Northern California Contemporary Landscape Oil Paintings

Seven new landscape oil paintings of northern California by Canadian Contemporary artist Terrill Welch become available for purchase today. Using her plein air and photography sketches as well as her memory, these works are inspired from Terrill’s slow travel down and up the coast this spring.

The dynamic movement of the sea, sky and light at Arena Lighthouse in northern California mesmerizes and inspires.

Early March at Arena Lighthouse California coast 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas

Early March at Arena Lighthouse California coast 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_06_18 013

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking on the image or HERE.

Knowing what is coming and yet unable to decide whether to stay or to move forward or back from the surf as it builds its strength before coming ashore again. This is the first of three related northern California surf paintings.

Northern California Surf Building 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas

Northern California Surf Building 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_05_13 066

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking on the image or HERE.

A vibration followed by the hard pressure of full impact. We know that the sea will wear at the stone repeatedly until it gives but in this moment of connecting we are fooled.

Northern California Surf Connecting 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas

Northern California Surf Connecting 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_05_13 083

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking on the image or HERE.

There is a full-exhale as the surf releases all that it holds before gathering itself to return again. Moisture appears in small droplets on our bare skin. Only then is there an audible sigh. This is the third of three related paintings of the northern California surf.

Northern California Surf Released 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas

Northern California Surf Released 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_06_18 027

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking on the image or HERE.

The scent in the air changes rapidly as the warm light and cool shadows are rearranged overhead. New leaves and blades of grass unfold and push forward. Knowingly or unknowingly we recognize this ordinary spring day with rolling thunderclouds.

Willows Early Spring by the Quarry Lakes Fremont California 24 x 18 inch walnut oil on canvas

Willows Early Spring by the Quarry Lakes Fremont California 24 x 18 inch walnut oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_06_18 044

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking on the image or HERE.

Big fat fluffy clouds move swiftly across the early spring brilliant green of the Fremont Hills. The dark drama mirrored in the quarry lakes. A brief burst of rain did not reach the landscape until early evening.

Fremont Hills California Early Spring 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas

Fremont Hills California Early Spring 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_06_18 050

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking on the image or HERE.

The haze and atmosphere are warm and rich – almost buttery, even in early spring. There is a constant taste of chalk with a hint of salt on the air in this drought-ridden geography. It is a private view for the viewer alone to savour. The road denotes a connection to civilization that does not intrude on the landscape.

Early Spring Muir Beach Overlook California 18 x 24 inch oil on wood with 1.5 inch cradle

Early Spring Muir Beach Overlook California 18 x 24 inch oil on wood with 1.5 inch cradle by Terrill Welch 2015_04_27 057

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking on the image or HERE.

Note: at this time, purchasers can choose the colour for the edges of the painting they add to their collection.

If you are interested in viewing more landscape paintings by Canadian contemporary artist Terrill Welch go to her recent solo exhibit “West Coast Landscape as HomeHERE or the online gallery listed below.

Thank you kindly for stopping by and do feel free to contact the artist directly if you have any questions, want to make a purchase or would like to come by her home studio on Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada.

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Summer Release of an Eclectic Group of Seven Oil Paintings

Summer sun is having a long heated love affair with the southwest coast of Canada this year. It makes for some cautious lazy days as one is vigilant about fire hazards and water conservation. But the studio is cool right up until late afternoon. New work is completed and a few older pieces revisited. Decisions are made and gradually a body of new paintings is ready for release. They are varied and without a common link other than the artist’s brush marks. If connections between works is what you seek, come on back next week when the California paintings from my travels earlier in the year will be released. For now, lets skip and dance through a studio rendering of random pieces…..

November light lingers as it crosses the full depth of the room. Paintings are in temporary positions. Most paintings in the studio are accustomed to these circumstances as they appear and disappear out into the world. This painting thought it might be kept. Seven months it remained hopeful.

OPEN STUDIO 24 x 30 inch oil on canvas

OPEN STUDIO 24 x 30 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_01_01 267

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The dishes lost form and function as they clatter to the floor of the painter’s doubt only to rise again in her imaginations. Dishes are never really done.

