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HACKED paintings No. 1 and 2

after seeing that young lad’s HACKED artwork on CBC a couple of weeks ago i was inspired!  of course it helps that i’m always rooting around at the Goodwill looking for any long lost and authentic Tom Thomson sketches on 8×10 inch panels or anything along those lines.  i did come across an original and authentic Daphne Odjig at a garage sale!  you can bet i snapped that up for the cool 20 bucks they wanted for it.  i put that in a bag and ran like a bank robber!  same with the Martin Panamick i found in a junk shop on Queen Street West, Toronto, all those years ago.

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Hacked Painting Number 1:  the before photo.  found it in the goodwill, 16×20 inches, on canvas, dated 1975.  Googled the artist name and up came the obituaries.

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HACKED painting No. 1: the after photo.  New title:  “I acknowledge that I live and work on the unceded territory of the Algonquin nation.”  (Remembering the Trail of Tears)(we might go back to work on this one and add a few more “things”…   )

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HACKED painting Number 2: before.  found this one on the street!  a vendor had something going on, over there on Bank Street one Sunday afternoon, not far from Beaded Dreams.  i said i love the picture but i hate the price!  he sold it for 3 bucks!

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HACKED painting No. 2:  after.  New title:  “The Starlight Tours, the early years.”  on canvas board, 8×10 inches.  if you don’t know what the “star light tours” are, just google them up.  they’re now famous Canadian stories.

and so!  we’re on the look out for more of these which means we’re going to have some fun, Indiana Jones style.  stay tuned as we’ll be posting more photos of the before and after, numbers 3 through 13.

and i want to say thanks to that writer/reader who emailed from the USA and asked about a detail in the INFINITY section of my debut novel: SUN INFINITY MOON.  you asked:  what is an LCBO box?  answer:  LCBO is Liquor Control Board of Ontario and an LCBO box is a heavy duty cardboard box in which they ship 12 bottles of wine, the 750 ml variety.  they’re pretty common to see at the LCBO store front, free to take for anyone moving out or in need of a little old school storage.  closer to home, on sweet and beautiful Manitoulin Island, LCBO can also stand for:  Little Current Band Office, hackney backwoods Indian humour for those in the know.

as my old comedy buddy, Mr. H.B. would say:  if you can’t laugh with them, laugh at them!

more to come!

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paintings by Mark Seabrook

we’re going down memory lane this morning in the art department, looking at some of my work with the question in mind:  What makes art Canadian?  we’re asking after attending last night’s sleepy little outing to the Isabel Bader Theatre, Charles St. West, Toronto, where the Art Canada Institute gave their mission statement a stretch!  the ACI is dedicated to making Canadian art history a contemporary conversation.  in with last night’s conversation, a gal made her presentation on Norval Morrisseau, creator of the Woodland School, and his place in all of this.  of course what caught my eye in the promo was a detail of Morrisseau’s Man Changing Into a Thunderbird, panel 1 of 6.  (that’s the work that sparked my imagination way back in art school!  (even though i came up on Manitoulin Island and the second generations of woodland school painters were everywhere and you couldn’t drive 10 miles without seeing their stuff, courtesy of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation))

A Self Portrait on November 30th by Mark Seabrook

“November 30th”, 2008, 30×40 inches, acrylic on canvas, Private Collection.

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“Bear Clan”, 2011, acrylic on canvas board, 18×24 inches, Artist Collection.

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“Water Spirit”, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 24×36 inches, Private Collection.

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“2 Wolves, Feeding”, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 36×48 inches, Private Collection.

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30×30 inches

“Missing and Murdered Indian Women, No. 1”, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 30×30 inches, Private Collection.

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For Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women, Acrylic on canvas, 36×58 inches

“For Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women”, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 36×58 inches.  Sale price:  $4 000.

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Acrylic on canvas, 30×40 inches

“For Missing and Murdered Women”, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 30×40 inches.  Sale price:  $3 800.

