Rockies and Roses

Posted by Lidya Endzo Kun iLLa

I am continuing to progress with my Canadian Rockies picture.  I’ve added definition to the trees in front of the mountain, but it needs more so I will add some other shades of green to them too.  The reflection in the river looks a bit challenging but, luckily, I like a challenge. 
At art group, Kevin was working on the third meerkat in a meerkat triptych.  John continued with his latest dog chalk pastel picture (with velvety looking fur), and Maggie had completed her gold leaf tipped geraniums by adding a shallow stream of water in the foreground.   Some of our group are putting a few paintings on display at the St John’s church open day in Clowne  on 1st October.  The paintings will mostly be sold in aid of the church, and it is also an opportunity to publicise the group to new members.

This week, I am featuring a local business, “Celtic Rose”, which is based in Chesterfield and sells needlework materials including complete kits and charts (which can be bought as downloads or e-mailed to the recipient).  I happened to be on a course at the same time as the owner, who then tracked me down and asked to put some of my designs on her website to sell as charts.  Two of my pictures have been made into kits, hence the mention.  I was very pleased to see my designs on the website, and it made me feel proud that someone liked them enough to make use of them.   Here’s hoping people will buy them, and here’s the link anyway:

Also worthy of a mention is Chloe Adlington (elder sister of Olympic gold medallist, Rebecca).  Chloe is from Mansfield, Notts, and her blog is about weddings and is called “Adore by Chloe”.   She is a former business development manager turned wedding stylist.  This gives her the opportunity to use her creative side, which she enjoys so much.  According to the Chad (the local Mansfield newspaper), she has worked very hard to build up a following of 14,000 readers per month to her blog, spending 10 hours a day at the computer.   For any readers getting married, or even if you aren’t, it is a beautiful looking and informative blog, and she updates it at least once a week.  At the moment, she has been shortlisted in a competition run by Cosmo magazine and needs votes, so I am off to vote for her.

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