It has been a few days since my last painting, and I really wanted to get one done today. So I chose to do a very small painting, on a 8x10 stretched canvas. The canvas was already pre-painted black, which really helped with the look.
Without thinking about it, I jumped into the painting before taking the before shot and the beginning progression shots. But its ok, I remembered before the good parts.
I layered the sky twice, and had it progressed from really dark blue to a slightly lighter blue. Then I painted the mountains with Mars Black, bringing it out more. I used a paper towel and tape to cover the mountains so I could add the stars. I didn't want to get the spots on the mountains.
I then added another layer to the mountains, ensuring full coverage.
I waited a good 30-40 minutes letting it fully dry before I continued on because the next step was adding the ribbons of the aurora borealis. This was fun. First I'd lay down a squiggly line, where the ribbon would go, and then take another brush, bringing the bands straight up. I added a slightly lighter shade to the bottom of the band, bring it out more.
Then I made an even lighter shade of the green color to go at the very bottom of the band, since it will be the brightest part.
In a lot of the images I've seen of the Aurora Borealis, there is some sort of pink or purplish color. Its very subtle. So I decided to add it to the top of the band and kind of blend it in. I felt this was a great touch to it.
I decided to have this placed in Alaska, since it is my favorite place to go, and in Alaska, there is snow!!! I had to add snow to my mountains. So I used a bluish grey for the snow.
I then added blotches of white, mainly to give me more texture.
I used a small paintbrush to outline the tops of the mountains.
And then my final touch was adding a lot more white. This process gives the painting lots of depth and texture.
I attached the wall hook and the painting is now complete!
I hope you enjoyed the painting as much as I did!
Please let me know what you think in the comments!