I’m a Fan of…..Seagulls

except when they go after my food

Seagulls are typically known as ‘scavengers of the beach’ and can be quite a nuisance at take-out restaurants and food trucks that are close to the water. The seagulls that I love are the ones close to home where there are no lunches to steal. Sometimes people like to feed them and they can create quite a scene as they dive for food.

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I’m a Fan of …..Waves

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I love the waves on Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay where our cottage is. I won’t be going to the cottage for at least another month but the lake by our house never fails to provide some magnificent waves.

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I’m a Fan of……Art Galleries

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I love to browse through art galleries for a variety of reasons. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon or even just an hour or less. It informs me on what is happening in the world, the values of other cultures and the diversity of art itself. I don’t always love everything I see but I can appreciate what the artist went through to make their art. The one comment I despise from other people who think that a piece of art is unworthy to hang in a gallery is….”I could do that”. The problem is that they didn’t do that and never will.

The big art gallery in Toronto is the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) and I love going there but I also enjoy going to smaller galleries like the Dignam Gallery at WAAC, the Assembly Hall Gallery and all the smaller and larger galleries we visited on our trips in Europe.

The galleries below are: The Louvre in Paris Рfirst two photos. The Mus̩e de Beaux-Arts in Tours, France Рphotos 3, 4 and 5. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tours, France Рphotos 6,7 and 8. The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London, England Рphotos 9, 10 and 11. The Barbican Art Gallery in London, England Рphotos 12, 13 and 14. The Tate Modern in London, England Рphotos 15m 16 and 17. The Dignam Art Gallery at WAAC in Toronto Рphotos 18, 19, 20 and 21 and Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke Рphotos 22, 23 and 24 . The Assembly Hall Gallery in Toronto Рphotos 25, 26 and 27.

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I’m a Fan of…..Denyse Thomasos

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Denyse Thomasos was a Trinidadian-Canadian painter known for her abstract-style wall murals that conveyed themes of slavery, confinement and the story of African and Asian Diaspora. Sadly she died tragically in 2012. The first time I saw her work was at the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, an art museum in Kleinburg, Ontario. I instantly liked her work and looked forward to seeing her show at the AGO.

The show is title: Denyse Thomasos, just beyond. It brings together more than 70 paintings and works on paper that she produced spanning the last 15 years of her short life. The first thing I noticed at this showing was the size of her canvases. They were large and some of them went from the floor to the ceiling.

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I’m a Fan of….Shells – January 16, 2023

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These shells came from the East Coast and the beaches along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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I’m a Fan of…..Stones and Boulders

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At both ends of our beach on Big Sand Bay there are wonderful stones and boulders that the water and waves flow and crash over all year round. As a result most of them are smooth and rounded. They come in many colours and have interesting veins and cracks. I love how the water gives them a glossy sheen when they are wet.

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I’m a Fan of…..Unusual Chairs

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All these chairs were on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum where are son works as a curator in the 20th and 21st Century Design Department.

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Do you have a favourite?

I’m a Fan of…..Bees

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Like Jez I’m also a fan of bees, especially photographing bees. I’m not a fan of wasps but was recently reminded that they are also pollinators and need to be protected as well. Having been stung by wasps and hornets in the past I have to admit that when they make entertaining or eating outside difficult I don’t rush to their aid when they get trapped inside any empty soda bottle. I’ve also had to destroy wasp nests that started to grow on the underside of our roof and on the inside of our cottage. Sorry if this offends anyone but I’m not taking the risk of having my family and guests stung by these aggressive little creatures. I am, however, open to any suggestions of how to keep wasps from building their nests on my property. Those paper nests that are suppose to keep wasps away don’t seem to work.

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