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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.

Witnessing The Warming

I made these 10 BC-birds out of Model Magic, and painted them with gouache. Then they gathered around a tiny campfire I made them, so I took this picture of them. This piece was made for the Metchosin Art Pod's Bird & Song show.

I go into depth about how I created this over at the original post on my Patreon page, where there are also lots of process photos!

Ludo Puppet

A couple weeks before Christmas, I spent a few days working on this puppet for a gift. It's based on the character Ludo, from the movie Labyrinth (Directed by Jim Henson, starring David Bowie). All the materials were scrounged from whatever bits I had around the house: two old hole-y sweaters, buttons, leather scraps, socks, foam, sponges, stuffing, markers, fabric, thread, and a holiday stocking made out of faux-fur that I found last year.

Full story of the process and more photos on my Patreon page.

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