Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Safe & Sound

Hurricane Sandy ripped through the East coast yesterday.

I might really dislike my apartment at times,
 but yesterday I was grateful for our 4 walls.


Hope everyone is safe & sound too.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sunday's Winner

You all know how to make a girl feel special.  
Thank you for the sweet words and birthday wishes. :-)

I went the old fashioned way and put all of your names in a jar.  
The lucky winner is: 
Lauren F!
Lauren, Please send me your mailing address at jenfrithart(at)yahoo(dot)com.
I will send out your prize as soon as I can!
I wish I could share journals & birthday cupcakes with each and every one of you.  :-)

~*~

As an aside: Hurricane Sandy is forecasted to hit the Philadelphia area.  
Soo, I may not be posting for a few days.  Fingers crossed and lots of prayers that it fizzles out!
If you are on the East coast too, please stay safe.  xoxo

Thursday, October 25, 2012

B-Day Giveaway

It's my birthday this weekend!  

To celebrate, I am giving away a brand new Handbook Journal, 
some stickers, and a Zig Marker (not shown). 

To participate, leave a comment here with your name. 
I will close the comments on Sunday, and announce a random winner on Monday.

A set of my pages from the same-sized journal.

~*~ 

Thanks for all of your support. :)

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*** Comments are closed.  Thank you ALL for the sweet words!   I'll announce the lucky winner tomorrow.  ***

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Art Tip #6 - Make the Best of What You Have

Sometimes I buy into this shameful little lie that if I have more "stuff", I will be a happier artist.

One of 2 things then happens:  I either ache with envy for the things I don't have, or I buy *way* more junk than I need.

It happens occasionally when I am looking over beautiful blogs and see artists in their beautiful studios.  I think to myself, "I must not be an artist, because I'm working from my lap."

It happens when I wander into art stores without a shopping list.  My eyes light up, and I wind up buying things on a whim.   After the thrill of opening new supplies is gone, I shove the stuff I don't need into storage containers... and then I feel like a hoarder for having so much clutter.

That kind of thought process takes the wind out of my sails.   Not the way to go!

So whenever I fall into "poor-me" thinking, I try to remember one of my favorite cheesy little phrases:


(I first heard it here.  :)  I've said it before that my husband teases me for my chick music.)

Here are a few pointers to go along with that.  I try to use them whenever I feel down-in-the-dumps:
  • Make the best of what you have.   If I feel like I don't have enough stuff, I take inventory of what I do have.  I literally take out a pad and pencil, go through my supplies, and write a list of what I have "in stock."  It might be nerdy, but it helps me realize that I have more than enough to make things work.
  • Challenge yourself to use supplies in a new way... or tap into old supplies that you haven't used in a while.  I have tubes of acrylic paint that don't use very much.  I like to pull out a small canvas every now and then and play around in the thick paint.  Wakes up my braincells.  
  • Make a wishlist.  Amazon.com has a Wish List section, where you can browse supplies on their site and then save items to your account - without buying them.  (Sometimes I'll visit my wish list a month later and remark, "What the heck was I thinking?  Why would I want that?")
  • Make a budget.  This is one that has helped me tremendously.  Mint.com is a great place to start tracking your expenses and income.  You can put aside a set amount each month for fun stuff.  If I run out of my "fun money" for the month, I know to not step foot near an art store.  
  • Consistency over novelty.  Remember that the most valuable resource anyone has is TIME.  What you do with it is most important. 

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Do you ever buy stuff you don't need? 
What's in your inventory?  :)  

Monday, October 22, 2012

October Pages... and a Book Recommendation

Happy Monday to you all. :)

Here are my pages from last week. 
I used watercolor for the sketches and a hand-carved pine cone stamp for the little tag.
(I wasn't happy with how the tag turned out, but I'll know better for next time!)

My daughter and I saw a fireball last week too.
We were taking a short walk together, and a huge (I mean huge) bright light zipped by us in the night sky.  
We both turned to each other and said, "Did you see that??"  It was breathtaking.

On another note, I was so excited to receive Gennine Zlatkis' first book in the mail last week.
If you haven't already, go check it out!
Geninne constantly inspires me.  Hope she inspires you too.  
xoxo

Friday, October 19, 2012

Art Inspiration - Moonshine

A peek into the personal work of several Dreamworks artists.


You can watch the video here.
Moonshine : Artists after dark from alexis wanneroy on Vimeo.

Updated to show some still frames of the video.  I will get the hang of this Blogger thing! :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gratitude Journal - Work

The worst job I ever had?  I won't divulge in the name here.
But on my way into work, I'd feel sick to stomach whenever I'd pull into the work parking lot.

I really, really had a rough time with it.
Thank God I had good friends there to help me make it through.

I've since moved on.  Looking back though, I can now see how those frustrating times have helped me today (mostly how *not* to treat people, but that's a story for another day!)

Having had a crappy job makes me appreciate my current 9-5.

There are times when things get crazy and customers get cranky, and sometimes I just want to stick my head in the sand.  But then I remember, "This too shall pass."  

The rough times teach me how to grow,  how to appreciate the good.  
My team is pretty cool too. 

At the end of the day, I'm grateful for my job.

~*~ 

What's the best & worst job you've had?

Monday, October 15, 2012

October Pages

Last week's pages, prepped ahead.

Last week's pages, all filled in. :)

"Talitha Koum" has been in my head a lot lately. 

It's a phrase from one of my favorite Bible passages.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Gratitude Journal - My Bed

My bed is lumpy, and mattresses are not cheap.

Sometimes I wish I had one of those cool beds for the elderly...  the kind with a built-in remote that adjusts the levels of your feet and head.  

Or the bed made with NASA space foam.   (You know those commercials, where the chick is jumping on the bed with a glass of wine next to her husband?  I would really like one of those!)

But I have a bed to sleep in.  

I have comfy blankets.  
And cool sheets that feel great to jump in after a hot shower.
I have a sweet hubby to cuddle up with too.
  
I am thankful for a warm place to sleep.
....and my sometimes-lumpy bed.

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What do you like best about your sleeping space? :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

September Pages

My pages from 2 weeks ago.
I'm showing just the prepped pages here....    
(I filled in some personal information of my loved one throughout the week. 
I thought it would be best to keep her stuff private.)


watercolor, washi-tape, & a hand-carved pinecone stamp.

~*~


And I'm almost all finished filling in 1 years' worth of pages!  
Hope you all have a great week.  :)  

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dash

Thank you, everyone, for the prayers and sweet words.
It's hard to see someone you love go through a difficult time...  

It was good to take a breather, but I'm glad to be back too.

Over the week I was able to finish a Pet Portrait.
Dash melted my heart. 

Here are some progress pics of the little guy:  

Here is the finished piece:  
Charcoal on Paper, 9"x12"

I mailed him out to his owner today.  :) 

So very grateful to be able to do this for others.
xoxo

I'll be posting some journal stuff next week.
And I think you all are pretty fantastic.