Sketch becomes painting

  • Sketching helps me think about basic shapes and colours.

    Lake Marian sketch

    These are the colours of the sketch. The colours of the backround are on the top of the chart. The colours of the foreground are on the bottom.

    This is the start of the full size painting.

    This is the completed painting Lake Marian.

    These are the colours of the finished painting. The colours of the background hills are on the top of the chart. The colours of the foreground water are on the bottom.

    August 2, 2014

    Juniper Point Jumpers sketch

    I did these two sketches of the arbutus in Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver.  They helped me paint “Arbutus”.


    Arbutus sketch


    Arbutus | 2011 | Acrylic on board, 44″ x 28″ |  Sold

    February 8, 2014
  • These two sketches helped me choose colours and lines to emphasize in my painting Milford Sound. The first sketch uses a bright blue on top of a dark blue to show the sea. The second sketch uses a bright blue on top of a dulled green to show the colours of the sea. The sky in the second is lighter to emphasize the line of the mountain that falls to the sea.

    The top colour chart is for the second sketch which became the colours of my painting Milford Sound.

    Milford Sound by Kent Crawford

    Mitre Peak is a mountain in the sound that is a very strong national symbol. I was more interested in the meeting of mountain and sea than that icon. I removed photographic details of that  mountain to emphasize that relationship.

    January 30, 2014
  • Lake Te Anau sketch These are sketches from a May 2011 hike on the Milford Track in New Zealand. My sketches are small so they can fit in a pack. They are all about 6”x 9” approximately. They are made to help me to develop a colour pallet . I also pack a camera to remember details that will help me finish a studio painting. This is a four day hike that starts with a boat trip across Lake Te Anau .The trail follows the Clinton Valley, climbs the MacKinnon Pass, drops into a beech forest in the Arthur Valley  and is finished with a boat trip across the Milford Sound.

    Lake Te Annau

    Snow Top

    MacKinnon Pass

    Path through a beech forest












    June 24, 2012
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