Monday, December 8, 2014

A Year in Journal Pages


~ I believe animals are the best encouragers. ~  


This was a fun project, which didn't feel like a project at all. 
I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Time Lapse: Polar Bear Pages

Illustrations for The Lost Squirrel are all done & in.

I'll share some pictures in a little bit.

For now, I am so happy to be back to journaling.

Here is time lapse of my Polar Bear pages from last year.
sketchbook journal pages by Jennifer Frith

I'll be sharing pictures of Kona & new journal pages soon.

I hope you are well and warm.
 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My One Word

My One Word for this new year & this new journal.

Jenny's Sketchbook - My One Word
Jenny's Sketchbook - My One Word
Jenny's Sketchbook - My One Word
Jenny's Sketchbook - My One Word
Jenny's Sketchbook - My One Word
Last year my word was "rest".
This year it is "self-discipline."

Latin disciplina: "instruction given, teaching, learning, knowledge".  
Greek Paideuo:  "child training, nurturing, correction."

With self-discipline in mind, I'll be unplugging from the internet for a few days.
This way I can focus on finishing The Lost Squirrel.
Only a few more images to go!

See you in a little bit.
:-)  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Year, New Journal

watercolor journal pages by Jennifer Frith
watercolor journal pages by Jennifer Frith
watercolor journal pages by Jennifer Frith
watercolor journal pages by Jennifer Frith
watercolor journal pages by Jennifer Frith
watercolor journal pages by Jennifer Frith
Pages in watercolor & colored pencil.

I begin a new journal every birthday.  

This new one is a Hand Book Watercolor Journal.

One of my favorite animals are skunks.  

They're playful, affectionate, non-aggressive, stubborn, misunderstood, & curious.  

I like them,
so Jason bought me a skunk stuffed animal for my birthday. 

Her name is Rosie. 

What's your favorite animal? 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sea Otter Pages


Pages in watercolor & pencil.

Animals make me happy.

When my sister and I were little girls, we would swim together at the pool during the summertime.
I would pretend to be a mermaid.
She would pretend to be a sea otter.  

Sweet, innocent childhood memories make me happy too.  

What makes you happy? 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kangaroo Pages

kangaroo journal pages, Jennifer Frith
kangaroo journal pages, Jennifer Frith
kangaroo journal pages, Jennifer Frith
kangaroo journal pages, Jennifer Frith
pages in watercolor, colored pencil, & stamps
. . .
This little lady has been hopping around great distances, 
gathering food and provisions for her little ones. 

Where do you imagine she has traveled?
And what would you name her?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Permission Slips

I've been fortunate to experience personalized coaching sessions with Jane Ammon over the past few weeks.  She is helping me to develop my creative voice, and I absolutely look forward to her sessions every week.

My very first homework assignment was for me to write down the "shoulds" that I or other people tell myself.

While thinking about them, I realized that my head & heart is filled with all sorts of "shoulds".

For instance....

Jenny, 
  - You should be more tight-laced & reserved. 
  - You should be cold and firm. 
  - You should be everything to everybody. 
  - You should be constantly on the go and busy-busy-busy. 
  - You should answer your mom's 5 phone calls a day. 
  - You shouldn't be angry when your mom calls you 5 times a day. 
  - You should only see things as they are, instead of what they could be. 
  - You shouldn't be so emotional. 
  - You shouldn't be so eager. 
  - You shouldn't be seen.
How cruel, right?

To answer the shoulds, Jane then had me create permission slips for myself.  These slips could simply be a few words, or elaborate pieces of artwork if I wanted.  I decided to illustrate them on unused scraps of watercolor paper.

I keep the slips in places where I need the reminders the most.

Permission Slips - Jennifer Frith
Permission Slips - Jennifer Frith
Permission Slips - Jennifer Frith
Permission Slips - Jennifer Frith
Permission Slips - Jennifer Frith
Permission Slips - Jennifer Frith
Permission Slips - Jennifer Frith

These creativity sessions with her are blowing me away.  

Art gives me permission to explore & embrace myself.  

As Jane explains, when you embrace yourself & #chooseyou, 
you can be that much better of a mom, wife, friend, business-woman, etc.

And I love that.

In the words of Jane, 
"Don't let people should all over you."

. . .

What "shoulds" do you hear,
& what would be on your permission slips?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Adventure

Journal Pages by Jennifer Frith
Journal Pages by Jennifer Frith
Journal Pages by Jennifer Frith
Journal Pages by Jennifer Frith

I have so much to share with you...

...from a few new journal pages,
...to travel west to Arizona and back,
...to coaching sessions with the lovely Jane Ammon,
...to illustrations for The Lost Squirrel.

I can't wait to share in the next few days. 

For now, here are my pages from last week.  

. . .

Where do you think this little frog is headed? :-)  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

View from my Desk... and a Book Give-Away (Updated with Winners!)

The Rabbit Who Wished He Could FlyJennifer Frith's Studio Space
Jennifer Frith's Studio Space
Create YourselfJennifer Frith's Studio Space
Oscar the Squirrel & Kona the Rabbit keep me company 
as I work on illustrations for the 2nd book in the Adventures of Kona series.

The author of the book, Erik Ammon, is also giving away 2 copies
of the Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly. 

To enter to win:
  •  Leave a comment below describing your favorite childhood book.  I wrote a little bit about mine (Bugg books!) over at Erik's blog. :-)
and/or
The more ways you enter, the more chances you get.
2 lucky winners will be chosen & announced on Sunday.
Good luck. 

. . .


** update ** The winners are Jenna O. & Janis!! 

Erik posted the announcement here: 
http://erikammon.blogspot.com/2014/09/winner-winner-chicken-dinner.html

Thank you for sharing your favorite childhood books!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Gratitude Journal - Football Season


I met Jason at a Philadelphia Eagles tailgate party.  
 (Thank you to my brother-in-law for introducing me. :-))

We laughed and had a catch.  
He spilled his drink, and I helped him clean it up.
It's been love and football ever since.

I am thankful for football season.
. . .

What do you like best about the fall?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Squirrels in my Sketchbook


"There is always something to be thankful for."

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Good Morning

journal pages by Jennifer Frith

Journal pages, prepped for the week.