Friday, January 29, 2016

DecoArt Winter Wonderland Aurora Borealis Canvas


What FABULOUS FUN to play in the... 
DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge.

So honored... so humbled... just stunned. 
But soooo very happy and grateful.  j. 

This challenge was to be a winter theme with purple and blue hues... maybe even some snow!!!

My best friend has asked me several times to paint a picture with the Aurora Borealis in the background.  This seemed like the perfect time to make my sky come to life in purples and blues!!! 
Incredible DecoArt Media products were used in this 12x16 painting on canvas and ohhhh how I love to work with glittering shimmering vivid colors!

I began with the background using: 
DecoArt Media Prussian Blue Hue, Dioxazine Purple, and Titanium White.

I also added:
DecoArt Media Shimmer Mist Turquoise
DecoArt Ice Crystal Glamour Dust 
DecoArt Black Ice Glamour Dust
DecoArt Champagne Glamour Dust

There was no green used but the photos picked up that color - might be the champagne glitter!

And of course, splatters with DecoArt Media Transparent White and DecoArt Media White Shimmer Mister.

I began drawing in my scene using Titanium White.

I realize most Aurora Borealis looks like ribbons but I also saw some pictures online where it was straighter and thought it was unique. Here I began adding color with DecoArt Media Turquoise Shimmer Mister and more DecoArt Media Dioxazine Purple.

Next came DecoArt Media Red Mister and then began overlaying more purple - just to change the hue a bit.  I also began adding DecoArt Media Modeling Paste where I wanted snow texture as well as on the moon. 

I used a bit of DecoArt Media Quin Gold to light up the cabin.

Took a long time to draw in all the trees! Beginning with DecoArt Media carbon black then adding DecoArt Media transparent white. The highlighting on the trees was done with DecoArt Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream. The Patina Green had a turquoise hue when applied to this painting and blended well with the color scheme.   I also used this color, as well as DecoArt Media Medium Gray and Titanium White Antiquing Cream on the hills. 

If you look at the top of the mountains, along the edges of the river, and the crevices in the snow... you will see CRACKS!!  These were made with DecoArt Crackle Glaze. 

The moon, as well as the river, are covered with DecoArt Media Liquid Glass. The liquid glass made the colors so vivid and the shimmer is stunning. 

It's difficult to tell but the large tree on the right is textured with weathered wood. It was applied early and pretty much covered with "snow" but the texture did help keep it in the foreground. 

And let's not forget the DecoArt Brush and Stencil Cleaner! I am a bit limited on my mobility at times so this product is truly wonderful for me. It never fails to clean my brushes, stencils, craft mat etc etc.  It goes a long way too... I love it! 

Thanks bunches to DecoArt for this challenge. 

And thanks bunches to all of you for stopping by to see my shimmering winter wonderland creation.

STAY WARM. Hugs. j.  
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Although an art journal challenge they accept canvases and their January theme is Winter Wonderland!!



experiments in paper said...

Holy mackerel!! This is stupendous - you are really rocking those Deco Arts products, Joi. Thanks for all the wonderful step-outs! I love this! xxx Lynn

Valerie-Jael said...

This is absolutely top notch gorgeous, just LOVE it! Fantastic style, colours and TALENT! I would be happy if you would like to out winter wonderland challenge at Art Journal Journey, it ends tomorrow! Really well done here, BIG WOW! Hugs, Valerie

Lizzy Hill said...

Wow! LOOOVE the effect you've got looks amazing. Fabulous :)

Valerie-Jael said...

Soooooooooooooooooo glad you linked your beautiful painting to us at Art Journal Journey - thanks and Hugs, Valerie

Little Artbee said...

Wow an amazing winter scene, I especially love the fantastic polar lights in the sky. Really wonderful!

froebelsternchen said...

Just fabulous! Such a beautiufl piece! Thanks a lot for linking it to Art Journal Joureny Challenge!

Elly said...

Here you are! Save the best for last :o) Thanks for all your step - out's and explaining, i really appreciate very much. I totally agree with Lynn Price. You rock the DecoArt Media Line. WOW!! What an awesome painting with so many interesting details. I'm so happy you finally entered the DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge. Good Luck! ♥

Barbara Rankin said...

OMG, this is super fabulous, I love it! So glad you joined us in DecoArt's Winter Wonderland challenge.

Lys said...

Fabulous landscape! Ooh these textures!

~*~Patty S said...

Gorgeous painting!
Seeing the Northern Lights in person is on my bucket list.
Thank you for sharing your creative process too.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beautiful! I would so love to see the Northern Lights,especially if theylook like this! Chrisx

Jackie PN said...

Joi! This is absolutely spectacular!!! Wow Wow WOW!! I am a huge purple/blue kinda girl and you really knocked this piece out of the park!! Best of luck to you Joi!!! xoxo

chrissie said...

Stunning page and great to see how you painted it. Thank you for sharing the method and also for joining in at Art Journal Journey

Love Chrissie xx

Pamellia said...

Oh my word Joi, this is just freaking amazing!!! Holy wowzers!! I think I want to become a two dimensional being so I can live inside your glorious winter wonderland. I will snuggle up in my log cabin and watch the sky twinkle and dance as the giant, fluffy snowflakes fall from the sky and come to rest on every branch of every tree!

Yep, going off to the hardware store right now to figure out what I need to build that dimensional-changing machine!

