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• Commission a painting by Laura H Elliott from the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’

Commissions Are Always Welcomed

I am always delighted to create commissions, as I see each piece as a collaboration, which creates a personalised and truly unique final painting.

How do I place a commission order?

I am represented by a highly experienced gallery, called Degree Art, London, UK

My gallery link is below: https://degreeart.com/artists/laura-h-elliott

Their team can coordinate with you and we can begin the commission process:

Please contact Isobel Beauchamp (Director of Degree Art) on Isobel@DegreeArt.com or call one of their Art Advisors on 020 8980 0395.

Tell her my name, Laura H Elliott and the artwork that inspires you. The Degree Art team can then explore ideas such as: size, any of my art you love, colour scheme of your home or project and then the commission process starts.

What can I expect?

All my artworks are available for commission with Degree Art Gallery, who represent my work as a professional artist and have extensive experience.

I have been selling my work since 2006 and every artwork is of the highest standard. I have never had a return and every artwork is painted on a high quality canvases by either Loxley or Winsor Newton.

Every artwork is hand signed with my initials LHE, as below:

Inspiration from the collection, so far:

Shown below is a slide show for inspiration from my portfolio of paintings in the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’:

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Are there different paint effects?

Yes, every painting contains a unique combination of effects, with each effect adding a dimension to the final painting. Should you like any effects, they can be added to your commission:

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Feedback From Commission:

Type: Painting Commission

Location: New York, USA

“I recently purchased a beautiful piece of art from Laura Elliott. Not only was the piece exactly what I wanted, but Laura handled the whole transaction very flawlessly. I was looking around for something colourful and luckily stumbled upon this website. I saw something I loved but when inquired about purchasing it, Laura told me it was already sold. That certainly didn’t stop the search and Laura quickly responded saying she could paint one like that if I was interested and I could even choose the colours.

The next few interactions with Laura involved choosing colours and getting a proof of the painting before I had to commit. Paying was very simple through Pay Pal and we managed to come to a financial arrangement that fitted my budget. The painting was couriered as soon as my payment had gone through and it arrived within a few days. The whole transaction was dealt with very professionally and was very simple. Laura is an enthusiastic and energetic artist who has a passion for what she does. I could feel this through the friendly and personal e-mails we exchanged while she was painting my special piece.

Thank you Laura.”


See more about my work at:

I am represented by a highly experienced gallery, called Degree Art, London, UK

My artwork gallery link is below:

https://degreeart.com/artists/laura-elliott

To read more customer feedback:

https://laurahelliott.wordpress.com/customer-feedback/

Contacting Laura H Elliott BA (Hons)


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• Commission Your Own ‘Landscape Gems Collection’ Design

Commission a ‘Landscape Gems Collection’ design of your own with Laura H Elliott BA (Hons)


What Does A Commission Offer and How Are They Presented?

Every ‘Landscape Gems’ design created by Laura H Elliott is like a presentation and not just a design.

I have been selling my work since 2006 and every design is of the highest standard. All my designs are available in Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay for commission with Degree Art Gallery, who represent my work as a professional artist and have extensive experience.

All of my silver designs are legally hallmarked by the Goldsmiths Assay Office, London.

  • Taylor made, hand-crafted from Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay
  • Every design features 100% genuine gemstones ethically and personally sourced by Laura H Elliott BA (Hons)
  • Other features in the designs include 925 Sterling Silver and Vintage Watch Parts

  • Every design is presented in a complimentary, beautiful velvet gift box, which is the perfect way to present each piece.

  • A complimentary 18 inch chain

  • An anti-tarnish strip to keep your work perfect

  • All silver pieces made from or with fine 999 silver and/or 925 sterling silver are legally hallmarked by the Goldsmiths assay office, London

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  • Every silver design comes with a beautiful hallmarking card from the Goldsmiths Assay Office London


How Do I order a Commission: A Step-by-Step Guide:

1) Select Your Designs:

Look through a selection of designs and note down the name displayed at the bottom of the image:

2) Select Your Gemstone(s) of Choice:

The key feature in every design is, of course, the genuine gemstone(s). There are hundreds of types of gemstones, which come in every colour in the rainbow. However, the typical choices are often focused on three key points:

  • Colour preferences
  • Birthstone or Zodiac gemstones
  • Gemstones that are collected by each person, such as the top 4 precious gemstones: Sapphire, Ruby, Diamonds, Emeralds

If you have a gemstone you would prefer or would like to gift in your commission, please do not hesitate to ask. This can include sought after gemstones that could be sourced/ selected from stock include:

  • Tanzanite,
  • Paraiba or Cuprian Tourmaline,
  • Spessartite Garnet

The gemstones below are a selection you can chose from:

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3) Contact My Representative Gallery Degree Art, London, UK:

I am represented by a highly experienced gallery, called Degree Art, London, UK.

