S: "Our Art" Mother and Daughter Byrda Hays and Betty Hays Adams
BC: Betty Hays/Adams As a very young child, the smell of oil paint and linseed oil inspired me to want to paint like my mother. In elementary school, I would design my own paper doll clothes. In high school, my father enlisted me to draw pictures of animals for his Zoology classes, but secretly, I dreamed of working for Hallmark and designing cards. It was not until many years later, after I was married, I picked up a brush and began oil painting. The only time to paint was after the children went to bed and my art was good stress relief! Some twenty years later, I took workshops in watercolor and then taught myself to use pastels. One of my biggest challenges was looking at a blank piece of paper, surrounded by all my beautiful colors and then deciding what to paint. | My Mother, Byrda Hays The earliest recollection that I have of my mother painting was in second grade when she took lessons from an American Indian instructor and she painted a picture of the chief. She continued through my high school years using oils, to paint still life and portraits. In he 1960's, she changed media to watercolor. Most of her watercolors were composed in her mind making them truly "original" She entered numerous local showings. In the early 1980's, she had to limit her painting due to back pain, but continued to learn all she could about technique and color. She admired the works of Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, Birchfield and Winslow Homer.
FC: "OUR ART" MOTHER AND DAUGHTER | Byrda Hays and Betty Hays Adams
1: On the cover: "Quiet Depot" (watercolor) Train Station in Boonville, MO. | The artwork of Betty Hays Adams
2: O. | "Old Store in Sampsel, MO." (watercolor) When visiting Aunt Bernie, this was where I would get pop and ice cream. | "Grandma and Grandpa Wilson's Farm House" (watercolor) This house is located in Sampsel, MO. | "The Shumate Farm House" (watercolor) This is the Martha and William Shumate house, my great grandparents. It is located in Sampsel, MO. The Shumates came from Virginia in 1855 by steamboat on the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri rivers, to Brunswick Landing in Missouri. Then, they traveled by wagon to Sampsel, MO.
3: "The Island" (watercolor) Painted with edges of a credit card. | "Eagle" (watercolor) Mississippi River looking toward the Palisades.
4: "Evening Comfort" (oil) | "Coffee Mill" (watercolor) | Reproduction: (acrylic)
5: Grandpa and Grandma Wilson's Farm Site (colored pencil) | Great-Grandparents William and Martha Shumate's place on Rich Creek in Virginia. (colored pencil) | Shumate home in Livingston County, Missouri. (colored pencil)
6: "Blue Heron on Black River" (watercolor) | "Yellow Boats" (watercolor)
7: "Red Rooster" (watercolor) | Reproduction: (watercolor) | "Boat and Lake" (watercolor) | Reproduction of Currier and Ives (oil)
8: "Mystery Flowers" (watercolor) This process was created by gluing crumbled Japanese paper onto watercolor paper. By adding splotches of watercolor and finding an image, the flowers appeared by painting in a dark background. I learned this technique in a watercolor class. | "Frosty Morning" (watercolor) This technique consists of pouring your watercolors onto wet paper. When it is almost dry, the trees are sponged in and then a sharp object draws the lines of the trees and branches.
9: "Girl with Vase" (watercolor) Image is created by blowing watercolor paint with a straw. The image that I saw within, looked like a girl with a vase. | "Pears" (watercolor)
10: "Flags of Summer" (watercolor) | "Zinnias" (oil with a palette knife)
11: "Dills" (watercolor) | "Onions" (watercolor)
12: "The Portland Head Lighthouse" (watercolor) It inspired Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to write "The Lighthouse" | "From the Porch" (watercolor) | "Ocean Shoreline in Maine" (watercolor)
13: "Missouri River " (oil) Three Missouri River scenes from Harley Park in Boonville, MO.
14: "Adams Farmland" (oil) The house on the hill was my husband's grandfather's home. Farm in foreground was passed on from him to his son, Quincy, to his son, Bud, and to his son, Todd. This landscape is seen from the porch of the store. (below left) | "Faulkenberry House" (oil) Located near Roy and Thelma Adams home, in Lesterville, MO. | "Adams Station and Home" (watercolor) This was painted in the 90's. My husband and his sister grew up here.
15: "Shumate Home" (watercolor) My great grandparents home in Sampsel, Missouri. This painting was done after the great grandchildren were grown. The house is empty now. Aunt Bird was the last Shumate to live there. | "Birthday Party" (oil) Katherine Metcalf Nuzman is my great grandmother. (3rd from left, second row)
16: "Grandpa Wilson's Barn" (watercolor with credit card) This barn was constructed by my grandpa in the late 1800's. I used pieces of cut up credit card to do both studies. | "The Red Truck" (watercolor) Reproduction with variations | "Silo and Barn" (watercolor) I painted this barn in Highland, Ill.
