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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Margaret's Birthday

Strange birthday all around today. I went painting, leaving Margaret in bed with coffee and pie and a book. She thus forgot her dentist appointment (at the time, she must have thought having her teeth cleaned on her birthday was a good idea). She sent William off to class and went to a rescheduled afternoon appointment, but shortly after I got home, so did William as he thought class was cancelled (it was moved, but he didn't read his email closely enough). He started working on his Halloween costume, which attracted the cats. He and I then worked on a secret video about making muffins. Margaret and I shopped for a new laptop in the evening (got some leads but no purchase yet). Book store after William finished his evening class, then home for drinks. Many confused events, spilled drinks, wrong colours, and broken glass, but also ice cream, conversations with friends, and relaxing moments.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Early birthday pie

We began Margaret's birthday a day early with pie and candles and some storytelling games with Allan.
Earlier in the day, William and I were lunching at Hendersons and noticed that the Fifth Parallel student gallery exhibition in the Riddell Centre on campus had been installed and it includes his drawing "Grandma's Surprise". The show is called "Boo!" and the theme is the macabre.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Thanksgiving #2

The big second Thanksgiving that Richard and Gerda host at the seniors centre was very nice, although quieter this year owing to a number of the regular children being missing due to flues. George was out on the farm as expected, even though it was snowing as we headed out.
William engaged Fred in lengthy conversation about IQ tests.
 Earlier in the day we lunched with Erik, visiting from Calgary (solo this trip).

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Thanksgiving #1

Roasted a 15 lb bird and cleaned house. My parents came over to eat but ultimately only stays 1.5 hours. We were cleaned up and ready to watch tv by 7:30. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

House cleaning

Spent some of the day animating (above), but actually mostly cleaning house,  moving things around the yard, getting ready for Thanksgiving, baking a couple of cheesecakes, and watching some tv. William got onto an epic online game with Xander so Margaret and I watched Rocketman without him. No photos today. 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Transylvania mail

Package arrived for me from Transylvania University. The journal on German Expressionism with articles that emerged out of the Caligari Project including one by me and Chrystene. Many thanks to Christina Stojanova for her commitment towards this project. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Saskatoon appointment at new hospital

Took William to Saskatoon for appointment with his doctor. The new children's hospital is open (I don't know if it is complete, but at least parts are). The newest scoliosis x-ray machine is in there so he got a session with it and the results are quite amazing. Much more soft tissue shows up.
Afterwards we tied out Ace Burgers on Broadway with Mike. It used to be a food truck but now it is a brick and mortar. Good food, good price.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

window wells

Simon put the window wells in and bolted the steps back into place. That likely completes the job, except for landscaping that is something we'll do. I painted a camera that I found on my shelf this morning. It was an 8mm Brownie but I don't think I ever actually looked at it as I only today discovered that it has serious moisture damage. I added some reddish rust in a couple spots, but mostly you cannot tell it is rusty from my painting.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Joker at Joker

William, Allan and I went to "Joker" last night. Intense, reminiscent of "Taxi Driver" with a bit of "King of Comedy" mixed in (certainly De Niro wasn't in the film by accident). There was an idiot sitting next to us who brought his 7 year old daughter. The trailers were mostly horror based, so he should have started to get the hint, but he didn't. Only a few minutes into the feature, she begins telling him that she's scared and he has to explain what is happening in it, but he doesn't take her out. In fact, by 15 minutes in, she had to start watching it sitting on his lap. 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Filling the hole

Simon filled the hole and the side of the house is safe again. A bit of landscaping yet, as well as new window-wells and the stairs to the deck need to be put back, but all of that is fairly fast.
I painted using only pallet knives today. Result is interesting but quite weird when it is close up. I'm not afraid of the looseness, but this was a bit aggravating. Also, while it would seem at first to be a fast system of painting (and that is something I like), it really isn't because the paint is always thick and the more you work, the blurrier it gets. 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Reno and yard progress

Simon came this weekend and painted tar on the new exterior wall he poured. Another coating needs to be added before backfilling, but there were some delays for rain so it is good that he came on a weekend to make sure things move along. 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Power out

The power went out for an hour or so across about half the city including our house and the Balkwill centre were Terri was selling ceramics. With the strike on, I am surprised it was fixed as quickly as it was (about 1.5 hours I think). Terri and Xander came by after for visits and supper. William shot some video with the PXL2000 camera (I don't have any production stills yet). 

Friday, October 4, 2019

home working

I did a painting of an SLR while William did homework. Worked on my animation. I'm starting to figure out how sequences are constructed and how to put multiple figures into a show. Slowly. 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Stereo working

I got a record player working a few days ago but now, after at least two years (probably 3, maybe 4) I have the living room speakers wired into my "new" amplifier and I can play records in the living room while listening to the tv in the tv room, through the same machine. I knew it did this but he instructions were oblique. Trial and errror. Trial and error.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Cheech and Chong, Live

My sister bought William tickets for Cheech and Chong at the Centre of the Arts for his birthday. He and I went. This was quite a thrill, having been a fan since I was a kid. I got a turntable working earlier in the day so that we could listen to their albums to prime up for the event. The show was a bit different that anticipated, but then again we should consider that they are quite old and have done a lot of drugs, so perhaps it was more lucid and less manic than one might hope. The show was split between old routines (and they chose ones that didn't necessarily hold up well), songs (mostly their parodies of 70s/80s hits but did include a hit song Chong wrote for the Supremes before the duo got together, and monologues talking about the old days, about being arrested, about getting together, and other life things. This was the really fresh stuff that I appreciated more than the actual comedy. They were helped by Chong's wife (who acted in three of their films) and a roadie/guitarist who didn't say anything. Low key show. Once in a lifetime, but odd.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Drawing with Allan

