After a sale of one of my gold and purple heart ornaments through etsy, I decided to make 6 purple and gold ornaments this evening. Drying time for my ornaments can take up to a week but because my heart ornaments are a bit smaller, they will only take about 4 days to completely dry.
I just posted this pin on Etsy. It's one of my favorites. Years ago (1995?), a good friend of mine's mother commissioned me to do a pin of many children from different ethnic backgrounds that she could wear to work. Since then, I have made many similar pins and fun bracelets too. They are a very popular gift for teachers.
This particular pin is dated 2003 on the back. I brought it to an open house I did in West Chester, PA last month as well as other jewelry stock. I decided to mark down all my jewelry (including this pin) 1/2 off for this holiday season.
I drew this abstract doodle in brown ink on the first page of a fabric covered sketchbook which I got as a birthday gift in 2007. The fabric image on the front of the sketchbook is a brown outlined elephant. The thing is, I didn't start this drawing with the elephant. I started it with the turtle looking design above the elephant head. You can tell a bit because the "turtle" is a little heavy handed and looks just a tad bit darker. So, my subconscious must have said, "hey! you need an elephant head in this doodle."
Elephants have been a popular animal throughout my life. Especially purple ones! When I was in grade school I colored in an elephant on a ditto sheet, "E for Elephant" with a purple crayon. I remember the smell and feel of those old blue printed ditto sheets right after they were "copied." Do you? My teacher wrote on my elephant ditto sheet a note to my mom, "please inform Jennifer that elephants are not purple." I remember sitting there at my desk with the different colors of crayons and thinking...are elephants blue? grey? purple would be nice. Once I showed the ditto to my mom she was immediately on the phone to the teacher. "How DARE you stifle my child's creativity!" Go Mom!
Last week, I attended a marketing workshop by Robin Pedrero whose work I love! Robin's blog She does wonderful nature inspired bright colored paintings. Robin showed me and 3 other women artist how to take advantage of what the web has to offer us these days. (if one of you is reading this could you send me a link to post here?) I was very energized. It was just what I needed. My first step was making a fan page on facebook : creationsbyjdb fan page Next was getting on twitter, this blog and now Cafe Press!