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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)


Fill Out the Contact Form Below to Inquire About Any Of the Pieces Above:



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

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• My Guide: Saving Your Paint Brushes

My Guide: Saving Your Paint Brushes ~ Acrylic Paint

I know our brushes will not last forever, but they are our tools of the trade and they last longer when cared for correctly. I have learned the hard way and now have 20+ year old brushes I use today, as I changed the way I handled, cleaned and stored them. I think, the better you care of them, the more money you save as brushes are expensive investments.

BEFORE CLEANING:

Here is the way I clean and care for my brushes:

  1. Leave used brushes in water to make cleaning acrylic paint easier.
  2. Wash each brush separately as holding all your brushes in one hand means they damage each other.
  3. When you wash each brush, run the cold water over the bristles and use your fingers to separate the brush fibers to rinse the paint out until the water runs clear.
  4. While rinsing the brushes use a moisturizing or brush cleaning soap by stroking them across the soap. Hold the bristles and gently move the handle to create suds to create a foam. Doing this, will gently push the soap up into ferrule, deep in the bristles, to clean away any paint that is there.
  5. Rinse the bristles thoroughly.
  6. When the brushes are still wet, gently use your fingers to put the bristles into their original shape. If they are flat edged then pinch the flat edges between your fingers to re-create the chiselled edge.
  7. There are two ways to dry brushes : standing them handle down in a brush ‘rack’ or lying them flat on top of kitchen roll or a towel.
  8. Once completely dry storing the brushes in plastic brush tubes protects them from any damage or being transported.

AFTER PHOTOGRAPHS:

My Natural Bristle Brushes After Deep Cleaning

My Natural Bristle Brushes After Deep Cleaning – Although they are not new looking they are 80% clean as they are old and used every time I paint.

Goats paintbrush re-shaped after cleaning

Laura H Elliott BA (Hons) Art

Paintbrush re-shaped after cleaning

My essential brush

Paintbrush re-shaped after cleaning

My top tips on caring for your brushes:

  1. The key to cleaning your brushes is not to use warm or hot water. The heat hardens the paint and makes the task more difficult.
  2. Don’t leave your brushes so that the paint drys as it makes cleaning harder and it is best to only have the water covering the bristles.
  3. I find if the brush handles are in the water the wood, handles absorb the water and this starts to crack and peel or crack the varnish which then breaks off.
  4. Some alcohol based brush cleaners dry the bristles as well as cleaning them. They can be useful for dried on paints but use them with care.
  5. Don’t rub brushes on or at the bottom of your jar or water palette as this will damage the brush. See below:

wp-1465323270587.jpg6) Blot them with kitchen roll or a towel.

7) Dry your brushes naturally in the air. Heating them on something like a radiator is not good as the bristles and the varnish on the handles can get brittle.

8) If there is paint stuck in the bristles, use a very fine tooth comb/brush, as shown below

Steel Comb For Combing Out Dry Paint

9) If there is dried on paint, there is many products on the market you can try.

What brush cleaners do you use?

I mainly use the ‘Colourful Arts Brush Cleaner and Preserver’ brush cleaner which does not dry the brushes out and is not abrasive. Shown below:

Brush Cleaner

The brush cleaner I use for stubborn paint, which I feel is a efficient cleaner with a slightly mild exfoliation type of product called ‘The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver’. I feel it is okay to use, but my brushes are getting dry. I will keep this to combat dry paint on brushes due to its abrasive qualities, but I need something that cleans and moisturises, a bit like a facial cleanser.

Brush Cleaner

The following Winsor Newton Brush Cleaner works well for me. It removes the hard, stuck on paint from one of my most used brushes which is a 3 inch hog hair brush. It isn’t expensive, but creates the effect I want when I paint and I have been unable to find a replacement. The following Winsor Newton Brush Cleaner works well for me:

Laura H Elliott BA (Hons) Art

This is the Winsor & Newton Paint Brush Restorer Official Product Information:

“For dried acrylic, oil, and alkyd colour, this is a non-toxic, biodegradable, non-flammable, non-abrasive, low vapor product that safely and easily cleans both natural and synthetic brushes without damage to the brush head. It is not recommended for use on painted or varnished surfaces; contact with brush handles should be avoided. Not for use with polycarbonate or other plastic surfaces.”