THE SPACE OF DISHES II 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas

The Space of Dishes II 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_01_30 006

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking on the image or HERE.

The still life ripens, twists and gathers patina over time. The reds of apples spread in the afternoon light. More pears appear and the bowl is replaced.

PITCHER APPLES PEARS REVISITED 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas

Pitcher Apples Pears revisited 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_06_18 025

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking on the image or HERE.

Brushes move quickly over the plein air canvas in the cool shade of a warm spring afternoon. Maybe we can just sit and read a while and enjoy our tea.

SPRING TEA 16 X 20 inch oil on canvas

Spring Tea 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas plein air by Canadian Artist Terrill Welch 2015_04_25 140

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Carried over from another time its seems the sun used to set differently as if in a much grander seascape. A west coast evening looking southeast across the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia, Canada.

SEA IN EVENING DRESS 12 x 12 inch oil on gessobord with 2 inch natural wood cradle.

Sea In Evening Dress 12 x 12 inch oil on cradled gessobord by Canadian artist Terrill Welch 2015_07_17 057

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking on the image or HERE.

Just before night sitting in the summer stillness up on Brown Ridge. Even a quite sunset is thrilling. A grand view on Saturna Island, British Columbia Canada.

SUNSET ON BROWN RIDGE  10 x 20 inch walnut oil on wood

Sunset on Brown Ridge 10 x 20 inch walnut oil on wood by Canadian artist Terrill Welch 2015_07_17 080

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking on the image or HERE.

Early summer heat encourages our retreat into the deepest shadows. But the bright warmth of the sun calls us out again to linger at Canoe Pass and marvel at the current as the tide recedes. Simple pleasures on Saturna Island in British Columbia, Canada.

CANOE PASS AT WINTER COVE 14 x 18 inch walnut oil on textured canvas

Canoe Pass at Winter Cove 14 x 18 inch walnut oil on canvas by Canadian artist Terrill Welch 2015_07_17 091

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking on the image or HERE.

In other studio news, two quick painting sketches have left the studio.

Sold! Peonies and Poppies still life 12 x 16 inch acrylic painting sketch on gessobord

Peonies and Poppies still life 12 x 16 inch acrylic painting sketch on gessobord by Terrill Welch 2015_06_07 477

Sold! Winter Cove at Canoe Pass 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch on gessobord

Winter Cove at Canoe Pass 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch on gessobord by Terrill Welch 2015_06_26 497

In addition two Terrill Welch landscape paintings have been accepted in the 29th Sooke Fine Arts Show July 24 to August 3, 2015. This is the largest juried event in the region, representing Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands artists. The competition is fierce and jury selection rigorous. I am honour to be included. There are 375 pieces selected and the event attracts more than 8000 visitors, tourists and art patrons throughout its 11-day run. I am thrilled to have these two works represented this year and I’m looking forward to the show. If you are in the neighbourhood during this time, I highly recommend going to this premiere event. There will be some outstanding work to satisfy the artistic appreciation in everyone. Just let me know if you need more of the details.

Note: Trail Along the Ridge (30 x 24 inch oil on canvas)

Trail Along the Ridge 30 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Canadian landscape painter Terrill Welch 2014_11_26 016

and The Olive Tree (40 x 30 inch oil on canvas)

The Olive Tree 40 x 30 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_11_01 032

paintings will only be available for purchase at the Sooke Fine Arts Show between now and August 4, 2015.

Other than this and the seven California paintings that have been completed and will be released early next week, it has been a quiet summer so far.

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Exquisite Contemporary Landscape Paintings for Private Collectors.

Terrill Welch’s artist confession – the studio is in a state of organizational disaster, solo exhibit ends today, five works recently sold but six new works completed and this is your first and final notice – prices are going up in the next couple of weeks.

