It's all happening! Exciting news

Posted by Lidya Endzo Kun iLLa
I am just having a “knock me down with a feather “ moment, as I have just – to my surprise – been awarded a “Versatile Blogger” award, by Chris J, author of “At my soiree” A big thank you to Chris, and I recommend her articulate and varied blog, which I think will mainly appeal to women. I now have to think of 15 other bloggers to pass it onto, and have been making a shortlist tonight.

My e-book featuring some of my early blog posts, together with paintings and photos, has also just had 5,000 viewings, according to “my e-book”, who published it online about 3 months ago, so that feels like an achievement too. I am planning a second volume, once I have enough material.

My Clowne Montage painting, (on the Flickr widget, right), has now been featured in Chesterfield 1st magazine, an advertising magazine for this area. I sent it in with the text and photos of the landmarks that I used to do the painting, as I thought it might interest Paula who owns it – she had been looking for photos to feature on the front. It was very exciting to actually see it in print at last. The painting itself is still in Buxton after the Derbyshire Open Art competition and I will be collecting it in early September. This is why I haven’t put it for sale on my online gallery yet. I have to say that I was impressed by the amount of people who looked at the gallery site as a result of that feature - Chesterfield 1st must be a good place to advertise, and thank you to Paula if she reads this.

By the way, the press release has yet to appear anywhere, but it might yet do, who knows …

I am now beginning a painting based on two photos of New Quay harbour in Wales, at sunset. I started to sketch it out tonight.

This week, as per last week’s post, I have completed a green knitted square for the world’s biggest cardigan (the Aberteifi Cardigan), and sent it off to Lisa Hellier yesterday, only to receive a reply to my e-mail today, explaining what was needed. So if any of you knitters out there would like to send in a knitted contribution to the cardigan, here’s what she says,

“You could knit some river, or a field, or hedgerow, or some wooded areas all bobbly and bumpy (yes this sounds mad) depending on your experience. If you have cream wool we will be dying it up at Castle Henllys so it gives you more freedom. If you can do cable stitch you could use any design in your knitted piece. Cable will be featuring throughout the whole cardi. However if you are a beginner you could just knit a 6-8 inch rectangle and we will be stitching a portrait onto it. You could also knit a dolphin or a fish. whatever takes your fancy, and any scale or shape will do. Have a look on

What she doesn’t tell you is where to send your knitting, so I just sent mine to the Tourist Info where she had her display and wool for people to take, which is at Cardigan Tourist Information Centre, Theatr Mwlda, Bath House Road, Cardigan, Dyfed, SA43 2JY. After looking at some of the contributions on her “My Space” page, I am thinking about trying to do something more impressive to send.

Finally, I am starting to watch a short series on Watercolour painting, hosted by Matthew Palmer, a local artist. He would like some feedback, so perhaps I will get my brushes out and try and “paint along” with him and see how I go. I might have the TV on “pause” quite a bit to catch up, though.

It’s all happening isn’t it?!

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