Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Return to painting

 After a break of about 2 weeks, I got back to painting. I've been low on cameras and also been very busy with work and other stuff. Class with my sister resumed at the Balkwill. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

William's car in movie

 I lent William's car to the in-class film shoot with my students today. 

Monday, September 20, 2021


 Quinn got back from Switzerland last week and we finally got a chance to see him. He met up with us on campus, although there was not a cup of coffee to be bought. He had a great time on his work term there but had to confine most of his extra activities to hiking due to covid. 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Tarp on gazebo

Did the math and found a tarp (at Princess Auto) to cover the gazebo roof until we have the ability to fix it.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Snake Oil

 Allan, Terri, and Xander came over this evening. It had turned amazingly warm with the temperature up to 31 and it stayed warm enough to play a game on the deck until nigh midnight. Ran through the entire deck of William's new Snake Oil game that his cousin Sean bought for him as a belated birthday gift. Great fun.

Friday, September 17, 2021


 Attended Queer City Cinema screening curated by Elian Mikkola which was followed by a conversation about the work headed by Gary. 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Slate opening with Jeff Nachtigall

 Surprised to see that Jeff is now represented by Slate. Wonderful to catch up with him without having to yell between yards. We also got a lot of amusement from Frans's miniature dumpsters. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Adventure Time

 Box set, shaped like a book with stories and new illustrations on every page, for Adventure Time arrived. All ten seasons. We've seen them but have been wanting to revisit them. A lifetime of joy. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Money shot

Built a prop for the in class student film shoot. I drew the bag. Robert cut up a phone book for my bundles of money. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

William's first oil painting

 Mid-progress on William's first oil painting. The assignment was to copy of of the handful examples presented by David. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Video of William drawing

 William has a drawing project about "performing a line". He has a few ideas and one of them, not necessarily the preferred variation, needs to be created outside in nice weather so, regardless of whether he'll hand it in or not, he performed at the back of the garage on the panels I painted white this summer (our garage will be re-built but as of now, the burned shell is still standing). Not watched this yet but am worried that it will be full of wind noise. 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Digging down the street

 They are re-routing some water mains on 15th Avenue. I didn't know that the mains were so big. Talked to them, Water is 18 feet down. I also finished shooting some 3D images. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Coffee with Sharon and Dad

 Sharon in town just for a couple of days to visit mom and dad. We went to the Mercury for coffee and pie. Dad was facing the door and commenting on all the "girls" coming in and suggesting this is the reason I picked this as the location to meet. When I finally turned, I discovered that the "girls" probably hadn't been in school since 1970. Eye of the beholder. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Broken tooth

 While the tooth I broke the other day is not causing me any pain, it appears that it has broken to below the gum line so that means major work. Love these immediate xrays. Wish I could play with this machine for a while (although it is fortunate that I cannot). 

Monday, September 6, 2021

Working holiday

 It was great to have a Monday holiday as I'm already behind on everything. I needed to combine the students' ideas together into a screenplay and managed to do so today: 12 page screenplay in 7 hours. 

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Long weekend fire


With no planning, we just threw some chairs out into the  yard and lit a fire. Very last minute. With a holiday tomorrow so we kicked back there until after midnight. Allan, Terri, and Xander came over. 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Gerri Ann's cottage studio

 Gerri Ann hosted tours of her studio on Saturday. We'd seen it before but wanted to visit a bit, especially since Linda was planning on arriving later in the afternoon. It's been at least 4 years since we'd had a chance to catch up. 

Friday, September 3, 2021

Deb birthday

We attended a birthday party held at the side room in the Italian Club for Margaret's festival friend Deb. We only knew a few people but it was  pleasant affair. 


Thursday, September 2, 2021

Broke a tooth.

 Late Thursday evening I broke a tooth eating popcorn. Called dentist on Friday morning to find they all have an extra long weekend and back on Tuesday. No pain so I can live. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021


 William received some really nice birthday chocolates from a friend in Winnipeg. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021


 Biggest hail I ever remember seeing. It came down for about 10 minutes. I got hit by a few when I tried to pick them up and they really hurt. Gazebo roof is trashed. 

Monday, August 30, 2021

First day of school

 Always get a bit misty eyed when our little guy heads off for the first day of school each fall. Admittedly it is less and less of a big deal on the 16th time.... 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Nuit Blanche

 Nuit Blanche (Regina) went well. The whole thing was held earlier this year, which made it far nicer than years when we literally got snowed upon. The whole thing was held in the warehouse area but unlike last year, traffic was restricted by many roads being blocked. This led to a lot more interaction and conversation. There was very loud live music happening for the entire time which I thought was part of one exhibit but was really a club out of control. I saw quite a few past and present graduate students. Rania's video was very thoughtful. Dianne's film looked fantastic with her new 4K projector. More envy on my part. 

Friday, August 27, 2021

Demon Police


Last night, after coffee with Kevin, I sat down with William to get him past his writer block on the radio drama he's been writing this summer. We did a read through of the 11 typed pages and then I began hand writing what comes next. I'd expected to get some general scenes but as they emerged, William had exact wording formulated in his head for most of it. I eventually couldn't keep up with a pen and typed the rest, injecting a joke or two of my own along the way (although he vetoed many of them). At 21 pages, he has a readable draft that he's combing through and editing today. 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Erik in town

Erik in town, passing through on way to living in Toronto. Julia flew - she has a position at OCAD. 
Julia is part of a new exhibition at the MacKenzie so William, Erik and I went to take a look. We got a couple of insights into her process from Erik who has been watching (and occasionally helping) with these weird and wonderful artworks of sugar. 

 Dropped Erik off. He's "cleaning house" and gave us his fogger and we dumpster dove for his first camera, a Lego cam that he'd thrown away earlier today. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Sandra defense

 Sandra defended her MFA this morning. This went very well, at least after a few nervous moments. Everyone came out of it happy and new connections were made. 

Surveyors came today and we will soon know where we live. It is the next step to getting the new garage. 

William recorded the last 15 episodes of the PudCast. I'll help edit them and he'll be scheduling them to drop one per week until around the end of the semester. They are short and funny - follow the link and subscribe. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

More end of summer work

Upon going through the cameras Ian Preston lent to me, I realized that I had the original flash for the first Polaroid camera but ad forgotten to attach it. I did a second painting of this camera, with emphasis on the flash. The purple bulb was fun. 

 William created his outline for his Minecraft course he'll be teaching later this fall. Still lots of things to do to prepare, but this will give  him the structure necessary. I made suggestions for pedagogy, but the raw material is all his. 

Monday, August 23, 2021

Continuing to race for completion


Summer is almost over. The weather is no longer hot, some days are downright cold. Today I got back to some painting, doing the 4 lens camera which was marketed for creating lenticular images that I borrowed from Ian Preston. It's the second last of Ian's cameras I have. I sat with William for a long while listening to podcasts and making him focus on the corrections and completions of the difficult middle page of his "Dark Shadows Knight" comic page. After much consternation, one panel was filled with the text "RIP", and with that, the project is done. Another thing completed. 

Sunday, August 22, 2021

William in last throws of summer

 Late August contains two things for William - his birthday and my pushing him to finish all the things he started over the past months. We hung out with my mom and dad for a while and then William was back to the basement to finish his One Take Super 8 project. Check that one off. 

Yesterday he and I both submitted ghost stories to be turned into animations and shown at Nuit Blanche next week. That's two completions this weekend. 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Invited to supper at Barb and Martin's

 Fabulous food. Nice conversation in gazebo with fire table afterwards. Desert conversation resulted in Emma breaking up with laughter.