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Archive for May, 2012

May-30-2012

Day 297: Collage Painting Day 2

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

I’m really tired so I’m gonna make this short… sorry!

At any rate, today I finished the painting/collage I posted about yesterday. Last night after the mid-tone dried, I painted the lightest tone…. but the sample jar I was using actually ended up DARKER than the mid-tone. I ended up painting it all anyways, just so it would be even, and then I painted over it with a lighter color today. Then, I just painted the darkest color and I was done!! Here’s the final product, with and without flash.

Can you tell what it is?? It’s extremely abstracted and the image was taken at a sort of different angle. I’ll give you a hint: It’s an instrument!

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Here’s the original image after adjusting it in Photoshop.

Can you tell what it is? It’s a horn!! I used sort of different colors and it ended up even more distorted in my interpretation of it, but I like it!

I made this for my mom for Mother’s Day! Yes, I know. Mother’s Day already happened. BUT I started this BEFORE Mother’s Day and I knew that I wasn’t going to see her until after. So, yeah… it’s done now! :mrgreen: BTW my mom plays horn, so I thought this was appropriate! I hope she likes it!

Anna Grace

May-29-2012

Day 296: Collage Painting Day 1

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

This creative project is going to have to be spread over two posts because it is going to take several steps to get it where I want it. At any rate, you may recall the mosaic painting I did towards the beginning of this 365 project. In that one I took an image in photoshop and distorted it with the paper cutout tool. Then, using that image, I painted one color at time, layering shades until I ended up with the final image! This project is the same, but I wont tell you what the final image is supposed to be until Im done!

Before I get into the process, I have to let you know that I took a lot of pictures during making this over the past few days, but my stupid phone deleted all of them except the last one!!!! So, sorry! But you can at least see where it is at now!

So I started with a plain canvas that I rescued from work which had been painted a really light pink. I took a misstinted sample jar that was a really bright green and did a light coat over the whole thing using a palette knife so it wold have a bit of texture. While it was still wet, I stuck a bunch of 2×3 inch color chips from work that we were throwing away onto the canvas. I stuck them on in a random order, so it didnt look too formal! As the paint dried, the chips started to curl up on the edges, but I decided to leave it as is because I thought it gave it an interesting texture! After that, I decided that all the random colors where a bit too bright for what I was thinking, so I used a gray misstinted sample jar and did a quick wash over everything. THEN I finally started on the actual painting with the mid tone of the three colors I was using. So here is where it is now!

Sorry its an Instagram pic, but thats all I got! I hope to finish this tomorrow!! In the meantime, any thoughts as to what it is??

Anna Grace

May-28-2012

Day 295: Broadway

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The other day I found out that one of the bands I really liked in the 90s, the Goo Goo Dolls, was going to be at Riverbend this year in Chattanooga!! I’m still debating whether I’m going to be able to go or not, but in the mean time I decided to do a quick cover of their song, Broadway!

I just found some fairly simple guitar chords and quickly adapted them for ukulele! The chords I found in a good key were missing some parts, so I just sort of made it up! This is probably one of the fastest recordings I’ve ever done, with just one run through after getting the chords and then one recorded take!

Broadway

This was definitely a quick and dirty take of this song, but I love the Goo Goo Dolls so much, I thought it was necessary! I hope I can see them, but there are a few things I’ve got to work out first! I’ll definitely let you know if I do go!

Anna Grace

May-28-2012

Day 294: Rumor Has It/ Someone Like You

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The last song I purchases sheet music for a couple weeks ago is a mash-up of Adele’s Rumor Has It and Someone Like You that was on Glee! Now, I used to be a pretty avid Glee watcher, but haven’t really gotten into the latest season. Regardless of that, when I found this arrangement, I KNEW I had to do it!

It is arranged for two sopranos, an alto, and a couple solo parts with piano backing. So I started by writing out the piano parts, then wrote out all the other parts in GB. I then recorded all the parts and was done! Some of the transitions are a tad awkward, but considering how quickly I did it, I’m pretty happy with it!

Rumor Has It/Someone Like You

Keep in mind that I recorded this last night at about 3 am because I couldn’t sleep… haha my insomnia gets the best of me! But it worked out ok I think!

Anna Grace

May-23-2012

Day 293: Apologize

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One of the 4 songs I bought the sheet music for the other day was One Republic’s Apologize (It’s actually Timbaland ft. One Republic, but really, saying eh eh eh shouldn’t make you the main artist!)! The arrangement I found was a cappella for 2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors, 1 bass, and one tenor solo part. That’s right. EIGHT individual parts!!! And all of them completely different from each other with syncopated rhythms fitting together to make this crazy background to the solo.

