Broadway Fountain

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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.

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September 4, 2011

Sarah @ 9:22 pm #

I LOVE the composition of this painting. Nice job.

LaDawn @ 10:44 pm #

This is beautiful. And thank you for sharing your story. You are inspirational to me.

Angie @ 11:16 pm #

This is stunning. I love the colors of the fountain and of the leaves.

September 5, 2011

Christine Roach @ 8:41 am #

Very pretty. I love your fountain paintings and your explanations of how you use atmospheric perspective, etc. :)

Rosemary @ 8:42 am #

That is a WOW ! How big is it? I didn’t get to tell you that I thought the portrait at the Pendleton show was excellent. I’m sorry I didn’t get something in.

Tom @ 8:55 am #

@Rosemary:
The painting is 36′ x 24″.

Nicole @ 10:21 am #

The colors are so pretty in this one – amazing job, Daddy!

Jared @ 11:36 am #

Beautiful colors!

Jennifer @ 5:49 pm #

This is beautiful! I love the fountain and the colors.

Margaret @ 6:12 pm #

Vibrant! Gorgeous! It’s an amazing painting.

September 11, 2011

Susie @ 2:35 pm #

The details in the fountain are exquisite!

September 28, 2011

Shelly @ 6:54 pm #

I remember you laying on the ground taking photos of this fountain! haha
I miss you guys!!!

Tom Slack @ 8:11 pm #

@Shelly:
I love laying on the ground next to fountains — it gives me inner peace somehow.

I miss you tons, too. We go to Madison a lot and I think about you. I hope things are going well.

September 30, 2011

Shelly @ 1:38 pm #

Maybe we can meet up in Madison again! I would love for you to meet Todd and he’s never been there!

October 6, 2011

Tom Slack @ 11:05 am #

@Shelly: That sounds fun. I go there a lot. I’m represented by Artisan’s gallery. In fact, they have this painting. I’ll let you know the next time I plan on going.

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