Saturday, 30 May 2020

#FlowerPower HEADLINE NEWS, May Urban Art Renewal 'STOP'

Is the Alberta Legislature an honourable place,
or am I in the wrong place? 
2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project/ Blog

on location Alberta Legislature grounds, flowering shrub, second painting in 3 years, I would do more like this except this bush only bears flowers for a week every 3 years. Titled 'STOP!' Take in the moment. 2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project
My opinion, Today I'm asking myself why do some Alberta Union Public Sector  (AUPE) employees think they are exempt from social distancing during a pandemic? Are unions leaders not in the business of promoting health and safety in the workplace or is that just a false facade they portray to the public and ignore with thier members? Weeks ago Alberta Sheriffs and Edmonton Police were giving out $1200 tickets for social distancing infractions with protesters outside the Alberta Legislature... This week I saw the loyalty to a union overshadow the duty of a Sheriff and that is a concern for me personally. It should be a concern for everyone in a free and open society. 
AUPE Union Member Disrupts Picket, Risks Health 

2020-05-30 UPDATED 11 AM MST. While picketing outside Alberta Legislature Thursday, I had to turn on my camera & back away from this AUPE Unionized employee, groundskeeper who got in my face, unprotected asking me if I had a liquor licence. Weeks ago Alberta Sheriffs were handing out $1200 #SocialDistanacing infractions to protesters. Alberta Sheriffs are also AUPE union members... Why are Alberta Government union members exempt from social distancing protesters? I told the Sheriff afterwards that I may resort to violence next time I'm harassed or threatened. I know responding with violence is unlawful so I hope to keep my emotions in check 99.9 % of the time. But the problem we see in the news everyday is that anyone can reach a breaking point when it comes from the anger that builds up inside us when it comes from constant bullying. Sometimes thousands will respond i.e Minnesota governor authorizes ‘full mobilization’ of the state's National Guard. This is the second time for me being bullied in months by AUPE groundskeepers. Last fall I have video evidence of 2 AUPE groundskeepers turning the water on me, laughing while I was painting alone, minding my own business. I reported that to the sheriffs too but... Some people who are bullied will just take a gun to the head and shoot themselves, even on the steps of the Alberta Legislature while others might see red and... Anyways, Sheriffs have been warned again that I too may have a breaking point when bullied and I'm certain I will not commit suicide in response. 
2016, May Fire and Rain art project leaflet

Top: Trouble maker, the coming storm 2017-2019
Bottom: Back side of canvas "I am" May 29, 2020 

2020-05-30 ALBERTA LEGISLATURE A $21.6-million investment is expanding online resources and virtual supports for Albertans who are seeking help for mental health and addiction challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Many Albertans have needed greater mental health and addiction recovery supports during the pandemic and will continue to need help once it’s over. This funding is giving more people free access to supports 24-7, and it’s enabling our government to work with our sector partners to develop other innovative supports. We are in this together and we will support Albertans every step of the way.” Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Health and Addictions. Alberta Government News
Not a bystander to anger, violence and bullying.
'This begins with myself.' Doug Brinkman 
I am an honourary UNIFOR retiree,
and I am the media.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

'Don't worry about me, worry about yourself, worry about the planet' Joe

"#BeLikeTheBuffalo" - Jason Kenney
May 22, 2020 Poster Blitz and Picket 

River Valley Joe

Front: River Valley Joe, ANARCHY 2017, 2019

Back: Be like the buffalo, Deja vu, 2020-05-27

'Ere on the side of caution when you're dealing with the future unknown'

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

May Lady Luck, City Urban Art Renewal Paintings, Posters & Pickets

May, Lady Luck "Cover your mouth".

U R B A N  ART  R E N E W A L 
May Painting, Posters and Pickets. Be positive. The role of art is to inspire hope and help find solutions to problems. It should be used for healing. Public survey. Main Gallery

2020-05-21 May, Urban Art Renewal: A very productive painting, hanging posters week, picketing my thanks and appreciation to Edmonton City staff, bus drivers, EPS, Firefighters, Alberta Government and staff. Today I picked up my newest Speakers Banned Free Speech and Wear t-shirt from Print Machine titled "Buffalo Eye" adding to my art project collection Freedom to Express and Listen. Sadly, on the way home, after my final picket outside Premier office balcony, a gust of wind split in half my "thank you placard sign" ending 2 months of pickets. Today the Premier was pitching the NHL completing its seaso here in Edmonton. According to CBC Edmonton news, the first Covid19 case in Alberta was reported 11 weeks ago today. "Stay Healthy" Enjoy your freedoms, thank a veteran. 
2020-05-22 New picket sign replaces old for June...

'Buffalo Eye' 20-20 Vision 
2020-05-15 ART SHOW AND TELL DAY 1033, Alberta Legislature. "Buffalo Eye"- 20-20 Vision found a new home today in the office of (Hon) Jason Nixon, Deputy House Leaders and Alberta's Environment Minister. Jason told me he knows Kerra, Special K, from the work he did as executive director with the Mustard Seed, a Christian not-for-profit organization. I met Kerra, a carpenter currently unemployed late April while set up painting over two my Walterdale bridges. She said she saw buffalo when she looked closely into circular colours I had just added to my painting. This inspired me to later add the eye of a buffalo in the center of the two paintings, joined together by 3 staples. #BeLikeTheBuffalo - Premier Jason Kenney during hard times. 2020 freedom to Express and Listen blog
#BridgingTheGap Paintover 2014 Walterdale art project, now the Buffalo Eye