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.
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.
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.
Down the street from where I live we have a lawn bowling club. It’s been there for 120 years. It was established June 24,1902 and is the oldest lawn bowling club in Toronto. I’ve been walking past the greens for decades and never gave playing the game a second thought until my neighbour across the street recruited me and two other neighbours to join. This happened shortly after I retired from teaching.
Even during COVID we managed to keep the greens open with a very limited number of players. This season we’re back in full swing and hoping to bring more members into the club. People laugh when I tell them I’ve joined the club but after our open house last week where the public could try lawn bowling for free, more people, young and old, saw a new side to lawn bowling. It is not just a sport for the elderly. It is challenging but not too cumbersome and it’s a lot of fun.
Last year the turtles in the pond over at Col. Sam Smith Park were nowhere to be seen. Yesterday I decided to vote early for the upcoming Provincial election and I decided to take the scenic route through the park to my polling station. As I got closer to the pond I heard a few boys shouting to one another and one of them mentioned he was on the Turtle Path. This name was new to me but I decided to turn left towards an opening in the pond to see if the turtles had indeed returned.
To my absolute delight, did I not only see one turtle but at least a dozen of them in all sizes. Another woman was also viewing them and we started to talk. She confirmed that they weren’t around last year. I asked her if they were painted turtles (she seemed to know quite a bit about these prehistoric creatures) and she said they were. She also told me that she had just come across a huge snapping turtle on the side of the pond. I decided to save this for another day. I’ll make sure to bring my camera with the telephoto lens.