The simplest, most textural, color friendly, quickest, easiest to apply and most romantic of all light is backlight. It also disguises flaws in the original painting. Visions of swings, bonnets, long grass and afternoon light are the stuff of backlight paintings. The temptation to overuse backlight, is, to some artists overwhelming. So always use
less than you think is appropiate.
1. Usually applying the backlight highlights is the last step on finishing the painting. It is applied with thick pure paint (impasto). A dark cool-grey hat can quickly become a brilliant blue. A red shirt can glow with warmth and ripples of water can begin to sparkle with reflections.
2. In most cases backlight only creates an edge of light so be careful to make use of it to also define the texture of the object.