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Backlighting...Step One:

This demonstration illustrates the dramatic effects of backlighting. When the light source in a
composition is in front of you, its illumination of forms is known as backlighting.
The influence of light on vegetation when viewed from this perspective reminds one of stained glass.

I start with a toned ground using a mixture of chromium oxide green and ultramarine blue.
Then I sketched in the composition using a white pencil.



  Step Two:

I then layered in the underpainting using raw sienna. This hue as well as the toned ground, will show
through in the finished piece.



  Step Three:

The light areas were painted next. I used vivid lime green and chromium oxide green
to paint the moss and the undersides of the leaves. This gives the leaves a stained glass appearence.
I then painted the dark areas using a mixture of chromium oxide green and ultramarine blue.



  Final Step:

Finally, I mixed a bit of blue with white to paint the highlights on the leaves, moss and tree.
The waterdrops were painted using the same mixture.

The colors used for this demo are chromium oxide green, ultramarine blue, vivid lime green and white.




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