Life on the Road

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Somewhere along the 401, west bound, before sunrise on June 22: This is at one of those OnRoute rest areas, open all night and good thing as this boy usually hits the open road around midnight.  Didn’t get on it until around 1 a.m. though, leaving Ottawa while the party was still in full service whoop!

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At Alexandra Park, downtown Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, June 22, 9 a.m. Saturday morning:  a beauty park for an Indigenous Day celebration, art show and sale.

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Super Heavy Duty:  at Alexandra Park, Saturday morning:  walking around the almighty.  Seeing that place name at that hour of the day on that fine morning sure made this anishnabe boy stop and think.

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At the Gala, in Ottawa, Thursday night, June 20th:  silent auction in progress.  That is a Mark Seabrook/twinravens authentic, up for grabs and it went!  It’s 24×36 inches on canvas, Stevenson paint on Canadian made canvas/stretcher.  We put those big colourful plants in there as a reminder there is medicine growing all around us, right there in our own backyards…

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At the Gala, in Ottawa:  Fancy Shawl Dancers getting ready to make their entrance.  They put on a grand show at the Gala and I’m glad I went!

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Petroglyphs Provincial Park, near Peterborough, Ontario, on June 16th: Father’s Day on the road.  The gals were going in a diff direction so I started out on my own and found myself out here.  Not many visitors on that day, so I made my way out there without a fuss.  The Parks folks won’t allow any photos of what’s in there so here are a few from Google:

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If you’re interested you can check out the story for yourself but I’ll just say that the date these made the news was in 1951, the same year the Sheg. thing up on the island made the news, and also the same year the Government of Canada made it legal for First Nations people to practice their own cultures once again.

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Super Heavy Duty:  check out that figure at top, who appears to be waving hello/good bye/who knows…

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Its that figure connected to the circular piece with the radiating lines that I wanted to get up close to and personal with.  Same with that large bird with the long legs.  Large alright:  these are huge pictures!  That bird is huge!

Like I said:  I was the only visitor in there and so walked around the area in the assigned walking areas, up above and separated from the rock surface.  I went around a couple of times, thinking, if I could just get down there in next to them, that would be amazing.  The young lad working the door was reading my mind!  He asked me where I was from and was I First Nations.  After I answered his questions using that twinravens accent, he said I could go in!  He soon produced a smudge bowl, some sage, and a form I had to fill out covering the who, what, where, when and why stuff.  The why:  Anishnabe, Spiritual Journey, Survivor of Colonialism.

While I was smudging down he opened the gate and said its all yours.  WOW!  I went in there with my sock feet touching down on the sacred, and man oh man, this fella could feel the almighty, loud and clear.  They had a ceremonial place just inside the gate, with tobacco on some stones and water in a copper bowl, so I went through the rituals on my own before I went in any further.  Thank goodness for that stuff.

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Now this boy has had the good fortune of reaching, here and there on this good land we call Canada.  Here we are on the sands, south shore of Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron close by, at sunset, in some long ago August.

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Here we are in the fields back home, Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island, the fields where I was raised and the fields I worked with my dad at the front.  This is in some long ago July, at sunset.

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Every now and again those hands manage to land:  here we are on the limestones at Carter’s Bay, south shore of Manitoulin Island, in some long ago afternoon in August.

These hands managed to land right on that character with the line connecting to the circular design.  And it landed on the bird with the long legs!  It landed on a bunch of them!

I wish I had the words to describe all of what was going on between me and those magical pictures, created so many moons ago.

What I can say for sure: it was breath taking.

I walked out of there, maybe knowing something differently.  By the time I was walking out of there, other visitors had arrived and I was aware of them watching me going through my own rituals.  As I was coming back through where the ceremonial tools were placed a tourist asked me:  What are those yellow and red things there on that rock?  I said they were tobacco ties left by others.

Super Heavy Duty visit.

