Tuesday, 31 January 2023

On this day January 30, Art is Freedom's Figures of Speech, Free Press

This morning's Quick Drawn Conclusion at City Hall from yesterday's Utility meeting.

January 30, 2023, Quickdrawn Conclusion

Edmonton Disorder Creates Downtown Dead Zone 
I was asked to cover up this T-shirt inside the legislature last spring session after my wife Sarah (the Bear) brought it home from Minnesota for me as a gift. Breakfast at city hall before utility meeting begins...
Art is Freedom, Free Press Looking Back...

After 3 years, the Drum is now retired from activism and given to Dr. Raj Sherman for his public service.

2023-01-30, Painter's notes, looking back, 2020-01-30: Today I presented inside the Alberta Legislature to visitor services and LASS Staff of the Srg-At-Arms office "Redman left for dead." February's The Speakers Banned Speech and Wear, designer t-shirt inspired by my 2018 sketch studies of 4 Indian busts of gaunt, skull-like looking First Nations men hanging above on the 4 corners above the fountain inside the Alberta Legislature rotunda. Tour guides say the busts historically represent how earlier Alberta Government expected the eventual extinction of First Nations in the Province due to starvation and harsh environmental living conditions. As part of my 2020 Freedom to Express and 'Listen' art project, I'll be wearing this inside the Legislative assembly's public gallery each day in February when MLAs return to work for a question period.

January 30, 2017, Art Gallery of Alberta

2023-01-30, Painter's notes January 30, 2014, Art Gallery of Alberta Sketch Study "The Boatmen's Wives" by Luigi da Rios oil painting "Over Looking a Canal in Venice" 1886. Pencils and Coral Draw. Wednesday nights the Art Gallery serves up free drinks. On a scale of (Poor)1 to 10 (Accurate) my drawing's accuracy to the original painting, I gave myself a 3. The Original is stunningly beautiful, I've only captured a simple likeness...

January 30, 2017, Alberta Legislature
January 30, 2014, Whyte Avenue
End Note, Painter's Tweet January 30, 2023, on the Safety of Edmonton, Top Priority says Edmonton Mayor Sohi: I truly appreciate this effort your Worship, Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, but as I begin my week at City Hall, the question in my mind is are you a Mayor, like so many others who talk about the river being dirty, or are you a Mayor who acts and cleans up the river? #Democracy

Monday, 30 January 2023

February is Black History Month, Art is Freedom's Figures of Speech


2023, Off White

2023, Point of Order

2020-2023, Skaters on Ice

Back of Skaters on Ice, 2020-2023, Aliens at Tsusiat Falls
Alberta Legislature, Queen Elizabeth Building & City Hall 

Aliens at Tusuiat Falls

2023-01-29, Painter's notes, Coming Black History Month, February: The difference between me, an Alberta, Canadian, and a Taxpayer participating in Alberta Democracy depend on the clothing I plan to wear inside the Alberta Legislature assembly later this February. Already the Alberta Legislature LASS Staff is creating roadblocks over the clothing I plan to wear inside the assembly. Shameful how King Charles's staff continuously blocks my individual rights and freedoms.
Painter's notes, Practice Media Distancing: In light of the Memphis protest over the Police killings of Tyre Nichols and other protests in the United States that are expected to overflow into Canada's major cities. I will not be news picketing/ promoting the UCP (Hon) Kaycee Madu and NDP David Shepherd with Civil Information Actions for the 2023 Alberta Provincial Election during Black History Month. Instead, I'll be avoiding these protests and focusing on doing more indoor art shows at City Hall and the Legislature honouring Virgil Abloh, and his Figures of Speech.

Violet King Henry Plaza, named after
Canada's First Black Female Lawyer, is where 
Freedom Fighters Sang Songs of Freedom, O' Canada

Give this man, King Charles a medal!
No Individual Rights & Freedoms in the Alberta Legislature.

2020, If it Quacks like a Magpie, it must be...

Rare Bird, Magpie Gallery

Sunday, 29 January 2023

January 29, Has the Art Gallery of Alberta Crossed Some Lines or Have I?


Is it my AGA Sketch Study that has crossed your line?

2023-01-29, Painter's 20-minute Quickdraw, CorelDraw taken from the 3rd floor of the Art Gallery of Alberta today, local Indigenous Haida, Edmonton Artist, Dean Drever's 2011, 42 NHL, Nazi Jerseys, with Hitler and his closest henchmen names sewn on the back of the oilers jerseys. The display puts a light on males and hockey violence. Swastikas were used by Indigenous people such as the Hopi, Navajo, and Apache. It represents Mother Earth and good luck.


Dean Drever: In Black and White

The City of Edmonton's 311 Help Line # is code for Ku Klux Klan, according to the new Lighthouse App the City, Peace Officers will use to out hate symbols. Anti-Defamation League's Lighthouse App.

Looking Back to January 29, 2019

Looking back January 29, 2018, Jasper Avenue and 103rd street City Kiosk: Look at how many days my poster promoting nonhockey fan violence and bullying has lasted, 10 Days! I spent the day picketing Jason Kenney, Unity in a nice welcoming way after Jason was sworn in as MLA, leader of her Majesty the Queen's loyal official opposition party of the Alberta Legislature. I started my picket around 11 am outside the Alberta Legislature and later outside the Matrix hotel where I met with Jason Kenney accompanied by his caucus outside the hotel on the picket line. It was at this point I surrendered my placard to Jason's staff after he invited me to his party inside...

