Sunday, June 26, 2011

30 Days of Creativity: Day 26 - New VP Video

I have been needing to make another vocal percussion tutorial for a while, so the 30 Days of Creativity gave me an excuse to make one. In this one I talk about choosing microphones for vocal percussion. You can visit my vocal percussion website WWW.VOCALPERC.COM to see more geeky a cappella stuff.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

30 Days of Creativity: Day 25 - Garden 2011

I know I've missed a few days for the whole 30 Days of Creativity thing, but today I planted my garden, and that took a lot of work. It would have been a little more appropriate for yesterday's theme (lawn gnome) because today's theme is board games.

On the right you can see the soil is a different color. This is because I am experimenting with land reclamation. I tilled the area, removed rocks, and added lime to see how hard it is to turn rocky clay soil into useable soil for a garden. In that area I planted honeydew melons, and in the rest of the garden there are peas, squash, more melons, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and a broccoli plant that somehow survived the winter that we are going to see if it will produce this year. I am also experimenting with planting peppers and tomatoes from seed in the ground without starting them indoors. They are not likely to grow, let alone produce anything, but being this late into the season and having weather predicted to be consistently about 70 degrees for the next week I thought I might try it.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

30 Days of Creativity: Day 19

Today's theme for 30 Days of Creativity is beach ball, but since today is also Father's Day I am posting the card I made for my dad and father-in-law. I technically made it yesterday and knew it wouldn't get to them in time through the mail, but I emailed it to them this morning.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

30 Days of Creativity: Day 15

Today's theme for 30 Days of Creativity is sea creatures. He doesn't breathe air yet, so I think this is fitting. This is a template for a birth announcement that I whipped up. It's nothing fancy but I think it gets the point across. Kori didn't really care for the weight that I put on there. You'll notice in this picture he is singing.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Braces: 7 Months

Two months later, here is the progress made on my teeth. I think the front bottom teeth have moved the most since the last picture.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

30 Days of Creativity: Day 12

Today's theme for 30 Days of Creativity was Abe Lincoln, but I made enough food that I decided to just post what I made as my creation for the day instead of defacing some pennies.

First I grilled this salmon fillet with black pepper, lemon juice, garlic, and dill. I have leftovers, too.

After lunch I made some low fat fat vanilla ice cream in our 1 quart ice cream maker and topped it with chocolate syrup.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

30 Days of Creativity: Day 11

Today's theme for 30 Days of Creativity is crayons. Colored in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with Crayola crayons.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

30 Days of Creativity: Day 7

Today's 30 Days of Creativity theme is fashion, but I ran out of time to create any clothing or jewelry or anything so I am posting pictures of the T-Shirts I designed several years ago for my vocal percussion website. You can buy them and I'll even donate $5 for each one purchased to World Vision.

Monday, June 06, 2011

30 Days of Creativity: Day 6

30 Days of Creativity haiku for today's theme: argyle.

Diamond line pattern
Preppie or retro throwback
Argyle sweater

Sunday, June 05, 2011

30 Days of Creativity: Day 5

Today's theme for 30 Days of Creativity is unibrow. I think this is pretty straightforward, although it may not be as creative as a colored pencil drawing.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

30 Days of Creativity: Day 4

Today's theme for 30 Days of Creativity is cat meme. I wouldn't consider myself an artist, like my friend David Vallejo, but I think it came out looking pretty good. Drawn in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook with Prang colored pencils, then scanned and text added in Photoshop.

Friday, June 03, 2011

30 Days of Creativity: Days 2 & 3

Day 2's prompt for 30 Days of Creativity was ice cream but I actually edited and submitted a story to an anthology, so I counted it as my creation for the day. Day three prompt is chrome, so I wrote a short bit of chrome-injected story snippet.

The New Suit

The artificial lights glinted off the shiny unused armor. The flawless surface reflected distorted images on every surface and it made Alex squirm. He looked down at his own rusted and worn armor, scraped at a patch on his chest, and frowned.

"I feel sorry for these newbies," he muttered.

"They don't know any better, Alex," Bree startled him.

Alex didn't flinch, but he turned quickly. "It's not like they're going to be using it very long anyway. You know the survival rate out there."

Bree brushed a loose strand of amber hair from her face. "But some of them will, and this will help them make it. They're not all as experienced as you are. Their training won't prepare them for the crags. That's why they need us to teach them. That's why they need you to be a leader."

Alex nodded. "But I'm not their leader. Remember? They gave that job to Jack."

She stepped closer and tapped on his armored chest. "But they look up to you. Whether you like it or not, you're a leader."

"Give me my own tried and true armor any day. That new shiny stuff hasn't been tested."

"It's supposed to be much stronger and lighter than the carbon weave. Some new allow that is more flexible but harder under extreme pressures and impacts."

Alex shook his head. "It just looks like old fashioned chrome to me. I don't-"

The alarm sounded and red lights began flashing down the hallway.

They both shoved on their helmets and Alex adjusted a fitting on Bree's shoulder. "It looks like they'll get a chance to test it sooner than we thought," he said, patting her on the shoulder.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

30 Days of Creativity: Day 1

Each day for the 30 Days of Creativity, there is a creative prompt to get creative juices flowing. The theme for today is biking, but I couldn't think of anything so I made some bookmarks with about $1.50 worth of supplies at a bead store. The cross is obviously signifying the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The octopus is representing H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu.