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Flicker Tango

I wrote this ditty a couple years ago as a procrastination technique, to avoid working on an art commission. Funny how one art form can sometimes feel like work, while another feels like play:

wingy · Flicker Tango – 2020 – 03 – 24
Full story on the original Patreon post.

Dark-eyed Juncos ABC

Earlier this month, the Metchosin Art Pod and the Rocky Point Bird Observatory put a call out inviting local artists and bird-lovers to collaborate on their new “Arty Bird Card” project. One side of each card will have an artists' representation of one of the 35 most commonly observed birds in the area, and the flip-side will have identification notes and facts about the bird. Here's the one we* submitted:

juncos abc

*My partner Seán painted the background :)

Update: you can now get your hands on your very own pack of 36 local artist-made bird cards here!

Full story & process photos on the original Patreon post.

A Song Revisited, Improvised Upon

I started this instrumental piano piece about a year and a half ago, after receiving news that my friend & fellow musician Vic Horvath passed away suddenly at the age of 26. The simple & repetitive chord structure helped me deal with the numbness. I played it at full volume, letting the notes ring out and wash over me, soothing some of the confusion and sadness:

wingy · Vicsong Improv Piano 2020 – 03 – 24

This is one of my first recordings with my newly-acquired recording gear! A nice simple setup: a single, large-diaphragm condenser tube mic, an audio interface and a laptop.

Full story on my Patreon page.

Freshly Painted Shoes!

fuggit shoe

This is the 5th pair of shoes I've painted for fun, using paint markers. I went a little crazier than usual with this pair 'cause I gifted myself a new set of fancy POSCA paint markers and was so excited by all the new colour possibilities that I ended up using all 8 colours.

Full story & more photos on my Patreon page.

Accrowdion: Part I

Here's a process shot from my first attempt at making a sculpture using Sculpey (Original) polymer clay:

accrowdion process sm

There were a few learning curves in the making of this musical bird, all of which I write about & provide pictures of in the original post, as well as the painting process of the sculpture, which is described in Part II!

accrowdion before/after

Heart & Hands Clinic Portrait

A couple months ago I was commissioned by Heart & Hands Health Collective (an amazing community acupuncture & holistic health clinic in Victoria) to create a portrait of their cute yellow clinic, to help with a fundraiser.

Full story, process photos & final piece on my Patreon page.

Tufted Titmice


I was recently commissioned to make a Tufted Titmouse the other day, and I thought, “while I'm at it, why not make 4?”. It's difficult to do this cute bird justice, so it was a bit intimidating.

Full story & more photos on my Patreon page.

Monthly Theme Drawing

The art-challenge theme for this month was “Hibernation”.

Full story & process photos on my Patreon page.

5 More BC Birds

Red-shafted Northern Flicker

See the other 4 birds on my Patreon page.

Little Mini Bal Tune

I recorded this original tune with my laptop last month to get the idea down. It's evolving a bit here and there, so I'll likely post an updated version sometime in the future (and by then I'll have proper recording gear and hopefully a knowledge to go with it!).

wingy · Little Bal Tune Accordion- 2019 – 12 – 12
I'm pretty sure this one was at least partly inspired by my trip to Big Branch, a Balfolk festival (Western European social folk dance & music) in Ontario back in September. Lots of small, repetitive fun ditties were taught and played there, so I think this is my version of that sort of thing.

Originally shared on my Patreon page.

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