Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Northern Lights

One winter evening I was driving to the hospital in central Oregon because I was scheduled to work the night shift. The highway was quiet because it was nearing 10:30 pm. Snow covered the entire countryside, and the road made little ice crunching sounds as the car rolled over it.

Then, I looked at the crystal clear, black sky ahead of me because I saw something, a large beam of light, growing from distant horizon and upward into the sky. Could it be? I had never seen one before. But it was late, middle of winter, in the low-populated area of central Oregon. It looked as if an artist had painted pale green brush strokes starting from just above the horizon upwards. It continued widening, reaching higher into the heavens, getting brighter. I wanted to call ANYBODY and tell them to look north, quick! But everyone I knew was long asleep. None of the radio stations mentioned it on air. And I was the only soul I could see on I-97 either in front of me or behind me: it was just me and the only true God who created all things in the universe. It humbled me to tears as I gave thanks for finally seeing  such a blessing. You know, it was one of those life defining moments when you feel, 'Ok, I can die now."

There is no way to capture such a scene....correction, no way for me to catch that look with my little sponge daubers and inks. But it's been in my mind for years to try and learn how to make a very amateurish little imitation of it. So this is my first, of hopefully many attempts to recreate that scene I saw during the winter of 2004, the last winter before we moved to Hawai'i. (And please pardon the lack of snow/ice -- I wanted more of a contrast of colors without worrying how to do shades of whites, grays and blues and the lights reflecting off of it.)

If you know of other northern light techniques, PLEASE SHARE ;D

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Best wishes ♥


  1. Rosy, I think it is lovely, and I love your story. How wonderful! I have seen pictures of the Northern Lights, but never in person. I know it would be a wondrous sight.

  2. Rosy, what an amazing story you told and your Northern Lights are beautiful. We lived in Alaska for 14 years, 1975-1989 and I was so lucky to have seen them many times, but each time was like the first. You've done a masterful job recreating those gorgeous, sparkling beams of light in a very dark sky. Beautiful card and thank you for your memory and also for reminding me once more of my Northern Lights memories.

  3. Thank you for sharing your picture and your story Rosy. I also remember seeing the Northern Lights when I was travelling to Aberdeen (Scotland) and I have never in my life saw anything so beautiful and awe-inspiring. There is a little song that goes along with this (obviously relating to Aberdeen). Unless you know the song, it is very difficult to sing it online. lol. It goes like this,

    The northern lights of old Aberdeen
    Mean home sweet home to me
    The northern lights of Aberdeen
    Are what I long to see
    I've been a wanderer all of my life
    And many a sight I've seen
    God speed the day, when I'm on my way
    To my home in Aberdeen

    When I was a lad, a tiny wee lad
    My mother said to me
    Come see the northern lights my boy
    They're bright as they can be
    She called them the heavenly dancers
    Merry dancers in the sky
    I'll never forget that wonderful sight
    They made the heavens bright

    I've wandered in many far off lands
    And traveled many a mile
    I've missed the folk I've cherished the most
    The joy of a friendly smile
    It warms up the heart of the wanderer
    The clasp of a welcoming hand
    To greet me when I return
    Home to my native land

    Although I am not a 'native' of Aberdeen, I spent a lot of my childhood and most of my adult life travelling up and down to Aberdeen and even now this song brings tears to my eyes. I wish I could let you know the sound of the song, rather than just the lyrics. Sorry for this to be such a long post. It just brought back so many lovely memories.
    Hugs, Jen xx (I found it on YouTube if you want to have a listen, but remember it is sung in the Scottish tongue, but you can understand it lol)
    Krafty Keepsakes

    1. DOH, I forgot to give you the link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SNODgG0Fd4

  4. Rosy this card is BEAUTIFUL!!! I've never seen the Northern Lights but Hubby grew up in northern MN and saw them many times.

  5. What a great memory and so memoralized in your beautiful work of art. I have seen the Northern Lights many times in our area of South Dakota and it is truly a wonderful sight. And, the colors can vary so much and there is also movement in them. The movement is hard to capture in a scene, but you have done it very well. I am sorry I have been missing in action this week, but I have been super busy. No card making for me. So it was nice to see your work of art.

  6. Hi Rosy, so glad that you enjoyed my little song and the words. I have saw the Northern lights many times over Aberdeen and it is certainly a sight to see. Hugs, Jen xx
    Krafty Keepsakes

  7. Your card is beautiful, and while I've never seen the Northern lights in person, it looks like you captured it perfectly. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience. :)


Your kind comments really encourage me a TON! Mahalo nui loa!