FREE-TO-STREAM  'Paul Taggart's Elphen Chronicles' Behind-the-Scenes, Bonus Features, Trailers & more

  1. “Welcome to my studio in the Highlands of Scotland from where we bring you ‘Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’ and 'Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer'. Want to know more? Watch our growing collection of FREE-TO-VIEW behind-the-scenes Features, Trailers & more on our dedicated Elphen channel here in Vimeo - FREE-TO-STREAM 'Paul Taggart's Elphen Chronicles' Behind-the-Scenes, Bonus Features, Trailers & more

    As a child, I was very solitary and often played, on my own, in my Grandmother’s garden. This was full of wild flowers and weeds, but in its depths there was an area, or a swathe, of green grass. It grew in a perfect circle and it was inevitable that I would sit in its very centre. Half closing my eyes I would suddenly be surrounded by a host of blue butterflies; these flew in a clockwise direction, it seemed, around me and I was entranced by their magic.

    As an adult I always wanted to capture the essence of this magic, which is how, in the mid-nineties, I found myself bringing to life the mysterious creatures that are the Elphen. During the light of day, I would take up my brush and watercolour paints to work on a set of eighteen unique illustrations that were enchanting me. As I painted, the story of Elphen began to develop in my mind. I became so engrossed that all other paintings and books were forsaken in order to free my imagination and allow me to concentrate on completing my first book in the Elphen Chronicles, in which I recount a particular legend involving the Elphen Swarm Leader, Lacewing and an itinerant artist, by the name of Artimus Glin.

    However, it had always been my hope to set aside enough time to work on a collection of oil paintings, with which to depict and chronicle another significant Elphen event. Fast forward a few years later and once again, the lure of the Elphen was too great to resist. I began work on another unique collection of Masterworks oil paintings - twenty in all - which were to take me well over five years to create.

    As before, the Elphen folklore of ‘Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’ took over my life, as I worked on these all-important Masterworks. The composition for each Elphen portrait and scene-setting painting was originally based on my first draft of the narrative. Soon, however, I found myself changing the interpretation of the story within these paintings, as the world of ‘Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’ took hold. Ultimately the developing paintings had an ever-changing influence on the story until both my paintings and story reached a natural conclusion.

    But this was merely the completion of the first stage for we were about to embark on the next exciting phase. The book had to be designed. We had a million ideas to explore. Why not some dedicated Elphen music? At the very least the Elphen song, which comes into the story? Our ‘wish’ list was growing as we added special items; the studio was filling with examples of uniquely produced work by talented craftspeople. What if we filmed the work-in-progress to share online so that people could peek behind-the-scenes at the various creative processes?

    So where are we now? First off, the final and unique design for my lavishly illustrated book, ‘Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’, has been completed by Sunita Gahir, our Design Director for which I produced a further, one-hundred-and-sixteen, vignette oil paintings. Quite different to my Masterworks, these vignettes, scattered throughout the book, portray even more insight into the Elphen folklore of ‘Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’.

    And how about something else that’s a little bit different, something unique to us? A new concept; something that reflects the work we’ve been doing online for many years.

    Welcome to our Artists First Edition, Video-StoryBook. All nine chapters – AVAILABLE NOW from Paul Taggart’s official account on Vimeo - vimeo.com/ondemand/elphenchroniclestwo We refer to this as the Artist’s First Edition, because the entire Video-StoryBook was created, filmed and produced by us, in our own studio, here in the Highlands of Scotland. Video-StoryBook ‘Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’ from Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles.”

    As ever, this welcome comes with best wishes and all Elphen Happiness, from Eileen and myself, Sunita and Liza, not to mention our Elphen friends, Webstrand and Starfire

    Paul Taggart
    Artist : Author : Presenter : Producer
    elphen.com
    Keep up-to-date by registering on our main website – artworkshopwithpaul.com
    or hit the FOLLOW button on Paul Taggart’s official account on Vimeo – vimeo.com/artworkshopwithpaul

    Want to know more?

