How to Paint the Northern Lights, Bob Ross Style, Pt 1, Oil

How to Paint the Northern Lights, Bob Ross Style, Pt 1, Oil


Painting With Yovette, How to Paint the Northern Lights, Pt 1, Oil Well hello again, this is Yovette at
my magic brushes, and since we’re in the dead of winter, I thought it might be fun
to do a winter scene. So, I don’t think I’ve ever showed the Aurora Borealis
before, or the Northern Lights so that’s what we’re going to do today. Okay, I’m
going to start right from the very beginning to make this just as easy as
possible for you. As you can see here, I have just a black canvas. Now all this is
is just black gesso, this is a 12 by 16 canvas, and this is what I’m going to be
using. The first step I want to do is to take a little bit of the oil, the oil
medium. Now the one I’m using is a Bob Ross medium but you could use walnut oil
or any kind of a medium that you want that is of liquid nature. I’ll take
and pour a little bit of that on a paper towel, I don’t have very much on there,
and then that’s the easiest way to get your canvas covered. This easiest way
that I know of anyway. It’s a lot easier than trying to do it with a brush. So you
go over the whole canvas, covering it totally, and do not put it on thick, you
want this very very light, otherwise what happens is your painting will slide
right off the canvas and you don’t want that! Okay, so that looks pretty good, and
I know this is gonna be maybe hard to see because I have a light up above and
so I know there’s a little bit of a glare. But anyway that looks very covered.
So cover the oil, set it aside. The colors I’m going to be using our white, alizarin
crimson, prussian blue, sap green and Mountain mix color. Mountain mix color is
just a combination of any dark colors that you have. And the brushes and knives
are a one-inch brush, just a pallet knife, and fan brush, and that’s my tools. Okay,
so to start out with, the first thing I want to do is put some color on this
background. Now these colors are transparent, so that means you can see
through them. So you won’t be able to see this when I do it on the canvas. Just
load your brush really well, and just go anywhere, I’m going to start up in this
corner, and I’m just putting some color in here, and I know like I said, I know
you can’t see it, but trust me it’s there. Again don’t get it too thick. Okay. Wipe
your brush out very well, as well as you can. just wipe it out. You don’t have to
get every single bit of color out. Okay next, I’m going to go into Prussian
blue, again same thing, tap-tap-tap, get it into the bristles, and
I’m going to go into this corner. As you can see I’m being very careful, Not! I’ll
tell you I love doing these kind of paintings because I’m from Alaska also.
And as you know Bob Ross was in Alaska in the military, and so I just, I just
kind of developed a kinship with him and I love these kind of paintings. Northern
Lights are gorgeous. Okay, again wipe off the brush as best you can,
doesn’t have to be perfect, and I’m going to go into my third color which will be
sap green. Again tap tap tap, and let’s go in through the middle area. And then just mosh it around, mix it in, Okay, I’m going to call that good. So I
have the three colors on there now. Again wipe off the brush really well, or a
matter of fact it would be a good thing to just go ahead and clean it for the
next step that we’ll use this brush for. So to start out with, I’m going to take a
fan brush, and I’m going to go into some titanium white, and I’m just loading both
sides of the brush. I hope you can see this. I know I’ve got a little glare up
here, it’s from my light up above, so I hope you’ll be able to see the finished
result because it’s quite neat. Anyway loading both sides of the brush,
go up to your canvas, and what I want to do is make a design of the
Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights, and you you can make any design you want.
But start by just doing a little tapping, and I realize that this is not going to
look like much to start out with. Let’s do something over here, coming around,
maybe like that, There, and I think that’s all we’ll do, because if you overdo it it
becomes too much. So already you can see that there is some color on there. But
this is the magic. With the one-inch brush, what you do is take and just, and
you’re gonna, I have a paper towel handy because you’re going to be wiping
your brush off, so what you do is decide whether your angle is going to go
this way, or this way. I want my angle to go this way, so I’m going to just lightly
brush up up up up. Wipe off that brush really good. Now
let’s go over here, up up up up up, wipe off the brush really good. Isn’t that
great? I mean it’s just so easy. Now once your brush is wiped off, you can go over
it again, if you want larger streaks, or more blended, and do this very lightly.
You don’t want to push too heavy because then you just, it gets to be a smeared
mess. But look at that. Isn’t that great? let’s do it over here. You see anytime
you pick up, I can see a little bit of white here, wipe off the brush again. You’ve got to admit, that is pretty
spectacular, and that’s how you do the Northern Lights. Very easy! Well, that’s my lesson for today. I hope
you enjoyed it, and if you did please subscribe and I’ll see you again next
month. Thank you for stopping by. Bye bye

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