Tucked into mostly-medium-value surroundings, this bright house is given ample opportunity to shine.
This is an interpretation of a photo my cousin-in-law took of a hotel on the beach of St. Augustine, FL, just after Hurricane Matthew came through.
It originally caught my attention because of its appealing colors and composition. But as I painted it, I kept pondering the significance of a beautiful piece of architecture which, although littered with the rubble of a tremendous storm, and doors and windows boarded over, still shines through with its beauty of form.
Of course, the spiritual analogy couldn’t escape me. Even when we are walking through the most difficult trial of our lives, with God’s grace, we can weather the storm with strength and dignity of spirit, not to mention His promised peace.
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.
Can anybody tell how much I love white structures (buildings, barns, houses)? I seriously have a folder of photos to paint labeled “White Buildings.” My husband is learning to stop the car on a dime whenever we spot an interesting white structure on our travels.
I previously painted a different version of this building, shot from the other side earlier in the year. It was titled “Plane of Light” and the colors were much cooler in temperature because of the angle of the sun and the slight amount of snow on the ground.