Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Skaters in January, February was Black History Month, Art Shows & Listen

v.a. Red Zipper Tie d.b., Tribute to Vigil Abloh

Black history month, 2023, Point of order, 15, found a home in the office of the Minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction, the honourable Dale Nally, MLA for Morinville, St. Alberta. I’ll be wearing my Listen Lable wear T-shirt version of Dale's painting in the gallery.

2023, Point of Order, 15

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, Magpie, Circle, Square

Eye on Red, White, Yellow, Black & Blue

2022, Eye on Red, Ten Note

2022, Eye on Red Dress, Ukraine, Russia

2022-2023, untitled, Red Dress, Orange Shirt, Oilers

2022, Joey Bell Tower, Delux

My 2022 painting Joey Bell Tower, Delux found a new home inside Joey Bell Tower, with Chef Triston (right), kitchen staff, and management. Thank you all for the meal, and friendly service. I proudly wear my personal line of Speakers Banned Speech & Wear Listen Label wear, Joey Bell Tower, Delux T-Shirt, inside the Alberta Legislature assembly and Edmonton City Hall during committee meetings and chamber sessions.

High-Level Bridge Street Car, Edmonton

For Such a Time as This - Looking Back, Moving Forward, in the Moment

To engage with art, we have to be willing to be wrong, venture outside our psychic comfort zones, suspend disbelief, and remember that art explores and alters consciousness simultaneously. Jerry Saltz is an American art critic. Since 2006, he has been senior art critic and columnist for New York magazine. Formerly the senior art critic for The Village Voice, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2018 and was nominated for the award in 2001 and 2006.


High-Level Streetcar, Thanks For The Rides!

August 1, 2022, LISTEN Label wear Broken Tree, T-Shirt.
2022, Abstracts of Light and Shadows art project

Wearing my LISTEN Label Wear, 2022, Unity Blue Trees, T-Shirt.
Thank You, MLA, Richard Gotfried 高 飛 & Speaker Nathan Cooper.

Two Scorpions with 2022, Thanks for the Ride, (Hon) Rick Wilson

Two Proud Dads, Thanks for the ride! Art Show & Tell and Listen

2019-2023, Circle, Square, Hands Up Art Show & Tell and Listen

2021-2023, Dumpster Diving Collection

Violet King Henry Plaza, No New Normal
From 2021 to 2023, leading up just before the Alberta provicial election that saw the United Conservative Party win a second majority term in public office, 7 people altogether added paint to this Violet King Henry Plaza, No New Normal canvas, including the first unknown painter who tossed this partially painted circles on the top right hand corner and 3 other blank dollar store canvases into a garbage dumpster. A friend retrieved them and later dropped them off at Eastgate, where I was picketing next to the Alberta Legislature. With art supply stores closed, these dollar store canvases came in handy for me during the COVID19 lockdowns when all I could do was repair and add more paint to the backs and fronts of my paintings hanging or in storage from home.

The loyal opposition leader added the first coat of paint, NDP orange.

I later covered the NDP Orange with a dome using dark blues.

Art Show & Tell, and Listen: Adam Gayle, pictured holding a Canadian flag, walked across Canada gathering signatures and messages for Houselessness, Murdered, and Missing. Adam did not add any paint to the front of my community painting, Violet King Henry Plaza, No New Normal, but wrote a personal letter of encouragement on the back. Altogether I invited 6 people to add paint and messages during art shows in the plaza and political rallies by the Legislature. The Loyal Opposition leader Rachel Notley said the first coat of paint, NDP orange, under the dome in 2021 on her 57th birthday, political activist and artist Suzanne Daley added musical notes, and in 2023, I said 'They Sang Songs of Freedom O'Canada' next to Suzanne's musical notes. Pastor, Politician Artur Pawlowski later added 'For such a time as this, Esther 4:14' using a magic marker, and a younger man named Chase was invited to add the final message 'Christ is King' in Violet King Henry Plaza, by Prospects Point, where I enjoyed painting outdoors doing most of my art shows over the past 10 years.

In China, life is like a river.

Hare Krishna, Jesus Christ, Edmonton Oilers 

Hineni, I am here, Gift to Hanny

Looking Back, Moving Forward, in the Moment

2015, The Judge and the Poet, We First Peoples, Métis, and Inuit

2017, All Flowers Matter

August 1, 2016, photo by Sarah, Fire and Rain art project,
focused my camera and canvases on Alberta wildfires and floods.

2016, On Guard for Thee

2021, George W. Bush and Jason Kenney

Looking back, going forward, living in the moment, August 1, 2023, begins the final chapter of summer for me. Taking a break after completing the first 5 months of my social art project, 'LISTEN to my heArt beat... 2023, where social art and politics were combined and played an essential role in my 10th art project since 2013. August is making way for a much-looked-forward-to wedding with family, hiking with my sweetheart, painting, and drawing. I posted my last painter's notes here this morning and will take some time off for the month of August. Love to everyone; see you in September when I begin to complete the final 5 months of this project that will end Dec. 20, 2023.


2023-07-26, Unity Cut-Ups