Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mother Nature's Encouragement

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We discovered a magical, old tree today while walking on a nature trail here in Pennsylvania. 

I wonder how old this beauty is, 
how many birds have made their homes in her branches over the years, 
how many seasons she's seen,
how many storms she's weathered, 
how many people have stopped to gaze up at her presence.

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I savored some much needed, quiet encouragement today. 
Hope you did too. 

"Wisdom is in the trees." 
- jack johnson -


originally posted on my Instagram account.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Make Art

Make Art

I work full-time at an office job.
I have a family.
I'm busier than I'd like to be at times.

But I always make time for art.
I think I'd shrivel up and die if I didn't have it as an outlet.
(maybe not die, but I'd definitely get pretty cranky.)

A reminder to my fellow creative friends to make some time for yourself this week.  

How have you been kind to *you* lately?

. . .

I posted this on Instagram earlier today.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Art Room Tour

Tour of Jennifer Frith's Art Studio
Tour of Jennifer Frith's Art Studio
Tour of Jennifer Frith's Art Studio
Tour of Jennifer Frith's Art Studio
Tour of Jennifer Frith's Art StudioTour of Jennifer Frith's Art Studio
Tour of Jennifer Frith's Art Studio
Tour of Jennifer Frith's Art Studio
Tour of Jennifer Frith's Art Studio

Thank you to all who've signed up for the Gratitude 52 Project.
I'm so excited to launch it in October.

For those of you who haven't signed up yet,
you can click on the link here to be added to the newsletter.

 Gratitude 52 Sketchbook Challenge

In the meantime, I've taken a quick break from illustrating Maggie the Lion 
this past weekend to clean my art room and do a tour for you.
(Trust me, it does NOT look this tidy all of the time. :-))



Where do you like to create?  
What awesome things have you been up to?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Happenings

sketchbook pages by children's book illustrator, Jennifer Frith
sketchbook pages by children's book illustrator, Jennifer Frith
sketchbook pages by children's book illustrator, Jennifer Frith

Hi, all.  It's been a while.  I've missed connecting with you here.

I have lots to update you on:

First, I didn't win the HeroRats design contest... bummer.  BUT, I'm honored to have participated in such a great cause,  and I truly believe in the global work that they are doing, so go check them out!

Second,  I'm currently working on a new children's book called.  It's an adorable & encouraging book about a lion named Maggie, written by author, Natalie Shafer.  I'll be working on the illustrations until October, and I can't wait to share the book with you once it's all put together.  (A few lion practice sketches are above).

Third, I've put together new website...  www.jenniferfrith.com  
It's where I'll be keeping my professional portfolio (sounds so formal).

And....

Fourth & Final...

The Gratitude 52 Sketchbook Collaboration will launch in October!

I already have a fun giveaway in store. :-)  I can't wait to share with the world what you all create together.

SO, head on over to my new site and  sign up for the email updates over there

Stay tuned for more adventures.

Thank you all for sticking around with this blog.
You mean a ton to me!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Super Hero Journal Pages

View inside the Sketchbook Journal pages by Jennifer Frith
View inside the Sketchbook Journal pages by Jennifer Frith
View inside the Sketchbook Journal pages by Jennifer Frith

Super hero pages, inspired by HeroRATS, a wonderful organization.
They train rats to safely sniff out land mines and TB in Africa and other countries.

(I participated in their recent T-shirt Design Contest.  Fingers crossed to see if I won.
Then we can all grab some sweet t-shirts with my illustrations on them AND support this great cause. :-) I'll keep you posted!)  

. . .

P.S.  Stay tuned for the Gratitude Journal project!
I should have more details in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Thank You!

Thank you SO much for your input. 
I'll be putting something this gratitude project very soon!

(I'll announce beforehand so that we can begin gathering our supplies.)

For now, here's a personal project I did tonight.
It was a #MeetTheArtist Twitter hashtag sort of thing I found through Sketch Dailies.  
My first attempt at a "self-portrait."

Meet the Artist - Jennifer Frith
Meet the Artist - Jennifer Frith

What are your likes/dislikes?

I'll be posting more details soon about the Gratitude 52 project!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gratitude Journal - The Beach ... And a Collaborative Idea (Need Your Input)

Gratitude Sketchbook - Journal Pages by Jennifer Frith
Gratitude Sketchbook - Journal Pages by Jennifer Frith

Gratitude Sketchbook - Journal Pages by Jennifer Frith

Gratitude Sketchbook - Journal Pages by Jennifer Frith

Last year, my daughter and I made a "Girl's Only" road trip to Stone Harbor Beach in New Jersey.
I drew these sketches in my gratitude journal while parked on my beach towel.

I am so very grateful for the summertime.  

...Sunshine.  Hot sand.  Warm breeze.  Salt air.  Crashing waves. 
Freedom.

I can't wait to go back again this year.

To what adventures are you looking forward this summer?

...

