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Cat by delph-ambi Cat :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 8 0 Sid by delph-ambi Sid :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 7 4 Sid WIP5 by delph-ambi Sid WIP5 :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 4 0 Pencil portrait in progress by delph-ambi Pencil portrait in progress :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 4 4 Sid WIP4 by delph-ambi Sid WIP4 :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 6 0 Herdwick by delph-ambi Herdwick :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 8 2 Sid WIP3 by delph-ambi Sid WIP3 :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 7 4 Sid WIP2 by delph-ambi Sid WIP2 :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 4 2 Work in progress - picture of Sid by delph-ambi Work in progress - picture of Sid :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 4 7 If Monet had painted ducks... by delph-ambi If Monet had painted ducks... :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 5 3 Rutpela maculata by delph-ambi Rutpela maculata :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 4 0 Grey Squirrel by delph-ambi Grey Squirrel :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 8 5 Poplar hawk-moth by delph-ambi Poplar hawk-moth :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 3 0 Apples by delph-ambi Apples :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 4 0 Swans and cygnets by delph-ambi Swans and cygnets :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 9 2 Damselflies by delph-ambi Damselflies :icondelph-ambi:delph-ambi 0 0


Edinburgh by newcastlemale Edinburgh :iconnewcastlemale:newcastlemale 282 100 St Pauls Bay, Lindos by MikeHeard St Pauls Bay, Lindos :iconmikeheard:MikeHeard 17 3 Crossing Faxa Bay by Coigach Crossing Faxa Bay :iconcoigach:Coigach 45 2 Ben Shawn  The Education Of An Artist by LevonHackensaw Ben Shawn The Education Of An Artist :iconlevonhackensaw:LevonHackensaw 1 1 Spooky's new Pillow by A-Separate-Reality Spooky's new Pillow :icona-separate-reality:A-Separate-Reality 36 11 After The Storm by LevonHackensaw After The Storm :iconlevonhackensaw:LevonHackensaw 6 1 And Neil Young by LevonHackensaw And Neil Young :iconlevonhackensaw:LevonHackensaw 6 2 Rapunzel 3 by JohnPatience Rapunzel 3 :iconjohnpatience:JohnPatience 67 16 Belgian series - 3 by SUDOR Belgian series - 3 :iconsudor:SUDOR 13 0 Ghosts by newcastlemale Ghosts :iconnewcastlemale:newcastlemale 634 274 View from the end of the road in my Village by mr-macd View from the end of the road in my Village :iconmr-macd:mr-macd 72 13 Winter stroll by mjochumsen Winter stroll :iconmjochumsen:mjochumsen 17 2 also...7/15/2018 by A-Separate-Reality also...7/15/2018 :icona-separate-reality:A-Separate-Reality 15 3 The Photographer by batmantoo The Photographer :iconbatmantoo:batmantoo 7 2 Venice by Day 1 by batmantoo Venice by Day 1 :iconbatmantoo:batmantoo 10 5 Pears Miniature Painting by LevonHackensaw Pears Miniature Painting :iconlevonhackensaw:LevonHackensaw 4 0


Still needs varnishing, but otherwise this one is pretty much complete now. Portrait of Sid Elliott, a friend of mine from my art class, and well known locally for all his voluntary work as a guide in the both the castle and the mining art gallery in Bishop Auckland.
Sid WIP5
I think the shirt and jacket need to change colour again - I'll probably go for richer hues - but this one's definitely getting there now.
Pencil portrait in progress
Have been working on a pencil portrait of a Lutheran minister who showed my mother and other members of my family very generous hospitality on their visit a few weeks ago to Bratislava for the dedication of the Stolpersteine on the pavement outside the apartment which was the last place my mother's parents and brothers could live freely before the Holocaust took everything away from them. Mother only survived because her parents persuaded an orphanage to take her in and hide her. By the end of the war, she genuinely was an orphan.

Mother asked me if I would draw a portrait of the minister as a thank you gift, so that is what I'm doing.
Sid WIP4
Another couple of hours' work on this one. Might not look much different to the last version, but it's getting there.
This one's just been published. A bit of departure for me, as in the past I've concentrated on novels, short stories and poetry - but this is a biography. Here's the blurb from the publisher's website:

"As a Jewish child born in Slovakia in 1930, my mother would never have a history that could be remembered in any sort of comfort. By the time she reached her teens, concealment had become essential for survival. Teasing out the details all these years later has challenged us both. This biography covers a period of twenty-five years, starting with my mother’s happy childhood in a comfortable and cultured home in pre-war Bratislava. Her life is destroyed with the inexorable rise of anti-Semitism; her family are deported to death camps while she is hidden in desperate conditions in an orphanage. When at last the war comes to an end, she comes out of hiding, only to be faced with the deep sadness of the loss of so much of her family. She leaves Slovakia for good, flying to England in an RAF bomber with other orphaned children, none of whom speaks any English. And then, bit by bit, she rebuilds her shattered life. Eventually she realises how important it is that future generations are told what really happened. This is where I come in, and this is her story."

If you're interested in buying the book, you should be able to order it from any bookshop, or if you prefer to buy online and you're in the UK then I would recommend going to the publisher's site here:…, and if you're in the US, then try Barnes & Noble here:… or anywhere else, as it's widely distributed. The book is suitable for anyone from school students studying the holocaust to adults interested in a story of a daughter trying to discover what really happened during her mother's formative years.


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Favourite genre of music: Indie rock, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic
Favourite photographer: Joe Cornish



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JohnPatience Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018
Thanks for the fave  :)
mr-macd Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018

ThanXXX SOOO much for the Llama !

It has come to a good Home!

I shall tend to it and feed it assiduously!

Keep on Creating!

Cheers, Cathy!

delph-ambi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
You're welcome :)
Toniasis Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
Thank you for the llama :)
KittySib Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
SunnyThank you for the llama and have a great day!Sunny  
batmantoo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much, Cathy, for the :+devwatch:, it is very much appreciated! :)
kaoru-kamiya Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for the :+fav:I am a dummy! 
have a nice day!

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Toniasis Featured By Owner May 10, 2018
Thank you for the watch and fav :)
flops75 Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fav, Cathy! :D (Big Grin) 
delph-ambi Featured By Owner May 2, 2018
You're welcome :)
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