Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Ruth Elizabeth Hayes

Beach Studio Tour
September 17th and 18th
11 am-5pm

        The studio tour is returning after the pandemic. It will be great to invite you into my home and gallery again. 

As an artist I didn't stop painting and creating. In one way it felt great in that it was for the pure joy of painting and no other reason. New and different works in watercolour, acrylic and collage have emerged.. The Northern lights have been a challenge and source of inspiration as well as mixed media floral and abstracts. 

It would be so good to see old friends again and meet new ones. 

Studio location: 17 Fernwood Park Ave.

Friday night September 16th --Front Porch Preview 5-8pm

Saturday and Sunday 11 am- 5 pm



Thursday, April 22, 2021

                                          Beach Studio Tour Online Show

                                          New Paintings 

                                                         April 30- May 30th

"Evolving Journey"   Watercolour  R. Hayes  $350.

Blue Angel    Ruth Hayes  Watercolour  $350.

     Click on Shamanstree Gallery Page to visit my paintings in Watercolour and Acrylic

 The Beach Studio Tour is returning this year with an online show that is opening April 30th and extended to May 30th to accomodate covid protocol pick up.  If you visit the Beach Studio Tour website you can check out the talented artists of the Beach.  Click an artist that you like and it will take you to the artist's page. That artist's page will have more images and contact information for you to deal with the artist directly. This gives you the advantage of seeing the Beach artists without all the walking. However it is lovely this time of year with all the blossoming trees. Another year!

I will be showing some of my latest work  in watercolour, mixed media and acrylic and I would love to hear from you. The great thing about doing the tour is meeting and talking directly to all the visitors who come by, however this year we can do it by email or phone or zoom.  Sales can be made by cheque, e-transfer, visa and cash. Items can be picked up at end of show or other arrangement.  My email is shamanstree@gmail. com.   Phone is 416-699-8609. I appreciate your support.

The web site for the tour is www.beachstudiotour.ca.

"Summer Flower Pot"  R.Hayes  Watercolour   $210.00

"Joy"  Watercolour - Ruth Hayes  7.5"x11"  $210.00  

Sunday, April 4, 2021


                                                             Threads of Light

"Threads of Light"    Ruth Hayes   11" x11" Watercolour 

       Creative spin or is it what drives me to paint?  Another title for the work above might be synchonisity or six degrees of separation.  The work of Piet Mondrian is quite differnt from mine but I have always loved his abstractions and found interesting his statement that the artist is essentially a channel. My images are sometimes ahead of my understanding and this paricular one I have loved but didn't know what to do with it or what it meant.  My life might then mirror or catch up with a painting and its meaning might then be known .  This one had been in my unfinished stack for quite a while as my life continued to unfold and I noticed again and again a wondrous web around me with people and events intertwining and touching in ways I could never have explained.  I still would not try to offer a reason except it is called by different names and many of us have been touched by it at one time or another.  An example might be thinking of a friend from the past and suddenly hearing from them the next day. Other stories are more mindblowing.

     One day I looked at this painting and could see threads of light and dark and colour and knew they connected and sometimes I could glimpse the connection and could be touched by it. I could even name it such as six degrees of separation.  I moved the painting from the unfinished to the finished knowing at the same time that the process would never be finished.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

 Keep Painting!


"Questions"    Mixed Media    15"x 22"   Ruth Hayes    $500.  

      It has certainly been a year to remember!  Isolating, scary, boring, quiet,  but also creative.
No shows, no reason to push to create new work but painting only becasue it is what I do.
A joke I have often found to be true is that for an artist a painting is only finished when a show deadline hits and it has to be framed.  With no deadlines I have a stack of unfinsihed partially explored work, but also old pieces reworked and finished, as well as work finally thrown away in the recycling. 

     I found a way to continue teaching by learning zoom. It's not the same and it has been a challenge but I am getting the hang of it thanks to supportive friends and students. Once again it feels like "We're all in this together" with students and instructors finding a way through the many snags and issues.

As I write this the year is ending and a vaccine is on the way. The new year 2021 promises to be better. Classes will resume in January and hopefully shows and exhibits can once again take place.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

                             Pandemic Painting

"Viral Universe"   Watercolour  11"x14 "

                                  Heading into September

 Painters, musicians, performers and many artists are struggling to express and connect in this time of covid. Things are improving but 
not back to "normal" by any means.  On a personal note I have found it a time to paint just for the pure pleasure of creating. No shows and no pressure. That has felt strange but oddly freeing. I create therefore I am.  Simple and basic and reminds me of  an early philosophy course covering Descartes..."I think therefore I am".

     Watercolour classes were to resume in September but as schools reopen there seems to be uncertainty around safety again. Rather than cancel as soon as classes start again they  are being postponed until later in the Fall. The classes are socially distanced and maximum five in a class. It is very hard to plan and because of that the class sessions are being reduced to 4 weeks in length instead of six. Again the focus is on creative fun and developing skills.  It is important to me to keep everyone safe. Check out my class page for more details. 

My web site gallery has some new paintings and feel free to call me with any questions or to arrange a private viewing or class.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

National Arts Drive June 20th
RAW Drive by Art Exhibit
Location Ruth E. Hayes
17 Fernwood Park Ave.

I will be part of the drive by, walk by, National Arts Drive.
This Saturday, June 20th- go for a walk in the Beach and throughout Toronto and see some art.
Art will be displayed by participating artists on frontporch,
yard, driveway whatever. No contact, just enjoy the art.


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Painting in Isolation

      How often have creative types wished for a time of isolation with no distractions and only endless days to paint, write, or compose?   It is also said to be careful of what you wish in case it manifests.  Alone with time to do nothing but paint I found myself as human as anyone else floating disoriented in a scary new world and glued to news on the TV screen. It took some time before I realized "normal" was not going to return immediately and when it did it would be a "new normal". A bit daunting but over the weeks I adjusted to these new circumstances .
     With most art events cancelled, a population in isolation and a crashed economy it  has been a time for many in the arts to pause and reevaluate.. What motivates me as a human, as a creative being and what emeges from a time that seems collectively to have touched us all?  Respecting my fear I started painting again. I started small and only brought out three small unfinished paintings I thought I could complete each day. Just painting was what mattered. I pulled out unfinished paintings, I threw stuff out, then started new. My space started looking messier and more cluttered. No one to come in and see how chaotic it was and no judgment except my own. My fluffy dog was shedding her winter coat badly but dog groomers were closed. Her fine dog hair floated and collected in corners. Paintings  were piled up on tables and along walls.  Walking into my house from a socially distanced walk one day I noticed that my house looked like a true artist's abode. It felt satisfying. To create in isolation with no feedback of peers, or a public. Interesting.

I soon noticed however there was still the internet and artists were wasting no time reinventing themselves. I'm learning zoom. I'm learning to teach using zoom.  We are social beings,
There are still ways to connect.

I don't know how the "new normal" will develp but being human there is always hope.