Art is Freedom, Free Press, Edmonton City Hall and Alberta Legislature

2023-01-29, Painter's notes, Quebec Mosque Shootings: Looking back to 2017-01-29, an interview with Rev. Paul Douglas Walfall, who spoke outside the Alberta Legislature by the reflection pool the night of the Quebec Mosque attack.
2023-01-26 Painter's notes: Looking forward to returning to the Alberta Legislature public gallery, to follow the business of the Alberta Government, Loyal Opposition, and News Media at the end of February, Black History Month. In the meantime, I'm following the business inside Edmonton City Hall. Of course I'll be wearing my art!

 2023, Point of Order, Listen Label, 2023, Spring Session Wear

January 26, 2022, Sketch Study of the fur-bearing Mayor Amarjeet Sohi
Thank you Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, City Council, City manager, City Clerk, City administration, and all the friendly City Staff, and Security for providing the means and opportunity for the public to follow our City's democracy. I've learned much since I started to attend more meetings this year. My love & respect has grown for our City Hall's community of people it takes to run our City, thank you all!

Off White, Tribute to Virgil Abloh
Preparations for Black History Month

Off White, Tribute to Virgil Abloh
Day 1, adding paint next to the ice rink.

Point of Order, First Painting Completed, 2023

2023, Point of order Listen Label, 
The Speakers Banned Speech & Wear

2023-01-26, Update on my grocery cart deposit to the City Hall program that I started last year. I had a meeting today with the local Save on food manager. He tells me the carts cost his company under $500 each and that security guards are not allowed to stop anybody from taking the carts once the carts have been removed from the grocery store property. This explains why I saw 2 homeless people steal carts onto 109th street, and Security watched. Carts end up in front of our building, used by the homeless and sometimes by thieves and vandals as battering rams, to break into our New Cambridge Lofts building and local businesses. I learned from the Save on food manager, the City Of Edmonton is not returning the carts to the owners. Instead, they are taking them to the dump to be crushed and recycled. As of today, I will do my part as a good neighbour and return Shoppers Drug Mart and Save on Food carts back to the stores. All other carts found from stores, not from our downtown neighbourhood will be dropped off at the City Hall for disposal. Being a senior, I can use the exercise, being a win-win for all!
City, Painter's Notes, and Quickdrawn Conclusions

2023-01-25, Painter's notes: Today's Quickdrawn Conclusion of yesterday's Code of Conduct - Ethics Commission meeting that was open to the public, but went quickly to private after one councilor, Erin Rutherford said the conversation could get messy. I was the only public member in attendance who had to leave after 30 minutes of deliberation. Maybe next time City Coucilors can vote to kick the corporate news media trouble makers out of the room and keep us, the general public, the taxpayers, the ones who voted for your jobs and the folks like me you are suppose to work for left inside the room during the meeting. On another note of interest, according to the new Lighthouse App for Peace Officers, which will be used to determine hate symbols, the city's 311 helplines is listed as a secret code for the Klu Kluz Klan.


City of Edmonton, 311 Help Line code for Ku Klux Klan

Lighthouse App/Anti-Defamation League 

Edmonton Peace Officers to carry the app, while Mayor Sohi asked why was the Edmonton Police Service not involved participating with city Council meetings regarding the app. 311=Code number for KKK.


I was inside City Hall, River Valley room during a public meeting for about 30 minutes give or take before city councilor Erin Rutherford said the conversations could get messy... The City council then voted to go private. I was the only person sitting in the public gallery when I vacated the public meeting. Quickdraw Political Cartoon coming soon.

Behind Closed Doors, Closed to the Public

Thank you Sohi & Janz, 
All Flowers Matter, in Democracy

2023-01-24, Painter's notes: Honoured today to learn after a City Hall morning meeting that my 2022, Recall Mayor Amarjeet Sohi and City Councillor Janz picket sign found a new home inside Michael Janz’s office. Mr. Janz appreciates citizens' participation in getting involved at City Hall. I retired my picket sign last September to the Mayor’s office, telling Mayor Sohi there were no hard feelings about my picket as it was only a test run for Alberta's Government's newly enacted Bill 52, The Recall Act, to survey Edmonton's reactions to the City council voting to defund the police 10.5 million in 2021.
2023-01-24, Painter's notes: Edmontonians strongly support the Edmonton Police Service judging from the reactions I got to my 2022, January-September Fund The Police, Recall Sohi/Janz test picket observed at several key locations downtown and in Old Strathcona. My picket was suspended with respect during Black History Month in February 2022. I plan to celebrate Black History Month this February 2023 with paintings and pickets.
2023-01-24, Painter's notes, looking back to January 24, 2015: Walterdale Bridge Art Project, This painting I started on location by the construction site of the new bridge, and was completed today in front of City Hall.

 Art is Freedom, Free Press

2023-01-24, Painter's notes: The City of Edmonton wants to open more injection centers in Edmonton for drug addicts.

Behind City Hall's Glass Doors, Closed to Citizen Free Press
Looking Back This January 24th Day, City Hall