Thursday, 29 April 2021

Misty HeART Project Collection on Humanity and Legacy thus far...

2021 Misty HeArt project
Skaters on ice, started January 1, 2020, completed January 1, 2021
Alien News Media on the backside of Skaters on Ice. Painted by the press gallery door, February.
I am, red dress, pained by the front door of the Federal Building, March
Voltage Structure on the backside of 2016 (damaged) Wildfire, Legislature ice rink, March.
'George W. Bush and Jason Kenney' Misty HeART project's signature painting. 2020 -April 2021 
The 'Laughing planet' on the backside of 'George W. Bush and Jason Kenney' April
Violet King Henry #NoNewNormal, Painted in the plaza. April
2021-04-30 Alberta legislature thrilled a mom and her daughter added flowers ­čî║ 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 Cath├ędrale 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.
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 Outsider Art Show & Tell, 2017.

Monday, 15 March 2021

Remember those who serve(d), enjoy your freedoms. Duty, Service...

2021-03-16 My 2020 acrylic painting 'On guard for thee, where is the love?' (Pillar of Strength) was retired today and found a new home with the family of Alberta's Minister of Justice and Solicitor General & Deputy Government House Leader (Hon) QC Kaycee Madu with the help of Sarah a letter of thanks and my gratitude for his public service to Albertans. His staff gave us several books for Sarah and I.
Remember those who serve(d), enjoy your freedoms. 
2020 Alberta Legislature, gift to Teri, #BLM

2016 'On guard for thee', 
Gift to the Alberta Sheriffs. Duty, Service.

"... the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy." John F. Kennedy, Address to the American Newspaper Publishers, delivered 27 April 1961, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York.

Monday, 15 February 2021

Largest protected boreal forest Kitaskino Nuwen├źn├ę Wildland gives hope

Kitaskino means "our land" in Cree and Nuwen├źn├ę means “our land” in Dene
 'Last of the Alberta Caribou' 2018 Status versus Motion art project

2021-02-12: I for one welcome the news of the Athabasca Oil Co. and Cenovus relinquishing leases to make way for the largest continuous area of protected boreal forest in the world, Kitaskino Nuwen├źn├ę Wildland provincial park in Alberta announced yesterday by Premier Jason Kenney, and Minister of Environment (Hon) Jason Nixon. Kitaskino means "our land" in Cree and Nuwen├źn├ę means “our land” in Dene. My 2018 painting 'last of the Alberta Caribou' was first painted as part of a series of paintings, all inspired by my 1924 - 2014 art project adventures to Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park 'Last of the Alberta Caribou was used to help me raise the awareness the need to address Alberta's woodland caribou serious decline in the Province, facing certain extinction if the Alberta Government and industries in the Province do not act. Both the woodland caribou and wood bison are identified as species at risk in the Alberta.

'The newly-expanded park will create more critical habitat for caribou and wood bison. This would not have been possible w/ out support from First Nations, including Mikisew Cree.' Minister of Environment Jason Nixon. Jason also tweeted thanks to the Athabasca Oil Co. and Cenovus for relinquishing leases in the area to support the park’s expansion. Alberta Government website

2021-02-11 Announcement

 Protecting boreal ecosystems in northeast Alberta – February 11, 2021

Artist Log: 2020 'Buffalo Eye' was inspired by the words "I see buffalo" spoken by an unemployed carpenter, homeless woman named Kara, also known by her street name Special K. Kara joined me in the spring of 2020, while I painted outside the circle of the burial grounds in the flats of First Nations and Settlers, north of the Walterdale bridge. It was also the time when Premier Jason Kenney tweeted "#Belikethebuffalo" during the start of the pandemic. 'Buffalo eye' is a re-paint over from another painting titled 'Walterdale Bridge project' winter of 2015 next to the construction site on the new bridge.

'Buffalo eye' painting is held together by 3 staples and layers of acrylic paint. It was given to (Hon) Jason Nixon in, spring of 2020 after we learned we both knew Kara, during an art show and tell, drum performance next to the Premier office on the Legislature grounds. Jason knew Kara from his years as executive director of the Mustard Seed, an organization that helps assist homeless folks throughout the Province. I shared with Jason Nixon that day "if we are to herd together as Premier Kenney suggests during this COVID19 pandemic and difficult economic times, then we must make sure that all Albertans get through this together unlike the plains bison and wood bison where populations were almost depleted to extinction in the early 18th. and 19th. century due to overhunting and the loss of its habitat. Jason accepted my gift and promised a coffee in his office once this COVID19 pandemic was over.

2020 Freedom to Express and List art project

2020, Be like the buffalo - Jason Kenney

Wear red as we go marching, Rome is burning, 2020 
When I first looked at it, it reminded me of Notre Dame Cathedral burning. It also reminds me of some of Van Gogh's paintings. If we are burning now, like Notre Dame, we will rise better and stronger. Marg McCuaig-Boyd, former NDP Energy Minister, 2020.
'If it quacks like a magpie, it must be!' 2020
Art is free, not for sale

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Aliens by Tsusiat falls, January 1, 2020 - January 1, 2021 Skaters on ice

Aliens by Tsusiat falls Backside of "Skaters on Ice" 

'Skaters on ice'  by Doug Brinkman, January 1, 2020-January 1, 2021 
2020-01-05 (day 2) Back of 'Skaters on ice.' This is my second year painting on the backsides of other completed paintings to practice building my confidence and honing my painting skills. I also do this to avoid shopping inside art supply stores during COVID-19. Painting by the Alberta Legislature next to the ice rink since new years day, my painting is starting to resemble a waterfall, specifically, Tsusiat falls remembered from the days I hiked the West Coast Trail in 1996, 1997, and 2000. ‘Skaters on ice’
Sunday Morning Sketch Study

A-Willow (prayer)
By Doug Brinkman
West Coast Trail
Diamond willow
Diamond willow
Hold me up
so not to fall
diamond willow
diamond willow
take hold my body
so I stand tall
guide me safe
with in my hand
walk me steady
throughout the land


Journey to the West coat trail, 1996, 1997, and 2000
“It makes me uncomfortable to talk about meanings and things. It’s better not to know so much about what things mean. Because the meaning, it’s a very personal thing, and the meaning for me is different than the meaning for somebody else.”