Courage

Watercolor Etsy Print by Jennifer Frith - Courage
Watercolor Etsy Print by Jennifer Frith - Courage

Hi friends.   It's been a while.  I've been active on Instagram & with our Gratitude 52 Project, though, and I am having a bunch of fun connecting with you there.  

These past few months have been one of the most difficult I've ever experienced.   I wish I could share it with you, but I am not at liberty to talk about it.   All sorts of suckiness and heartache.  But,  I believe in hope and courage.   I believe that the sun is always shining, even if we can't see it... even when darkness seems to overtake everything.  I believe that He works all things together for good.  I believe that brokenness can lead to beauty.  

I made this watercolor piece to remind me of that.   It's available on Etsy.  15% off from now until Saturday, 4/23/16.  Just use the coupon code COURAGE at checkout.   

Watercolor Etsy Print by Jennifer Frith - Courage

The worlds is full of suffering.  It is also full of overcoming.  - Helen Keller

I appreciate all of you.

Pink Pages

jennifer frith's art studio

I've been recently going through some tough struggles in my family.  Health struggles involving a loved one.  Maybe some day I will write about them.  At the moment, it's a bit too raw.

For now, I will share some things that have been encouraging me lately:

  • Freshly bought tulips that I picked up for myself at my local store.
  • Sketchbook pages that I painted with pink gouache.  I've been playing with this new medium lately, and I like how gouache dries with a matte finish.  
jennifer frith's sketchbook & studio

The words are from 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

All of the physical stuff here is so fleeting.  I am thankful for moments that remind me of what truly matters in this world.

Wishing you a peaceful week.   

Gratitude 52 - Prompt #10 {Clean Water}

My page for our 10th Gratitude 52 Journal Prompt, "Clean Water"

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gratitude 52 journal page clean water

Weeks 7-10, segmented in my Stillman & Birn journal.  Illustrations made with watercolor and pigment liner.

gratitude 52 art journal pages
gratitude 52 journal pages

Journaling is my therapy.   Gratitude journaling keeps my eyes fixed on the good things in the world.  Heaven knows I need the reminders.

How are you thankful for Clean Water?  

Join us over at our Instagram Page to see how our creative community is documenting their gratitude.  

Gratitude 52 - Prompt #9 {Shoes on Your Feet}

Last week's gratitude journal prompt was "Shoes On Your Feet".   

Here is my entry.  

I am thankful for all of my shoes, but I'm especially thankful for my sneakers.  They've helped me hike gorgeous nature trails, run my first 5K, explore the hustle and bustle of New York City, and enjoy refreshing walks around my neighborhood.  

I'm thankful for my teal Merrell sneakers.  

jennifer frith - g52prompt9
jennifer frith - g52prompt9
jennifer frith - g52prompt9
gratitude 52 art journal prompt 9

How are you thankful for the shoes on your feet?

Gratitude 52 - Prompt #8 {Role Models}

You know, sometimes I watch the news and see what's trending, and I get so annoyed and discouraged over who is making headlines....  and millions of dollars.

The Kardashians, for one.

WHY?  For the love of all that is good, why?

But then I have to catch myself, because spiraling into this type of thinking doesn't do me or anybody else any good.

The positive in this is that it got me thinking about all of the women I do admire.  

As a troubled teen, I didn't have a strong female role model to help guide me through some really rough waters in my life.   Not because my mom was a horrible person; but, because of depression and mental health issues, she simply couldn't be there for me like I needed her to be.

Ever since my teens though, I've been on a quest to find graceful, confident women who I can emulate.

The women who take care of business and themselves, who pursue their creative passions, who carry themselves with dignity, love, and confidence.  Who love their husbands and their families deeply, courageously, honestly.

It's these women that inspire me.  

It's because of them that I now honor and love my mom for the woman that she is.

They make not make TV, but they have profoundly impacted my life.

I'm thankful for them.  I'm thankful for my mom.

I'm thankful for positive role models in my life.  

jennifer frith - journal page- gratitude 52 prompt 8
jennifer frith - journal page- gratitude 52 prompt 8
jennifer frith - journal page- gratitude 52 prompt 8

Names of my role models intentionally edited out.  They know who they are. :))

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Who has impacted your life for the better?

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Join us over at gratitude52community to see how everyone else is creating their own gratitude journal pages.

Gratitude 52 - Prompt # 6

It's Valentine's Day this weekend.  As much of a romantic as I am, I actually really don't like Valentine's Day.  Seems too commercialized for me... too exclusive to those who don't have a partner.  Never liked it.  

However, the upcoming holiday still got me thinking about love....     The get-your-hands-dirty kind of love that takes you out of your comfort zone.  Reaches far beyond chocolates and Hallmark cards.  The love that pulls you through difficult times and pushes you to be a better person.

Here's the prompt:

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I am thankful for the people who've shown this real kind of love to me.

My savior, my husband, my family, my grandfather, my friends.

