Friday, 22 September 2023

September Artworks, Painter's Notes, and Quick Drawn Conclusions

2021-2023, The Grande Theatre, Democracy.

Outsider, Intuitive, Community, Quantum.

TGIF 2023-09-22: My wife Sarah attended the #yeg mid-week protest 1-Million March 4 Children and reported to me with updates from the counter-protest side. This is her impressions IN ONE SENTENCE by Sarah Elliott: We begin by forming a circle on an open patch of grass, slowly expanding the circle as people toting signs and banners and flags arrow towards us from all directions, their careful smiles lengthening into grins as the circle stretches to accommodate them and they know they are no longer “them” but “we”, our eyes shifting periodically to our doppelgängers across the street who also carry signs and banners and flags and wear the same cautiously welcoming expressions we do; everyone on either side of the street has been told, “don’t engage”, “don’t give them the courtesy”, “they don’t matter – just do what you came here to do and ignore them,” and on a deep level this feels wrong because the entire idea of being here is to engage, extend courtesy, and let everyone know that we all matter, but “our” side and “their” side oblige the organizers and maintain watchful distances, pretending that the people on the other side of the road don’t have anything to do with what we’re/they’re doing, though of course not one of us would be standing here on patches of grass along a street if the people on the other side of the street weren’t also here on other patches of grass, their circles expanding just as rapidly as our circles, until circles are no longer circular but more like rectangles with rounded edges, and we notice with some alarm that the edges of their rectangle are beginning to spike out into the street as children disengage from their parents and lean forward to get a closer look at the people with whom they are never to engage, though they certainly will when they are older and the world is much larger than any rectangle.
Parents Are Extremists Drawing by Doug Brinkman was sketched up inside the Alberta Legislature assembly's public, not empty press gallery after a statement was read to the Speaker by the (Hon) NDP Sarah Hoffman, defending Gay, Straight, Alliances saying GSA that students participate in must be kept private away from parents.

(Cut-up) Pekiwewin Model For Future Camps

Lupe Fiasco & Kaelin Ellis, Track 1 on HOUSE by Virgil Abloh, Grammarly Corrected by AI. Have you ever asked yourself where the world is inside the solar system? Like, where are we? Like, where does the planet sit amongst all the stars? Who knows, it's a super brain freeze, But a more straightforward question than that is to ask yourself, Where do we sit in the sea of art history? Like, that's tangible, that's man-made Man-made art, so the history of it, we fit in. Another sort of framework to dwell on is, like, where do we live? You know, you live in a house. I guarantee the house you grew up in is what you define as a house. But, for someone who grew up on the opposite side of the world, What they grew up in, what they think of as a house, A kitchen, a living room, a roof, a door, etcetera, Just shit to think about, you know The whole bullet point is the world inside it is man-made. It's all metaphoric; man has flaws, loves power, and everything is man-made. And what's more dangerous than that? But, as I digress.

(Raw) Police Funding Formula, First In Canada
Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, Occupy Edmonton.

2023-09-21, Police Commission, Painter's Notes

2023-09-21, Updated 5 PM, Painter's Notes: I avoided the protests but my wife Sarah attended yesterday's 1 Million March 4 Children and Counter Protest in Edmonton and will share her thoughts in 1 sentence here soon. Thank you, Edmonton Police Service, for keeping everyone safe. The Edmonton Police Service is currently investigating Wednesday's protests as charges may be pending.

During today's press scrum, a man wearing a red hat, a mask, and union buttons on a blue jean jacket, who lacked press credentials, tried to cut in and ask Chief McFee questions. The chief ignored him as the press responded in protest. One police officer moved in next to him, and things got back to order quickly. I told one of the police supervisors afterward that this is why I’ve been trying for 6 years to obtain a press pass into the Alberta legislature for a citizen-free press.



The Legislature has no dome, unity.


Wear Red as we go marching; Rome is burning.

2019, Anarchy, River Valley Joe.

My cut-up technique is taking an uncut video and cutting it into pieces with spoken words and images overlapping. It becomes a form of art similar to the cut-up technique (or découpé in French) in which a written text is cut up and rearranged to create a new reader. The concept can be traced to the Dadaists of the 1920s, but it was developed and popularized in the 1950s and early 1960s, primarily by writer William S. Burroughs. Sourced: Wikipedia Cut-Up  Technique.


