Sunday, 1 December 2019

We sink, we swim, we rise, we fall...
We meet our fate together. Joe Clark

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. Ross Perot
No Rebellion over Extinction is going to stop the Holocene Extinction or Anthropocene Extinction Sixth Mass Extinction if that's what mother earth intends on doing. Rather than fighting it or giving up, laying down to die we need to get things right beginning with ourselves, families and our communities. Doug Brinkman, More Circles than Squares art project.
"We are not even taking care of each other" - Chief No Tribe 
"Mother Earth is ready to cleanse. The natural shape is a circle, our cells are a circle, stars are a circle, the sun, the moon, the earth. The mother's womb is a circle. I don't believe we should be living in these squares." Chief No Tribe. 2016 Fire and Rain.  
What Should I Paint? Survey

2019-11-26 Snow Angel❤️ART, up to snow good: Completing my last painting "Circles and Square" beginning this week, adding to my 2019 More Circles than Squares art collection that began December 2018 with 4 "Up to Snow Good - Snow Angel❤️heARTs created under the high level bridge and on the Alberta Legislature grounds. Alberta's Environment, Social, Political climate extremes.
Project ends December 21, 2019

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Mr Chan left an image in my mind I will never forget

2019-12-02 Updated Alberta Legislature: I spoke to Mr Chan earlier before he shot himself. Ken Chan asked me why I was drumming (protesting) and I told him that I was there today defending my right to free speech, freedom of expression and freedom of the press. He calmly asked "Don't you think there are more important issues in the world than that?" I offered him a poster, and later my card but he refused them both. So I offered him my full attention and listened. He shared how it was a struggle for him financially and said there was a time when his first 3 weeks of pay in a month went towards bills, rent and utilities. The last week of the month was all he had left for himself. Nowadays it's even harder. 

The Sheriff and I heard the shot from the guard house and I looked around the corner and saw a man lying on the Legislature steps. I said to the Sheriff "a man shot himself." 

2019-12-02 Suicide victim outside legislature was 
military veteran with depression, family says - CBC

2019-12-07 'Circles and Squares' (left) "God knows it's not easy, taking on the shape of someone else's pain" - U2, December 2019. Alberta Legislature grounds

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

He said to the Honourable Premier Jason Kenney outside the Alberta Legislature and to the Honourable Minister of Health Tyler Shandro... 

Full YouTube: Edmonton Veterans Mefloquine Rally 2019-09-19

'Bear your heart' 2019 More Circles than Squares art project focuses on Alberta's environment, social, political climate extremes. 

Thursday, 26 September 2019

September 'The Alberta Legislature has no dome #ClimateStrike

2019-09-26 Day 913: 'The Alberta legislature has no dome' completed early morning.  First painted next to Service of Christ on the Alberta Legislature grounds beginning the same day of  Paris Notre Dame Fire April 15, 2019. The flowers were painted by 3 girls between the ages 8 to 10, 4 #ClimateStrike activists, 1 #yellowvest activist named Les, a war veteran, my friends Paul and his sister Anne, a Catholic woman, and a man from Hong Kong.    

2019-09-22 All Faith candlelight vigil Alberta Legislature 

First coat of paint "The Alberta Legislature has no dome" painted April 15, 2019 next to the Alberta Legislature "Service of Christ" on the same day fire broke out in the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France. 
PARIS — A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. Calgary Herald

Thursday, 15 August 2019

2019 More Circles than Squares art project by Doug Brinkman

Bear my #heART🎨

2019-08-29 The Alberta legislature has no dome (Placard) #ClimateStrike #Extinction

