The Edges of Things

Posted by on Apr 15, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

I’m finding that I’ve been really interested in edges lately in my painting. I’m not talking about the outer edges of the piece, although those can be interesting too, I’m talking about where shapes, colors, and lines meet.

There are hard edges and soft edges and disappearing edges. Smooth edges and rough edges. Subtle color and contrasting color edges. Accidental edges and planned edges. Thick paint and thin paint edges. Large brush and small brush edges. And a variety of combinations such as a rough edge with a dark color or a hard edge with a subtle color.

Edges are something that I worked with intuitively in my figurative works trying to capture a certain realism. If you look at this detail from my painting Girl on a Golf Course, you can see more defined edges and softer edges, something you may not even be aware of, unless you are a painter.

As my work moves towards less representation, I am having fun playing with different edges, especially the accidental ones. Click on my new painting below, View from the Train, for a larger view and closer look at a wide variety of edges.

View from the Train, Acrylic on Panel, 2017, 12 x 16 inches