Mary Hayes

Artist Biography:

Mary Hayes is a printmaker/painter living in Nottingham. Her studio is at Leicester Print Workshop (LPW). Her interest is colour through light with reflections and distortions. Mary printed in school with children as a teacher. Mary learned etching at Tisbury in Wiltshire and subsequently joined LPW, later studying for a degree in Contemporary Fine Art at Nottingham University. Her final degree show used lighting as pure colour. Mary has learned the principles of most types of printing, but particularly enjoys etching and solar plate. She recently learned about disperse dyes on fabric. This method produces stunningly bright colours.

Art Practice:

It is not appropriate for me to use the studio in Leicester so my time has focused on my garden.

There are some forms of printing that I can do at home, but I have taken this opportunity to paint. Everything about life has become smaller – so my art focus has also become smaller. I have been interested in colour in my garden, and using a microscope to look at it. This has produced some images that are almost abstract, so my development now is in trying to focus on pure colour.

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  • Blog 10   Covid19

    What is ephemerality? Transience, lasting for a short time. Synonyms are : momentariness, temporariness, transience, fleetingness, fugitiveness, impermanence, impermanency, evanescence Andy writes in his blog called Ephemeral Objects: 'I would propose that ephemerality is a condition, or perhaps characteristic, of liminal existence, that an essential “thing in itself” may persist over time, though its composition…
  • Blog 9 Covid19

    Trying to move on, I decided to look at the way insects see flowers. Most can't see light with a wavelength greater than 650 nanometres. Yellow, at 580 nanometres is difficult for most insects to see, which comes as a surprise.  Bees see red as black and flies are attracted by blue and colours that…
  • Blog 8 Covid19

      One of the Hatchery artists had shared references of useful books about botanical art.  I ordered them and they arrived today.   A New Flowering: 100 Years of Botanical Art by Shirley Sherwood is a catalogue of an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum Oxford in 2005, consisting of a selection from Dr Sherwood's collection…
  • Blog 7 Covid19

    A good friend Trish brought her bigger microscope for me to use.  It has a heavy base so the image does not move when I put my hand on the table. Apple blossom looks as if it has a dark void in the centre, with red spikes around it.  Two huge stamens, no - pistils,…
  • Day 6 Covid 19 Blog

    In Japan the Japanese people all look forward to Hanami time.  This is when the cherry trees are in blossom.  It is one of the first trees to announce spring.  There are hundreds of trees with stunning displays of colour and the families just go and walk amongst the blossoming trees. So I was excited…
  • Day 5 Covid 19 Blog

    I remembered today that I had bought a portable microscope to look at some glass. I took a little bit of blackthorn on my daily allowed walk and put it under the microscope. It's a new world today!! It is stunning!! Interesting how the blossom has one or sometimes two bigger longer stamens. Encyclopaedia Britannica…
  • Day 4 Covid 19 Blog

    It had to happen. Like a lot of people in the world outside the tulips are dying. I used to love capturing the petals drying up and curling round the stamens, but in the present situation I need something more joyful!   I have some tiny red flowers in a blue pot. I think they…
  • Day 3 Covid 19 Blog

    Looking at the tulips again, I decided to focus just on the point where the sun hits the petal.  This time I made a small sketch of just the red petals with a thin yellow edge where the petal is most transparent. Much happier with this, it looks like a colour field painting . No…
  • Covid19 Blog Day 2

    Very disappointing. I had wanted to capture the sun on the tulips, the watercolour was chalky (cheap materials), and the colours I used were opaque rather than transparent.  I tried again. Well, a bit better. At least there is an attempt at light shining through the petals. Still not happy, so I decided to enjoy…
  • Covid 19 Blog Day 1

    Reading a short piece by Simon Withers on the Nottingham Contemporary website. He writes about Ovid who was in exile. Simon writes: ‘ I am living in an open prison …..This is a non place in which I am judge jury and executioner. Inside these walls I have time to self-reflect and ruminate…..I am held…