Saturday, 16 October 2021

2021, Mary Simon and the orange flower, Truth and Reconciliation (TRC)

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 orange flower

Painters Log 2021-07-26: I cannot be happier to see Canada's new Governor-General is Indigenous.


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

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Abstracts of Light & Shadows, Dog, Bad Dog, Wolf, Occupations

Dog, Bad Dog, Wolf.

An injured white wolf walking alongside the abandoned Keystone XL Pipeline Project, after US President Joe Biden canceled the project, losing billions invested by Alberta taxpayers. Graphic by Doug Brinkman, seen in a dream...
It’s been a long time since stepping foot inside the Alberta Legislature public gallery with my sketch pad, following the business of the day, publishing news stories, and political quickdraws. In the meantime, practice, practice, practice... Thanks to weekly freedom rallies and the current filming of HBO TV series The Last of Us, taking place outside the doors of the currently in lockdown Alberta Legislature, I have all the drama I need to keep me sketching every day.

HBO TV Series Occupation

Premier Jason Kenney Tweeted 'The largest TV production in Canada's history is filming right here at the Alberta Legislature this week. We’ve seen a flood of new production investment since our introduction of the Film and Television Tax Credit. Nearly $1B invested and 9,000 jobs created since last year' 
2021-10-09: Last Saturday, October 7th. after doing a beautiful 5k hike through the Edmonton River valley with my wife. We stopped so I could take this photo of 'The last of Us, HBO TV series film set' visible just outside the fenced area on the Alberta Legislature grounds. A young man, flanked by a second man approached my wife and me and said "Sir, could you please not take any photos" I responded, knowing all too well that this was crown land 'I have a right to take photos here, its open to the public.' The security guard responded, 'you don't have to be a dick about it, sir.' I told the young smart-ass security guard, who was old enough to be my grandson 'I have every right to take photos, and if you don't believe me, you need to call a Sheriff and learn the rules here, you are in Canada' and I left... The following day I came back without my wife to watch the production crew work on the set and was approached again by another HBO security guard who was just curious about why I was there... She said, "Hi, how's it going?' I responded 'Don't talk to me' still pissed from the day before. She again tried to interact with me and that’s when I told her about, her colleague calling me a dick, in front of my wife the day before. I reminded her too that this was not Hollywood, this is Canada, and if you are not willing to respect people's rights outside your movie set, then you can all fuck off back to the United States. I later apologized for getting sore and told her I was glad HBO saw value in Alberta's film industry that was creating jobs and helping Alberta's economy. She accepted my apology and left. Since HBO made contract agreements with both the City of Edmonton, and the Alberta Ministry of Infrastructure, giving them the exclusive rights to film at public locations around the city, I decided to honour their request of not taking photos outside the barriers of the sets, but sketch instead. That's what I did each day for the rest of the week, returning to each set location to sketch the mayhem of our downtown city streets. I quickly learned not all HBO security personal were jerkoffs like their Legislature team of clown performers. The 107th street set, 104th Street set, and the infamous Rice Howard Way set, security teams were friendly and receptive to my drawing the apocalyptic sets, while I respected their requests not to take photos. The joy of sketching and meeting friendly people from the production teams lasted all week for me, until Friday, October 8, 2021, when I returned outside the Alberta Legislature set, and proceeded to sketch my Dick TV Production picture. Not a word was spoken between me and the HBO security team until a Sheriff's cruiser pulled up beside me and a Sheriff jumped out saying "what's going on here Doug?' We are getting a lot of complaints about you' The conversation was short when I turned on my camera and began to record our conversation. I said I was not going to respect the new invisible fence, set up by the HBO security, and told my friend, the Sheriff, you will have to arrest me because I'm not going to leave this area. The Sheriff left, and the second Sheriff arrived, and we talked more about the situation. Eventually, I was allowed to continue sketching, but before I left, I told the Sheriff, I would not return to the Legislature HBO set location, to save the Sheriffs the hassle and grief of answering bogus complaints by HBO's security hate team.


The Last of Us is an upcoming American television series that is set to air on HBO. Based on the 2013 video game of the same name developed by Naughty Dog, the series will follow Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting the teenage Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States. Wikipedia.
HBO Security calls Alberta Sheriffs, claims I'm causing trouble

Rice Howard way film location

2021-10-07 University student, Kailey who is studying to be a music composer holds up my latest sketch study of the apocalypse.

100A Street, Rice Howard Way Apocoliptic car pileup.
2021-10-07 The #apocalyptic Coffee is on... Cafe.'