LOVE your creativity, BLOWN AWAY by your talent, SO LUCKY to call you friend. hugs :)

Tracy said...

WOW...Truly stunning art Joi, loved seeing your step by steps and it coming to life!So happy you joined in with the DecoArt Media Challenge and good luck.Tracy xxx

Wilma Voermans said...

Such a great mixed media piece, wow! Thanks for playing along with us at Deco Art Media

Candy C said... never cease to amaze me with your talent. This was absolutely beautiful! I couldn't believe it when I saw it among DecoArt's entries. LOVE LOVE all of the detail you put into this project. Love the colors ... and honestly, I am usually not a purple person. But, it's just fabulous here! Thanks for sharing your step by step. It makes me appreciate even more how much time and effort was put into this beautiful piece.

butterfly said...

Stunning colours and textures, Joi - and you've created such depth as well as such excitement in this canvas. Bravo!
Alison x

sarascloset said...

Joi, I am really at a loss for words; everything I think to say sounds trite. Let me just say that you are one extremely talented lady, and I'm so happy to have met you in blogland. Your depth here is spectacular, and I really feel such a sense of chill and mystery. Oh how I would love to see the northern lights--my Dad used to tell me how beautiful they are, but then, he never saw your take on them. How simply gorgeous and you DID rock those DecoArt products!

Thank you so much for your wishes on my blog...the big day was Jan. 17, and YOURS??? Your words really touched my heart...thank you, sweetie! Huge hugs!

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Joi, This is an incredible piece of art. I actually feel as though I am standing there, taking in the view of the Northern Lights. The colours are quite stunning and there is a beautiful mystical feel you created, so perfect for the theme.
I would so love to view the Northern Lights. Some members of my family have seen them but not me.
A masterpiece!

DonnaMundinger said...

OHHH!!! This is beyond gorgeous! What a stunning piece of art. Congrats on your win. Well deserved! xxD

Lisa H said...

beautiful!! congrats on your win. =)

Candy C said...

Huge congratulations on your win, Joi. Your northern lights are just incredible! Thanks so much for sharing your art with all of us. It's such a treat!

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh my gosh! I am thrilled beyond measure that you won this challenge! What a great honor and fabulous prize pack! Woo hoo! Stoked for you, Sweetie!

Tracy said...

Woohoo Joi, congratulations on winning the challenge, very well your project! So glad you joined in with us over at the DecoArt Media Blog. Tracy xxx

Redanne said...

Yay Joi, just saw that you won with this gorgeous, gorgeous creation. Well done and hugely deserved - your friend must be absolutely delighted! Hugs, Anne xx

Julia S-W said...

Huge congratulations Joi! This is an absolute stunner!! It's all been said but I agree with every comment made. This is art and I love it!!! Julia xx

Unknown said...

Dear Joi, congratulations on winning the challenge! Your painting is beautiful and has layers of gorgeous products! Way to go!

Wilma Voermans said...

Joehoeeeee, you won ! :) x

My Creative Me said...

Just stunning! Congratulations on your win!

yyam said...

Oh my. This is fantabulous! I love the details and the shimmer. Congrats on your win - totally well-deserved! :)

Pawsitively Creative said...

Hot diggity Joi! This is fan-freakin-tastic! What a gorgeous blend of paints and colors and your hand drawing skills always impress. Wowzers and stunning design. Such an impressive and delightful painting. You have captured the essence of the NL. Gorgeous!

PS-Huge congrats on your win as well! Amazing prize package and you will do wonders with it, I am sure. Hugz! ~Niki

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow, you are so incredibly clever, the depth in this is amazing!!! Totally stunning canvas!!!!

MaryH said...

This is so amazing & very beautiful. I will confess that although I liked your last work, this one is more like what I'd hang in my home. I love the scene and gracious, did you capture the feel of the Northern lights! Your friend is going to love this one! Great look. TFS & Have a great weekend.

Win Dinn, Artist said...

Congratulations, Joi - a well-deserved honour. That piece is a knock-out!!!!! I love the richness of it, and those dark colours make the light areas stand out beautifully. Well done, my friend. xo

Anna-Karin said...

Wow, this is amazing! I love it! Such a gorgeous. I love the sky, moon, mountains and the little house. I'd like to live in that house!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Absolutely STUNNING!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this scene! So gorgeous!

Candy C said...

Hey Joi. Just a quick stop by to THANK YOU so much for your always lovely comments you leave! You completely made my day and it's still the morning! :) I was pretty spooked about the drawing thing. It's just one of those "hurdles" we need to face and try to jump over as we experiment and venture out on new art adventures. I'm still learning so much along the way. :) You really are such a positive influence with your words and your art. I am so thankful that we crossed paths through the Compendium challenges. You are such a talent and I so enjoy seeing your art. Congrats on your DecoArt win!! Two for two! <3

charlotte fletcher@roma land woodcrafts said...

What a beautiful work of art! Congratulations on winning...thanks for sharing your process.

sarascloset said...

Oh, my! I could have swore I wrote a note of congratulations, but I don't see it here! A huge big high five and a big you-did-it-again hug! Your canvas is so above and beyond, and certainly worthy of this award and much more! Big hugs!

Angela said...

This is just beyond stunning! I love that you showed all of the steps of creation for this incredible piece. This is something to be truly proud of. Congratulations!