Wednesday 19 June 2024

Bridging Two Worlds: From Vietnam’s Blue sky to Turtle Island’s Sunshine

2024-06-19, Art, Show: In the embrace of the sunshine, under the expanse of blue skies, we find the warmth that whispers of heaven here on earth. AI. 2022, Sadie Red Dress, Vietnam on Turtle Island.



On June 19, 2015, I spent four hours painting outside the Alberta Legislature by the gardens. My canvas transformed from blank to nearly complete as I engaged with curious onlookers. A generous lady shared her pizza with me, and a young Chinese student exchanged poetry, enriching the artistic ambiance of this beautiful sunny day. “Mountain above Maligne Lake,” abstract inspired by the Canadian Rockies and the Group of Seven. Below, In China, Life is like a river...

Treaty 6, Current State Of Emergency.

Can one step forward, shift the tides of ordinary into the extraordinary?

Under the city lights of the ice rink district, Edmonton Oilers’ fans rally behind the divine Connor McJesus and his team while the Florida Panthers move in unison, embodying the stealth of nature’s most adept hunters in pursuit of victory. Each match, a game-day spectacle, transforms into a fated duel, like the destiny of trade winds of change.
Pop Pop Dazzled by Every Day presents a Découpé visual narrative: V, Vicious Oilers Loss or Victory Win, Over Dubbed on YouTube. I’ve taken recent and archived citizen-free news stories and interlaced them with various sounds and visuals to create this YouTube. This process transforms the news into art, crafting a fresh narrative akin to the cut-up technique (or ‘découpé’ in French). The original method involves dissecting and reassembling written text to create a new text and, consequently, a new sound and image experience. The roots of this concept can be traced back to the Dadaists of the 1920s, but it was writer William S. Burroughs who brought it to the forefront in the 1950s and early 1960s. William S. Burroughs saw cut-ups as a powerful tool for literary experimentation, unlocking hidden layers of meaning and offering glimpses into the future. Whether as a form of divination or a creative technique, cut-ups will intrigue artists alike.


 Trouble maker the coming storm

Pop Dazzled by Every Day Presents a Découpé Visual Narrative, Lawless AUPE Union Cut Up on YouTube. I’ve taken recent and archived citizen-free news stories and interlaced them with various sounds and visuals to create this YouTube. This process transforms the news into art, crafting a fresh narrative akin to the cut-up technique (or ‘découpé’ in French). The original method involves dissecting and reassembling written text to create a new text and, consequently, a new sound and image experience. The roots of this concept can be traced back to the Dadaists of the 1920s, but it was writer William S. Burroughs who brought it to the forefront in the 1950s and early 1960s. William S. Burroughs saw cut-ups as a powerful tool for literary experimentation, unlocking hidden layers of meaning and offering glimpses into the future. Whether as a form of divination or a creative technique, cut-ups intrigue writers and artists alike. AI, Edited.

Awed struck Thursday night last week after picking up my new glasses from Bonnie Doon Mall and waiting for the train. I watched a half-naked homeless man with a club foot bathe himself in watermelon juice on the train platform. I shared this QuickDraw to EJ, City Reporter Ms. Boothby before a press scrum outside City Chambers yesterday. I NEVER take photos of drug addicts, homeless folks or people with mental issues. I capture those moments with a sketch...
I alerted security with a bear whistle during the attack inside their store.
City Hall debates over an upswing in human 'bear spray' attacks.
2024-06-17, Painter's Notes: Today, I faced a challenging situation highlighting the complex issues of racism and social inequality in our community. While ascending the escalator to the Loblaw store in the Ice District, I was unexpectedly confronted and assaulted by a young Indigenous woman. In response to my inquiries, she expressed that her actions were driven by hunger and the fact I was white. This incident marks the third time this year that I’ve been subjected to an unprovoked physical attack in downtown Edmonton. Previously, I was struck by an Indigenous individual struggling with addiction on the 701 bus and outside Edmonton City Hall Chambers for taking a video of the Indigenous attacker. During today’s encounter, a black security guard intervened, only to be met with racial slurs by the woman. Later, at a City Hall session, the conversation turned to the city’s ongoing struggle with homelessness and the lack of visible progress despite significant investment. The high inflation in Edmonton exacerbates the issue, which has now permeated every corner of our city with homelessness. This is not just a local problem but requires the attention and action of municipal, provincial, and federal governments.
Doodling while listening to discussions during public meetings, such as those on democracy, can offer several cognitive benefits that may enhance the creation of political cartoons. Here’s a summary of the benefits: Doodling can help maintain focus during lengthy or complex discussions. It occupies the mind just enough to prevent daydreaming, leading to better attention and engagement with the subject matter.


