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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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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