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.
Thinking on Curves
Curve from 3 Sisters
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.
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'
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
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.
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
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
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
Descending water and mist of the American Falls seen from the platform of Terrapin Point.
8x6 oil 2008
A tiny painting that shows the power of a
boulder under attack by water before cascading the Horseshoe Falls. sold
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
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.
From the Three Sisters bridge, looking upriver.
Really cold day, really fast painting.
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.
The Geological Museum has an overlook that was part of the original power project. This view looks upriver from there, at the Rainbow Bridge.
Giant trees catch on the rocks in the rapids. The Third Sister Island is a great place to spend a day with an easel.
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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