Sketch Studying Nature & the Amazing Art Works of Great Artists... 
Learning from others, honing my personal creative skills & building my own confidence are some of the reasons why I sketch study. Doug Brinkman
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project by Doug Brinkman,  14 painting collection on display next to the Alberta Legislature.  
“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Painted On Location
From March 30, 2015 to May, 2017 this painting was shown freely in the public squares of Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory. This painting was used to defend free speech and freedom of expression and is now retired, given as a gift to the poet who inspired this oil painting.
March 30, 2015 - May 2017
The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit 
Inspired by the 2014 Truth and Reconciliation-Alberta National Event 
Painted On Location
Sketch studies of the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated artists Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig and Carl Ray. Final pictures are studies of one of my favorite Canadian abstract artists Jack Bush . Front Page Eddy Cobiness - Caribou:  Eddy Cobiness, (July 17, 1933 – January 1, 1996) was a Canadian artist. He was an Ojibwa-Indian and his art work is characterized by scenes from the life outdoors and nature. He began with realistic scenes and then evolved into more abstract work. He belonged to the “Woodland School of Art” and was a prominent member of the "Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporation”, better known as the “Indian Group of Seven” (Wikipedia) 

It was in 1924 when members of Canada’s Group of Seven expanded their artistic subject matter to include Western Canada. That year, Lawren S. Harris, a founder and key spokesperson for the Group, and fellow Group member A.Y. Jackson traveled to Jasper National Park.​ 90 years later, in the early spring of 2014, I spent my evenings sketch studying Lawren Harris and A.Y.Jackson inside the Art Gallery of Alberta, where their works were on display. Later that year, in the spring and fall,  I set out with my backpack, canvas and paints to paint in the same area of Maligne Lake as they did 90 years earlier. 1924 YouTube
2014 "Art must take to the road and risk all for the glory of adventure." - Lawren Harris
The Painter
Doug Brinkman
 sometimes before a painting,  there was an idea likely sketched
People Have A Voice, They Will Be Heard!
2007 Citizen Free News - A Free Press Means a Free People 2017
These images reflect the hundreds of YouTubes I published since March 2007. YouTubes have since been removed or set as unlisted. Only a small token of YouTubes remain public. Since 2007 over a half million views watched across Canada and around the world.  
Free the little man /ART
Civil Information Activism (Citizen Free News):  I continued my commitment to my community as a news activist focusing on news stories that local corporate news media either missed or avoided reporting to Canadians for what ever reasons. My citizen news coverage continued after 9/11 truth focusing on residential schools survivors after our Prime Minister apologized to Canada's Aboriginals over what was finally determined as cultural genocide.  I reported on the Arab Spring starting with Libya, Egypt and later on Syria and Bahrain. I was honoured for my news reporting covering the Syrian atrocities in 2011 by members of the Syrian community at a dinner inside the MAC Islamic Centre just before civil war broke out in Syria. I covered rallies, marches, protests and vigils relating to murdered and missing aboriginal women, men and children, Idle No More and Occupy Edmonton movements. I reported for the Omar Khadr support group at thier request.  My citizen news reporting continues to cover political, community and human rights issues locally, nationally and internationally. My citizen free news has been featured on local news media and international news services including the BBC and Al Jazeera. 
Today I continue my Free News Sharing, citizen news reporting. Since March 2015 I began to combine my hobby of painting to the news stories I publish on YouTube. I consider this Social Artistry as another effective means of civil information activism and news reporting. 
The Honorable Jason Kenny (Right) leader of the Conservative party of Alberta received my painting Water and Oil is Life, Non Violence as a gift.
The Honorable (ND) Minister of Forestry and Agriculture Oneil Carlier (Left) receives a white rose painting for his support and encouragement. 
The Honorable (ND) MLA Anam Kazim (Left) receives a painting from the 2016 Fire and Rain art project for her help promoting the project
It takes a complete day to publish a news story on YouTube. It begins by travelling to and from an event to cover a news story. Edits are made, titles are added and graphics are created before my YouTube is uploaded. YouTubes are then shared on social media and websites. Please click on any of these photos  to see my corresponding YouTube.  They were all made freely, enjoy your freedom!