aanii Autumn!

First sunrise of autumn, 2022, as seen from the range, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada! And gosh it was down right cool out there! The morning before it was very mild, bikini weather at sunrise. Gosh how things can change in a few short 24 hours.

The open range at sunrise, was it Labour Day weekend? If so, it was just me, the crickets, the green and blue, the almighty and the many ghosts that haunt me. We’re looking at the empty nest over there… Kids are all gone.

Sunrise on the front yard over Labour Day weekend: a place of peace! And perfect for the artist who had an order to fill!

Providence Bay, 5 p.m., Labour Day Monday: all the tourists have gone home. It used to be me and my old buddy Jasmine Moon out there, on that very evening many years ago and we had the beach to ourselves, but those days are over. I pretty much had the whole stretch to myself.

Bear Moon, 24×36″, acrylic on canvas and brand new! Created this week on the range! You can see this one up close if you are in Toronto and visiting the Bay of Spirits Gallery! We made 4 new ones this past week, having turned the empty nest into an art making place.

Oh yes! I should mention the thing at the OCF, West Bay indian Rez, went alright back in August! We had a fun little crowd on hand and we went to work on the woodland moose, the bear clan, and the self portrait! What beauty pictures the participants created in just a short 2 hours! Wow!

We’re always available! Online or in person art classes or NBE3 classes, anywhere, anytime!

Dancing Days

At the Wikwemikong Pow wow, waiting for the grand entry! Had 2 glorious afternoons there and all was fab including the emcee who was Cheyanne and from Montana. He kept us well entertained! Weird though: entered with the Golden Age Men’s Category… And there weren’t too many of us! 300 plus dancers registered yes but us older boys, maybe 6 of us. And very few from the days of 1988. I did see my old buddy Jose G., we go all the way back to 1982! He was in the grand entry on Sunday and as I was moving up and through I saw him standing there and I said to him: you go first!

Very cool. But also 2 full weeks ago now! This summer is marching!

Summer on the Range. Lucky me! Home again, here in a place of peace and a paradise! The willow tree in the front yard is looking good this year. We were worried about it in years past, we have no idea how old it is. We never want to imagine a front yard without that tree! Yikes. But there is a lot of that going on it seems, around here, in recent weeks and months. Anyway I am here and very thankful and now that the last of the summer visitors are away and back to their home addresses, it’s time to turn this room back into an art studio! So that is today’s light duty.

Light duty as I had to take my youngest daughter back to Ottawa yesterday. We saddled up at around 7 a.m. and made our way across, a full 8 hours anyway, into the slab. I dropped her off, that was the blues, the terrible blues, but I had to run some art errands which took my mind off the sad scene. Had the car turned around and pointing west by 7 p.m. and started making my way back. Rolled into a very frosty range at around 5 a.m. What a night! And what an awesome 24 hours.

Somewhere between Deep River and Mattawa I saw a wolf on the highway! It wasn’t a full grown adult wolf and it certainly wasn’t in any hurry to get across highway 17. I saw it from a distance and managed to slow down, by the time I rolled past her/him we were eye ball to eye ball! Ready shake hands! It had the big fur coat but was small, maybe a yearling? A few miles later I pulled over to see the moon and wow! I could hear those wolves howling in the far away distance. How cool to hear them and be under the full moon like that, alone on the ultra barren highway 17 at 2 a.m. Also very cool.

Drawing Class on August 19, 2022

Confirmed this morning! We’re having a drawing class on August 19th! No art experience necessary, all art supplies provided, your instructor: ME!

We’ve done these art classes with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board for going on 4 years! Over a thousand presentations and we’ll be ready and good to go on August 19th at 10 a.m.!

This is NOT cultural appropriation, this is cultural appreciation! Your instructor: Anishnabe artist, ME, B.A., B.Ed. Good to go and ready!

This is a FREE workshop! Hope to see you there.

Wiki Pow wow weekend

Civic holiday, or Haweater Weekend, middle of the summer party time, but in this camp it is known as the Wiki Pow wow weekend: we’re going dancing today at noon. First time I took the raven for a spin in Wiki was way back in 1988! Today we’re wearing the same outfit, same feathers, same Indian, only diff is there are a few more years on the rig. Photos to follow!

classic sunrise on the range, early July. how fortunate are we, to be here since May 1st! we’ve seen every sunrise uninterrupted!

the range at sunrise: that crib is a place of peace! since the ladies are on the road, its been turned into an art making super shop! the dining room table is 8 feet long and it can hold a lot of paintings in progress now that we’re not dining with the ladies come sundown.

classic summer afternoon on the range: looking north. wowza! smoking hot!

you can’t see them but out there somewhere are the mares. 8 of them, living off the land. I’ll try and snap a photo of them one of these fine mornings.

found paintings! this one, from May 2016, was hidden deep in the stash and one morning I was rooting through it and ta da! nice work. I’m keeping this one!

another one from the stash: May 2016. we’re keeping this one too! both paintings: 7×9″, acrylic on canvas board, now in “The Artist’s Collection”.

