Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Disorderly Edmonton, Jason Kenney, UCP Leadership, Welcome The King

Abstracts of Light and Shadows

2022-10-03 Painter's notes: Jason Kenney was a man of few words whenever we spoke to each other and they were always friendly words exchanged. My favorite was by the Alberta Legislature front door steps at the start of COVID19 when he spoke behind me without missing a step and said "hi Doug, stay safe" just as I was taking a photo of my painting 2020, Wear RED as we go marching Rome is burning. I responded "good to see you Mister Premier" but he and his Sheriff friend were already gone and out of earshot. My wife and I turned off the news media during the pandemic and tuned into Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Jason Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro, and later (Hon) Jason Copping. We did not get Covid19 until this summer of 2022, and by then devil pandemic was weakened and we got over it with ease. I'm thankful to the Alberta Government for getting me and my Alberta family through the worst of COVID-19. Thank you, Jason Kenney, and thank you to all the bus drivers who got our front-line workers and Albertans to work during the pandemic, they all deserve a bonus and raise, the women and men who kept us moving, thanks for the ride!

 Wear RED as we go marching, Rome is burning

The crow above Alberta Legislature front steps, while a magpie close by watches the crow. According to the spiritual wisdom of the crow, growth can only happen when we go through periods of challenges.
2022-10-01, Painter's note: Same old political song and dance is expected in October as downtown disorderly Edmonton gears up for Alberta's newest Premier. This month I'll continue to focus my art and free press on Alberta & City politics and hope to create my first snow angel HeART. The first mistake New Cambridge Lofts drug cartels do is make their business, everybody's business. They really should develop a better business plan. Meanwhile/ Fund The EPS Police.
'I believe we should judge people on merit and not on the background.' Margaret Thatcher, Leader. I believe the measure of my being a man is not measured by the mistakes I made in a lifetime, but by how I embraced and owned my mistakes to better myself as a person. Doug Brinkman, Painter & Free Press, Democracy, Get in the Game!

2022-09-24, Painter's notes, Democracy. My UCP ballot came in the mail today with my correct address. I voted Travis Toews #1 Leela Sharon Aheer #2 followed by Rajan Sawhney & Rebecca Schulz. I did not vote for the final 3 candidates, who attended the Alberta Prosperity Project and Rebel News had 4 security guards remove me (Citizen Free Press) from the front doors and public pedway outside the leadership forum. I was already there 2 hours from 3-5 PM interviewing guests out in the public/ not private pedway, including (Hon) MLA Pat Rehn for Lesser Slave Lake. Pat did not have any kind words to say about the current House Leader, Finance & Environmental Minister, the Honourable Jason Nixon, MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, Alberta. This UCP Party seems more divided now than it was before Premier Jason Kenney's Leadership was called into question.
2020, The Grande Theatre Democracy

...last Provincial election, through Social Media Twitter, I challenged members of the Press Gallery to divulge to the public what political party they associated with and supported. As a Citizen News Activist of 15 years, I first supported the NDP, later the Alberta Party, and currently UCP party. As a member of the NDP, I voted for David Eggen for the Leadership, quit the NDP and joined 2 parties, and voted for Rick Fraser as the leader of the Alberta Party, and Jason Kenney as a grassroots member of the United Conservative Party. I started participating in democracray as a taxpaying citizen of Canada in my 40s when I joined the National Party of Canada to help keep jobs in Canada for future generations. I became a civil information activist in 2007 and continue to practice my right to a free press as a Canadian.

Rest in Peace Queen Elizabeth II, God Save the King. Thank you Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Speaker Nathan Cooper. Thank you to All Alberta Legislature Staff, and Alberta Sheriffs. 13-minute YouTube compiled by Doug Brinkman for Citizen Free News.

As a UCP member and citizen of a free press, I was ejected from the Edmonton Convention Center by Rebel News and 4 security guards from the Alberta Prosperity Project debate that included leadership candidates Danielle Smith, MLAs Todd Loewen and Brian Jean.


Friday, September 16, 2022, Art Show, QuickDraw.

2021, The Flower Harvest, SCREAM!

