Oct 27, 2013

Jim and I started renovating our kitchen this summer, and I decided it needed some new artwork for the soffit above the upper cabinets.  I originally thought I wanted something with a green background, but with the white cabinets, a white background just appealed to me more.

I wanted something light and airy, something romantic and vintage. I think the green reflects more of a vintage vibe, and the white reflects more a cottage chic vibe.  


Romance I, II, and III (Romance in Green Collection)

Romance I, II, and III (Romance in White Collection)
One of the wonderful things about doing art digitally is it is easy to change the background colors--something I never could do if I weren't creating with a computer.  But that doesn't mean I'm giving up my canvases and watercolor paper!! I still love the feel of a paintbrush in my hand.

I love how these turned out. On my Facebook page, when I asked which you liked better, opinions were pretty much split down the middle.  White edged out green by just a tad, but both were very popular.  

I don't think I could choose a favorite between the green and the white.  I chose the white for my kitchen only because when I hung both on the wall, I liked the way the white looked with our white cabinets--not because I liked the white better than the green.

Oct 11, 2013

Farmers' Market II, Watercolor Painting

Watercolor painting, Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market II, Watercolor Painting by Loribeth Clark
In the summer, Jim and I love to go to the Farmer's Market.  We'll buy fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.  Sometimes we'll even buy smoked fish or even baked goods. There's just something wonderful about going to the market to get really fresh ingredients, they just make everything taste better.

One of the things I really love about the Farmer's Market, though, is the colors. Everything is just bursting with color, and the vendors know how to display their wares so they look gorgeously tempting.  I almost always take my camera with me, because everything always looks so beautiful. 

That was the case with the picture that inspired this watercolor. When I saw the colors of the carrots, beats, and onions at our local market, I couldn't resist snapping a picture...even the hand written signs appealed to me. Sometimes, as in this case, the watercolor is based on one picture, but other times, my painting might be a combination of several pictures.  This time, though, the picture was so strong on it's own, it didn't need any elements from anywhere else.

This one was a little frustrating to paint. The colors kept wanting to blend into each other. 
I had to keep reminding myself that great art requires some angst, and there was plenty of that at times. I almost gave up on it. But eventually, I got the look I wanted. 

What do you think?  Was it worth the frustration I felt?

Oct 8, 2013

Life is Unpredictable, so...

Life has taught me a few things since I've been living with Lupus. But those lessons have become even more clear since my dad was diagnosed with Cancer. I thought I'd share them with you.


Life is unpredictable, so...

Special moments and tea

Don't put off the things you want to do.
Treasure every moment, and make it special.
Do what you can, when you can.
Taking a nap in the middle of the day is not being lazy.
Don't put work ahead of family.
The dishes can wait if someone you love calls.
Don't wonder 'why me?' This isn't a punishment. It's just life.
Feeling sorry for yourself doesn't make things better.
Don't waste time being angry or worrying.
You're not dead yet, so keep living!
Don't underestimate the power of prayer.


If you have any lessons you'd like to add, please share them in the comments.

Oct 4, 2013

Savannah 4, Watercolor Painting

Savannah IV Watercolor Painting
Savannah IV, Watercolor Painting by Loribeth Clark

One of the things I love about painting with watercolors is you don't have to fill the page with paint. Sometimes it's what you don't paint that makes the biggest impression. As in this painting, what I didn't paint is the sun on this home in Savannah, but that's what you see. 

This the final painting in my  four-part series of watercolors inspired by photographs I took while strolling around Forsyth Park with Jim the day after we were married. For me, they invoke memories of the most romantic moments of my life.

An 8x10 print can be purchased of this print in my shop, Moments of Art.  
You can buy it here.

Title: "Savannah IV"
Size: 8x10 print on 8.5x11 inch paper
Orientation: Portrait
Paper: Professional, artist grade, acid-free, textured
Printing Process: Giclee 6-color printing process CcMmYK
Ink: Fade-resistant, Archival Ink

Oct 3, 2013

Choosing Kitchen Colors

The work on the kitchen has come to a stand-still. I'm not all together sure why, except Jim and I have both had colds, and I did decide I needed to finish refinishing his mom's table.  That project, by the way, should be finished tomorrow and I will have some before and after pictures for you.

Current paint colors in the kitchen
Current color of the kitchen.
I'm going to miss my Italian saying when we remove that wood valance...
Anyway... Since the work in the kitchen isn't happening right now, I've been thinking about colors. Jim isn't thrilled, but I have decided to repaint the kitchen. We painted it almost four years ago, and although I still like the color, it just isn't quite the right color now that I've repainted the living room. The color I've chosen is very similar to the current color, but it has a bit less blue in the green.

I am so eager to get moving on our kitchen. I have all these ideas floating around in my head, on Pinterest, saved to my hard drive, and clipped from magazines--I'm almost ready to explode!! You know how it is once you get an idea and you can see the image of it so clearly in your head that you want to see it in real life. It's impossible to stop thinking about it and work on other things--at least it is for me!  You can see the ideas I've pinned here.

One of my ideas is painting the insides of my cabinets and drawers. Back January, I did a post about color inspirations, and included the above picture. That idea has stuck in my mind for our kitchen.  So, I've decided to go for it. I think it will be a happy surprise whenever anyone opens them. The only difference is, I think I'm going to paint them yellow. I've been wanting to add yellow to our decor for a while, but for some reason, Jim never seems to like the idea when I bring it up.

Here are the colors that are my leading choices right now. Although, since I scanned these, I've found a couple of different wall colors that I might go with instead of the Metro Mist for the walls--still very similar though. But who knows.

Kitchen Paint Colors
Paint colors
These are the two art prints that I get all the inspiration for my colors from. See how beautiful the colors are in these two prints?  I bought them several years ago, because I fell completely in love with them, and I still love them today. I imagine that they will always be incorporated into my decor no matter where we live.
Fabrice De Villeneuve Prints
They can be seen from the living room and from the kitchen, so they serve as a major source of inspiration. But there are so many colors in them, even though the seem very muted that there is almost no limit to the colors they look good with. You might not be able to tell on your monitor, but the colors I've chosen are all somewhere in these two prints.

View from the kitchen into the living room show the two prints.
So now you understand where I'm getting my colors from. Everything from the kitchen to the living room is going to flow color-wise. (Of course, the flooring still needs to be addressed, the carpet and the linoleum need to go! But that's another project.)

Now if I could just convince Jim to start working on the kitchen--getting the dishwasher installed, installing the new cabinets and countertops... sigh... It's all going to look so lovely when it's finished.

Do you like the colors I've chosen?  What do you think about painting the insides of the cabinets and drawers?

Find your own inspirational art for any room of your home at my shop, Moments of Art!

Oct 1, 2013

Savannah 3, Watercolor Painting

Savannah III, Watercolor Painting by Loribeth Clark
In the photo of this scene, you can see the buildings much more clearly. But when I started painting it, I decided to make the background more dreamy. You can just make out the outline of the rest of the buildings, making it appear the sun is brighter than it was.   

This painting is the third of my  four-part series of watercolors inspired by photographs I took while strolling around Forsyth Park with Jim the day after we were married. For me, they invoke memories of the most romantic moments of my life. This series will always hold a special place in my heart.

An 8x10 artist print can be purchased of this print in my shop, Moments of Art.  
You can buy it here.

Title: "Savannah III"
Size: 8x10 print on 8.5x11 inch paper
Orientation: Portrait
Paper: Professional, artist grade, acid-free, textured
Printing Process: Giclee 6-color printing process CcMmYK
Ink: Fade-resistant, Archival Ink