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Perception – Deck of 34 Original Drawings

I drew each card with Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens (India Ink), Pilot pen (Opaque white ink) and Prismacolor Colored pencil on antique & vintage wallpapers that I salvaged when renovating my house last year.

An ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. They can be created with any medium on any surface but must adhere to the standard size of 2.5 by 3.5 inches.

I am thinking of making a box out of the vintage wallpaper to house these cards in that is similar to this box of cards. Once the box is done I’ll list the whole set in the shop. It’ll likely be priced around $1000.

And below is a detail of three of the cards.

And isn’t life (only) what we perceive it to be?

The 2009 End of Year Art Giveaway

Comments are now closed… I’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow!

Well, thank you so much for reading this blog and commenting, listening, tweeting, facebooking and for buying my art. I’m honoured to have you in my life. Simply leave a comment on this post about what you are thankful for this year and you’ll be entered into my End of Year Art Giveaway.

The prize package is $165 worth of handmade by me goods

$26 – 2010 Art Calendar (12 month handmade print sampler)
$24 – Limited Edition ABC print in 8.5×11 inches (not yet available in the shop)
$20 – Do you love me print (8×8 inches)
$5 – Milton the Fish Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays greeting cards
$8 – Framed Sunflowering Times ACEO mini print
$24 – Children’s Scrap Paper Pack
$7 – Package of Mushrooms (Pastel Edition) Miniature Greeting Cards
$12 – Day Dreams (5×5 print)
$24 – Spotted Eddie (matted to 8×10 inches)
$15 – Set of four Beachy Beachy Beach greeting cards

For bonus entries you can do one or all of the following:

  • Tweet about this giveaway to your followers
  • Share it on Facebook with your friends
  • Post it to your blog
  • Email it to your friends
  • Subscribe to this blog via email or RSS (if you are already subscribed simply leave a separate comment stating so)

Each time you do one of the above make sure to come back to this post and leave a comment stating what you did and link to it if possible and you’ll get that additional entry. Please write each additional entry in a separate comment as I’ll be using a random number generator to draw the winner!

This giveaway closes on January 2, 2010. The winning comment will be randomly drawn on January 3, 2010. This giveaway is open to all residents of earth. The winner has 48 hours to claim the prize package once notified by email before another winner is drawn. The winner will be announced publicly on the blog.

Merry Christmas Everyone! xo

We Series – because it’s all about family!

Aren’t they pretty? I completed this series of illustrations late last year. They are available in both 5×7 inch (12,7cm by 17,7cm) and 8.5×11 inch (21,5cm by 27,8cm) sets.

The set is comprised of We Flourish, We Grow and We Reproduce.

I ponder life often during this time of year as the trees and flowers are all but grey and dead around me as they enter their long hibernation this Winter only to come to life during Springtime. One would not exist without the other.

Each of these prints is available in a gift set or individually within the small or medium sections of my art shop.

And when you purchase either the 5×7 or 8.5×11 set by November 15, 2009 simply write “We Series” within the message to seller upon check-out in my Etsy shop and I’ll ship your set for free to wherever you live in the world! Shipping will be reimbursed after payment in full has been received. This offer is only good for “We Series” sets and not valid with any other offer. Do keep an eye on this blog for deals not found anywhere else until Christmas. xo

And if you are interested in buying the original miniature illustrations of the We Series they still secretly exist! I had them archivally matted. But they are not listed in my shop. If you are interested in them they are $125 each and I’ll put up a reserved listing for you on Etsy. The originals are delicate and much softer in colour and hue. Hope to hear from you! Thank you!

Absinthe 99 or playing with the green fairy that was 2004

In 2004 during an intensive year of college in British Columbia we were asked to illustrate a poster in an older illustrative style with hand drawn letters. Absinthe 99 is the result of that assignment.

