Alley, Belgravia Court, St. James, Louisville, Kentucky, original acrylic painting, 20 x 16, Kit Miracle
Last month I visited the St. James Art Fair in Louisville, Kentucky. This is one of the most prestigious art fairs in the country. I exhibited on Belgravia Court for many, many years when I was traveling and doing art fairs. Although the day was very hot for early October, many years the weather is rainy and miserable. This year, the crowds were out en masse.
One of my favorite parts of walking around on city streets is looking into alleyways. I always think of this as the back doors of the inhabitants. The alleys seem so much more interesting to me than the front facades. This is true for large cities or small.
This is an acrylic painting on canvas, 20 x 16. I switched to acrylic last winter as I felt the fumes from oil painting and the solvents were probably not good to breathe in a closed environment. As you can see, I handle acrylics very much like I handle oil paints. The good part (and bad part) about acrylics is that they dry so much quicker. As I painted watercolors for over 25 years, I am used to working under the clock. To slow the drying process, I will often use a retarder which makes the acrylic paint dry more slowly. I also like the tactile quality of oil paints. Painting in impasto, or thick paint, is fun but challenging. It is almost like sculpting in paint. For acyrlics, I use a flexible sculpting medium to add more body to the paint even though I use heavy body paint. The flexible medium allows the paint and canvas to breathe and to be, well, flexible. It shouldn’t flake off the canvas as a stiffer medium would. My ultimate aim is to capture the feel and results of painting in oils without the toxic fumes.
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Falls of the Ohio II, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20, Kit Miracle. This view is looking back towards the shore from the beds, where the puddles reflect the cloudy sky and trees.
A couple of weeks ago my husband and I took a day trip to the Falls of the Ohio in New Albany, Indiana. Although it’s only a short drive away, I had never been there.
The Falls of the Ohio is an Indiana state park set on the edge of the Ohio River. It features large fossil beds which visitors can climb over. You can view thousands of fossils right beneath your feet. As the level of the river drops, more layers of fossils are uncovered.
Falls of the Ohio I, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20, Kit Miracle. View from the treeline at the Falls, across the river towards Louisville. We saw a train crossing the bridge while we were there.
The day we visited was an in and out day, with showers alternating with sun. I particularly loved the setting along the river. The old trees, the puddles reflecting the trees, the skyline of Louisville across the river. We even saw a train crossing the old bridge.
There is an interpretive center which has a fee but the visit to the Falls is free. If you go there, it is a bit tricky to find but follow the signs. Obviously it’s on the river so you will be looking for River Road. Take a picnic lunch or travel along River Road to eat lunch at one of the many neat restaurants in the area. You can even follow the road east to Jeffersonville to the walking bridge over the Ohio.
All in all, an enjoyable day. It’s good to try something new.
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