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Check this out:  on the walk out I came across this turtle on the path.  Now I know it wasn’t there on the walk in because I would have seen it.  But it was there on the walk out.  Look at what it’s doing.  And do you know what the turtle is in old Anishnabe stories?

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What a day, what a visit, and what sights to be seen.  What a Father’s Day indeed.

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Sixties Scoop Survivor with Child, acrylic on canvas, 20×30 inches, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.

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Ravens hitching a ride, acrylic on canvas, 24×36 inches, by Anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.  Private Collection.

We have plenty more paintings to make, and places to go!

 

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Life in the Big City

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Drawing Class:  Your self portrait in the woodland style with Anishnabe Instructor Mark Seabrook, Friday, June 7th.  I worked with 2 groups of teens at a school in Ottawa on Friday and this wild and crazy character was hanging out in the room we were working in!  Imagine having that guy staring at you first thing in the morning!  The classes went alright and gosh there are some talented young artists coming up!

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Man with Blues in 28 C weather, near the Train Yards, Vanier Parkway, Ottawa, Friday afternoon, just before rush hour traffic.

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Blazing into the city, Gardiner Expressway, Saturday morning around 7 a.m.  On my way to the Roncesvalles Open Air Market, it went alright.  Started out that morning at 2 a.m. from Ottawa, what beauty scenes at 4 a.m. in the country between the 2 cities.  By the time we shut it down it was midnight in Markham: that makes for a long business day!

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On Roncesvalles, Toronto, Saturday afternoon, open air market.  Hey there are some very nice folks who operate that market, some of the friendliest market folks I’ve come across.  They take good care of you always!

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Raven scenes, acrylic on canvas board, 9×12 inches, one of the pieces available on Saturday.

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Raven scenes, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, art work by Mark Seabrook.

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Twinravens, acrylic on canvas board, 5×7 inches, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.

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Fire Lake, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.

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Pages 100/101, Found Poetry Book 3.  I always stop on June 6th and remember the men and women who went to work on that day, back in 1944.

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Outside the crib in Markham, Ontario: we’re staying here for now.  I love how these folks keep the place looking Class A.  We’re a long way from the range when we’re walking up the sidewalk into this place.

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Maybe we can put our toes into this later on today!  Supposed to be a beauty 30 C here and gosh its been a long time since we’ve seen weather like this!

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The river back home: we’re a long way from our Friday 5 p.m. Summer time ritual where we stop everything, go down to the river, and thank the almighty we’re on the range, out and away from the city, the traffic, the noise and pollution.  Things are going to be different this summer but we’ll see what we can do with it.  One thing is for sure:  there are a lot of paintings to be made and a lot of fun art classes in the dream works!

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A summer morning on the range, back home, on Manitoulin Island.  We’ll get back there one of these days.  Hopefully we can bring a few friends as I have a brand new Art Making Exercise that involves dance, BIG BRUSH, and gravity!  I know it works for me but I want to see it in others!  More to come!

 

Fun Scenes!

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sunrise on the range, Saturday, May 18:  wowza!  and this was just a piece of what was going on out there.  when i rolled in around 4 a.m., it was full moon and clear skies!  decided i would wait up, watch the moon set and the sunrise: time well spent!

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good ole Bleue Eyes, chilling on the range, Saturday afternoon, May long weekend.  and gosh it was chilly alright!  i had a birch blaze going full on all through Saturday and Sunday too!  nice to cook a pot of soup on the wood stove top!

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Ten Mile Point, Manitoulin Island, Monday afternoon, May 20th.  on the road back to the slab, singing the blue blue blues…

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blazing east bound on highway 17, heading into the night, listening to “Ace of Spades” and wondering where is it all going…

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Pages 32/33, Book 3, Found Poetry.  i’m making some fun and very weird poems from Robertson D’s big words!  i’ll share one with you soon.  i’m also drawing pow wow dancers in this one seeing how Bob’s rambling on about Sioux Lookout, “natives”, “indians”, and the snooty Toronto idea in the Ontario North West.  i wonder if Bob met a real indian…  i mean really, where’d he do his research for this one?

