Genuine locals!

Posted by Lidya Endzo Kun iLLa
I’ve been busy completing paintings ready for our exhibition. Some of you may remember the montage of scenes from around Clowne I completed last year for the Derbyshire Open Art competition at Buxton. To liven it up a bit, I’ve now started to add figures to it, and these are genuine Clowne locals munching their chips (who look just like other UK residents, oddly enough). I also plan to add some medieval figures to some of the older landmarks in the painting.

One of our members had been ill and Maggie, who had been making cards from her artwork, donated one as a “get well” card for her, and we all signed it and sent it off. She has created some greetings cards featuring her paintings, using decoupage (layers), and also some with an edge made with a decorative cutter, producing a doily-like effect, all which will be on sale at the exhibition. Kevin had lightened up his moody Whitby seascape, but was leaving the sides of the canvas dark. John finally completed his pastel tiger, which has taken at least all this year so far, by adding the whiskers, “I hardly dare do this” he said. Karen was being given a “scumbling” lesson by Sue. Scumbling is painting thin layers of light colour over a dark colour to give a shimmering, broken colour effect - or at least that was the idea.

Last week, I was in Chesterfield for a meeting with two reporters from the Derbyshire Times. You may remember that I won a competition to have my blog featured from the newspaper’s web site. Ellen Beardmore and her colleague Ellie (who I think must have been Ellie Hunter) are trying to meet all their website bloggers - there are five others as well as me. They wanted to know more about me, and also whether there were any places, people or events in Clowne worth featuring. Although we only have 7,000 people here, there’s plenty to do if you scratch the surface, and I was not short of ideas. Ellen told me that, to help attract more readers, each of us bloggers will be featured in the paper on a revolving basis, with our latest blog post.  This is obviously good news for me.
Whilst I was there, I visited “Chocolate by Design”, a small high class shop in the town centre. They sell a range of chocolate novelties that you can’t find anywhere else – here are two of their Easter range, bought for the youngsters in the family. They also had large Easter eggs for adults, and smaller ones for the kids, some had sweets set into them – highly original. Here’s their website link:

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