 2024-06-19, Edmonton City Hall Chambers
Painter's Notes, AI : In summary, while multitasking can sometimes give the illusion of productivity, it often compromises the quality of our work and listening abilities. Active listening is a more reliable approach for effective communication and retention of information.

Enhances Memory Retention: Studies have shown that doodlers can recall 29% more information than non-doodlers. This could be particularly beneficial for me when creating political cartoons, or paintings as it helps retain key discussion points and themes.


 Hope Upon A Star, Pandora's Box

Sparks Imagination: Doodling can spark the imagination, allowing for more creative and expressive political cartoons or paintings. It can help synthesize complex information into visual elements that are easier to understand and remember. Stress Relief: Engaging in spontaneous drawings can relieve psychological distress, making it easier to focus on the content of the meetings.
Security and city staff were not always welcoming to public members like myself to particpate in our democracy: Doodling can increase participant engagement, make the content more memorable, and potentially lead to more impactful artworks and perhaps change. Art is the mirror we hold up to ourselves - Ward Dene, Aaron Paquette.

By doodling during public meetings, individuals can process and express information visually, a powerful way to participate in democracy. Political cartoons created from such a practice can distill complex discussions into accessible and thought-provoking art, encouraging public discourse and reflection on democratic processes.

The story of Pandora’s box is a rich myth with various interpretations about why hope was left inside. According to the myth, when Pandora opened the box, she released all the evils into the world, but hope remained inside. This has been interpreted in different ways:

The myth of Pandora’s box, therefore, serves as a theodicy—an attempt to explain the presence of evil in the world while also offering a glimmer of hope that persists despite everything2. It’s a reminder that hope is an intrinsic part of the human condition, providing us with the resilience to continue even when faced with the greatest challenges. Compiled by AI, Copilot, 2024-06-18. 


Since 2017, Alberta, 29, 30 and 31st Legislature
Civil Information Activist, Citizen Free News Since 2007.


Let's Go Oilers, Let's Go Free Press!


First Rule of Civil Information Activism,
Never Break The Law, Or Get Yourself Arrested.
Second Rule, Press On...

Saturday 15 June 2024

Totems in the River Valley Saturday, Art Show & Tell, LISTEN & Share

June 14, 2014, Painter's Notes,  Title "Nature's Wood Shed" 16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas - During the last hour of painting this Acrylic, a gentle First Nation homeless man rummaged within that bush behind my easel collecting firewood for the night. A neighbour in the elevator who liked my painting said she no longer walks in the river valley because she's scared walking alone with so many homeless...


Totem, Out Of Sight.


The Art Of Bridging The Gap.


**Nature's Wood Shed**
Investigative Poem by AI

In the heart of the city's embrace,
Where the river's song flows with grace,
Stands a canvas, bold and expansive,
A painter's pride, the valley's guide.

"Nature's Wood Shed," the title reads,
A scene of life and silent deeds.
Acrylic hues of green and gold,
A story on canvas, waiting to be told.

Behind the easel, bushes rustle,
A gentle soul in life's great tussle.
First Nation's blood, now homeless plight,
Gathers wood to warm the night.

The river valley, once a walk of peace,
Now, a path where fears increase.
A neighbor confides with a heavy heart,
Alone, she fears walking lest the dark arts start.

The painting speaks of more than beauty,
It whispers tales of civic duty.
To see the ones behind the scenes,
Those living 'neath the canopy's green.

For every stroke that graced that shed,
A silent nod to beds unmade.
The artist paints the world to show,
The lives unseen, the undertow.

So let this poem be a gentle plea,
To look beyond what eyes can see.
In "Nature's Wood Shed," let's find a way,
To bring some warmth, to light the day.


She Wrote, Remember Not To Judge,
We Have Not Walked In Their Shoes.


2024-06-15, Today, I wore my Unity Blue Trees, 
on a T-shirt and the Art Is Freedom Baseball Cap.