After supper we saw Toy Story 4 at the Rainbow then back to the house where William started his "macabre" drawing to pitch for a student exhibition and Allan finished off his TAB vs Swampy drawing (with many cameos from local mythologies). 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Skype with June

Did a Skype lecture for June to her media class in St. John on the topic of experimental film today. There were a couple of questions, but it's difficult to hear and to connect so mostly it is a one way communication.
Painted the Bolex again. The snow last night stopped Ward from getting to town. On top of that, the heat was off in the Balkwill Centre. I have a couple mistakes that I 'll really want to fix on this painting as a result of weather, cold, and rushing to get to the lecture in time.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Arthur and family visit

Gertud and Fred's old friend Arthur came up from Australia for a visit, bringing his whole family (or at least those that could go) on a world tour. From Regina they will hit Niagara Falls then I believe Berlin. I thought we'd stop in to say hi to just Arthur, but then discovered the whole group and we stuck around, eventually joining them all for supper at Gulf's. Lots of great chats about life in the arts, travel, tv, family, and food. 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Pile of Bones Film Festival

Jon Tewksbury has once again proven his adeptness in programming films with the fourth annual (I hope there are more!) Pile of Bones film festival. The single evening event included over a dozen short films, all with a sense of humour and a sense of space, and both of those things belonging to the prairies. It's difficult to pin down what the inherent prairie sensibility was in this year's films (I'm not sure if last year fest quite this way) but it certainly included a sense of loneliness and more than a dash of desperation. I felt very connected to the work and regret that summer events distracted me from entering anything myself. Regardless, I was treated like I was a programmed filmmaker anyway and we all went across the street for drinks and snacks after the films. William enjoyed connecting in this way as well and experienced post-event barroom festivities for the first time.

When we were leaving, the snow started. 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Amaile Atkins opens at Art Gallery of Regina

I was supper pumped to see Amalie Atkins' new exhibition at the AGR this weekend. I ran into her in the parking lot and got to say hi, but it was cold and I was carrying a wet painting so we didn't chat. When evening came, I had a massive headache, perhaps a minor migraine, and was in a daze for the whole talk. I don't think I could repeat a single thing that she said. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Microscopic camera

I ordered a small microscopic camera from Amazon (it is the one that has been popping up on Facebook every day). It works when I have it connected to the computer but I've not figured out how to connect it to the tablet yet, even though it is obviously meant to be used that way. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Pixelvision camera painting

Painted my PXL 2000 camera today. It's such an odd shape that I made quite a few errors but generally they are invisible if you aren't comparing the painting to the original. Staying loose. Deb is suggesting more smudges outside of the camera and brought some images from Art Now to inspire. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Quick and Dirty

Some solid talks mixed with some weaker ones tonight at quick and dirty. The speakers were primarily restaurant owners, and brewers along with a writer and a skrunchy maker. It's always surprising who ends up being engaging or not. 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Painting again

For the first time, I have repeated a camera that I'm painting. This isn't because I've run out but because I'm committing my Monday paint sessions to the Bolex, in particular to an old Bolex I own that has a large zoom lens affixed to it. Today I did just the lens and I worked only with a large (1" wide) brush. It was a nice new challenge. Ward said I did well.
William had his first session at physio, even though his doctor doesn't want him doing any actual physio until the metal has bonded firmly with the bones. Margaret took him while I painted. Meanwhile, her collage collective were hanging a new set of works in the hallway without her. One of her pieces was assembled with magnets and proved unmanageable and was not hung.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

no work done today

Lunch at mom and dad's. Sean and Ruth and Quinn came too. Pleasant. Then chair shopping at Alfred's. Sale has everything about 1/4 to 1/3 off but all sales cash and final. Didn't settle on anything.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Home all day

Stayed home all day. Had a nap. Animated. This is the sort of thing I need to do every day. Nothing new in this animation but I am mostly just repeating the processes I'm learning until they become second nature. Not there yet. I'm making mistakes and trying to fix them instead of doing it all again. Fixing things is proving to be harder of those choices. This is based on a tiger from the Winnipeg zoo.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Taking art breaks

 William has Fridays off so we both ended up working at home most of the day. Simon and his crew were working on our south wall (below) which does have a few big cracks so I guess it is a good idea we have it repaired. They'll break for the weekend, so the yard is a bit unmanageable for now. We took a break to head to the MacKenzie to see Mitchell Wiebe's work, still in progress even though he opened the show yesterday (that we missed due to Art Now). We'd met Mitchell last week at Swampfest so I was quite anxious to follow up with seeing his art and to meet him again. It is a dizzying display of glam items, bold colours, and stream of consciousness design making me feel at times like I'm in his house, and other times like I am in his brain.
 In the evening, Margaret and William attended a fountain pen event at Paper Umbrella. While I really support and encourage such activities, I don't know what possessed me to go myself. I didn't have a chair and didn't have commonality with the people there, so I opted to walk around outside and listen to the radio in the car. William did a couple drawings, had some conversations, and won a door prize pen.