Posts tagged ‘raven’

Snow on May 9th!

what the flipping flip is up with the snowflakes flying at this time of the year?  yeesh.  its like the whole world has gone bonkers.  this virus crapola has us pinned down 9 weeks now, going on 10, snow is flying, can’t get home, the walls are moving in closer by the minute.

better put the headphones on for this one…

okay so things haven’t gotten quite that artsy around here but if this snow doesn’t stop, i can’t guarantee you any further stories will be true!  but i can guarantee that they will be stories!

IMG_0695

last Sunday morning:  east of Ottawa.  it’s the best we can do for now.  i’d rather be driving the backroads between Tehkummah and Snowville this time of year but we’re a long way from that!

IMG_0711

i haven’t picked up a paint brush in 9 weeks.  holy mackinaw!  out where we are: the spirit just isn’t here, to do what is needed.  and so the stack of canvas, canvas boards, jars of paint, brushes too, sit.  waiting…

IMG_0708

the mighty raven watches but i’m sure doesn’t wonder.  this boy wonders!  when is the all clear going to be given?

USNQ2999

we ran this photo a few weeks ago:  since we have no painting going on we’re switching gears and picking up the guitar.  later today i’m going to give this Garage Band thing a turn.  its the onboard computer home studio and today we’re going to see if we can record the twinravens actual “classic”:  No Smoking.  that song goes back way before there was a twinravens actual!

here are the lyrics:  (i don’t know how to fix the double spacing thing so here it is in one block of text)

no smoking.  no unloading.  of your trash.  on my trash.  in the city: an indian’s day is never done!  if this weren’t the city: there’d be no shoes on my feet.  no ugly sounds in my ears.  no ugly sights in my eyes.  the only ones left: are my brother the raven.  brother raccoon.  andek esban anishnabe…  the three of us shunned (x3).  in a white man’s world.  police aint here to serve and protect.  police are here to racially profile.  guys like me in a white man’s world…

the stupid auto correct always wants to change “esban” to “lesbian”!

so yes those are the mod lyrics to No Smoking.  i wrote and recorded the song at the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre back in the summer of 1994, in the youth lounge, using a Fostex 4 track recorder which, ha!, used cassette tapes!  i sat myself down and played track one: acoustic rhythm.  track two and three:  lead guitars.  track four:  vocal.  and in the background, it being the youth lounge over at the FC, you could hear some cats playing billiards and so the pool balls were cracking around in an off timed way which i thought really added to the kookiness of the recording.  we were in the city.  it was a song about urban indio reality.  back then it was true and more so today.  i recently added the bit about the cops.  back then i was innocent and believed in things.  today it is different.

No Smoking, just saying, has only been performed live: 3 times!  (the best reading took place at the Rivoli, Queen St. W., July 1995.)

and so we have an acoustic guitar from the pawn shop, we have this Garage Band program, the flashy microphone, and the afternoon off, with snow flying as i write.  we’ll give it all a spin and see if we can make something of it.  time is noon!  the guitar playing  might wake up my old buddy Jazz, she’s still in the bunk.  her hours have gone strange now that the schools have been closed for 9 weeks and will remain closed for another 3 at the least…  the poor kids.  what a rip off it has been for them.

Jasmine Moon is supposed to be in grade 12, graduation coming up, but will there be a party?  yes these poor kids have been ripped off.

here is some super heavy duty:

IMG_0705

my beautiful daughter.  and a proud father i am.  and the empty nest is looming like never before…  she talks about her own apt. and a room mate and being closer to the post secondary institution…  which leaves this old boy, i guess, free to go.

Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 10.12.34 PM

who knows.  maybe by next winter i’ll be back to this, back home on the range, back down by the river, back in the old country, far away from the war.

For You: Sahara

HOQC2267

Power Bird:  Carry On.  Acrylic on gallery canvas, 24×36 inches.

XCDJ8459

Power Bird:  Rolling Up on Winter.  Acrylic on .75 canvas, 18×24 inches.

IMG_9200

Power Birds: October 23rd.  Acrylic on canvas board, 8×10 inches.

FFXN2815

Power Birds: November 5th.  Acrylic on canvas board, 8×10 inches.

IMG_8998

Raven on the Range: April 19th.  Acrylic on canvas board, 5×7 inches.

IMG_8999

Ravens on the Range.  Acrylic on canvas board, 5×7 inches.

IMG_9011

Power Bird: No. 5.  Acrylic on canvas board, 8×10 inches.

QDVT1192

Woodland Raven with Teachings.  Acrylic on canvas board, 18×24 inches.

IMG_E8818

The Starlight Tours: The Early Years.  Mixed media, hacked painting, on canvas board, 8×10 inches.  (2nd in a new series.)

IMG_8799

We acknowledge we are living on unceded Algonquin Territory, Trail of…  Mixed media, hacked painting, on canvas, 16×20 inches.  (First in a new series.)

BOKW7061

New Moon on February 14th.  Acrylic on canvas board, 14×18 inches.  (Brighter in this photo as the summer sun is blazing down on the scene.)

IMG_8486

Raven Moon.  Acrylic on canvas, 8×10 inches.

IMG_8093

I Miss You.  Acrylic on .75 canvas, 18×24 inches.

KCFK8350

TV Reception on a Remote Indian Reserve: 60’s Scoop.  Acrylic on .75 canvas, 36×48 inches.