Terrill Welch painting in her studio by Allison Mullally

Seriously, get in there and add a “Terrill Welch original painting” to your collection while the getting is at its best. And take advantage of the “make an offer” option in the Artsy Home online gallery profile of her work. All offers are seriously considered. Just so you know, there is a thirty-day artist satisfaction guarantee for online purchases of original paintings. Its easy. Do it. Snooze you lose. Early bird gets the worm. The island ferries wait for no one and neither do Terrill Welch’s paintings. Over 60 works have found their way into private collections since 2010 with two works now in the company of historic landscape paintings by Emily Carr and Group of Seven artists. Not so bad for an emerging painter on a small island off the southwest coast of Canada.

Yes, Terrill Welch’s paintings are expensive and becoming more expensive all the time. If you must, you can read more about why on her blog post “Terrill Welch paintings – they ain’t cheap are they?” However, discerning collectors, even with modest budgets, seem to find a way. For example, there is the “Latte Dollars Purchase Painting” of a Terrill Welch original. Plus, sometimes lay-a-way and purchase plans are possible.

The next 3 steps are up to you – 1. Go to the Artsy Home online Gallery, 2. choose your painting and 3. Make an offer!

It is as easy as that – anytime, any day of the week. Yep! Done like dinner. Crazy, eh?

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Latte Dollars Purchase Painting

About half an hour into the opening evening of my solo exhibit “West Coast Landscape as Home” the room had reached a pleasant hum. Classical guitar and flute players are keeping harmony with drifting conversations. Small hot savories appear swiftly from the kitchen and the wine is flowing with every bite of cheese. I looked up to see a friend coming in the door along with another woman and her children. I waved and made my way over to say hello. The woman introduced herself and I remembered that she was part of my friend’s family. After a few pleasantries, I left them to browse the twenty-two works and enjoy the show.

A little while later, this same woman came up to me and said that she had seen a painting of mine during the summer at the Farmers Market but she couldn’t find it. All she can remember is that it was called “Arbutus something…” At this point the room is full and moving around is not particularly free-flowing. So I reach around beside me and pull out the catalog for the show and go to the section where the arbutus tree paintings are displayed. Within the briefest of seconds she spotted “her” painting.

“This one! It is this one!” she proclaims, slightly flushed with excitement.

I point up above the musician and quietly confirmed, “There it is.”

ARBUTUS BY THE TRAIL 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas

Arbutus by the Trail 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch Canadian Contemporary Artist

We wiggled our way closer to have a better look and as we are standing in front of the painting she tells me the story about how she has saved up to purchase this piece.

She had fallen in love with the oil painting during the summer. Of course, she had wanted it right away but had no money for the purchase price of an original work. Bemoaning her fate later in the day, her sister-in-law, knowing one of her regular indulgences, suggested why not set up a latte fund? Every time that she wanted to have a latte she could put the money into a jar towards purchasing the painting. The woman’s young son who had taken keen interest in this idea insisted that she give it a try. He helped her get the jar set up when the got home. Then every once in a while he would remind her about the latte fund and the painting that she wanted.

For the next seven months latte dollars and eventually even dollars for other wants, like a cute top, were added to the fund. It added up quickly and by the time she came to the opening she had enough money to purchase the painting – and so she did! The painting will go to reside in Greater Vancouver at the end of the exhibit.

I share this story with permission from the new art collector of my work for your inspiration whether it is to purchase one of my original painting or some other purchase.

Also, sold on opening night was a painting for an eightieth birthday present. This work is one of a very few of the 60 paintings since 2010 now in private collections that has found a permanent home on Mayne Island.

WEST COAST EARLY EVENING WINTER SEA 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas

WEST COAST EARLY EVENING WINTER SEA 16 x 20 inch by Terrill Welch Canadian Contemporary Artist

As well, another painting  from the studio sold the day before the opening and is now in Toronto, Ontario.

WINTER MORNING BY THE SEA 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas

Winter morning by the sea 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch Canadian Contemporary Artist

But the latte dollars purchase story trumps the week for inspiration and tenacity.

