The Work Of Art

Yesterday, following a rocky ferry ride, a power outage and in the mids of winds and heavy rain, business woman, Katrina Elliot and I slipped into the Terrill Welch Gallery. A painting had been set aside months ago, waiting for her final review and consideration. She said “yes!” 

Happy Art Collector

You see, like people, my paintings have work to do. My paintings are not just a pretty face to dangle on your wall for others to admire or an accessory to balance or decorate a room. In fact, many collectors of my paintings hang the work in their bedrooms where few see them but the intended viewer. So, what is this important work that these paintings do? 

Well, like Katrina, many “Terrill Welch collectors” are leaders in fields that they are passionate about – it is demanding work, meaningful work. The risks are often high and the learning curves steep because these individuals continually reach for what is just at the edge of their ability, simply because the positive outcomes for change, in individual lives and in community, are great. It is work that will matter ten years and even a hundred years from now. These individuals give everything they have and then find that extra 10 percent. In these situations, my paintings frequently provide a focus for reflection, a chance to regroup and build resilience, an opportunity to dream and problem-solve. They provide confirmation that you are enough – just as you are. Finally and most importantly – hope. The paintings are a touchstone and buffer. They are a reminder of our ability to endure and navigate significant losses and the trials we all must face in living a full life, one that is well lived. 

We know this because firstly, it is the spirit in which the work is created and secondly, the paintings have been doing this work for so long that they excel in their partnership with the viewer to accomplish these tasks. In fact, Katrina attended and purchased her first work from my very first solo gallery show back in the mid 1990’s. Sadly, this initial painting was lost in a flood a few years ago. In 2016, wanting to replace the painting, Katrina did a google searched for me and the rest, as they say, is history. Since then she has carefully and thoughtfully added works to her “Terrill Welch collection” and I do trust and hope that these paintings will work as rigorously and hard as she does. The biggest bonus for me is that we have rekindled a friendship that now spans almost 25 years. The paintings consider this their valued-added contribution to the bottom line of life and community. The paintings can never guarantee this outcome but it is always a welcomed deliverable. As a painter, I think I love my work almost as much as the collectors and the paintings do! After all, we all have work we must do, that we cannot bare to walk away from or leave only half completed. 

So, let us congratulate “Centuries of Seasons – Heritage Road, P.E.I.” on finding the perfect home and Katrina Elliot on her new stewardship of this work. May they both thrive, give their best and always know how much they are appreciated. 

You can learn more about Katrina and Four Corners Management Consulting at https://www.4cmc.ca

Oil painting of Prince Edward Island Heritage Road showing all four seasons starting with winter, then autumn, summer and finally spring in the distance.
Centuries of Seasons Heritage Road PEI by Canadian Artist Terrill Welch

Painter’s notes about “Centuries of Seasons – Heritage Road, P.E.I.” 24 x 30 inch walnut oil on wood… 

Centuries of Seasons might be said to have begun on a drive down the Currie Heritage Road on Prince Edward Island, Canada in May 2016.

It might be said that I only trust my brushes today and not my own words and convictions. This is true, though it is not uncommon, I would think, to seek the experience of wise counsel when processing ones own experiences.

It might be said too that I have begun with the first trees I ever painted. This likely is equally true because to know a tree well enough to paint it is to spend years in its company.

It might be said that the centuries of seasons in this painting have no beginning and no ending. This too is true as we can observe that the road has worn away from years of passage over its red dirt surface.

Regardless of what might be said, this is where the painting has come to rest with its centuries of seasons.

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Seven More Paintings Gone

Since the beginning of October, seven more paintings have left the Terrill Welch Gallery and the artist’s home studio for private art collections. We haven’t shared these departures for a while so we will also add in three other favourites from earlier in the year for a total of ten featured in this post that are now in private art collections. There are others of course. But one can’t share all the works going and have any room left for sharing the new work being released. So we shall stop there for the moment. These original works are characterized by a wide range of sizes, rendered in acrylic and in oil – each have Welch’s signature attention to place, light and movement. Starting with the smaller acrylic painting sketches and working up to the larger oil paintings, let’s see what we have…

Update November 25, 2018: Make that eight! Starting with the latest…

Salish Sea late August morning – 11 x 14 inch acrylic plein air sketch on gessobord by Terrill Welch. In Private Collection. Waves rolled ashore creating a space to pause in the August Sun. What a day!

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Then continuing as originally posted….

Orca Trail Cotton Park  – 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air painting sketch by Terrill Welch. In Private Collection. A glorious day standing by the sea plein air painting for summer solstice. Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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Afternoon Chairs – 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air painting sketch by Terrill Welch. In Private Collection. A pleasant afternoon spent painting under the trees in a fellow painter’s backyard.

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Sea and Shore Study – 11 x 14 inch acrylic plein air painting sketch by Terrill Welch. In Private Collection. Sweeping curves round above seal-shaped forms below. Light and shadow intertwine in a symphonic melody.

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A small Emerald Bay Mayne Island B.C. – 24 x 18 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch. In Private Collection. The emerald waters in the bay sparkle with the clarity of gems as the sunlight reaches over top of the hill. I stand in the calmness for a while then cast my thoughts farther afield to the smoky skies across the water.

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A Tall Tale of Autumn Stuart River – 16 x 12 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch. In Private Collection. 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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High Desert Dawn – 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch. In Private Collection. The morning light slices through the heavy storm clouds over the high desert in Orville Washington.

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Long Beach Vancouver Island June 2013 – 48 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch. In Private Collection. There is nothing like a long stretch of sand on the west coast of Vancouver Island with the water and mist rolling at the same tempo. Untamed wanton desire whips up our wild side with such grace and ease we gasp, we cry and we laugh like the gulls.

