January 2007 Demonstration

The demonstrator for the January demo was Jeff Hayes. He demonstrated an oil still-life.

The meeting was held in the Guild Hall, First Congregational Church (middle side door), Sanborn Street, Reading, Wednesday January 10th, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.

Directions to the Church

We have some photographs of the event in case you could not make it there in person. You can click on any of the images on this page to view a larger version of it. Then, use the Back button on your browser to return to this page.


Jeff started out by doing a sketch of his subject.
For the demo he painted from an original photo. In the studio he uses
a shadow box and places the objects he is going to paint in the box.
The box allows him good control of the lighting of the subject.


The next step is to put color down on the canvas.
You may notice that Jeff is painting the subject upside down.
That helps him keep a fresh eye for the proportions of the work.

Good start

In this photo you can see that he has a good start already.

Here he has filled in color around what will be the top of
the subject and added some detail in the center.


Once he has a start on the painting, he turns it over.

Right side up

The painting is now right side up for finishing.

Stepping back

Stepping back to see the overall effect.

Almost done

The canvas is now completely covered, and the painting is almost done.


Here is the completed painting.

You can visit Jeff's web site here: http://www.jeffhayes.com/

Jeff Hayes Bio

Jeff Hayes is an artist living and working in Boston, creating still-life, landscapes and portraits in contemporary realist tradition. He has been practicing the Painting-A-Day discipline since August 2006, creating one finished work every weekday, an ongoing, exciting challenge.

Jeff reports that painting is the third career in his life. The first two, as a musician and then as a developer of internet software, still breathe their influence into his work. The study of music has given him a very strong sense of rhythm, line, and balance. Most of his paintings, particularly his daily paintings, begin with a connection with a common object or scene--fundamentally something he has seen around him dozens, maybe hundreds, of times. Schooling himself through study and observation, painting quickly grew from a pastime to one of the most important elements of his life. He is currently studying figurative and still-life painting at The New England Realist Art Center in Boston. His paintings are included in nearly 100 private collections.

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