Hello and Welcome Friends,

  February 2003
volume 1 number 3

Oh my! It has been cold! The past couple of nights it has dipped to -15°F around here and to -40°F to our north. I don't care where you're from - that's cold! For skiers it has been beautiful with a bounty of snow and crisp, clear days. But I don't ski too much anymore. I am satisfied looking out my windows and driving around to see the deep contrasts of sunlit snow and deep blue shadows.

Here are a couple of views from the Loft today. The first is looking out, directly across the Connecticut River. Last night the full moon rose over the mountain right at the top of that cut that goes to the crest. It lit up the night river with a remarkably bright, blue light. The second picture is looking to the north, up river. It looks like it might snow today. What a surprise....

I have mentioned before that I often draw on the river for inspiration. Here are a few of those paintings.

"Moonrise on the River"  Oil on Canvas  38" x 28"

"Summer Mountainside"  Oil on Panel  24" x 11"

"First Light on the Connecticut"  Oil on Museum Board  14" x 10"

Today I am reworking another winter scene to see if I can come up with the feeling of these past few months. We'll see how it goes. I have recently completed the third painting of Nina, one of my prettiest models, and certainly, one of the youngest. You saw the first image of her in my  December newsletter. I have to say that I love these paintings. The subject is so compelling for me - a pure little thing in the world. I hope you have the same response to this image.

"Nina III"  Oil on Panel  23" x 16"

So that is the latest from Vermont. Today is the 81st annual Harris Hill Ski Jump in Brattleboro. A little windy and cold but it will be a great time out there. Still plugging away at all of the preparations for Nova Scotia. I have just finished redesigning and rewriting our whole website. Take a look sometime. And remember to give a call or email if you are interested in coming to stay at the Loft in Vermont or in Nova Scotia.

Thanks for looking at my work.


William H. Hays

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