Blog posts

September 2019 - Industrial Nature Sculpture
August 2019 - Abstract Mixed Media
June 2019 - Paper Tube Sculpture
April 2019 - Rock Painting Extravaganza
January 2019 - Mini Shelf Pole
November 2018 - Painted Gourd
October 2018 - Matryoshka Doll Wall Hanging
September 2018 - Garden Pole
August 2018 - Mosaic Garden Sphere
June 2018 - Rock Houses
January 2018 - Art Can Happen Anywhere
November 2017 - Negative Space Painting
August 2017 - Altered Books
May 2017 - Annoying Cat
March 2017 - Costumes and Props
February 2017 - T-shirt Mania
January 2017 - 52 Week Illustration Challenge
December 2016 - Wonder Woman Fleece Hat
September 2016 - Lonely Chair Stop Motion
August 2016 - Sponging Rocks
May 2016 - Creating art with kids
April 2016 - Pew pew pew
March 2016 - Garage Band
Febraury 2016 - Stikbots Videos
January 2016 - Cross stitching zombies
December 2015 - Monster Mobile
November 2015 - The Reversible Seal Hat
October 2015 - Hallowe'en Maker Month
May 2015 - Avatar, Harry Potter and Shopkins

March 2016 : Garage Band

For March I decided to post something that is quite different from my usual endeavours. IN addition to my love of arts, crafts and creating I also love music. Listening to music, playing music, singing along to music. I can honestly say I have never devoted the time to music that I did to art when I was younger (despite my mom's wish for me to pursue piano and get my Grade 8 conservatory level). However, all those piano lessons I took when I was young did allow me to revisit music now that I am an adult.

I recently took up playing ukulele, self teaching myself from you tube videos. As my fingers toughened up (my complaint when I tried guitar was that it hurt to play) I moved over to guitar. I still prefer ukulele right now but like to bounce back and forth between the two, practicing both when I get the time.

So what creative treat could I have this month to blog about?

Yes I have written some tunes. Not on ukulele or guitar (I am still not confident enough for that) but on my ipad, using Garage Band and Auxy. I actually wrote most of these songs when I had first bought my ipad and had the time to play around with the app (before I started to play ukulele). I pop into the app ever so often and play around, creating a new snippet of music.

I certainly do not claim to be a song writer, or even a musician, but I do like music and aspire to create my own songs one day. For now my ipad version tunes will have to do. I have never shared these with anyone other than my kids so be kind when you listen and keep in mind that am outside my comfort zone but my drive to create falls even into categories I know l little about.

This was my first attempt at making a song. It is both my shortest song and my kids favourite. It also features my voice doing the "jellyfish" and the "boops."

"Electric Happiness"
This was my second song. A little longer than "Jellyfish" but still sporting a happy vibe.

"Crowded Thoughts"
This is probably my favourite song creation. It sounds both happy and sad to me and although I've heard it so many times it still makes me calm down and smile. It takes all those thoughts and pushes them out for a minute or two.

"Moonshine and Robots"
I had a blast making this song. I didn't create any original music for this one but pieced together pre-recorder riffs from different instruments to come up with the final mix. I like how it works with jazz flute, a sitar, a grunge bass guitar, and a saxophone. I love how it sounds like a whole bunch of different styles of music rolled into one. Like hilly billy robots visit a jazz bar in the middle east.<

"Take On Me"
So this one is not an original song but the A-Ha song from the eighties. I love the riff in it and decided to try my hand at an easy listening version, something you might hear at a dental office or in an elevator. I kind of like the casual version though it still doesn't even come close to the original.

This is the only one here not created in Garage Band. It was created in an app called The Fingertip Maestro. It has coloured squares on the screen and you tap or drag you fingers over them to make the sounds. It is a really experimental app and you can never really play the same song twice unless you are really good at memorizing sequences of colour. Maybe you were a Simon Champion when you were a kid. The kids and I used to use this app to perform concerts for each other. We'd each take turns creating a song on the spot for each other. It was pretty fun. This was the only one I recorded and my I really like my spontaneous creation.