A few weeks ago, I painted Paddling.

Paddling by Dan Johnson
“Paddling”

I really liked the almost silhouette style of the figure, so when I found the reference for today’s painting (imaginitively titled “Paddling 2”), I was taken by the similarity of both the subject matter and the lighting.

It feels wrong at first to paint the figure so dark, but once I added the warm glow around her hair and the farthest arm and leg, as well as the bright red note on the back of her dress, it all came together to create the backlit effect I was going for.

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Paddling 2 by Dan Johnson
“Paddling 2″ – Oils on 8×8” panel
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