Friday, 28 April 2023

April Showers Brought May Wildfires, Looking Back, Going Forward

Jack H. Bush Inspired, 2016, Fort McMurray Surreal.

Sharing stories with our new friend (top left) who arrived recently from Ukraine.
 Outdoor Art Shows & Tell, and LISTEN

Ukraine, Eye on Red, Russia & Indigenous Red Dress

April 25, 2022, I completed the third of three paintings for my Eye on Red Paint series. Ukraine, Russia & Canada's Indigenous red dress.


2021, Flower Harvest, Scream! and 2020, Red Rose

2021, Abstracts of Light and Shadows
Is that a Good Dog, a Bad Dog, a Wolf, or a Bear?

Eye on Red (Dress), Listen label hoodie wear.

First layer of paint added to Eye on Red

2022, Eye on Red, and the Threat of Nuclear War

Backside, 2022, Eye on Red, Yo' Mama So Yellow

The 2017, Walterdale Bridge art project...

Paint over, I see Buffalo, Special K, Kara

2020, Buffalo Eye, Gift to Jason Nixon

April 25, 2020, Sarah, and freinds joined me while I repaired Fort McMurray the Beast. Originally painted May 3, 2016, during the wildfire that forced an evacuation of 88,000 people from their homes.


2017 'Alberta Legislature rose garden' by Doug Brinkman, a gift to my appliance repair man who fixed our dishwasher for free. When I paint roses I'm reminded of how 11 years ago Norwegians sang songs while they held red roses outdoors in the public square in rain as an answer to Terrorist Breivik's act of hate, April, 25, 2012...


En himmel full av stjerner (A heaven full of stars) Blått hav så langt du ser (Blue seas as far as you can see) En jord der blomster gror (A world where flowers grow) Kan du ønske mer ? (Can you ask for anything more?) Sammen skal vi leve (We shall live together) hver søster og hver bror (Every sister and every brother) Små barn av regnbuen (Small children of the rainbow) og en frodig jord. (And a blossoming world.) Noen tror det ikke nytter (Some don’t think it matters) Andre kaster tiden bort med prat (Others waste time with small talk) Noen tror at vi kan leve av (Some thing we can live on… plast og syntetisk mat. (…plastic and synthetic food.) Og noen stjeler fra de unge (And some steal from the young) som blir sendt ut for å sloss (who are sent off to fight.) Noen stjeler fra de mange (Some steal from the masses) som kommer etter oss (who come after us.) Refrain: Si det til alle barna! (Tell all the children) Og si det til hver far og mor: (And tell every father and mother) Ennå har vi en sjanse (That we still have a chance) til å dele et håp på jord. (to share hope for the world.)

Painter's Notes from the Public, not Press Gallery 

If I had a press pass for the press gallery's staging area theatre, located in the basement of the Alberta Legislature where all the bottom feeders meet next to the cafeteria and I was granted one question to ask Fort McMurray's the (Hon) Brian Jean on the podium during a press scrum I would ask Brian "After losing one house to wildfire and a second damaged by flooding Sir, why do you keep building your homes next to the forest and the river Minister?

Monday, 24 April 2023

2020, Wear Red as we go marching Rome is burning, Art is Freedom

Like Notre Dame, We Will Rise Better and Stronger 
2023-04-05, Wear Red as we go marching, Rome is burning, found a new home today with AUPE worker Veronica, who added paint to this community painting inside Violet King Henry plaza in 2019. Former Energy Minister Marg Cuaig Boyd's words were added to the back.

Art, Show & Tell and Listen.

Gift of Art to (left) Veronica
My Gift is My Art - My Art is Freedom

2022, Eye on Red art project painting, gift to Peter Li.

April's On-Location Quickdrawn Conclusions

Kwibuka 29, To Remember, Painter's Notes YouTube

Good Friday Rwanda, Albertans Rally for Africans

In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it. Ernst Fischer


Photo: 2020, Worship, Hare Krishna, Jesus Christ, Edmonton Oilers

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