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.