All my designs are available in Fine 999 Silver/ 925 Sterling Silver for commission with Degree Art Gallery, who represent my work as a professional artist and have extensive experience.

I have been selling my work since 2006 and every design is of the highest standard. All of my silver designs are legally hallmarked by the Goldsmiths Assay Office London.

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Above: Laura H Elliott Hallmark

My gallery link is below:

https://degreeart.com/artists/laura-h-elliott

Their team can coordinate with you and we can begin the commission process:

Please contact Isobel Beauchamp (Director of Degree Art) on Isobel@DegreeArt.com or call one of their Art Advisors on 020 8980 0395.

Tell her my name, Laura H Elliott and the artwork that inspires you. The Degree Art team can then explore ideas such as:

Tell them which designs in my ‘Landscape Gems Collection’ you love,
Preferred colour of the gemstones featured…

….and then the commission process starts.


Please Note:

All of my silver designs are legally hallmarked by the Goldsmiths Assay Office London. This process takes between 7-14 days.

These gemstones have been personally and ethically sourced from around the world by Laura H Elliott over the years.

Carat weights stated are ‘average total gemstone weights’ (ATGW).


Commission Feedback:


“Having seen Laura’s work at an exhibition in London, I commissioned Laura to create 2 pendant pieces of jewellery to include birthstones. She was very happy to help and very professional, producing 2 stunning original pieces. They were packaged well and arrived safely. I would highly recommend Laura’s bespoke metal clay jewellery to anyone looking for a special piece of original artwork”

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Dated: 21st April 2017

Lesley Oldaker was a direct commission client Landscape Gems Collection jewellery of metal clay designer Laura Elliott BA (Hons).


Customer Feedback and Recommendations:

I have over 10 years working as both an artist and curator and have references, which can be viewed by clicking here.


About the ‘Landscape Gems Collection’:

“My love of clay was discovered at the age of 14, exploring the endless possibilities of earthenware clay, enhanced with glazes, textures and glass.

It was in 2012 when I discovered the fresh, up and coming medium of metal clay in: Fine 999 Silver, Copper and bronze. Step by step I began to explore the possibilities of this medium and after 2 years of development it transformed into the body of work I now call the ‘Landscape Gems Collection’.

When fired, an elegant transformation takes place, turning each design from the pliable clay into solid metal designs. Each piece is sculptural and unique, which often include an unusual mix of high quality gemstones along side beautiful elements, such as glass, enamel, vintage watch parts or even bolts and screws.

This series was given new momentum when I exhibited my collection at The Royal College of Art with Flux exhibition in December 2015. Since this date, my designs have adapted into a series of ever changing mini sculptures and I have not looked back since.”


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• Art In The Heart Gallery & Marketplace

Art In The Heart Gallery & Marketplace

I am delighted to be selling my work with Art In The Heart Gallery and Marketplace. The impact of other mass produced online platforms, means that the artist/ designers are getting swept aside in the market. I see Art In the Heart making a change.

My online gallery is at: https://www.artintheheart.co.uk/marketplace/store/lheart/

“I am so happy to have this wonderful fine silver jewellery maker on my new Art in the Heart online Marketplace. She has a store with me now. When I say jewellery…there is jewellery and then there is pure art. if you want a really special treasure for a special person, please have a look at these stunning pieces.”

By: Dawn Birch-James

I am looking forward to the future with Art In The Heart Gallery and Marketplace with Dawn Birch-James and her team


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• Artist Interview: Degree Art Gallery Interview With Laura H Elliott BA (Hons)

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Degree Art Gallery Artist Interview with Laura H Elliott BA (Hons)

Date: 14th March 2017

Read my full Degree Art Gallery artist interview at:

https://degreeart.com/blog/laura-h-elliott-energetic-art-featuring-emotional-content

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1) Which art movement do you consider most influential on your practice?

