Thursday, May 30, 2013

"Rest, and Be Thankful" - William Wordsworth


Hi friends,
My grandfather is in hospice care.  
I'll be giving myself a few days to unplug, clear my head, and take care of those matters for him.
I plan to be back on 6/15. 
Grateful for you guys,
Jenny

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gratitude Journal - Essential Oils


A simple pleasure that lifts my spirits.  
Do you have a favorite scent/smell?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blue & Green


Speed Painting by JennyFrith on Flickr Video.
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Sketchbook journal pages, prepped in advance. 

Have a great Memorial Day.  xoxo

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Art Inspiration: Edgar Degas


"Art is not what you see, 
but what you make others see."
Edgar Degas 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Gratitude Journal: School Bus Memories... and a Goat


Growing up, we lived on a farmhouse.
Naturally, we had a pet goat.  A cute pet goat.

His name was Clover.  He had a black, wirey coat.   He was clever and ornery.  He roamed free in our unfenced, back yard.

But not always.  Sometimes we would tie a long, loose rope around his neck and then wrap the rope to a tree.  This way he could still prance around in the yard and be his happy-goat-self but not venture into other people's lawns.

Well, it's towards the end of the school year.  I'm in 5th grade (you know, the awkward, beginning stage of self-awareness).   Clover is tied up, and I'm at the end of our long driveway.  I see my school bus come around the bend.  I sling my backpack full of books over my shoulder.  I turn to wave & say goodbye to my goat.

Little do I know, as my bus is arriving,  Clover breaks free from his rope and races down the driveway.  The bus driver pulls up and swings opens the doors.  Just as I step on, Clover clip-clops his stubborn way through the doors ahead of me and onto the bus.  The kids roar with laughter as the driver and I push and shove him back outside.  My face was beet red.  I was mortified.

Who brings their pet goat with them on the bus?  Who even has a pet goat?

At the time I was so embarrassed.

But you know what?  It makes me laugh today.

Clover the Goat reminds me that embarrassing moments aren't all that bad, at least not in the grand scheme of things.

They make for great stories and life-lessons.

And if I ever buy myself a farmhouse and a goat, I'll make sure to build a fence.

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Do you have any embarrassing stories that make you laugh today?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Inspiration: Flora Bowley

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I saw this for the first time on my friend India's Pinterest board.  
I liked it so much that I treated myself to Flora's book, 
Brave Intuitive Painting.
It's rich with wonderful colors.
You can find it here on Amazon.com.  

Saturday, May 18, 2013

From Where I Sit & Paint

My sunny space and quiet corner.

Monday, May 13, 2013

May Journal Pages... and a Speed Painting

My journal pages, prepped for the week.
Ducks are my favorite.  :-)
Speed Painting by JennyFrith on Youtube
Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day


Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful mommas and like-a-moms out there!
I made my mom a blue bird card with a love note inside.

I am thankful for my mom's gentleness and goofiness and love for Jesus.

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What do you appreciate most about your Mom?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pet Portrait in Progress

I've been working on a Labrador Retriever named Emma, 
all the way from Finland.
My watercolor tools include:

 Schmincke watercolor pan
 watercolor brushes
 mason jars (one for clean water, one for dirty)
teal toolbox
portable drawing lamp
paper towel
 kitchen table
 Arches watercolor block
 and a sweet reference photo

I posted some of these images a few days ago on Instagram.
I'm under jennyfrith, if you want to join me there. :)

Monday, May 6, 2013

May Journal Pages

My journal ventured outside with me this weekend....
Spring reminds me to have hope.

"Hope is patience with the lamp lit." 
- Tertullian -

Friday, May 3, 2013

And the winner is.....

The winner chosen at random is 
Cinder from New York!

Cinder, please email me your mailing address at:
jennifer @ jennys-sketchbook.com (no spaces).

Thank you SO much everyone for the sweet comments.
You all made my day.

I hope to have more fun give-aways soon.

xoxo

Happy Friday, friends!