Edge of Light

Edge of Light, darker sky
Edge of Light – 24″x36″ acrylic on canvas.

In case you have never seen it, I’d like to introduce you to the wonderful building that sits back and to the left of McKay Tower (my most-frequently-painted structure in downtown Grand Rapids). The ornate lines have always intrigued me; unfortunately, though, it’s half hidden by trees. The problem solved itself one day when I decided to snap an up-close photo of it, because of a big beer truck that was making a delivery to McKay and obstructing my “normal” view! The light and shade were creating a particularly strong contrast that day; perfect for me to relate the feeling I wanted to express about this dignified structure.

This painting occupied the easel for an exceptionally long time while I wrestled repeatedly with what color to paint the building on the far left. The actual color of the building finally won out, after many layers of paint, and after a long Thanksgiving break with my family, which was apparently just the ticket to clear my head about it!

Dennis took the photo below of me capturing the image.


2 thoughts on “Edge of Light

    1. Thanks, Mark. Yes, I really amped up the contrast between the shaded and lit portions of the main building, which set the stage for an almost surreal value portrayal.


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