Self portrait - Janet Hall
Not everyday news. Garry and I are incredibly proud of our daughter Janet who is pursuing her dream of becoming an animator. She has been accepted into the Bachelor of Animation program at Sheridan College. Janet has popped up a few times in these pages in the five years since I started this blog. There's Janet and her brother Gavin. Janet winning a writing award in high school. Janet and her prom dress. Janet meeting the Daleks. I know I bring her up quite often when commenting on blogs if she has a perspective to the subject at hand. So, for those of you who may have wondered, she does exist. Click here for an illustration she did for this blog.
Last year Janet took an Art Fundamentals course at Sheridan to test her talent and commitment, and to get that all important post-secondary art credit. All of her family and friends were certain that she would be able to attain this next goal. However, the time period between the portfolio submission and the admissions offer will always be known to me as the Pepto Bismol era.
Janet has been surrounded by artistic people. Her Aunt Paula's sketches have been the pride of the family for years. Her Aunt Maureen is a former professional photographer who brings that standard to her annual photos from the Toronto International Film Festival which are garnering online fans. Her Aunt Tracey is an award-nominated photographer who runs Tracey Nolan Studios along with other enterprises. Tracey also worked in production in animation with the likes of Derek Lamb and Kaj Pindal. I can boast no such beneficit influence. However, a close examination of my "parenting plan" reveals a concerted effort and no little expense toward the happy goal of spending as much time as possible just sitting around the house watching cartoons with my kids. Aha, bragging rights!