Impressionist Painter and Photographer Terrill Welch

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Painting The Vitality of West Coast Grey Landscapes

This July morning has arrived with a heaviness in the west coast grey that seems to be promising rain as the building wind flaps through the clothes left on the line overnight. You may think this would be a non-inspiration kind of day for a painter. But I find the opposite to be true. This kind of morning often has my hands itching to reach for the brushes and to set a canvas on the studio easel. But today there is no time. I have a birthday dinner this evening and a full day of studio visits to host tomorrow. So this is what I offer you instead: a collection of six of my grey paintings that are available for purchase…

Reef Bay Morning Experienced - 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas

I remember the sea, and the soft rush of water as it comes ashore. I remember the heaviness of the rocks and the salty dampness of winter seaweed. I feel the coolness of the air and the cry of the gulls.Alla prima or wet-on-wet seascape painting with the quiet strength that is part of any peaceful west coast day

Reef Bay morning experienced 11 x 14 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2012_12_20 016

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Spilling Over - 12 x 12 inch oil on canvas

The movement of the water in this piece gives it strength beyond its size and allows the painting to provide both peace and energy.

Spilling Over 12 x 12 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch IMG_0370

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Between Land and Sea Begging the Sky to Intervene - 9 x 12 inch oil on canvas

The heavy grey seems like a bag of stones pulling, pushing and squishing me between land and sea as I beg the sky to intervene. Have you been there?

between land and sea begging the sky to intervene 9 x 12 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch  2013_03_04 060

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Fog Inside Passage - 12 x 24 inch oil on canvas

Winter fog in the southern gulf islands is often dense and close to the sea. Islands appear and disappear as the ferries take passengers through the inside passage. The mysterious landscape has a beauty that is hard to know unless one lives with it for the long winter months of off-season quiet.

Fog inside passage 12 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_02_03 064

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Speak To Me esquisse west coast Canadian landscape – 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas

Holding the tension between the west coast land, sea and sky.

Speak To Me esquisse west coast Canadian landscape 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch

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And finally, the jewel of west coast grey in my collection…

Rhythm of the Sea Edith Point – 20 x 40 inch oil on canvas

The sea rolls forward onto the shore. Trees tingle from the day’s sun while the rocks release their summer heat as the water charges across their surface. I am there. You are there. The salt spray is moist on our skin and the rhythm of the sea matches our breath, our heartbeat, and answers a call to all that is knowable.

Rhythm of the Sea Edith Point 20 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_04_03 079

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May we always find vigor, vitality and strength in our greys!

 

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First Brush with Europe painting – Morning by Pont d’ Avignon

There have been no posts here for a while as the artist was traveling and painting sketches in Europe from the beginning of April until the end of June. However, I am back in the studio and more new work shall become available again. Here is the first…

Morning by Pont d’ Avignon – 24 x 36 inch oil on canvas
Morning by Pont d' Avignon 24 x 36 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_07_03 150
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The Pont d’ Avignon or Pont Saint-Bénézet once had 22 arches. The bridge was eventually abandon as the arches took too much upkeep due to being damaged when the Rhone river would flood. The four remaining arches are believed to have been built around 1345. The bridge was the inspiration for the song Sur le pont d’Avignon. The subject for this work began with a plein air sketch while I was standing on the riverbank on an early morning in June of 2014 in Avignon France.

“June Morning in by Pont d’ Avignon” 25 × 35 cm plein air acrylic painting sketch on 185 lb. archival paper

June morning by Pont D' Avignon 25 x 35 cm acrylic painting sketch by Terrill Welch 2014_06_011 046

Art prints of the paintings sketch are available HERE.

In other studio news EARLY NOVEMBER SEA 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas has been Sold to a collector in California, USA.

Early_November_Sea_14_x_18_inch_oil_on_canvas_by_Terrill_Welch_2012_10_18_072

Enjoy your day!

 

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Red Gate – Canadian contemporary landscape art

Released today…

RED GATE – 30 X 40 inch oil on canvas

On a rare snow day, the whites reach for colour through the fog over at the field with the red gate on Mayne Island, British Columbia Canada. Please do feel free to walk into this southwest coast contemporary landscape painting and stay awhile. The 1.5 inch edges of this work are painted and no framing is necessary.