17: "New Hampshire Steam" (watercolor) The reflections are created by pouring on watercolor. | "Sand Dune" (watercolor) | "Clam Digger" (watercolor)
18: "The Portland Head Light House" (watercolor) | "Ocean With Girls" (watercolor) Painting of Maine seashore with Jessica and Christina. | "Gene's Farm Home" (pen and Ink) | "Birch Tree" (watercolor)
19: "Cheese" (oil) | "Yellow Daisies"(oil) | Oil painting copied from an old canvas painting. 4 ft. x 1-3/4 ft. in size. (Trompe l'oeil)
20: "The Red Mill" (oil) | Reproduction of a Currier and Ives lithograph: (oil) | Right: : Laura and Tim's house in New Hampshire. (oil on slate) | Left: Julie and Jas house in Texas. (oil on slate)
21: Reproduction: (watercolor) | "Chief Henry" (oil) He was the prominent chief of the Cherokee nation, in charge of tourism in the mid to late 1900's. He recently died in 2010.
22: Reproduction of Currier and Ives (watercolor) | "Katy Trail and Snow" (watercolor) Located near Boonville, MO | Reproduction: (watercolor)
23: "Ethyl" (watercolor) Steve's Dog | "Smallmouth Bass" (watercolor) | "Old Woman" (pen and ink)
24: Reproduction: (watercolor) | Reproduction: (watercolor)
25: "Otis Adams House" (watercolor) Located in Black, MO. I Painted a lot of the house using family memories. | Reproduction: (watercolor)
26: "Cool Mountain Stream" (watercolor) | "Koi" (watercolor) | Some Favorites
27: "Dillard Mill" (watercolor) Painted on site (Plein Aire) and I had people gather around me to watch. I am very proud of this painting.
28: "Gacky's Windchimes" (watercolor) | "Aunt Bird and Friend" (oil) Aunt Bird is on the left. She was the sister of my grandmother, Lura Shumate Wilson. This is painted on a oval canvas.
29: "Blue Vase with Dogwood" (watercolor)
30: "Goff Farm" (oil) | Reproduction: (watercolor) | House portrait done for a friend: (watercolor)
31: "Fly Fishing at Montauk" (watercolor) This is me at a favored fishing spot. | "Misty Morning" (watercolor) I painted this picture by using a combination of scenes from photographs.
32: Three different views of our cabin.
33: " Mackinac Island" (oil) Scene taken while biking around the island. This is in Michigan. | "Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas" (watercolor) | Reproduction: (watercolor)
34: "Black River" (oil) Baptismal mural that hangs in the Church of Christ in Centerville. (Mamo's church) Painted on 4' by 8' plywood. | "Mountain Scenery in New Hampshire" (watercolor) Franconia Notch
35: "Where's Mommy?" (oil on weathered board) | "Dick Maize on the River" (oil)
36: "Apples" (watercolor) | "Fall Harvest" (watercolor) | "Grape Jelly" (watercolor)
38: Whimsical Drawings | Whimsical Drawings | Whimsical Drawings | Over the years, family members were lucky enough to receive hand made drawings depicting events in each of their lives. Betty loves to draw with colored pencils and emphasizes hands and feet, showing them larger than normal. This collection of cards has been gathered from family, and proves that her hand drawn cards stand the test of time and are cherished by the receiver, never to be discarded.
48: Roy and Thelma's 60th Anniversary | A Friend's 70th Birthday | Betty and Paul's 50th Wedding Anniversary | Barb and Floyd Ford's Anniversary
52: Artwork of Byrda Hays She was "mom" to Betty, and "Gacky" to the grandchildren | Reproduction: (oil) | Reproduction: (oil)
53: "The Dolphin" (oil) | Original: (watercolor) | Original: (watercolor)
54: Original: (watercolor) | Scene from Gacky's childhood: (oil) | "The Bunny Rabbit House" (watercolor)
55: She would envision scenes and would start sketching until she got them the way she wanted them. Her imagination at work! | Original: (watercolor) | Original: (watercolor)
56: Mom always had collections of items that she could arrange for still life paintings.
57: "Gacky and Baumpa's backyard" (watercolor) | Original: (watercolor)
58: Original: (watercolor) | "The cabin in the woods" (oil) | Original: (acrylic)
59: "Uncle Henry's Barn" (watercolor) Located in Sampsel, MO | "Virginia" (oil) Portrait of Byrda's daughter in her teenage years. | Original: (watercolor)
60: Mom took painting lessons in Anadarko, OK. from an Indian in 1941. She painted this feathered headdress portrait in oils | Original: Oil of an adobe house | Pencil sketch of the wash-house at Roy and Thelma's house.
61: "Brown house" (watercolor) | "Red House" (watercolor) | "Sunset" (oil)
62: "Heading South" (watercolor) | "Mt. Fuji" (oil)
63: Train Station in Sampsel Mo. (watercolor) | Copy of a lithograph by Currier and Ives (watercolor)
64: "Lion and Lamb" (oil) Clipped from a old photo, (Betty's head in bottom right corner.) | "Stone Wall" (oil on Masonite) | "Winter Scene" (oil) | Still Life (oil)
65: "Portrait of Betty" (oil) Painted at about the age of 16.