Ridgley Hayes


After completing the painting of Ruth, I didn’t know where to go for encouragement (the watercolor class having ended) or what I might paint next. Christmas was approaching and I was thinking of Christmas gifts for my kids. Looking through photos, many of them were taken by my daughter, Miriam, who is the photographer/media producer for Rotary International. She sees life through a lens and the stories of the people she photographs and interviews all over the world. You can follow her on Instagram @lowandlush and @rotaryinternational She’s amazing!

The photograph that this painting was based upon is a little closer to home. The firstborn of my second born who is my second grandson, Ridgley Hayes.

The photograph was a black and white, making it an interesting watercolor / values study. It was done using two colors: French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna on 140 lb. Arches cold pressed paper. I gave the framed original to Miriam for Christmas and a giclee print to my other daughter Ruth. And, of course, I had to have one made for myself as well. Because the beauty of all this, is that if no one else ever sees or appreciates this painting,  I LOVE IT! Framed and on the wall beside my desk.


Framed by Hobby Lobby on West Main in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There is a wonderful woman who looks at my paintings and before I can open my mouth says, “you want to know what I would do?” and Boom! she nails it every time. She wanted to put a dark brown marbled mat between the tweed and cream mats. But, ya gotta draw the line somewhere! $70 on mat is a little rich . . . right now . . . someday.


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