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Creations by JDB's New Shop at Cafe Press!



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!

4 comments:

  1. Hey Jen,
    I like purple elephants too... :)

    Good luck with all your new marketing links!!!

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  2. a link for what Jen? Thank you so much for the tribute!

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  3. Thanks Robin - fixed the link. And, you're most welcome.

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