Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend Project: Oakland Temple Idea

Oakland California Temple Sketch
Copyright Dena McMurdie 

I decided that I need to have a painting of my local temple, which is the Oakland California temple.  It is  a beautiful temple with breathtaking grounds.  Unlike my Nauvoo Temple painting, there really are two rows of trees that extend the length of the grounds. 

A lot of times when I paint things like buildings, it is easier and faster for me to sketch it on my computer and move the elements around until I am happy with the composition.  I find the digital composition easy to manipulate and to try different ideas on.  I can even test colors on it without it requiring too much time or mess.  With things like portraits, I still work out my composition the old fashioned way, with a pencil and paper. 

I am so excited to finally have a painting of the Oakland Temple.  It will be a wonderful addition to my home and invite the Spirit.  I also hope that it will give my children something tangible to look at and strive for. 


vivian said...

this will be so nice. i want to see it when it's finished!

Dena said...

I will keep the blog updated (hopefully) as I go along. I can't wait to get pushing the paint around, but I still have a few details left to figure out first.