Thank you, HBO, Neil Druckmann, Craig Mazin, Director, and all the Cast and Crew for finding value in Alberta's film industry, helping Alberta's economy, and Jobs for Albertans 

2021-10-07 In the real world wildfire smoke hung over downtown Edmonton early morning today, while HBOs fiction TV series The Last of Us was centered and beginning to take shapre on the Rice Howard Way.

2021-10-08: Rice Howard Way, Quickdraw HBO, the last of us TV series. 40 minutes sketch study using the chisel tip sharpie permanent marker, micron number one ink pen, and a smaller version of a sharpie, shadowed with graphite pencil.

 Covid 19, Edmonton Occupations

South Legislature Lawns Occupation

2021-10-12 Alberta Legislature Tweet: My 2014 Truth & Reconciliation sketch resembles the current #AbLeg #occupations of teepees & tents/ protest over #COVID19AB restrictions. The #apocalyptic #HBO, 2022 #TheLastofUs TV series also occupied the grounds, The Legislature, while the Federal building with washrooms remain in #lockdown to public
Occupation beyond the beech tree and the pillar of strength.
2021-10-12 Alberta Legislature: Today I met with an Elder, a Chief and many friendly others seated around an open fire on the back lawns of the Alberta Legislature. Surrounded by tents and 3 teepees, I was honoured, by the Elder who welcomed me sketch outside the circle my first Dog, Bad Dog, Wolf sketch.

2021-10-13: 5AM Looking eastwardly into the sun and the shadows of the people, tents, and teepee asking the question is it dog, a bad dog, or is it a wolf? I had trouble with the first sketch drawing that showed a sign of 'No Medical Tyranny', because of troubling protests staged outside hospitals throughout Alberta. I created a smaller version of the same drawing, but it became indistinguishable and no longer an accurate account of yesterday's occupation on the Legislature grounds.


2021-10-13 EDMONTON: Commitments & investments are being made by the UCP Government in the First Nations communities across the Province by sharing the prosperity & wealth that comes from Oil, Gas, Pipelines & Green Energy. Encouraging news after a meeting with Alberta's Minister of Indigenous relations, Rick Wilson on a street corner of 107th St. & 99 Th. Ave. This will give First Nations a stronger leadership role in ending poverty, creating jobs, while protecting the land, water, and air for future generations.  

Dog, bad dog, wolf 

Legislature back lawns occupier Marvin (left)

2021-10-13: Legislature Occupation, 11AM Facing into the sun, I saw the shadow of a man running towards me, with his fist raised yelling "You get the hell out of here, you son-of-a-bitch!" This from a man I've known for years as Marvin, to whom in past has always been friendly towards me and has welcomed the news work in past. I said, ‘yes sir’ turned my back and walked away slowly. This is how you react when an angry bear comes at you ... Yesterday Elder Nancy and others who welcomed me to sketch outside the round circle of people gathered around the fire. Dog, Bad Dog, Wolf.

With this sketch, I reversed the role and became the bad dog.

2021-10-15: The wolf watched me from the top of a grassy hill, 'you stay away' I yelled! But he slowly moved towards until I came face to face with the wolf... He dod not hurt me, but I soon learned the wolf was protecting something very valuable. Inside a cardboard shelter were baby puppies.  Another dream I had about a wolf before the start of this week. Intuitive, outsider art. I wonder if Marvin was like that wolf in my dream?

2021-10-15 Ceremony Blanket sketch drawn from near the Legislature occupation

2021-10-15, Occupation Flag QuickDraw, Alberta Legislature ground

Apocalyptic paintings of my own kind

2019-2020, Wear red as we go marching, Rome is burning
2020, Wear red as we go marching, Rome is burning by Doug Brinkman. 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, Former Energy Minister.
2016, Fire, Rain, Circles, Squares. Fire and Rain art project 
Abstract art is an art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead uses shapes, colours, forms, and gestural marks to achieve its effect. Wassily Kandinsky. Cossacks 1910–1. Tate. Strictly speaking, the word abstract means to separate or withdraw something from something else.
2017-2019 Trouble maker, the coming storm. YouTube
A homeless man shaped like an eagle lays under a tree as a storm approached.

Jason Kenney holds 'Water and Oil is Life Nonviolence, painted on location during a 3-day occupation inside Sir Winston Churchill Square, November 2016, by anti-Keystone XL pipeline protesters... Truth and Reconcilation Continued.