Painting The Palm Tree Card

At first I thought I was going to just use colored pencils on the palm tree card, but I then started using an oil pastel, and then I used a bit of oil to give it a painted effect.  Next, I decided to use a bit of acrylic paint, and the card illustration evolved into a painting from there.

Drawing The Background


In the photograph above I am drawing the background for the palm tree before filling in the illustration.  The glued on palm tree cut-out will help to give more dimension to this illustration, even after I paint it.


Coloring In The Sky


In the photograph above I started coloring in the sky around the palm tree with a blue oil pastel crayon.


Coloring In The Palm Fronds



I used oil and a paint brush to blend together white and blue oil pastels, and give these a painted effect.


Painting The Fronds of The Palm Tree



In this stage of the painting I shaded in the fronds of the palm tree with two shades of green acrylic paint.


The video shows a speed motion of my drawing the outline on the card, and then filling this in with paint.

Painting The Fronds


The water of the ocean was painted in with dark and light blue acrylic paint, and the white paint was used to create the waves.

Painting In The Trunk of The Palm Tree


Here I have begun to paint in the palm tree with gray and black paints, and also the small rocks along the shoreline.


The Painted Palm Tree Card


Above is the completed painting of the palm tree next to the ocean.  I enjoy painting palm trees, and I will paint more in the future.


The video shows how the completed card turned out.

Drawing A Picture of The San Bernardino Mountains: Part 6

Drawing The San Bernardino Mountains


Here I began coloring in the last hill in the landscape drawing.

Drawing The San Bernardino Mountains


Here I continued to color in the hill, and also shaded in the boulders and the trees on it.




In this photograph I am almost finished with color in the hillside.  There is a burst of excitement when I get near the end of a drawing, and you can see this in the  speed motion video below.


The final drawing is vibrant, and I am quite pleased with the results. It reminds me of the view of Hesperia that I used to enjoy looking at back when I lived in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Drawing of The San Beranrdino Mountains

The Heart Tree Valentine Card

The other day I decided to create a heart tree card for Valentine’s Day.


On the handmade card I drew a heart tree with Mount Baldy as the background.

Heart Tree Card

The sky was colored in with a lavendar colored pencil.

Heart Tree Card


In this phase of the drawing I colored in Mount Baldy with a violet-blue colored pencil.

Heart Tree Card

During this phase of the sketch I colored in the valley below Mount Baldy, and the area surrounding the heart tree.

Making A Heart Card


Here I have almost finished coloring in the foreground surrounding the heart tree, which is an abstract version of the palm trees that I see everyday.


The Heart Tree Card



The heart tree card is now complete.  It was a fun Valentine’s Day card illustration, and I hope this posts inspires you to create something that you find meaningful.  One of my favorite parts of this illustration is how I created white heart clouds in the sky, giving this card a whimiscal effect.  I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!