Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Revisiting "Zip"

 Tyler Banadyga's film "Zip" starring Jason Hipfner ran at the RPL again. We were a bit annoyed that the image was stretched to 16:9 from its original 4:3 super-8 aspect ration. No projectionist on duty so no one knew how to fix it. William hasn't seen it but couldn't go as he is swamped with homework (2 project due tomorrow). I'd forgotten a lot of what the film was saying since last seeing it 12 years ago. It really is about the nature of youth and the expectation that they have something to say, which quite often they do not. Quoting books replaces actual content. Why do we expect so much from them? 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Weight of Sock-Vile

As Erik and Stephen work at sound and music, I've been trying to do final corrections to the picture (see glitch below) and editing of Sock-Vile. It was shot nearly 12 years ago and has moved between many computers, growing with each move and each revision and each software upgrade. I don't know how it has 88 thousand files in it, but there it is. My next step is colour correction and the final hand-painted credits. 

Monday, November 28, 2022

Catching up day

 Visited dad today. Saw mom there as well. Also did some writing and other work stuff, then took some evening time to paint. William was at class then stayed at university to paint until 8. He got a pretty cool painting finished. 

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Curtains for Sockvile

 Still tinkering with Sock-Vile. Today I was feeling sheepish about the phony, digital manipulated curtain scene so I reshot them so they could be more natural. Did it in computer room so that I could perform the pulling back of them in sync with the images as I ran them. While this ended up taking me at least a couple of hours, that was nothing compared with the time I wasted struggling to make the poorly shot curtains look like they are moving by using video tricks. Happier now, but am thinking I should take another year re-doing even more things. 

Saturday, November 26, 2022

SIFA awards

 I attended the SIFA awards hosted by the Filmpool at the museum this evening. Much smaller event than in the past. Strange to not have the pomp and fanfare like other years. I hated that stuff, but still feels odd to not have it there. Very low key. Happy to have voted for Curtis for audience favorite for his Pot Head web series. 

Friday, November 25, 2022

Kyath Battie talk

MAP Speaker Series this afternoon: Kyath showed some amazing films that she's been working on over the past few years, starting with what she shot at the film farm in 2018. 

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Raegan Moynes exhibition


Dropped past Fifth Parallel Gallery and took a look at Raegan Moynes MFA exhibition. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2022


 What I described yesterday worked all right. Everything a bit rushed and sloppy, but the lesson delivered. Here is one little thing I made with clay and glass: 

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Testing rear projection

 To avoid technical problems like last week, I set up a rear projection and camera and other stuff today so that class should go smoothly this week. Set up is complicated. Performer will need to hold still, moving like an animated figure, captured live with a high 8 camera with image fed to a mini-projector which shines onto a rear screen in front of which will be an animated model being photographed by another camera which feeds into the computer running Dragon Frame and that computer feeds its signal up the the class projector so everyone can watch. 

Monday, November 21, 2022

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Grey Cup

 Weather was nice for the Grey Cup. We didn't go, of course. Jets flew over a couple of times but otherwise we didn't hear much. 

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Neutral Ground party

Neutral Ground turns 40 and had a 1980s party. I wore shirt painted by Pukka-T in 1988 and my coat from 1987. When the band covered "Eye of the Tiger" we knew it was time to leave. 

Friday, November 18, 2022

Roots in sewer

 Our sewer line continues to be perfect since redoing it 25 years ago. However, roots are getting into the city side of things and giving us problems for the second time. Guys came and routed out out. Bill goes to the city and is taken off of our water bill. 

Thursday, November 17, 2022


 In class  yesterday we did a session on the praxiniscope. They all worked then watched in class, rather than me letting them take home the pattern - no one has ever returned with praxiniscope drawings from home to view them in one of my classes. Having work time in class is proving very fun. My rotoscope session messed up (technical problems of mine) so at least something worked. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

William getting very busy

 As tje term comes near the end. William is more busy than ever on projects and having difficulties keeping up with extra stuff like his radio show. Tyler Banadyga came to the house this evening and they recorded enough solid stuff for two shows. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Liking the fake wood

 Wood in my paintings almost always messes me up. This one is more just a bit brown, although the plastic surface seems to evoke wood in some way. Work well anyway. 

Monday, November 14, 2022

No socks

Visited dad. He was in the sitting room at the end of the hallway with slippers but no socks. I thought this unusual, but since found out that he is no longer as obsessed with having socks as I'd though. 

 Got home to find William had been doing his new rat king character in watercolour. 

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Gertrud's birthday and explosion

 After we visited with Gertrud on her birthday, William and I drove around the area where a house blew up this morning. It was blocked by police and, as the weather was cold, we didn't try to hike in. Ends up it was an empty house and a gas explosion. Nothing Breaking Bad - like. 

Saturday, November 12, 2022

William back at cyanotypes

 William has been doing his cyanotpes at home. Results have been imperfect. The film strips seem to refuse to flatten against the paper, even though he has a heavy piece of plate glass on top of them. 

Friday, November 11, 2022

Painting again

 Throughout the fall I have not been painting as much as I should. It does tend to relax me but I have so many things I'm worrying about that I believe I should be working on that I will not give myself the time to paint. Very negative circle. Add to that, my turntable was in being repaired and Margaret has been writing (so I've tried to keep off the table and be more quiet) so I have not had the right head space (created through music) to get into the groove. 

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Felicia Gay at the MacKenzie

 Felicia Gay did a talk this evening at the MacKenzie regarding her curatorial practice and her current exhibition on Faye HeavyShield. Margaret was working and William is drawing (below) so I went alone. The talk often leaned towards stories (in which she is generally talking about First Nations traditional stories) as not being legends and not being metaphors but being true and being living things. She talked about blood memory. I get to wondering where the differences between art theory and religion lie. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Fred at 90

 Margaret's father, Fred Bessai, turned 90 today. Lots of flowers sent to the house. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Work bench plans

 Sean was kind enough to show me his work benches so that I can try to figure out how I should build one for the garage. This will likely need to wait until spring. 

Monday, November 7, 2022

Winter painting

Winter is now here. I still have lots of things to catch up on and to plan for, but am feeling more free to paint now. Record player working again (Kevin at Audio Warehouse couldn't find a new replacement for the micro-switch that turns it on/off, but was able to salvage a switch from an old turntable). Put on some Warren Zevon while painting this camera from Amy Snider. 

Sunday, November 6, 2022


 Winter is here. This won't go away until spring. We finally parked in the garage. I've very seldomly every parked in a garage. Our old one was small and did park in it in the winter for a few years, but not in at least ten years. 

Katherine on the radio

 I think that William and his cousin Katherine had a pretty good time (65 minutes to be precise) talking about comics for his radio show. 

Upon listening to it later, I was surprised that they misinterpreted the Lio strip where the information sign refers to the idea that the monolith has a history of imparting great knowledge onto people (such as teaching the cave people how to use a bone as a weapon). 

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Two camera paintings

 Painted this Rebel camera today (above). Painted this other older camera from multiple sides last week. 

Friday, November 4, 2022

Lifelong Learning again

 Today I returned to the lifelong learning international film course for my second (and final) session of the fall, this time showing Jacques Tati's "Trafic". Six people today, so much more lively. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

William prepares his film

 William's conceptual art this week is the presentation of cyanotypes which are supposed to be the only remaining evidence of a lost gangster film from the 1920s. The strips of paper for the cyanotypes are only  a couple feet long so he needs to select short clips from the footage he shot last week. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Garage finished

 Mark, having recovered from covid, came and finished the last details of the garage today. All done and functional.