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.