Lake Arrowhead Dogwood April 07, 2015 09:41 5 Comments

A few years ago my wife and I — along with our two sons and our neurotic beagle — moved from suburban Rancho Cucamonga, California, to Lake Arrowhead in the mountains of Southern California.  One of the many things we noticed and fell in love with immediately was the mountain dogwood that begins to bloom in early spring.  It’s everywhere you look:  decorating the shadows along the winding canyon roads, sprinkled along the creeks that — because of our drought — flow very little, if at all.

Despite our drought and the things that come with it — a lower water level in the lake, mostly empty creeks — The dogwood still blooms beautifully.  The image above is a small part of a painting I made from a photograph taken later in the spring last year.  This painting was made using the mixer brush in photoshop. I’ll plan to share with you at some future point the brushes and techniques that were used.