Ice Out, a welcome sign of spring.


After ten years in Alaska and thirty five years in Vermont, I still love wintertime. However, the older I get, the more I appreciate the coming of spring. In both places this can feel like a long time coming and later in the year than you might like. But there is beauty in that short season too, even though I rarely do artwork that depicts springtime.

The ice on lakes in New England can get pretty thick over the course of a few very cold months. As the warmth of spring sunshine comes up the ice can remain locked in place for quite a while. The term, 'ice out' refers to open water regularly appearing and the shoreline freeing up from the grip of the cold.

But before I get into the print, my work is being featured at Gallery In The Woods in Brattleboro, Vermont and I'll be there for a few hours on Friday, June 2nd. I hope to see many of you there. Gallery Walk (5:30 - 8:30) on that night is great fun with music arts galore. Also I'll have some of my older prints that are the last available in the edition. Like seeing old friends again!


William at Gallery In The Woods

​So here are the first four impressions of the print. Each impression used multiple colors of ink. It's subtle, I know, but there are sixteen colors applied by the fourth impression. At that point you can see where this print is going.

"Ice Out" impressions one through four

This was a very challenging print in both the choice of colors and the carving. The idea of carving clouds is especially daunting. I never quite know what something is going to look like until after all of the decisions have already been made. I can't change my mind and I can't see what the colors are going to look like in relation to the other colors in the print. The process (reduction printing) challenges me every time.

But in the end I have to trust what I think will work and just plow forward. I have drawers full of prints that will never see the light of day. They just didn't work. I have yet to achieve perfection and don't expect too any time soon. Still, I try:

Ice Out, linocut print by William H. Hays

"Ice Out" linocut print by William H. Hays, 12" x 9" (31 x 23.5 cm)

All of the galleries which represent me are open regular hours these days. If you find yourself near one, drop by to see my work in person. If you're interested in "Ice Out", just click on the image and take a little closer look. Take care of each other and take care of yourselves. Don't hesitate to drop me an email. I enjoy hearing from you.