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Northern Lights

lightsnow 13 Apr 2020

This was my 47th painting. It isn't exactly a rendition of "northern lights," I was just practicing for a larger canvas painting I have in mind, that would involve the northern lights and a large mountain chain. This one was pretty fun and laid back. I tried a slightly different way of adding highlights on the mountain and changed up the way I do peaks. I didn't like my distant foothills at first so I scraped them all off and started over. That's the first time I try that out. Oil paints are truly forgiving. I was initially planning on adding foliage to the evergreens but I knew I'd have way too much trouble getting paint to stick over the mountain to the left, so I left them bare. This took me just over 2 hours. I might make another one just to really solidify how to paint the northern lights appropriately. I found my crimson/blue mix to be a bit underwhelming compared to the phthalo green, so I may just use a bunch of that green. 18x24 on a black canvas


Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Another A+++ painting from you lightsnow! Your sky, foliage, mountain and reflection are magical!

Great painting lightsnow! I like the northern lights! Especially that I can see they are closer than the stars this is some interesting effect there!

Its beautiful! Just beautiful. Great job!

How did you do the star effect? I would love to try it! This is just amazing!

I love this, the lights are amazing and the reflections too. I really get the sense of scale from the mountain range and the blues there give a beautiful depth.

I love the dead tree look for this painting. Because the draw of it is the lights/mountain. So having trees with lots of foliage (especially close ones, which add depth) would cover it up. Love this.

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