Author: tlewis

Elizabethans

I just made an iMovie video called Elizabethans.

I have put all my Elizabethan Characters together. Why am I so attracted to this period? I think it is the theatricality and the magnificent apparel. Originally I started drawing with inks and bleach and adding gold. I then experimented drawing onto porcelain using oxides and under-glazes. They were then put in the kiln and had a high porcelain firing.

This is when the magic happened for me. The unpredictable fusing of the glazes gave some amazing results as well as rubbish. This excites me and I have continued to use this method. I make my own porcelain tiles and paint the simple images onto them. When I open the kiln it is always with fingers crossed. So I put my Elizabethans together with music for a Galliard dance to make my short video. I love the miniature work of Nicholas Hilliard, “Selfies” of their time.

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Thoughts

I hate the business side of art. I always just want to play. I starting to set up my website with help. I tried on my own but kept hitting road blocks. It seems this media side has to be part of your practice. Skylark gallery now has Shopify and I reluctantly joined.

Partly to do with the amount of work is involved uploading ,photographing tagging, seos and algorithms. I still haven’t a clue what they do but am told it is a must. I am so grateful there are people at Skylark Gallery who are leading us into the Twenty First century.

The newsletter is really informative. Last Sunday Gill Hickman did a live Q&A with Joel a new artist. It was fab, I learnt so much about her use and choice of paper in her practice.

She also does a Qigong meditation class which I will join. Still Snowing and cant get to my studio.