“The key influence in my work is from abstract expressionism, drawing inspiration from their energetic art featuring emotional content, spontaneous gestures, and often in monumental sizes. The way each artist practiced, channeled their emotions into each artwork has given me the conviction and has driven my work forward:

  • Willem de Kooning
  • Clyfford Still
  • Helen Frankenthaler
  • Mark Rothko

The quote below epitomizes why this movement drives my work, inspiring me to constantly channel my life and emotions into each artwork:

“I’m not interested in ‘abstracting’ or taking things out or reducing painting to design, form, line, and color. I paint this way because I can keep putting more things in it – drama, anger, pain, love, a figure, a horse, and my ideas about space. Through your eyes it again becomes an emotion or idea.” (Quote by Willem de Kooning).”

2) Where do you go and when to make your best art?

“My love of the outdoors, especially during the summer, always spurs my creativity. I now have a wonderful, compact or small, home studio where I can create and explore my art freely.”

3) How do you describe your ‘creative process’?

“My creative process is different in the two mediums I specialise in, which are: mixed media painting and metal clay. Due to my disability, my mediums require assistance during the creative processes, but this adds love into every piece I create. Once I pick-up my brush or my piece of clay, all my worries are put aside. Art is truly my therapy.

Painting:

This medium is truly an unplanned process. The only aspect that I plan is my colour scheme, I layout my paints and other mediums, to create in a sub-conscious manner, using colour and mood to drive my work. Each painting is created in layers, building up colour and tones step-by-step, until I feel I have achieved the background. Then I add details and my signature.
It was 2016 when my paintings moved back into a free-flowing, abstract expressionist style featuring a bright colour palette. This highly enjoyable, free, relaxed painting style reflecting how my life has settled and how my emotions ebb and flow at this point in my life.

Metal Clay Designs:

This medium is the complete opposite, due to the nature of clay and the amount of tools required. I plan the basics of my designs in rough sketches and use these ideas as a starting point for each design. It is once I have started to create each piece that I refine the overall design and I can then create instinctively, as I do when I paint. Each design is a strict step-by-step process as below with a minimum of 12 steps for even the smallest metal clay design:

  1. Prepare the clay ready to work with
  2. Apply textures to the clay
  3. Roll the clay (thickness is dependent on type of clay being used) and cut for each element of the design
  4. Build the design
  5. Leave to air dry
  6. Kiln fire the design
  7. Soak in Picklean to remove fire scale
  8. Rinse with bicarb to neutralise Picklean
  9. Start to shine the fired clay with a wire brush
  10. Use an agate burnisher or polisher for bright shine
  11. Shine the piece with protective wax
  12. Mount stones
  13. The piece is ready to be worn

More about my work and my working process on my blog:

https://laurahelliott.wordpress.com

4) Which artist, living or deceased, is the greatest inspiration to you?

“My first and most enduring love is the work of master artist Picasso and his cubist artworks, exploring colour, perspective and the transition of three-dimensional objects into a two-dimensional framework.

In addition, I have visited countless exhibitions and have explored a large range of mediums both practically and through academic reading. The artist that I deeply admire is David Hockney, who I think of almost like a kindred spirit to me. His exploration of perspective in both photography and painting are fascinating and reminds me of the cubist movement in many ways. The way Hockney flips perspective strikes a cord with me as that is something I like to play with in my paintings, along side the inspiration of the abstract expressionist movement.”

5) If you weren’t an artist, what would you do?

“I worked professionally in the nursing field from the age of 18 until I was 23. I adored the interaction with people, the challenges it brought and helping other people. Saying this, I was artistic as a young child, so the love and imagination has been there my whole life.”

6) What do you listen to for inspiration?

“It was when I moved into my late teens and early 20s, I found my paintings where inspired by music. I am a lover of heavy metal, filled with energy and feeling; however, I enjoy listening to all types of music now I am older.”

7) Which 3 artists would you collect work by if money was no object?

  1. Picasso – Sculptures
  2. Clyfford Still
  3. Jenny Saville

8) If your dream museum or collection owner came calling, which would it be?

“Louvre Museum, Paris, France.”

9) What is your key piece of advice for artists embarking on a fine art or creative degree today?

