Day 13: Creative Challenge

After a frustrating delay with the photo printer yesterday, Stephen Bennett has been a tour de force with his framing today. He's framed four prints for me, which are now hanging in my office, and he also framed a gorgeous shot of our daughter, Lucy. Now we just need to decide where to hang it. It's so invigorating to refresh what's hanging on our walls and, because Steve can do all the work himself, it costs us almost nothing to do it. A creative win however you look at it.

Steve's framed photo of Lucy

Steve's framed photo of Lucy

Steve's framing workbench

Steve's framing workbench

Opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has been pressed for time today because he's heading off to Brisbane tomorrow. But that didn't stop his creative output. His partner in crime (think strange bedfellows), Jacqui Dark, was given a phone cover she couldn't use, so she donated it to Kanen. Being the be-sequined, be-glittered, be-dazzling fellow he is, he just couldn't tolerate its plainness. Cue the ubiquitous metallic fabric paints and the rest is iPhone 5 history. Goodbye boring phone cover, hello sparkly pink fashion accessory. How good will he look when he answers this eye catching phone wearing his sequined jacket (or his sequined vest, for that matter) along with his glitter glasses?

Kanen's hand painted phone cover

Kanen's hand painted phone cover

Scarlet's horse eye drawn with charcoal

Scarlet's horse eye drawn with charcoal

I've been encouraged by my recent drawing efforts, which weren't as bad as I thought they'd be. That, combined with the support of the creative challenge team and some kind, charitable friends,has inspired me to persist. My grand plan is to learn to draw horses. It's all hard, of course, when you're trying something new, but my biggest difficulty so far has been trying to draw convincing eyes (actually even vaguely acceptable eyes). So I decided to focus just on the eyes today, and I did a charcoal drawing of a horse eye followed by a drawing using chalk pastels - supplies I bought from Eckersley's yesterday, to replace the plain old HB pencil I've used up until now. Enhanced through some photo filters, I'm really happy with how these look. And I'm crazy about the pastels. I can't wait to play with them again.

Scarlet's horse eye drawn with chalk pastels

Scarlet's horse eye drawn with chalk pastels