Saturday Photography

Usually I write about photography on the blog I have allocated to this subject, but today I decided to post some of my photography here. Since my photography inspires the drawings, paintings, and cross stitches I create, I believe it is quite relevant on this blog as well. Last Saturday I actually remember to take my real camera with me, so I was able to capture some photos of my adventures. I paused for a moment when I was riding my bike to take this image of Mount San Gorgonio crowned with wispy clouds.

In the early morning Mount San Gorgonio is crowned with clouds.  There are palm trees in the foreground.
In the early morning Mount San Gorgonio is crowned with clouds. There are palm trees in the foreground.

The palm trees in the foreground illustrate how this is a quintessential Southern California scene, but not the Hollywood one most people envision when they think of our state.

The Redlands Bowl is an amazing outdoor amphitheater, and I have never really photographed it before. Yesterday I was admiring the architecture as it basked in the noon day soon, and felt inspired to take a few pictures.

People think it never snows in Southern California, but actually it does. The dilemma this winter is that we are experiencing a severe drought, and thus getting very little rain, which means there has not been much snow in the local mountains. There was a light rain on Thursday night, which mean the local mountains receiving a dusting of snow, but these peaks are usually heavily frosted around this time of year.

The Finished Painting of The View of Mount Baldy

 

Yesterday I finally finished painting the last details on the view of Mount Baldy painting, which is from the vantage point of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Here I have added more trees to the foreground, which is the San Bernardino Mountains.
Here I have added more trees to the foreground, which is the San Bernardino Mountains.
I added boulders to the dark green hills on the left-hand side of the canvas.  The boulders were created with a peachy beige tint of oil paint.
I added boulders to the dark green hills on the left-hand side of the canvas. The boulders were created with a peachy beige tint of oil paint.

The video below shows what this painting looks like when you are standing right next to it. I especially liked how the ridges in the paint on the mountains mimicked actually ridges spotted on Mount Baldy in the distance. So it was quite exciting to create a piece of local inspired art, which is based on the view I beheld every day on my walks up in the San Bernardino Mountains. You are probably wondering how one mountain range can look so prominent from another. The reason is the Lake Arrowhead vicinity is around 5,000 feet in elevation, and Mount Baldy, which has a proper name of Mount San Antonio, is 10,064 feet. Some people do not realize we have such towering mountain ranges here in Southern California, and Mount San Gorgonio is at 11,503 feet in elevation.

Painting The View of Mount Baldy

Painting the sky above Mount Baldy in the distance.
Painting the sky above Mount Baldy in the distance.
Painting in Mount Baldy in the background, and the green mountain with trees in the foreground.
Painting in Mount Baldy in the background, and the green mountain with trees in the foreground.
Using titanium white paint to create the snow capped peaks of Mount Baldy.
Using titanium white paint to create the snow capped peaks of Mount Baldy.
Here I have painted in the foreground the San Bernardino Mountains. I will be adding more trees to this foreground area.
Here I have painted in the foreground the San Bernardino Mountains. I will be adding more trees to this foreground area.

The video below illustrates the process of painting Mount Baldy from the start point to the mid-point where I am now.

Here I have I have painted in more trees in the foreground of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Here I  started painting  in more trees in the foreground of the San Bernardino Mountains.

At this point in the painting I have added more of the trees in the foreground, and the video below illustrates how this looks in motion.

Come back to this blog in the next few days to see the progress I am making on this piece of Southern California inspired artwork.