Monday, July 28, 2014

Angus McDuff... and the Gift of a Grumpy Grandmother

sketchbook journal pages by Jennifer Frith
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sketchbook journal pages by Jennifer Frith
sketchbook journal pages by Jennifer Frith
sketchbook journal pages by Jennifer Frith
sketchbook journal pages by Jennifer Frith

I drew these journal pages with my grandmother in mind.
She has been in my thoughts a lot lately. 

My grandmother lived with our family when I was a kid.  She passed away several years ago.

I sadly do not remember many positive things about her. 

What I do remember from a limited 13 year old memory is this:

She was Gloomy.  Took the role of a victim.  She was critical of others.  Never left the house.
It bothered me so much that I remember telling myself as a kid,
"Ugh, As far as I can help it, I will not be a downer like my Grandmom."

But she loved dogs, 
especially her Cairn Terrier named Duffy (short for Angus McDuff).

She loved her grandkids.

She loved history.  And poetry.  And 7pm Jeopardy.  

And books.  Books upon books.

She loved buying her grandchildren educational gifts instead of "fun gifts".
Dictionaries...  Globes...  Puzzles....  More books...  

I begrudgingly accepted them when I was little.
I begrudgingly accepted her gifts.
I begrudgingly accepted her.

Looking back,
My self-centeredness makes me a little sad.
I wish I would have gotten to know my grandmother better.
But at 13 you don't know better.
Your perspective is so much narrower.

Intentionally, she taught me the value of education.
Unintentionally, she taught me to shoo away the rain clouds & brighten the world.

Both incredible gifts.  For both I am thankful.

So, she was on my mind. 
And I drew Duffy in honor of her.

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What gifts has your grandmother given to you?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stay Kind; Stay Humble

My pages from a couple of weeks ago.


Watercolor, washi tape, and a buckaroo sticker.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Frederick the Frog

sketchbook journal pages by Jennifer Frith

Persevere:  to continue steadfastly, persist.

Watercolor & ink

Monday, July 14, 2014

Henry the Happy Seal

I liked all of your suggestions for getting out of "the blahs."
My favorite tip would have to be getting a massage, as advised by Julie Ogorzalek.

Here are my journal pages from a few days ago.

Paper, stickers, white ink, and watercolor.

Henry the Seal is happy to see you happy.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Journaling & the Blahs

Journal Pages by Jenny Frith
Journal Pages by Jenny Frith
Journal Pages by Jenny Frith

How are you guys?  xoxo  I was in a bit of a journaling funk lately.  I get into those moods every now and again.  Do you?  You would think with a new art space, one would be bursting with new ideas.  I was not.  I attribute some of that to a new desk....  I was so used to creating from my kitchen table at my old place, that I just didn't feel "at home".

You know what seemed to help?  I decided to sprawl out my supplies on my floor and journal from my lap.... My good old lap.

I was much happier.   Maybe I need to move all of my supplies to my floor and get rid of the table. 

I'm happy to be back to my pages.   (I'm excited to be working on illustrations for a second Kona book by author, Erik Ammon too!  It's a story called "The Lost Squirrel.")

It feels good to break out of the blahs.  I'm on Instagram if you want to peek at some new journal pages in the works. :)

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What are some of your tips for battling the blahs?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pet Portrait

In loving memory of Bandit.

Pencil Pet Portrait, by Jennifer Frith

Commissioned piece.
9" x 9"
Pencil on drawing paper.  

"A friend can never be replaced,
but will always be remembered."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Art Inspiration: Surf Photographer, Clark Little

Clark Little Photography
Clark Little Photography


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Surf Photographer, Clark Little,
on Staring Down Shorebreak to Get the Perfect Shot

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Sketches

It's officially summer! 
This weekend called for some drawing under blue skies and on a seat of cushiony, green grass.

Do you like to do your artwork outside?

Happy summer to you all.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Journal Pages

Pages in watercolor, scraps of paper, white ink, & a few stickers.

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"Keep your face always toward the sunshine
and the shadows will fall behind you."
- Walt Whitman -

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Chipmunk in my Journal

Today marks 1 year since my Grandpa J. stepped into Heaven.

I remember him for his generosity.  His big bear hugs.  His prayers, "Help us to be ever mindful of the needs of others."  His classiness.  His intelligence.  His faithfulness.  His cheerfulness.  The way he celebrated everyone he met & how he made each person feel like they truly mattered. 

I want to live up to that.

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What do you want to be remembered for?  

Monday, May 26, 2014

Gratitude Journal - Sitting Under the Stars

This weekend my family & I traveled to visit my dad.  He lives in the middle-of-the-mountains, New York.  He has a lot of property, and we are fortunate to get away to his place every summer.

There are mountains and hills for miles and miles.

At nighttime, we like to sit by the campfire together, make s'mores, laugh and tell jokes.  Afterwards, I like to sit outside on the deck by myself, wrap myself in a big down comforter, lean back, and watch the stars.

There is something incredibly comforting in looking up and feeling the cool of the night on your face. The only sounds you hear are tree frogs, a chorus of crickets, and a few dogs barking in the far off distance.

All of it reminds me of how incredibly small we really are, which paradoxically makes me feel very much alive.   My "great big problems" and pursuits fade away when I put them into the perspective of space & eternity.

I was glad to have that moment this weekend.

I am thankful for a canopy of stars.

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Where do you like to sit and watch the stars?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Brown Bear & Time Lapse Painting

My pages for this week. 

Friend & musical artist, Susan Jane, generously allowed me to use her song in the video.

Susan is a bright & beautiful soul and has the gift of a gorgeous voice.

The song is called "Clarity of Mind".

You can find her album on iTunes and her Website.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Wilma the Squirrel & a Happy Mother's Day

Thanks for your feedback in the last post.
I'm really honored.
Maybe it's help enough to inspire someone.
I'll be working on some videos and tips.  I'm always open to suggestions.


Here are my pages from this past week:

We have a new back yard with lots of trees, small creatures, and a stream.
There is a family of squirrels that live in one of the maple trees.
We've named the mom & dad, "Fred & Wilma." 

So I painted Wilma.

Happy Mother's Day to Wilma.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there too!