2022-09-16, Painter's notes updated: Yesterday the Alberta Government renamed the Federal Building, the Queen Elizabeth II building located adjacent to Violet King Henry plaza on the Alberta Legislature's 57 acres of grounds and Government buildings. It houses the offices and meeting rooms of the MLAs, and staff, and has a gallery, gift shop, theatre, and public washrooms on its main floor. Looking back on May 23, 2019, the former Sergeant at arms then Brian Hodgson, and I was both inside the Alberta Legislature assembly following the new Loyal Opposition Leader Jason Kenney's first speech to the Throne. The NDP Government MLAs vacated the assembly except for a single Minister, Oneil Carlier when it was the UCP leader's turn to address the Throne. Today I had the honour to sit next beside Mr. Hodgson, in the public gallery following Jason's lead to the Speaker with his final speech as Premier in the Legislature assembly followed by other Honourable members of the Government and Loyal opposition. At times the Honourable MLA representing Calgary-Lougheed choked back tears while reflecting on Queen Elizabeth II, her 70 years of service to Alberta, Canada and the Commonwealth. Jason shared a light-hearted story about the Queen only he would know. The Queen was meeting with her fans, and her husband the Duke said "we need to get going, we are already late for the plane." Jason overheard the Queen respond "I'm sure the plane will wait for me." Brian Hodgeson had the opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth several times over his years of service as Sergeant at arms on behalf of the Queen for the Legislature under 6 governments. Today when it was time for the Loyal opposition leader Rachel Notley to speak on the Queen's death, Jason Kenney and all the UCP Government members all remained in the assembly and listened.

Painter's notes from the public, not empty press gallery listening to Jason Kenney's final speech as Premier of Alberta and other Honourable members responding to Queen Elizabeth's death. God Save the King. Former Sergeant at arms Brian Hodgson and I sat together in the public gallery, put aside our differences and shared friendly conversation before hearing statements by MLAs on Queen Elizabeth II, her passing. This assembly is truly an honourable place.

Long Live King Charles the III

My gift of art and tobacco was offered and accepted by Elder Wilson Bearhead for his service.
Elder Wilson Bearhead did a blessing during the Alberta Legislature Accession ceremony to acknowledge King Charles III on the 15th of September, 2022. In the past Elder, Bearhead by way of the customs through Tobacco helped me with my questions relating to Urban Indigenous ways in Edmonton. This helped me better understand and improved my citizen news activism and art. We spent the whole morning together inside the Central downtown Jasper Avenue temporary main branch library sharing stories. I shared with Wilson how I use my art to help promote good in my community. I added additional thanks to Wilson Bearhead on the back lawns of the Alberta Legislature with my gift of art for his wisdom and service.

Democracy, Get In The Game, Citizen Free Press


November 2016, Water and Oil is Life - Non Violence

Naomi Rankin, leader of the Communist Party of Alberta once said during an interview at the Women's March outside the Alberta Legislature, I showed signs of mental illness for belonging to two political parties UCP and Alberta Party. Ironically Naomi instructs her membership to cast their votes not on her party, but on the NDP during election time in Alberta. Rankin also admitted during my interview that she and other political activists from the anti-pipeline protest nearby inside Sir Winston Churchill Square disrupted Ukraine, the Holodomor candlelight vigil held in front of Edmonton City Hall on the day Jason Kenney was in attendance. She claimed the Holodomor was faked. Jason Kenney and I later met that same day in November, 2016 after I had completed my painting, Water and Oil is Life, Nonviolence on location of the anti-pipeline protest, prayer camp in solidarity with Standing Rock, and he attending the Holodomor vigil. Jason told me of the disruption by political activists and asked if I thought they were the same activists attending the anti-pipeline protest... The Holodomor, also known as the Terror-Famine or the Great Famine, was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine from 1932 to 1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians. The Holodomor famine was part of the wider Soviet famine of 1932–1933 which affected the major grain-producing areas of the country. Wikipedia. Jason Kenney appreciated my anti-pipeline painting 'Water and Oil is Life, Nonviolence' so I gave it to him straight off my easel saying "what better man to have this painting than the man who appreciates it." thinking to myself, Jason Kenney might one day be Alberta's Premier. What an honour and an opportunity for me to have followed this great man's political career and watch the Premier and his colleagues work hard for Albertans from the public, not the empty press gallery inside the assembly of the Alberta Legislature.


Looking back, painter's notes, On Guard for Thee: I've cooperated with the RCMP after learning from the last UCP leadership contest, a $20 cash donation was made in my name to a candidate I did not support. I voted for the Honourable Jason Kenney in the last leadership contest and I intend on voting for Travis Toews, followed by Leela Aheer in this 2022 leadership contest. I've provided bank records to the RCMP and I look forward to the results from their investigation. Until then I stand with and support Premier Jason Kenney, our UCP Alberta Government, NDP Loyal Opposition, free press, and Alberta's democracy. I also support the creation of an Provincial Police to replace the RCMP.
2020, If it Quacks like a Magpie, it must be... 

