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Painting the Aurora Borealis with Acrylics in 10 Minutes!


Today we paint Northern Lights and a small winter cabin in fewer than 10 minutes! This is a real time acrylic landscape painting tutorial of a winter night scene.

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Titanium White (By: Liquitex BASIC)
Black (By: Liquitex BASIC)
Primary Blue (By: Liquitex BASIC)
Primary Red (By: Liquitex BASIC)
Primary Yellow (By: Liquitex BASIC)
Burnt Umber (By: Liquitex BASIC)
Sap Green (By: Grumbacher)

Large square headed brush (Artists Loft)
Medium square headed brush (old and rough, unbranded)
Medium square headed brush (Artists Loft)
Small square headed brush (Artists Loft)
Small liner brush (Artists Loft)


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  1. Ryan O'Rourke - Artist says

    I would just to say a big thank you to everyone who ordered my book last week and to all of you who sent me such kind reviews. It really does mean a lot. Today we finally get to paint the Northern Lights! This has been requested for quite a while so I’m extremely glad that we were able to do a video on it. I hope you enjoy!

  2. Leesa McClure says


  3. gazzy D says

    beautiful. i could almost feel the cold air hitting my lungs

  4. Carol Schultz says

    Thank you for teaching! It's a beautiful scene!

  5. Maureen Anderson says

    That is just beautiful. I live in NZ and we do have aurora lights down South so I guess they are called Southern lights. But I live in the North island so have never seen them. Thankyou so much, keep giving me pleasure with your lessons

  6. Judy Lehman says

    Thanks again for such a wonderful painting and time.

  7. Lydia C'est bien moi says

    kinda looks like Bob Ross' painting Northern lights

  8. justsomeawesome dude says

    is there such a place similar like the painting?

  9. Missy Missy says

    Bless you for sharing your gift with the world!

  10. ice flower says

    Dear Ryan, thanks for showing us also the 'cheating' steps (concerning the time) you took. Those little details often make the difference between an ordinary painting and an amazing/interesting one πŸ™‚ So I really am thankful that you let us in on how to apply those small magic details!

  11. SuEllyn says

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your 10 minute tutorials. It shows me that I can paint a nice picture quickly. Thank you for these.

  12. Megan Sheldon says

    Thank you. Your 10 minute videos are excellent.

  13. Sarahs Cup of Tea says

    Simple, Fast and Beautiful! Not much effort, but maximum effect. That's what I love about your 10 min vids :D. I love this new piece! Thanks for sharing! I will definitely make this one this weekend. I'm wondering though, is it okay that I paint my white canvas black and leave it to dry before I do it?

  14. jerzeyzgirl03 says

    So beautiful!!

  15. Ron Piggott says

    Wow. You are gifted Ryan. You could do art seminars or run an art camp for income.

  16. Telly Barbosa says

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for showing your talent! Bravo, bravo!
    Have a nice Sunday.

  17. Jill Vincent says

    Thank you so much for doing this one. I struggle so much with doing Aurora Borealis. Can't wait to try it!

  18. Gail Briggs says

    It took me forever to do Northern Lights…but you did it so effortlessly and in 10 minutes….thank you for showing me how to do it!

  19. Createful Art says

    I love this! Looks like Alaska!

  20. Myriam Wasielewski says

    J'aime beaucoup vos peintures ! Merci de les partager.

  21. chamoussette74 says

    j'aime beaucoup votre travail malheureusement je ne comprends pas vos explications car je parle très peu l'anglais. merci pour votre partage

  22. Cece No Last Name says

    what size canvas do you typically use for your 10 minute paintings?

  23. Mary Thompson says

    Beautiful ty for sharing

  24. Lissa Wohltmann says

    Great stuff!! OMG, now I know the secret to the northern lights πŸ™‚ What do you think about using a fan brush to the Northern Lights?

  25. Cheryl64014 says

    Such a wonderful teacher. Thank you.

  26. Maggie Ciere says


  27. Patricia Christian says

    what a beautiful Christmas gift it is! πŸ‘΅πŸΌπŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ»

  28. jw moberly says

    excellent teaching sir

  29. Jasmin Obrecht says

    very nice Thank you

  30. Herbalistics 9 says

    This was excellent.! I do hope you don't throw away these paintings you do for us to see. One day you will also love them to look back upon. GREAT work.!

  31. Pat Weiser says

    I'm told I should follow you on Instagram. Which are you, there are so many with your name?

  32. zineb benchekroun says

    This is beautiful you did a great job but I'm so disappointed that you painted the faraway mountains and you did not showed up how to do it, I spent a LOT of time, effort and acrylic paints and I still don't get it, my painting is now full of shit in gray and blue and black, really disappointed…

  33. Kavya Lalli says

    Superb….. Speechless

  34. Dawn Eve says

    Thank you!

  35. Trend Shannon says

    You gave a great talent…"thanks for sharing."

  36. Jillian Daly says

    That's so beautiful.

  37. Regina Donnantuoni says

    Wow!! tanks you!!

  38. Jean Hurst says

    It's so amazing to watch you paint! I feelquite encouraged to try this – whenI do it, where do I post it? Thank you somuch!!!

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