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.

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


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

Have a great Holiday and Happy New Year!

Monday, September 30, 2019


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!