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.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Opportunity to Play



"Forest Light "  watercolour    Ruth Hayes

After painting for many years and working in various media I sometimes wonder why I keep returning to watercolour. Certain media seem to have their decade or so of popularity. Oils have always been popular and it is the media I trained in. Watercolours at some point seemed to be the media of choice and I was sucked in. Acrylics, pastel and mixed media have all fascinated me  and I love them all. But I ask why I return to watercolour . I think it is because of the challenges. When I hear comments such as "unforgiving medium"  "you can't make a mistake" or "hard to control" I question whether we're talking about the same medium. I love the surprise, the not knowing what will happen with the paint, the water and perhaps a bit of salt. Mistakes become "opportunities" and the "not knowing " becomes my expanded knowing as I stay with the process.
I offer ongoing classes in watercolour and you are invited to come and play in the new six week series starting in March.
Monday moring classes or Tuesday morinigs March 9th and 10
10 am- 12pm
Fee $140.00
optional materials fee
Thursday evening class 
March 12th
7:15-9:15 pm

For more information phone 416-699-8609

Monday, December 23, 2019

Inspiration

Hibernation vs Inspiration




    I won't even start on what gets me down about long cold winters. It was thus a surprise a couple of mornings ago when I found myself enjoying the beauty of the morning as I walked through soft fluffy snow and bright sunlight. It wasn't even terribly cold as compared to the biting cold of the previous day. One day at a time and some days are good and some aren't. That's life and certainly Canadian winter. Winter is actually a great time to stoke the creative fires, to dream and start new.

A new series of watercolour classes begin January 20th from my home studio in the Beach. Three six week series will be offered.
Monday morning 10 am- 12 pm ,Tuesday 10 am-12 pm and Thursday evening 7:15-9:15 pm.

For more information visit my class page or contact me shamanstree@gmail.com.

Have a great Holiday and Happy New Year!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Colour

Loving the Gold

"September Time"      Watercolour    Ruth Hayes


      Colour!  It pulls me in- seduces me- speaks to me and casts a spell.  Rothko and Van Gogh are two of my favorite artists.   As the summer heat is distilled into yellows, reds and rusty browns it is a challenge to capture it and express it in my work. A single leaf lying on the ground can stop and dazzle me with it's colour and it gets carried back to my studio. How to translate and create from this annual gift of nature becomes my inspiration and challenge. Cadmium yellow, quinacrodone gold, burnt sienna are only a few of the colours that splash and play their way through my paintings during this season. Knowing what comes later I savor the gold and the soft warm light of the Autumn.

   
My latest work in Watercolour, acrylic and mixed media will be on display during the Fall Beach Studio tour October 25th, 26th and 27th. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the tour I am joining the tour this fall even though I usually only join for the Spring show. I hope you will drop by my studio and celebrate Fall, the tour's 25th anniversary and the amazing artists in the the beach. My studio is 17 Fernwood Park Ave.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Finding the time to be creative

Painting Classes for Fall




Sunlight beckons, the breeze in the trees is inviting and cool and I want to be outdoors enjoying the last days of official summer. I also wonder where the time goes as each day ends and I'm aware of what I intended to do and what was actually  accomplished.  Finding the time to do all that should be done, is required to get done and what truly enriches life can be a juggling act. Nurturing a creative life is high in priority but takes effort in today's busy world. Enrolling in a painting class is one way to carve out the time, make friends and just express yourself. With Fall around the corner my new Fall schedule is posted

Below is the schedule of new classes starting soon.

Monday Morning six week session: September 9th 
Tuesday Morning six week session   September 10th
10 am-12 pm
Thursday evening six week session   September 12th
7:15 pm -9:15 pm
Fee $140.00 with optional materials fee of $30.00
No experience necessary.

My approach is create, learn, have fun and express yourself!


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Summer Art Camp

Painting Art Camp for Grown-Ups


Summer Painting in Toronto



It's called Art Camp for Grown ups. 
If you missed out on summer camp as a kid or your're still a kid at heart and would love to have a week of creative fun painting indoors or outdoors once again art camp is back. The week of  August 12th art camp is an opportunity to paint every morning from 10 am- 1 pm Monday through Friday. It is offered from my home studio which backs onto parkland and Lake Ontario.  There is the opportunity to paint outdoors or indoors in watercolour or mixed media.
No experience is necessary outside of a sense of fun and curiosity. 
Fee for the week is $225.
Space is limited so register early.
For more information call Ruth 416-699-8609
email  Shamanstree@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Working in a Series

Water

 "Rocky Beach"      Watercolour by Ruth Hayes      15"x 21"

 Working in a series is not something that was planned or even thought about a great deal but it seems to be the way I have recently found myself working. Many artists have their phases or periods such as Picasso's "Blue Period" or "Cubism".  For me it has been about living so close to a large body of water and being entranced by it's many variations. One painting won't allow me to express all that I see thus I find myself challenged again and again. The colour, the movement, the light, and the mood are all elements of a series of recent paintings inspired by water. I have tried to go beyond the landscape aspect and find the simplicity of calm, the luminosity of grey sky over grey water, or the joy in kids on a beach. On any particular day noticing new aspects inspires me once again.

    This new series inspired by water and other new works can be seen at the upcoming Beach Studio Tour. The dates are May 3rd, 4th and 5th. The tour is a great way to see a variety of artisans and their studios in the Beach and I would love to see you drop by my location at 17 Fernwood Park Ave. The opening is Friday evening 6-9 pm and runs Saturday 10 am-6 pm and Sunday 11 am-6 pm.