Red Gate 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_01_09 014

Update July 18, 2014 : This painting is now in a private collection and no longer available.

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Bowl of Winter Fruit – still life painting by Terrill Welch

Without a doubt, it is the Canadian west coast landscape that is the primary muse of artist Terrill Welch. However this does not preclude the occasional still life painting. Most frequently these are rendered during the ripening of summer. But deep in the heart of winter there is also a spark that can whisk her brush across a canvas.

There is a roundness of shapes in the warm winter light that is drifting through the kitchen while paint remains paint.

BOWL OF WINTER FRUIT 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas

Bowl of Winter Fruit by Terrill Welch 2014_02_08 099

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Bowl of Winter Fruit

The warmth from the kitchen remains,

long after the light fades,

long after the fruit has been eaten,

long after winter has passed.

by Terrill Welch

bowl of winter fruit still life painting in kitchen by Terrill Welch 2014_02_05 032

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Sky and Sea in three west coast contemporary landscape paintings

These three recent paintings are mostly sky with the sea playing an important but supporting role in the landscape composition. Due to the similarity of subject and the orientation of the viewer, they are being released together.

The first contemporary landscape painting captures dusk on the winter west coast of Canada sea with clouds washed in colour.

ALMOST HOME 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas

Almost Home 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_01_21 104

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The second painting tells the story about how the fog has been hesitant to raise her skirts much above her knees on the island ridges. We can’t really blame her. After all, we have been gawking without shame, seeking even the tiniest glimpse of blue sky and sunlight between her cottony ruffles. Today though, within the deep winter quiet, we are given brief moments of reprieve from her dowdy grey garments. It was not a dazzling display but enough to leave us momentarily content, hopeful even.

PROMISE 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas

Promise 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_01_21 069

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The third and final painting renders a  storm as it breaks in the late afternoon sky leaving behind a rainbow mountain and pink sky.

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN PINK SKY 16 X 20 oil on canvas.

Rainbow Mountain Pink Sky 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_03 085

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Each painting has been approached to bring you into the landscape, experience its fullness and moment of wonder. Their simplicity of structure is purposeful and a deliberate intention to ask for your pause and reflection on the landscape as you pass through a time of contemporary busyness.

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Sea Tree and Fruit – new paintings by Terrill Welch released

Three new paintings by artist Terrill Welch are now available.

The first is a large size painting that is 3 feet high and six feet long. The heavy ink blue of the dark sea rolls grand waves against the sandstone rocks as breaking clouds answer to the west coast blues. This is a large contemporary landscape painting which brings a view of the sea to any room that it is in.

WEST COAST BLUES ROLLING WAVES OYSTER BAY

West Coast Blues rolling waves Oyster Bay 36 x 72 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_07_16 055

Detailed viewing and purchase information available HERE. Also, there is extensive work-in-progress and reference background for this large work over in my Creative Potager blog post “Deep into the painting process of West Coast Blues rolling waves Oyster Bay

The second is a small 10 by 8 inch oil on canvas. I looked out the window as the sun arrived in the valley. My brushes were still out and there was a ground dry and waiting on a small canvas. Morning as it greets this fir tree is rendered for future reference.

MORNING GREETS FIR TREE STUDY

Morning Greets Fir Tree study 10 x 8 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_03 040

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The third and final release is a 12 x 12 inch oil on gessobord with a 2 inch wood cradle. Exercising a passion for colour and shadow this dramatic still life is filled with hope and possibility.No framing required and ready to hang on your chosen wall.

FRUITS OF LABOUR

Fruits of Labour 12 x 12 inch oil on gessobord by Terrill Welch 2012_08_12 045

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Best 13 Paintings of 2013 Happy New Year

First, Happy New Year and all the best in 2014!

With fifty finished works, many already sold, and several of these paintings three feet by six feet or greater, I found it a challenge to decide on a personal selection of just 13 paintings to designate as my best 13 paintings of 2013. However, the job is done and it gives me great pleasure to share my choices with you on the eve of a New Year.

In no particular order….

STORM WATCHING  30 x 4o inch oil on canvas – still available HERE.

