Day 21: Creative Challenge

You'd think that Sunday would be a day when the creative challenge team could take on bigger creative projects, but this week, life being what it is, we've all squeezed interesting but modest creative activities into the day. Our cooking guru, Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions, and tries (successfully, in my view) to live up to the title cook extraordinaire, has been a fine steward of her resources indeed. She went out into her garden this morning and picked about twenty passionfruit off the ground. She pondered her cordial options: passionfruit and mint?; passionfruit and lemongrass? In the end, she took pity on her lemongrass plant, which needed nurturing rather than picking, and opted for her trusty passionfruit cordial, which is always a favourite. Since she'd already picked some mint, and since she's been an exemplary steward of her resources today, she turned her various ingredients into passionfruit, carrot, clementine, mint and ginger juices for breakfast. I don't know anyone else who enjoys such creative, not to mention gorgeous, breakfasts.

Trish's exotic breakfast juice

Trish's exotic breakfast juice

Opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has a plethora of creative projects on the go at the moment,  most of which he's keeping under wraps for the time being. I've heard rumours about a Superman t-shirt transformation - can you imagine? - but we'll all have to wait until it's complete for the big reveal. I feel like a kid at Christmas - too much excitement! How will I ever sleep? In any case, Kanen's been a charitable soul today, opening his glitter box for a very good cause. He's been making a mask for the daughter of some friends to wear to her first masquerade ball next weekend. She's eight years old and extremely particular about the design elements, so don't expect Kanen's usual flamboyance - he's working to some tight specs on this project. This is not the final product, but it's two thirds done. Originally white, it's now a sparkling gold. A photo of the finished mask has been promised for tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm going to have Mozart going round and round in my head all night courtesy of that mask. Bisogna aver coraggio, o cari amici miei...

Kanen's glittery mask

Kanen's glittery mask

Stephen Bennett has produced a faux bromoil in his wonderful Nik software today. Bromoils were invented right at the beginning of the twentieth century and the process involves rubbing ink into a photograph to create a painterly effect. That sounds simple enough, but I'm told the process is both complicated and labour intensive. It was favourite technique of the pictorialists, back in the day. Steve has transformed this photo of a ruined Sydney brewery, and he's happy with today's creative contribution because he thinks the bromoil effect looks quite authentic.

Steve's brewery bromoil

Steve's brewery bromoil

It's been some days now since I attempted a horse drawing and today's effort wasn't my best, I have to confess. It took a bit of scrambling around in my photo editor (after I'd photographed the drawing) to create a passable image. It was a good learning experience, however, and I enjoyed myself, which is what it's all about, after all.

Scarlet's latest horse drawing

Scarlet's latest horse drawing