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Monday, September 16, 2019

Painting with Ward Schell

Given the extra time allowed by my sabbatical, and my overwhelming need to do something creative that doesn't drive me as crazy as computer animation all day, I'll be doing two painting classes. Today I started one with Ward Schell. He and I talked at great length about what I should be trying this fall and his support and enthusiasm felt very good. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Coffee at our house

Leslea, Leif, and Dianne came for coffee. The weather turned hot and the deck was unmanageable. We retreated to the gazebo. Margaret was working. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Al's 60th

My sister hosted a part to celebrate her husband's 60th birthday this weekend. William had a long conversation with Lori's friend Bobbi, whom I'll be seeing more this fall as she is in the painting class on Mondays. Quinn is taller than William still, but not by much.
After the party we saw a bit of Leslea and Lief at Beer Brothers. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

animation tests

Slowly figuring out Adobe Animate, but still making more mistakes than I am getting things right. What keeps happening is that I do various procedures in the wrong order and then cannot fix them without redoing things. It seems to be very dependent on what order you do things. Anyway, I have a new idea about deer. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Jon Tewksbury screening

Nice crowd of about 30-35 people at screening I curated of Jon Tewksbury's films (along with collaborator Jason Shabatoski who unfortunately couldn't make it this evening).

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Surprising new art

Chrystene Ells gave William a Kafka clock she made for her father years ago. He recognized it right away and was overcome with joy.
Later we got a guided tour of Allan's original drawings which are up at the Balkwill Centre this fall. They are also amazing. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Nikki and Lane at Hunter Gatherer

Lunched with Nikki and Lane today. Mooky joined us later. We had a great conversation about their traveling art show, "The General Store" and about the nature of trade. Also just great all around conversation (including lots of Ponies, obviously).

Sunday, September 8, 2019

End of Swampfest

Mooky was hosting Swampfest today, so that was a huge priority. William got page 3 of his 4 page Swamp comic done so that was distributed a bit but he was a bit disappointed in himself over not completing it on time. 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Late night with Swampfest artists

William, me, and Mitchell Wiebe
We went to the Saturday night Swampfest event at the soundstage. As I expected, the music was very loud and there was almost no place to sit down - the sort of thing I loved when I was younger but that I'm less interested in these days. Mostly we wanted to see the work installed by David Hoffos, which was certainly quite cool (it is ghostly projections that don't photograph easily so no images here). I hoped to make a quick escape but then we got caught up in the kitchen party, or more precicely the lobby party with long and interesting conversations with Mitchell Wiebe who took a break from installing at the MacKenzie to take in some festival, and with David Hoffos/Margo Henry who was happy to talk about art and other shit for an hour or two. Glad we came.
Me, William, and David Hoffos

Swampfest on Willow Island

Afternoon on Willow Island. I mostly listened to music and talked with Mike Rollo and Allan. William was all over the place, playing Allan's commissioned swamp game, drawing, trading with "The General Store", and having conversations about who knows what. He posed a little scene with TAB at the end of the afternoon without even knowing TAB's secret identity...

Friday, September 6, 2019

Stickers at Swampfest

Swampfest opened today (Friday). The highlight this evening for us personally was that William was commissioned ($) to create stickers for the touring "Scummy Magic" machine. You can get a randomly selected one in three sticker for a dollar. Tonight was at the German Club. It moves to Willow Island tomorrow. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Full day for William

 William had a pretty full day today, attending three lectures, having coffee with me and Chrystene (where we also ran into Philippe, Sylvain, Sheila, and others), and later went to a vendors demo day at Fresh and Sweet, a local food collective running out of the renovated McGavin's Bakery.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

First day of university

William headed out to his first day of university. Unfortunately, his first two classes were canceled. There is another one, probably not canceled, after supper so he can finally get a start. Regardless, he did manage to meet a couple of people and ran into some old friends as well. He had mini-donuts with Quinn, just as I did last year. More news later. 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Returning home

Left Winnipeg after less than 48 hours, but it was a fantastic break in our month nevertheless. William was able to talk "ponies" for quite a few hours with Teagan. The drive home was uneventful. Cats are ok.