Niagara Views

Niagara Falls and its energy attract me. Standing at an easel outdoors to capture a scene is my idea of Heaven on Earth. The upper and lower rivers, Three Sisters Islands and the Falls provide constant change and inspiration in all seasons.



Curve from 3 Sisters
Niagara Falls, oil painting, Kathy Schifano, Kath Schifano, painting Niagara
12x24 oil

You can see the Horseshoe Falls rapids and the rim of the falls from 3 Sisters Islands.
I selected this small part of the view as I had painted it from the front several times and was interested in how the water approached the edge.


Marshmallow Mist
Niagara Falls, pastel picture, Kathy Schifano, Kath Schifano, painting Niagara
6x12 pastel

Early morning mist at the Horseshoe Falls filled the gorge and obscured the river. It seemed thick and remained until the sun was higher in the sky.


Splitting into Three

9.5x12.5 pastel 2011

The annual International Plein Air paintout in September brings me back to Ontario, Canada and the long view of our American Falls.
The rocks are bigger than the Maid of the Mist ship.
The narrow falls on the left are called Bridal Veil, the rock at the top is Luna Island, a great viewing spot. This painting is in the collection of 'Plein Air Magazine'


Thinking on Curves

Niagara Falls, oil painting, Kathy Schifano, Kath Schifano, painting Niagara rapids
24x36 oil 2010

After painting the lovely curve of the Horseshoe Falls en plein air each summer, I decided to paint it as a large studio piece.
I believe it has the motion and energy of the earlier small works because I have studied it so intensely during previous paintings. Sold


Morning Light on American Falls
Niagara Falls, oil painting, Kathy Schifano, Kath Schifano, painting Niagara, American Falls
24x24 oil 2010

The sun rises on the right and fills the gorge with light as the day progresses. Half of the mist is still in shadow here from Goat Island and the cliff.


Olympic Ice

12x24 oil 2010

Plein air painting in winter can be pretty cold, the iced mist covers the fences and the viewers so the ice is 4-5 feet thick.
This area could make a serious sliding competition at an Olympic venue, I painted in January while the Olympics were on. sold


Master Views

24x8 oil 2010

Painted to be screened for the sidebars in the Niagara Falls Boys & Girl's Club Cookbook, A Stir in the Mist. The cookbook is still available, this painting is sold.


Rapids Up Close
Niagara Falls, oil painting, Kathy Schifano, Kath Schifano, painting Niagara rapids
15x20 oil 2009

Rapids of the American Falls seen from the pedestrian bridge. The oil paint captures the fury of the water. sold


Bridge At 3 Sisters

9x12 pastel 2007

The first of three paintings of this bridge from the same spot, this was early in the year & the trees had not filled in. sold


From Whirlpool to Whirlpool

18x12 pastel 2009

Standing in Whirlpool park, the water that has just careened over the Falls rushes to Lake Ontario churns & boils under the Whirlpool Bridge.


Waving Into Whirlpool

6x8 oil 2009

A tiny study of  waves in the rapids, this impulsive little oil was painted in between errands on a beautiful summer day. sold


Careening Thunder
Niagara Falls, oil painting, Kathy Schifano, Kath Schifano, painting Niagara, American Falls
20x16 oil

Descending water and mist of the American Falls seen from the platform of Terrapin Point.


Niagara Divot

8x6 oil 2008

A tiny painting that shows the power of a boulder under attack by water before cascading the Horseshoe Falls. sold


Night Curve

19x27 pastel

Planning a street painting for my stint as the 'Master Pastelist' in Perry NY, I started working on black surfaces.
This painting is the view from Luna Island across the American Falls to Prospect Point. sold


Tricia’s Line on the Falls

12x9 pastel
There is a dark line where the water turns to fall.
I did not know it until I stood on the dock and started drawing. Tricia helped me the line and now owns this painting.

Winter Rapids
winter plein air, Niagara Falls, oil oil painting, Kathy Schifano, Kath Schifano, painting Niagara
12x18 oil
From the Three Sisters bridge, looking upriver.
Really cold day, really fast painting.

Niagara Skyline
plein air pastel, balloon NIagara Falls, Kath Schifano, pastel Niagara
12x18 pastel

A hot day, yet the searing glare from the sun could not warm the water. The balloon ride no longer exists, so this is a record of when it was downtown.

Rainbow Bridge & Mist from Schoellkopf

Niagara Falls, oil Bridge painting, Kathy Schifano, Kath Schifano, painting Niagara
24x24 oil

The Geological Museum has an overlook that was part of the original power project. This view looks upriver from there, at the Rainbow Bridge.


Branch in the Niagara Rapids
Niagara Falls, oil painting, Kathy Schifano, Kath Schifano, painting Niagara, branch in the Niagara, pastel
12x16 pastel

Giant trees catch on the rocks in the rapids. The Third Sister Island is a great place to spend a day with an easel.


American Rocks & Hurricane Deck
Niagara Falls, oil painting, Kathy Schifano, Kath Schifano, painting Niagara, Cataracts, rocks
11x14 oil

Painted at an International Plein Air Worldwide Paintout in Ontario, I removed the Maid of the Mist boat from the painting because it looked like a toy next to the huge boulders at the American Falls.
 


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