“Use the summer breaks to create more artworks and read, especially the summer break between the 2nd and 3rd year. That break enables you to start your dissertation and be ahead for the start of the 3rd year. The 3rd year is so busy you need all the time you can get and it will significantly reduce your stress and work load.”

10) What is your favourite book of all time (fiction or non fiction)?

“I do not have an all time favourite book; however, I am a lover of reading and learning about life stories of people from all backgrounds, around the world.”

11) If you could hang or place your artwork in one non traditional art setting, where would that be?

“The non-traditional setting would be a Gothic church architecture, because of the contradiction having modern with Gothic.”

12) What was the biggest lesson your university course or time studying taught you?

“I was diagnosed in 2003 with Dyspraxia and Dyslexia, which was life changing. These learning difficulties of Dyspraxia and Dyslexia had profoundly impacted on my academic standard and life. I started university with low grades, but as time passed I worked really hard by always attending learning support tuition and reading as much as I could get my hands on. I truly believe that academic study is as important as the practical practice of art. The academic perspective on your course allows you to take a quality skill set into the art world, especially regarding working with spoken language, galleries and paperwork linked to this. I know that through my academic studies my quality of spoken language and organisational skills has significantly improved.

I always say that everyone should use the library as it is full of inspiration, knowledge and facilities to develop your education. Use the library staff and tap into journals as a quick way to understand a subject, especially as they are a few pages maximum. In addition, make the most of resources such as learning support to improve your written work and your support work during modules you study.

Mainly….enjoy your course!

With my best wishes.”

13) And finally, if we were to fast forward 10 years, where would we find you?

“I would still be working with Degree Art Gallery and continue to exhibit in new UK galleries and locations. I am working on a new body of work and high quality limited edition prints.

I would like to have achieved membership to ‘The Society of Women Artists’.”


All artworks & designs displayed are © Copyright by Laura H Elliott BA (Hons), Dip.

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Artwork Focus: Trying To Find My Artist Voice, Having My Artwork Put In The Skip & How I Was Inspired By Picasso

It is always hard to start your journey as an artist, with my journey starting in 1992. It has taken me around the world and I have exhibited at some stunning galleries, with an amazing collection of working artists and selling through my representative galleries.

Saying this, you always have to start somewhere and you ask yourself…

What do you create? Which medium do you chose? What subject do you paint? Where do you start in creating work?

I wanted to share my story below, to offer insight into my own artist journey, with the help to inspire…

Though, at first, my journey was a bit haphazard in creating original art, I eventually found my feet and it came to me naturally, drawing on my life long, never ending imagination. Saying this, it was in around 1991 when I first found the 2 mediums I love to this day…

…clay and acrylic paint

Artists past and present have a crucial influence in every artists journey. My life-time adoration of Picasso began in 1992 through books and gallery visits. By drawing inspiration from Picasso’s work, it meant that I explored many ways to create my artworks for my A Level Art and Design in 1995. I found cubism fascinating (specifically Picasso’s) and the definition below explains it in detail:

When I learned about Picasso I visited the Tate Modern and saw one of his sculpture portraits or busts and I was energized:

Pablo Picasso ‘Head of a Woman (Fernande)’ (1909) At: The Tate Modern, London

I knew my next step!! I began to create a sculpture created with:

  • A wooden base
  • Chicken wire forming the main shape
  • Plaster of Paris bandages
  • Card to create hair round the face and to form the pony tail at the back
  • Acrylic paint to create form, depth and to emulate how Picasso creates a 3D effect on a 2D canvas

I tested out all manner of ideas: drawings, paintings and then I realized that there was a way forward…sculpture. For one of my course work pieces, I wanted to explore and create my own unique sculpture, which reversed how Picasso created a 3D effect on a 2D canvas.

The sculpture shown below shows my unfinished sculpture, with my apologies for the poor quality photographs!:

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Above: Left = face / Right = right hand side of head with hair in a bunch

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Above: Left = left hand side of the head / Right = reverse of head with the stripes swept into a pony tail

Despite my enjoyment and desire to create new ideas, my teacher disliked it so much, she told me to put it in the bin or more precisely the skip!!

I am sure you would understand it was quite heart breaking; however, before I threw it away I took photographs. This piece, shown below, is a reproduction of a self portrait: my hair brushed back into a pony tail with wisps of hair surrounding my face.

