Painted from the backside of Herman Poulin's Service Through Christ statute, facing Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani's office.
2021-07-23 Alberta Legislature: I completed the final backside painting on three mountain abstracts I did in the summer of 2015 by adding Mary Simon next to Herman Poulin's statute, Service Through Christ. The first 11 days of November each year I'm reminded of indigenous veterans of Canada who gave their lives defending our freedoms. Mary Simon has been nominated and could be Canada's first Indigenous Governor-General. The style of painting I used was inspired by a local Cree contemporary artist Brenda Draney, whose work I have studied over the years inside the Art Gallery of Alberta. The following YouTube, cover page was created inside the Milner Library, from a 20-minute sketch study I did of Edmonton First Nations artist Dawn Marie Marchand's 'Prayers for my sister', and later altered using CorelDRAW.
Mary Simon and the yellow flower
Painters Log 2021-07-26: I cannot be happier to see Canada's new Governor-General Indigenous. Thank you, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, welcome Mary Simon, and God Save the Queen. 'Mary Simon and the yellow flower' By Doug Brinkman and friends. #FreePress. #outsiderart #artisfreedom
2021-07-23 First Nations Mary Simon is nominated to be Canada's first indigenous Governor-General. Yesterday the Globe & Mail reported hundreds of complaints have been received, mostly from Quebec that Mary Simon is not fluent in French. The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages has announced it is investigating the process for nominating governors-general in Canada.
Outsider Artist Now Accepted in Edmonton
2021-07-21: From the 4 paintings shown here, the 1st. painting was the only painting I sold in 2015 from a total of 6 mountain abstract painting series, 5 of which were painted outdoors on the Alberta Legislature grounds, and the original that was painted on location, Maligne Lake inside Jasper National Park. The only abstract from the series was sold for $200, to a school teacher outside a 109th street cafe, where she paid cash. I stopped selling my paintings after that sale and just before the NDP Government & the City of Edmonton tried to stop and discourage me from painting and showing my art on Alberta wildfires and floods outdoors in public. The Alberta Government failed to ban me 3 times resulting from 6-day protests against the NDP Government in 2016, and once again for 2 years against the UCP Government from 2019- 2021, after I was banned from wearing a t-shirt bearing my art inside the Alberta Legislature. The City has since apologized in 2017 after a City Manager threatened me with police action for showing a single Fort McMurray wildfire painting on new years eve, 2016 in front of City Hall. This year before Canada day the Alberta Government has lifted the ban on the art I wear on my t-shirts but has never apologized for the bullying I endured in June 2019 inside the Legislature for wearing my art on a t-shirt. The method I used to win back my freedom, was to shame both the City of Edmonton and the Alberta Government with love and kindness by using civil actions, that respects people, property and the rule of law. This ultimately helped the Government to see the errors of their ways. This year the leader of the Loyal Oppostion, the (Hon) Rachel Notley honoured me by accepting my invitation to paint, adding NDP orange to Violet King Henry plaza #NoNewNormal, A painting of the plaza recently named in honour of the first black woman lawyer in Canada, who was educated here in Edmonton, earning her law degree at the University of Alberta. A young law student who saw me picketing one day outside the Legislature for a press pass into the press gallery (picket continues, now into my 4th year) He learned about all the bans I endured by Governments, and began visiting me from time to time on my picket line while on his way to his university. One day he gave me a rolled up copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and encouraged me to never give up my fight for my freedoms. I have since passed that charter onto Kyle, who is also a civil information activist, responsible in part for staging freedon, anti lockdown protests, rallies and marches each Saturday inside the same Violet King Henry plaza.
Painter's Log: What's important for me today using my citizen Free Press graphic in response to NDP Rachel Notley's constant criticisms on social media of Jason Kenney UCP is the Legislature banned image of Kenney/Notley holding a Pipeline shown here was recently lifted by the Sergeant-at-Arms Chris and Tom after 2 years banned. Just cover it up with a sweater or a jacket next time. This image is used as one of many labels for my designer line of Speakers Banned Speech and Wear t-shirts, summer caps, and winter toques of Alberta freely given away to friends, activists, and politicians when I began my line of wear after Chicago exploring Virgil Abloh *figures of speech and the INTUIT center for outsider art, intuitive art *Henry Darger July 5-8, 2019. A civil action I used against the Alberta Government for banning my art at the Legislature, 4 times since January 2016, beginning with my Fire and Rain art project on Alberta wildfires and floods. The press gallery continues to deny my Canadian Charter right to a free press inside the Alberta Legislature. My protest against the Alberta Government began in June 2017 after the Sergeant-at-Arms banned my art from the Legislature grounds, claiming my news stories were inaccurate, hurting the Alberta Government and his claims the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms don't apply at the Legislature when he is in charge on behalf of the Queen of England... My quest for a press pass continues today...