Feb 27, 2014

I do Landscapes

There. I said it. I've never liked doing portraits. I'm not good at them. Other people think I am, but I'm never satisfied with how they turn out. But that is what most people ask for when they like my work. It doesn't matter that the work they like is landscapes, they will almost always ask, "Do you paint people?"

I love doing landscapes and still lifes, where there is the impression that people have been there. It's not often that I actually include people in my paintings, but when I do, you can't tell who they are. They could be anyone.

Watercolor, Summer in Saugatuck III, ©2013 Loribeth Clark
Summer in Saugatuck III
In this painting, there are people, but because they are impressionistic, they are there, but you can't see who they are. That's the beauty of watercolors. Because the detail in watercolors isn't defined, they lend themselves very well to this. It's also why I love doing them.

I like to think that my art has more universal appeal than portrait art. Anyone can place themselves into one of my paintings and relate to it. With a portrait, it is only meaningful to a hand full of people, and there is nothing wrong with that.  It's just not my style.

Having my portrait drawn
Me having my portrait drawn
But still people ask me if I do portraits... There are a lot of fine portrait artists out there... And I know people love having their portraits done. Jim and I even had a pastel portrait done of ourselves when we went on vacation last year with the family. The artist was very kind... She made us look much younger than we are. It was fun. She did it very quickly and is obviously very talented at it.
The Great Portraits
Although, there are a lot of famous, valuable portraits that have been done.  The Mona Lisa, Pinkie, the Blue Boy...to name a few.  Beautiful portraits that because of their value and historical significance appeal to a lot of people. So much so, that many people buy copies to hang in their own homes.

I'm not really sure what the point of this post is. Except to maybe say that I admire portrait artists. It just isn't the kind of work I love doing myself. It makes me think of a scene from the movie "Titanic" when Jack is drawing Rose's picture.
Rose: I believe you are blushing, Mr. Big Artiste. I can’t imagine Monsieur Monet blushing.Jack: He does landscapes.
Do what you love... I do landscapes.


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Feb 16, 2014

Moving my Art Blog over here

I've decided that it is a bit too much work. So I will be moving my posts from my art blog over here. That means every once in a while you will see a post dedicated completely to one of my art pieces. I'll share my inspiration for it, what my process was, and where you can purchase it if it's for sale.

I hope you'll like this new feature to this blog, and you'll enjoy learning another aspect about me.

Savannah I Watercolor
Savannah I, Watercolor Painting by Loribeth Clark


Feb 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Very old picture of Loribeth
Me...  February 1984
Don't I look innocent?
Just thought I'd share a very old picture of me.  This was taken at my mom and dad's house before the Sweetheart Swirl. It's been a long time since this picture was taken!

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Feb 5, 2014

I Made a Stool to go with my Chair!

A couple years ago, I bought a little stool at a thrift shop. I intended to recover it, because the fabric on it was awful!  Well, I finally got around to doing it, and I used leftover fabric from my beautiful chair to do it. I just love it now!!

My chair with the stool!
Finished stool with my chair.
I could lie and say I planned for the pattern to match up the way it did, but honestly, that was just a happy accident. I'm thrilled that it does though!

The wood on the stool and the wood on the chair are not the same, but I think the finish color on both are close enough that they look good together.

Close up of stool with Statement Chair
Just little close-up of the two.
When I saw the stool at the thrift shop, I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but for $6, I couldn't walk away from it. It sat in the corner for a long time after I ripped the original fabric off it.  This is what it looked like when I bought it.

How the stool originally looked.
How it looked when I bought it.
Kind of cute. But the fabric was nasty, and who knew how much dirt and crud was under it, so the fabric had to go.

Ripping the fabric from the stool.
Ripping off the fabric.
The finish of the wood looked promising. In fact, other than the sides where all the tacks had been, the finish was perfect.  That's part of the reason I didn't reupholster it before.

The edges are really beat up.
Looking good, but the edge is really beat up.
After I took off the rest of the fabric and pulled all the tacks and staples, I left it like this for a long time...a couple of years actually. I had bought fabric for it, but never bothered to do anything with it. (I'm detecting a pattern of buying fabric for projects, and then not actually using it...hmmm...)

Finished Stool
Close up of it all finished with new fabric.
I thought about reupholstering it when I set it under my chair to get it out of the way, and inspiration struck. I had the extra cushion from when I did our dining chairs, and I had extra fabric from the chair! I also had trim from when I redid the lamp shades.  I had everything I needed, so this was going to be a ZERO DOLLARS project!

Finished Stool with Statement Chair
All finished and looking good!
I don't know if anyone will ever actually use the stool, but I really like how they look together.  What do you think?  Better?  Cute?

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