Wednesday, 30 June 2021

13 Days before Canada Day 'Take the time to reflect not deflect.'

'Take the time to reflect not deflect.' - Ted Bauer
Canada Day message from my wife S.M.Elliott 

Not everyone will like what I'm about to write. You don't have to like it. Please just hear me out and think about it before making up your mind.
This is the first time in my 20th year of living in Canada that I will not be celebrating Canada Day.
Loving your country isn't always about celebrating its achievements. Sometimes it's about quietly reflecting on where your country has been and where it's going.
As someone who has known about undocumented deaths, disappearances and runaways in the residential "school" system for many years, I am filled with joy and hope to see so many people finally take the first steps on a healing journey that will bring Canada to heights it has never seen.
Denial is no longer a viable option. Canadians must now acknowledge and reckon with the aftermath of an attempted genocide, embrace those who are healing from four centuries of domination and abuse, and make our First Nations people central to this nation's future. It will be difficult. It will be worth it.
On this day, please take some time to reflect on what you can do to contribute to Canada's healing process. Maybe, as a survivor or a descendant of survivors, focusing on your own healing is the most important thing you can ever do. For others, pushing past indignation and denial for the first time will be your contribution. Remember that statues can be repainted and buildings rebuilt, but lives lost are lost forever.
We all have a role in this. The process will involve anger, resentment and many other emotions that are natural in these circumstances. I suggest that instead of using these emotions against one another, we use them as fuel to propel Canada into a new era of respect, equity and prosperity for all.
Every day I see so many people working so hard to improve the lives of their First Nations communities and ensure a bright future. I know that they will succeed, and I want all Canadians to share in the certainty that I feel. That is the Canada that we all deserve. That is the Canada we all want. That is the Canada we can have.
Let's start.
Painted next to the Alberta Legislature's Service of Christ statute

Formerly 'The Legislature has no dome' 
Titled, Unity, The Gods of Gods Freedom.
June 18-30, 13 days before Canada Day Art Show & Tell

Open for summer, support small businesses and cover your face...
2020, Cover your face
2020, 2021, Under an Alberta Legislature tree, where Sarah and I married, May 19, 2016
2020 Covid 19 - January 2016, Fire and Rain practice painting
2016, Fire rain circles squares

'Take the time to reflect not deflect.'

2020, Shame TheMan with Love. A young eaglet holds the (Bong) Legislature Ceremony Mace

2016, The crumpling Umbrella
2016, Protest Placards in the Medicine Wheel colours. 2019 The Legislature Reflection Pool
June 24, 2021, 7 days before Canada Day, Alberta legislature, Violet King Henry plaza, Open for summer July, 1, 2021 'Thank You Alberta! Alberta’s future, graduates honoured me with this picture. Thank you! Misty HeART project, 13 days to CanadaDay
2021, Something new on the backside of something old, 2014, Mountain abstract

'Take the time to reflect not deflect.'
2021-06-25, 6 Days before Canada Day, featuring a pensive-looking Justin Trudeau I painted before he became Canada's Prime Minister. His painting hovers over a Totem Pole, deliberately hung sideways by the artist. I'm wearing my Speakers Banned Speech & Wear t-shirt 'Buffalo eye'
Hot temperatures prompted me to seek protection in the shadows

Trees do talk, RESET (the box)
My art is interpreted by the eyes to whom behold my art

The final day, 2021-06-30 before Canada Day

Canada's day is not a happy day for all, but a sad day for some, an excuse to party for others. My day will be nothing out of the ordinary as I already had my 13 days before... It's hot and my energy is flat. I'm looking forward to spending some time with my wife & the cat. Titled Trees do talk RESET (the box) Over the past 13 days, the reactions to my new painting had varied, but one young man shaken, who was overcome with fear said he saw a Wendigo in my painting 'Trees do talk' and walked away.

Wikipedia: Wendigo (/ˈwɛndɪɡoʊ/) is a mythological creature or evil spirit which originates from the folklore of First Nations based in and around the East Coast forests of Canada, the Great Plains region of the United States, and the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, grouped in modern ethnology as speakers of Algonquian-family languages. The wendigo is often said to be a malevolent spirit, sometimes depicted as a creature with human-like characteristics, which possesses human beings. The wendigo is known to invoke feelings of insatiable greed/hunger, the desire to cannibalize other humans, as well as the propensity to commit murder in those that fall under its influence.

June 30, 2021, Final Show Frontside canvases,  2021, Trees do talk RESET (the box). 2019-2020 Wear red as we go marching, Rome is burning. 2020-2021 George W. Bush and Jason Kenney.  
June 30, 2021, Final Show Backside canvases, 2021, The Wendigo above The Rose Garden. 2020, Communism Capitalism. 2021, The Laughing planet on the backside of 2020, 2021, George W. Bush and Jason Kenney.

