This art project was banned 3 times by the Alberta Government officials. Art was said to be inappropriate on the Alberta Legislature grounds by Sgt.-at-Arms Brian Hodgson, the Director of the Legislative Assembly Office's Visitor, Ceremonial and Security Services division. From February 2016 to October 2017 I picketed and defended my right to freely express myself against the Alberta Government until the issue was resolved. All the while I continued to paint and show my art ignoring the bans.
Friday, September 30, 2016
On guard for thee
On guard for thee
September 27, 2016 #21
Final painting my tribute painting to the Alberta Sheriffs
I am a man
Backside of #22
Back side of On guard for thee #21
Pencil sketch study of a lone sheriff standing on guard.
5 AM this morning preparing my canvas for a painting
Preparing to paint on the Legislature grounds
September 21, 2016: 5 AM this morning I prepared a canvas using a projector and sketch study I drew last week during one of my outdoor art shows in front of the Alberta Legislature. Titled Stand on guard for thee, this painting will become the new signature image and the last painting to be added to the Fire and Rain art collection. It best represents the spirit of ordinary Albertans as a whole coming together defending, protecting and providing for others during times of sorrow, tribulations and calamities such as the wildfires, storms and flooding this year in Alberta. The spirit of Albertans during times of trouble became a beacon of light and hope for others in need. The Alberta Sheriffs have been very supportive of my efforts to express art on the Legislature grounds.
September, 25: Accomplished Edmonton graphic artist Wei Yew encourages Alberta artists to pass on what they've learned over a lifetime to others. During the Provincial Police and Peace Officer Memorial Day Ceremony held across the street, I had lots of visitors stop by to watch me paint and hear the stories about the Fire and Rain project. Several families, MLA Dr. Bob Turner and the award winning graphic designer Wei Yew stopped by and shared stories about the Provincial Police & Peace Officer Memorial Monument that he designed in 2006. Wei Yew's Website