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About selling at markets, having a boyfriend and living a sober life

O is for owl - childrens art for bedroom by artist jessica doyle

It’s been a long time since I felt confident enough to say I love what I do. Selling at the City Market over the last few weeks has been a blessing. I worked hard to find full-time work outside of the home yet almost every door I knocked on stayed closed for the last seven years. So, I’ve always returned to creating my own work.

Not everyone is meant to work a 9 to 5 job and this time around I accept that. Just as I’m not supposed to drink or smoke. It’s been over five months since I had my last drink and while it’s occasionally hard, it’s getting easier to focus on life without donning the rosé coloured glasses.

And it’s very strange to begin seeing clearly the reasons you drank, used drugs or smoked.

I “used”, to dull emotions, senses and stimuli. I would then use to heighten them when I didn’t have enough energy.

I feel more high sober than I did high so to speak. I’m accepting the strong emotions and insane bursts of energy and focus as they come on and the people closest to me accept them too. I let those people know what’s going on and don’t bottle the sh!t up nor spend too much time alone except when working here in the studio or when resting after work.

And I’m working lots these days. The pictures in this post are scenes from the Saint John City Market, the monthly outdoor Queen Square Market, a new owl limited edition print and of the mantle in my living room. That piece sold and is on route to Indiana at the time of this writing. But, you can get your own limited edition Sassy Sea Urchin here to frame and hang on your wall form the shop.

And the boyfriend has been a positive influence on me for sticking to a routine especially when getting to bed and getting up in the morning. We drink tea and talk, go for long walks, cook meals, spend time with family, play games, explore, laugh and enjoy the present. We have much in common and enough self interests to keep things interesting and moving forward. Most of all our core values, beliefs and morals are in line with one and other.

I didn’t know that life could be this way. And I didn’t know that by saying “no” to things that didn’t feel right that eventually the right stuff would make it’s way into my life.

BTW… i’ll be at the Saint John City Market on June 30th and again on July 1st in my regular stall down by Pete’s Frootique. Drop in to say hi! I’ve got many new framed pieces to choose from, new prints and the locket sets too.

The 2010 Art Calendar is in limited supply

There are six 2010 Art Calendars remaining in my studio as of today. I will not be making more until I create the 2011 art calendar! And earlier this year, I made a video talking about the art calendar.

This fourteen page twelve month calendar features a different illustration for each month, including the Sassy Sea Urchin and the Four Seasons which mark the change of each season. It was designed and illustrated by me, Jessica Doyle.

I printed each calendar page using archival Epson Ultrachrome ink on premium matte paper, meaning it will last a lifetime. The pages including a front and back cover are bound together with a sheer nylon ribbon here in my studio located in Saint John, NB, Canada. The pages are 4.25 by 11 inches (10,8cm by 28cm)

Best of all… because of the way I designed this calendar, the reproductions can easily be trimmed for matting and framing afterwords.

It’s available on Artfire and on Etsy. If you would like more than one please let me know and I’ll adjust the quantity in the listing for you.

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

2010 Art Calendar (12 month handmade archival print sampler)

Earlier this week I finished designing my first ever calendar featuring twelve of my most popular prints. It looks lovely hanging on the wall or sitting against a window or on a shelf.

This fourteen page twelve month calendar features a different illustration for each month, including the Sassy Sea Urchin and the Four Seasons which mark the change of each season. It was designed and illustrated by me, Jessica Doyle.

I printed each calendar page using archival Epson Ultrachrome ink on premium matte paper, meaning it will last a lifetime. The pages including a front and back cover are bound together with a sheer nylon ribbon here in my studio located in Saint John, NB, Canada. The pages are 4.25 by 11 inches (10,8cm by 28cm)

Best of all… because of the way I designed this calendar, the reproductions can easily be trimmed for matting and framing afterwords. And it makes a wonderful gift.

It’s available on Artfire and on Etsy.

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! :)