Hello and Welcome Friends,

  March, 2007
volume 6 number 3

Yesterday was the day. The day the Connecticut River broke up and began flowing again. We sat in the Riverview Cafe in Brattleboro and watched as the mass of ice flows churned and swirled past us. The crumbling edges of each flow formed low walls of white slush as the slabs ground against each other. Before sunset a single sheet of ice the size of a city block slammed in slow motion against the stationary cover. It's sheer mass and momentum ultimately cleared a wide open path of water after it fractured and swept away all in its path.

Amazing what a few warm days will do! The smaller flows will continue on for the rest of the week.

Prior to breaking up, the river began to thaw and the rising water flowed over the solid cover of winter. The result was beautiful patches of aqua blue that inspired me to do this painting.

         "March Thaw" Oil on Canvas 28" x 38"

Some of you have expressed that you enjoy the "before and after" of paintings as they take shape over time. Regular readers know that one of my favorite subjects is a small creek that empties into the West River near Brattleboro, Stickneybrook. The following painting took shape in 2006. I've reworked it pretty considerably over almost the entire canvas. Rather than painting over much of the painting, I addressed it mostly with transparent glazes of color to deepen and change tones within the existing painting.

        (before)

         (after) "Stickneybrook 9" Oil on Canvas 28" x 38"

The next painting is one that I've been working on (off and on) since September. It's a return to my summer theme of the Atlantic coastline of Nova Scotia.

        "The Wave" Oil on Canvas 38" x 28"

The frenzy of block prints that took place last month has slowed a bit. But I have a new one for you. This is a three color print that was inspired by a snowy day, watching the crows roosting in the trees outside the studio window.

There are several versions here that I hope you'll enjoy:

        "Snowy Roost I Block Print on Lana Natural Paper 5" x 7"

        "Snowy Roost II Block Print on Lana Natural Paper 5" x 7"

        "Snowy Roost III Block Print on Lana Natural Paper 5" x 7"

        "Snowy Roost IV Block Print on Lana Natural Paper 5" x 7"

        "Snowy Roost V Block Print on Lana Natural Paper 5" x 7"

The editions are small for each version. Everyone has a favorite. I won't tell you which is mine.... If you are interested in purchasing any of my prints, you can take a look at the Prints Page.

There are a couple of juried exhibitions that will have my paintings in them coming up in April. The first is a national competition, the Academic Artists Association Exhibition of Contemporary Realism. The show runs from April 8th through May 18th at the American International College, Karen Sprague Cultural Center in East Springfield, Mass. There is an opening reception on Sunday, April 15th from 1-4 PM, to which you are all invited.

The second is a regional competition in Monson, Mass. at the Monson Arts Center (200 Main Street). The show is called "Quests, Visions & Journeys of the Spirit." The show is open April 14-15, 20-22 and 27-29 with an opening reception on Saturday, April 14th from 1-4 PM. Again, you're invited!

I hope you enjoyed seeing these works this month. I do enjoy hearing from you, so keep in touch.

Yours,

William H. Hays


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