Sunday, July 9, 2017

Falls in Dundas Ontario


   Out with Wanda and Lisa to visit Websters Falls, Sherman Falls and Tiffany Falls last week, the weather was terrific for shooting in the cool shade of the forested settings. Unfortunately I didn't get many shots of Webster's falls due to the impeding fences and higher elevation where we were in the 'pay to enter' park situation. The views there were limited for good angles of the falls.




Sunday, March 26, 2017

New Soundtrack music for Empty Entertainment

I was recently asked to join Michael Tait in a collaboration of short animations.
It started in 2016,... please check out the collection on his Vimeo site.

Here is one of Michael's press releases;

We here at Empty Entertainment are pleased to bring you a double bill.  We delayed release of our feature Inside when our compatriots at Fool Forever Funnies suggested that we should have a cartoon before the main event, that we had been letting our viewers down by not providing a full cinematic experience. We were taken aback, was this true or just an a means to promote content provided by Fool Forever Funnies. What about the cost, this would double our typical running time.   Well Empty Entertainment have never let cost be a consideration in bringing you quality entertainment and when Fool Forever informed us that they had procured the services of Empty Entertainment's favorite King of composers Mr. Porter Woodrow it was cost be damned full sprockets ahead.

Up Coming

Over the next few weeks look for a new Fool Forever Funny : In the Land of Nether and principle shooting has begun on a devilish new film from Empty Entertainment but more about that in our next press release.

We thank you for indulging us the added viewing time time and hope you enjoy the films.

M. Tait
Chief liaison and Good Time Charlie
Empty Entertainment
"Time's a-wastin"

Please enjoy the collection.
I have certainly enjoyed creating the music to accompany Michael's animated adventures.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Having a great time with my iPhone 5S

Love the camera on this Cell,.. its amazing. I got this cell phone when it first came out and I'm still thrilled with the images it captures.

Nothing going on these days other than watching cat videos and taking pictures of Lou and Froggie.

Check out the amazing detail in this standard shot, mind you this is not, I repeat,
NOT an HDR image, I just had to share.
No really, I am doing other things and keeping oh so ADD involved with the world however the lens and the CCD on this camera is outrageously great,..

I will be investing in another Apple cell phone in the future for damn sure.


.... and here is an image of 'Froggie' lounging around under the couch.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

'Conundrum' a 16-foot rawhide-covered cedar strip canoe at Muhtadi Drum Festival

It was a terrific day to enjoy the performers at Woodbine park
Find details of this fabulous 'Canoe - Drum' created by David Hynes on the link below.

 I had the pleasure of participating in a little session and what a wonderful experience it was!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hey,... it's JUNE 2016 !!

Ba-Ha',... June and the end of an era

   Just checking in with a 'transitional' comment regarding my point of departure from a 24 year career in teaching to my new career in the retirement sector.

   Here are some pictorial testaments of a few shenanigans and delirious carrying- on's from the Art department at Northview and beyond.

   We've had some great guffaw's and gut wrenching groans of laughter over the years and I feel very proud of having delivered a sustainable visual arts curriculum with my treasured colleagues, we've had a wonderful exchange.

At this year's Art's Night - Gallery Showing
Compassionate cutter of trees
Passionate cutter of trees
Jeff 'the Gladiator' Shortt 


Year book photo of Art dept. 2016

Margaret with buddy Suzy Lake at the AGO back in 2014

just a 'normal' 3D Anaglyph 'Curriculum Day' in the Arts office

My 'Sis' and fellow Art teacher Wanda with one of her paintings at the Propeller Gallery
Mary Mack yakking it up with friends at the Propeller Gallery May 19th

Joe Muscat and buddy at Propeller opening

My favorite Art patron and gallerygoer Alex Smith

 A typical gaggle of kids in tow down at the AGO

... and this is where you will find me when not in the 'Hill',...  I'll be in St. John's and environs.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

the Molecule Mural - UPDATE

Phase One - Cafeteria installation Complete

here is actual evidence of the mural I'm working on at Northview,

I've done all of the jig saw work cutting the pieces and some of Mr. Belanger's students have cut the foundation - anchor discs. Students volunteering for their community hours have done the prepping and painting of the wooden pieces.

A total of 5 components (clusters) have been installed on the north wall of the cafeteria.
They are modular in nature and are composed of cut out 1/4 inch plywood molecules (underlay flooring material) with thermal colour prints mounted on black and white foam core and / or  'Plasti-core'.

All of the artworks that will be fixed to the 'foundation molecules' will be circular crops of photography and reproductions of traditional student artworks.

This allows the compositions as modular 'exhibits' to be flexible and easy to edit.

'Have been planning this for two years now and finally begun the installation. 

The mural should be completed by the end of June and next year new artworks can be added or updated.

