Day 16: Creative Challenge

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions, and tries very hard to live up to the title cook extraordinaire, has been brewing potions today in her impressively creative cauldron. A keen gardener as well as cook, she's been watching some lovely green tarragon shoots emerging from the earth over the past week or so, and she decided to make some tarragon oil with the first fresh new shoots. She's also been thinking about making some jasmine syrup, but was lured away by a lavender bush with hundreds of fragrant flowers, surrounded by a swarm of buzzing bees. The temptation was too strong and the jasmine was cast aside in favour of some lavender syrup. As if that wasn't enough, she's also brewed up some black peppercorn syrup. She's writing a blog about black peppercorns at the moment (check out her food blog here), and she's cooking up a storm tonight for a very fortunate old friend who's going to get to sample all three of these lovely potions. Is it just me or do you wish you'd been invited to dinner too?

Trish's exquisite potions

Trish's exquisite potions

The creative challenge team's resident fashion guru, opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has narrowly avoided a serious wardrobe malfunction on his first day in Brisbane. Can you imagine the scandal? He wore the spangly hoodie he tarted up on day 12 of the creative challenge to rehearsals this morning, which amused the foreigners in the cast who are clearly not used to being blinded by sequins at such an early hour. By mid-morning, his creation was threatening to unravel and he had to rush back to his serviced apartment in his lunch break to conduct some urgent repairs. He secured the recalcitrant neckline with a fresh row of red sequins, then wandered back for the afternoon rehearsal with his fashionista reputation intact, ready to wow the punters with his next creation. An impressive example of creative resilience. Have sequins, will travel.

Kanen's sequin repairs

Kanen's sequin repairs

Stephen Bennett has been doing some still life photography today for his creative contribution. He photographed his pride and joy, a gold top Gibson ES 295. This model is played mostly by jazz musos these days, but has some rockabilly roots and was played by Scotty Moore in the Elvis Presley band. It was originally made in the 50s and was reissued in the early 90s. Steve's guitar is a 90s version. It makes an incredible sound and his still life photo of it is stunning. See for yourself...

Steve's still life of his Gibson guitar

Steve's still life of his Gibson guitar

I'm going to stop saying that I can't draw because I had another play with my new pastels today and I'm dead pleased with the result. I drew a photo of gentle giant, Mister Mo, who passed away on 25 June. I used a photo as a reference and I'm really happy with how the picture turned out. I've done him proud (for a newbie, anyway). Mo passed on a rainbow and I've used all the colours of a rainbow in the drawing, since I now think of him as my rainbow horse. I've got the original proudly displayed on a shelf above my desk. Still alive in my heart, Mo.

Scarlet's pastel drawing of Mister Mo

Scarlet's pastel drawing of Mister Mo