Artist, Active Citizen Doug Brinkman, 62 - Out of work since September 2013 - Willing to Work Min. Wage
I started expressing creative self as a toddler with crayons on my parents' basement walls and inside the pages of my grandfather's leather-bound encyclopaedia collection. So my parents began to supply me with a steady stream of paper and pencils with which to draw and expand my creativity. In secondary school I studied commercial art and printing, and took extra courses learning photography and producing short video features. In my 20s I learned to fly earning a private pilot licence and moved to Edmonton from Toronto. In my 40s I hiked the West Coast Trail 3 times and one time to the Rose Spit on Haida Gwaii . In Edmonton I continued a career as a graphic arts craftsman, first for theEdmonton Sun (Photo) and finally with theEdmonton Journal as a scab pressman 27 years (Video). I was involved as a volunteer with community theatre, painting sets and doing public relations for Walterdale Playhouse Theatre. In 2007 I became a Civil Information Activist and began publishing Citizen Free News stories on YouTubes, Posters and Leaflets. Today I keep myself active as a full time artist sometimes combining my artistry with the important news stories I publish. I'm available to speak on Civil Information Activism/ Citizens who become the News Media.
It was in 1924 when members of Canada’s Group of Seven expanded their artistic subject matter to include Western Canada. That year, Lawren S. Harris, a founder and key spokesperson for the Group, and fellow Group member A.Y. Jackson traveled to Jasper National Park. 90 years later, in the early spring of 2014, I spent my evenings sketch studying Lawren Harris and A.Y.Jackson inside the Art Gallery of Alberta, where thier works were on display. Later that year, in the spring and fall, I set out with my backpack, canvas and paints to paint in the same area of Maligne Lake as they did 90 years earlier. 1924 Maligne Lake YouTube
Two First Nations Women Protectors of Water, 2013 - 2015, Starbucks Coffee Cup Series
The photo by Paula Kirman taken during a rally at the Alberta Legislature became the inspiration behind the sketch study of the two women protesters that led to a painting that was donated to the Alberta Public Employees United Way Campaign to help raise funds for the United Way.
The Fire and Rain art project began January following the news stories on wildfires and rains that affected Alberta this year. Paintings were displayed and their stories shared outdoors in public areas in around Edmonton. The project was used to defend and promote freedom of expression on the Alberta Legislature grounds. Some of the YouTubes published gave a voice for others to share how the wildfires and the rains in Alberta affected them, their families, communities and environment.
Art like photos can sometimes tell a story better than written words. Continued...
Artist Log: From Thursday to Saturday inside Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta on Treaty 6 territory, I sketched, painted and took lots of photos and video of activists staging what they called prayer camp in solidarity with Standing Rock (North Dakota). I decided not to participate with-in the camp but watched from a distance from the camp's barriers over the 3 days. Although this camp was in support of a protest over oil and gas pipelines the camp was surrounded with petroleum made products including several vehicles that were used to bring in wood and supplies into the camp. Protesters may have been focused on defending water but they did so by using petroleum products to maintain their protests. It seems to me that oil like water is just as important supporting life as we know it. I was not here to learn why they were protesting pipelines since the news have been covering the pipeline stand-off in North Dakota for months. As an artist and news activist I wanted to observe and see how they conducted their protest prayer camp while using petroleum made products. After my Saturday outdoor art show along 100 street on my way home I met up with Conservative leadership candidate Jason Kenney who had just came from the Holodormor Memorial next to City Hall and Churchill Square. He told me a Communist protestor interrupted the Edmonton Holodomor memorial, shouting "Nazi propaganda!" while holding a poster of Josef Stalin. I wondered to myself if someone from the prayer camp was involved since I had seen several members of the Communist Party participating inside the camp. One of them shared cookies with me while I was showing my art next to the prayer camp. I shared my story with Jason of what I learned from the camp inside the square. I decided to give him my painting as a gift and he graciously accepted. I wished him well and we all went on our way...
The Dakota Access Pipeline protests, also known by hashtags such as NoDAPL, are a grassroots movement that began in the spring of 2016 in reaction to the proposed construction of Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access Pipeline. The proposed pipeline would run from the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota to southern Illinois, crossing beneath the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, as well as part of Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Wikipedia
Following #StandingRock December 4, 2016: Standing Rock protesters celebrated Sunday as news broke that construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near their territory has been halted. Moira Kelley, a spokeswoman for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a federal agency, said in a news release Sunday that the administration will not allow the four-state, $3.8-billion pipeline to be built under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. CBC News
First Nations leaders who support pipeline projects are afraid to speak out because they have become stigmatized by some protesters, AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde said. "There's a stigma now attached to supporting economic development. There's a stigma that somehow you're not a First Nations person, if you support a pipeline," he said in an interview with CBC News. "I think we have to slow down and stop and say 'We balance things between the environment and the economy.' "The point is that some of those chiefs are quiet and yet I know they support," he said. "It's about who's the loudest sometimes."
Photos: How many petroleum made products can you see inside the Prayer Camp in Solidarity with #StandingRock
Acrylic Painting Water and Oil is Life - Non Violence
Free News Sharing
No Paintings Sold in 2016
Selfie inside a wooden Shipwreak, N.E. side of Haida Gwaii over 20 years ago.
By Doug Brinkman
Swirl N' Splash
As oil meets up with canvas,
and inspiration fills my head
of 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
be not timid 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?
Tom Thompson was my mentor,
but it was never his paintbrush you see!
But like wings of a dove he rode me above,
pine wood thickets Algonquin he took me
look at me, look inside my naked frame
am I a fraud with paint brush
Or like some god creating being?
Judge me...and you'll be judged!
Remember always our dreams.
Take hold my spirit when I am gone
for the love of creation from with-in my canvas your own reflection - I hope you’ll see me.
December 9, 2016 My sketch study this week inside the AGA is of James Davies 1988 The Broken Bridge - More sketch sudies back page.
Support Free Art, Help Me Fundrazr My Social Art Projects
Free News Sharing YouTube Channel Continued
People Have A Voice, They Will Be Heard!
Saturday December 10, 2016 is Human Rights Day : To borrow a line from JFK - “The rights of every person are diminished when the rights of one person are threatened.” ALL LIVES MATTER!