Friday, February 5, 2016

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:

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.

. . . 

For what books are you thankful and why?
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Gratitude 52 - Prompt #4

Gratitude 52 Journal Prompts

Your prompt for this week is Shelter.

I am thankful for a warm home.  How about you?

Gratitude 52 Journal by Jennifer Frith
illustrative work by Jennifer Frith
illustrative work by Jennifer Frith
illustrative work by Jennifer Frith
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Friday, January 22, 2016

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.  :-)

Friday, January 15, 2016

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.

. . .

 your prompt for this week is as follows:

. . .

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!

Friday, January 8, 2016

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!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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.!

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 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!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

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!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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.


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

Saturday, December 12, 2015

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.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

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"?

Monday, September 28, 2015

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, September 27, 2015

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.

Inspiration: Jazz for Cows

This is just the happiest thing ever.

Jazz for Cows on Youtube
(Thanks, Julie O. for sharing this with me. :))


 I'll be back to blogging regularly soon.
I'm in the process of illustrating a sweet children's book about a Lion cub named Maggie.

In the meantime, you're welcome to follow me on Instagram, where I post at least once a week, including Sunday journal pages and sneak peeks of Maggie the Lion.

Hope your week ahead is as joyful as this jazz concert!