“family man”, 16×20″, acrylic on canvas board, sketch, Ottawa years, likely 2020. I like that one. that one might go nicely up to 24×36 inches on canvas.

okay so the pow wow is a few hours away, we have time to enjoy the open range, beauty sunny morning in progress, another sunrise seen, and the agenda is filled with light duty, we can enjoy the entire day.

Try this again:

at the Ottawa Pow wow back on June 25, in 32 C heat! wowza! that is me and Julie, 2 First Nations friends going back at least 15 years now, crossing paths once again! so nice to see YOU again!

oh my goodness the outfits we have worn in the past!

so WordPress is acting very weird and not letting me post my pictures! I had a bunch of nice ones I wanted to share with you here but you can visit my instagram: twinravens2000, or my YouTube: Mark Seabrook, or my Facebook: Mark Seabrook, or my twitter: MarkSeabrook101, for all the cool photos they won’t let me post here…

hmmm. what is up with WordPress these days? (that is why I haven’t posted lately but we’ll, like I said, try it again. this like what, the 5th time we’ve tried to post?)

Dancing Days are here again…

tomorrow is my first day back at the pow wow in… how many years has it been? 2 we know about for sure. tomorrow’s pow wow is here in O Town, capital city, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, planet Earth. last time I danced in this neighbourhood was likely around 2001. the raven though goes all the way back to 1988!

said raven in 1988:

yours truly at the Wikwemikong Indian Days and Pow wow, 1988. version 1 of the raven and the first summer I was on the dance floor in my own regalia. that outfit was described as “artsy… “

version 2 of the raven, at the Wikwemikong Pow wow, 2013.

and so! what will the 2022 version look like tomorrow? I can tell you this much: the vest I wore when I was dancing on those cooler afternoons back in 1988, for some reason doesn’t fit anymore… I mean yes I can get my arms in but for some reason the bottom 4 buttons won’t work… if you get my drift…

quite actually: the rig has seen a lot of action over the years. we’ll see how it goes tomorrow but then let’s remember the forecast for tomorrow afternoon is 30 C! a real raven lies low on such a warm afternoon so we’ll see…

switching gears: fun stuff! fun words about the novel: SUN INFINITY MOON

COOL!

super cool!

yes. fun stuff. which gets me to thinking about the cobwebbed “Fighting In Hell”. it was written in February but gosh it opened up a can of worms and TNT that might have best been left alone. after my old buddy Blake passed, I was thinking about his art journey and I wonder if he ever kept a journal, say, going over the days he was in art class with Mr. Norval Morrisseau at the front, doing the teaching.

well I had no flashy art teacher like Norval M., but we managed to get a few pictures done along the way and so, perhaps, when we get back from the pow, back to the range, back to the big peace, we’ll go back and take another look at “Fighting In Hell” and see if it can be saved. (I still like the cover design!)

anyway. if it’s pow time tomorrow, lad get some sleep tonight!!! we started our day at 2 a.m., watched the moon rise and saw that celestial event that was in all the papers. and made the 9 hour drive to this crazy and smoking hot city! we’re in the AC now though on the swanky Island Park address, so all is good in getting ready to dance tomorrow.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Father’s Day 2022

we’re on the swanky 9th to spend some time with the top boss of the outfit, he turned 93 the other day! wowza. 93 big ones… our old buddy Blake Debassige only made it to 65, RIP Blake. I should have stopped when I had the chance last Saturday around noon but noon is a terrible to time to pull in for a visit.

new paintings! 24×36 inches, acrylic on canvas and created in late May! we’ve been creating these since 2013 but have never had a line up, a half dozen or more, all in the same room together. we put the idea to the test and the results are interesting!

20×30 inches, acrylic on canvas: that was the first one to go! and this artist boy likes what he sees. a fella like me can look at something like that all day and get along with it.

old work: 16×20 inches, acrylic on canvas board, April 1986! all the way back to art school! that is the sketch for the painting: Clouds Over Lake Mindemoya, 30×40 inches approx., and the first painting I sold, fresh out of art school. so Doc, if you’re reading this, send me an email, I’d love to see the big painting again.

also created on the same day as the sketch for Clouds Over Lake Mindemoya, “the Tree”, acrylic on canvas board, 16×20 inches, April 1986, Art School Days. Oh my goodness I do remember that morning when I painted these, at the apt. on 2nd ave, Owen Sound.

while going through the inventory last week I came upon these 2 sketches and thank the almighty we hung onto them. 36 years… where did they go?!!!

