September 2009   volume 8 number 8 The Artist's Loft logo The Artist's Loft logo

William H. Hays  Hello and Welcome Friends,

We're in the process of winding up our altogether too brief summer in Nova Scotia and will be heading back to Vermont in a couple of days. We have much to look forward to in Vermont, but each year we experience a sadness at leaving our friends and home in Nova Scotia. But the summer has been a good one and all good things must come to an end.

Fortunately, the summer was fruitful and I as able to do a bit of painting that I'll share with you. As well, I want to show you one of my favorite places which we visited after the hurricane of last month. The first piece is one that I teased you with last month by showing you an image of the painting half done. This was a commissioned painting for a couple who were raised in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. One of their favorite places is called The Ovens. I've done quite a few paintings of The Ovens, but this one is the best yet.

The Ovens, Afternoon by William Hays     "The Ovens, Afternoon" Oil on Canvas 28" x 38"

I like the inclusion of the spruce trees in the foreground. It's something that I haven't done before and I'll probably use it again in paintings to come.

The next painting comes from our trip in July to Brier Island. You might recall that along the way we took a little detour to Balancing Rock. It's such an unusual thing to see that I did this painting of it, envisioning the light of sunrise.

Balancing Rock, Nova Scotia by William H. Hays     "Balancing Rock, Nova Scotia" Oil on Canvas 24" x 18"

The last painting I was able to complete this month was also a commission. Last summer I received a visit from a woman traveling from British Columbia to visit her daughter. She had seen a portrait that I did of Borden Dorey entitled, "The Lobsterman." She liked that painting and we talked a bit about doing her portrait on her next visit to the east. This month was her next visit and I was very happy with the way this portrait came out.

Frances McGown by William Hays     "Frances McGown" Oil on Panel 18" x 12"

So that's all the paintings for now. I'd like to continue with an afternoon trip we made to Carters Beach, nearby. It is a place that we go at least once each year. We both consider it to be one of the most beautiful little beaches that we've visited anywhere in the world. The hurricane in August rerouted the river that divides the first two crescents of beach and left a newly revealed collection of stones. Some of the sand dunes were a bit chopped away as well. But in all, it was the same beautiful place.

Carters Beach, Nova Scotia

The crystal clear, very cold water is exquisite.

Carters Beach, Nova Scotia

Carters Beach, Nova Scotia

Carters Beach, Nova Scotia

Carters Beach is one of several that are within easy reach of us. On the way back home, we stopped and I took this image of Hunts Point Beach and the wharf at the end of the day. It is two photos that are spliced together. So there's a bit of an interruption in the water in the middle.

Hunts Point, Nova Scotia

So that is the latest from The Artist's Loft. We'll be open and would enjoy seeing you in Brattleboro for Gallery Walk on Friday, October 2nd. And, of course, we anticipate another fantastic autumn in Vermont! I look forward to hearing from you.


William H. Hays

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