Once the piece started to take shape and I felt obliged to stop this artwork and begin another. It was in 1994 that I began to explore the ideas of playing with mediums, like I mentioned above; however, this was strongly discouraged by my teachers!!

The good news is that their influenced stopped in 1995, when I began to do what *I* wanted to do and I started to build a portrait sculpture.

I continued with this new drive and confidence, by creating what *I* wanted to do and in 1995 I created a slotted card sculpture (shown below), painted with abstract designs with acrylic paint:

Despite this confidence, some pieces I was directed to create in a certain style and medium, so some works I compromised and created something more traditional. I managed to keep some of my independence by incorporated structural support in 1 of my 3 my final exhibition artworks:

https://laurahelliott.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/exhibition-review-my-first-group-exhibition/

Below is an example of Picasso’s amazing work that also inspired me:

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• Review: Artsy Editorial – Kandinsky’s How To Be An Artist

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Above: “Composition VII” (1913) by Wassily Kandinsky – In Collection At: The State Tretyakov Gallery

Review: Artsy-Editorial – Kandinsky’s How To Be An Artist

“I came across a fascinating editorial article on the Artsy website, written by author Rachel Lebowitz, about a master artist whom I deeply admire, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. As I always do in my blog’s, I will interpret this article and apply it to my personal experience and practice in the arts.

Kandinsky taught at the Bauhaus for an 11-year period and detailed his art theories in books. He had complex and detailed ideas to convey about the practice and philosophy of art. This Artsy Editorial focused his ideas into five points of interest or “lessons”. Although I feel they are interesting “lessons” for my own painting practices I really believe they show only 5 of a complex and involved philosophy of the past master Kandinsky.

The true depth of Kandinsky’s concepts are in his books he authored. The first book he wrote was titled ‘Concerning the Spiritual in Art’ (1911). Within this book he laid out his tenets for artistic creation as a spiritual act. Kandinsky wrote a book called ‘In Point and Line to Plane’ (1926) in which he expands on elements such as rhythm and amplification. Each of these books delve in detail into his progressive practice and exploration as both a painter and tutor and could be of great interest if you wish to read about Kandinsky’s theories of practice.

The article author Rachel Lebowitz states:

“…Kandinsky did not intend for his theories to be prescriptive. Art making, he insisted, was about freedom. Nevertheless, there are several lessons that artists should heed if they are to meet Kandinsky’s requirements.” (1)

In my opinion, this article describes how Kandinsky felt his theories as ideas which can be drawn from, by artists. Therefore, although this article refers to each point as “lessons”, my opinion is that I do not think they should be so finite, maybe they should be guides, not lessons.

Kandinsky did not intend for his theories to be prescriptive. Art making, he insisted, was about freedom. Nevertheless, there are several lessons that artists should heed if they are to meet Kandinsky’s theories.

We start with five below that where highlighted in the Artsy article and the five “Lessons” are as follows:

Wassily Kandinsky  Dreamy Improvisation, 1913  Pinakothek der Moderne, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen,

Above: Wassily Kandinsky ‘Dreamy Improvisation’ (1913)
– In Collection At: Pinakothek der Moderne, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen.

Lesson #1: Express your inner world, not the latest artistic trends

If we reflect on the history of art, it is littered with ever changing movements in art, which I feel could be referred to as “trends”. I always want to stay true to who I am as both a person and artist; therefore, I always draw on who I am as a person, with my artworks interpreting my persona and life experiences. I try to not focus on external trends and influences towards my work, but I do use this to progress and push my ideas forward.

The meaning of the word “merit” or the phrase I would chose to use is “artistic merit”. This phrase was not 100% clear to me when considering if that was directly relevant, so I looked up the definition of “artistic merit”:

“Artistic merit is a crucial term, as pertains to visual art. However, many people fail to distinguish between the problem of distinguishing art from non-art and the problem of distinguishing good art from bad art. In many cases, people claim that such-and-such object is “not art” or “not real art” when they intend to say that they do not consider it to be good or successful art.” (3)

I believe that art trends are interwoven with the concept of “artistic merit” or what people consider the value in art is always subjective; therefore, it is intrinsically linked with “artistic trends”.