KQHH3350

Happiness is Big Bucks.  Acrylic on canvas board, 5×7 inches.

img_6374

Messenger Bird.  Acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, not framed.

IMG_5316

Raven on the Range: October 20.  Acrylic on canvas board, 9×12 inches, not framed.

77984DA1-29E4-49C7-B2A6-ADBE4E3841BC_1_201_a

Ravens on the Range: October 18th.  Acrylic on canvas board, 9×12 inches, not framed.

A9D4303A-5D23-4C24-A805-28B744459E69_1_201_a

True Story.  Acrylic on canvas board, 9×12 inches.

67EA36B9-E2A1-48F5-A104-0C34E6E0B49C_1_201_a

Power Bird: October 1st.  Acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, not framed.

9E02E092-7B04-4ACE-B8DF-9260D9A968EB_1_201_a

4 Directions.  Acrylic on gallery canvas, 22×28 inches.

B981471E-61D3-4AB5-9468-92AAC37041C1_1_201_a

twinravens in June.  Acrylic on .75 canvas, 16×20 inches.

7C9C5690-7F2E-4D87-9A6C-8B06BB0E92FA_1_201_a

twinravens on August 5th.  Acrylic on .75 canvas, 16×20 inches.

IMG_7294 - Version 4

Your Artist!  Mark Seabrook, Spanish River Indian Rez, home on Manitoulin Island, temporarily in the town of Ottawa!  At your service.

Landscapes, twinravens style

As per requested, thank you for that email, here are a few of the landscapes paintings from the past few years:

IMG_7891

twinravens on the range, winter, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches.  Artist collection.

Tehkummah Winds on September 2

Tehkummah scenes, late August, acrylic on canvas board, 10×12 inches.  Artist collection.

IMG_3346

Red Wing Blackbirds on the open range

Acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches.  Private collection.

IMG_7438

Tehkummah scenes, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches.  Private collection.

IMG_6223

sketch, 7×9 inches on canvas board

Tehkummah scenes, winter.  Private collection.

IMG_8028

Tehkummah scenes, winter, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches.  Private collection.

IMG_6372

Before the Blue Moon, 6 of 9

Acrylic on canvas board, 9×12 inches.  Private collection.

IMG_7075

twinravens on the range, 10×20 inches on canvas board

Private collection.

IMG_6297

Tehkummah Scenes, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches

Private collection.

IMG_1350

A selection of 7×9’s beautifully framed by a private collector.

So there are a few of the pieces from the past few years, inspired by the open range back home in Tehkummah, inspired too by the great Jackson Pollock!

IMG_1991

The Range, back home in Tehkummah, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, on a fine and wonderful summer morning: in peace and in paradise!

IMG_0129

Home sweet home!  That’s crib on the range, Tehkummah, Manitoulin Island.

IMG_0633

Home sweet home on an August evening, many moons ago:  no noise pollution, no light pollution!  What a place to call home!

IMG_2593

Oh yes we can’t forget this one!  Acrylic, 7×9 inches on canvas board.  Artist collection.

IMG_7294 - Version 4

The Artist, at the lake, Unionville, Ontario.  A November afternoon…

Paintings by Mark Seabrook

QDVT1192

Power Bird, acrylic on canvas board, 18×24 inches, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.  Available for purchase as of Oct. 3/019.

IMG_9011

Power Bird No. 5, acrylic on canvas board, 9×12 inches, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.  Available.

I have to admit I’m having fun with these pieces in frames!  Normally we sell them as unframed canvas boards but I decided to switch things up last summer, and so here we are in October with a sizeable collection, getting ready for that show in November!

IMG_9012

Power Bird No. 6, acrylic on canvas board, 8×10 inches, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.  Available.

IMG_8995

Tehkummah Scenes, acrylic on canvas, 8×10 inches, from the original run in 2013, artist collection.

IMG_8999

Twinravens, Winter Scenes, acrylic on canvas board, 5×7 inches, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.IMG_8998

Tehkummah Scenes, acrylic on canvas board, 5×7 inches, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.  Available.

KQHH3350

Big Bucks!  Acrylic on canvas board, 5×7 inches, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.  Available.

IMG_8486

Power Bird, acrylic on canvas, 8×10 inches, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.  Available.

BOKW7061

Visiting from Over Seas, acrylic on canvas board, 14×18 inches, by anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.  Available.

We ship anywhere.

And so yes:  I’m having some fun here framing up these new pieces and going through the collections, framing up a few of the war horses, pieces I just couldn’t part with, playing with a new look.  And it IS fun.  We’ll be ready for that show in November!

 

October sketches

to colour or not?  a mighty fine question!

IMG_5754

7×9 inches, acrylic on canvas board, October 2, 2018.

IMG_5755

7×9 inches, acrylic on canvas board, October 2, 2018.

IMG_5756

7×9 inches, acrylic on canvas board, October 3, 2018.

IMG_5757

7×9 inches, acrylic on canvas board, October 4, 2018.

hmmm.  a walk around the block might be in order.

Acrylic sketches

IMG_8028

Acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, c. 2016.  Private collection.

IMG_2593

Acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, c. 2016.  Private collection.

IMG_2835

Acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, 2018.  Available.

up here on the 9th, with the blue skies deluxe, you can see colours in a brand new way!