Day 25: Creative Challenge

Stephen Bennett has delivered on the promised recording of his first song, The Awfulisers. He set the song to a poem by cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet, Michael Leunig, and wrote a limited range vocal line to suit beginning to intermediate students. He's sung the vocal line himself in the recording below, accompanied by his computer playing a midi file through his Roland sound module. It would be nicer with a real pianist, obviously, but for the time being, this demo will suffice. Great to hear him in action again.

Steve's photo montage of The Awfulisers

Steve's photo montage of The Awfulisers

Kanen: Masked ball shoes - before

Kanen: Masked ball shoes - before

They say no good deed goes unpunished, and there may be a nugget of truth in that. Opera Singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has been busy with his glitter today. When he showed up at his friend's house to deliver the mask he'd made for his friend's daughter (she's attending her first masquerade ball this weekend, see day 21), she decided that the shoes he'd bought her, which were silver, needed to be gold. Just as well he had his travel glitter pack at the ready.

He tried to give the silver shoes a lick of his trusty so-soft gold fabric paint, but the paint refused to dry and then peeled off in tacky looking patches. With fabric glue, silver glitter, gold glitter, a can of clear varnish, and some masking tape at hand (who else takes all this stuff with them when they go visiting?), he's transformed the shoes into glittery gold creations. He managed to drop one of the shoes in the dirt while the gloss was still wet, but he's confident he got most of the tan-bark out before it set. He's sure the combination of glue and varnish will hold the glitter in place, but he says he missed a trick because a light spritz of super-hold hairspray between gluing and varnishing would have added an extra layer of glittery security. Photos don't do this creation justice. I'm quite sure the shoes need to be seen to be believed.

Kanen: Masked ball shoes - after

Kanen: Masked ball shoes - after

Digital interpretations of Scarlet's pastel drawing

Digital interpretations of Scarlet's pastel drawing

I watched a pastel drawing demonstration online today - how to draw a realistic eye with pastels - presented by The Virtual Instructor, to try and get a clue about how to use the medium (not to mention how to draw an eye - they were fresh out of horses). Inspired by the demonstrator's creation, I decided to have a go at it myself, which wasn't easy because it wasn't a tutorial and lots of steps were skimmed over. While not a patch on the demonstrator's drawing, mine is a good beginner's effort and I'm quite pleased with it. I've attached a photo of the original drawing, along with a couple of versions that I fiddled around with digitally.

Scarlet's original pastel drawing

Scarlet's original pastel drawing