Symbolism of domes According to E. Baldwin Smith, from the late Stone Age the dome-shaped tomb was used as a reproduction of the ancestral, god-given shelter made permanent as a venerated home of the dead. The instinctive desire to do this resulted in widespread domical mortuary traditions across the ancient world, from the stupas of India to the tholos tombs of Iberia. By Hellenistic and Roman times, the domical tholos had become the customary cemetery symbol. Domes and tent-canopies were also associated with the heavens in Ancient Persia and the Hellenistic-Roman world. A dome over a square base reflected the geometric symbolism of those shapes. The circle represented perfection, eternity, and the heavens. The square represented the earth. An octagon was intermediate between the two. The distinct symbolism of the heavenly or cosmic tent stemming from the royal audience tents of Achaemenid and Indian rulers was adopted by Roman rulers in imitation of Alexander the Great, becoming the imperial baldachin. This probably began with Nero, whose "Golden House" also made the dome an essential feature of palace architecture.The dual sepulchral and heavenly symbolism was adopted by early Christians in both the use of domes in architecture and in the ciborium, a domical canopy like the baldachin used as a ritual covering for relics or the church altar. The celestial symbolism of the dome, however, was the preeminent one by the Christian era. In the early centuries of Islam, domes were closely associated with royalty. A dome built in front of the mihrab of a mosque, for example, was at least initially meant to emphasize the place of a prince during royal ceremonies. Over time such domes became primarily focal points for decoration or the direction of prayer. The use of domes in mausoleums can likewise reflect royal patronage or be seen as representing the honor and prestige that domes symbolized, rather than having any specific funerary meaning. The wide variety of dome forms in medieval Islam reflected dynastic, religious, and social differences as much as practical building considerations. Wikipedia

Extinction: The Alberta Legislature has no dome, featured here on a cartoon I created early in spring depicting the weekly climate strike and yellow vest protests in front of the Alberta Legislature. Painted from the vantage point of Herman Poulin's 10-foot tall bronze monument “Service through Christ” on the same day of the Notre-Dame de Paris fire April 15, 2019. 

The Holocene extinction, otherwise referred to as the sixth mass extinction or Anthropocene extinction, is an ongoing extinction event of species during the present Holocene epoch as a result of human activity. This large number of extinctions spans numerous families of plants and animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods. With widespread degradation of highly biodiverse habitats such as coral reefs and rainforests, as well as other areas, the vast majority of these extinctions are thought to be undocumented, as the species are undiscovered at the time of their extinction, or no one has yet discovered their extinction. The current rate of extinction of species is estimated at 100 to 1,000 times higher than natural background rates. The Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services published by IPBES in 2019 posits that roughly one million species of plants and animals face extinction caused by anthropogenic impacts. Wikipedia Continued...  

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Trouble maker, the coming storms

'Trouble maker, the coming storms' Started fall 2017, locations outside #NDP Premier Rachel Notley's Alberta Legislature office. Again winter 2019 during a protest between #yellowVests #Antifacist. Completed today outside #UCP Premier Jason Kenney's Alberta Legislature office. More Circles than Squares art project
Inspired from my 2016 Fire and Rain art project painting 'Fire, Rain, Circles, Squares' my preconceived impression of humans, land animals, sea animals and plant life after the 6th extinction becomes the next generation of fossil fuels. 
Circles, Squares, Chief-No-Tribe YouTube

Monday, 29 July 2019

Sideways (No heART)
"Sideways" by Doug Brinkman Was inspired  Saturday morning July, 27 2019 while walking to the Alberta Legislature for a day of painting. Along the way I saw a red man (panhandler) yelling at almost everyone it seemed walking by in front of the 7-11 on Jasper avenue and 104th street. A black man toting a luggage bag came out of the 7-11 and the red man asked him for money. The black man declined so the red man began to yell at him too. The black man responded by gesturing to the red man with his middle finger and this agitated the red man to jump up and yell at the black man "GO BACK FROM WHERE YOU CAME FROM!" challenging the black man to fight. The black man fled having no interest in fighting while the red man kept yelling...

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Saturday, 20 April 2019

The Legislature has no dome 

As this painting was in the planning stages earlier in the week, news broke of an 800-year-old cathedral Notre-Dame in France suffered severe damage from fire.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Red woman, troublemaker - March, Climate Strike weekly rallies

Red woman, troublemaker
(red apple)

"Mother Earth is ready to cleanse. The natural shape is a circle, our cells are a circle, stars are a circle, the sun, the moon, the earth. The mother's womb is a circle. I don't believe we should be living in these squares." Chief No Tribe, 2016 Fire and Rain art project

Monday, 11 March 2019

"Up to snow good" -Unknown

Snow Angel HeARTS by Doug Brinkman
Philippians 2:13, NIV: "for it is God who works in you to will 
and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose."

"When life gives you too much snow… make snow angels." -Unknown

"Snowflakes are snow angels blowing kisses from heaven." -Unknown

Snow Angel heARTs