The Ohio River is the border between Indiana and Kentucky. One of the most scenic and historic towns in Indiana is Madison. There are a lot of old mansions there. Each year they have boat races on the river. I really love it there.
One night I took my wife there to spend the night. We stayed in a hotel at the east end of town up on a hill. We really didn’t know what it would look like in the daytime. When we got up in the morning we stepped out on the balcony to see this spectacular scene – there was a bridge going over the river to Kentucky. Mist was rising from the water. The fall colors were brilliant.
When I painted the scene I did everything from the river and up the hills in a very pale white, then gently layed in some color to give the misty, foggy feeling. The bridge was done loosely with faint portrayal of structure. I painted the river white and put a little reflection in it to make it “wet.” There is not a lot of detail in the trees or buildings, just a block of color here and there. The lone car on the road gives life to the picture.