Color by Nature


Some of my favorite times with Coast Live Oak School are when we go to the Santa Ana Mountains.  I’ve been going to this spot with my husband since high school. The colors tell many stories to me.  Practically every rock has some sort of interesting or beautiful characteristic to it.   I enjoy finding rocks with red or yellow ochre dust coming out of them to use like watercolor paint and sharing the process with our students.  There is also a wall of crumbling shale that works like a deep taupe color.  Usually I can find a piece of burnt wood to be grey/black as well and talc-like rocks for white/cream.

nature made brush by amy hernandez hay
In a lot of cases I will use a twig as a pen or make a brush with plant fibers, like the one above I made with the Soap Root plant.  On this particular day I had some brush pens in my backpack. These pens are super handy for many creative situations.
When we are ready to paint, we dip the rocks in the creek water and grind them on a large rock to create a palette. Then we paint until we run out of time! Clean up is easy with a little creek water.  The materials all come from the land so there’s no pollution.  When we leave you would never know we were there.


Creating in this way while surrounded by trees, and sounds of the creek and birds is quite meditative and soothing for me and our students. I am constantly inspired by the natural world and how we humans fit into it.

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Wild At Art


                      artist amy hay interview

 I recently sat in with the guys at The Authenticity Show to talk about creativity, inspiration, process, and more.  I listen to a few podcasts, but this was my first experience participating in one.  After my nerves settled, I had a good time with Carlos and Satch.

Hear my episode, Wild at Art here.

I included a few images relevant to the podcast, including one of my favorite quotes.
Aside from my episode, there are many more interesting guests on The Authenticity Show like my husband!

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Dark Light

Album artwork by Amy Hay for Dark Light

I created this album art for Oliver Althoen’s latest album titled Dark Light.  I used india ink and water with brushes to make a handful of pieces while listening to the album as inspiration.  The tracks on this album are so layered and connected that is was easy to keep it on loop without realizing how much time had passed.

brush and ink artwork by CA artist Amy Haybrush and ink artwork by amy hay

After meeting with Oliver we were able to narrow down the images we wanted to use.  I played around with them in photoshop and the two ink pieces above became the cover.  I am so pleased with how the music fits the artwork!
Have a listen for yourself and/or purchase at any of these outlets.
CD Baby . Spotify . Amazon . Hear Now


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ink drawing by CA artist amy hay ink drawing by CA artist amy hay

A few of my favorite images from the past 2 #inktobers on instagram.

I really enjoy the challenge of completing a drawing a day with a word prompt.

I add another layer of challenge for myself by trying to stay abstract.

ink drawing by CA artist amy hay ink drawing by CA artist amy hay

All of them are now available here.

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canvas paper paintings

I have been slowly working on a series of small acrylic paintings on canvas paper. Through color, form, and layers I hope to catch specific emotions that are indescribable in words and are often tied to places, human made and natural.

Some are available for purchase here.

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