Here is a progression if how I came up with my painting for December. I wanted to get a nice aurora borealis, but in a shrunk down canvas to make this doable in a short time frame. I also wanted to squeeze a cabin in there.
The main trouble was the placement and shape of the light curtains, to make them either go across the sky horizontal, or to give the impression they were fading away to the distance.
So here they are ,with the final version top left. I started out doing Bob’s Auroras Dance as a jumping off point, then decided to drop the trees, which were really fun and turned out well, to bushy trees that would be easier for a beginner. Fence became optional, same with a pond. The focus should lie on the cabin, which will be the main learning point of the class.