I am extraordinarily blessed because of them.

jennifer frith, artist & illustrator
jennifer frith, artist & illustrator
jennifer frith, artist & illustrator

*** Also, a life-changing and eye-opening book, if you have a chance to check it out:  The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman.  My husband and I both share Physical Touch as our Love Language.  :)  

....

How about you?  What's your love language?   For whom are you thankful for showing *true* love to you?   Maybe it's self-love.  How are you thankful for different "love languages"? 

Be sure to join us in sharing your journal pages on Instagram!

And Happy Valentine's Day.  From me to you!

Gratitude 52 - Prompt # 5

I am thankful for books,

particularly the ones I've illustrated in my gratitude journal below.

 They've helped to map the course of my life.

Some of the most impactful in my life have been:

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

, by Betty Edwards

Scribble

and

other Bugg books

, by Stephen Cosgrove

Gnomes

, by Wil Huygen

The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly

, written by Erik Ammon.  He is an awesome person.  I am lucky to have worked with him.

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For what books are you thankful and why?

Connect with us over

here

on Instagram.

Gratitude 52 - Prompt #3

This week's Gratitude 52 prompt is near and dear to my heart....

Art Supplies

For some people, art is baking a homemade apple pie for their family. 

For others, it's creating a new and challenging exercise program.

For me, it's drawing animals and memorializing beloved pets with my pet portraits.

Every art form requires its own tools and supplies.

And every great piece of art gives to the creator as much as it does to others.

Art is a gift!

So, your prompt for this week is to think about your own "art".  

Journal your gratitude for the supplies you have access to and how they allow you to express yourself.  

Here are my pages.

Gratitude 52 Journal Prompt # 3
Gratitude 52 Journal Prompt # 3
Gratitude 52 Journal Prompt # 3

Don't forget to use the hashtags

#G52Prompt3

and

#Gratitude52Journal

so that we all can find your work.  :-)

Gratitude 52 - Prompt #2

December was a difficult month for our family.

We had a situation that shook up our lives a bit... 

actually, a lot.

A lot of questions.

A lot of tears.

But, it made me thankful for the friends who stopped by to pray and talk with our family.

And the friends who bought me coffee and made me laugh when I wanted to cry.

There are still a lot of questions in my mind from December, but things are looking up.

And I am grateful for the friends to see me through the ups and downs.

. . .

So....

 your prompt for this week is as follows:

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You can still illustrate quotes that remind you of good friends, or you can illustrate the pictures that come to your mind when you think of those who talk and listen with you... maybe it's when you're at the gym together, over the phone/internet/texting, during a walk outside, or trips to the mall?

(It's YOUR journal though, so please don't feel restricted by my suggestions.)

If you need some help with mind mapping, which is how I decide what to illustrate in my gratitude journal, you can visit my how-to

here.

Looking forward to seeing what you create!

Gratitude 52 - Prompt #1

Get your sketchbooks ready.  Here is prompt #1!

Gratitude 52 Journal Prompt #1

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Here is my first layout.   I used watercolor and ink.

You can use any medium you like.   Magazine clippings, watercolor, gouache, collage, etc.

I decided to draw my lettering and color in some flowers.

Tip:  If you want to practice your lettering by hand, you can type your quote into a Google doc and play around with different fonts.  Print out the doc and draw the lettering you like from sight.  It helps!

Gratitude 52 Journal Prompt #1
Gratitude 52 Journal Prompt #1
Gratitude 52 Journal Prompt #1

Zig Ziglar always inspires me, and I definitely want to be better at giving the 3 things he quoted.

How about you?  
Which quote, saying, or Bible verse inspires you to stay thankful?

I can't wait to see what you create this week!

And the Gratitude52 Winner Is ...


Gratitude 52 Winner

Over 300 of you signed up and entered into the Gratitude 52 Journal Giveaway!  I'm blown away by all of your comments listing what you are thankful for.
 
The winner of the very 1st Gratitude52 giveaway is:
 

Jimmy A.!
(@JimmyDabbles)


Jimmy wrote in her comments:

"Art is something I want to delve more into this year, so I am thankful for the will to finally start expressing myself through it, and for the friends who are supportive in my endeavors as well."

Congratulations, Jimmy!   (Please email me your mailing info at jennifer@jenniferfrith.com so that I can send you your journaling goodies.)
 
All of you are incredible.  I can't wait to share the 1st Gratitude 52 weekly prompt with you this Friday.  You can find the prompts coming to you via this e-mail list.  I'll be posting them via Instagram and archiving them on my website as well.

See you then!

Gratitude 52 Give-Away!


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Contest now closed.  Winner to be announced Wednesday!

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To celebrate the launch of our Gratitude 52 Community, 
I am giving away the following goodies to one lucky random winner:

  • 1 travel tin of Sennelier Watercolors.
  • 1 Handbook Journal, 6"x6"
  • 1 Staedtler pigment liner pen.  


To enter to win, you can do one or more of the following:
1.  Sign up for the e-mail list here if you haven't already:  Gratitude 52 Sign Up.
2.  Share or Repost this image using Instagram.  (Use the hashtag #gratitude52 and tag @gratitude52community in the post so that I can find you.) 
3.  Leave a comment below telling me 1 thing you are thankful for.


