The Laughing planet on the backside of George W. Bush & Jason Kenney is the signature painting of this project. The momentous Violet King Henry plaza 4 painting collection follows and reflects upon the next 6 week period beginning late April, of humanity and the legacy of humankind's ailing social, physical, and mental state around the world affected by COVID19, economy, and war as I see it from here in Edmonton. It begins first with 'Violet King Henry #nonewnormal,' anti lockdown protests on the Alberta Legislature grounds and around the world, 'Worship' Oilers hockey superstar Connor McDavid, versus Jesus, Christ, religion, and sports, 'Hineni (Hebrew) I am here, refects the Palestinian, Israeli conflict and finally 'Life is a river' good times, bad times always changing. The first part of my project completed on May 27, 2021. June is the month of the summer solstice and when the second half of my art project begins...
The 'Laughing planet' on the backside of 'George W. Bush and Jason Kenney' April
2021-04-30 Alberta legislature thrilled a mom and her daughter added flowers 🌺 to the legislature has no dome, at the top of the noon hour. Staying safe from Covid19, we socially distanced wore a mask and I offered hand cleaner. I first painted 'The Legislature has no dome' next to the Service of Christ next to the Alberta Legislature on the day of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris fire,15 April 2019. Flowers have been added along the base of the painting by children & parents each year in spring ever since.
UNITY, The Gods of Gods, Freedom' formerly 'The Alberta Legislature has no dome', painted on the day of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris fire, next to the Service Through Christ statute, April 15, 2019. Completed June 9, 2021, next to the Kamloops Residential School 215, children temporary memorial by the same statute. #outsiderart #communityart #intuitiveart YouTube
Painters log 2021-06-13: Yesterday I congratulated Kyle, who has emceed freedom rallies since April 2020, outside the Alberta Legislature. Last year I informed Kyle, who is also a strong proponent of Civil Information Activism, that I would be hanging up my citizen news camera of 14 years, after failing to obtain #FreePress access into the Alberta Legislature. I gave him a rolled-up copy of Canada's charter of rights and freedoms I carried around with me 4 years during my press pass picket, given to me by a young University of Alberta law student and said 'I pass the baton onto you' Yesterday I congratulated Kyle again for his civil, steadfast work defending freedom and democracy, a true defender of freedom in Alberta.
Sunday, June 13, 2021, Yesterday, I briefly attended an anti lockdown rally (5 minutes) inside Violet King Henry plaza, where several rallies were in progress, including over the serious conflict in Myanmar. I walked towards the group who were preparing to protest the Government and shook hands with the organizer, my friend Kyle. I was not wearing a mask nor did I socially distance myself, but I felt protected after receiving two doses of the vaccine. After my brief meeting, I watched the rally and wore a mask from a distance, practicing social distancing. I'm sharing this today because I feel conflicted and now regret my actions, after 15 months of being steadfast in following the Government health rules and laws during the pandemic. It was a moment of carelessness and a lapse of judgment on my part and for that, I apologize to my wife, my family, friends, Dr. Hinshaw, AHS, (Hon) Shandro, Premier Kenney, and the community. This week, leading up to Solstice Summer, I will have completed 14 years of Civil Information Activism, citizen-free news, following news stories of protests like Saturdays. My collection of news work becomes my artwork. A recording of modern history set on canvas and shared with the community. Enjoy Freedoms, thank a veteran.UNITY, The Gods of Gods, Freedom by Doug Brinkman for Citizen #FreePress.
Art is made for people to react. Having a position means what you are doing is needed and it is creating change. In the long term, a lot of people are going to appreciate it.-Venezuelan woman, Alberta Legislature art show.