In the previous post “West Coast Landscape as Home – solo exhibit of paintings by Terrill Welch” view all 22 works and links to purchase details that are currently showing at Camassia Cafe until the end of May 2015. Purchases can also be made online and there is a 30 day no-questions-asked return policy.

 

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West Coast Landscape as Home – solo exhibit of paintings by Terrill Welch

Tall fir and winding arbutus trees stretch up from sandstone shores. These unmistakable features buttress rolling seas and an endless sky. West Coast Landscape as Home is a painting conversation that is deeply embedded in Terrill Welch’s everyday life. Her large and small canvases showcase the mysterious and rugged landscape of the southwest coast of Canada.

Welcome to the Solo Exhibit of paintings by Terrill Welch –  April 4th to May 31st 2015

At Camassia Café, 574 Fernhill Road, Mayne Island B.C. Canada

Opening reception Saturday, April 4th 6:30pm to 8:30 pm

An art catalog book for this exhibition is available for viewing and purchase HERE. This magazine booklet is best viewed from a PC or Laptop. A few copies of the catalog will be available at the opening for those attending the show in person. A PDF price list for paintings included in the show can be requested by emailing tawelch@shaw.ca . Purchases of paintings can be made in advance of the opening. We request that, if possible, the purchased work remain in the show until the first week of May, at which time it will be shipped or personally delivered to the art collector. All paintings in the show can be viewed in detail and purchased online through Terrill Welch’s Arty Home online gallery profile HERE. Please feel free to contact Terrill Welch directly for or further information or if you have any questions .

For your viewing pleasure and immediate gratification, all 22 paintings in the solo exhibit are featured below and (by clicking on the image or title of the work) includes a direct link to detailed viewing, addition information and purchase price for each piece in the West Coast Landscape as Home – solo exhibit of paintings by Terrill Welch.

Note: size is very difficult to demonstrate in an online post of this nature. Generally, the larger the brush strokes appear to the viewer in the photograph, the small the painting. Sizes in inches of each work is included after the title to provide further clarity when viewing. The largest painting in the exhibition is 36.0 x 72.0 inches (or three feet high by six feet long) and the smallest is 8.0 x 8.0 inches. All works are sold unframed with painted edges on those pieces that are 1.5 inches in depth.

 

SOLD! West Coast Early Evening Winter Sea  16.0 x 20.0 x 1.5 in

WEST COAST EARLY EVENING WINTER SEA 16 x 20 inch by Terrill Welch 2015_01_01 253

 

Sea and Stones French Beach  12.0 x 16.0 x 1.5 in

Sea and Stones French Beach 12 x 16 inch walnut oil on wood with 1.5 inc cradle by Terrill Welch 2015_02_01 067

 

Sky and Sea French Beach  12.0 x 16.0 x 1.5 in

Sky and Sea French Beach 12 x 16 inch walnut oil on wood with 1.5 inch cradle by Terrill Welch 2015_02_01 060

 

Trail in the Arbutus Trees   24.0 x 24.0 x 1.5 in

TRAIL IN THE ARBUTUS TREES 24 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_01_01 246

 

Trail Along the Ridge   30.0 x 24.0 x 1.5 in

Trail Along the Ridge 30 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Canadian landscape painter Terrill Welch 2014_11_26 016

 

Garry Oaks on Brown Ridge  14.0 x 18.0 x 1.5 in

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

 

Promise  12.0 x 16.0 x 0.75 in

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

 

Rhythm of the Sea Edith Point  20.0 x 40.0 x 1.5 in

Rhythm of the Sea Edith Point 20 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_04_16 069

 

Long Beach Vancouver Island June 2013  48.0 x 24.0 x 1.5 in

Long Beach Vancouver Island 48 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_08_23 027

 

End of Storm Georgina Point Mayne Island  8.0 x 10.0 x 0.75 in

End of Storm Georgina Point Mayne Island 8 x 10 oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_06_25 017

 

Castle Rocks at Creyke Point  8.0 x 8.0 x 0.75 in

Castle Rocks at Creyke Point 8 x 8 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_11 020

