New York State Park Paintings
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
paintings. Such is life, and here I still am to tell about it! To see more of my work like Pixley Falls in the Dead of Winter, please go to
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Pixley Falls has been an annual destination point for Rich (my husband) and me for quite a while. If we don’t get up there for a visit, we missed summer. I am sure the number of summers is numbered, so I will not take the chance of missing one of them.
These reverse paintings on glass measure 16″ x 20″ out of the frames, and are done on plexi-glass. They are done in oil paints, as is all of my work. When I got a look at the final results, it gave me inspiration to go up to the studio and paint, not that I lack for incentive.
A small park, halfway between North Western and Booneville, New York, Pixley Falls covers an area of 375 acres. Visitors have the opportunity to picnic right near the 50 foot waterfall. There is camping nearby at Lake Delta campgrounds, so Pixley Falls does get in the public eye more than one might think. It’s a rare day when we go up there without other people being there as well.
There is a trail for cross country skiing that spans part of the park where my husband and I have skied. We went there on my insistence last month so I could get a look at the falls in the middle of winter. While we were there, I shot some photos to work with on two paintings in progress. I don’t know how he deals with my enthusiasm in these matters! It went very well that we went when we did, because the weather warmed up beginning the following day. The water fall was still beautiful I am sure, but if we hadn’t gone that day, the opportunity to view it in the dead of winter would have been lost.
If you enjoy my reverse painting on glass of natures beauty, please visit my series of paintings of Watkins Glen too.
Pixley Falls has been a place I have thought about visiting in the heart of winter since my husband and I began cross country skiing quite a few years ago. I did go back in a few years ago, but not far enough to see the falls. Well, yesterday we went again. I am no spring chicken, and I knew it was going to be a rough ride, especially with my back not being just right, but to my own detriment, I am a stubborn one.
One of the side effects of the medicine I take for the muscle spasms in my back is the impairment of balance. In order to get down into the area below the falls, there is a steep grade to go down. With all of the packed snow going down the grade, I made stellar time getting there to shoot the photos, but the impaired balance thing was going on during the crawl to get back up the incline. I thought a lot about sledding when I was a child, and can’t think for the life of me what the allure was.
The lengths I go to in order to get the material needed for my reverse paintings on glass reach far. Even after the grueling trip yesterday, there was still the order of prints and new Plexi-glass to go out for today. After the 30 or so hours it will take to paint the picture, a frame will still need to be bought to match the other New York State Park Paintings. Maybe that’s why some use the term “starving artist”. Oh well, this painter had a wonderful time yesterday at Pixley Falls!continue reading
The Rennie family at Jonny B’s are wonderful people to continue to feed me now and then, so Rich and I will continue the Reverse Painting on Glass displayed at Jonny B’s Tavern.
It would be impossible to hang all of the reverse paintings on glass down there, so we change them out now and then, in an effort to keep the patrons having something to enjoy and hopefully converse about. People are probably getting tired of the seasonal paintings, especially winter so we have moved the Watkins Glen series down in addition to the Pet Portraits. Rich wanted to take some of the Big Cat Paintings, or maybe the African Art, but Pam Rennie leaves this up to me, so I have to decide what people might want to see. It’s a tall order!
A Family oriented type of restaurant,, they are open daily at 11:30 a.m. and serve fine meals through the evening. For those just passing through, carry out meals can be called in, and picked up at the bar. The service is always friendly, as well as efficient.
It can be found in the town of Floyd on New Floyd Road ( Route 365 ) at the intersection of Camroden Rd. and 365.
While at an Art and Craft show last fall, I met a gentleman with an interesting story. As he approached one of my reverse paintings on glass of Watkins Glen for a better view of it, he told me that he had been there after a violent storm that was so bad the park had to close temporarily.
He and his wife waited for three hours before they were allowed in. The trek was a muddy and wet, and not so pleasant as one might expect. That is until he saw the rushing waters. He told me it was an awe inspiring sight.
He said if I had the opportunity in the future, I should plan a trip there specifically after a brutal storm, just so that I would see what he had seen. It sounded like very caring , not to mention thoughtful advice that I hope to follow at some time in the next year,
Not that it matters, but when the show closed, and people were leaving, I noticed that he was pushing a wheel chair with a lovely lady in it, about his own age. I believe what I saw there was an absolutely beautiful human being.
If my paintings caused him to recall such a perfect day for him, I think I should continue to work on them.
In an effort to keep the story straight, I made a mistake in the reverse painting on glass you see above. Please be forgiving that I signed the painting two times, and one of them was backwards. I have no explanation for this.
One of the things I have learned about pricing my paintings is that one must first know how much time is invested in each of them. Since I only have about one and a half hours to devote to painting, it isn’t as difficult to figure out as you may think. It gave me an unexpected view of the value of my work.continue reading
The Clinton Fine Arts and Craft Show is on Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th, and is my next venue upcoming. Among my other reverse paintings that will be on display there will be my pet portraits and New York State park paintings. Saturday the show will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday it will be 10 until 4.
The 2 paintings featured above got framed this morning, and I will be framing an additional 2 paintings by the time the show opens, so that I may display the first 6 of my New York State reverse paintings on glass. So far, they each measure 16″ x 20″. So please wish me good luck, and I hope there is a good attendance at the show.
Lately the production of my New York State Park Paintings, a series of 6 has been doing very well.
This last week end, I had the opportunity to meet a lady named Roberta, who originally came from the Watkins Glen area, and graciously, gave to me a photo of one of her own favorite areas of that park. This morning I was close to being in shock to learn she lives only a couple miles from my husband and myself! I have lived here almost 40 years, and still have neighbors to meet. So, it’s safe to say I am not yet finished with the Watkins Glen State Park reverse paintings on glass. So very much area to cover.
are 4 additional paintings in progress, in my studio at this time, of varying views of these beautiful, water falls, all within New York State.
My husband and I recently visited the Pixley State Park, where the Pixley Falls are, and Niagara Falls as well. There will be more reverse painting on glass to come, even when this series of six is complete.