Alberta Legislature, inside the Queen Elizabeth II building, adjacent to Violet King Henry plaza, I listened to Loyal Opposition Health critic MLA David Shepherd's response to the ratified agreement between Alberta Government Health Minister Copping and 70% of Doctors of about 45 % who voted in the Province. Shepherd claims there are 37,000 surgery shortfalls in the Province and Minister Copping is looking to address the shortfalls with private healthcare. Only one reporter was present and asked questions relating to the UCP leadership.

2022-10-01, Painter's notes, 'looking back through a glass darkly' my October theme is "Not All Treated Equal": I'm expecting more LRT, ETS, downtown Edmonton disorder, United Conservative Party division same as before but perhaps worse. NDP support I'm guessing will continue to wane, and another attempt by Edmonton City Hall councilors and Mayor Amarjeet Sohi to discredit and downsize the Edmonton Police Service, and stifle free speech by taxpaying citizens who don't support their socialist agendas. All flowers matter no more as we bed down for another cold Alberta winter and lots more snow angel heARTs I'm hoping. October surprise, I wonder if this is the month, the nuclear end time boys end our days? United we stand, divided we fall... all together now by the Beatles, and A Prayer for Unity by a woman.

George W. Bush and Jason Kenney, 911 & COVID19

Injured White Wolf (Jason Kenney) limbs along the abandoned construction site of the Keystone XL pipeline after U.S. the newly elected President Joe Biden stopped the project from going forward.
While on my citizen free press news picket line I met briefly with Jason Kenney coming down the steps outside his office of the Alberta Legislature to his waiting car with a team of Sheriffs. He said seeing my placard "hi Doug, we are going to pass that (the Recall Act) and I responded, "I'm going to hold you accountable to that." It was from these same steps I met Premier Jason Kenney with Alberta Sheriffs after the devastating hail storm that hit Calgary. I said "thank you, Jason Kenney, for responding so quickly to Calgarians." Jason responded shaking his head, "what next, a plague of locusts?"

Quickdrawn Conclusion, gift tp Albert J.W. Nobbs

NDP supporter, Janice Irwin promoter, Pro Covid19 Mandates and Lockdown advocate. Albert J.W. Nobbs (Twitter) 2022-10-04/ Former Mechanized Activist. Socialist. Independent Public Servant. Tactless. Disruptive. Powered by GasLight.™ ponders my Jason Kenney leadership survey in 2021, on one hand next to my QuickDrawn conclusion Tin Foil Free Zone drawing on the other hand.
Citizen Free Press - Democracy, Get in the Game!

Monday, 3 October 2022

The Bear Never Forgets! Oct: Beech Tree Spreading the Seeds of Love

2022-10-03 Painters Notes 2019, Shame TheMan with love, on the backside of 2017 Out of sight (site), paint added September 30 Orange Shirt Day, completed in the summer of 2022 by Doug Brinkman and friends. Renamed The Beech Tree, Spreading its Seeds of Love. My self taught influences in this painting came from the sketch studies I did during the Indian Group of seven, Professional Native Indian artists ie Morrisseau and Cobiness featured inside the Art Gallery of Alberta. The totem pole was painted on location on the Alberta Legislature grounds in 2017 on treaty 6 territory, also known by some as the land of the Blackfoot. Community Art is when I invite passersby, and guests to add paint to my paintings to keep my ego in check. The totem pole was carved by Oscar Matilpi of the Turnour Island Indian Band and originally donated by the First Nations people of British Columbia to commemorate the centenary of the union, July 20, 1971, of the Province of British Columbia and Canada.

2022, The Beech Tree, Spreading the Seeds of Love

The Bear Never Forgets
AGA Sketch Studies of the Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.