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“Indian Residential School Survivor, No. 1”, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 30×40 inches.  Sale price:  $3 800.

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“60’s Scoop Survivors: Lost child, lost parent”, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 20×40 inches.  Sale price:  $2 800.

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“I.R.S. No. 1”, November 2017, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches.  Sale price:  $200.

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“I.R.S. No. 2”, November 2017, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches.  Sale price:  $200.

Original artwork by First Nations and Anishnabe painter:  Mark Seabrook, Manitoulin Island (which is right here in Canada!).

 

January 9th/2011 Winter Wonderland

aanii!  boozhoo!  and halloo there!  so this blog thing huh…  we’ll get a year or two into it and msn will change it again.  i had me a fun little community on msn several years ago and they pulled the plug on that: gone!  well that sucked cause i had tons of very cool photos on there, stories and friends and the whole shoot’n matchola is gone.

i thought that was going to happen to my space here but i see some of those old journal entries have survived and i’m thankful cause those too, are some fun stories from days long gone.

well anywho.  i’m out here on the range in the middle of winter.  thank the almighty we made it this far and that we have a big blue sky and snow covered fields with a river cutting through, and a warm house in which to view it from.  we’ve been out here since May Long Weekend and what a change in scenery its been:  from downtown Ottawa, living on Booth Street with the madness of Chinatown going on right outside the front window, to this place: boon docks central on Manitoulin Island, back home with the natives and non, Green Acres, and zero light pollution, noise pollution, zilchola in the pollution department!  its nothing but the great wide open.  yes indeed what a change in scenery.  you can see most of it on the msn photos but my facebook too has a bundle of pics of the homestead coming back from the dead and the incredible scenes from the summer of 2010.  wow what a way to start the day:  barefoot in the river with a cup of hot coffee and…  well hey.  its a big scene out there and tough to describe.  (my english has never been much of anything.)

so yesterday, once i had the fire going nicely and we’d warmed up the rooms (its minus 20 out there), i cracked open the paints and the brushes and fooled with a few new ideas in the paint department.  you see we have a show at the end of January, at the Wild Oat in Ottawa, down there in the Glebe which is a very groovy part of town.  the surviving war horses and others from the Sweetgrass Bistro show in November are already in position, so we are good to go but i want something in there with the bells and whistles jangling and blowing!

usually we show the paintings on gallery canvas with the edges painted and a tasty little glaze over those acrylics. they hang without frames.  mind you framing would be an expensive dealio in 7.5 inch heelios cause they’re big!  like 36×48 or 40×48.  so what i’m doing this time is working smaller, sketch size, 8×10, 11×14, and framing those up with matts and the whole nine yards.  that’s going to make a diff i hope come show time!  folks can take those with them, ready to hang where ever, and they’ll fit nicely right under their arms.

well whatever happens its no sweat cause somewhere down the road those paintings will sell.  maybe not at the Wild Oat, but we won’t have any of them by June 15th.  that much is for certain.  so today, once we get the place warmed up, and clear away some of the xmas decorations!!!, i’ll get back to the basics and pick up where i left off yesterday afternoon.  truth is i’m anxious to see what these little paintings will look like framed and matted.  (we could be onto something tasty!)

i’ll say this too:  once i’d put the brushes away for the day, the ladies and i walked up 20th sideroad about half mile and the sunset was fan flippin tastico!  cold to the tune of at least 15 below, but we were snuggled up nicely in our heavy duty winter gear and i was working up sweat draggin that sleigh with an 8 year old girl playing on it.  the walk and that fresh air is what we needed to make an evening of it in the town of Tehkummah proper, meeting with other artists and like minded folks.

so we’ll see what develops over the next 12 to 15 hours, perfect day for it, clear and ice cold but what a view!  the river is running fast and she’s steaming!

don’t forget i’ve got my youtube channel if you want to see the river.  just type in twinravens2000 and you’ll get my channel complete with vids of the river, the shoreline at prov. bay, and various art related and NR music thangs.

chi miigwetch!