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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Photo shoot of Federal Building

William has been obsessed with this building (I think it is called the Federal Building) for months. It works its way into his stories and drawings. I dropped him off in front of it with my SLR to take pictures. I'll teach him a bit about how to deal with RAW images on the weekend (way too much homework today).

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Nils Clausson on Sherlock Holmes

Attended a lecture on the renovated old campus, partially to see the new spaces (which were very nice) and partially to reconnect about Sherlock Holmes with Nils Clausson, who organized the Conan Doyle conference I was include in about ten years back. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

How to make a feature film

In animation class this week I suggested that all you need to make a feature film is to make the trailer for the feature film and to make it the sort of trailer that the viewer knows the whole story at the end and doesn't need to see the actual feature. We made one in class. Efficient. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Homework on the holiday

Stat holiday for Remembrance Day so William and I were home (but Margaret worked as part of a deal she struck to get Saturday off to go to the foundry). William has piles of homework in every subject, yet again, and some art to catch up on since he spent all available art time over the past two weeks working on the book project. Matt Ripplinger came by to talk about flatbeds and photography equipment. Very nice visit. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

cold game

Watching people walking past the house towards the Rider game today made me almost too cold to go out myself. The blizzard should have kept them away, but not with our fans. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Tour of Joe Fafard's foundry

We went on a fundraiser tour of Joe Fafard's foundry to see how all the bronze casting is done. Much of it remains a bit of a mystery, even at the end of it, possibly because Joe himself was sick and unable to attend and contribute to the tour. Overall it was really interesting though, being able to walk among all his stuff and touch things. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Double gallery openings

Lisa Myers and Jennifer Matotek 

Marjorie Beaucage and John Hampton

We started the evening with the Dunlop opening; "Carry Forward", a collection of works curated by Lisa Myers with artists including John Hampton and Marjorie Beaucage. Margaret did a podcast interview with Marjorie after the curator's talk.

We went immediately to the big fall opening at the MacKenzie. There was more work up than I can really talk about here, but the capper on the night was the opening of the gallery cafe where we had a great chat with Janine, Rania, Tim, and Kevin. It is a really spacial space that I'll certainly be returning to. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Ginny 16mm Flatbed

One of the first things we moved into our house in 1996 was the 16mm Ginny flatbed editing table that I'd purchased from the Filmpool earlier that year and that they had purchased (or been given) from CKCK-TV a few years earlier, in the early 90s. When they first had it, Chuck Gilhooly and I were the only two who really embraced it. When we'd finished the projects we were working on, the machine more or less collected dusk until they declared they needed the space more than the machine. I bought it for $500 (which I believe might have been what they paid for it) and moved it into my parent's house as I had just finished grad school and we were sort of homeless. After we got our house, I had movers take it to the basement. It is actually too big to fit down the stairs so we needed to detach it from its stand while they held it up, then run the stand down the stairs ahead of them so they could place it back on its wheels at the bottom. Quite a feat given that it is a pretty heavy beast. 
Anyway, it is built to tilt upright for storage so I did that about five years ago and have not used it since. I reassembled it today to take another look and consider finding a new home for it (an reclaiming that part of my basement). The internet tells me almost nothing about this machine. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

last painting class for fall

I came to class early today as I had a meeting and needed to leave early. I painted a mid-century Brownie. Wish I'd had another 15 minutes as it has some things I'd like to have played with more, but overall I'm happy with the eight cameras I painted, thanks to instructor Deb Potter. Had lots of fun working side by side with Lori. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

School Board art award

For the second year in a row, William has had work selected for display in the school board art exhibition (six from each school). This year is a vibrant pencil crayon piece with strange red banners and evil balloons. Margaret urged him to go nuts on the intensity of his colours, rather than the usual tepid colours many people use with this medium. Nice event, crowded but short.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Art book finished

As midnight approaches, William is getting the last parts of his overly complicated art book about paranoia done. It's been three weeks. Perhaps breaks to see art shows (nice work by Jess at the Creative City Centre) but inspiration is always welcome. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Winter is here

