Friday, September 30, 2016

Artist Log: On guard for thee, I am a man

On guard for thee 
 September 27, 2016 #21, Final painting my tribute painting to the Alberta Sheriffs


Sketch study of a lone sheriff (Keith) standing behind a pillar on guard.

My 2016 Fire and Rain art project helped
influence my 2017 Not a Bystander art project
5 AM in morning darkness preparing my canvas for a painting
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 "On guard for thee." This painting became the new signature painting for my 2016 Fire and Rain art project after I had destroyed my original signature painting in a fit of anger, rage and frustration after being verbally banned on the Alberta Legislature grounds a 3rd time by an official with Alberta Legislature Visitors Services. 

Original signature painting destroyed
Fire and Rain, Prospect Point

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. The 2016 Fire and Rain art project. 

January 2018. I salvaged the broken pieces from my destroyed painting and added them to another Fire and Rain painting titled "The Crumpling Umbrella" Crumpling Umbrella painting 2018



Contemplating over coffee how I'll paint my picture.
I paint outdoors all seasons and take on the challenges of weather.


The new signature painting added 'On Guard For Thee" 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 from heavy rains we seen in Alberta this year. The spirit of Albertans during times of trouble became a beacon of light and hope for so many others in need. The Alberta Sheriffs became my own beacon of hope to complete this project on the Alberta Legislature grounds regardless the art critics. 

September, 23, 24 YouTube: Waiting for the paint to dry - On guard for thee Day 3 and 4 painting. 


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




I am a man 
Backside of #22, Back side of On guard for thee #21

Throughout the year 2016 I felt  alien and unwelcome to the Alberta Legislature grounds after I was verbally banned 3 times by Alberta Legislature officials who told me I could not paint or show my art on the grounds. I answered all 3 officials by picketing the Alberta Government a total of 6 days, 3 in February over one official's concerns of liability and safety, twice in June as my art was deemed inappropriate on the grounds by one unapologetic official and 2 more times in July when I was told I could not share leaflets about the fire and rain art project during art shows, accused of littering the grounds by that official. Today I won back my freedom to express art on the Legislature grounds, thanks in large part to the Alberta Legislature Sheriffs who serve and protect all Albertans.   


July 29, 2018 current art project: The Status versus Motion art project began April, 2018 as an extension of Citizen Free News, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on the traditional lands of Treaty 6 territory. It's purpose is to improve the outreach and trustworthiness of citizen free news reporting on protests, rallies and vigils by Albertans relating to environmental, human rights and political issues and follows the business inside the Alberta Legislature and how the news media reports on it... Citizen Free News Since 2007

YouTube: I am a man on guard for thee 🍁


Monday July 30, 2018. 'On guard for thee' from my 2016 Fire and Rain art project on Alberta wildfires and rains has been retired and has found a new home inside the Alberta Legislature in the office of the Superintendent of the Alberta Legislature Sheriffs.

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