Its funny how a description of the images are 'circle crops' and not 'crop circles'

I am such a banana head eh?

This is just a start but I'm really glad that the original concept actually works, will be tweeking the content as it grows of course, regarding the size of the circles etc., will be adjusting along the way with new pieces easily screwed into the plywood molecules with 1/4 inch wood screws and small drywall screws

The neat thing is, the more layers we apply the 'relief effect' off of the wall will increase creating a nice drop shadow effect.

I have been preparing the content in association with a variety of course disciplines at Northview and will be conferring with dept. heads for their recommendations as I go along.

The mural should reflect a value system shared by a progressive school. Still to be mounted on the mural are Canadian heroes,.. such as Terry Fox as well as Martin Luther King, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong along with Barrack Obama as well as others,... people of Cultural Importance,... Malala Yousafza,... Ghandhi,.. Nelson Mandela,.. etc.,

Why Dali? Some people think he's a knob,.... he just grabs your attention and is globally, a well known artist. I like Dali's stare more than Pablo Picasso's leer.

Einstein looks like he's had a few doesn't he?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

March Break Review Highlights -

Thursday of March Break

a visit to the R.O.M. - 4th Floor   Douglas Coupland exhibit

Queen St. West... Graffiti alley roam-around

The Cameron House with Corin Raymond & the Sundowners !


     4th Floor installation

   Tim Kamino and I took our tour of the ROM on a very busy thursday afternoon. The moment I stepped into the gallery I could feel this "I've been here before" sensation. Yes, it was Barbara Kruger, Andy Warhol, Kim Adams, not to mention Jenny Holzer and Ai Wei Wei. It was a great reminder of my art school days that piqued my interest in Contemporary Fine Art - history.
    Douglas Coupland is retreading our sense of Pop - Art as it were. I'm sure he is OK with that.
  The bottles on shelves were a pop graphic sensation, other statements were subtle and underhanded or shall I say came at you from the side,.. re- the massive object collections and surreal landscape in a box'.


  This study in colour is a wonderful piece that immediately brings to mind 'Atomic' and particle theory', a lateral path artists have explored since the great Jackson Pollock, something that is not only a metaphysical awareness of matter but an overall subjugation of Aesthetics.
    Ahhhh, -behold, the beauty of art and science, if I could only articulate the promissory note that they are related!!


  Tim noticed one of the kids circumambulating this table top display exclaiming; 
'hey'-there aren't any stop lights,... there aren't any stoplights! Wow, out of the mouths of babes eh? 

Help me here - west coast totem - colour field theory ?

   Probably one of the nicest installations, I loved the content in this corner of the gallery.
Truly a narrative, a history, a 3 dimensional depository , a diorama of Canadian identity.


   Very clean, very clinical, I don't know why I like this portion of the installation, I will think further about the juxtaposition and will get back to you on that.

A new ROM display of The 'Ivory Goddess'

   I couldn't leave without seeing a newly added but small exhibit, a controversial Minoan figure from the past. It is questionable how old she truly is or if she is a fraud but it was an honor to meet her just the same. We giggled in our grade 10 art class years ago, every guy thinking to themselves sharing the same thought: 'Now that's the kind of fashion that suits me fine, post mini-skirt - bring it on'!
read more of the controversy here.

On to Queen west and a tour of  'fresh graffiti'
It was late afternoon and the sun was giving us all her 'luma juice' on this stupidly cold and nippy day.

Down the Alleys



    Popeye meets Picasso's neon period in the car park, a gorgeous play of electric neon colour and 'cubistic' refraction. The space on this wall has been beautifully divided.

   'Stormy Portals', an alley entrance that sports an 'old-timey' elevator / loading - dock door.


    Grind your eyes on this visual chew! Again, the colours are magnificent.

   A cute pocket robot? Wonderful linear drawing, a negative of sorts, plays with inversality.

   'Banana- Rama Ding Dong - Rat Bike',.. love the colour, even has a Felix the cat decal on the back of the seat. We met the artist this afternoon as he was staging the bike for his own shoot. He didn't mind us admiring his retro wheels and allowed us to snap away.

   An improvisational reno? - when one really needs a cool breezeway,
install 'pane-less' windows, has a bombed  - out kinda feel.

   I'm not going in there '

   Alas ! A wonderful, Khaki colour, a warm backdrop to a funky rear of house / studio.

Corin Raymond & the Sundowners

at the Cameron play a stupendous matinee

to close out our day 'Sonic Food for the SOUL'  and we are blessed.

The BEST entertainment in Toronto,

 Thanks Corin'

 and just as you thought we reached the end of the day, why not a                    'Bomni - Boys' Sangwhich,.. or even better! 

      a Priest burger!



Tim goes for the single,.. fully loaded
and of course I do the double cheeseburger extravaganza !

[coke and fries with dat?]