Painting The Palm Trees And The San Bernardino Mountains

After I finished the outline sketch of the two palm trees with the San Bernardino Mountains as a backdrop, I decided to paint in the background.  First, I under-painted the sky with a sparkly light blue color, and then I added a regular light blue acrylic paint.  Once that dried, I went back over this with the light blue sparkle paint so the sky would shine.

Next, I under-painted the San Bernardino Mountains with a mixture of purple and blue paint, to create the purple tone that is often spotted when these mountains are seen from a distance.  Next, I added splatters of white paint to create the look of snow, and then when over it with a light blue glitter paint to give the snow a luminous and sparkly effect.  I still have a lot to do to the painting, but it is progressing.  Now it is time to paint in the palm trees, but I sort of like the negative space the unpainted palm trees create.

 

 

Adding The Finishing Touches To The Pinnacles Painting

The Pinnacles painting is now hanging next to the Hawaiian sunset painting.
The Pinnacles painting is now hanging next to the Hawaiian sunset painting.

Last week I added the finishing touches to the Pinnacles painting, which are boulder laden hills that are located in the San Bernardino Mountains. I lightened the grassy areas around the boulders, and redefined the chaparral bushes.

I signed the Pinnacles painting to give it a finishing touch.
I signed the Pinnacles painting to give it a finishing touch.

I signed the painting in the bottom right hand corner, and now it feels complete.

The slideshow above illustrates what the painting looked like from start to finish.