December 31, 2011

Shaking It Off....

Forward...Back. David Hayes. 2011. Hipstamatic (Salvador 84 Lens, DreamCanvas Film.)

I think I've shaken it off. Those Christmas "wallows". Most of our Christmas decorations are down and put away. The tree will come down Monday...the outside decorations tomorrow. Tonight will be spent quietly at home...both daughters will be out for the night partying as they should. My wife and I will enjoy a nice dinner and each other's company...hopefully staying up 'til midnight!! Right now I'm sitting in our family room looking at the Christmas tree and listening to a recording of the Boar's Head Festival. Perfect.

My New Year's Resolutions are pretty simple...focus on my yoga and my art. Yoga is something I "discovered" last year and have found it to be a great source of energy and focus. My art is starting to focus and I feel I'm becoming more "fearless". Combining the two should make for an incredible year!! 

I have a list a mile long of art projects I want to dive into next week...but I know I need to take it slowly. I'm going back to my photography roots...resurrecting my darkroom and digging out my plastic cameras. I'm also going to explore Polaroid emulsion transfers....I just picked up a vintage Polaroid Land Camera with some Christmas money so I'm excited about starting this. I have a couple of online workshops that I signed up for dealing with digital art and photo transfers. Of course I have half a dozen paintings/mixed media pieces in various stages of completion sitting in my studio....

I'm also going to plunge deeper into iphoneography...if that's possible for me! I have close to 100 photo/graphic design apps...many that I don't know much about! (If they look interesting, I download them!!) So...beginning tomorrow, I'm going to start a multi-part i365 project. Every day I'm going to take a pic using a different app or combination of apps. I'll also take notes as to what I used and so forth...and then I'll post the pic and notes on my Flickr, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (r-images) pages. (This isn't as overwhelming as it sounds....most apps allow you to post to all these places simultaneously.) The really good pics will show up on my Blogger...probably a weekly thing. And....if this isn't enough....I'm going to create an old-fashion paper and paste notebook....a print of the each pic and handwritten notes.  Cool stuff, huh!!  ("Forward...Back" is just a taste of what's to come. I shot this at 12:00 noon today.... I like the symbolism it suggests of leaving the old year....entering the new....)

Finally, I'm going to start doing my collaboration blog project, "Dave's App Recipe Book" on a monthly basis. I'm hoping to do this on the third Wednesday of each month, which would make January's on the 18th. More to come on all of this soon!!

It is my hope that everyone has a great New Year's celebration and that 2012 be your best year...ever!!!

December 27, 2011

Wallowing in Christmas...

Self Portrait. David Hayes. 2011. Mixed Media. 6x6

Christmas has come...and gone. Just like that. As it always does. There are times when I wish Christmas would take FOREVER to get here like it once did. When I was a kid. seems to show up soon after Halloween. Don't get me wrong...I enjoy Christmas much so that it's hard for me to give it up once it does get here! Like right now... I should be doing other things. Instead I'm sitting in my family room, laptop on my lap (!) just so I can continue to enjoy our Christmas tree!! Listening to new music bought with Christmas iTunes cards. (Yeah...I do buy other things than apps! I did also buy some of those....)

In any case....I think I will continue to wallow in the Christmas spirit sort of thing for a couple of more days...and why not. Christmas only comes once a year!!

Oh...the January/February issue of Cloth.Paper.Scissors magazine arrived in my mailbox this afternoon. And...and....I discovered that my self portrait is featured along with many other great pieces! Always a thrill to have ones work published!!! So...if you get a check this out!!! (I created this using a bit of Pic Grunger and Word Foto...and old-fashion collaging. Meaning I did some cutting and pasting!!)

Have a great New Year celebration!! I should be out of my wallow by next week....maybe.

December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas...

Merry Christmas. David Hayes. 2011. (Instagram, WordFoto)

Merry Christmas to one and all!!

December 21, 2011


Fractured. David Hayes. 2011. Scratchcam

So....a bit bored the other day....I took my iPhone4 out to my backyard in search of....anything. I found these great textures and using the "regular" camera app, snap a bunch for further altering...and here's one of them.

Using the app Scratchcam, I first did a little cropping within the app to make it "square". Flipping first through the "scratches" I found one that I thought enhanced the existing texture. Then...flipping through the borders, I added a film-like border. Finally, I went to colors...and added the yellow filter. 

I think if I do this sort of thing again, I'd rotate the image so that the film border ran vertical vs. horizontal. But that's another day!!

