Monthly Archives: August 2009

The end of innocence or why we grow potatoes

Many anniversaries precariously show their face to me during this time of year when summer begins to end and everything alive turns crunchy beneath your feet as it withers and dies.

What am I trying to say? August 26, 2009 passed just as any other day yet it did mark four years sobriety and it was nine years ago that day that I moved out and left my ex-husband. September 5, 2009 still looms in the near future and with it comes the painful memory of my appendix rotting and doctors telling me there was no sign of Crohn’s and that it was just a bad case of gangrenous appendicitis. Right! Three weeks later in 1997 I was having 11 inches of bowel removed and weighed a ghastly 98 pounds. Sorry, but you doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Halifax should never have sent me home to Fredericton. I wasn’t even eating solid food eight days post-op after you silly doctors cut and stapled my abdomen crooked.

If I had remained a wife, September 5th, would’ve marked my eleventh wedding anniversary.

Today… today…
I, saw him again
Today
Today…

So what do you do when memories cloud your judgment? I turned inwards and let it ride and grew some purple skinned potatoes with my mom.

Hope – Peace Edition with a touch of love or… lust

Hope - peace limited edition artwork by artist jessica doyle

More than ever we as human beings need more peace and tranquility in our lives. This isn’t to say that excitement and even struggle are not a part of it, yet there comes a time when we must move on and change our lives for the better, even when it hurts.

I feel optimistic that the hard work I’m doing will create a more fulfilling life both spiritually and financially. For too long I relied on a second income and help from a spouse only to leave one and be left by the other. I guess that evens me out. And I do hope to meet the right person someday as it does get lonely.

Very recently, I broke up with man whom I’d been dating on and off for close to eight years when we were both single. I fell in love with him. And after talking with a close friend the other night who suggested that maybe I was lusting after and not loving this man; did I realize the first to be true. She to, in turn is going through an extended break-up and I’m so grateful to have her to talk to for where I live there isn’t many single women in their 30′s who don’t have kids, to talk to or single men that I click with for that matter.

So, I’m releasing hope into the world today.

And you may remember the original drawing of Hope in pastel hues of pink, blue and green…

I played with this drawing quite a bit in Adobe Photoshop to get her to a beautiful yellow ocher colour. I’m pleased with how she turned out. Hope is a limited Edition. There will ONLY be 40 printed. You can get her in the shop.

I Won – The Most Wall Worthy Art Contest!

The best intentions to write this post yesterday withered as the day progressed, and sleepiness combined with the inability to concentrate swept over me. The excitement of winning first place and having three room rental tenants move into my house on the same day was slightly overwhelming.

I slept for 10 hours last night.

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Thank you to everyone who voted for the Sassy Sea Urchin; all 299 of you! And congrats to all the other finalists. A record breaking number of people turned out to vote in Etsy’s What Would You Hang on Your Wall Contest as reported in the Storque article featuring my artwork!

Special Offer – Mention this blog post in the message to seller upon check-out and you’ll get 15% off your total purchase (excluding shipping costs) from me. If you’ve been eying an original artwork or box this would be the time to purchase it. The 15% off will be refunded via Paypal after you have paid. This offer expires on August 25, 2009.

Front yard flower – Lily

lily

You know how you move into a new home and you’ve got no clue what was planted or not planted, will grow or not grow, is a weed or not a weed; with the latter being the most important question.

So, I just let it all grow this summer to see what popped up.

Well, this lovely lily opened yesterday along the foundation facing north in the front yard. It really is that fuchsia and vibrant in colour!

lily flowers

Amazing! And it’s amazing that everything surrounding it, is sadly, weeds.

You might also like the backyard blossom

Please Vote for Me in the What Would You Hang on Your Wall Contest

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Well, it looks like the Sassy Sea Urchin was nominated into the What Would You Hang on Your Wall Contest on Etsy. Yay! Thanks so much DailyThreads for nominating me and congratulations on winning the previous A Notebook for All Seasons contest.

And thank you to Lorrie, a good friend of mine for initially letting me know about this whole thing by posting the contest on my facebook wall this morning… I had no idea!

Please do go vote for me :)

If I win, my art will be featured in the Members Choice Gift Guide on Etsy. The Gift Guides are prime real estate and if you are lucky and talented enough to be featured in one; it’s akin to winning a small lottery and could certainly do much in helping my art sales. And that my friends is what feeds, clothes, pays the vet bills and allows me to continue creating; in essence to do my job and not go insane and cut off my ear like van Gogh did.

If you are not a member of Etsy… do sign up so that you can vote within the next six days. Both my cat and I agree, this, is a good thing!

Power Pus Puss

Twelve year old Missy Two Shoes was viciously attacked last weekend. She is none to happy about losing the ability to blink her right eye after receiving a direct puncture wound to the head between her right side ear and eye.