Storm Watching 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_11 003

THROUGH THE TREES  5 x 7 inch oil on canvas – Updated July, 2014: SOLD

Through the Trees 5 x 7 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_04 431

WINTER SEA II 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

Winter Sun II 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_05_28 279

END OF DAY WITH ARBUTUS 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

End of Day with Arbutus 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_07_08 003

RHYTHM OF THE SEA EDITH POINT 20 x 40 inch oil on canvas – available HERE.

Rhythm of the Sea Edith Point 20 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_04_03 079

WEST COAST BLUES study 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

West Coast Blues study resting 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch SOLD 2013_03_04 020

TULIPS SPRINGWATER DECK II  20 x 16 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

Tulips Springwater Deck II by Terrill Welch 2013_05_03 008

PLUMS APPLES AND MOSTLY SUNFLOWERS 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas – available HERE.

Plums Apples and Mostly Sunflowers 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_08_23 047

ACTIVE PASS SPRING MORNING 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

Active Pass Spring Morning 2013 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_04_19 047

EVENING AND THE ARBUTUS  36 x 60 inch oil on canvas – available HERE.

Evening and the Arbutus Tree 36 x 60 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_01_07 018

THE MT. BAKER REACH 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

The Mt. Baker Reach 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_07_02 015

ARBUTUS ON MT. PARKE 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas – available HERE.

Arbutus on Mt. Park  12 x 16 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_10_26 059

A TALL TALE OF AUTUMN STUART RIVER 16 x 12 inch available HERE.

A Tall Tale of Autumn Stuart River 16 x 12 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_24 003

The runner-up painting is likely a mistake not to include in my selection of thirteen so I am adding it here as a bonus selection…

SEASIDE MAYNE ISLAND 60 x 36 inch oil on canvas – available HERE.

Seaside Mayne Island 60 x 36 oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_10_15 041

So there we have it! My deep and heartfelt thank you to art collectors who added on of my paintings to their collection in 2013. As an artist, it was a good year and one I will remember fondly.

May 2014 exceed our expectations!

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Storm Watching – large contemporary seascape

The continuous motion of the winds and the sea stir sea-spray high up onto the cliffs above. I want that. I want that feeling of stirring and motion. With as few brushstrokes as possible on this large canvas, I want us to be slightly queasy from it as we are swayed in the waters and crash against the rocks within our viewing of this painting.

STORM WATCHING 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas

Storm Watching 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_11 003

Detailed viewing and purchase information available HERE.

Contemporary as this painting is, if J.M.W. Turner (1775 – 1851) comes to mind you can be forgiven because, without any reference to the artist in my original post, his name appeared on the recommended tag list. I have therefore included a few links to his work in the related articles section below for your reading pleasure.

Also, there is a detailed in-progress post on my Creative Potager blog  HERE which includes reference images from my photography shoot that inspired this painting.

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A Tall Tale of Autumn – contemporary landscape painting

On this Christmas Eve day off the southwest coast of Canada it seems the right painting to share and release as it is fa work filled with memories.

A TALL TALE OF AUTUMN STUART RIVER – 16 x 12 inch oil on canvas

A Tall Tale of Autumn Stuart River 16 x 12 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_24 003

These are my childhood trees – popular trees growing on the riverbank. They are my first subject of paintings. I cannot pick up a brush to render them without being transported back through time with its many stops before these trees. These are trees I met before there was even a field in front of them. These are trees I introduced my first lover and later others. Then much later my now husband. These are trees I walked beside while I carried my babies and then with them while they carried theirs. These are the trees that my mother and father have walked with me since they were younger than I am today. Painting the spaces of light and shadow in between is filled with the residue of many visits. It is a tall tale that gets taller with each telling. All I intended to do was to use up the paint leftover on the palette.

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West Coast Island Road in October – contemporary landscape painting

The sun pushes through days of fog on the narrow road slick from the heavy mist slipping off of the trees. Light and shadows are like a house of mirrors.

West Coast Island Road in October 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_03 022

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Large loose brushstrokes in this contemporary landscape painting leave it with a light hopeful air. This work has finished edges and the hanging wire attached. The painting is ready to hang.

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