Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Northern Lights

Our local art group challenge this month was the create a travel poster illustration in the style of those of the 1930s or 1940s.

My effort was inspired by a winter trip to Norway some years ago - my reference was a photo taken on our visit to North Cape on the Norwegian island of Mageroya.  Later, on our journey south, we witnessed the Aurora Borealis, so I was keen to include that phenomenon to highlight the sculpture on the headland.

The effect of the Northern Lights was achieved by dry-brushing iridescent green and blue acrylic through a mask, then adding touches of metallic wax crayon once it had dried.  Obviously, the appearance changes according to the surrounding light conditions, so it is not easy to photograph.

North Cape - Acrylic and mixed media - 6.5" x 8"

North Cape (detail) photographed in artificial light

Some time ago I attempted to capture a similar scene in watercolour.

Northern Lights - watercolour

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