Hello and Welcome Friends,

  November, 2004
volume 2 number 11

The autumn lingered on for weeks with unseasonably warm weather and traces of color up until this last week. There are advantages to living in the far south of Vermont! But we have had a couple of minor snowfalls and several cold nights that also featured some northern lights. With the grays and browns of late fall firmly in place I have finally tackled a project that has been in the planning for years. I have renovated my gallery space, hung new track lights and painted the rooms deep colors. Here's the gallery in old dress and new dress. Hope you'll come by to see the results for yourself!

  Before

  After

As for painting, the planning and work on the gallery project have taken a bite out of my productivity. Nevertheless, I have been able to produce a few new works that I am pleased with.

  "Stickneybrook Bridge" Oil on Canvas 28" x 38"

  "The Swimming Hole" Oil on Canvas 38" x 28"

"The Swimming Hole" is a painting that has been a long time in the making. Last month I showed you a painting called "Pikes Falls" and the steps that led up to its completion over the course of seven years. I took some elements from those sketches and composed this new painting. If you compare the two, you will note some significant changes in light and color from the previous painting I added the foreground water and feel that the painting really captures the clear solitude of Vermont's many little swimming holes.

The "Stickneybrook Bridge" painting is one of a long series of works that explore this special place near our home. Many times I have driven fifteen minutes out to the little pull out off of Route 30 at Stickneybrook. The bridge looks to be a bit more than the culvert that it actually is. But the stream is just as beautiful as I've painted it. Maybe more so.

These past few months I have been developing my ability to paint water and the gorgeous forms and colors underneath the surface. I photographed this painting in stages and wrote and article about the process called "Painting Under Water." (Catchy title, huh?) I submitted the article to American Artist Magazine. Within a week I received an email from the the editor saying that they will be publishing it in a future issue. I assume it will be in print sometime early next year. Of course, I am delighted that they will be using my work in their magazine.

For you, I have put the "pre-edited" version online so that you can see what will appear in print. I hope you enjoy the article and will let me know what you think of it. If nothing else, I think you'll find it interesting to see how "Stickneybrook Bridge" came into being.

Finally, I'll leave you with best wishes for the coming Thanksgiving holiday. I hope you'll come by The Artist's Loft Gallery during Gallery Walk on December 3rd in Brattleboro. It promises to be a lively night with plenty to keep you occupied!

Just one more painting from the summer in Nova Scotia before signing off. This painting is now on display at the Queens County Museum in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

  "Sunrise at The Ovens" Oil on Panel 16" x 23"

I hope this finds you all well and I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours,

William H. Hays


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