First go at northern lights

After painting some snowy pines last week, I ended up feeling like there was something missing in the skyline.

It may have been some stars or a big moon, but i felt that, beeing a painting of a cold nordic landscape, it would be an ideal opportunity to try and paint some northern lights.

I’ve seen a lot of great examples in tutorial videos, where you basically paint some lines of northern-light-coloured-paint over the canvas ,and then kind of drag it all across the canvas to get the glaring effect.


So I decided to basically paint that last painting all over again, using the exact same technique as I did last time.

The only difference painting the new version, would be adding on some ski tracks in the foreground, to make it all a bit more interesting, and some bright northern lights.

These were painted onto the canvas in the same process as painting in the general skyline, before adding the field and the trees.

After dragging in the paint for the skyline using my fingers, I used a small, flat brush to add some different mixes of permanent red violet, cadmium yellow, sap green and titanium white to the horizon.

I then used a big flat brush to drag the added paint in an upward and downward motion, before blending it all together with the rest of the skyline mix by dragging the brush horizontally over the entire canvas.

It went OK, but there are still a lot of improvement to be done on my technique. This is how it looked:



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