That's it!  Easy peasy.


Contest will close at 7pm on Monday, January 4th.  
Winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 6th.
The very first weekly Gratitude prompt will be shared in the email newsletter 
on Friday, January 8th.



To prepare to join in on this project:
Get your sketchbook handy.
Grab a pencil, pens, colored pencils, markers, watercolors, whatever makes your heart sing.
Be ready to sketch every week with a thankful heart.

Happy New Year!


The Gratitude 52 Sketchbook Project is Here!


I hope you've all had a warm and pleasant holiday. 
I cannot believe 2016 is almost here.  

I'm also super excited to share with you that the The Gratitude 52 collaborative sketchbook project is ready to be launched this week!  I cannot wait to see what we all create. 

I posted a quick announcement last night on my Instagram page.

You can also read it in the image below too.   



And get ready for a fun give-away; I'll be announcing the prize & contest rules in the next few days.

Thank you to all of you who expressed interest in this uplifting and collaborative project.  

I'll send you an email update this week with contest rules and further instructions.

xoxo

P.S.  You are awesome.
Just thought you should know.

Journal Flip Through (Sunday Sketches)

I hope you've all been well.  
I've been busy with lots of life stuff and lots of art stuff; I hope you have too.
Over the fall I've been keeping up on my weekly personal project, Sunday Sketches, where I'd spend some quiet time by myself every Sunday morning, reading the Bible and sketching messages that spoke to my heart that day.

(I believe we all need personal projects to keep us sane and happy.  
This one helped pull me through some rough spots.)

Here's the flip through:
A Journal Flip Through of Jennifer Frith's Sunday Sketchbook

Take a gander on Youtube. 
The song is by Josh Garrels.  He's pretty cool, so you'll definitely want to check him out.

All pages in watercolor and gouache.

(P.S. the Gratitude 52 Project is coming very soon.)

Enjoy this holiday season.

Want List

Journal Pages by Jennifer Frith
Journal Pages by Jennifer Frith

I was reading in Mark today an interesting story that revealed two different sets of people's "wants".

The first set of people was Jesus' friends, James and John.  The two guys approached Jesus on the sly and asked him for a favor.  Jesus asked, "What is it that you want me to do for you?"  James and John then pretty much asked Jesus for exclusive, front-row fame in Heaven.

The other 10 disciples, overhearing their request, understandably got ticked.  But Jesus brought them all together and taught them that the 1st shall be last, and the last shall be 1st and so on and so forth.

But what was interesting to me was the very next scene in which they were all making their way into Jericho.  As they were walking into the town together, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus began crying out for Jesus to help him.  He continued to cry out louder and louder until Jesus summoned Bartimaeus to come to Him.  Jesus then asked Bartimaeus the exact same question that He asked James and John in the scene before: "What is it that you want me to do for you?"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

In front of the crowd, Bartimaeus simply asked Jesus to be able to see again.

Jesus healed Bartimaeus, and the healed beggar immediately and gratefully followed Jesus and his friends.

I wonder what James and John felt when they heard Jesus ask Bartimaeus the same question He had asked them a few moments before.

It made me thankful for Bartimaeus.  It made me look more deeply and carefully at my own want list too.

Journal Pages by Jennifer Frith

Sunday journal pages in gouache.

What's on your "want list"?

The Making of a Children's Book

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The Making of a Children's Book

What I've been working on lately.

Illustrations for a children's book named, Maggie the Lion, written by author, Natalie Shafer.

She is awesome.

Looking forward to sharing more with you as I get ready to watercolor.

Sunday Journal Pages

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

Have you ever met, ran into, overheard, or worked with a jerk?  I know I have.  I know I've BEEN one of these people.  Miserable human beings, right?  It's enough to make you slip into self-righteous indignation.  (Or want to flip them them the bird.)

But today I read about Jesus telling his disciples what it means to love others.... The strong, humble, vulnerable, serving-others kind of love.  The kind he freely gave, and the kind he actually commands.

Let me tell you, I suck at loving people the way He did.  I especially stink at it when I'm worn out or feeling insecure inside.  "A dry well can offer no water."

Perhaps the jerks are jerks because their well is all "dried up" ... Maybe it's been "dried up" their entire lives.  Maybe they have no concept of what it means to be loved, accepted, honored, seen, cherished, or respected.  Honestly, what a very sad state of life that would be.

I'm not excusing their behavior, but it puts things into perspective for me.

When I focus on everything I *don't* have, I'm a pretty sucky human being.  But when I focus on how many riches I have, how much value I hold, and how vastly Jesus loved His friends, His enemies, the stubborn, bullheaded, broken, rejected, the sick, and ME..... Man, it fills me up. (I've still got a long way to go, but it helps!)

So my message to you & myself:

Don't let the jerks get you down.  *Perhaps* these difficult, jerky people need love and prayers more than anything else.

~* ~

Journal pages in watercolor and gouache.