Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pretty Things Spotlight: * Jessica Doyle *

Update: JANICE WRIGHT is the winner of the Sexy Red Toes print by Jessica Doyle...YAY! Thanks so much to everyone who entered...be sure to enter this week's give-a-way too {there's a link to it on the right side of this blog}.




Reminiscent of painstakingly created embroidery on the finest silk, Jessica Doyle's work is inspiring in its whimsical detail.

Drawn in by her vibrant colours and entrancing swirls, one is instantly intrigued by her curious shapes and subject matter, such as the human body, sea creatures and the world itself through her eyes.




"Drawing, painting and writing feel good to me. I can't seem to remember a time when I haven't been creating anything, something for that matter."



Spotlight: Jessica Doyle
Tell us a bit about you... I have been working in the arts & design industries since the age of 17. I have doubled in age since and still love it. I am formally trained as an illustrator, surface and graphic designer after having attended the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design and later, Langara College in Vancouver, BC. I am a collector of paper, pens, paint and all things container, tiny, metal, old or wooden.

What inspires you? Life inspires me. After three near death experiences I am happy to be amongst the breathing. Ideally the ideas would come easily and sometimes they do. Other times it through experimentation, trial and error that a final illustration is created.

Apart from creating, what do you do for fun? I hoola hoop with a home-made hoop. It is as high as my shoulders (about 5 feet in diameter). I can bring it from knee to neck lift it off my head and walk-through it twisting it in various contortions. I'm also an avid organic gardener.

What has been your most memorable moment selling your art? When a person offered to buy an original 24x24" acrylic painting and asked how much? I said $1,250 and he paid for it. At the time I was broke and it got me through the rest of the month. Living in Vancouver was not cheap. Haha!

Any advice for fellow artists... If you feel stuck and uninspired switch mediums.

If you could be a superheroine, who would it be and why? Wonder Woman for sure, mixed with a little Sylvia Plath. In grade one I wanted to be Wonder Woman. She was the "it" girl in 1980! I still have my original -now vintage (OMG)- Wonder Woman pencil case from then. And Sylvia Plath because of her brutal honesty. I have volumes of my own written journals... someday.

Where have you traveled or where would you like to travel and why? I'd like to travel back to Vancouver to live again. Dream would be to own a live/work Loft in Vancouver and a Residential Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; my hometown and where I currently live.

More about You…. While living in Vancouver for close to five years I was drawing and writing with ink so much that I was running dry 3 to 4 Pilot G-tec C4 pens a week. My goal was to eliminate the need for pencil before pen and I have. I rarely use pencil except to sign prints with. As with any muse this could change.


Etsy- http://JessicaDoyle.etsy.com
Blog- http://jessicadoyle.ca
Flickr- http://flickr.com/photos/eastvanesica


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This Give-a-Way has ended...

Now that it's warm outside, let's all celebrate and paint our toenails RED!
Jessica did...and now she wants to give-a-way one of her very favourite prints to YOU!
Her "Sexy Red Toes" Print is from an original drawing painted with watercolour. The background has been added digitally. Print size is 5 x 7" on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.





Thanks to Everyone who entered!


82 comments:

windycindy said...

What a talented lady! I really like the "4 Seasons Series" and "The Daisy-Set of 3 Different Daisy Prints!" Wonderful site.....
Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Patrizia said...

Gorgeous!

ThisOldHenHouse said...

Yay! I LOVE Jessica Doyle! I acctually just made a treasury today featuring my fav piece by her, Growing Beautiful :-)

But I must say, Tickled Pink Hearts was a close second

GREAT feature ♥

Catherine said...

Welcome back Raven. Hope you are feeling a little better.

There is so much wonderful stuff in Jessica's shop. I'm drawn to the deco birds and the garden of eden, but my absolute favorite is Another land another day another dream.

And I don't think I commented on it earlier, but I love your "Sew Lovely" post. I'm a dressform adorer myself (check out my dressform loving here: http://averyandwinslow.blogspot.com/2008/05/just-playing-around.html )

Anonymous said...

BonniefromFL - What wonderful, whimsical and a bit risque art! I looked though it all, and love many pieces but keep coming back to Sassy Sea Urchin - really a special piece. Belladonna almost got me, and Imagination Held in Hand is sophisticated and layered, but I really love the beauty and simplicity of the Sassy Sea Urchin! Thanks for a new look at "some of the uglies" in life! You make it pretty! frankbonniejessee@yahoo.com

Tania said...

wonderfully organic
slightly abstract
the colors pull you in
the lines lead you around and round until your eyes trace over these delightfully rendered pieces of nature until you say...
...ahhh...it's an urchin!

David Johnson said...

I like the Deco Bird - ACEO mini print.

KLM39 said...

Such pretty items. The Deco Bird print is lovely.

Jennifer said...

Hard choice. I think my favorite is "Another land another day another dream". Great site.

sillelin said...

The Beanstalk and I also like The Daisy.

bfox74 said...

I really like the Deco Bird - ACEO mini print.

Heather S said...

I really love Portrait of the TV Addict... an Original. Fantastic talent!

heatheranne99[at]hotmail[dot]com

Maja said...

Mid Box is cool

angelina115@hotmail.com

Ana said...

joliexox@hotmail.com

Milton Fish.

Angel said...

meza-angel@sbcglobal.net

Day Dreams Print

agsweeps said...

My favorite is "Happiness". It's such a beautiful design. Thanks for the giveaway!!

idahomom said...

I love the Daisy.

mogrill said...

I love the Happiness! It is beautiful!

danosor said...

Tickled Pink Hearts is my fave

gibson777 said...

Happiness is awesome!

Very nice promotion!

Princess Golden Hair said...

the decco bird is so awsome. talk about pretty things. thanks for spotlighting these

yadgirl said...