Started getting really cold. I got my second shingles vaccine shot as well as the flu vaccine. Fest great the rest of the day so did lots of work around the house. Found a bit of glass in the lemon loaf. Broke a picture frame in the studio downstairs. Broke the plastic bin of screws in the tool room, resulting in tipping it upside down and breaking a glass jar (big magnet sure came in handy). 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Marian's 60th

Marian Donnelly celebrated her 60th birthday with a big party at the Exchange. We were late and missed the live music and Fada Dance, but mostly we were there to see Marian. William is going hard on his art book, with the end finally in sight. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Combat Improv in new space

We've not gone to improv in probably a year. They hadn't been selling very well at the Artesian so it is natural that they would need to change something, and the thing they changed was the venue. It is a pop up, ex-store downtown on 11th Ave. It was a bit cold inside and the chairs were sinfully uncomfortable, but the comedy was good. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Gallery at performing arts centre

We went to an opening for a group art show (one day only) at the performing arts centre. Margaret is writing something about the group. Nice unplanned chat with Berny and Leesa in the Fifth Parallel today with Berny's show still up.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Nice Halloween. William didn't go to any houses, although he was dressed as Italian Spiderman. Geremy, Ellen, and Rory came over. Weather was good. Got 56 kids. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Carving pumpkins

Margaret and William were carving pumpkins when I got home from work. Later, after Talkies with "Clash of the Titans", Allan and I also carved a pumpkin each. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

book making madness

William has been struggling to even find the light at the end of the tunnel on an art book project he's been working on for a couple of weeks. It has so many inexplicable details he wants to include that he is almost paralyzed with decisions. One part I didn't even know existed until he was laying it out was a big fold out map, all done with the fragile old 1950s paper. 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

a Sunday

Baked biscotti, organized my game stuff, and prodded William towards progressing on his already late art-book project. Supper was at Margaret's parents' church. Cabbage rolls but no perogies. Turkey but no jellied salad. Lemon pie was nice. While the gang was at Geremy's, we made contact with Rob and felt the tension of his impending move out of the house. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Filmpool screening

This weekend there was a pretty interesting screening of prairie films, many being performance based and quite comical, curated by Colton Bates and Amber Christensen. Good crowd of a couple of dozen as well asa bunch of filmmakers in attendance. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

William university acceptance

William got an acceptance letter to the UofR MAP including an offer of a $1000 entrance scholarship. Of course they spelled "Saul" wrong, which I'll need to bring to someone's attention. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Gazebo temporarily in place

Thanks to Paul, Margaret, and William, we put the gazebo temporarily into the place it will be installed. In the spring I'll need to tamp the crusher dust and lay blocks then reinstall it here. Until then, it is stable, level, and out of the way. 

Berny and Sandra in gallery

Congratulations to Berny Hi and Sandra Staples-Jetko for their group exhibition at the Fifth Parallel at the University. Everything is a work in progress (which would be a good title for a show like this) as Berny was still making alterations to his work a half hour before the reception and Sandra, knowing better than to try to do that herself, also had ideas for how to change the work that the audience was yet to see. That's grad school for you. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Painted an old 110

This week in painting I did Margaret's old 110 camera, including her initial in one corner, with an off-scale flash bulb (instead of the required magic cube) supplied generously by Geremy. Lori is working on an apple. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

basement sorting

With the tool room now re-arranged, sorted, cleaned, and purged, I will need to take on the art/studio room, also in the basement. I have made progress on it a couple of times but this will be a much bigger cleanup than ever. Here is the before picture. I expect this to take a few weeks. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Family over for cake

I made two cheesecakes for the weekend. On Saturday we brought one to Ivana and Kathy's across the street (I thought it was the lemon one but it was the mango one). Sunday's cheesecake was for family (lemon finally) with George (not pictured), Lori and Al (the boys are busy with mid-terms), my parents and Margaret's parents. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

William early admission application

William and I headed down to the university for their open house and early admissions sessions. He got his unofficial transcripts from the high school and filled in the forms. We dropped into a few booths and got some pens and information, but didn't attend any of the longer break out sessions. On his forms he expressed interest in MAP and Science. The rest of the day was taken up working on his art book.  

Friday, October 19, 2018


Congratulations to the University of Regina students who convocated today. In particular, a bit call out to MFA grad Jesse Goddard and Master of Education Ellen Lague. Great to see you today.