    + Watch Paul Taggart at his easel, painting his Elphen originals in our ‘Watch & Wander’ series – vimeo.com/artworkshopwithpaul/vod_pages

    ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2020 – Paul Taggart has asserted his Rights as the Sole Artist & Author of Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles. ALL RIGHTS (including Music) owned by Paul W. Taggart, Eileen M. Tunnell, Sunita J. Gahir [The Three Quills]

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  2. Welcome to our studio in the Highlands of Scotland from where we share with you a few snippets from a typical day in the life of Artist & Author Paul Taggart, during the lockdown of Covid19 –July 2020; with guest appearances from some visitors to our garden.

    These are, undoubtedly, challenging times for us all and we humans have no alternative but to adapt and, as if to remind us that Nature continues, our garden has become a safe haven for some of our neighbourhood creatures of the wild. We thought we would share some of the joys of Nature, whilst also sharing Paul’s joy in being able to continue to paint at his easel, in our Steading studio – the place that lies at the very heart of his soul.

    Here you see Paul putting the finishing touches to his miniature oil painting of the Elphen, ‘Weftwing’, whose story unfolds in upcoming short stories of her first reveal to Zand and their subsequent experiences as ‘magical’ companions.

    Discover Zand’s first meeting with Fizz, whose adventure with ‘Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’ is chronicled in this Video-StoryBook from ‘Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’ - vimeo.com/ondemand/elphenchroniclestwo

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  3. “We all live in a world of scepticism, disbelief and doubt, but imagine instead, one filled with mystery and magic. This is no ‘wonderland’, but here wishes actually can come true in a way that you would hardly believe; a place where imagination is more precious than diamonds and diamonds are as common as sand.

    It is within all our abilities to visit this far-distant land, but you will need good reason, for the journey is fraught with peril. Neither will you be the first, for many have sought the way. One such wayfarer was an Earthling by the name of Fizz, whose creative imagination and zest for life, leads her on a remarkable journey. A journey that was to change her life forever, on which, her guide is none other than the Elphen Swarm Leader, Webstrand.

    We invite you to listen-along with me, as I personally read through the nine chapters of my unabridged, original chronicle, of this wondrous adventure, in which Fizz is taken by her new-found Elphen friends on a sometimes exciting, sometimes terrifying, voyage of discovery.

    Watch-along, as I depict the story of 'Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer' through my scene-setting original Masterworks and the many story-telling illustrations that capture this epic tale.

    All accompanied by Liza’ Mulholland’s original Elphen Music, that wends its way through the good times and bad, the joy and horrors, the magical and imagined.

    If, like Fizz, you also come to believe in Elphen and search carefully along a star’s path, you may find what appears to be a small glowing ember in the undergrowth; but be on your guard, for once you start the search, it can soon become a quest.

    Next time you look up into the royal blue of an evening sky and spy a falling star, think of the Elphen. Somewhere, not so far away, they are gathering their numbers to follow that star until it reaches Earth; where, hidden in the undergrowth they will find their treasure - an Elphen Egg that has traversed the Starfields to reach its destination. You may well see them on their journey home, carrying their egg between them. Tiny specks against the night sky; only visible when they cross a bright star, or the face of a full moon.”

    As ever, this welcome comes with best wishes and all Elphen Happiness, from Eileen and myself, Sunita and Liza, not to mention our Elphen friends, Webstrand and Starfire

    Paul Taggart
    Artist : Author : Presenter : Producer
    elphen.com

    Want to know more?

    + Watch our ‘Welcome to Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’ video – vimeo.com/artworkshopwithpaul/elphen-chronicles-welcome

    + Browse through our FREE-TO-VIEW behind-the-scenes Features, Trailers & more – FREE-TO-STREAM 'Paul Taggart's Elphen Chronicles' Behind-the-Scenes, Bonus Features, Trailers & more

    + Watch Paul Taggart at his easel, painting his Elphen originals in our ‘Watch & Wander’ series – vimeo.com/artworkshopwithpaul/vod_pages

    Keep up-to-date by registering on our main website – artworkshopwithpaul.com ...
    or ... hit the FOLLOW button on Paul Taggart’s official account on Vimeo – vimeo.com/artworkshopwithpaul

    + Video-StoryBook conceived, directed, filmed, created, and produced by Eileen M. Tunnell (Paul Taggart Management and 'Paul Taggart's Elphen Chronicles' Project Director)
    + Print-StoryBook concept, design, creation and production by Sunita J. Gahir (Paul Taggart's Corporate and Publishing Design Director)
    + Original Music and Soundscape composed by Liza Mulholland ('Paul Taggart's Elphen Chronicles' Music Director)

