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
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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?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stay Kind; Stay Humble


My pages from a couple of weeks ago.

xoxo

Watercolor, washi tape, and a buckaroo sticker.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Frederick the Frog

sketchbook journal pages by Jennifer Frith

Persevere:  to continue steadfastly, persist.

Watercolor & ink

Monday, July 14, 2014

Henry the Happy Seal

I liked all of your suggestions for getting out of "the blahs."
My favorite tip would have to be getting a massage, as advised by Julie Ogorzalek.


Here are my journal pages from a few days ago.

Paper, stickers, white ink, and watercolor.

Henry the Seal is happy to see you happy.

♥ 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Journaling & the Blahs

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

How are you guys?  xoxo  I was in a bit of a journaling funk lately.  I get into those moods every now and again.  Do you?  You would think with a new art space, one would be bursting with new ideas.  I was not.  I attribute some of that to a new desk....  I was so used to creating from my kitchen table at my old place, that I just didn't feel "at home".

You know what seemed to help?  I decided to sprawl out my supplies on my floor and journal from my lap.... My good old lap.

I was much happier.   Maybe I need to move all of my supplies to my floor and get rid of the table. 

I'm happy to be back to my pages.   (I'm excited to be working on illustrations for a second Kona book by author, Erik Ammon too!  It's a story called "The Lost Squirrel.")

It feels good to break out of the blahs.  I'm on Instagram if you want to peek at some new journal pages in the works. :)

. . .

What are some of your tips for battling the blahs?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pet Portrait

In loving memory of Bandit.

Pencil Pet Portrait, by Jennifer Frith

Commissioned piece.
9" x 9"
Pencil on drawing paper.  

"A friend can never be replaced,
but will always be remembered."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Art Inspiration: Surf Photographer, Clark Little

Clark Little Photography
Clark Little Photography


Incredible.

. . . 

Surf Photographer, Clark Little,
on Staring Down Shorebreak to Get the Perfect Shot
Youtube

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Sketches


It's officially summer! 
This weekend called for some drawing under blue skies and on a seat of cushiony, green grass.

Do you like to do your artwork outside?

Happy summer to you all.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Journal Pages


Pages in watercolor, scraps of paper, white ink, & a few stickers.

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"Keep your face always toward the sunshine
and the shadows will fall behind you."
- Walt Whitman -