And...just in case you're interested, you can also see this image in my Etsy shop!

I have a more Christmas-y posting in mind for Christmas Eve...but just in case I don't have a chance to write it...or you don't come back until's my wish that you and yours have a great holiday and a Happy New Year!!!

December 17, 2011

New Works....Colors

Thought I'd put up a quick post showing off my newest mixed media pieces. There are four in this series: Black. Blue. Red. Green. Each is 4x6 inches, created on canvas board panels. Each has common elements: paper, tags, copper wire, and corroded copper panels. I kept them simple, meditative. I hope you like them!

Black. David Hayes. 2011. Mixed Media. 4x6.
Blue. David Hayes. 2011. Mixed Media. 4x6.

Red. David Hayes. 2011. Mixed Media. 4x6.
Green. David Hayes. 2011. Mixed Media. 4x6.

December 14, 2011


View. Version 1 (9x12, mixed media on stretched canvas)

There seem to always be "rules" on what makes an artwork "good". And it's those "rules" that, if followed too closely, keep us all from starting a new piece. That blank page, blank canvas syndrome. "Like....what if it isn't good enough?!" head trip. And...we all have ways of working through this...some more successful than others! (A glass of wine and the proper music always seems to help me!!!)

In any case, one "rule" that I had to learn was that working with mixed media is that it can always be redone! (Same goes for painting with acrylic...a good coat of gesso and/or white paint cover a multiple of sins!!!) Once I accepted this "rule" as a's been easier for me to try things out...and to redo a piece if I need to! This is the case with "View".

I showed this on my blog a little while ago with a couple of other pieces and asked for feedback. And...while the other pieces received favorable comments, "View" was met with "damning with faint praise...". All of which I had to a agree with.... Version 1 is above. It really does need some help! So....I redid the slide image in the middle, "distressed" the background a bit more...and then added some "splats" that I feel tie the piece together...and help give it more of a "story"....

View - Version 2. 

View -Version 2. (close-up)
What do you think? Better? Worse? Still needs work? Maybe something in the lower box? I'm undecided although I do like the changes. (Oh...and looking at these pics, I have to state that the color and focus could be better...sort of rushed here...) 

I'm just finishing up four small collages...all part of a series. They're 4x6 inches and utilize some different elements...these I'm liking a lot! I should be able to post images of these next do check back in!!

December 10, 2011

Please, sir....

Please, David Hayes, 2011, WordFoto

Earlier this week, my wife and I ventured north for an early Christmas visit with her sister and her husband...who live on Torch Lake, Michigan...which is near Bellaire. The visit had several agendas: one was for the Christmas visit and merriment...the other to continue to check out the area. You see, we plan to move up to Traverse City...which is about 45 minutes to the east of Torch Lake...hopefully the early part of 2013. But this is a separate story....

We arrived at their house late Monday night and had an enjoyable dinner and visit. Tuesday was spent exploring more of Traverse City and that nearby area. Come Wednesday, they took us to visit Petoskey, Michigan which sits on Lake Michigan. It was a cold, snowy, blowy afternoon when we arrived in Petoskey but the town proved to be quite delightful!! Among other things, we discovered a shoe store like no other! Not only did it have all the right styles...but also all the sizes. Unheard of around were I live! was decorated with a wonderful assortment of vintage items...none of which were for sale. We spent sometime in here browsing...I didn't buy any shoes but did buy a hat and some socks...again...another story. But I digress from the main point of this posting...

Our first stop was the Crooked Tree Arts Center. This is a wonderful center that was showcasing the work of many northern Michigan artists as part of their holiday festivities. All of the work was tastefully displayed...and for sale. Now...thinking about my blog...and bringing home ideas for future pieces...I took out my iPhone and started taking snaps of some great assemblage works. It wasn't but a short moment later that I was approached by someone in the Center and asked not to take photos. I instantly apologized and put my iPhone away. (Please understand that there was no notice about photography in the exhibit area.) 

I have different thoughts about this policy. While I respect an artist's wishes not to have their work photographed, on the other hand I have no problem with the casual photography I was doing. I wouldn't mind my work photographed in this manner...feeling that a prospective buyer might want to take photos with them for future reference. So...I'm running another poll to check how you all feel about this. Do you approve of a no photo policy? Look to the right of this post...and vote!

We did end up buying two pieces...two tiles by Pat and Chip Denison of Denison Tiles. These are now hanging on our bathroom wall between our sinks. (The pics below were taken from this vantage point!)

Pat and Chip Denison
Pat and Chip Denison