One of my very favorite places to visit is Madison, Indiana. It is on the banks of the Ohio River just across from Kentucky. It’s main street has one of the largest historic districts in the country. There are dozens of old mansions and store fronts that look the same today as in the nineteenth century. There are art galleries, antique shops and restaurants. My very favorite one is on a boat that is docked right on the riverbank. I enjoy eating there while looking across the river at the beautiful bluffs in Kentucky.
One of the most famous landmarks in Madison is the fountain on Third Street and Broadway. In this painting, it looks much closer than the vehicles or trees because I have used atmospheric perspective. The figures on the fountain are larger than the vehicles. The fountain is painted over the top of the trees. Both of these things give a feeling of depth. The viewer can feel as though they could walk into the picture. I’ve made the fountain look tall by having it go past the top of the painting. I’ve painted the bottom of the two bowls to create the illusion of looking up.