I love Milton The Fish - original

Lauren Alexander said...

I'm a huge fan of Jessica's work. I'm talkin' big people. Here is one of my favs:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13025042

Annie said...

Very cool work! My favourite would be, "Cold SORE - aTTacking", I love it!

nancyrobster@gmail.com

thanks for the opportunity to win from such a talented artist

Sarah said...

I think that Jessica is very talented, I love her use of color. I have to say that the retro turquoise boxes caught my eye. Thanks for the chance to win.
swubbolding@gmail.com

gkstratos said...

Beautiful work. It's whimsical without looking like an illustration from a child's book and I think it's modern without being pretentious. Red Abyss is my favorite piece.
gkstratos@ yahoo.com

Judith Hopkins said...

Growing beautiful is wonderful...this lady has so much imagination and talent!
southernlady823@yahoo.com

linett said...

lots of lovely items, but the Tickled Pink Hearts is my fav.

lindapeters@rogers.com

mverno said...

deco bird

alice said...

Congratulations on your success! I looked thru your shop, and really like your work. My personal favorites, (couldn't pick one!), are George and Then There Were Five. So different, but both really caught my attention. Best of luck to you ~ you certainly have a lot of talent!

Meaghan F. said...

Four Seasons one is amazing! Wonderful pictures.

toughturtles said...

Sunflowering Times

Kari said...

I love tickled pink! What a talent!

bison61 said...

I like the deco bird mini print

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Smooshy said...

i like tickled pink hearts

joannaonthelake said...

Very cool, that's what I think about Jessica's work. When I read the titles of her art, I got what she was trying to portray and communicate. There are at least a dozen that immediately caught my eye! She puts a lot of intricate detail and color into her drawings and paintings and that really makes each one pop! The piece that I was most drawn to is "WHY - why... original". As a person who loves photography, I am always trying to capture people's faces and expressions candidly, and this painting my Jessica speaks volumes as to this individual's demeanor! Keep up the great work Jessica! You are truly talented!

Julie said...
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Julie Suzanne said...

Sorry, had to delete my comment and retry. I forgot to leave my email! Oh why doesn't Blogger have a comment edit button? :)

Anyways, this is what I initially wrote:

Jessica is definitely very talented. It was hard to pick a favourite. I think I'd have to say "Enokitake Mushrooms" for this comment.

Great interview.

(juliesuzanne.art@gmail.com)

Petra said...

Sea Urchin, Violet the Vulva, Red Abyss. I like so many. I could go on and on.

Thank, Sweet Raven. Glad you're back in action.

Petra
quietstorm4951@yahoo.com

chromiumman said...

love the Sassy Sea Urchin

ky2here said...

ABsolutely the Brown Eyed Fossil - it's got a wonderful Miro vibe.

Jennifer said...

love the starfish print

jodene said...

I love the 4 seasons series.

Sarah Z said...

Hard to pick just one! Love the "Do you love me" print and the "pollinate with a bug" print!

believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

Theresa said...

Blue Tiered Penis with Red Window and I would hang it in my husbands den

Marlena said...

I loved the painting Hope that you did. Your very talented!

Anonymous said...

I like Violet The VUlva and Do You Love Me?

-Allie

tonylethal@aol.com

Karrie said...

The Deco Bird is my favorite

topaz said...

Too many to choose from! I would say that Hope and the Indigo Sisters are my favorites

NesieBird said...

Four Seasons is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Tickled Pink Hearts

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soonergirl99 said...

They're all great ~ Belladonna is one of my favorites.

Janice Wright said...

I really like "The Harmonious Heart."

jwright (at) iowatelecom (dot) net

yellowlabs said...

I really like the "4 seasons" prints!

silverbele said...

The four seasons is my favorite

Anonymous said...

What Does the Hand Mean - Print is just so unique.

Nora
neneelynn@yahoo.com

Jaime said...

I love them all but my favorite is The Daisy! Thanks! :)

Susan W said...

I love Tickled Pink Hearts.
Thanks so much for the contest.

suzystars9@gmail.com

vboackle said...

i like growing beautiful.

rangrace said...

Deco Bird is groovy

Renee said...

I like the Day Dreams Print the best.

rsgrandinetti @ Yahoo.com

kananee said...

Unique! I like the Day Dream print!

Kyle Banderman said...

My favorite one is "the beanstalk"! Thanks for the great contest!

Mary Jane said...

Thnx Jessica!

Anonymous said...

I love the Four Seasons print.I live in New England and just adore this print
autumnbride7@yahoo.com

Swtlilchick said...

I like the Ocean Coral Fingers.
It is very unique and I love
anything ocean.Thanks for the
giveaway and adore your blog

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

intime said...

The Daisy

lilyk said...

I love the Retro Turquoise Boxes!

Sandy M said...

I like the 'Another land another day another dream'. Love her work!

klp1965 said...

i love the Sunflowering Times - ACEO mini print :)

Jim W. said...

I really like "Sexy Red Toes"

purango said...

Day Dereams Print is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

travellingmomof2 said...

Brown Eyed Fossil. I love her creativity....Its a breath of fresh air.

jryamada said...

Amelia - original is my favorite..

ldrnc2000 said...

Beautiful art! I love the Harmonious Heart! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

jfg06001 said...

Wonderful! I love the mushrooms (earth edition). These are great!

fancyfeet48 said...

I really like the "4 Seasons Series"

dolls123 said...

Wearable Art - For the Love of Turquoise and RED - OOAK necklace

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Raven said...

WINNERS UPDATE:

JANICE WRIGHT is the winner of the Sexy Red Toes print by Jessica Doyle...YAY!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered...be sure to enter this week's give-a-way too!

xxx
Raven

Denise said...

I love the girl power print.

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