printer. Feed the canvas in until it is grabbed by the printer.

Gorgeous prints but why the waste?

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Why it pops out roughly 6 inches of canvas before it starts printing I do not know. It did this all three times I printed. The first two times I thought it was because i changed my page orientation when printing. The third time I left it horizontal, gave the canvas roll three inches of slack and it printed out that blasted 6 inches first before starting to print the actual document.

The Epson does print a fine line after your print to cut along to remove the print. Simply press the roll button on the printer to release canvass and once cut press the same button and it will suck it back in again. A cutter would be a nice addition as it does not release the canvass out past the paper tray. You need to use scissors to cut it and cannot use a ruler with Xacto blade to trim.

I printed Hope pictured above and below first.

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Secondly I printed We Flourish

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and lastly, Do You Love Me

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As I use this printer more I find the best setting for printing my original artwork created via traditional means such as watercolour or with pen is printing using the Colorsync option within the print dialogue box. Using the Adobe Gamma or Epson Gamma produces prints that are too vivid, oversaturated and posterized in appearance. In theory Colorsync prints what you are seeing on screen.

I hope to find a solution to the excess canvass that must be trimmed from prints after printing. If you know why this is happening please let me know. I can’t wait to introduce these prints to the shop!

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this printer and supplies (ink and paper) from Epson to test. If I liked it, I got to keep it and the supplies. I was not asked to write either a positive or negative review; only an honest review using my own words which I believe I did. In the end, I did decide to keep the printer and supplies .

Cheers!

Secret #3 – Live Within Walking Distance

The community itself is beautiful; wartime houses from both WWI and WWII dot the hills here with mature maple, oak and lilac trees growing along the sidewalks. There is an influx of younger folks moving in as the older residents pass away or move into old age homes. Schools are close to. Homes are being refurbished, renovated and updated. Empty lots are fast developing into newer homes designed in character with the older existing ones. It’s lovely.
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