Monthly Archives: April 2011

Aliens with blue toes – illustration

Science fiction illustration by artist Jessica Doyle

This is the first illustration that I completed with the new art supplies! It measures 10×10 inches (25,5cm by 25,5cm) and was created with Prismacolor Verithin coloured pencils, Prismacolor watercolor pencil crayons and Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens on Arches rough cold press watercolor paper. Continue reading

Fast and processed foods need to be taxed at the same rate that cigarettes are taxed in Canada

cut up cigarette - trying to quit smoking

I wish the Canadian government would begin taxing fast and processed foods as much as they tax cigarettes immediately. And don’t even try to argue with me by saying it’s food, and a necessity. It’s not food. It’s a manufactured multi-national addiction too, brought to you by multi-national corporate marketing and advertising jingles combined with scientifically proven perfect amounts of fat, sugar, genetically modified soy and salt to make you want to consume it, more and more and more.

Fast food is next on the list for outrageous taxes. The day of the $20.00 Happy Meal is coming quicker than you think to Canada. Continue reading

Artist Tip #25 – About the real price of things

So, today I read an article on the CBC about the surging Loonie. It’s now worth $1.05!

This is incredible, as growing up Canadian meant our dollar was always worth much less than the American Greenback. And even as recently as 2007 I was earning $1.25 CAD on every $1.00 USD when I transferred it from Paypal into my bank account. Those days are long gone and gone with them is the ability to price items for sale similarly to what my American friends and artists are pricing their items at.

Supplies and shipping costs are more expensive in Canada than what they are in the USA. And with the shipping and duty charges ordering supplies from the USA in the smaller amounts that I need, isn’t worth it at times. I do try to support both Canadian and US based businesses as possible when purchasing supplies and do scour the internet to be able to do so without decreasing the quality of my items. In fact, from whence I opened my shop in late 2007 to now I’ve actually increased substantially the quality of both the materials and packaging used on all the products I produce. That is what creates value. Continue reading

Saying thank you to my internet art supply and book angels

pencil crayons, coloured pencils

Today, to my surprise I received a delightful box from Charles Smith in the mail. A few months ago he had written to ask if there were any art supplies that I needed as he was traveling to Japan where art supplies are cheap and plentiful as opposed to here in Eastern Canada.

After numerous emails from Charles I finally conceded and I wrote back and asked if he’d pick me up a few Pilot Choose Pens in white as my one lone one had all but run out. Well, I opened the box and there were five pens, two boxes of Prismacolor 36 pack Verithin coloured pencils and one box of Prismacolor 12 pack Watercolor pencil crayons. OMG. I was in tears. My pencil crayons were running out fast so this colourful box of goodies has really brightened my day. Continue reading

Pictures of old stuff

vintage sheet music… kneeling and praying girl

My Dad recently brought down stacks of vintage sheet music and other old oddities into the studio here for me to list and photograph. Most of it is now photographed.

watches, spoon, vintage, antique

The majority of the sheet music dates to the 1940′s and earlier. Some of it even dates to the late 1800′s!

Most of the metal items and trinkets are now listed in the OLDisNEW vintage shop. The sheet music however, I’ll be listing during the coming weeks.

Well, that didn’t work

Today, would have been the day that I announce the winners of the donation drive but not enough donations came in to make the draw worthwhile. I’ll be refunding all donations later today (even though I said I wouldn’t within the post) that came in over the last couple of weeks. I couldn’t on good conscience keep them when not enough came in to even draw for the smallest prize.

It’s always a good thing to try something once and even twice at times when it comes to life, relationships or work related stuff. So, I tried it and it didn’t work.

What I learned over the last few months:

  • What people say isn’t what they actually do
  • What people like isn’t actually what they buy
  • Take certain personalities with a grain of salt while trusting others with your deepest secrets
  • There are some who taunt and some who encourage
  • And some who desperately want to see you fail because of their own shortcomings
  • And others whom will cheer you on and strive for your success as they work diligently towards their own too

All in all everyone brings value to the table and that is, in itself, inspiration enough!

The world would be a dull and bland place if everyone looked, acted and dressed the same. Sadly, the mainstream media would have you beleive that that is the way you should be.

I grew much skin over the last few months. And I’m glad you are all here.

With all that said, I’ll be placing a permanent donation button in the sidebar and on my about page later today for anyone who happens upon the site and feels it’s helped them in some way.

Sharing some statistics and opening this blog up for sponsorship

UPDATE – Full ad rates can be found on the sponsorship page. Thank you!

mandala art by illustrator jessica doyle

Everyone likes statistics right? I do, and I enjoy reading when others share their stats with me on their blog. So these are my daily stats as of April 13th, 2011. I will update them regularly. Thank you.

Subscribed RSS/Email – 782
Personal Facebook – 574
Facebook Fanpage – 778
Twitter – 1691
Flickr Contacts – 827
Flickr Groups that I belong to – 177
Google Friend Connect – 283
Blog Pageviews – 500 average as per WordPress Stats
Etsy Shop Hearts – 9032
Etsy Treasuries that my work is featured in – 1,207
Etsy Sales – 1,563
Etsy Circles (the social media of Etsy) – 552
Google Buzz – 1,816
Total number of blog posts since March 2006 – 805
Google Page Rank – 4
Alexa Worldwide Rank – 746,280
Alexa Canadian Rank – 15,875
Quantcast Rank – 671,445
Technorati Rank – 45,248
Technorati Arts Rank – 1,741

In all, that is thousands of potential traffic to your site if you choose to advertise with me. Continue reading

Melancholy – portrait

Back in January when the hyporthyroidism was at it’s worst I was painting these little acrylic paintings on 6 by 6 inch pieces of board. This was a few weeks before I stopped drawing and painting all together. Last night, I dug a few of them out and began reworking, exploring and adding in some finer detail with ink and coloured pencils. Basically… just playing to see what the effects of layering different media one on top of the other would end up looking like.

I think this is the first time that I’ve ever used coloured pencil over top of acrylic. I like the result but despise the inked in eyelashes on this sad man and am tempted to blacken them in forever!

Medium – Kroma Artist Acrylic, Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens and Prismacolor on Masonite board