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
374 Outdoor Social Art Shows & Demonstrations Since March 2015
2015-120 , 2016-160, 2017-74 Art Shows
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.
2015 The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit
By Doug Brinkman, Inspired by the 2014 Truth and Reconciliation-Alberta National Event
2014 "Art must take to the road and risk all for the glory of adventure." - Lawren Harris
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
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. Continued...
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 paint and sketch as a full-time artist and continue free news activism combining art with the news stories I publish. I don't sell my art to the public because of City of Edmonton permit restrictions that prevents me from painting in public parks and the Edmonton river valley area. Currently I'm available for a part time work in the central area of Edmonton.
Leading up and during the months creating The 2016 Fire and Rain art project I spent Wednesday nights inside the Art Gallery of Alberta to sketch study some of the art works of the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated artists Jackson Beardy (1944-1984), Eddy Cobiness (1933-1996), Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007), Daphne Odjig (b. 1919) and Carl Ray (1942-1978) and months before I took a keen interest in abstract artist Jack Bush (1909-1977). Some of these artists works may have had some influence as to how I would paint the project that would focus my canvases and cameras on the wildfires and rains of Alberta. I try to sketch as often as I can to help hone my creative skills and increase my confidence. Sketching helps me take a longer look at the great works of other artists and learn more about my own everyday surroundings.
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project that began in early January was inspired by news stories on wildfires that burned throughout Western Canada in 2015. Paintings were displayed outdoors publicly throughout Edmonton and their stories shared on YouTube. Some of the YouTubes published shared how the wildfires and flooding that followed affected Albertans, their communities and the environment. I hope my art and the stories shared will inspire us to contemplate the calamities in Alberta of 2016 as a collective and together help each other find ways and better solutions to save our planet and our children's future. This art project was shown 160 times outdoors in public from January 25 to December 31, 2016. While painting and showing this art project I was verbally banned three times throughout the year by Legislature officials including by the Sargent-of-Arms and threatened with police action by a City of Edmonton employee during it's final 160th. art showing New Year Eve. Pickets protests defending freedom of expression with art followed. Doug Brinkman. Over 24 paintings and 20 YouTube features published Continued...
"Mother Earth is ready to cleanse. The natural shape is a circle, our cells are a circle, stars are a circle, the sun, the moon, the earth. The mothers womb is a circle... I don't believe we should be living in these squares." - Chief No Tribe, September 13, 2016