Some country boys were born to be a Tractor man
They are always around the machinery, working with it, using it or doing repairs. Whether it be planting or harvesting, a tractor man can be seen with a big machine. The model for this painting is none other than my grandson, Wyatt. He is a little hay seed, and loves to find out how things work! He even looks under his bouncy house looking for the reason it blows up. When the child’s car he has wont work, he gets off and immediately opens the hood to get to the battery. If something doesn’t make sense, he looks for the reason behind it.
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‘Little Hayseed’ is a reverse painting on glass of my grand-son, Wyatt.. Maybe he isn’t really a little hayseed, but he does look like one in this reverse painting on glass, and he is a bit of a country boy, which is alright with his grandma!
It was a little hard not to laugh yesterday when I went over on a surprise visit. When Wyatt saw me, he started yelling :Nana, Nana!, only to run right past my out-stretched arms to my car. He was looking for his Papa. But on the other hand, he was very happy to see our Border Collie, Toby, and get a kiss from him! He has let me know repeatedly though, that I am very useful to him in the kitchen when I make “Mmmmm” for meals, and especially likes deserts! I am also the one who gets to fix problems when there are stinkers in the diaper. Lucky Nana. I have tried to remedy this affliction, bus to no avail so far.
This Country Boy is all boy. This reverse painting on plexi-glass depicts my grand-son Wyatt. He prefers his Papa over Nana, and at home he is always helping his Dada work in the garage or around the lawn. He has friends who are female, and even kisses them now and then! He will be a heart breaker!
He is shown by his father, a country boy grown up, how to do things for himself and help others when he can, and for this, I am grateful. He dearly loves to help out in the garden with his mother, carrying the produce as far as needed to get it where it’s needed. He even brings fresh vegetables to his Nana when he comes to visit! I do love that Wyatt is growing up in a rural environment, and that for now he is a Country Boy.
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Fire Cracker is without a doubt an American horse, even though she may be one of a different color. I actually finished this reverse painting on glass in time for the fourth of July, but with the unusually rainy seasonal paintings we had in central New York, there weren’t many good days to photograph her. In fact, it’s raining again today. Alas, she did not make it to the fireworks show. Though I have done several
there was no series of paintings in progress when I painted fire cracker, it was just a whim that struck me while I was having a metaphorical case of writers block. Yes, people who paint can get that too. Fire Cracker unblocked it for me.
Even though is has been many years since I’ve had horses of my own, the beauty of these animals is impossible to miss, and don’t we all like to feast our eyes? So if I paint one now and then, it’s just me remembering what magnificent creatures horses are, and yes, there are a few who could be classified under the ‘fire cracker’ category. Please feel free to browse through my web site to see more of my work in reverse Painting on glass.
Rain on Pine Bough is the last reverse painting on glass in the Spring Rain series. The colors of the reflections seen on the surface tension of the raindrops are from natural fauna in the area. With the wetness all around, the raindrop reflections are also everywhere. Yesterday I was in the woods with friends, when I noticed that there are times when one can’t focus on everything at one time, and certain areas of the vision just become color until the focus of what is being viewed is altered. I found this to be odd because the light pinks and purples I had seen became the prettiest flowers! I don’t know what kind of flowers, but the were beautiful. We had originally met there for a group picnic, but the response of attendance was exceptional, and there was more good food than could be eaten. The good company took time to enjoy as well. As a group, we toured the park at Pixley Falls. Executed on plexi-glass, this painting measures 11″ x 14″ inside the frame.
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Of my series in New York State Park Paintings, Diamond Dust at Pixley Falls was the last one finished. When my husband and I visited Pixley Falls in the Dead of Winter this last year, it was still frozen, but that was the last day of the freezing. It was allright with me because I could still see the Diamond Dust at Pixley Falls. Pixley is a small waterfall in the center of New York State. It only has a drop of about 50′, but it’s such a pretty place to see.
Now for the diamond dust.
When our youngest daughter was in grade school, she had a friend who was also our neighbor. They played together daily. One day in the winter, she asked me if I could see the diamond dust in the snow. With the sun shining brightly that afternoon, I looked out at it, and sure enough, there were sporadic flakes of snow sparkling with reflections of all colors. I replied to her that yes, I could see the diamond dust, but I didn’t know there was a name for it. Our daughter said that she and her friend had named it, and to this day, I’ve never thought of it as anything other than diamond dust.
Last fall, while thinking about skiing, my goal was to get to Pixley Falls in the Dead of Winter. With winter arriving late, and not staying as long as it used to, there was not an excess of time in which to accomplish it. There was a day late in February that was still just on the edge of being cold at about 30 degrees so we ran with it. Up to Pixley falls we went! When my husband and I got there, I realized there had been no thought given as to how we would get to the bottom of the falls while wading through about 24″ of snow. We took our skis off, leaving them up in the park area, and my trip down was navigated on my back side and more quickly than I would have chosen. I shot the pictures needed for my reverse painting on glass while having my breath taken away by the beauty of Pixley Falls in the Dead of Winter. What I saw was about one third of the area where the water falls down, in the center moving. The remaining two thirds of the falling water had been frozen solid while it was still pouring.
The trip back up the side of the falls was also breath taking, but in a much different way. I was able to loosen up my jacket only when getting back into the park area. There were doubts in my mind about whether I would arrive there. I was imagining the headlines in the local news reading
Two Senior Citizens Found Frozen in New York State Park
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While in the process of painting this addition to my Spring Rain series of reverse paintings, what I kept seeing was a section of the globe depicting most of Africa and North America. In actuality, it is only the reflections of wet leaves. There are times in the world of art when we try to read more into a painting than is there. I obviously misinterpreted, and in lieu of the fact it was my own painting, I find it ironic. Maybe the painting is only saying to enjoy the whole, the form, the color, and lastly, the content.
Even though the content is limited, I find the colors to be uplifting. I am drawn to a few of the warmer colors, such as the reds and yellows because I have limited myself to the cooler colors traditionally. Maybe I am ready to break loose in a flurry of color, and it feels wonderful!
Executed on a 14″ x 11″ of plexi-glass, “Rain drop on Twig” is done in oil colors, as are all of my reverse painting o glass. Among my Spring Rain series, this piece is a good example. To see more of my work in this area, please go to
As defined by Merriam / Webster, Surface Tension is
“the attractive force exerted upon the surface molecules of a liquid by the molecules beneath that tends to draw the surface molecules into the bulk of the liquid and makes the liquid assume the shape having the least surface area”.
Water drops form in this way, and because rain is water, the drops of rain are no different.
Upon searching for definitions of surface tension on the internet, I even found some specifically worded for children. I find this very convenient for not only explaining what surface tension is, but also for understanding it.
The difference of water is that it contains the ability to reflect an image, such as the reflections of a water scape on the surface of a lake. Even though we can’t see the image clearly, it is none the less a reflection our surroundings as we view it. It was these magnificent reflections that first caught my eye, and made me want to paint my series in Spring Rain.
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