    Recording Musicians:-
    Liza Mulholland (Piano, Accordion, Keyboard, Percussion)
    Alasdair Taylor (Mandolin, Vocals)
    Stephen Bull (Vocals)
    Imke Henderson (Cello)
    Bev Fraser (Brass & Wind)

    Music Recorded by Stephen Bull (Recording & Sound Engineer) at Steve Bull Productions, Clachbeg Croft, Black Isle, Highlands of Scotland

    'Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer' from 'Paul Taggart's Elphen Chronicles' published by The Three Quills, Highlands of Scotland, UK

    ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2019 – Paul Taggart has asserted his Rights as the Sole Artist & Author of Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles. ALL RIGHTS (including Music) owned by Paul W. Taggart, Eileen M. Tunnell, Sunita J. Gahir [The Three Quills]

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  4. FREE-TO-STREAM or $5 to download all eight videos in this complete box-set of ‘The Elphen Tutorials from Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles – HOW TO PAINT Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’ - vimeo.com/ondemand/howtopaintwebstrand

    “Welcome to our studio in the Highlands of Scotland from where we bring you this first box-set of The Elphen Tutorials - our latest addition to the growing collection of behind-the-scenes videos; which form part of our initiative to share with everyone the myriad creative processes and artistic contributions that go into the making of Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles.

    However, these are not merely behind-the-scenes videos … THESE ARE COMPREHENSIVE TUTORIALS, which follow the same principles that we apply to all of my painting tutorials – in other words, they are detailed, work-along tutorials; filmed in real-time, with nothing left out, so that you too can capture the many features and aspects of the Elphen.

    The first book in my Elphen Chronicles related the tale of Lacewing and her human companion Artimus Glin. One of the illustrations in that book captured the three Elphen Warriors, Bloodsword, Serpentspear and Thunderaxe – a watercolour painting that attracted the most questions about what process I had used to depict their luminescent, transparent wings.

    And so … we are delighted to show you exactly how to achieve the ethereally transparent wings of Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer, the subject of my second book.

    Close-up filming will show you exactly how the techniques are applied and behave on the surface. You will see how to mix the colours on your palette, how to exploit your brush-strokes, how to make masking fluid work for you, how to draw out and ink in, how to achieve transparency through controlling your paint mixes and exploiting lift-off and losing edges. The list of hints, tips and techniques that you will pick up from working-along with me in painting Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer will prove invaluable and can be applied to any subject.

    In addition to the standing portrait of Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer, we also show you HOW TO PAINT Webstrand’s wings when fully open, HOW TO PAINT the Tooth Gatherer’s Pouch, HOW TO PAINT Webstrand’s elegant hands on which she wears her Elphen Eye-Ring and, finally, HOW TO PAINT the Rememble & Forgettle Dust Shakers that protect the Elphen secrets.

    We look forward to your company on this magical painting journey and as always, this comes with best wishes for your painting, from Eileen and myself, not to mention, Sunita and Liza and of course, our Elphen friends, Webstrand and Starfire.”

    Paul Taggart
    Artist : Author : Presenter : Producer
    elphen.com
    If you would like to be kept up-to-date please register on our main website – artworkshopwithpaul.com
    or hit the FOLLOW button on Paul Taggart’s official account on Vimeo – vimeo.com/artworkshopwithpaul

    The nine-chapter, Video-StoryBook, Artist’s First Edition of ‘Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’ is AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE via Vimeo - vimeo.com/ondemand/elphenchroniclestwo

    Want to know more? Watch our ‘Welcome to Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’ video on Vimeo - vimeo.com/328285064 and browse through our other behind-the-scenes films; all of which can be found through our dedicated channel on Vimeo – featuring FREE-TO-VIEW Behind-the-Scenes Features, Trailers & more from ‘Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’ - FREE-TO-STREAM 'Paul Taggart's Elphen Chronicles' Behind-the-Scenes, Bonus Features, Trailers & more

    'Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer' from 'Paul Taggart's Elphen Chronicles' published by The Three Quills, Highlands of Scotland, UK
    ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2020 – Paul Taggart has asserted his Rights as the Sole Artist & Author of Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles. ALL RIGHTS (including Music) owned by Paul W. Taggart, Eileen M. Tunnell, Sunita J. Gahir [The Three Quills]

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  5. “Welcome to our studio in the Highlands of Scotland and this Watch & Wander through Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles, FREE-TO-VIEW Bonus Feature for which I reveal some insights into my Masterworks oil painting - ‘Starway to Shimmistra’ - created especially for the dust-jacket of the Print-Book version of ‘Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’. So please do join me as I take you on a walk-around the finished painting and a stage-by-stage reveal, accompanied by snatches of the soundscape, composed exclusively for the Video-StoryBook by our fellow Collaborator and Music Director, Liza Mulholland.

    ‘Starway to Shimmistra’ is one of the twenty Masterworks oil paintings that chronicle the Elphen Folklore of ‘Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’, a collection that took over five years to complete. It depicts the entire journey that Fizz takes across the planet Shimmistra, with her new-found Elphen companion, Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer and Swarm Leader; from their emergence through the Starway, to the ultimate goal and completion of Webstrand’s assignment, via Arktura and the Jade Lake and, a significant, not to mention momentous, meeting with Starfire, the Elphen Seer.

    The nine-chapter, Video-StoryBook, Artist’s First Edition of ‘Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’ is AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE via Vimeo - vimeo.com/ondemand/elphenchroniclestwo

    Want to know more? Watch our ‘Welcome to Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’ video on Vimeo - vimeo.com/328285064

    You can also watch me as I work away at my easel, from the first drawing out of this oil painting, to the final brush-stroke; all of which was filmed in real-time and most of which is shared in this box-set - vimeo.com/ondemand/elphenchronicles - the purpose of this box-set being to share with you the traditional oil painting processes that I have exploited to produce this unique Masterworks oil painting.

    Whether you are a painter, or an art collector; someone who is interested in the world of Elphen Chronicles or a collector of published works; or someone who is simply intrigued by watching an artist at work, we do hope you enjoy peeking over my shoulder as I work away at my easel.

    In addition to these Masterworks oil paintings, which form the basis of my book; I have also completed an extensive portfolio of over one-hundred, story-setting Vignette oil paintings, to accompany the narrative that chronicles this meaningful event, one witnessed by Fizz with life-changing consequences.

    For these I developed a technique specifically for this collection, one that is unique to me. These Vignettes were also filmed in real-time, so that we could share the process, along with other behind-the-scenes films; all of which can be found through our dedicated channel on Vimeo – featuring FREE-TO-VIEW Behind-the-Scenes Features, Trailers & more from ‘Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’ - FREE-TO-STREAM 'Paul Taggart's Elphen Chronicles' Behind-the-Scenes, Bonus Features, Trailers & more

    As always, thank you for reading and watching and best wishes from Eileen and myself, not to mention, Sunita and Liza and of course, our Elphen friends, Webstrand and Starfire.”

    Paul Taggart
    Artist : Author : Presenter : Producer
    elphen.com
    If you would like to be kept up-to-date please register on our main website – artworkshopwithpaul.com
    or hit the FOLLOW button on Paul Taggart’s official account on Vimeo – vimeo.com/artworkshopwithpaul

    'Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer' from 'Paul Taggart's Elphen Chronicles' published by The Three Quills, Highlands of Scotland, UK

    ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2020 – Paul Taggart has asserted his Rights as the Sole Artist & Author of Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles. ALL RIGHTS (including Music) owned by Paul W. Taggart, Eileen M. Tunnell, Sunita J. Gahir [The Three Quills]

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Next time you look up into the royal blue of an evening sky and spy a falling star, think of the Elphen. Somewhere, not so far away, they are gathering their numbers to follow that star until it reaches Earth; where, hidden in the undergrowth they will…


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Next time you look up into the royal blue of an evening sky and spy a falling star, think of the Elphen. Somewhere, not so far away, they are gathering their numbers to follow that star until it reaches Earth; where, hidden in the undergrowth they will find their treasure - an Elphen Egg that has traversed the Starfields to reach its destination. You may well see them on their journey home, carrying their egg between them. Tiny specks against the night sky.

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