Dancing Sky



Dancing Sky – a 40″ high by 60″ wide diptych of the Northern Lights. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, northern lights are a natural phenomenon characterized by colorful lights appearing in the sky, predominantly in high-latitude regions. They are caused by the interaction between charged particles from the sun and the Earth’s magnetic field. The lights appear as colorful displays of light in the sky, often taking the form of shimmering curtains or dancing ribbons.

Northern Lights have long been a subject of folklore and legend in various cultures. Many indigenous communities in the polar regions have their own myths and stories surrounding the lights. These legends often attribute spiritual or mystical significance to the Northern Lights, linking them to spirits, celestial beings, or messages from ancestors. In the case of Northern Michigan, local legends associated with the Northern Lights are specific to the region. These legends might explain the lights as the spirits of ancient tribes dancing in the sky or as a sign of good fortune and prosperity for those who witness them. Such legends add an enchanting and mystical dimension to the already awe-inspiring phenomenon of the Northern Lights.

Enhancing a northern lights painting with gemstones, may feel like gilding the lily. However, incorporating gemstones adds a unique and dazzling touch, drawing you in for further inspection. I incorporated gemstones that resemble the colors of the northern lights. For example, peridot,  labradorite, green prehnite, blue kyanite, and mica capture the ethereal hues of the aurora borealis. Tiny Swarovski crystals in the sky sparkle… as stars are visible during an aurora borealis light show. Gemstones add dimension to the artwork, consideration of the weight and thickness of the materials used have been considered when I incorporated  them. Precautions to protect the gemstones and ensure their long-term stability, especially if the artwork will be displayed or transported, has also been taken.

Accepted into the 2023 ArtPrize competition (Grand Rapids, MI) and recognized in the Top 25 category out of over 1,400 entries.

Original artwork (not a re-print)