Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Finding Inspiration when Inspiration has Waned

I have to admit, I have been uninspired lately. I don't know if anyone else has experienced this... I have all these ideas in my head, but I can't do any of them for one reason or another, and I think that when inspirations is stymied it kind of wanes. So I've been at a stand-still, unable to move forward with the ideas I have, and it is affecting everything in my life.

One of the ideas I'd like to do in the front yard.
What ideas do I have?

Well, I've shared my kitchen redesign idea with you. That is on hold right now because there is some major plumbing that needs to be redone. It turns out that one of the main drain lines has a bit of an incline to it, and is causing some backups. So before we can install a dishwasher, we need to take care of that since the dishwasher will add to the capacity it has to handle.

I think this is the color I'd like our floors to be.
Hardwood floors... I know they're under the carpet and the linoleum. I want to rip all of it up and refinish them. Not a major financial expense, unless we find some surprises, so that's not the problem. It is the disorganization and the mess that is preventing us from moving forward on this. In my old house, I had lots of room to move furniture to other rooms and out of the way. That's not the case here. Where do we put all our stuff while we do this project????

See what I mean? It's hard to be inspired when there are little things that are keeping you from moving forward.

But hopefully, all that will soon change. Here is the project I am hoping we'll be able to do this weekend. It's a long weekend, and we don't have any plans, so it seems like the perfect time to do this.

How I hope our front porch looks when finished.
Front porch... This is a project Jim started four years ago, and just hasn't gotten finished yet. We have the roof, we just don't have the actual porch yet. And once it is done, it is going to change the whole look of our little house. It will finally have that cottage look that we want.

Flower Pot idea
This would be nice going down the steps.
Once the porch is finished, I'll do some landscaping. I love the look of English Cottage Gardens, so that's the look I'll be going for.  I don't want anything too fussy that I have to work hard at keeping up.  All I want is something that will do well with little care.

I'm hoping this project will be the thing that revives my inspiration and makes me feel like I have something to share.

What do you do when your inspiration has waned and you don't know how to get it back?

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Exciting news for my Art!

I finally bought a wide-format printer.  Now, as soon as I have all the supplies I need for printing and shipping, I will be able to start making prints as large as 13"x19".  My current prints will not be offered at that size, because they were created for a maximum size of 8"x10", so that means I get to create a lot of new art!  And I'm so excited by this!!!

Here is one of the prints that I have created so far.  I have to decide whether I want this print to be a limited edition, or if I want it to be open stock.  I'm kind of leaning towards limited edition.

Seashells and grass art print All rights reserved
"Seashells and Grass"
©2014 Loribeth Clark

Do you like it?  What do you think?  Limited Edition or Open Stock?   Give me your opinions!!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I don't like painting people

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 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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