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Summer Colour

By Ingrid Christensen

Summer Colour

Minnows There
24 x 12

Summer's here - or at least it's stopped snowing - and I'm looking back at some of the photos that I took at the beach last year.
This pose wouldn't usually strike my fancy because it's just one long vertical, devoid of interesting negative spaces, but the slight curve to the body and the answering reflection below the boy intrigued me, as did the challenge of painting the gauze of the net.
I pushed the color of the boy's skin in the shadows, making it a very intense red-orange and that set the tone for the rest of the painting, allowing me to mix lots of vibrant color in the water.
It's an optimistic painting: a return to the outdoors and the warmth of the sun after a really long winter.
Am I tempting fate?

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