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
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

materials provided

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

Opening night 7-9pm

Monday, August 14, 2017

Fall Painting Classes and workshops

Fall trees          Watercolour      11'x17"

Fall painting and Upcoming Workshops

It's stating the obvious to observe that summer has disappeared in a flash and here we are at Fall and a new time for learning  and creating. Below is a new schedule of classes suitable for any level Watercolour is explored in a playful intuitive way.

New Fall Schedule of Watercolour Classes

Six week Evening classes
Tuesday evenings
September 12th
7:15 pm-9:15 pm
Fee $140.00

Thursday Evenings
September 14th
7:15-9:15 pm
Fee $140.00

Saturday Workshops

September 23rd
10 am-2:30 pm
Mixed Media - creating a vision board
Fee $65.00

September 30th
mixed media to expand texture and colour

For more information phone 416-699-8609

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Freedom and Play- Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camp for Grown-Ups

Summer!  Kids get time to play and create and adults should as well.  Enjoy time to paint, play and experience nature offering open horizons of sky and water without leaving the city. A week of painting is available again this summer at  my art camp for grown -ups. This is your creative time every morning from my home studio location in the Beach which backs onto the park and Lake Ontario . Paint outdoors, "plein air" or explore and play with watercolour, acylric, or mixed media from my home studio. This workshop is limited to a small group and it fills quickly. For more information or to register phone 416-699-8609 or email shamanstree@gmail.com

JULY Session:   July 10th -14th 
                        10 am-1 pm
                        Fee $225.00      materials fee $20.00 (optional)

AUGUST session     August 14th-18th
                    10 am- 1 pm
                    Fee $225.00       materials fee optional $20.00

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring Beach Studio Tour

New Work, New Classes and Spring Beach Studio Tour

"Blue Calm"      Watercolour      $595.00
    You are warmly invited to my home and studio for The Beach Studio tour. Spring has arrived and the Beach area has the amazing lake, trees in blossom, flowers everywhere and  a walking tour of artist's studios the weekend of May 5th, 6th and 7th. I am located at 17 Fernwood Park Ave. and would be delighted to see you. Come by Friday night 6-9 pm for a glass of wine or you are welcome Saturday 10 am - 6 pm or Sunday 11 am-6 pm. New works in watercolour, acrylic and mixed media will be on display with a range in size and price. Some works are abstract as I love the pure creative aspects of paint and colour, however it is hard to resist the artistic challenges around me so how can I not paint the beautiful lake at my doorstep. Hope to see You!

New Watercolour Classes

New classes starting in mid May
Tuesday morning class will be starting May 16th
Six week series
10am-12 pm
fee $140.00

Thursday night series   May 18th
six week series
7:15-9:15 pm
fee $140.00

Summer art camp for Grown -ups will be offered one week in July and one week in August. This is art for grown-ups with a kid inside them. Paint outside in the park or on the beach, or in my studio.
Experiment, have fun, and paint.
July 10th-14th
Monday-Friday 10 am-1:00 pm
Fee $225.

August 14th-18th
Monday-Friday  10 am-1:00 pm
Fee  $225.00

August 14th-18th

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Watercolour Collage

Creative Fun with  Watercolour and collage

"Blue sonnet"  watercolour collage
"Woods of Wisdom"   
The play is endless as well as the challenges. Some of my new works are done in watercolour, mixed media and collage. They will be on display at my home and studio for the Beach Studio Tour coming up May 5th, 6th and 7th. Watercolour is my great love but acrylic on canvas and other works will be shown as well as small matted works and cards. A studio tour is a unique way to meet the artist of  the painting you purchase. Over the years it has been gratifying to hear the stories of my art from different patrons. Thank you. Would love to see you on the tour.

Beach Studio Tour May 5th, 6th and 7th
Friday 6-9 PM
Saturday 10 am-6 pm
Sunday  11 am-5 pm
My location is 17 Fernwood Park Ave.
For more information go to www.beachstudiotour.ca.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Painting as a journey

Painting As a Journey

"Dreaming of the Sea"    Watercolour             $500.

I sometimes joke that starting a painting is similar to a journey and requires being  open to the fact that each one is a unique learning experience and never knowing exactly where it will take me. Sometimes it all goes as planned and I  love the finished work and  feel a creative high like no other but all too often it can hit creative lows as well. This is where opportunity opens to discover a new technique, throw in a different media or turn the painting upside down and find it greatly improved or a different subject altogether.
Too often we take a journey and plan to get from A to Z as quickly as possible. I can hop on the 401 and get to where I want in an hour or I can take the old two lane highways that meander through small towns and beautiful areas that I didn't know existed. Einstein said "Logic will get you from A to Z but imagination will take you everywhere."
 A willingness to create and a willingness to imagine have led many artists, poets and Einsteins to places they could never have dreamed.

Check out my classes page for new workshops and classes starting in March.

Beach Studio Tour will be May 5th, 6th, and 7th with some of my newest work on display.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Creating from the Heart

One Day Saturday Painting Workshops

Art of the Heart  "Mixed Media"

"An art which isn't based on feeling isn't an art at all....feeling is the principle, the beginning, and the end; craft, objective, technique-all these are in the middle."
Paul Cezanne

We are most of the way through January and heading into February. This is when winter can wear a little thin.  February is Heart Month and Valentine's day so what better time to think of love, what we love who, how and what it is.
How do we hold a place of love in a world that seems a bit insane at the moment?
How is love expressed in a symbolic, energetic, subjective or literal way through art. Come and explore in a playful way through paint in my February workshop. No experience necessary.

Saturday February 11th

10 am-2:30 pm
fee $65.00
Small workshop so register early:416-699-8609