 

Evening Thunderclouds Over The Strait of Georgia  20.0 x 20.0 x 1.5 in

Evening Thunderclouds over the Strait of Georgia 20 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2012_12_20 025

 

West Coast Blues Rolling Waves Oyster Bay  36.0 x 72.0 x 1.5 in

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

 

Evening and the Arbutus Tree

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

 

Morning Greets Fir Tree Study  10.0 x 8.0 x 0.75 in

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

 

SOLD! Arbutus by the Trail  8.0 x 10.0 x 0.75 in

Arbutus by the Trail 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_11_16 007

 

Arbutus on Mt. Parke  12.0 x 16.0 x 0.75 in

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

 

Remembered Untold Mystery  10.0 x 10.0 x 0.75 in

Remembered Untold Mystery 10 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_06_01 009

 

Road To Everyday  36.0 x 24.0 x 1.5 in

Road to Everyday 36 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_04_16 106

 

Farm in Fog  16.0 x 20.0 x 2.0 in

Farm In Fog 16 x 20 inch oil on gessobord by Terrill Welch 2013_11_05 157

 

Haying  14.0 x 18.0 x 0.75 in

Haying oil 14 x 18 inch on canvas by Terrill Welch

 

Breezy Bay Morning  36.0 x 36.0 x 1.5 in

Breezy Bay Morning 36 x 36 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_09_15 038

We hope you have enjoyed this opportunity to view the West Coast Landscape as Home – solo exhibit of paintings by Terrill Welch online in this post.  Thank you to Anita Bates and Camassia Cafe for offering gallery space for this solo exhibit. As part of the Festive Active Pass celebrations Terrill Welch will also be doing a live painting session at the Cafe between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on Saturday April 18th. Again, if you have any questions about a specific painting or making purchase arrangements please contact Terrill Welch directly.

 

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Scent of Hyacinths new still life painting and other studio news

There is a moment when the scent of hyacinths registers. My eyes close and there is a reel of past moments cascading through my memory until I pull up the correct identification – Hyacinths, spring! Now this moment will be added to those.

SCENT OF HYACINTHS 18 x 14 inch walnut oil on wood

scent of hyacinths 18 x 14 inch walnut oil on wood by Terrill Welch 2015_03_17 033

Detailed viewing and purchase information is available by clicking on the image or HERE.

In other Studio news, the final preparations for “West Coast Landscape as Home” a solo exhibition of Terrill Welch paintings opening April 4, 2015 are close to complete. Very shortly, a special post exclusively for this show will be available. For now though, the art catalogue is in the mail to existing collectors, postcard announcements have been handed out and posters are up.

Also, a few acrylic painting sketches have found new homes. These works are usually not for sale but if one is to inquire sometimes they are allowed to leave the studio.

One of the recent works to slip out the door is “Arbutus tree  in ray of sun” 8 x 10 inch acrylic painting sketch on gessoboard (SOLD)

Arbutus tree  in ray of sun 8 x 10 inch acrylic painting sketch on gessoboard by Terrill Welch 2015_02_01 057

More soon with four new paintings ready to release as part of the solo exhibit.

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Canadian Contemporary Artist Terrill Welch solo exhibit and auction

Twenty-two of Terrill Welch’s paintings open in a solo exhibit today in the International Fine Arts Collaborative (IFAC) ZEN Gallery Facebook Page curated by Sukhee Kwon.

S O L O . E X H I B I T I O N : 1 2
Collection: T E N D I N G . T O . T H E . O R D I N A R Y
Artist: Terrill Welch

 IFAC Zen Gallery Solo Exhibition 12 Terrill Welch

This solo exhibit has now ended.

Intro: Terrill Welch is internationally recognized. Her paintings are sold to art collectors throughout Canada and the United States as well as in Australia, England, Norway and Switzerland. Since 2010, more than 50 of her paintings have found their way into private collections.

