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Dear Apple Computer

I purchased a new 24″ iMac 2.93Ghz, 600GB Hard Drive from you on September 4th, 2009 for $2,149.00 CAD plus an additional $199 CAD for extended insurance coverage. I love my new computer and have loved using apple computers since 1993, when I first used a Quadra in art college.

Here is where the love stops.

I see today that you announce a new-better-faster 27″ iMac 3.06Ghz 1 TERABYTE hard drive priced at $1799.00 CAD that includes a standard wireless keyboard and mouse.

I began crying this evening because this is the third time that I have purchased a new computer from you and this is the third time in 10 years that within 2 months of my purchase you release a new version at a cheaper price point with much more bling and I am not compensated for being ripped off.

The first time I bought a Graphite iMac DV Special Edition 13GB hard drive in the summer of 1999 which was quickly outdated with a new iMac.

The second time I bought a 15″ Titanium Powerbook 60 GB hard drive 1GHZ G4 OS10.3.9 that didn’t come pre-installed with an airport card which I had to buy in January of 2004. The version you released immediately after that had OS10.4, more power and had the airport card pre-installed.

And now you’ve gone and done it again by releasing a new iMac. Seriously Apple, I’m upset and not feeling the love right now. I could use that extra $350 to heat my home this winter and the extra screen space and power and extra hard drive space to create and store pretty illustrations and graphics on. To top it all off, I can’t even use my Firewire 400 external hard drive or my Adobe Creative Suite with my new iMac because it only accepts a Firewire 800 cord and CS1 is incompatible with Snow Leopard.

I’m not impressed, and wish I could stop the tears from flowing down my cheeks. You could have told me to wait another month and half before making my purchase. That would have been the honest thing to do.

Three time’s a charm eh?

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.

A Midsummer Sale

A Midsummer Sale – Buy 2 get 1 Free

Choose from over 100 Open Edition prints and ACEO mini prints from the top two SALE sections of my shop. All $5, $12 and $20 prints are included in the sale.

Simply write your free choice (of equal or lesser value to the lowest priced item within your cart) in the message to seller upon check-out.

My art makes the perfect wedding, birthday or anniversary gift and kids love my fish prints. Or decorate your own home with it. 8 x10 inch Matting and backing is also available for all 5×7 inch prints making them easy to frame.

This sale runs until August 15th, 2009.

xo

A Video Thank You

The following is a Video thank you from MsDragonfly who won first prize in the Pick What You Win Art Giveaway.

When I ship art I always ask the person who bought it or won it as is the case here to let me know when it arrives. This helps me keep track of shipping times from me to you and also just to know that it did indeed arrive and wasn’t lost in the mail.

Thank you MsDragonfly.
This video is SWEET!
So glad you like them! :)

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!

Review – Epson R2880 Printer

A few weeks ago I got an Epson R2880 printer. Ever since, learning to operate this fascinating piece of equipment has ensued…

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Set Up

After a false start first using *metal saw horses to make a table with, I purchased a folding plastic/metal table from Canadian Tire for $39.95. If you buy this printer you will need a dedicated space just for the printer and print-outs it produces. And as the ink takes 48 hours to cure you will need a place to lay the prints flat on or to hang them dry from.

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My art is featured in Canada’s Style at Home magazine

If you live in Canada or have access to Canadian magazines go and pick up the December issue of Style at Home magazine and flip to page 59. My art is featured within the Shopping Etc section under the Sites We Love Column.

Best of All, Style at Home tried Etsy’s shop local feature and found my shop along with AlbertaCountryPrim’s Etsy shop which is located here.

What they say,

The premise of Etsy is simple; items are mostly handmade, and the shopping experience is like Ebay minus the bidding aspect. Artisans craft everything from paintings to ceramics to ornaments, and sell them on this site, handling the shipping themselves…”

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They placed an image of the Sassy Sea Urchin within the article writing,

…entrancing sea- and floral-inspired art prints (left), from $5, by JessicaDoyle in New Brunswick, and AlbertaCountryPrimitives’ old-fashioned painted signs, from $18 each.

Back in September writer, Helen Racanelli contacted me, and at first I thought “this isn’t real”. After some research and writing back and forth a few times I realized pretty fast that it was indeed real.

Thank you Helen. I am humbled to be mentioned in such a beautiful magazine.