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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Raindrop Reflection is a rather good example of surface tension, which was taught in my 5th grade class. It is also an example of my reverse painting on glass, in this case plexi-glass to be accurate. Even though the content is only rain water, this drop is not entirely fluid. The molecules are cohesive enough to form a small bubble of water not yet ready to drop from the moss on the tree. Because water can also be reflective, we have the image of what is behind us.
reflected on a convex surface, turning the image up side down. The most unusual part about the reverse painting on glass though, is that I painted an entirely different scene than the one in the photo I was working from. When the painting ‘Raindrop Reflection’ was finished, it was of a pretty church with an angel floating beside it. The photograph was just a street in a small town. I won’t even try to make a story up about how that happened. I was painting only what I saw. It’s just that it seems to be more than enough.
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Spring Rain brings forth so much beauty. You can feel the air getting warmer,
and so can all of the creatures of the earth.
But the spring rain continues to fall, and on everything, rinsing away the dirt until it finds the beauty of the smallest things, such as the tip of a tree limb.
And the reflections made by the volumes of water sometimes seem more real than the actual surface of what they are on. Even though I love the change of seasons here in the north, Spring is my least favorite. I think it might be the dampness that gets to me, or the mud that is everywhere. But at least I can see the beauty of spring rain. For that I am thankful.
Because the surface tension of the water of this raindrop is convex, the reflected image appears upside down. I was really quite amazed after the painting was finished. What I saw in the reverse painting on glass was the reflection of a church with what looked like an angel floating around the side of it. But when I took a close look at the spring rain photograph, it was the scene of a town street with no church in sight. Maybe my thought while painting were too deep. I got immersed in the spring rain and ought to go dry off.
Searching could not have been a pleasant job either for the dog or the man in this reverse painting on glass, yet there they were, helping in this time of need. I am amazed at the abilities of these service dogs and the people who work with them. Not that there haven’t been incredibly intelligent dogs in my own life, but who could have guessed that dogs would be able to find survivors in debris lie this? Or how about the countless belongings they turned up?
“Searching” is the last of the 2001 September 11 reverse painting on glass that I expect to be writing about, not that it was the last in the series. I think the writing about it was almost as exhausting as the painting of it. As probably every other American, I survived as a stronger person. Not because I was directly involved in the action of it, but because of the heartbreak of the losses we suffered as a country, and not knowing where loved ones were during this desperate time. Let this be a lesson that we must all be more aware of what is going on around us, so these awful events do not occur again, here or in any other place.
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This is one of the few of my reverse painting on glass of the 2001 September 11 series that was not painted in a window sash. Maybe after 16 years this tragic event in history is not consuming me, and I may have said all I have to about that day. My husband tells me that even then, for over 20 years now, Bill O’Reilly has been broadcasting his No Spin Zone. I wish I knew what he had to say about it. You see, I didn’t become an O’Reilly fan until five years ago or somewhere there about. I work the afternoon shift, so one of my big questions when I would get home every night was “So what does Bill O’Reilly have to say today?”
Now, we have to go to the pod-cast to find out because the “ins” have gotten to, or possibly bought out Fox News, and I truly believe Fox will suffer from it. Wouldn’t it be great if he started his own network and became even better than Fox? Having caught bits and pieces, and watched the program on my days off, I know Megan Kelly, Hannity and a few more would be right there with him!
Or, may the ‘pod-cast’ is the up and coming thing, and Bill O’Reilly will be a leader in the field. That would not surprise me either No matter which way it goes, he will still maintain a strong following, and I will be part of it.
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Searching Through the Ashes
Painted in a three pane window sash of refinished pine, this reverse painting on glass is one of my 2001 September 11 series. Please believe me when I say, it was not a fun or pleasant series to do, but one that I felt I had to do. Yes, this particular event is over now, but should it be forgotten? I don’t think so. And where would one begin to. New York City I am sure was not the only place searching through the ashes. Many good people answered the call on that fateful day. In addition to the first responders, the lives of the survivors of the victims have been forever changed. It only took one late summer day for the face of the United States to change. At one moment we thought we were somewhat at peace with the world, and the next, it was shattered.
Many of the terrorists who participated in this attack were trained for it right here in this country. And still there are those who want to welcome anyone who decides they want to be here without knowing why. It must be great to have your head in the clouds, but really? If we as citizens of the United States don’t look into this, I am afraid we may be searching through the ashes again.