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|