A Painting For Suzi J.

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A Painting for Suzi J. Illustration by JSK Medium: Watercolor

Earlier this year I did a painting for my dear friend/photographer, Suzi Jacobs, in exchange for taking our family portraits. My husband and I were extremely grateful for this trade because her photos are timeless.  I rarely get a chance to see what becomes of my art or creations after it’s shipped off!  Below is a picture that Suzi took of her lovely reading corner in her home-sweet-home:

Photo taken via Suzi's Instagram

Photo courtesy of Suzi | via Instagram #DarlingWeekend

xx
Jena

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APRIL FIRST | Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt in Vogue April 2014 by JSK

Emily Blunt + Christy Rilling Studio in Vogue April 2014 by JSK

I received my April Vogue issue in my mailbox yesterday.  I flipped to this photo of Emily Blunt and read her lovely article on pregnancy and taking on motherhood. I wish it had been this photo of her glowing pregnant belly to have graced the cover of our birthday month.  I get to celebrate the 13th with my twin sister, Jaymi Britten; and our adopted triplet, April W. (friend for over 12 years + Tini-Manini boutique owner)!

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Jena

La Vie En Rose.

17 January 2014 Rose by JSK

17 January 2014 Rose Illustration by JSK

La vie en…
Rose Byrne on the red carpet in Calvin Klein’s pale pink simple and daring mid-drift dress at the 2014 Emmy’s.

Ms. Bryne has been one of my favorite actresses since Wicker Park (2004).

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Jena

Bonne Année! Mes Résolutions 2014

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Pourquoi Française? Why French?

Red Berlitz Basic French Dictionary I found at a book sale a year or so ago

Red Berlitz Basic French Dictionary I found at a book sale

Every year follows after a moment of reflection of the last.  2013 came and went in a blink of an eye.  Ma liste de résolutions seem to be the same almost every year.  It is composed of new languages (French & Hebrew), writing, reading new books, greater wisdom, godly parenting, journaling, better health, new illustrations — altogether being more intentional in everything about life from waking up earlier to not missing a birthday.

So…. Why French?

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Sabrina 1954

“Oh, but Paris isn’t for changing planes, it’s… it’s for changing your outlook, for… for throwing open the windows and letting in… letting in la vie en rose.”
~ Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn)

The French language is beautiful.  I’ve learned a little over the years by watching French films (La Fille du Puisatier 2011 is one of my current favorites), listening to French songs, and browsing through French magazines.  Paris Vogue is one of the most visually inspiring publications that excites me in design due to its typography, design, and content.  My website is inspired by Paris Vogue, particularly the April 2006 Issue, which I remember it sparking a spontaneity to consider studying abroad for fashion.  It didn’t happen, but hopefully my family and I will get to travel to Europe someday.

Paris Vogue April 2006

Paris Vogue April 2006

Paris is the epicenter of haute couture, and like any other fashion student, it will always be a dream to travel to France.  I imagine myself visiting all the museums, sketching architecture and street & runway fashion.  As the saying goes, “the French do it better,”  even in parenting (Bringing Up Bébé).  I personally want to see the countryside of France, and wander through Chateau’s, run through fields of wild flowers, and visit textile shops and couture workrooms!  Of course I want to speak French if I go to France.  And even if we don’t ever have the opportunity to travel, at least I can finally watch a French film without sub-titles.

Back to the reality of life in California and where I left off in November:

07 January 2014 Watercolor of Russian Model/Artist Sasha Pivovarova

07 January 2014 Watercolor of Russian Model/Artist Sasha Pivovarova

Since November (the last time I updated my blog), my days have been somewhat preoccupied with random projects for others and spending most of December with our families in Hawaii.  I’m terrible at prioritizing and I don’t like to-do lists, so the beginning of the year can be quite overwhelming for me.  So while most people are making lists, I’m trying to avoid them.  My husband functions extremely well with a notepad and an on going list of things to-do, and I just wish it were the same for me too.  I was just happy to start the New Year with optimism and a new love for watercolor pencils!!!  My mother gave Evie a set of 8 watercolor pencils and we tried it out for the first time together.  It was a magical moment when I showed Evie how we can draw with pencils, and go over it with a paintbrush and water.  We went to the park and I packed her pencils, a jar of water, and paper– all I can say is that there will be more to come of illustrations made with these pencils, indeed!

xx
Jena