Sweetgrass and Sage

Sweetgrass and Sage

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Medicine bag och tobacco pouch

Gifts made for good friends. I can only improve from here :-) 

 Medicine bag 

 Tobacco pouch 

Friday, 15 November 2013

Playing for Charity

The event of the week!

Our lead man Eric, works for CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) and each year, his work holds an idol like competition to raise money for charity.

He was nominated again this year, as were 3 other acts. The first one was a group that danced to the song 'What does the fox say?'. They looked like they had fun, and everyone had the mask of the animal they represented. 

The second singer was a man who did a karaoke of 'Jump, Jive and Wail'. He was an amazing singer, and could definitely front his own swing and jazz band. He had some solid pipes.

The third act was an older lady who did a country version of 'Shut up and Drive' and she also did an awesome job. Clearly she has done this before.

Finally it was our turn (The Billy Bishops) and we did our cover of 'Down by the Water' by the Decemberists. We were lucky enough to have the whole group including Simone be available to play.  Lady luck was on our side, and we actually snagged first place and as a whole, all of us performers raised $700.00 in donations. It was so much fun.

Here you can see how large the lobby was. It was huge and nerve wracking but a blast!

Trystan, Simone, Eric and I with our awesome trophy. Eric gets to keep it on his work desk to show it off for the year.

We had a great time, and would do it all over again. Have a great week and stay warm out there.

(VIDEO) The Billy Bishops cover Mother Mother

On the same day we did 'Down by the Water', we decided to do 'Love it Dissipates' by Mother Mother.  Again, Simone is missing from this session.  There is a percussive beat that Trystan tried out on his guitar, but ended up sounding better in real life. It was a good experiment however.

Either way, we always have fun with what we try out. Hoping to do some originals soon, as a band.

(VIDEO) The Billy Bishops cover The Decemberists

Well, we as a band have been busy trying out some new songs in the last month and hope to do a December show. We just need to sort out which venue will have us.

In this clip, we are covering a song by The Decemberists called 'Down by the Water'. This is a definite favorite of ours to play. It has a lot of energy.

Eric is on lead vocals with Trystan on guitar. Simone is missing. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Yearning to explore.

Here is a drawing that I am doing for my friend, Eric. His brother Christian, is a snow sculptor and had made an ice sculpture with the same theme.  The theme given to them was "think outside the box", or something similar. So he made an octopus looking through a telescope up at the stars.  I haven't seen a photo of this but I thought, that's so brilliant and whimsical.  

Eric had asked me to make him a tattoo design with the same imagery, but my own style. I was more than happy to oblige, and wanted to show you the process. I'm going to update you with this as it starts to become more finalized.  

I don't think I've enjoyed such a whimsical and storybook-like concept as an octopus longing to explore space before. So much fun.