The role of art is to inspire hope, it should be used for healing.- Art Project Survey
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 their 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
371 Free Outdoor Art Shows & Demonstrations Since March 2015
2015-120 Art Shows, 2016-160 Art Shows. AB Legislature Grounds Noon May 24, 2017-71 Art Shows...
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project was inspired by the 2015 news stories on wildfires that burned throughout Western Canada and United States. 24 paintings were created beginning January and displayed outdoors publicly 160 times with their stories shared. I had to defend my right to freely express this art project 4 times throughout the year, by picketing a total of 46 days against both the City of Edmonton and The Province of Alberta.
March 30, 2015 - April 17, 2017 this painting was shown freely in the public squares of Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory. This painting was used to defend free speech and freedom of expression and is now retired and was given as a gift to the poet who inspired the painting. YouTube Playlist
2015 The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Inspired by the 2014 Truth and Reconciliation-Alberta National Event - Thousands have seen this painting and heard it's story in Edmonton.
May 2, 2017: 2016 Fire and Rain art show - 3 visitors gave me gifts during show. Sir Winston Churchill Square. Artist Log Blog
May 9-13 2017: Sketch Study of Sand Bay, Ranier Minnesota during vacation week. In the distance a train carries container cars from the Canadian side of north western Ontario into the U.S., a woman walks her dog on the dock while a seagull in the foreground watches me with curiosity while I was sketching. I walked 4 kilometers each of the 3 days I sketched from this location. The first 2 days the winds blew in a chilly breeze from the lake where the ice had melted weeks ago. On the third day sketching the sun came out, the waters calmed and the black flies began to swarm around my head. I appreciated the quieter sounds of nature during these days away from the constant noise of Edmonton. My tinnitus was hardly noticeable during my walks in these gentle outdoors. On the third day while I got up close with my camera to photograph some bees in the flowers shown in the foreground of this drawing, a car pulled up behind me and I could hear a man's voice say " "Don't pick the dandelions!" I think because It seemed an oddity for this one local seeing me crawling around in the grass taking pictures of dandelions, in this not much going on quiet town of Minnesota between ice fishing season and summer vacationers.
Shout Out: "When howling at the moon isn't enough" I enjoyed the taste of locally brewed cream ale served at Loony's Brew during vacation in Ranier, M.N. USA- Loony's Blog
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Recent sketch studies I've done outdoors and from inside art galleries. This exercise hones my skills, increases my confidence while learning more about my surroundings.
Over 350 Free Outdoor Art Shows & Demonstrations Since March 2015
The 2017 Not A Bystander art project draws on community feedback and participation while focusing camera and canvases on the issues of anger, violence and bullying. .
May 21 2017: 30 minute sketch study of Lac Beauvert, Jasper National Park, May 21, 2017. My wife Sarah read a chapter from a book she bought me before our hike "In the presence of grizzlies" The ancient bond between man and bears. We saw deer but didn't see any bears on the trail today.
I started expressing my creative self as a kid with a box of crayons on my parents' basement walls and inside the pages of my grandfather's leather-bound encyclopedia 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 to learn photography and produce short video features. In my twenties I learned to fly, earning a private pilot's 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 for 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 YouTube, posters and leaflets. Now in my 60s I continue practicing social artistry as a full-time performance artist and citizen news activist combining art with the news stories I publish. I'm available for part time work.
Social Artistry is the attempt to address or recognize
certain social issues using art and creativity
Appalled that you were asked to leave by an NDP MP
To Doug Brinkman, May 20, 2015: I too was at the meeting tonight and as a Muslim woman was appalled that you were asked to leave. This was obviously not a women's only event and no woman there (Muslim or not) should have felt threatened by your (or any male) presence. Those of us who choose to cover in front of men were covered and those who choose not to sit by or speak to men had plenty of opportunity to exercise their right by sitting elsewhere. As a mother of three sons I teach my boys to stand up for all women and their rights, how would they do this if we alienated them from the issues that affect women? I don't know the reasons the one person had to ask you to be removed and I cannot judge, but I am very sorry you had to go through this! I hope this event does not stop you from attending future events or impression you to think Muslim women are closed minded or unapproachable to discuss important matters such as our freedoms. Sadaf.
"Policies on equality should include all Canadians"
Doug Brinkman, April 8-10, 2016 - 3 days picketing (Civil Information Actions)
outside the Shaw Conference Center, Federal NDP Convention, Edmonton.