Monthly Archives: May 2011

I’m looking forward to June or why May didn’t bring flowers

Beatrice Bird Face illustration

May can just go back to where it came from with it’s rain, fog, rain, showers and did I say rain? It can also take the piercing pain and intermittent numbness in my left hand away too, and the pain in my right shoulder blade away and the dizzying mind numbing heart palpitating hypothyroidism away too. This is why I haven’t been blogging much. I’ve been dealing with a vast array of symptoms for the last 30 days and just doing my best to just be with them.

This is the first cohesive thought I’ve been able to blog during the last 30 days. I got into see the doctor last week as my symptoms had returned with a vengeance. My medication was upped this week to combat the flight and fancy I’m feeling most days. It’s confusing as heaven/hell to feel like you physically have to run a marathon when your mind is quiet and sleepy, and must sleep or rest when your mind is full of vivid thoughts and imagery. This is the yin and yang of hypothyroidism.

It’s not pleasant to wake in bed with a start and then feel like you are going to fall over and have a black out. Focus is not easy right now.

studio - illustrator jessica doyle

And the backyard garden is too sogging wet to plant or work. I’ve been spending my time with friends and family this last month. I guess it’s a good thing that I’ve learned the art of phoning or visiting people when I feel bad or am having an attack as I like to call them.

I’ve been reading, learning and drawing up a storm too as I seem to be able to research, implement, read and draw. I’ve been reading about Bitcoin and hope to offer it on a few select products in June. I read Thomas Moore’s, Dark Night of the Soul, The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan, BigCartel Help by BigCartel, PulleyApp Help by PulleyApp and the Bitcoin wiki written by everyone.

I went to a charity clothing swap and got some new-to-me clothes. I’ve donated more art this month to every event and charity possible. I think I’ve been added to a ask for donation list. I went to an art gallery hop and I made a few new real life female friends too which is awesome as it’s been too long. I am going to my 20 year high school reunion next month childless and unmarried. I’ve got two awesome roommates who seem to be able to cope quite well with my health issues. I’m hoping to travel to Fredericton next month and visit with two of my best friends, Vikki and Dana. Vikki has hypothyroidism and has been instrumental in helping me deal with the symptoms I’m experiencing.

Anyway, it’s been a long month, a full month.

The art in this post is a piece that I finished recently, although the photos are only depicting her half finished. I’ll post the finished one once she is scanned in. Her name is Beatrice. Say hi!

LittleStar Boutique is Fabulous!

CEO of LittleStar Boutique

I’d like to formally welcome LittleStar Boutique to the blog as this blog’s first sponsor. LittleStar was founded by Monica Danielski (CEO), in Douglas, New Brunswick which is about one and half hours North from where I live in Saint John. Continue reading

A tiger and one yawning mouse – childhood drawings from 1984

childhood drawings of Jessica Doyle from 1984 - one tiger and one yawning mouse

If you are an artist you’ve likely been drawing since you were very young in age. These are two of my ink drawings from 1984. I would have been 11 years old when I drew both of these on pretty pink and yellow papers with a blue Bic pen. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning Sale – 25% OFF

About once per season I run a lovely sale in the fine art shop.

Use coupon code “SPRING2011” for 25% OFF your total order during check-out.

This sale will run May 9th to May 14th in my Etsy Art Shop.

As wedding season approaches keep in mind that fine art does make a wonderful gift to those two special people who are tying the knot.

Happy Mother’s Day – wreath of joy drawing

mothers day wreath illustration berries leaves joy happiness artist jessica doyle

Just a quick note to say happy mother’s mother’s day to my mom.

I love you! xoxo

I drew this wreath late last year with a Pilot G-tec C4 pen inside a Fabriano Quadrato journal. Last week, I added in some vibrant colour using Prismacolor Verithin coloured pencils and a few highlights with a white Pilot Choose pen. The illustration section pictured above, squared from the journal, measures roughly 5×5 inches (12,5cm by 12,5cm).

Cluster – a fungi illustration at sunrise

Mushrooms illustration magical art by jessica doyle sunrise

Paper Size – 10×10 inches (25,5cm by 25,5cm)
Mediums – Prismacolor watercolour penicl crayons and Verithin coloured pencils and Faber Castell Pitt Artist Oens on Arches rough textured watercolour paper

I really enjoyed creating this fascinating piece. The sky took a copious amount of time as it’s pencil crayon only which is much more time consuming to render with than watercolour at times. I spent most evenings over the last week or two working on the sky alone to give it that soft and serene effect. Above is what it looked like before any pencil crayon had been added to the sky.

And late last week I also took a trip to the local art store and purchased some smooth hot press Arches watercolour paper to test out on next. I’ve been working with cold press and cold press rough and need a change of pace eh! Continue reading