Category Archives: Doodles

A little bit of vacation

Daily scribbles by artist Jessica Doyle

My Etsy shops are closing this Saturday at noon EST now. They’ll likely be closed for one week and reopen once the the other stuff is tended to.

I have custom work to finish.

I want to garden and simultaneously take a packaging and postal run break to.

I think I’ll drive somewhere far away and take a mini vacation on less than $150. Believe me, I can do it. I’m one of the most frugal people out there. Case in point, I’ve only put $30 worth of gas in my car since buying it two months ago.

I want to work on my hobby and research both vintage and antique items. I love researching! It actually makes me happy searching the interwebs and tubes of information on things that are from a time before.

I want to visit my long time friends; Lisa, Gillian, Shyanne and Karen. I’ve known these women most of my life, since early childhood and they understand and I understand and know that regardless of how long it’s been since we last saw each other that we can pick up straight from where we leaped off. They are akin to my sisters.

I always loved how my Mom was so close to her four sisters while I was growing up.

I really enjoyed my time off in February. I always know when it’s time for a vacation as I simply stop drawing and painting. I haven’t drawn or painted anything in two weeks. Been doing other creative things.

I just want to let the dust settle and plant some seeds so to speak.

I write things down on little bits of paper; thousands of little bits of pieces of paper. This little piece of paper is one of the most recent. I doodled it on the back of one of my certificates of authenticity. Please note that identifying numbers have been censored.

Bethany – Stare at her for a while and some news about an upcoming gallery show

On May 7th, 2010 which is the next Saint John Gallery Hop, I’ll be exhibiting and selling my miniature artworks; namely ACEO’s at the Klausen Gallery in Uptown Saint John with other miniature artists in the city. It is the first show of it’s kind in this area.

An ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. They must always measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches and can be created in any medium on any surface. They are a great way to collect affordable art. ACEO’s are the standard size of a Hockey and/or Magic trading cards.

David Hayward of NakedPastor will also be exhibiting and selling his work at the show along with about 10 other artsists.

I will have ACEO mini prints, limited edition ACEO mini prints and ACEO originals for sale. Matting and framing will be available on site to, as the Klausen Gallery is also a picture framing gallery. Over the next few weeks as I prepare for the show I’ll be posting to this blog some ACEO’s that you’ve likely not seen. Some are available for purchase in my Etsy Shop. And if there is one you see that you need to buy and it not listed in my art shop simply let me know and we can set something up.

I am also working on my own shop that will be tied into this blog. It is set to open in a few weeks hopefully! :)

The original Bethany ACEO is listed for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Recent Fabriano Quadrato Artist Journal Drawings and the story of how I got this sketchbook

About two weeks ago I got two brand spanking new journals to draw in! Happy!

The Fabriano Quadrato Artists Journals are 9×9 inchs in size and are no where to be found in North America. I scoured the internet until I located some in the United Kingdom but sadly the company did not ship outside of Europe. I contacted artist Lorrie Whittington who resides in the UK and together we began a Facebook assault to see if other’s were interested in going in with us to buy them. A big thank you to Lorrie with whom I coordinated the ordering and buying of these skecthbooks with! Continue reading

Playing with colour and varnish and strolling the aisles

Size – 8.5 by 11 inches (21.5cm by 27.8cm)
Medium – Acrylic with varnish on acid and lignin free paper

I drove to Michaels one snowy day not to long ago and perused their isles of dream’s. I really did get lost that evening in that store, along with the other 12 or so women and a few men who had ventured out into the cold. It’s funny how in an art store it’s so quiet. It’s akin to walking into a library.

You open the door… you walk in and instantly smile. La-te-da. Continue reading

Artist Tip #22 – Just Doodle

Sometime last year I updated my Facebook account saying something along the lines that I couldn’t draw and wasn’t finding any inspiration in life. A cousin of mine, Marc, commented on that Facebook update by simply stating “Doodle”. This is one of those times when I wish Facebook had an internal update search engine as I can’t and will not go back through hundreds of Facebook updates to find Marc’s comment. That word though, and comment have stuck with me when I feel overwhelmed and can’t seem to be productive.

These are some recent doodles. Continue reading