At any rate, this was definitely one that I had to write out all the parts to in GarageBand before recording just so I could get them all down. So I did that one day, and then recorded all the parts the next! The bass part was waaaayyyyy too low for me, so I recorded it up an octave and then brought it down in GB. It’s surprisingly NOT robotic sounding like some of the other times I’ve done that, but it’s a very small and simple part, so that’s probably why. I have to tell you, this whole arrangement was hard. I could see an a cappella group being able to perform this after practicing it for a really, really long time, but for me just listening to and singing the parts a few times, this was super difficult. I would actually be really impressed if I heard a group do this arrangement, because I know how difficult it is! But, at any rate, I finally got all the tracks recorded and here’s how it turned out!

Apologize

This is another one that you should really listen to with headphones just to hear all the parts! Although, then you’ll hear more clearly when I goofed up… but oh well!! I’m actually pretty happy with how this turned out, all things considered. Just wish some things line up better… On that note does anyone know how to change the metronome in GB to eighth notes versus quarter when you’re recording? That would have helped a LOT! Anyways, hope you enjoy it! I’ve got a few other projects I’m working on right now, but my day off Friday will be spent trying to look for a new apartment!! So, I hope to get a few posts in this weekend!

Anna Grace

May-18-2012

Day 292: Love Story

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

I decided to purchase several choral arrangements of some songs the other day in celebration of completing undergrad! The site I was using had special deals where you would save more, the more songs you purchased, so I ended buying 4 arrangements. You have already heard one of them with the last post and We Are Young, and the other two you will ust have to wait for!! But the last song I chose was Love Story by Taylor Swift. Now anyone who knows me well knows that I really do NOT like country music, but I really liked this arrangement of the song, so I decided to go with it!

This arrangement was for SSA choir, so in order to get the solos sounding right, I ended up recording a few of each part. I started by putting the piano in GarageBand and then recorded all of the individual parts. I ended up with 10 tracks all together, including the piano!!! So, because there are so many tracks, there is a lot of feedback, but I think I really achieved the whole choir effect! Its a bit strange to hear my voice that much all at once…

Love Story

Considering the fact that I recorded all of these with one take and very little practice, I think this turned out pretty good! It reminded me of my childhood when I was in Dotty’s Children’s Choir back home :) It is a bit out of tune and all over the place, but Im not too worried about it!! :mrgreen:

BTW I got a promotion!!! I am now officially a designer for my Benjamin Moore and am doing in home consultations! So, anyone living in the Knoxville area, if you need help picking paint colors, give me a call!

Anna Grace

May-13-2012

Day 291: We Are Young

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This creative project is a song that plays on the radio a lot right now, and something I thought would be fun to do! As a matter of fact, the band who sings this song is called Fun! And the song is called We Are Young!

I was reluctant at first to record this song because of the abrupt tempo change. I wasn’t sure how I was going to navigate that in Garage Band, and I definitely needed to write the parts all the way out because I’m I’m not that familiar with how the verses go. But, in a stroke of genius aka I decided to look it up in the GB help section, I figured out how to do tempo changes easily! SUCCESS!! So after putting in all the notes for the melody and the piano part, I decided that this was one occasion where I really needed to have some drums. So I played around a bit and kept listening to the track until I got something pretty similar to the original that I liked. Then I recorded the melody and then the bit of harmony and overlapping on the chorus and I was done!

We Are Young

I had found some ukulele chords to this, but ended up raising the key to fit my range better. The chords in the new key were to awkward on ukulele, so I ended up just leaving the computerized piano. I botched the lyrics a bit at the end, but overall I’m happy with this song and I had FUN doing it!! :mrgreen:

Anna Grace

May-12-2012

Day 290: Telephone

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So… It’s been quite awhile since I posted last. Over a month in fact. I just gotta say that it’s been CRAZY busy for me the last little bit! I’ve had tons of papers for school and have been working full-time at Ben Moore now. School’s over now and I’m done forever! So I have a little more time now to post and create! Obviously I didn’t meet my deadline of the end of the semester to finish this 365 project, but I’m not too worried about it! My NEW goal is the end of summer, so I’m saying  3 months from today, August 12, I hope to be done!

At any rate I decided that I wanted to do another a cappella song with multiple parts since I hadn’t done one in awhile! I looked for a long time and eventually came across an unexpected song: Telephone by Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé!! Seems like a strange song to do a cappella, but apparently it was on some episode of the Sing Off, so I guess it’s legit! It was three parts, Soprano, Alto and Tenor/Bass. I first put all of the parts into Garage Band and them recorded them! The lowest part was super low at the beginning and end, so it’s a little rough, and the highest part got pretty high sometimes, but it was still fun to do!

Telephone

It was hard to catch a breath when singing this! So it’s a little stop and go at some points, and pitchy. Otherwise I’m pretty  happy with it!

I hop to do one more post tonight and definitely at least one tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Anna Grace