TENDING TO THE ORDINARY is a selection of paintings chosen for their moments of engagement with our everyday world. The brushstrokes render the light, shadow, movement, smells, sounds and emotions I am experiencing as I paint. The resulting paintings are my complete sensory experience, expressed.

Also, to celebrate Art of Terrill Welch Facebook Page receiving more than 1,000 likes Terrill is auctioning “Summer Market” 8 x 10 inch plein air acrylic sketch on hardboard by Terrill Welch. Auction ended 7:00 pm Sunday, January 18th PST. Thank you for your interest.
Summer Market 8 x 10 inch acrylic painting sketch by Terrill Welch 2014_08_08 117

This was a rare opportunity. Mostly, Terrill Welch’s quick painting sketches are not released for sale and remain part of the artist’s reference materials.

Thank you as always for your support and enthusiasm!

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Art and Landscape connecting one brushstroke at a time

Originally posted on Creative Potager:

Some days simply overflowing with humble gratitude. An unexpected belly laugh from your partner, child or a friend. The dampness of morning air on your cheek. Maybe it is the sounds of the tree frogs nearby that does it for you? Or an eagle hanging on a branch with a robust sea coming to shore?

detail of WEST COAST EARLY EVENING WINTER SEA 16 x 20 inch by Terrill Welch 2015_01_01 253

What are those everyday experiences that remind you of your humanness and connection to nature?

Today my Art of Terrill Welch Facebook Page has 837 followers or “Likes.” Just so you know, when it reaches 1,000 I am going to auction off an 8 x 10 inch landscape painting sketch. It will be a new adventure for me though I have seen it done many times before. The bidding is done in the comments on the post and there is a small reserved bid to start. In order to comment one must have “Liked” the…

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Best 14 Paintings of 2014 Happy New Year

We are swiftly moving into 2015 but as promised, here is the best fourteen of 2014 paintings as selected by the artist Terrill Welch. This year there are several painting sketches included from the three-month European travels as well as finished paintings. The paintings and painting sketches are organized in no particular order and shared here for your viewing pleasure. A few words accompany each painting or painting sketch to provide some background into their creation and a window into the influence of everyday life in the work of the artist.

Please note that scale of original work is difficult to convey in this type of post. Close observation of the size information is recommended.

1. Afternoon canal watch in Venice Italy – 18 x 24 cm acrylic painting sketch on linen finished paint block.

The gondoliers are often in convoys swinging their way around the canals of Venice with enchanted passengers. I watch from the top of a bridge someplace deep in the fish-shaped city. I love to watch their progression, yet have little desire to take a ride. Earlier today I heard someone say “Venice is slowly decaying with a declining population and is on life-support of tourism.” May the canals continue to fill with gondoliers and smart-phone videoing guests – living their dream of Venice.

Afternoon canal watch in Venice Italy 18 x 24 cm acrylic painting sketch on linen finished paint block by Terrill Welch 2014_04_19 005

The original sketch is not for sale. Art prints can be purchased by clicking on the image or HERE.

2. Breezy Bay Morning – 36 x 36 inch oil on canvas

Squared with a Breezy Bay Morning on Saturna Island. This painting is more than a nostalgic moment. It is about a global myth and a modern-day fantasy. I leave you with its loose grasp on your critical thinking. I leave you within the warmth of our common dream.

Breezy Bay Morning 36 x 36 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_09_15 038

Detailed viewing and purchase information is available by clicking on the image or HERE.

3. Evening with Cezanne’s Mountain – 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas

This evening painting, which began with an acrylic painting sketch on the painters’ mound in Aix-en-Provence, is about the interplay between our internal world and what is accentuated by the light resulting in our creating what we believe we see is in front of us. Montagne Sainte-Victoire as we know from the work of Paul Cezanne is an exemplar subject for this conversation. There is a second painting of the same scene in the morning as well.

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

Detailed viewing and purchase information is available by clicking on the image or HERE.

4. From the White Room Aix-en-Provence – 25 x 35 cm acrylic painting sketch

From the vantage point of the white room in Aix-en-Provence,France, I often stood and observed the interactions and comings and goings of locals and tourists as they passed on the streets below. It was a delicious bird-like view for painting where few looked up and noticed my prying inquires.