Above: Wassily Kandinsky ‘Composition in red and black’ (1920) – In Collection At: The State Museum of Art, Tashkent

Lesson #2: Don’t paint things. Paint in abstract form

I understand the thought behind this lesson; however, I do not agree with blanket opinions on what an artist should or shouldn’t create.

On a personal level, lesson #2 has an interesting point regarding my own artistic journey and practice. Over the years I have always had the desire to further abstract my ideas and this is a style that I now feel freedom and peace within. However, I am talking about my work and this does not apply to each artist.

Above: ‘Mirage’ (2016) by Laura H Elliott

Every artist interprets life in their own individual way. This reiterates that art is highly subjective and also highlights how trends can impact in the arts and highlights how lesson #1 is hard to follow.

It was during the time when I was 16-18 years old that I had a teacher who always pushed me into direct replication or realism. This was evident in both her projects she gave us and her regular interventions when I was creating artworks. It was only aged 17, that I rejected her beliefs and I began to create what I wanted. It was at this age when I created an abstract sculpture. This piece was inspired by Picasso and based on an amphibian, often named as a ‘Jesus Lizard’ as it runs across the surface of water.

When I was 25 I began studying an Art and Media Diploma. It was during this time I was guided by a vastly different, vibrant tutor who encouraged a self-directed practices. It was a refreshing change and has directly contributed to my current practices to this day.

The article states how art is an “…outward manifestation of the artist’s psyche—of his or her authentic thoughts and feelings” (1).

I was 25 when I returned to studying and practicing art, having worked in the nursing field for years. I left behind direct ‘replicas’ of the world I saw around me and began to relax and move towards abstraction or simplification in my art. I find my abstract work a relaxing and deeply enjoyable experience, a new freedom. I think this lesson does not address how complex and intricate the process of development is an artists and, therefore, this lesson is not a belief I would support.

Above: Wassily Kandinsky ‘Gespannt im Winkel’ (1930)
– In Collection At: Collection Kunstmuseum Bern

Lesson #3: Approach color as a window into the human soul

The article states that inspiration for Kandinsky was found in the

“…Fauvist paintings he saw while living in Paris from 1906 to 1907—with their wild hues that were entirely divorced from the real world—proved to be even more influential. Embracing this type of freedom in color.” (1)

I think this encompasses my own practice and passion. I find freedom in colours, with each choice expressing my inner emotions and moods, allowing them to be expressed to the world. When I paint in an abstract expressionist style it allows me to relax and find true solace from both my mental and physical disabilities. In a way, they are a window into my soul and the soul of every artist, including Kandinsky.

Wassily Kandinsky ‘Violett’ (1923) – In Collection At: Redfern Gallery Ltd.

Lesson #4: Inject rhythm into your painting, like a musical score

I am not sure how to explain my own work in relation to music. I have had a deep seated passion and ear for music and the layers contained in every piece I hear. I have previously written about the impact of music on my work and this passion and inspiration has not dissipated. Granted, I do not deafen both myself and family with heavy metal anymore, but I listen and enjoy all types and styles as time passes.

Above: ‘Joy’ (2003) by Laura H Elliott

This article says Kandinsky felt “…as an artist used colors, he or she was in effect playing different musical notes, causing [he said] vibrations in the soul” (1).

Different colours resonate with each of us in different ways and this is how I interpret this idea by Kandinsky. When collectors buy my work, I see a tangible response and this could be the vibrations Kandinsky speaks of.

The article goes on to state that “…a painting would do well to be composed like a musical score.” I see a rhythm in all artworks, but I interpret this in an emotional response due to the person I am: emotional, complex and passionate.

I use my art as a therapy and see vibrations as emotion during and after creating each piece of work. My work since 2016 has contained a new wave of colours and this might enhance and develop my work like a piece of music, thus creating a rhythm.

Wassily Kandinsky ‘Composition’ (1925) – In Collection at: Leila Heller Gallery

Lesson #5: By creating original work, you will further the cause of humanity

This is a grandeous statement, however, I agree with its sentiment. It has to be said that art has been academically proven to be a key component in our lives and well-being, a therapy, so lesson #5 is the truth. Speaking for myself, art is a fundamental part of who I am as a individual and gives me clarity, solace and strength.

