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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3 thoughts on “Painting The Vitality of West Coast Grey Landscapes

    • Why thank you Laurie! 🙂 I think it is because grey like white is always reaching towards a colour and it is the ability to discern and the hint at this colour that brings in the life and mystery.

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