Grateful to my son Aaron who helped me with my 2016 Fire and Rain art project 4 years ago today by recording me singing 'Cost of Freedom' by Stephen Stills. During the creation of this art project of 24 paintings, all painted and displayed on the Alberta Legislature grounds where it was banned 3 times by the Alberta Government. It only took 6 days of protesting the Government to remind them this is Canada, not some foreign country run by communists or dictators who stifle free speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press.
Artist Log July 16, 2016: During Friday's 67th outdoor art show, I was verbally banned again by another Alberta Legislature official with Visitors Services for sharing leaflets freely on the Alberta Legislature grounds. The flyers are an essential part of this 2016 Fire and Rain art project. Without them, this project cannot continue.
Losing my cool and destroying something I loved prompted me to look in the mirror and say to myself "I must try to never allow my emotions to get the better of me" The following year my next art project would focus my canvases on anger, violence and bullying and my own anger issues would become an integral part of my art project. 2017 Not a Bystander art project.
Artist Log July 16, 2016: Fire and Rain art project ends today. Picketing the Alberta Government for freedom of expression using art will begin Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in place of the Fire and Rain art shows. I'm still going to paint freely and show my art in public, but the Fire and Rain art project as of today is officially over.
Unfinished Business Due to a lack of funding, I will not be traveling to Slave Lake or Fort McMurray as planned for this art project this year. I have raised enough for a trip to Jasper's Excelsior Creek and Medicine Lake. There I will set up my canvases and paint and do interviews with locals later this fall. Paintings and interviews will be added to complete this art project.
Papa with my baby grandaughter Khloe
Today I'll be visiting my family and presenting my granddaughter with one of my paintings from the #FireAndRain art collection titled "New Life" as a gift.
Photo: Smoke-filled skies over Edmonton 2015.Free the little man /ART: http://www.ciactivist.org/
One Year Prior to being Banned from Painting & Showing Art
2015-07-23 Edmonton City Hall's Friendship Tower - No Rent - No Fees - Lots of Space - No competition - Free Mascots, Friendly Peace Officers - Moderate Lunch Hour Traffic - Easy Networking - 100% Outdoor Ventilation - Washroom and food facilities Close by... 20 minutes from home, gotta love it! Welcome to one of many of my outdoor studio/ galleries located around the downtown core of the City.
Edmonton, July 25, 2015, 5 years ago today I did a self-portrait of myself and my art show and tell (NOT FOR SALE) next to the #Yeg Friendship Tower / next to City Hall. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso, I started expressing myself as a kid with a box of crayons on my parents' basement walls and inside the pages of my grandfather's Howard Pentland's leather-bound encyclopedia collection. Main Gallery
Edmonton July 25, 2015: A couple long-legged cowpokes dropped by my art show and tell (NOT FOR SALE) by the Friendship Tower, City Hall. A man said he liked the brilliant colours in my paintings, took my business card, and said "you're probably going to hear from me." I never did hear back from him...