Sunday Sketchbook - Zippy the Chameleon

Sunday Sketchbook, a blog post by Jennifer Frith

A couple of weeks ago, an older friend at church asked me how I was doing and what I had been up to with my art recently. I shrugged and told him that I've been uninspired and in some creative doldrums lately. I laughed and explained how art sometimes feels like a misfit talent and not a very practical or useful gift to have, especially when you're in the doldrums. He said, "Well, I'm wishing you inspiration. Because artists are the prophets."

Curious, I paused and asked him what he meant by that. He explained to me that artists are conduits. They carry messages. They cast visions. They build synagogues and cathedrals. They shape and influence cultures. They see things differently than most others do. "Inspiration" in Latin means "God-breathed", after all.

All of that got me thinking.... maybe I had this "inspiration" idea all upside down.

"Prophets" cannot do what they do without first hearing. And hearing can't happen without first experiencing a closeness.

I don't know of anything more practical, useful, fulfilling, or inspiring than having a closeness with Him. 🎨

Whether you're an artist, a teacher, a wife, a student, a mom, a business woman, I hope you know what a gift it is to have a closeness with your Creator.

- SundaySketchbook in gouache -

Sunday Sketchbook ... A Brave Little Bunny

 
Sunday Sketchbook pages in gouache and ephemera.

Sunday Sketchbook pages in gouache and ephemera.

We have bunnies in our backyard.  When I leave home for work, they are usually outside making themselves comfortable in our driveway.   When I get home from work at dusk, they are in the backyard munching on juicy blades of grass.  They let us walk up to them within 2 feet of distance, but we respect their space and let them be.

I admire our backyard bunnies for their gentleness, calmness, carefulness, and courage.

fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

P.S.  I illustrated my first book about a brave little bunny too.  It's called The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly.  You can pick up a copy at your local bookstore or by ordering online here

Sunday Sketchbook... Brutus the bear

 
Sunday Sketchbook - Brutus the Bear - by Jennifer Frith
watercolor sketchbook - by Jennifer Frith
watercolor sketchbook by Jennifer Frith
illustrated sketchbook with Bible verses, by Jennifer Frith

β€œI am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, as I also remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

β€œI am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."

John 15:1-8

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Sunday sketchbook pages in gouache.

I'm learning to be restful and purposeful instead of busy busy busy.

How about you?