The weeks are tearing by, but in a good way. I woke up feeling great today. I’ve finally fought off my typical season-changing cold and the weather’s steadily improving out here.

On top of that, my work week is extra short with a Monday provincial holiday and a trip to the zoo tomorrow to draw the animals. I’m not complaining…



Jim the next day at the zoo.

It’s scary to think that I’m heading into a routine, but I’m trying to keep things interesting. My evenings have been productive, which is nice. I’ve been doing life drawing, sketching on my personal projects or learning Adobe Photoshop in depth. All in all, very good.

I want to buy a disposable camera and take some photos of my new place… I think I’ll go on my lunch break and pick one up. I found that I don’t have enough photos from the last couple of years and I wish I had more to look back at. Besides, the photo of me at my website is way out of date. I don’t have a goatee or moustache anymore and my hair’s quite a bit different. It took a bit to get used to, but I like the clean shaven look now (it’s quite a change from when I was at Sheridan with Neon Orange hair).

Work’s been great. One of my classes is finishing up their final films and a couple of the students are producing the best footage I’ve seen since I started here. Very top notch stuff. It was a rush putting together the new ads for the course with really high quality student artwork. Even before we’ve run the ads, interest in the course is at an all-time high.

READING:
My friend Heather has insisted that I read the Harry Potter series of books. They’re kid’s books, but actually pretty enjoyable. Really light reading. They remind me of the kind of prose that’s in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I’m thinking about doing some sketches of the main characters as a little exercise for myself.

WATCHING:
I finally bought the Shawshank Redemption yesterday. I love that movie. Incredible storytelling… If you haven’t seen it, go out and rent it. You won’t be disappointed.

Otherwise, all’s quiet out here. Plan your summer trips to Calgary and stay in touch…

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