From the White Room Aix en Provence 25 x 35 cm acrylic painting sketch by Terrill Welch 2014_05_18 069

The original sketch is not for sale. Art prints can be purchased by clicking on the image or HERE.

5. Garry Oaks on Brown Ridge – 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas

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. These muted hues have endurance and awe brushed into their presence. Canadian landscape art is imminently present in this view.

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

Detailed viewing and purchase information is available by clicking on the image or HERE.

6. Morning by Pont d’ Avignon – 24 x 36 inch oil on canvas

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.

Morning by Pont d' Avignon 24 x 36 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_07_03 150

The original sketch is now in a private collection . Art prints can be purchased by clicking on the image or HERE.

7. Morning with Cezanne’s Mountain – 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas

This morning painting, which began with an acrylic painting sketch on the painters’ mound in Aix-en-Provence, is about the interplay between our internal world and what is accentuated by the light resulting in our creating what we believe we see is in front of us. Montagne Sainte-Victoire as we know from the work of Paul Cezanne is an exemplar subject for this conversation. There is a second painting of the same scene in the evening as well.

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

Detailed viewing and purchase information is available by clicking on the image or HERE.

8. Oyster Bay Late July – 12 x 16 inch plein air oil on canvas

This plein air of Mayne Island’s Oyster Bay 12 × 16 inch oil on canvas seascape brushes against the immediacy of the west coast Canadian landscape.

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

This painting is now in a private collection. Art prints can be purchased by clicking on the image or HERE.

9. Promise – 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas

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 by Terrill Welch 2014_01_21 069

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10. 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 rural landscape painting and stay awhile.

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

This painting is now in a private collection. Art prints can be purchased by clicking on the image or HERE.

11. Stuart River Kicking Leaves – 24 x 36 inch oil on canvas

Snow is not far off and a day of kicking leaves means there is a good stockpile of winter wood. The larder is full and the winter vegetables put down. With the last heat of the sun on our back and cool northern breeze on our face, kicking leaves is a luxury between the tasks that are necessary to survive another winter.

Stuart River kicking leaves 24 x 36 inch oil on canvas by Canadian landscape painterTerrill Welch 2014_11_26 005

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12. The Olive Tree – 40 x 30 inch oil on canvas

This work is created using reference painting sketches, photographs and my memory from traveling this spring to a farm outside of Florence Italy. The painting of the olive tree seems to collapse history and time onto a contemporary the canvas.

The Olive Tree 40 x 30 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_11_01 032

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13. Trail Along the Ridge – 30 x 24 inch oil on canvas

There is a place called Mount Parke on Mayne Island that has a trail that meanders steeply up to above the cliffs behind our house and runs along the ridge. Sometimes if there is low fog it is possible to climb up on the ridge into the sun. It is like some special magic has happened. I want to laugh and clap my hands and do a little gig along the trail.

Trail Along the Ridge 30 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Canadian landscape painter Terrill Welch 2014_11_26 016

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14. What is Left in Avignon France – 8 x 10 inch acrylic painting sketch on canvas board

There comes a time when every traveler must pack up and move on. Tomorrow is the day we leave Avignon France. This still life is a collection of basic foods that are left and represent the richness of our experience in this warm beautiful city. Mostly the painting sketch is about exploring the idea that we can divide our lives up into pieces and moments but it really only makes sense as a whole.

What is Left in Avignon France 8 x 10 inch acrylic painting sketch on canvas board by Terrill Welch 2014_06_013 041

This painting sketch is now in a private collection in France. Art prints can be purchased by clicking on the image or HERE.

Happy New Year and all the best in 2015!

If you would like to glance back at last years collection they can be found at “Best 13 Paintings of 2013 Happy New Year

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Happy Holidays to You!

Thank you for being part of what makes this past year extra special.
Best of the season to you and yours!
Holiday Greetings by Terrill Welch 2013_11_05 196

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