Your Time, Dear
August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. In 1852, Susan B. Anthony continued the process begun by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1848 at Seneca Falls.
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Watercolor by Ellen Powers, 2020
I was born in the wrong century. I would much prefer to be sitting next to great grandmother Helen Eugenia in 1897, happily china painting.
As that option was unavailable, I tried the next best thing. I found 19th century paintings that spoke to me and did reproductions on porcelain, firing each layer of paint to a soft sheen and transforming one age old oil-based medium into another.
When reality strikes and I find myself firmly in the 21st century, I also enjoy doing portraits in watercolor. I find this medium to be as challenging and ultimately rewarding as painting on porcelain.
And it doesn't take much to remind me that, no matter the century, fashion or medium, art is timeless and I can lose myself in its spell.
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Ellen Powers reproduces 19th century paintings using powdered paint mixed with oil that is painted in layers on porcelain tile and fired in a kiln between layers. The result is a form of ceramic art.
"To Own the Art Within the Soul" —Emily Dickinson