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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday




My first time lapse video, 
February 2013

Time Lapse Drawing: Chloe 
on Youtube

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jacque Cousteau

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

I burned my hand a few weeks ago.  
Not fun...  Not fun at all.  

But it has healed up.
I am happy to be back to drawing...
and working on Kona book #2.

To paraphrase Mr. Cousteau,
I keep chugging along.  
What have you been pushing through?

Friday, August 8, 2014

And the Winners Are....



Comments:

#28 
Amber CA

#29 
Dawn S

#4
Brenda M.


Ladies, please email me your addresses at jennifer @ jennys-sketchbook.com (no spaces).
I will mail the prints right out to you.

Thank you all for your kind words and support!

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Thank You Give Away

So, back in this entry, I asked for some of your insights in battling the "blahs".
God knows creative people tend to get a little sad & need an encouragement every now & then.

Your responses were awesome.

My blogger friend, Jean, emailed me an earlier suggestion too.
(I read each & every e-mail & comment you send, by the way, and they all brighten my day).

I was so sparked by her idea that I asked her if I could share.  She said yes.
Here it is:

Jenny – I love your blog; I check it every single day to see if you have a new post up. I especially enjoy your creative videos; such fun! I would leave this comment there, but I don’t have any of the Internet identities that would allow me to do so.

I want to share some thoughts with you about your new studio vs. the kitchen table, which I think might be related to your having the journaling blahs.

Like you, I set up a shiny, new studio – and then I never felt like working in there. Why? Because my table faced the wall, and sitting there felt like going to prison. Just me and my journal, alone with my thoughts, facing the wall without much visual input to distract me, ready to do my art with absolutely no interruptions…AAUGH! Get me out of here!

I found that I did much, much better when I turned my table around and put one side against the wall so I could sit facing the door. Now I could chat with my husband as he passed by, and suddenly I could breathe again. The pressure was off.

Another thing that helped was getting a bigger table on which to spread out my art supplies. I had a small desk like yours and it was frustrating, because I need to see the vast cornucopia of supplies available to me in order to create. J Trading up my small table for a 3 X 4 foot IKEA table really helped. Now I have plenty of room to spread out and get messy.

And I also created an art tote full of supplies – I used a garden tote – so if I’m feeling a little lonely, I can go downstairs and take over my husband’s desk while he watches football or some such. I find that I do some of my best work with life all around me.

Anyway, these are just my thoughts on why your studio might not be working for you. I love your artwork, and I think you are very talented. Keep on painting! I’m an old gal (60s) and it still never fails to thrill me to create something new.

Take Care,

Jean

How helpful and thoughtful was that?  I immediately moved my desk to the window.
The change in scenery worked wonders.  I felt much more alive.

Jenny's Sketchbook
Jenny's Sketchbook
Love Birds in watercolor, by Jennifer Frith

As a thank you, I am sending her a copy of my Love Bird print.
And since you guys are all encouraging and uplifting. 
I would like to give away a Thank You to you as well.
I will be giving away a signed 5x7 print of my Love Birds to 3 readers.

Love Birds in watercolor, by Jennifer Frith

To enter to win, leave a comment here with your name.

I will select & announce 3 random winners on Friday, August 8th.

Thank you for being awesome.


* * * Comments are now closed.  Winner to be announced Friday evening. * * *

Monday, July 28, 2014

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

sketchbook journal pages by Jennifer Frith
. . .
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.

. . .

What gifts has your grandmother given to you?