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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

On your mark – Get set – GO!

start line, feet, legs, shorts, running, marathon, rundeezone, foot

Client – RunDeeZone
Medium – Acrylic and india ink on Watercolour paper
Size – 8 x 10 inches

This is third in a series of illustrations for RunDeeZone. The first was entitled Footprints and the second painting called Sexy Running Feet.

Sexy Running Feet – Custom Acrylic Painting with Creative Process Photos

Acrylic painting of running feet by artist Jessica Doyle

Inspirational running feet by artist Jessica Doyle ink drawing from 2003

Process Studio shot - acrylic painting running feet by artist Jessica Doyle

Process - acrylic painting running feet by artist Jessica Doyle

Acrylic painting of running feet for RunDeeZone by artist Jessica Doyle

This is the second in a series of five paintings for RunDeeZone. The first Footprint is posted here.

The Medium – Kroma Artist Acrylic on Arches cold press watercolour paper
The Size – 8×10 inches
The Fabulous ClientRunDeeZone

Footprints – custom illustrative work, some process and a little Google Buzz

This is the first painting I created for Marathon runner and long time friend Darren Lee’s new running themed blog; RunDeeZone. There will be two to four more created for use within the design of the site.

RunDeeZone will explore the less talked about issues one faces when running. I like that, and think we as a society need to open up and share our experiences with others so that we indeed realize that we are not alone. The site is in the very early stages of inception and I hope you’ll follow along while both the illustrative work and design are completed.

This original painting measures 8×10 inches and was painted with Kroma Artist Acyrlic on Arches watercolour paper. I used a silver flecked paint on it too to give it some oomphah and shimmer of course. Continue reading

A little Something – Series of three illustrations

Series Title – A Little Something (series of three paintings)
Medium – Kroma Acrylic, Ceramcoat Varnish and Faber Castel Pitt Artist pen on Cypress Archival card stock
Size of each painting – 8.5 x 11 inches / 21.5cm by 28cm)

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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

And the paper fell to the floor in wet sticky clumps then we painted the walls

After a week of wetting, scraping and peeling wallpaper off the four upstairs bedrooms, bathroom and sitting room the antique plaster walls were revealed. And to our surprise, namely my Dad who is a mason by trade, the plaster underneath was in excellent condition only needing minor touch-ups to fill in cracks and holes.

In two of the rooms it was seven or eight or layers deep

Plain water works best to remove wallpaper if you are sensitive to the chemical softeners found in many of the store brand wallpaper removers. You’ll find to that slipping your scraper underneath dry wallpaper will lift it directly off the wall before needing to wet it as the old paste has most likely dislodged and lost it’s stickiness. It’s best to take as much off before wetting it. Simply fill your paint tray with warm water and using a paint roller, roll the water beginning at the bottom of the wall and roll on up to the top. Let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes and repeat that process until you can easily peel or scrape off a layer or two.

dad-stephen-wallpaper

This will work well unless their is plastic or vinyl in the wallpaper. And seeing as most antique wallpapers were rolled on walls using a homemade paste, water will soften that paste easily. Even the newer wallpapers after the removal of the initial vinyl layer it will soften and peel quite easily once soaked with water.

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blossom-time-stanton

There was this section of the original wallpaper that didn’t seem to want to come off. I decided to leave it there as it’s beautiful. It was created by Stanton and is entitled Blossom Time (Circa 1910). Last weekend I rummaged through a huge village wide yard sale in Hampton and purchased an antique frame to frame that area of wallpaper with. There is something special about preserving what was once there; in homage.

blossom-time

We found a secret door

secret-door

Directly to the left of Blossom Time we found a secret door that was sealed. We originally thought it could have been a window but as we continued scraping and glanced down at the floor trim we realized it was door and not a window. We don’t know why it was blocked and someday I may install a door there to create a second floor deck on top of the first floor sunroom. That is why the second floor appears odd in this outside shot.

The tale is being told in pictures on Flickr (45 pictures and counting) and in mighty fine tweets on Twitter. Hope you’ll join me!

One bedroom primed

After the wallpaper was removed we began sanding with household kitchen scrubbies that you do dishes with to remove any picks and stray pieces of paper before priming.

Always read the damn paint can

After priming the walls we painted the trim, doors and banister with white semi-gloss latex. I spent 8 hours one day painting the trim and doors of two bedrooms with oil based primer. I could not for the life of me figure out why my stomach was turning nor why the fumes were so intense if this was indeed water based latex. It looked the same wet. Not until it dried and Dad came up to see me did we realize I was using the wrong paint. I had been complaining all day to Dad and my brother who were downstairs taking out cupboards in the kitchen that the fumes sucked and they just looked at me funny saying “Latex does not smell”. So, I laboured away getting high and sick…

My bedroom!
…and the walls we painted a dark eggshell colour. What a difference!

I’m looking forward to moving in. There is no estimated date of when this will happen. We began doing the hardwood floors over and it’s really the last thing to do and I’ll post about that soon. I also dearly miss working in my shop and creating art.