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

View my professional gallery of works at:

Quick Link: http://www.lhe-art.co.uk

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laurahelliottart

Twitter @laurahelliott

Pintrest https://www.pinterest.com/lauraelliottart/

Linked In https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/laura-elliott-ba-hons/6b/959/533

• Introducing the 2017 Landscape Gems Collection by Laura H Elliott

Shown below are pieces from the 2017 ‘Landscape Gems Collection’ designs. Every design contains a selection of ethically sourced selection of genuine gemstone, set in hand crafted metal clay designs. Each piece is available to be commissioned or purchased through my representatives:

The ‘Landscape Gems Collection’ will be stocked from 7th January 2017 at:

  • Nude Tin Can Gallery, 125 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4JS, UK:

Enquiries through the Nude Tin Gallery website at: http://www.nudetincan.gallery/

Above: ‘Pretty in Pink’ and selected pieces are for sale at: Nude Tin Can Gallery, 125 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4JS

See the 2017 ‘Landscape Gems Collection’ below:

Above: ‘Sapphire With Love’ by © Laura H Elliott

Above: ‘Sapphire Sunrise’ – Sold

Above: ‘Pretty in Pink’ available with the Nude Tin Can Gallery, Saint Albans

Above: ‘Love’ by © Laura H Elliott

Above: ‘Rising Sun’

Above: ‘Tourmaline Dream’ by © Laura H Elliott

Above: ‘Welcome Home’

Above: ‘Safari’ by © Laura H Elliott

Above: ‘Duo’

Above: ‘Cross’ by © Laura H Elliott

Above: ‘With Love’ Sold


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

Quick Link @ http://www.lhe-art.co.uk

Blog Web: https://laurahelliott.wordpress.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laurahelliottart

Twitter @laurahelliott

Pintrest https://www.pinterest.com/lauraelliottart/

Linked In https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/laura-elliott-ba-hons/6b/959/533

• Art Inspiration: Drawing Inspiration From Films & Comics Like Marvel ‘Dr. Strange’

Above: ‘Strange Rainbow’ by © Laura H Elliott


I recently saw the stunningly visual film from Marvel titled ‘Dr. Strange’. Originally written in comics, this film translated such drawings and storylines into an exciting mixture of visuals for me to digest, especially as an artist. The image below is an drawing from one of the comics which represents how another dimension in the ‘Dr Strange’ stories, showing how it looks, which is packed full of neon.

It was in 2016 that I took the leap of faith after a call for a punk exhibition. This inspiration started to fuel my imagination with neon and bright tones, with the ‘Landscape Moods’ paintings taking a new direction :

Above: ‘Pink Punk’d Panther’ Sold

 As my work progressed, I have fully embraced and am enjoying every minute exploring how bright colours in my paintings explore my feelings or ‘moods’. 

The following two paintings created in January 2017 progress my exploration of colour. The first painting below will be exhibited at:

‘100% Abstract’ exhibition by Le Dame Art Gallery at the Meliá White House in Regent’s Park, London

1st February – 12th March 2017

Above: ‘Shedding Punk’d Viper’ which will be shown by ‘100% Abstract’ exhibition by Le Dame Art Gallery at the Meliá White House in Regent’s Park, London 1st February – 12th March 2017

Above: ‘Dodge Punk’d Viper’ for sale with Degree Art Gallery

Buy my work at my representative gallery, Degree Art Gallery, London: 

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


All artworks & designs displayed are © Copyright by artist Laura H Elliott BA (Hons), Dip or the artists stated. No copyright infrigment intended.

Quick Link @ http://www.lhe-art.co.uk

Blog Web: https://laurahelliott.wordpress.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laurahelliottart

Twitter @laurahelliott

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Linked In https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/laura-elliott-ba-hons/6b/959/533

• Exhibition Focus: 100% Abstract at Le Dame Art Gallery

My first exhibition for 2017 will be featuring one of my latest contemporary mixed media paintings, held by Le Dame Art Gallery at The Meliá White House Hotel, Albany Street, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 3UP, UK

On exhibition:

About the exhibition:

Le Dame Art Gallery is delighted to present 100% Abstract, a new collective show. This exhibition explores current Abstract Art, throughout the work of emerging artists from all over the world, with different backgrounds, cultures and techniques.

