Monday, 26 July 2021

Mary Simon and the yellow flower, next to the Service Through Christ

 

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

2021-07-20 Stanley Milner sketch study of Dawn Marie Marchand's 'Prayers for my sisters'

The Speakers Banned Speech & Wear t-shirts, design by d.b
2021, Head of the class
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.
2021, Optic Illusion
2020, Poster Speakers Banned Speech & Wear Teddy Bears

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.

Paintings are not for sale, retired it's my hobby. I give them away freely.
'Outsider Art is Free Press'
2021-07-23 Social Media Tweet to former Premier Rachel Notley: If you tweet 'it's all Kenney's fault' again and again, does it make it true? The truth is the #NDP got the ball rolling, increasing Alberta's debt and the #UCP has maintained and increased it since. As a result, both #AbLeg parties have failed taxpayers while bankers got richer.

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...

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Disturbing, frightening, sobering my outsider & Intuitive Art #ClimateStrike

Fire & Rain, Circles & Squares 

by Doug Brinkman

2021-07-21 Today Aljazeera reported today China's President Xi Jinping says the situation is ‘severe’ after the city of Zhengzhou saw a year’s worth of rain in just three days.
2019 More Circles than Squares & 2016 Fire and Rain art project paintings 'Climate strike' & The crumpling umbrella. My online art gallery often gets visitors from the city of Zhengzhou, so this is distressing for me to learn about this news. #outsiderart #Intuitiveart


2021 Ode to Lytton, British Columbia
2021-07-19 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: It was easier for me to stay healthy, exercise, and be outdoors in the fresh air over the past 16 months, following the Alberta Government, and Dr. Deena Hinshaw's day-to-day advice on COVID19. Not as easy with the wildfire smoke in Edmonton over the past few days☹️ Painting Ode to Lytton, B.C.

Smokey Silence - You are here

Smokey silence, feature under a sky filled with wildfire smoke 

Saturday, 17 July 2021

The 2021 Misty heART project, humanity and legacy final six months

2021-07-17 This Blog post may have content added and edits made in the coming days... Enjoy!
Wear red as we go marching Rome is burning, spring 2020, By Doug Brinkman

The Former NDP Minister of Energy responded to this painting saying "When I first looked at it, it reminded me of Notre Dame Cathedral burning. It also reminds me also of some of Van Gogh’s paintings. If we are burning now, like Notre Dame, we will rise better and stronger." - Marg McCuaig-Boyd, 2020 

The backside of Wear red as we go marching, Rome is burning

2021 Misty HeART Project

With Alberta's COVID19 numbers dropping and the USA pulling troops out of Afganistan, It's time now for me to conclude my current Misty HeART project on Humanity & Legacy with the painting that got my art project started in the summer of 2020. The laughing planet on the backside of George W. Bush & Jason Kenney. From my 1994 poem, 'The Painter' I'll share its first stanza that seems appropriate to start this blog post.

Swirl N' Splash, 1994
(Circles & Squares) 2021
Oil (Acrylic) meets up on canvas,
of inspirations, that fill my head,
dark images that mirror my soul
Colour spreading danger,
a new creation is 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
do not fear, 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?

 George W. Bush and Jason Kenney, Fall 2020, spring 2021, by Doug Brinkman

Former US President George W. Bush (retired painter today) had the terror attacks of 911 during his legacy and answered with 911 retribution in Afganistan killing multitudes of civilians, women, and children, caught in the crossfire during their battles with the enemy the Taliban. Jason Kenney was a Minister with the Stephen Harper cabinet, at the time Canada committed its troops in Afghanistan, also described as a war of 911 retribution in Afghanistan by Jason's colleague the Minister of defense Gordon O'Connor.. For the past 16 months the Honourable Premier dealt with the crippling pandemic, oil prices dropping and Alberta's failing economy. Both men Conservatives, Both men dealing with events that changed the world. See 911 Retribution/ RESET (the box) 2021

The Laughing planet on the backside of George W. Bush & Jason Kenney, spring 2021

The laughing planet on the backside of George W. Bush and Jason Kenney, Spring 2021, by Doug Brinkman. Nine people helped me paint this picture. Beginning with one Christian man named Joshua and his children. Josh was known by hundreds of viewers as they tuned into a weekly Saturday telecast of anti lockdown rallies at the Alberta Legislature. Known to viewers as Josh the Angry Albertan, Josh and our mutual friend Kyle, another civil information activist, led the Saturday rallies featuring several speaking guests inside Violet King Henry plaza. I news covered several rallies over the year since they began spring of 2020. The remaining children with their moms, and grandparents, added paint to The Laughing Planet inside Winston Churchill Square this past spring. Some of the kids were indigenous and some were not, they were all grateful to participate in my painting.
 Outsider, Intuitive Art 
Troublemaker, the coming storm, fall 2017- summer 2019, by Doug Brinkman. Painted on the Alberta Legislature grounds next to the Premiers Notley/Kenney's office. A homeless person wearing a multicoloured robe, sleeps unter a tree, outdoors in the elements. The homeless person later turned into an eagle's head, broken away from it's totem. The snow-like orbs represent the pandemic. The camp fire represents the yellow vest political right movement.
2021-07-17 Painter's log: I woke up at 2:30 am, after having some inspirational revealing dreams relating to my current Misty HeART project, which focuses on humanity and legacy. Kitty, our cat kept a watchful eye on me the whole time while I updated this blog post with content relating to my dream. This picture was taken at 4:40 am after I published the first draft...

