Thursday, April 5, 2018

Watercolour, Inks, Acrylic, Pastel

Painting with it all-Mixed media



"Life is about using the whole box of crayons"

     A current painting trend  embraces the whole range of whatever is in the paint box and it's great fun! My first love is watercolour but it can be unforgiving in that once the colour has gone muddy or other mishaps it seems to be beyond redemption unless..... I try a different media. It could be anything from collage, gouache, acrylic, pastel or ink.

This is where the painting becomes a journey of staying with the artistic process until a satisfactory result emerges. This could take me to places I had not imagined (sometimes depressing but often good). These pieces often end up being my favorite paintings.

I often start with a watercolour surface but there are boards, canvases, and a full range of surfaces available that will hold up to the many layers of work that might evolve. I find wood panel surfaces fun to work on as well. The possibilities seem unlimited. I will have some of these works on display at the upcoming Beach Studio Tour May 4th, 5th, and 6th.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Painting as spiritual Growth

Watercolour as Soul Work




Ruth Hayes       Watercolour       "Tree of Life"

"The Artist must train not only his eye but also his soul. "
Kandinshy

Watercolour is said to be the most difficult medium because it doesn't allow for mistakes or so I've heard.  A true watercolourist might say mistakes are only "happy accidents" waiting on the imagination of the artist to figure out how to take the painting in a new direction. As a painter who loves the spontaneity and surprise of watercolour I have spent a lot of time trying to imagine new possibilities for sudden blossoming of colour or unintended drips.
This is where painting has become my spiritual path and discipline.

 I've seen lists of "Ten things I've learned from my dog". I could do one for watercolour or to return to my quote by Kandinsky how has my soul been trained (or tortured).
High on my list is patience and more patience. How often have I gone back into a wash before it has dried completely? A crucial part of watercolour is allowing drying time before going in again. Another aspect is patience as a painting reveals itself. This is where I set the painting aside and at some later time I will look at the painting and know exactly what I need to do to make it work.

Surrender to the creative process. I might think I know where I'm going only to turn the painting upside down to find a different painting wanting to emerge.

Listen to the painting and not to my intellect.

Stay present and in the moment.
Paint with a sense of play and joy.

Paint with a sense of humble gratitude as sometimes it feels like I'm only a channel for what emerges on the paper. Sometimes it looks like a dog's breakfast and finding again the patience to hold the space and tolerate failure as well as success.

Paint for the love of it.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Deep Winter

Painting classes - Winter 2018


Deep Winter



"Winter Brilliance"   Ruth Hayes      Watercolour and Ink"  


Happy New Year and I hope you enjoy winter. Loving winter has always been a challenge for me but especially this year. With record breaking cold it's hard for me to poke from beneath the scarf wrapping my face to see the astounding light and mist rising from the morning water, the large super moon and the amazing sunsets. The choice is to burrow in for the winter or to find a way to become creative with it. It's not always easy, I  must admit. Painting and finding a way to love what is most a challenge is one way to get through the season. Winter light is beautiful perhaps because there is so little of it.

A new series of six week Painting classes and workshops are about to begin. My classes are playful, informative and fun using the medium of watercolour mainly but also mixed media such as ink and collage.  One day Saturday workshops are offered as well. You can check my classes page. Something new this winter is a  Tuesday afternoon class.

Winter Class Schedule Six Week Series
Thursday Evening January 18th
7:15-9:15 pm
Tuesday Afternoon January 23rd 
1:00-3:00 pm

One Day Saturday Workshop 
January 27th
10 am-2 pm











Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas Open House

Sunday December 3rd
11 am-4 pm
17 Fernwood park Ave. Toronto



 The holidays are here and it's a great time to see old friends and new, share a cup of tea, glass of wine or conversation. 
My cards and small paintings will be available.
special sale prices on all works on canvas.

Would love to see you! 
For more information phone 416-699-8609


Friday, October 20, 2017

Finding Inspiration - Classes, workshops

Falling into Winter


"Winter Blue"      Ruth Hayes     Watercolour


"Creativity takes Courage"..... Matisse

There's something about the light. Each year it happens as I notice the days getting shorter. Feeling a sadness at the dying of another year and the approaching cold of winter I try to focus on the moment and start to notice the beauty that is present even as it changes. Some might claim that Autumn with it's stunning colour is the loveliest season of all. The skies change as well with new shades of blue and purple that I hadn't noticed all summer. Finding gratitude in the moment the courage comes to create and paint once again those fallen leaves and storm grey clouds and small children in their bright winter jackets or whatever stirs my imagination.. You are welcome to come and create in my upcoming series of classes.
New late Fall classes going until December are listed below.

Tuesday Night series  October 31st

six week series

7:15-9:15 pm
Fee $140.00 materials fee optional



Thursday night series
November 2nd
7:15  - 9:15 pm

One day workshop Saturday November 18th and 25th

Cards, collage, fun
Watercolour and Mixed media
 10 am-2pm



Christmas Open House
Sunday
December 3rd
11 am- 4 pm
17 Fernwood park Ave.

Small gifts of love, cards, paintings of children, angels, snow.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lawrence Park Art Show


Lawrence Park Art Show Invitation



"Blue Sonnet"   Watercolour   Ruth Hayes
This upcoming weekend October 13, 14 and 15, I am participating in a fund raising art show at
Larwrence Park Community Church. Opening night is Friday night 7-9 PM. Saturday  12-4pm
and Sunday 12 -3pm.  With over 30 participating artists there will be a lot of talent. The location is 2180 Bayview Ave.
The work I will be showing will include Watercolour and Acrylics- colourful abstracts to loose realism. Hope to see you.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Creative Imagination







Power of Vision

    Stumbling around in the dark or creating with vision. I've done both. Having always been an artist there has always been a familiarity with creative tools of expression such as colour, shapes, images and value. It took a long time of stumbling around in the dark before I clued in that some of the same tools used in art making could be applied to the life I lived. It often came down to what was my vision and how could I bring that into reality. The imagination is a powerful tool that can shape and energize the canvas called life.

Two workshops using paint materials, collage. or found objects will be offered to explore creating a vision painting, board or other art form for any aspect of your life. This can take any shape of your choosing, whether a word collage, painting, mandala, or other art form.
Attend one workshop or both to deepen the process.

Saturday October 7th

10am- 2pm

fee: $65.00

materials provided

Sunday October 29th 
10 am -2pm
fee:$65.00

materials provided

My latest work can be seen at the Lawrence Park art show
 October 13th-15th

Opening night 7-9pm