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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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.
Life in the woods is far different than life in the city. Even though people need each other, how far must that be carried? I, myself lived in a city for the term of a one year lease. It cured me.
After having been living in a small community for the first 18 years of life, the city became a nice place to visit, occasionally.
So my last 40 or so years have been spent back near the same place I started, and rightfully so. If there are those who think they might be interested in a house in the woods because they need something other than the city, my idea of finding out for sure would be to go spend a year in the woods, including the full 3 months of winter. The atmosphere is totally different from that of the environment in the city. The sounds and smells when one goes to bed and get up are different than those in the city.
Not that I am unable to see that people can function better in an atmosphere of hustle and bustle, I do understand that, but, a house in the woods is the dream of many people.
Spring Rain in Art is something I would guess not too many people think about. I certainly did not until I began looking at the reflections the surface of the water creates in some photographs. It also seems to me the colors wake up and are new in Spring. When I first looked at it, the painting featured above looked like the southern part of the globe, featuring South America and Africa. But after closer inspection, the ocean between them was only the reflection of a leaf. I was reading more into it than was there.
Even though I am not a spider fan, I couldn’t help but notice the beauty of her web and the raindrops that fell on it in a photograph taken by my former co-worker, Jen Andrews, who has an eye for picking out beauty in unexpected places.
I took the picture of this Spring Rain in Art on the 4th of February, and there is snow around it, the spider and her web are covered with Spring Rain in Art. These two reverse painting on glass each measure 11″ x 14″, with the solid mahogany frames being larger.
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Skiing in Central New York hasn’t been possible for the most part in the. last two years. When the snow was here, so was the bitter cold. and when the temperatures were right, there wasn’t enough snow.
When skiing is the one thing you look forward to doing in winter, these statements can be painful. There was a storm last night, and it continues to snow today, now that it’s already late in January, so I do have hopes of being able to go out this weekend with my husband, my sister and brother-in-law.
We ski the canal trail out of Booneville quite often, but Jeanette and Tim are ready to try something different, so we may end up on the Egypt Rd. trail on Saturday.
Rich and I have been there with the Special Olympic people a few times and are familiar with the trail. There are a lot of hills sharp turns, and all manner tests to pass up there without taking a spill. That would not be new to us either, we go for the fun and the work out,
not to mention a couple of beers and some hot wings at the local pub. Incidentally, the name of it is The Pub.
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Let me begin by saying that I like to work on my seasonal paintings in reverse painting on glass in series. It isn’t just the cost of the oil paints, but more the train of thought that causes this.
If there are five or six glass paintings going on in the studio at one time, and they are all of or related to the same subject, it is very likely that many of the same colors will be used on each of them. The reason for there being so many paintings being done at once is that when the oil paints are applied to the glass, (a non porous surface) requires several days to dry. If it isn’t dry when it’s painted on again, the risk of smearing the paint is great. If there is paint to be smeared, the job is mine.
Because we are half way through November at this time, there are paintings being done of Autumn leaves in the process in the studio. I have been working on reverse paintings of New York State Parks, but I really needed a break from the waterfall life, before going back to it. If the paints don’t dry in time for me to work on them again, I can always return to Pixley Falls for a session or two.
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