Sunday, 2 October 2022

Abstracts of Light & Shadows art collection March to September 2022

2022, All Flowers Matter, Quantum Leap
2022-10-02, Painter's notes, from Solstice March 21 to September 21, my painting season of 6 months of the outdoor art show and tell in public places throughout the city of Edmonton and on the Alberta Legislature's 57 acres of grounds is now over for the most part for me with the exception of the odd fall and winter warm day and inspiration to get outside and paint. I've been expressing myself with my art all my life, and over the past 10 years, painting about the news stories of the world around me and locally. I lost my job in 2013, in the newspaper industry as a Graphic Arts Craftsman, a trade that served me and my family well for 42 years, first working in Ontario until 1979 and ending my printer career in Alberta in 2013. As a painter I'm self-taught, an outsider artist who has painted most of my life. In my 20s I tried to make a go of selling my paintings inside malls in Kingston, Parry Sound, and Niagra Falls between newspaper jobs in Toronto but failed since I lacked education in the business of art and university education in fine arts. I did take commercial art in high school but dropped out after I got my girlfriend pregnant. Back in those days as my father put it "you mess the bed, you make the bed." I was duty-bound as a father to get a job. That did not stop me from chasing my dreams as a painter and the love and freedom I got from my creativity in art, so I visited art galleries, like the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, home to Emily Carr, the Group of Seven Lawren Harris, and A.Y. Jackson, and maintained my life long membership to the Art Gallery of Alberta that once housed the likes of the Group of Seven Indian Artists Eddy Cobiness and Norval Morrisseau. This is where I learned to paint from years of sketching the works of accomplished artists like one of my favorite local Cree artists Brenda Draney and world-renowned Canadian abstract artist Jack Bush. A little bit of Brenda, Norval, Eddy, Emily, Lawren, A.Y., and Jack's influence can be found in my recent 10 years of art projects. Taking my art into the streets and public squares of Edmonton did not come without a fight from local security guards, Alberta and bureaucrats, management, and authorities in this bourgeois society of Edmonton. Thanks to the Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Sheriffs who serve and protect under the law our Municipal & Provincial Governments enact, and the Intuit Art Gallery of Chicago and Virgil Abloh's Figures of Speech, I turned it all around on the establishment most recently from them trying to ban my art worn on t-shirts, using the power of love and my art to set them straight. Art is my freedom, and no one will take that freedom from me without a fight.

2022, Collection, 9 of 18 paintings completed outdoors

The Grindhouse & Ice Box, Gift to the Mustard Seed 
The Beech Tree, Spreading the Seeds of Love
The Yellow Flower, Eyes on RED
Unity Blue, and the Trees
Life, I can't believe I'm still protesting this shit
Abstracts of Light & Shadows, Eyes on RED

2022, Thanks for the ride

Guests from Freedom Rallies invited to add paint

Community, Intuitive, Outsider Art

Painter's Notes, October 2, 2021, Two more ladies add paint to the Out of sight totem ( Retitled, 2022, Beech Tree, Spreading Seeds of Love" during the freedom rally held inside Violet King Henry plaza. Freedom rallies have gone on each Saturday for 18 months. Hundreds marched down Jasper Avenue 3 blocks long with no police escort. Alberta sheriffs brought in courthouse sheriffs to help manage the crowd. Edmonton police service forensics investigated something in our building while drug gangs continue to prevent us from going out our New Cambridge Lofts front doors.

The Painter, September 1994

Swirl N' Splash
paint meets up with canvas as
inspiration fills my head
of images that
mirror my soul.
Colour spreading danger,
a new creation born.
Can you see the
holy fragments
of a coming
celestial storm.
Lovers wrestle territory
eyes so real like soul
flesh tones look so eerie
be not timid ...
come take hold!
Have I caught your attention?
Have I taken you someplace else?
Do my images seduce
your boundaries?
Are you feeling any doubt?
Tom Thomson
was my mentor, but
it was never just his paintbrush
you see but like the wings of a dove
he rode me above pine wood thickets
Algonquin, he took me.
Look at me,
look inside
my naked frame
am I a fraud
with paint brush
Or like some god
creating being?
Judge me...
and you'll be judged!
Remember always
our dreams.
Take hold of my spirit
when I am gone
for the love
of creation
within my canvas
your own reflection
may it tickle your
your spirit
I hope you’ll see...

2013, 9 Afghan boys gathering firewood
2014, 1924-2014 Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson
2015 The Poet and Judge, We First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit
2016 The Fire and Rain art project - Alberta Wildfires and Floods
2017 Not A Bystander art project - Anger, Violence, and Bullying
2018 Status versus Motion art project - Alberta Politics and News Media
2019 More Circles than Squares art project - Environment, Social and Political Climate Extremes
2020 Freedom to Express and LISTEN - The Speakers Banned Speech and Wear, LISTEN
2021 Misty HeART project - Humanity and Legacy
Abstracts of Light and Shadows - Art is Freedom
(Red) Community Participation Art Projects

2016 City poster highlighting the Alberta Government's ban on my outsider art.

2020 City poster highlighting the Alberta Government's ban on my t-shirt art.