1. Nancy Goldman
    March 16, 2010 @ 12:26 am

    Your finished painting is so rich and beautiful.

    I hope you survive all of the rain. It's tough getting that much rain when the ground is already saturated.


  2. Shirley Peters
    March 16, 2010 @ 12:43 am

    Beautiful painting, Jeff.
    How long do you leave it before varnishing? I've read that it should be 6 months…


  3. Jeff Hayes
    March 16, 2010 @ 4:06 am

    Thank you both!

    Shirley: Varnish can be applied as soon as the painting is thoroughly dried. That is somewhat vague, because in reality different paintings will dry at different rates, depending on a host of factors. As I paint in thin layers and use no medium, I'm usually comfortable varnishing after a few weeks. The often-quoted 6-month figure is simply the longest common denominator, so to speak: by that point almost any painting would likely be dry enough to varnish.


  4. rahina q.h.
    March 16, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    beautiful work Jeff despite the photo not being to the standard you would prefer. and the rain…. welcome to a taste of scotland, my garden is similar to this most of the year:))


  5. Mark Alan Russell
    March 16, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    As per usual – simply stunning. The reflection in the mug just visual perfection. How many hours does a work like this take?


  6. Todd Bonita
    March 16, 2010 @ 2:38 pm


    I'm in Portsmouth, NH…I should canoe from my backyard to yours, whatta ya say, are you up for some backyard boating? Nice and sunny today though..fingers crossed for continued dryness. Interesting about your painting edges..I did not stay with Dennis Cheaney long enough to learn that about the edges and their importance and hierarchy, thanks for that insight. Makes sense…I always thought his and your edges glowed and had some magic in them. Defintiely one of your strengths. The piece looks great, even in this photo. I would love to see one of your originals. Do you show in galleries?
    All the best..stay dry.


  7. Jeff Hayes
    March 17, 2010 @ 1:50 am

    Thanks everyone!

    Rahina: I think I'd rather visit Scotland than have Scotland visit me 🙂

    Mark: It really varies depending on lot of factors. I think this particular painting was about 20 hours of actual easel time.

    Todd: Sure, paddle on down! I actually don't currently show in galleries, but maybe we could arrange a studio visit sometime.


  8. Rishi Kapil
    March 17, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    Wow , This painting has come out very well.
    I was following the progress


  9. Jeff Hayes
    March 17, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

    Thanks Rishi


  10. Sally Evans
    April 7, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

    Hiya Jeff, thanks for sharing your progress. For people learning the artform I really appreciate seeing how the masters work. I guess we're always still learning! Thanks again, your work is beautiful.


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