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The carnage ensued on the backyard deck. I heard the mishap and ran to the rescue of my kitty cat. MEOW! I clapped my hands in fright and screamed in delight when the multi-coloured striped feline assailant fled from sight! Poor Missy Two Shoes would not let me come near, content to perch wide eyed atop of the railing. Now, let me tell you this…

I phoned my Mom and Dad to see about borrowing a car and they drove down as they live but a few blocks away. I comforted Missy while Mom spoke on the phone leaving my number with the answering service for the next *on call vet to return our call. I then noticed the mountains of ghastly fluff all over the deck and sadly it was mostly poor Missy Two Shoes’ grey fur. She wasn’t blinking her right eyelid but her third eyelid sure was. I carried her inside to inspect the rest of her body.

She suffered major scratching to her belly and side and a few other minor dispersed scratches.

The vet called back shortly; saying to wash the wounds with warm soapy water and trim any fur from around it to avoid infection and to bring her in on Tuesday as it was a long weekend here in New Brunswick. I could have brought her in that night however her wounds were not life threatening and she was eating, drinking and purring albeit not quite herself.

I washed her wounds and the puncture began bleeding just, a little bit. The next day the puncture wound had scabbed over and beneath the scab a good sized boil had formed. I washed the wound again gently removing the scab to drain the puss and boy did it ooze olive green!

At the vet on Tuesday afternoon he checked her over, gave her a shot of slow release antibiotics and fed her some minuscule little white pills to aid in repairing the nerve damage above her eye. He said she looked good weighing in at 14lbs! She’s a big kitty! I always find it funny that Missy will not walk into her carrier without being tricked into it. And then at the vet when you take her out she damn well wants back in that carrier immediately.

Power Pus!

The Ball is under control - cat drawing illustration by Jessica Doyle

During the last week I’ve been cleaning that scabbed over for the second time wound all the while watching the furless bump grow into a small grape, and being unable to remove the scab to drain it without hurting her, I just left it in place until it would come off on it’s own.

Well, last night, I sat her on the kitchen table to clean the wound and lightly touched the scab and it blew off into outerspace followed by a green brownish slime landing plop on the floor. Power Pus! I cried “OMG your brains are leaking out of your head!” She sat unable to move, mesmerized likely by the stench of the goo trailing down the side of her furry face. I said “Don’t you run away!” Hoping her amazement would last another 5 seconds until I raced back to her from the sink with a damp cloth to clean her and then the floor up.

Was she ever angry as the realization set in that her brains blew out all over and down the right side of her face. I was thankful she couldn’t blink that right eye for a mere moment as goo was hanging on to her eyelashes. Then the blood came. I didn’t even squeeze or scratch it… it just oozed on it’s own. She wiggled away from me running upstairs to the bedrooms. I ran behind her hoping she’d enter my room and not one of the rental bedrooms, with another wet cloth in hand.

The Happy Ending

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She is beginning to move her eyelid (now that pressure is gone) and the wound, albeit bald and covered in dried blood has not turned into another pustule. She’s a happy kitty!

* living in a smaller city means there is no 24 hour drop-in vet clinic

The cat illustration entitled The Ball is Under Controlwas created by me and is available in my art shop

And it’s an Art Box – a Homeless One at That

Update – This box has since sold! Thank you! Other one of a kind boxes are available in this section of my shop.

The nameless ones

I painted this box to go with a series of three paintings, I finished in late 2008, entitled The Nameless Ones.

This Nameless One’s box has to be my most viewed and most favorited listing on Etsy. It’s been viewed close to 4000 times. And I do wonder why it hasn’t sold yet. I even did a kick-ass job with the photography as it’s graced the front page of Etsy numerous times which could indeed account for some of it’s high view numbers.

The nameless ones

It is hand painted by me, with India ink and the finest artist quality acrylic. This box has been gessoed, sanded and varnished three times for durability.

Box Dimensions – 2 11/16 by 2 5/8 inches or 68mm by 66mm

The nameless ones

If you buy this box and mention this blog post in the message to seller upon checkout I will ship one, 5×5 inch print, from the Nameless One’s series, of your choice, with it. Happy Friday!

Martha the Elephant – Illustration

Elephant art by Jessica Doyle

I drew her with Pilot G-tec C4 pens, Pilot Hi-tec C pens, Pilot opaque white ink, water and Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils on 8.5 by 11 inch (21,6cm by 27,9cm) smooth white paper.

I should add that this illustration was inspired by Christopher Dewan of The Urban Sherpa. He’s beginning an online literary magazine called 3 Blind Elephants and is accepting submissions.

8×10 inch Archival prints of Martha the Elephant are available for purchase in the shop.