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