I first expressed creativity on my parents' basement walls and inside the blank pages of my grandfather's leather-bound encyclopaedia collection. My parents put a stop to that and began to supply me with a steady stream of paper and pencils with which to draw. In high school I took courses in commercial art and printing, and learned how to develop photos and produce short video features. I learned to fly and hiked the West Coast Trail 3 times.
I came to Edmonton in 1980 to continue a career as a newspaper printer, first for the Edmonton Sun and finally with the Edmonton Journal.
I became involved with community theatre, painting sets and volunteering as public relations director for Walterdale Playhouse Theatre. In 2007 I became a civil information activist and began publishing citizen news stories on YouTube. Unemployed and forced into early retirement I keep myself busy as a full time artist and continue to publish news stories on YouTube freely.
Hidden from sight by Doug Brinkman. This 16" x 20" acrylic was painted on the Alberta Legislature grounds next to the bowling greens early June this year. Donated to be auctioned by the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance to help raise funds for the United Way. Bidding will begin on October 17th - Learn More
238 Outdoor art shows around Edmonton and Province of Alberta since March 2015
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
This art project is an opportunity for me to paint freely in public while promoting freedom of expression showing art outdoors in the streets and public squares of Edmonton. It’s an opportunity for Albertans to share stories of how the wildfires and the rains that followed in Alberta have affected them, our communities and the environment. My project includes 22 paintings, Fort McMurray, Slave Lake and Jasper National Park YouTube features, news stories, photos and my daily artist log. Doug Brinkman Back Page Link
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The 2016 Fire and Rain art project
Paintings by Doug Brinkman
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“Art must take to the road and risk all for the glory of adventure. ”
― Lawren Harris
My art projects that relate to news stories rely on your generous donations. Thank You for your help.
When a news story becomes a work of art
People Have A Voice, They Will Be Heard!
Citizen Free News on YouTube link - Serving Edmonton Since March 2007
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project
118 Free outdoor art shows from January 25 to September 30, 2016
Water, We have a responsibility to our children, 2015 by Doug Brinkman. Donated and auctioned off last year by the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance part of the Alberta Public Employees Campaign to help raise funds for the United Way.