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Having said what I said about making a distinction between sketching and drawing, I must now clarify what I call sketches when it comes to paintings.  A 'sketch' may indeed be an oil sketch, done as a small study from life leading toward a larger version.  The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson worked this way, doing small oil paintings on location and referring to them as 'sketches' and 'enlarging' them in their studios at a later date.

I adopted this approach in 1963 when I first saw their work and method.  Often times, I just refer to the sketch as a painting, finished in itself, which it really is, and like the Group of Seven's, can be framed and hung as an entity in itself for its own sake

All sketches do not lead to a larger finished painting, however.  Painting as much as I do, only the ones I consider most successful, exciting and appropriate become the studies for larger works.

It may also be true that a watercolour version may be tried, (more appropriately, a colour-enhanced drawing).  This applies more to the figure than it does the landscape.  Seldom have I painted watercolour for its own sake.


36" x 30" - oil

36" x 48" - oil

9" x 12" - oil

9" x 12" - oil

16" x 12" - oil

24" x 30" - oil

36" x 36" - oil

16" x 16" - oil

16" x 16" - oil

12" x 12" - oil

16" x 16" - oil

36" x 48" - oil

12" x 16" - oil

12" x 9" - oil

40" x 48" - oil

24" x 30" - oil

30" x 36" - oil

36" x 48" - oil

9" x 12" - oil

9" x 12" - oil

SCENERY

Strong design compositions are made from geometric shapes of buildings, such as grain elevators, houses in winter, prairie landscapes.  I have travelled across Canada to paint the unique aspects of each region.