the sky at home on the range, 5 a.m., June 15, 2022: you can see what inspired the paint brush strokes in the above sketches! on June 15th I woke to the sound of thunder! how far off I sat and wondered… started humming a song from 1982… (the song: Don’t Answer Me, Alan Parson’s Project. she sent me what I thought was a “mix tape” but it turned out to be 90 minutes of Don’t Answer Me, over and over and over. I liked the song and never minded it. little did I know she was trying to tell me something… )

the front yard on June 14: there are 2 of my maple trees and they are off to the races! I visit them every morning! I have 8 of them I took from the farm back home in Mindemoya, back when they were saplings, and look at them now, 10 years in. I also have 2 oak trees charging up! one day someone is going to have an amazing front yard out there!

we’ll have to go there some day and see it for ourselves. many thanks to folks at Bay of Spirits Gallery.

in the news:

gosh the crazy things some folks get up to.

like this one:

another one of these phoney Indians or as the new term for it goes into the history books: “Pretendians”. this stuff always gives me a chuckle as I wonder who is it in the hiring committee? who was it at Penguin who bought into Joe’s story and gave it the go ahead? who was it that bought into Michelle’s bit and gave her the go ahead? who was it who bought into the Carrie thing and went forward with it?

as for me and my house: I’m dusting off the raven and getting ready to hit up my first pow wow in at least 2 years! the one I’m dancing in is at Ottawa, we’ll be there on Saturday, June 25th, and I want in on that Grand Entry! I just hope I can gather the rig and have the goods good to go come noon next Saturday. it has been a very long time since we rolled the raven out onto the dance floor. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I love a fun book review! we’re still having a lot of fun with our novel: SUN INFINITY MOON. posted in the above photo, a quick review recently sent. and I signed on for a few Manitoulin Island summer festivals as a “storyteller” and will be reading chapter 2, “Last Month” or as it is known in prize winning literary circles: “The Lottery Ticket”.

the good folks at utmscribes called it: harrowing…

anyway. happy Father’s Day. (I was a young father once.)

SUN INFINITY MOON: update

and so! there it is, a copy of the first run of indigenous horror classic: SUN INFINITY MOON! online and ready for purchase!

in my mind this was going to be a great movie but then I got to thinking: how do we film a forest burning down, for show business? how do we film a UFO coming down and pulling off an alien abduction, all based on the music of Chet Baker? how do we film a Gordon Smiley style car crash up there on highway 69 in the middle of the night in the middle of a long ago summer time? how do we film 2 authentic Indians on their way to a pow wow, one of them for dancing, the other going to carry one of the flags? how do we film a torrid sex scene without using porn?

so many questions…

the original idea was rejected by IMAGINATIVE, the local indian film whatever. but lets say Steve or Quentin gave it a think:

there is the new version, version 2, typo error free I hope, and already on the market. new cover art by yours truly! let’s remember that the first publisher we talked to said they wanted to do it but… they wanted to “edit it for story flow and content”. I scoffed at the idea thinking and knowing: what the flipping do they know about “Indians and the land reserved for Indians”?

and so we go out on our own for now with this, and hopefully the right “big leagues” publisher comes along, a publisher that knows actual and authentic, not a publisher who buys into a Joe Boyden scam. we need a publisher willing to do the research!

we are always actual.

New Paintings

Acrylic on canvas, 24×36″, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook. The light and space of being back home on the range, plus the “Art Bridge”, the blazing sun, the flashy vins at noon, and oh my goodness did I mention the light and space of the open range… Perfect for live fire painting!

Acrylic on canvas, 24×36″, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook. And at the Bay of Spirits Gallery, Dundas, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The open range on May 4, 2022: the empty nest. I arrived on May 1, and gosh this boy was happy to be back in his own country!

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, on May 7: beauty day to visit the waterfalls and wowza those waters were going full! Truth is I was spooked standing that close to the rushing waters.

May 7th: wow! What a show! We were glad to spend another day over there, playing tourist and ripping through the cash! But fun always, and especially in such great company.

We’re on the swanky 9th today, it’s an art supply run, we need another stack of 24×36″ 1.5’s, as the time is right to get busy with that idea I’ve had brewing since I don’t know when! They were on last summer’s to do list but after that Scotland gig, gosh almighty we didn’t have the muster but things are diff this year!

The Scream, Native Style…

I got to looking at this again and started imagining up a little fun spoof series of paintings…

I’m going back to the range in early May, this time to stay, and I’m bringing a stack of blank canvas of all sizes: this boy is bottled up! We need the light and space of the almighty to stretch those art making arms and legs! The swanky 9th is indeed swanky, but we need to throw some paint around and that can’t be done in here!

Home sweet home: behind the house is the art bridge. The art bridge is where the abstract expressionism happens. And we be brewing and stewing big time about paint flying through the air!

An afternoon in the summer: that’s the view! And I’m going to be parked at that very table with either the canvas and paints or the keypad, Fighting In Hell in progress.

And at night: hopefully a lot more of this.

The Scream, Native Style… what fun can we have with that when we get back home? We shall soon see! Wish me luck!