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Painting the view of Mount Baldy

Painting Southern California landscapes is a fun way to create local artwork. Anyone with a bit of determination can create regionally inspired artwork, which is why this article is about how this writer and artist painted the view of Mount Baldy as spotted from the San Bernardino Mountains. Here are a few steps that might inspire you to create artwork on a budget:

The outline sketch for the painting of Mount Baldy was created with pencil.
The outline sketch for the painting of Mount Baldy was created with pencil.
Painting by Julia Hanna.
Oil painting of the view of Mount Baldy, which can be seen from the San Bernardino Mountains.
Oil painting of the view of Mount Baldy, which can be seen from the San Bernardino Mountains.
Painting by Julia Hanna.

Step 1:

Take several photographs of a landscape or building you would like to paint.

Step 2:

Select two of the photographs as references for the painting.

Step 3:

Choose the colors of oil paints to use for the painting.

Step 4:

Draw an outline sketch on a canvas for the painting.

Step 5:

Begin by painting the sky in and then work towards the bottom.

Step 6:

Find a safe place to store the oil painting so you can work on it as time allows.

Step 7:

Continue adding details to the painting until you are satisfied with the final product.

The slide show and the video here illustrate how the painting of the view of Mount Baldy was created from start to finish.