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Book 3, Found Poetry, using The Cunning Man.  we’ll have some fun with this one and we won’t be in a fuss around it.

Saturday morning in Ottawa

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she won’t be happy until she scares the living CRAP outa me…  (i’m putting the icing on a novel project and here we are now, this morning, with a brand new idea for horror…  )(where did THAT come from?!!!)

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waiting at the diner in Westboro, hoping she will show, Friday night, an artist in the city, alone as usual…

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“Afraid to Wake Up”, acrylic on canvas, 22×28 inches, from September 13, 2000.  Private Collection.  (so nice to see you again my friend, so much has happened since September 13, 2000 man.)

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Found Poetry Book 2, started on December 20, 2018 and finished on May 9, 2019!  an enjoyable project, telling too!  i thought i was finished with the idea, Found Poetry: repurposing hard cover novels from the goodwill but the other day i came across a brand spanking new, never been opened copy of Robertson Davies, The Cunning Man.  i guess it was too well written for someone!  i grabbed that one off the shelves for 2 bucks and we’ll see what we can do with Bill’s flash words, the quality paper of 1994, and an Anishnabe’s wild and unruly hand of savagery!  go Daddy!

 

on the range

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before sunrise:  May 4th, and gosh darn cool!  me and poochie were out there on the snoop, i was shivering as i came over here in my city jimmy slap, poochie was decked in full on winter wear, and folks it was:  QUIET!  nothing but the river.  what change from the madness that is the capital city in full manic human madness.

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that’s pretty telling…   (downtown Tehkummah this afternoon…  )

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its where i got my Ph.D.!  thesis:  how to win friends and influence people and where it all went wrong…

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untitled:  sharpie marker and ball point pen on bristol board, 22×28 inches, art work by yours truly.  April 25.  not sure where we’re off to with this composition so like my instructor (RIP) used to tell me: do more than 10.

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dream landscape:  sharpie marker and ball point pen on bristol board, 18×24 inches, artwork by yours truly!  May 2.

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Indian Fighter, acrylic on canvas board, 18×24 inches, summer 1999. artist collection.  (one of my personal faves)

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there she is: the mother of my children, famed daughter too, MSW, historian, and ceremonialist, high priestess.  we shall remember Mother’s Day which is coming up fast.  you ladies out there who have been blessed with sons and daughters, i am there with you as a father.

(photo:  i think that is up there on highway, well i know they call it the James Bay Road, but Jimmy Boy runs east of the almighty and you can visit places like Eastmain, etc., we went all the way to Chisasibi for a gig.)

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a real indian in indian country: father’s day is coming up too and i happen to be one of those!  i’m fine though on one of those limestone beaches on the south shore of Manitoulin Island, or on my own stretch of water front, where we can, indeed, stretch our legs!

At the Art Battle

Hey that was FUN!

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Didn’t make it out of round 1!  Hey like I keep saying:  there are some serious and heavy duty painters in there!  But I’ll let you in on something:  no matter how big the house, or small, when it’s show bizz, I always get the butterflies.  And the butterflies come with shaking hands!

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Thought I’d try a twinravens landscape, Tehkummah Winter Scenes.  I took 2 shades of blue and a black but what I should have done was taken a splash of green!

Many thanks to my friend Hedra for these photos of yours truly in action.  I’ll have a video posted to my youtube very soon!  And if you get a chance:  check out an Art Battle! It’s a very cool show!

Art Battle!

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HEY!!!  we were called up!  and so we GO!!!  i have to tell you i love these live art painting events!  i love to watch them but i also love being in them!  no time to ask for sweet Tash to visit me in dreams, no dream visits by lovely Stacy from Malibu, no time for any of that fun stuff, we’re called up and i’m out the door in about 15 minutes.  wish me luck!