Tag Archive | Iris Art Magazine

• 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’:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


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.

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

Advertisements

• 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

• My Guide: Kiln Gloves = Safety First!!

My Guide: Kiln Gloves = Safety First!!

I always say safety first!! When you use any kiln or to handle hot mediums, such as fired metal clay or glass, make sure you have a really high quality pair of gloves and eye wear.

Please note: I am not a safety advisor, just someone who is giving you some of my experiences with the kiln gloves I have used.

Always seek professional advice and speak to the manufacturer of any products you buy to check for suitability.

A useful and informative health and safety PDF article is at the link below:

http://www.bexley.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx%3Fid%3D5921%26p%3D0&sa=U&ved=0ahUKEwjA6PH2i6TSAhXIKMAKHR7UCIkQFggLMAA&usg=AFQjCNHrO4C7Bjg79QIH7Yg9amEZo57LAw

I purchased my first kiln and a pair of kiln gloves (at the same time) from a supplier of ‘generic’ or unbranded products, but foolishly didn’t check if they where suitable for the temperature the kiln reached.

My top tips are:

  1. Check the gloves are 100% heat proof to the temperatures you will be handling:

My first pair of gloves became burnt on the surface and the heat traveled through and burnt my hands. The gloves are shown below with areas of the gloves are grey and other areas are blue. I found that the best sections that are heatproof, where the blue areas. The pictures show how my gloves accidentally touched a kiln shelf and how this high temperature burnt my gloves and, ultimately, my hands underneath!! Ouch!!

Very dangerous!!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

2. Check they are the right fit!

The other thing to seriously consider is the size of your hands. Buying the correctly sized gloves means you will be able to handle the kiln fired pieces safely.

A good fit is a safe pair of gloves!!

The 2nd pair I bought are far safer:

  • They fit my small hands
  • The heatproof blue material covers 100% of the gloves surface
  • They cover my wrists and part of my forearm

These gloves are from a company called Raynor, as shown below:

3. My last tips are a list of great products you can purchase to protect you:

Kiln Spatula

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Safety Goggles


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

• Art = Solice = Disability = Art = Freedom

Disability is unique to everyone. This is no more so than with me.

Above: ‘Scorched Landscape’

I have always been hesitant to speak about my disability, the reasons for this is complex and hard to explain. I hope to start a dialogue in this blog and to open this part of my life to move forward.

I do not want my disability to be my sole-focus or my complete identity in life, but it is such a large part of my life, it has significantly impacted my art. 

My wish to share this part of my life, as it adds a new dimension of understanding in my work as an artist.

My art has always been an open representation of my inner self and it has reflected into the choice of colour, style and subject matter in all of my work, including the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’ mixed media paintings, started in 2002. I have created work from my heart from the age of 17, which has presented my life in my art, in every medium I have explored and studied.

My emotions are the are a pivotal catalyst which drives my work.

Above: ‘Landscape Tones II’

An organisation called ‘Disability Arts International’ (coordinated by the British Council) has made me stop and think…

…why not speak about this?!?!

About ‘Disability Arts International’:

“‘Disability Arts International’ aims to promote the work of the exciting generation of excellent disabled artists, disabled-led companies and inclusive arts organisations. It also aims to share the ways arts organisations are increasing access to the arts for disabled people as audiences and visitors.”

Find out more at:

http://www.disabilityartsinternational.org/about-us/

This organisation work to open doors, create opportunities for disabled artists and educate or inform galleries, organisations and studios. I truly feel it will add a new dimension of understanding my work as an artist.

A Bit About Me:

I was diagnosed with severe Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in 2009, but this degenerative, destructive, auto-immune disease has been with me since my teenage years. The constant pain, lack of mobility, irritating medications and challenges it gives me are intensely frustrating. Though I have other health conditions, it is the RA that deeply affects every part of my life.

Saying this, it is what you do with pain that matters. My late father said “I do as much as I can, when I can” and it is a saying I try to lead my life by. It also makes for interesting art, which allows me a way to vent good and bad into each piece in painting and clay.