That year of college was one of the most brutal and rewarding times of my life. I had applied and was later accepted into an advanced multi media program at Langara College. I took 21 courses in one 12 month period including advanced typography, history of design and colour theory. By the end of that year I was addicted to GHB (sedatives). Add to that, my boyfriend was manic, and suffering through immense panic attacks and depressive episodes and unable to work, let alone feed himself until later that same year… it was all I could do to cope with the situation I found myself in. If anything, the strict regimen of college that year heightened and brought to the surface my inward disorder with the world around me. In 2007 I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and a few underlying learning disabilities.

I believe all those people who succumb to addiction have their reasons and people it really does not happen overnight. It begins innocently enough when one can’t get out of a predicament and that predicament then folds in on itself evolving into a monster! And truth be told I’ve never drank absinthe… someday maybe… I also hold the belief that once an addict you are not always going to be an addict. I do believe to get better you must live a more holistic lifestyle. And for some, that does mean remaining sober indefinitely. Addiction is simply a way of showing us there is a problem that needs to be dealt with or you will die.

Maybe, it’s the reading of 2012 by Daniel Pinchbeck that is reawakening those memories and you know what? I’m glad because now they seem fresh and perhaps today I can make sense of them as my mind is clear, and life is good. For too long I discounted those experiences as trivial and felt bad that I had traveled into the depths of my soul using substances (other than sedatives) to enlighten and open up channels that did exist in reality when I was a child. And I sometimes think, that Attention Deficit Disorder is a result of those perceptions being systematically taught out of us by society.

This year, as I settle into my home I’m finding memories are surfacing of those years; many good and some pretty awful ones to. I’m simply accepting them for what they are and digging out the artwork that was created during that time, for in it holds the key to moving on, letting go and growing once more.

I created 11 by 14 inch prints of this illustration and they are available on HangsaLittleLeft… my darker art shop… muahahahahaha!

Custom Design work for Crochet Freeform Artist Sara Aires

Very recently I was contacted by Sara Aires of Portugal to redo her Etsy shop banner. And again my illustrations and her free-form crochet art meshed as well as Star of the East’s jewelry and my artwork did. She found me from Esther and Estella’s blog post about the work I had completed for them in September.

After come consideration I decided on using Lost at Sea… no. 3 for the base illustration to begin with. I proceeded to manipulate it in Adobe Photoshop until the desired effect was achieved and added her shop info after.

Go and visit her shop or learn more about her via her Blog. Her work is divine! See for yourself below!

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Thank you Sara for contacting me to do the work for you.

And a note to my blog readers:
I will gladly accept custom work when it is a derivative of something that already exists in my shop, Blog or Flickr site. Feel free to get in touch for any projects that you may have that my illustrative work would be well suited for.

Star of the East – custom design work

front card staroftheeast design by jessica doyle

In September, Esther and Estalla from Turkey of Star of the East contacted me about doing a business card for them featuring the Sassy Sea Urchin illustration of mine.

back card staroftheeast design by jessica doyle

And I agreed. Their jewelry is whimsically detailed and my illustrations seemed to jive well with their beautiful style.

star of the east jewelry

star of the east jewelry

star of the east jewelry

I began working on the design initially using the Sassy Sea Urchin. I thought it out more then migrated the design to an existing starfish illustration that worked better for their own identity and name than the urchin. I am so pleased with the result and so are they.

It was great working with you both! Thank you.

star of the east jewelry

Go and visit their shop here
You read their blog here

star of the east jewelry

Cheers!

An Overdue Thank You

Some months (almost a year) back a wonderful Theme Designer and blogger friend of mine named Amos Moses Griffin designed a WordPress theme using my illustrations and art. He asked my permission to use them in that theme. I gladly, had said yes.

It is called The Tao of You.

Tao of You

At the time of this theme’s birth I was in another world. Well, maybe not another world, but the world around me was collapsing and it was all I could do, to scramble and keep my head afloat above water without resorting back to my old ways of dealing with life’s issues and down times.

So, go and read this man’s blog and especially have a look at his themes. His poetry rocks to.

Thank you Amos. I never forgot. I was tickled pink that you had thought of me to feature as a visual artist in one of your WordPress themes.

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