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Four BIG Reasons Why We Camp

We haven’t been out camping yet this year so these photos are actually from last year. Oh how I crave camping in the mountains…

Why We Camp.

There’s just so much to benefit from outdoor privacy in the mountain air. Those who enjoy this pastime know exactly what these benefits are. With having these little cowkids it’s definitely a little more effort getting packed and up there, but if I’m being honest… it’s a thousand times even more rewarding!

Why We Camp.

The joy it brings to these little faces to throw rocks, pickup sticks, and explore the forest just reminds me of the simplicity in what is truly grand.

Here are 4 big reasons why we camp.


#1 To find solitude

With neighbors to the left and to the right and social media in our pockets and on our minds. I feel sometimes I am constantly on display, and it is so so draining. Especially for an introvert such as myself. When it’s just our little family away from technology and people it creates just the solace not only I need, but I feel we as a family needs. We’re truly together, without anyone on the outside traipsing in. It’s the comfort we find in being alone together as a single family unit.

Why We Camp.

#2 To Remember what is truly essential.

I know there are some that pack anything and everything under the sun. Toys, games, tables, food in all it’s variety, etc etc…. which honestly to each their own and that is completely ok to do! But for me, I love the simple I find in packing and camping. Simple meals. Easy cleanup. Easy lightweight packing. No toys. No tables (that’s what our tailgate’s for!). Nothing that’s going to take us that much more time to pack, assemble and dissemble. Food, clothing, shelter (and a first aid kit!). Those are the basics. Those are the necessities. We can survive without showers, we can survive with wearing some of the same dirty clothes. We can survive on so much less than we do. And this is especially true for our kids. They find so much to do in nature that no toy could ever compare. Sticks, pinecones, rocks, and a creek is the ultimate imagination station. No one needs entertaining when camping. We create and find contentment just being with each other.

Why We Camp.

#3 To be reminded of the beautiful world Heavenly Father created.

Nature does wonders for my spirit. It’s simple things like nature that we take so easily for granted. And we forget who hath created it at times. It’s perfect. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and magnificent in all it’s variety. Mountain tops and forest clearings are some of the most sacred places there are in this world. It’s a renewal of faith that God does exist. And he created this wonderful world for us.

Why We Camp.

#4 To gain perspective

It’s so much easier to pluck out the important things and set goals of where you want to be when you are pulled back from the situation. When you walk yourself out of the painting and in front of that gallery wall. You can better understand and appreciate things you missed because you focused on only what you could see up close. It brings such perspective in what is important and what isn’t. What stresses you’ve been carrying for no reason, and what meaningful things you have overlooked. With perspective, you can start editing your life so you can get back on track to where you truly desire to be.


Camping is just plain wonderful.

Happy camping season all!

The Cowgirl

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J. L. Jensen Art Gallery

Commissioned Artwork, Original Paintings, and Fine Art Prints by Josi L. Jensen

J L Jensen Art Gallery. Whitetail jumping fence watercolour

About the Artist: 

Put simply, I’m an artist; I love to create, and have found a love for watercolor in particular. My serious pursuit as an artist really only started up within the last year, but it’s been an idea/dream of mine since high school. All I knew at that point was that I wanted to be an artist, which led me to get my bachelors degree in Integrated Studio Art at Brigham Young University – Idaho. It was only after I met and married my husband, a country boy and avid hunter, when my ideas began to mature. I’d always been back and forth on the types of art I enjoyed making: abstract, realist, cartoon etc. But it wasn’t until I made my husband a watercolor painting of an elk for a Christmas presents that I realized what I really liked painting – nature. As a child I wanted to be a veterinarian, but it wasn’t until high school that I realized my talents resided elsewhere. So it was a natural fusing of past and present dreams to be an artist, and to paint nature. While I enjoy painting nature and animal pieces in watercolor on my own time, I specialize in commission artwork where a customer and I work together to create the artwork they have in mind. In this process they might either have me work from a photograph they have, or simply from an idea they’d like.

J L Jensen Art Gallery. Wheatpool. Farming

How Commissioned Pieces are Made:

In the case of having photo-references, it’s quite simple. You send me the photo and I make a painting from it. For ideas however it gets a bit more complicated. I go through five separate stages that I refer to as sketches, value studies, colour studies, final draw up, and finally painting.

In the “sketches” stage I do a series of 3 (or more) quick draw ups and they pick their favorite basic composition. From there I move on to the “value study” where I do another 3 (or more) roughed out black and white images of their approved sketch to let them pick how the values will play together. Then I move on with this black and white sketch they’ve selected and do 3 (or more) quick paintings with different colour schemes to allow my customer to pick their favorite colour pallet. Finally I do a full-scale final drawing, have them approve it, and then go to throwing the paint for the final work.

Ultimately the artwork that comes out from a commission is “your artwork, your way.” And though I do watercolor most often, I am also able to do scratchboard, charcoal, and graphite drawings along with acrylic and oil paintings.

J. L. Jensen Art Gallery. Bucks. Deer. Painting. Watercolour

Thoughts on Being an Artist:

I have a love/hate relationship with what I do, it’s the most draining and yet satisfying pursuit to take an idea and bring it to life. By far my favorite part of what I do is the creative process itself, going from an idea in my mind to an actual finished product. It’s exciting and riveting, and when I sit back and look at an image I’ve made I sometimes don’t believe that it was me that did it. I just think, “Whoa…I made that…” And as an artist it is really important to the creative process if you’re inspired by what you’re doing. If you’re not inspired while doing a piece you won’t be able to do it the justice it deserves. That excitement and inspiration is important and I personally find it while being in nature, if you couldn’t tell by the types of art I prefer. I get inspired when I’m outside and enjoying God’s creations, so how unfortunate it is that most of my artwork is done inside my stuffy little “office” far away from any deer or forests; though I do get the odd bird or stray cat. Ultimately that’s the goal though, to be inspired and to inspire through my work. My goal is to make people realize the beauty we have around us, and my hope is that what I do inspires you.


Huge thank you to J. L. Jensen for sharing her incredible talents with Country Best Blog! Be sure to check her out socially via:

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J. L. Jensen Art Gallery.

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