Above: ‘Forever Grateful’ by Laura H Elliott

I have to agree with lesson #5 as it highlights my own belief in work as an artist. I truly believe that art helps humanities living and well-being, despite the commonly held point of view that art is not as fundamentally important as academic areas.”

So….What do you think of Kandinsky’s five lessons?

Wassily Kandinsky ‘Untitled’ (1921) – In Collection At: Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel

Sources and Useful Links:

1) https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artist-kandinsky/amp

2) http://www.wassilykandinsky.net/book-117.php

3) http://www.definitions.net/definition/artistic%20merit

4) http://www.wassily-kandinsky.org/

5) http://studiosixtysix.tumblr.com/post/151158596757/13reasons

6) http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2015/01/12/can-office-artwork-influence-employee-productivity/#243c119d2c44

7) https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1138946616232550&id=100003516670643

8) http://studiosixtysix.tumblr.com/post/151158596757/13reasons

9) http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2015/01/12/can-office-artwork-influence-employee-productivity/#243c119d2c


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• My Guide: What is Silver Metal Clay?

My Guide: Silver Metal Clay


What is Art Clay Silver?


Art Clay Silver is precious metal clay that looks and feels like ordinary sculpting or porcelain clay, with fine particles of pure silver mixed with a non-toxic organic binder.


What is metal clay and what work do you create from that medium?

Metal clay is an exciting art medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze or copper which is mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelry, beads and small sculptures. This is an Eco-friendly metal clay silver, containing recycled silver.

Originating in Japan in 1990, metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds. After drying, the clay can be fired in a variety of ways such as in a kiln, with a handheld gas torch, or on a gas stove, depending on the type of clay and the metal within it. The binder burns away, leaving a pure sintered or solid piece of metal.

Above: ‘Wave’ – On the Left = Unfired and On the Right = Kiln Fired

After being fired, you are left with a fine silver piece that can be hallmarked as fine silver. This new formulated silver metal clay combines the best features from the former types of Art Clay – easy molding, slow drying, and a low firing temperature. The new silver clay formula has a better work-ability and longer working time, retains and accepts moisture easier, staying supple and easier to reconstitute, and also carves and files easier in the dry stage.

Every design I sell in Silver is hallmarked with my personal LHE hallmark, according to UK law (example shown above).


How do you fire the clay?

This art clay silver can be used with a torch/ gas stove or kiln for 30 minutes at 650°C or 5 minutes at 800°C. Shrinkage is 8-9%.

Image Courtesy of Cookson Gold #cooksongold

Different Silver Clay Products I Use:

1) Silver Clay:

I use Art Clay fine Silver clay, which is beautiful to work with and creates top quality designs:

2) Silver Metal Clay Syringes:

Use syringes to decorate your clay with squiggles and lines, to create little bezels to set lab created stones in, or on its own to make hollow filigree like designs. Simply create a core shape with cork clay and cover it with the syringe. When fired, the cork clay will burn away leaving a hollow delicate piece. Keep your syringes standing in a glass of water when you’re not using them. Remember to put it back as soon as you finish so the tip doesn’t dry out.

3) About Silver Metal Clay Paste:

Use the paste to glue (wet or dry) clay parts together, to repair cracks and fill in marks and bumps, and to add a textured surface to the clay. It can also be painted onto a burnable core, like a leaf, twig or cork clay, to create a fine silver replica.


My Journey Starting In Silver Metal Clay

Due to my life-long passion of clay and sculpture, I expanded my work in 2012 to use the exciting medium of silver, copper and bronze metal clay, in concert with my ‘Landscape Moods’ series of paintings. Metal clay allows me to sculpt work in a free form and expressive manner, allowing me to create a wide range of sculptural metal jewellery and this has been titled the ‘Landscape Gems’ series.


Can You Hallmark Silver and Gold Precious Metal Clay:

Yes, it is UK law that Silver, Gold, Platinum and Palladium have to be hallmarked over a specific weight. The information sheet below explains the law and it assures you that you are buying genuine precious metals:

Every design I sell in Silver is hallmarked with my personal LHE hallmark, according to UK law.


Are There Other Types Of Metal Clay?

Yes, there is other types of metal clay in many other brands: Different Brands of Silver Clay, Gold, Copper & Bronze:


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This entry was posted on November 1, 2017, in Art Projects.