Lightening Strike Painting

Happy Fri-yay, my friend! I hope that you have a nice weekend planned; maybe some creating time set aside? You may remember that earlier this week, I share a lightening strike painting in progress. If not, you can see it HERE. Well, I finished that painting – and then did it again! So I guess I could say that lightening did strike twice, in the same spot.


Why did I paint the same thing, twice, you ask? Well, I was *pretty* happy with the first one, but I knew it wasn’t the best. You see, I had used a masking fluid pen for the main lines of lightening. When I added the additional lines & details, I found that the masked lines were just too thick. *sad face*. And it was brutally pointed out to me by my husband, who casually walked by, pointed to the reference photo, and said “I like that one better”! Harsh!!  True, but a bit harsh, seriously. (lightly touches bruised ego).

Here’s a photo of version one – you be the judge (it’s okay, I’m over it now).

Lightening Strike Painting

I put a mat over it, so you have an idea of a ‘finished’ painting. Do you agree with me, that the main ‘forks’ of lightening are too thick?


Picking myself up, I started work on version two. This time, I found my ultra fine masking fluid applicator, and tried again. I did even fewer of the ‘main lines’, and one thin line for the city horizon. I used the exact same Brusho colours of Ultramarine, Prussian Blue, Purple and Black. In both versions, white gel pens in sizes 05 and 08 are used for the thinner lightening lines. Markers are used in both versions for the city lights.

Lightening Strike Painting


Here’s a picture of both of them, side by side.

Above, version 2 is on the left, and version 1 on the right. What do you think? Do you have a preference? Personally, I do prefer version 2, the one on the left. Not just the thinner lines, but also the tonal values in the sky.


Curious to see how my paintings compare with the reference  photo? Okay – I’ll be brave, and show it to you!

So there you have it! You can see this photo on Unsplash HERE, if you like. Unsplash, if you’re not familiar with it, is a site where photographers upload their amazing photos, and allow artists to use them for free, without paying a royalty or license fee.  So it’s nice to share their link, since they’re being so nice to us!


My husband hasn’t seen (and therefore hasn’t given his opinion, yet) of my version 2 – so I would love to hear your opinion! Please, leave a comment on this post. I promise to read and reply. Thanks for spending some time with me today, and reading my ‘story’!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

4 thoughts on “Lightening Strike Painting

  1. I can’t pick a favorite. They are both absolutely gorgeous. I showed these to Mike and he was very impressed (high praise indeed!). Beautiful work, Deborah!

    1. Oh gosh – thanks so much for your kind comment (and even showing Mike!) on my lightening paintings, Buffy! I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know that you liked them 🙂

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