Above: ‘Purple Punk’d Velvet’ on exhibition

Every aspect of my disability changes my art journey: the way you feel emotionally, how your disability transforms your life, how you are forced to adapt your every day life, how the struggle means you cannot create freely….

As I said, disability is a subject in my life and is close to my heart

I have struggled for decades with health issues. I do not speak of it often, but why not?

I will be addressing this part of my life in an interview with a difference… called the “The Heroine’s Journey”

I am definitely no heroine, but my life has been quite a complex roller-coaster-ride and definitely fits the word of a journey.

Above: Me aged 18 at my ‘A Level Art and Design’ final exhibition

I did not realise the fine nuances of disability, until my RA flared up and has stayed active since 2008, but it is not filled with just negatives and there are many positives I try to focus on.

This is a subject close to my heart, as I have struggled for decades with physical and mental health issues. I do not speak of it often in a public forum; however, my wish to share this part of my life adds a new dimension of understanding in my work as an artist.

Above: ‘Pink Punk’d Panther’

My art has always been an open representation of my inner self and it has reflected into the choice of colour, style and subject matter in my ‘Landscape Moods Collection’ mixed media paintings, started in 2002. The effects of my health added depth, meaning and passion to my work and is like an endless pile of ideas.

The artwork above was created in 1995, listening to the soundtrack of the film ‘Natural Born Killers’

I have created work (as shown above) from my heart from the age of 17, which has embodied my life within my art, in every medium I have explored and studied. It is since I was a teenager that music was a driving force in my work, by pulling out emotions from the melody and meaning.

Above: ‘Torn’ – Sold

The art I have created since 2002 is a series of mixed media paintings, called the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’, in which my emotions play a pivotal role for each painting. Despite the fact I have drawn on my feelings since I was a teenager, it is my daily experiences that drive this body of work. This series of mixed media paintings first created in 2002, called the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’.

Why did you put the word ‘Moods’ this collection the title of ‘Landscape Moods’?

The title of this collection took me some time to consider, debate and decide upon. The title needed to be self-explanatory, clear and short. I never wanted the title to be an essay, just two words and I chose the two words that epitomises my mixed media painting collection:

‘landscape’ & ‘moods’

The title can be broken down into two concepts. The first was the subject matter, which is ‘landscapes’, and the second is the motivation or inspiration of my work, which is the word ‘moods’. My work is filled with complex meanings; however, I wanted to express who I am, my core personality or an emotion that I was battling with or celebrating.

The painting below is titled ‘Angry Skies’ and it was painted “en plein air” or outside, under cover during a hail storm, here in the UK. The rain and hail symbolised that time of my life in 2007 and these feeling poured into the painting below. 

Above: ‘Angry Skies’ (2007) Sold with London Art

My art has always been an open representation of my inner self and it has reflected into the choice of colour, style and subject matter in my ‘Landscape Moods Collection’ mixed media paintings, started in 2002.

I drew the artwork during my ‘Art and Media BA (Hons)’ 1st year which I titled ‘Facets of Self’. It was a drawing from a series which where to explore 3 words:

  1. Self Portrait
  2. Facets of Self
  3. History

I created the drawing below during my Art and Media BA (Hons), which broke down my facets of self or pieces of who I am into 3, which can be seen as positive or negative:

Focus, laughter and emotion

Above: ‘Facets of Self’


Read more About Me In Artists Interview

Laura H Elliott BA (Hons)


March 2016

The Palette Pages Laura H Elliott Artist Interview by Lisa Gray

< Click Here For Interview >

Laura Elliott Artist Interview ~ The Palette Pages

Laura Elliott Artist Interview

The Palette Pages by Lisa Gray ~ Flux Exhibition


February 2016:

Iris Art Magazine ‘Signature Style’ written by Kahlid Rhaman

“Laura’s Artist Journey is Like a Rollercoaster Ride”

< Click Here For Interview >

10933933_10155122976570291_2842130433429549425_n

Laura Elliott Artist Interview with Iris Art Magazine: ‘Laura Elliott’s art journey is a roller coaster ride’



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

• 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

•  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