November 6, 2007

Life without a TV

I know there are people out there who boast about not having a tv but I'm not one of them. I'm addicted to evening television of the reality sort - Dexter (isn't reality but I love it), Top Chef, Top Design, Project Runway and various programs that fix up and sell homes. Even if I'm not watching, it's there in the background. Last night we had our usual power failure. Averaging about 1 - 2 times a month. There's something seriously wrong here and the power outages have cost our condo thousands of dollars in repair bills. We've sent a letter to Toronto Hydro asking them to reimburse the building. Ha! They must be laughing.
Well, last night my tv was fried when the surge of power was turned back on. I'm going nuts without my staple of entertainment. Who will be eliminated on Dancing with the Stars...? I'm so shallow. I should be reading but who can concentrate. I just ordered a tv online from Future Shop but the website is dithering over something and so I must wait for a phonecall. Boy, do the tvs ever look different these days. Somehow I feel that I've ordered a monitor for the computer. I can't stand the tension of waiting for possibly a week until it's delivered. But, at least I'm finally doing the laundry.

November 4, 2007

Michael DeMeng

I can't believe that a month has slipped by without a post. I think it's been a month, hard to tell.

I took my first workshop in about a year. I'm so grateful to Carmi for bringing Micheal deMeng to Toronto to teach 2 classes. Needless to say, I didn't really finish off any of the projects. But that's alright. Michael is a patient, positive presence in the classroom. Especially to those with little confidence. His critique of all the work at the end of each class was so supportive and we all got to see the creativity of every one in the class. Some of the work was really amazing.

The first class was using polaroid pictures and making them 3 dimentional with the original polaroid photo supplying the frame at the end.

The second day of classes involved an extension of what we had done the day before. It was, in a sense, creating tunnel vision by layering and depicting in the spaces an image. I managed to completely obscure the final image which was quite nice. A daVinci. The layers are held together with screws. I have yet to embellish mine.