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Above: Me in front of ‘Shedding Punk’d Viper’ picked for the ‘100% Abstract’ exhibition with Le Dame Art Gallery, Regents Park, London

'Shedding Punk'd Viper'

Above: ‘Shedding Punk’d Viper’ for sale at the 100% Abstract exhibition

To buy more of my work with Degree Art at:

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

The artworks below show a selection of my mixed media abstract paintings:

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

Buy my work online @ http://www.lhe-art.co.uk

 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laurahelliottart

Twitter @laurahelliott

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Linked In https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/laura-elliott-ba-hons/6b/959/533

#art #britishlandscapes #britain #landscapes #buybritish #laurahelliottart #laurahelliott #lhe #painting #metalclay #gemstones #artgallery #gallery #flux #fluxexhibition #degreeart #degreeartgallery #painting #artlover #artist #artwork #artcollector #contemporaryart #originalart #ownart #rca #contemporaryart #originalart #commissionart #buyart #buyartonline

•  Artwork Focus: Interpreting Natural Form Into Clay Sculptures

Interpreting Natural Form Into Clay Sculptures

It was during 2002-2003 that I studied my Access Art and Design Diploma and this was when I began to explore the term ‘Natural Form’. I developed this concept through the diploma and explored a great deal of mediums, including:

drawing, photography, ceramics, textiles, lino printing, etching,silk screen, painting

It was from this starting point that my collection of mixed media paintings ‘Landscape Moods’ began, from which I have never looked back.

I wanted to share some of my work in the medium of ceramics and how the exploration of different types of construction or techniques on creating each piece looked when finished.

The starting point of Litchen and Bark which was the starting point for this self-directed project in 2003, which is shown below:

Litchen and Bark:

Ceramic Design 1: Set of 3 Carved Vases

Ceramic Design 2: Coil Built Pot

Ceramic Design 3: Abstraction Domes and Balls

 


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

Buy my work online @ http://www.lhe-art.co.uk

 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laurahelliottart

Twitter @laurahelliott

Pintrest https://www.pinterest.com/lauraelliottart/

Linked In https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/laura-elliott-ba-hons/6b/959/533

#art #britishlandscapes #britain #landscapes #buybritish #laurahelliottart #laurahelliott #lhe #painting #metalclay #gemstones #artgallery #gallery #flux #fluxexhibition #degreeart #degreeartgallery #painting #artlover #artist #artwork #artcollector #contemporaryart #originalart #ownart #rca #contemporaryart #originalart #commissionart #buyart #buyartonline

Artwork Focus: Finding My Artist Voice, Inspired By Picasso

My First 3D Sculpture Test, Inspired by 2D Paintings by past master Picasso

It is always hard to start your journey as an artist, with my journey starting in 1992. Where do you start…

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

Though, at first, my journey was a bit haphazzard, I eventually found my feet and it came to me naturally, drawing on my life long, never ending imagination. Saying this, it was not till approx 1991 when I first found the 2 mediums I loved: clay and acrylic painting, I was in love. I have used them ever since and I adore them as much now as I did the first time I laid my hands on them.

My life-time adoration of Picasso began in 1992 through books and gallery visits. Drawing 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 tested out all manner of ideas: drawings, paintings and then I realised that there was a way forward…sculpture. For my final artworks I wanted to explore and create my own unique sculpture, which reversed how Picasso created a 3D effect on a 2D canvas. The picture below was my final formal exam piece, but this was worlds appart from my real ideas. Which is the sculpture shown below:

Above: ‘Untitled’ (1995)

​It was in 1994 that I began to explore the ideas of playing with mediums, like I mentioned above, this was discouraged by my teachers. Despite this, I read books and studied artists. 

It was when I found Picasso, that I began to do what *I* wanted to do and I started to build a portrait sculpture. 

When I learnt about Picasso I visited the Tate Modern and saw one of his sculpture portraits or busts and I was energised. 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

Once the piece started to take shape and I felt obliged to stop this artwork and begin another. 

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

Saying this, 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.


My appologies for the poor quality photographs

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

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

My teacher was a traditional or realism lover and she discouraged me to test out new ideas, hence why the painting below is more realistic, with a hint of impressionism:

Above: ‘Untitled’ (1995)

I continued with this new drive to create what *I* wanted to do and in 1995 I created a slotted card sculpture painted with abstract designs with acrylic paint:


In addition, I incoporated structural support in 1 of my 3 my final exhibition artworks:

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


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

Quick Link @ http://www.lhe-art.co.uk

Blog Web: https://laurahelliott.wordpress.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laurahelliottart

Twitter @laurahelliott

Pintrest https://www.pinterest.com/lauraelliottart/

Linked In https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/laura-elliott-ba-hons/6b/959/533