Final Art Show & Tell, June 30, 2021
13 Days before Canada Day, the final day, Violet King Henry plaza

'Take the time to reflect not deflect.'
July 1, 2021, Happy Canada Day! 3 years ago today I completed the early morning on Canada Day 2018 'Maple Leaves, Four Seasons" on the Alberta Legislature grounds next to Premier Notley's office, during my 100th outdoor #outsiderart show & tell. My gift to my long-time friend, #NDP Rod Loyola when he introduced me to his mother during an art show by the reflection pool. The Speakers Banned Speech & Wear t-shirt I'm wearing in this 2018 photo was later banned from the Legislature assembly spring 2019, by the Sergeant-at-Arms Chris and LASS staff after Chris asked me if I thought the Alberta Legislature was an honourable place? I spent the following year answering Chris's question by developing more of my Speakers Banned Speech & wear designer t-shirts, baseball caps, and winter toques of Alberta. The ban on my t-shirts has recently been lifted by the Alberta Legislature's Sergeant-at-Arms Chris and his associate Tom, during one of my 13 days before Canada Day 2021. I'll need to keep a close eye on Chris as he continues as the current Sergeant-at-Arms (retired Edmonton police officer) Last week the man tried to steal my little blue wagon full of paintings when I had my back turned and wasn't looking, but I nabbed him with the goods and gave him a warning... Happy Canada Day to Chris, his staff, and all the Alberta Legislature staff, MLAs, Ministers, and Premiers Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney, whom all have been very patient with me over the years, always welcoming me ever since I decided to move onto the Legislature grounds, 2013, and turn the grounds into my personal art gallery, studio, and free press office. This fall I plan to move back into Speaker Nathan Cooper's assembly to follow all the action and produce more Quickdraws from the public (not empty press) gallery on behalf of my #Outsiderart and citizen #FreePress.
#CanadaDay2019, Alberta Sheriff Luke (left) holds "A ghost by a tree on Armistice day" Sheriff Jerry holds "O’Canada" Painted next to NDP Premier Notley's office. Me wearing my #outsiderart, Speakers Banned Speech & Wear t-shirt "O’Canada". #CanadaDay2021 Enjoy freedom, thank a veteran!

Started painting on the day of the Notre-Dame de Paris fire, April 15, 2019
Painter's log re 'The Legislature has no dome', Canada Day Facebook post 2019, quote 'I wanted to see you again, touch you, know who you were, see if I would find you identical with the ideal image of you which had remained with me and perhaps shatter my dream with the aid of reality.' - C. Frollo

Wikipedia: Monseigneur Claude Frollo (French: [klod fʁɔlo]) is a fictional character and the main antagonist of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (known in French as Notre-Dame de Paris). He is the Archdeacon of Notre Dame. 

 

'Take the time to reflect not deflect.'

T R U T H  D E N I A L  &  R E C O N C I  L I A C T I O N

Misty HeART Project Collection, Humanity & Legacy First 6 Months

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 & 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

 

Violet King Henry #NoNewNormal, Painted in the plaza. April 
The Honourable Leader of the Loyal Opposition Rachel Notley adds NDP orange to Violet King Henry #nonewnormal
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.
Worship
Hineni, 'I am here'
Life is a river
Albert, wish you were here on the backside of the Legislature has no dome
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
Trees do talk, RESET (thebox)
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.

6 years ago today Canada Day 2015, I had another successful art show & networking opportunity inside the Legislature grounds. I met up with lots of interesting folks celebrating Canada Day. Several wanted to buy my paintings but I did not have a vendor's permit for the Legislature grounds. That same year I had given up my business, Hawkeyi media inc. after posting losses and after the City of Edmonton would only allow me to show my art in the streets and public squares of Edmonton once I obtained a food truck permit and liability insurance. I would also need to follow strict City of Edmonton guidelines where and when I could do my outdoor art shows. All public parks and the river valley were off-limits to painting and showing my art in public. In January 2016 the Alberta Government would no longer allow me to paint or show my art on the grounds because of similar restrictions. Because I no longer sold my paintings, I protested both the Alberta Government, and the City of Edmonton well into 2017, defending my right as any Canadian could, freely express art in public.

Friday, 11 June 2021

No free press exists inside the Alberta Legislature for the people as of yet


2021-06-11 Alberta Legislature: I hung up my news camera on March 1, after 14 years serving Albertans and my community with citizen free press, after failing to obtain a press pass into the Legislature. I had some unfinished business with respect to the (Hon) Kaycee Madu's Recall Act legislation, which according to Premier Jason Kenney last night, is expected to pass and receive royal assent next week. I will continue following the business inside the Alberta Legislature and help teach fellow Albertans, about the success that can be achieved with Civil Information Activism. My slogan has always been 'People have a voice, they will be heard!' As it stands today, no free press exists or is permitted inside the Alberta Legislature on behalf of the people of Alberta. The people will never have a voice inside the Alberta Legislature so long as Canada's corporate news media controls the news narrative in Canada.

2007 Civil Information Activism 2021

Don't Hate the Media, Become The Media! J.B.

Citizen Free News 

 

People have a voice, they will be heard! d.b