The three little kittens they lost their mittens

The three little kittens who lost their mittens illustration by Jessica Doyle

This is almost vintage Jessica Doyle. I completed this illustration in 1995. It was drawn in pencil, painted with watercolour and highlighted with both ink and coloured pencil on Arches watercolour paper.

The original measures 12 by 12 inches / 30,5cm by 30,5cm

Three little kittens they lost their mittens, and they began to cry,
“Oh mother dear, we sadly fear that we have lost our mittens.”
“What! Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.”
“Meeow, meeow, meeow, now we shall have no pie.”
The three little kittens they found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
“Oh mother dear, see here, see here
For we have found our mittens.”
“Put on your mittens, you silly kittens
And you shall have some pie”
“Meeow, meeow, meeow,
Now let us have some pie.”
The three little kittens put on their mittens
And soon ate up the pie,
“Oh mother dear, we greatly fear
That we have soiled our mittens.”
“What! soiled you mittens, you naughty kittens!”
Then they began to cry, “Meeow, meeow, meeow”
Then they began to sigh.
The three little kittens they washed their mittens
And hung them out to dry,
“Oh mother dear, do you not hear
That we have washed our mittens.”
“What! washed your mittens, you are good kittens.”
But I smell a rat close by,
“Meeow, meeow, meeow” we smell a rat close by…

This illustration is very similar in style to Do you love me.

Slowly but surely I’m scanning in my older illustrative work and creating prints of them for you and are available in my art shop. These illustrations are large and must be scanned in sections and painstakingly pieced back together again in photoshop. The alternative is to have a digital photo taken of the artwork. I do send out my much larger acrylic paintings to a local photographer for digitizing. It is expensive to do it that way but worth every penny as the alternative would be next to impossible on a 8.5 by 11.5 inch scanner.

Someday soon, I’ll own a good camera and be able to take the shots myself.

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7 thoughts on “The three little kittens they lost their mittens”

  1. Hey Jessica, I have had my stuff photocopied at the local copy place and then saved on a memory stick. It’s a bit pricey in my opinion, but easier than what you are up to.

    harold (formally known as hfedd)

  2. Harold (aka hfedd) – Well, a photocopy is a lot different than a scan. I wouldn’t think of creating prints from a photocopies…. as you would have no control over resolution and quality.

    Are you perhaps having them scanned and not photocopied by chance? As you are saving them digitally and I didn’t believe that was possible with a photocopy.

    I scan at home. Most of my artwork I scan at 800dpi (ppi) or above. And most of my artwork that is on paper is smaller or miniature in size so the flatbed scanner i own works quite well.

  3. They use a photocopier and ask me the resolution I want. The first time I said, “The largest you’ve got!!” That was a mistake as it takes forever to open the file; it’s ginormous. They don’t print it though. It’s saved in the machine and sent to the computer. Then they put it on my memory stick and away I walk with my larger than 8.5X11 image in digital form. With your photoshop skills you could even fix the colour, which is close enough for my purposes but maybe not yours.

    ps- All three of the paintings on my site were done in this way.

  4. Ok, that’s cool Harold! I’ll look into that. I don’t know if there exists a place in this small town that could do that or does it that way.

    I’m off to check out those three paintings!


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