 2023-09-17, A Marathon Month of  Cut-Ups

2023-09-12, Chilean artist, Guillermo Bastias Moreno's political cartoons was on display this month inside Edmonton City Hall, representing the September 11, 1973, Chilean coup d'état.
The takeover of the government ended a 46-year history of democratic rule in Chile. In June 1975, Pinochet announced that there would be no future elections in the country. Although the U.S. Government was initially pleased by the coup, concerns mounted about the new regime's reported violations of human rights. Office of the Historian.

The freedoms which had been so hard won from colonial domination were being crushed by Soviet-inspired and funded military and political forces. Their clear intention was to deprive the people of their democratic freedoms. As history shows, this is what had happened in the Soviet Union and in Cuba, and continues to be the case in other parts of the world. General and Chile's Dictator Augusto Pinochet


2014-09-18, Painter's notes, looking back 9 years ago today: My new sketching journey into the 180 works of " Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 inside the AGA, Art Gallery of Alberta.

6 years, Another Kick At The Can for Press Freedom

2023-09-13: The (Hon) Scoff Cyr, MLA for Bonnyville-Cold Lake- St. Paul, met with me on the picket line and suggested that I write a letter to his office since I had no elected Government representation in Edmonton. He wanted me to list my reasons why Albertans can benefit from citizens practicing freedom of the press inside the Alberta Legislature. This is the 2nd time an MLA approached me on the picket line with a suggestion. The first suggestion I got was at the start of my 6-year picket when an MLA suggested I incorporate a media company to gain access into the Legislature. I responded that the Canadian Charter should suffice since it reads every Canadian has a right to a free press. I once owned a company, Hawkeyi Media Inc. Alberta Works, which helped finance. It closed due to financial losses.
I told Mr. Cyr on the picket line that an independent free press by citizens must have complete autonomy separate from the Press Gallery made up of employees who work for corporate CBC, CTV, Postmedia, Rebel Media, etc... He replied, "No, you must work under the press gallery and follow the same rules. Having time to sleep on Mr. Cyr's offer to write, I decided not to waste my time. Instead, I'll continue my picket this year and into my 7th year, 2024. In the meantime, thank you to the Alberta Sheriffs and Sergeant-at-Arms LASS staff who now make me feel welcome inside the Alberta Legislature, giving me what access they can allow practicing freedom of the press without the right to ask questions during press scrums, receiving press releases, and access to the assembly's press gallery.

Fred Vanderhook laid Wondering to Himself,
What's Fake, and What Is Real in This Man's World?

Deanna Bowen's The Gods of Gods

At 3 O'Clock, I am dead.

Behold, if you see me, The Man,
I am, Thy Lord God, Democracy

... Upcoming The Last Sunday of September and Orange Shirt Day ...

“When Rita Joe first come to the city, she told me … the cement made her feet hurt.” George Ryga.
The Alberta Legislature Willow Tree.
2023-09-16, Painter's notes: Sarah and I married on May 19, 2016, on a wildfire smokey day under a large willow tree on the back lawns of the Alberta Legislature. We are excited to learn a new willow tree was planted next to the beech tree last week for Orange Shirt Day.
Orange Shirt Day Linden Tree survived being caged during the construction of lighting and a new sidewalk shaped like a cross. In Greece and Eastern Europe, the linden tree was used in numerous rituals, including divination, marriage, fertility, and healing. In Romania and other Slavic countries, the linden held a divine presence and was thought to be a link between life and death. In Germany, the tree symbolized justice and peace. Linden Trees – Myth and Lore - American Botanical Council.

A new willow tree was planted next to the beech tree.

2019, On Guard For Thee, Where Is The Love?

2020-09-19, Painter Notes: PILLAR OF STRENGTH: Alberta Legislature, back lawns day 3 painting ‘Still on guard for thee.’ Inspired each year by the Alberta Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, the last Sunday of September, I'll complete this painting, adding a flame...

Rare White Bird Art Gallery

Top, Broken (Family) Tree, Red Rose, Legislature Willow Tree.

Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love

September marks the end of my outdoor 2023 paint season, which began in March. I'll continue my outdoor art shows year-round and paint indoors inside City Hall, & QEII buildings until spring. The remaining 2 weeks of September will be dedicated to indigenous residential school survivors and EPS, honour & duty.

Tuesday, 19 September 2023

Art Is Freedom, 10 years ago today I began painting after 13 years not...

2023-09-16, Painter's Notes, Artistic Milestone: 10 years ago today, September 16, 2013, My first painting in 13 Years - Millcreek Ravine Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20" Enjoying my freedoms. #outsiderart #intuitiveart #socialart #quantumart #ArtIsFreedom

September 16, 2013, First Painter's Notes: 40 Lbs of a backpack full of easels, paint, water, canvases, brushes, and a painter's lunch, I hiked to the Millcreek ravine from downtown to paint my first acrylic painting in 13 years ... I A story to share with my old painting pal David Hayes, art enthusiasts Forrest Bard, Kathy Kline Christopher, Kate Hatch & Doreen Margaret Brinkman
...along the way, I met 2 old friends of ours, Andrea and his Algerian wife Nassar, whom we've not seen in 10 years. We had LOTS to talk about! - Later, behind the Muttart, I stopped by to chat with a group of local EPS photographing our newest tax-paid police pickup truck on the hill behind the Muttart Elise Stolte Edmonton Journal. GOOD GRIEF: It took me 2 hours to arrive at my painting destination from a hike that usually takes 20 minutes to do from my downtown condo- It was enjoyable chatting it up with old friends and members of the Edmonton police service - I arrived at my painting destination at 10 am ... The following post will show the results of my efforts after 13 years of hiatus, 4 hours of painting, and, of course, chatting it with every other jogger, dog owner, and hiker who stopped by to watch my masterpiece unfold. 

Several versions of the Millcreek Ravine have been painted since.

The Rose Hip art project, 
From March 20 - December 21, 2024

Art is Freedom
2013, 9 Afghan boys gathering firewood, 911
2014, Return to Jasper, Lake Maligne 1924, (1979)
2015, The Judge & Poet, We First Nations, Metis and Inuit
2016, Fire and Rain art project, Alberta Wildfires and Flooding
2017, Not a Bystander art project to Anger, Violence, and Bullying
2018, The Status versus Motion art project, Alberta Politics, and Media
2019, More Circles than Squares, Political, Social & Environmental Social Art
2020, Freedom to Express and Listen, Defending My Individual Rights & Freedoms
2021, The Misty HeArt project, Art Show and Tell, Share and Listen.
2022, Abstracts of Light & Shadows, Good Dog, Bad Dog, Wolf or Bear?
​2023, Listen to my heArt beat... Painter's Notes & QuickDrawn Conclusions

2024, The Rose Hip Art Project
Source on Vitamin C, Seeds of Love

ESENTI (verb) means free in Italian
2023-08-09, The Painter, Doug Brinkman, 68: I started expressing my creativity as a kid with a box of crayons on my parents' basement walls and inside the pages of my grandfather's leather-bound encyclopedia collection. So, my parents began supplying me with a steady stream of paper and pencils to draw and expand my creativity. I studied commercial art and printing and took extra courses to learn photography and produce short video features. In my twenties, I learned to fly, earning a private pilot's license, and moved to Edmonton from Toronto. In my 40s, I hiked the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island 3 times and once to the Rose Spit on Haida Gwaii Island.


Living in Edmonton, I continued a career as a graphic arts craftsman operating mostly Goss high-speed web offset newspaper printing presses, first for the Edmonton and Toronto Suns and finally for the Edmonton Journal (YouTube, Printers Make Good Impressions). I volunteered at Walterdale Community Theatre, painting sets and doing public relations. I was laid off from my newspaper job in 2013 after 42 years and attempted to start a business Hawkeyi Media Inc, with a grant from Alberta Works. It failed after losses, so I retired and now work freely as a social artist in my 10th year and citizen news activist in my 16th year. I don't sell my art, it's a passion, so I keep them or give them to my wife, family, friends, and strangers. Sometimes I'll add to their stories by adding more paint or altogether painting over them, creating new art projects. Art is my freedom, my heArt is for you...

2019, 2021,The Flower Harvest, SCREAM!