Day 8: Creative Challenge

These boots are made for walking. And that's just what they'll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk on over to the Helpmann awards with opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen. Oh! Hang on a minute. That's tonight and he's already there. A little birdie told me that our friend has his full gay on, and that his attire is resplendent with purple. That makes me wonder if his day 3 jacket got its first official outing. I wish I was there to admire Kanen in all his regalia and to congratulate fellow strange bedfellow, Jacqui Dark, on her well deserved gong. Bravo, Jacqui! Here's to the pair of you.

Kanen's Helpmann boots

Kanen's Helpmann boots

Birthday boy, Stephen Bennett, has continued with his composition project. He wrote a lovely two part invention for piano today. It's been a living room winner - even the kids like it. I'm told he used the G Mixolydian mode plus an F natural for reasons best known to himself and other learned music types. It's a winner, in any case.

Steve's composition station

Steve's composition station

As I said on day 2, I can't draw. But that hasn't stopped me from trying during this creative challenge. My drawing goals are modest - I'd just like to be able to draw horses - and I think I've improved a bit since my first effort.  I showed my youngest daughter, Georgia, this drawing and was gratified to find that she recognised the horse straight way. 'That's Theo,' she said. Epic win for me! Here's my drawing of Theo before and after I added colour. If you want to see how a real artist draws horses, check out Kim McElroy's work. I absolutely love what she does.

Scarlet's drawing of Theo - before and after

Scarlet's drawing of Theo - before and after

I'm pleased to report that I wore the chrysocolla pendant and ring that I made on day 6 of the creative challenge to work today. I was sitting, early in the day, next to a senior executive who kept darting furtive glances at my ring. I have no idea whether than means he liked it or whether he just couldn't believe what he was seeing. Since I'll never know either way, I might as well run with the more flattering interpretation.

Scarlet wearing the day 6 creative challenge chrysocolla ring and pendant

Scarlet wearing the day 6 creative challenge chrysocolla ring and pendant