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
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.
Civil Information Activism - Free News Sharing Since March 2007
for the love of creation from with-in my canvas your own reflection - I hope you’ll see me.
Tom's Autumn, 2016
Water and Oil is Life - Non Violence, 2016, Gift. YouTube
I started expressing my creative self as a toddler with 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. Today I continue practicing social artistry as a full-time artist and citizen news activist combining art with the news stories I publish. Unemployed since September 2013 I'm currently looking for P.T. work in Edmonton.
Sketch Studies from inside art galleries and around town
“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest form of learning.” - George Bernard Shaw
Jasper National Park: The perfect bug catcher is this wet sticky oil painting that's titled Larry's Bay Maligne Lake. YouTube
February, 2016: Picketing The Alberta Government to freely express art on the Alberta Legislature grounds.
“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." - Confucius
"MAKE NOISE- FREE SPEECH" CBCinterview Canadians who use loud-speakers, bull-horns and shouting when expressing free speech in in the streets of Edmonton.
Edmonton rally calls on government to aid Syrian people: Activist Doug Brinkman, who spoke at the rally, pointed to the signs. All sides of the Syrian conflict believe in their respective causes, he said, but nobody should support the violence. "The bottom line is women and children are getting killed, Syrians are getting killed," Brinkman said. "Canada and other nations, including those who back up Bashar al-Assad ... they need to take a stand, too, against the violence. We all need to."
This oil painting titled The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit was completed March 2015 and featured outdoors publicly in areas round Edmonton for 120 art shows throughout the year. Sometimes I added a loud speaker to play the poem first read by the poet and young warrior Elizabeth Potskin in front of the Shaw Conference center after the closing of the TRC March 30, 2014. This painting has since been used for pickets defending free speech, freedom of expression and freedom of the press for myself and for others. Doug Brinkman
Free News Sharing & Social Artistry
2007 Civil Information Activism 2017
2016 Fire and Rain art project
News and Art Feature: The Poet & Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Inspired by a poem read by a local warrior after the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission - Alberta National Event
Letter: When you were told to leave...
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
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Romanian Anti Corruption Protest Alberta Legislature, Canada
Alberta Legislature Candlelight Vigil For Quebec Mosque Victims
Because I want her to know she has a voice - Womans March Edmonton
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2007 Civil Information Activism 2017
Freely Expressing Art in Public Since September 2013
End the Silence, End the Violence,
Free the People of Syria
Idle No More Wake Up
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L.G.B.T. Mocks Womans March Edmonton - Exclusive Interview
Alberta Wide Rally November 5, 2016 - Albertan Speakers Corner
People Voice Support for Jallkattu Alberta Legislature
TheRebel Media Hosts Rally Against Alberta Government's Carbon Tax
Women's Warrior Song #yeg #StandingRock, #NoDAPL
Alberta Rally FOR-AGAINST Kinder Morgan Pipeline
Albertans are sick of the bull shit - Bernard Hancock Roughneck
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Pokémon GO at the Alberta Legislature with Glen the Balloon Guy
Anti terrorism Bill
Edmonton Protests C-51
Alberta Farmers & Ranchers Rally Against Bill 6, Alberta Legislature
Edmonton Artist Patrick Ennis Enjoys Showing Art Outdoors in Public
Friends of Children in Care Candlelight Vigil, Guest Speaker Robert P. Lee
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