I also have a burning question for you.
I've been wanting to do a "collaborative project" of sorts for a while now.
I keep putting it off, thinking, "Jenny, when will you have time??"
But I want to do it.  
So,  I'm going to make time.

I'm going to throw the idea out to you:

What would you think about me heading up a 
"52 Week Gratitude Project?"

I'll sketch an "What I am thankful for" entry in my gratitude journal once each week, similar to the above.
I'll share it with you on my blog.
Then I'll ask YOU to create your gratitude work  
(sketches, poetry, collages, etc for the same prompt) in your own sketchbook the following week.

You can hashtag it with something specific through social media outlets so that we can find it.  
For example, #LookForTheGood or #52WeeksOfGratitudePractice or something like that... 
Exact hashtag to be decided.  Clever ideas welcomed!
I'll then highlight a few sketches of yours on my blog and link back to you. 

I'll provide a list of supplies so that you can prepare.
Maybe I can have a supplies giveaway to get it going too. ;)

By the end of 52 weeks, I envision having a community of kick-butt ladies who have filled up a sketchbook of gratitude and shared their work with the world.

Gratitude practice (and the practice of sketching) encourages my heart.  
Perhaps it will encourage others too.

If you haven't seen my existing Gratitude Journal flip through, here it is:
I believe we'll be encouraged by the progress we make with our creative work, 
the joy we find in "looking for the good",
and the connections we'll make with other wonderful, creative women.

What are your thoughts?
Would you be interested?
Let me know in the blog comments below.
 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

My Favorite Art Supplies

sketchbook and art journaling supplies

I get asked a lot about which art supplies I love.
So, I created an illustrated guide.  Here are a few of my go-to goodies.
(You can click the image to view larger.)

- Schminke Watercolors
- 2 Jars, one for clean water and the other for dirty
- Hot Press, Bright White Watercolor Paper
- Washi Tape
- Stillman & Birn Journal
- Handbook Journal
- Princeton Series 4000 Watercolor Brushes, size 10 and size 3
- India Ink
- White Ink
- Nib Pen
- Date Stamp
- Pigment Ink Stamp Pads
- Ephemera
- Some good tunes

I hope this helps!
Tell me:  What are some of your favorite art supplies?  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Book!

children's book illustrator, Jennifer Frith

I'm super excited to share with you that The Lost Squirrel is now in print!

Colorful children's book illustrations, by Jennifer Frith
Colorful children's book illustrations, by Jennifer Frith
Colorful children's book illustrations, by Jennifer Frith
Colorful children's book illustrations, by Jennifer Frith
Colorful children's book illustrations, by Jennifer Frith

It's an encouraging story about brand new friendships, 
written by author, Erik Ammon, and illustrated by me.

Best for kids ages 3-9.

Get your copies today over at Amazon.com

Thank you so much for your ongoing support!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Dreaming & Doing

There is still room in the world for dreamers.
There is still room in the world for dreamers.There is still room in the world for dreamers.

Remember when we were kids, when we would lay back in the grass, look up,
and imagine magical stories unfolding in the skies?  

dragons
fairies
castles
knights-in-shining armor

When we believed we could be anything we wanted to be....

astronauts
painters
movie stars
sailors

Let's do that again.

Let's dream big until our hearts soar.

Journal pages in watercolor, white ink, and a magazine clipping.

"There's still room in the world for dreamers."

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Courage

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Custom Pick-Me-Up Print, original watercolor painting & collage.

On his way to his new home.

"Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid
and act anyway."
- Dr. Robert Anthony -

  
Come & visit my Etsy shop here:


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Encouraging Words

Sometimes you have rough days.  
You forget why you're doing what you're doing & wonder if it even matters.  
And then you receive sweet reminders that reset your focus...

Shout out to Katie and her mom for sending me this picture. 
 "I want you to see the art you inspired my daughter Katie to make. One Saturday, before her 13th birthday, we watched all of your Youtube videos and made notes of everything you recommended. We ordered your favorite art book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and went on a birthday shopping spree to Michael's!  Thank you for sharing your love of expression with my family!" 
sketchbook journaling, artist journals, jenny's sketchbook

Thank YOU, Katie and Mom, for sharing.  
Your words encouraged me more than you may have imagined. 
 And keep up the awesome work, Katie.  You are doing great!  

. . .

Who could use some encouraging words from you?  Tell them!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gratitude Journal: Modern Flight


gratitude journal pages in watercolor - by artist, Jennifer Frith 
gratitude journal pages in watercolor - by artist, Jennifer Frith

I recently traveled from Philadelphia to St. Paul, Minnesota and back.  

While I'm happy to be home, I'm always filled with wonder when flying above a sea of clouds.

Thankful for the pilots & staff who put in the countless hours of training to get us home safely to our loved ones.  The ingenuity, devotion, and passion of people just astound me.

. . .

Of which mode of transportation are you most in awe?
Whose devotion to their career makes your life a little bit (or a lot) better?

I've missed you guys.


If you'd like to see a flip-through of my Gratitude Journal pages, you can view them here.