Friday, January 15, 2010

Mid-Monthly Art: Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a watercolor painting I did a few years back, inspired by the atmospheric phenomenon of that name. The phenomenon is more properly called aurora, polar aurora, aurora borealis in the northern hemisphere (northern lights), and aurora australis in the southern hemisphere (southern lights). I've never seen any as colorful as the lights in my painting, and green without red is usually more common. I've seen the northern lights as far south Reno and Virginia City, Nevada, and have seen them in Alaska.

Aurora at Wikipedia - some colorful, presumably public domain photos.
Aurora FAQs at UAF's Geophysical Institute.
Aurora on Worldbook @ NASA
Aurora images at NASA
Aurora over Idaho: APOD 18Dec2006 - colorful red and green aurora, a copyrighted photo.

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Original watercolor Copyright © 2002.
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Gaelyn said...

I really like your interpretation of the Aurora. Someday I'll see them in person.

Aurora said...

Very nice painting. One day I hope to see the northern lights.

ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...


Silver Fox said...

Thanks, everyone! Gaelyn and Aurora - I do hope you'll see them. I guess you've already seen northern lights, ReBecca?

Aurora, it seems you were gone for awhile? Welcome back!

EcoGeoFemme said...

This one is very pretty.

Silver Fox said...

Thanks, EGF! It seemed like a nice wintry picture for this time of year.

Cath@VWXYNot? said...

Love it! My favourite colours and everything!

I haven't seen the Northern Lights either, but hope to one of these days.

Silver Fox said...

Cath, glad you like it, and I guess you'd have to get out of the city at just the right time to see them up there.