Impressionist Painter and Photographer Terrill Welch

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Garry Oaks viewed from Brown Ridge – Canadian landscape painting

These muted hues have endurance and awe brushed into their presence. So often painters seem to feel the need to resist the gray and brown and heaviness of our southwest Canadian rainforest. This is a mistake because there is beauty to explore in these melancholy landscapes. There is fuel to feed our own inner strength. We need not brush it over with artificial colour. We need only to seeking deeply into the hues and hold this wonder on our canvas. These are this artist’s musings as Terrill Welch worked on this oil painting inspired by a resent hike when the mist was rolling along the ridge, the air damp on her skin and her body warm from her steps.

GARRY OAKS ON BROWN RIDGE 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas

Garry Oaks on Brown Ridge 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas contemporary Canadian landscape art by Terrill Welch 2014_09_15 025

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Following the goat paths where the Garry Oaks lean into Brown Ridge on Saturna Island is a beautiful sight. We must stop before looking up from our feet and out over the inside passage towards Saltspring and Vancouver Island. Contemporary Canadian landscape art is eminently present in this view.

A few words from the painter:

Painting the spaces in between whilst keeping ones visual balance to capture the feeling of being high on Saturna Island’s Brown Ridge is a challenge that this landscape painter is prepared to breathe life into. The intention is to allow the viewer’s eye to escape the edges of the canvas and find themselves imbedded within the view. But not comfortably. I desired that sense of wanting to look, feeling the wisps of sea air in our ears while we steady ourselves on the narrow path. I wanted the painting to be saturated with not quite clear emotions of awe, wonder and internal loss. This may be a tall order for one relatively small canvas but I had to give it my best didn’t I?

 

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Canadian Landscape Artist Terrill Welch Paints Montagne Sainte-Victoire

Canadian landscape artist, Terrill Welch, renders a contemporary modern-day classic of Cezanne’s Mountain morning and evening. The story begins when the artist travels to Europe in the spring of 2014 and finds herself on the painters’ ground in Aix-en-Provence.

The resulting work from this experience are two 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas paintings completed back in Terrill Welch’s studio on Mayne Island off the southwest coast of Canada. One painting is of Cezanne’s Montagne Sainte-Victoire in the morning and the other in the evening.

on the easel Evening  with Cezanne's Mountain 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_08_31 111

Though this complimentary pair or diptych illuminate each other and together comprise a distinct piece of art, they are available separately.

MORNING WITH CEZANNE’S MOUNTAIN

Morning with Cezanne's Mountain 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch Montagne Sainte-Victoire 2014_09_15 041

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EVENING WITH CEZANNE’S MOUNTAIN

Evening with Cezanne's Mountain 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch Montagne Sainte-Victoire2014_09_15 050

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The story of the artist’s climb to the painters’ gound, being accidentally photographed by a professional photographer and completing a 20 minute plein air acrylic sketch for later reference, along with a handful of photographs, is told in her Creative Potager post “Aix en Provence with Cezanne and photographer Mme Miceli Brigitte on the Painters Ground

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New Painting Squared with a Breezy Bay Morning on Saturna Island

This  large  square contemporary Canadian landscape oil painting of a Breezy Bay Morning on Saturna Island, British Columbia  by Terrill Welch is more than a nostalgic moment. It is about a global myth and a modern-day fantasy.

BREEZY BAY MORNING 36 x 36 inch oil on canvas

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However, we leave you with its loose grasp on your critical thinking. We leave you within the warmth of our common dream. Unless of course you would like to explore the background and the en plein air painting sketch that preceded this work in Terrill’s  Creative Potager blog post “Saturna Island and rendering overlapping memories

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Releasing two new oil paintings by Terrill Welch

Summer for painter Terrill Welch is plein air painting and also enjoying the bright brushstrokes of still life work. Released today, are one of each by artist Terrill Welch.

This plein air 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas seascape brushes against the immediacy of the west coast Canadian landscape. The edges are painted and it is ready to hang.

OYSTER BAY LATE JULY 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas

Update September 2, 2014: This painting is now SOLD but by clicking on the image it will take you to where my current work that is available can be viewed in detail with purchase information.

Oyster Bay Late July 12 x 16 inch plein air oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_08_08 060

An unexpected tribute to Van Gogh, this 18 x 14 inch oil on canvas still life with painted edges gathers the fullness of summer with acknowledgement of its passing. It will bring timeless warmth to any room.

HOT SUMMER REFLECTIONS 18 x 14 inch oil on canvas

HOT SUMMER REFLECTIONS an unexpected tribute to Van Gogh 18 x 14 inch oil on canvasby Terrill Welch 2014_08_08 092

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In other studio news – one oil painting and one acrylic painting sketch have sold and now reside with private collectors in the lower mainland of British Columbia. The first is a small landscape THROUGH THE TREES.

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

The second is a plein air sketch painted at the Mayne Island Farmers’ Market

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called FLOWERS TO MARKET.

Flowers to Market 10 x 8 inch acrylic painting sketch on panel board by Terrill Welch 2014_07_05 009

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Catching Tumbling Red Pears – a not-so-still still life painting

New Release – TUMBLING RED PEARS
20 x 16 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch

Tumbling Red Pears 20 x 16 inch oil on canvas  by Terrill Welch 2014_08_01 030
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Did you know you were going to paint these red pears tumbling out of a canvas when you saw them in the grocery store?

The painter blinks, slightly confused and unable to answer as she comes out of her painting trance – her deep practice of noticing what she sees, a seeing that uses all of her sense, a seeing that is disrupted by her memory and is enhanced by her imagination. At this moment all she can remember, all she can “see” is tumbling red pears – the ones she imagined, the ones she painted on the canvas. This is her painting of reality.

If you are interested in the background and seeing the work-in-progress for this painting it is posted on Terrill’s Creative Potager at: HERE

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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.

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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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