Enjoy freedom!


Sunday, 11 July 2021

We must make our own work on our own terms - Joseph Sanchez.

We as artists must be careful not to fall prey to another form of colonization, for we are one of the most powerful voices of our people.... We must make our own work on our own terms" J.S.
National Indigenous Peoples Day

2021-06-21: Artist, teacher, & friend Chief-No-Tribe shared with me his art downtown Edmonton & how his family was affected, by Canada's residential school system. I completed my own art show inside Violet King Henry plaza on the Alberta Legislature grounds, featuring my #ShameTheMan with love totems. My totem collection was inspired by my sketch studies of the Professional Native Indian Artists INC. Group of Seven, once featured inside the Art Gallery of Alberta. Chief-no-tribe and I exchanged gifts today. He gave me the book he's carried around for years that inspired his circles versus squares conversation we had along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, 2016. Titled 'Black Elk Speaks Being the life story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, as told by John G. Neihardt (flaming rainbow). I gave my teacher a key chain I had carried around for years attached to my backpack filled with paints and brushes. It had a broken compass with the words 'Life is a journey ...'

#ShameTheMan with love, totem  


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.


Samples from hundreds of my Art Gallery sketch studies
'Sketch studies strengthen my confidence'
'Sketch studies hone my creative skills'
'Sketch studies help me understand the world around me'
July 2, 2020, last year on this day, when the Art Gallery of Alberta briely opened its doors to the public, I did this 50-minute sketch study, and later altered it using Corel draw. I'll title Flower Power. Inspired by First Nations artists Bruno Canadien and Niki Little's combined installation titled GIFT.


July 2021 Sketch Studies


Milner Library, the result of my 20-minute sketch study and CorelDRAW of Dawn Marie Marchand’s Prayers for my sisters.


 

2021-07-17 After a year off, I'm back in the art galleries. 2021-07-18, AGA, Black Everyday, 20 minutes sketch study & CorelDRAW of Raneece Buddan's 2020, 'Brought to the land of wood and water, the colors of their culture floods the streets' Out of many one people.
2021-07-24 ALBERTA POLITICS: Personally I don't agree with my friend, Justice Minister and Solicitor General, (Hon) Kaycee Madu's idea of pepper spray being legalized as self-defense. I may change my mind after I survey Albertans and follow this up during the fall sitting inside the Alberta Legislature for citizen #Freepress.

 

#democracy Get in the game!

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Chicago Exploring July 5-8, 2019 'Images of free speech' remembered

July 4, 2021, Images of free Speech: My Art Gallery of Alberta sketch study of Andy Warhol's 1973 Mao. Anti-Chinese communism propaganda spotted on downtown Edmonton kiosks. Sorry, but I won't post any photos of that street propaganda here. Tonight my researching wife Sarah is watching the old Firing Line PBS programs re Chairman Mao's legacy & Taiwan's quest for independence. I would personally like to see weapons of mass destruction turned into future plowshares for peace between Taiwan, the USA, and China.

I'm not really into style. I'm more into confidence or having something to say. Virgil Abloh.
Figures of speech, helped me remind the Alberta government who they work for, and that it is we the people they must respect in a free and open Democracy. June 2021, The Alberta government lifted the ban on my right to freely express my art on t-shirts I choose to wear anywhere inside the Alberta Legislature. Photos Wearing my O'Canada tee'

 In hand my sketch bag I often carry with me inside the Alberta Legislature assembly

Wearing my O'Canada t-shirt inside the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, John. 
Our favorite art gallery in Chicago 

Sketch Studies while in Chicago
2021-07-07 More than 230 people were fatally shot in shootings over the Fourth of July weekend. 14 dead in Chicago, it's a bloody Warzone! 2 years July 7, 2019, my wife Sarah and I visited Chicago's art museums. 1 AM I went looking for some food as everything was closed inside the Sheraton Grand. (Sketch study)LOUD CRACK, 3 black men running while a 4th black man lay on the road twitching in a pool of blood. This all happened in front of our hotel.
Chicago art found along the river walkway, under the N. Columbus drive bridge 
Another Chicago hot dog news icon meets its fate, The Chicago Tribune pressroom building.

Designer's label used for my limited t-shirts, baseball caps, and winter toques of Alberta
Ironically the museum that hosted Virgil Abloh's figures of speech blocked me on Twitter...



If it quacks like a magpie, it must be...
2021 Misty HeART project, Humanity and Legacy