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And here are three more Gallery favourites from earlier in the year that have also sold:

Morning Along the Island Road Mayne Island BC – 20 x 16 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch. In Private Collection. The rising sun grasps at the branches of the arbutus tree and dashes across the old road and through the dry grass. My eyes and heart race to catch up while the brush makes swift marks on the canvas. An island summer plein air morning to be remembered.

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Catching Waves at Georgina Point Mayne Island BC – 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch. In Private Collection. There is a brisk northwesterly wind stirring up the Salish Sea in the bright autumn sun. I step carefully down the sandstone trail to the shore below the lighthouse at Georgina Point. Looking out across the Strait of Georgia, it seems that the best thing to do is to catch a few waves. Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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And finally for the largest work which only hung in the Terrill Welch Gallery for a day before being personally delivered to the art collector….

Sea and Shore – 36 x 48 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch. In Private Collection. There is this small bay at the mouth of Active Pass as it opens into the Strait of Georgia where the tension between sea and shore is intense.

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So there you have it! Just a few painting adventures for you as they leave the Terrill Welch Gallery or the artist’s home studio for your browsing pleasure. If you want to see more of her works that have sold or, more importantly, that are still available for purchase –  drop on by the Online Gallery at https://terrillwelchartist.com/online-art-gallery. Or, if you happen to be making a trip to Mayne Island on the Southwest Coast of Canada, make an appointment and come into the Terrill Welch Gallery where it is the artist’s winter studio until the spring of 2019.

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Catching Waves with New West Coast Painting Release

There is a brisk northwesterly wind stirring up the Salish Sea in the bright autumn sun. I step carefully down the sandstone trail to the shore below the lighthouse at Georgina Point. Looking out across the Strait of Georgia, it seems that the best thing to do is to catch a few waves.

New Release – Catching Waves at Georgina Point Mayne Island BC – 30 x 40 inch oil on Canvas.

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In other studio news, one painting and two painting sketches have recently left the studio….

Sold! Bell Towers of Florence Countryside – 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas

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Sold! Arbutus Outlook Mayne Island B.C. – 16 x 12 inch acrylic sketch

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And Sold! Westerly Winds Coming Ashore – 8 x 10 inch plein air acrylic sketch

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In addition, a reminder that the solo show of large landscape paintings at the Emily Carr Branch of the Greater Victoria Library continues until the end of October.

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New Work by Contemporary Canadian Artist Sells While The Paint Is Still Wet

Two new art works by independent contemporary Canadian artist Terrill Welch sell while the paint is still wet and long before the pieces could be formally listed for sale. The first painting received immediate online acquisition through email exchanges and went to private collectors of Canadian historic landscape paintings. This is the second work by the artist that has been selected by these collectors who in recent years have been adding more contemporary works to their collection.

SOLD! POINT NO POINT MID-STORM 16 x 20 inch walnut oil on canvas

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The second work is an acrylic plein air painting sketch that was a preliminary work in a live painting session at the Camassia Cafe and part of the local Festive Active Pass event on Mayne Island. The painting sketch was purchased on site during the live painting session.

SOLD! “Spring Tea – a quick study” 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch

Spring Tea - a quick study 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch by Terrill Welch

Yet to be released is the completed larger oil painting from this same plein air live painting session.

SPRING TEA 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas

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If this work is of interest please contact the artist directly.

In the time span of two weeks, five original Terrill Welch paintings were sold into private Canadian art collections in Toronto, Vancouver and Mayne Island. The other three paintings that sold can be viewed in the previous post “Latte Dollars Purchase Painting“. These recent sales are breaking a trend where most of the Artist’s work is purchased by art collectors in the United States and by other international collectors.

In a 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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More Canadian Landscape paintings by Terrill Welch SOLD!

You might be saying “where have you been!?” You would be right to ask of course. It is true. I am finding it hard to squeeze in a new blog post here. I don’t know what to say. Either it is fluke good luck or my art work has gained some momentum.

Since I last posted on March 13, 2013, four more paintings and a medium canvas fine art photography print have been sold. This means that, since the middle of January 2013, a total of eight paintings and three fine art photography prints. This may not sound like much but it represents several thousands of dollars worth of art work. It is enough to get that new canon camera body and lens I have been wishing on and to begin to think about next steps for showing my art work. The other noteworthy aspect of these sales is that all but two were Canadian purchases. My work is usually sold in the reverse ratio with most of it going to buyers in the United States or even Europe rather than my fellow Canadians.

At this rate, I will not be able to continue to share posts about all the specific paintings and photographs that have sold. However, just for fun, lets look at the latest that have found new homes.

This photograph of Edith Point, Mayne Island,  in a medium size canvas print was purchases as a housewarming gift and is on its way to Vancouver, B. C. Canada.

Sea Glimpse

(Image can be purchased on Redbubble HERE)

The same collector also purchased an 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas painting, PEARS IN WINTER FIRST LIGHT for their own art collection.

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Another art collector from Victoria B.C. Canada purchased these two paintings to be hung as a pair in her office.

SATURNA ISLAND SEA AND SHORE – 16 x 12 inch oil on canvas

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FIDDLERS CLIFFSIDE SATURNA ISLAND – 16 x 12 inch oil on canvas

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These three paintings were purchased with basic show frames and are ready to hang in their new locations. Framing is not something I often do and I do not recommend it for buyers that need to have their paintings shipped. However, it is a nice option for local sales and when visitors come directly to my home studio to pick up their art.

This final work that sold, PLUM SPRING, is an 8 x 10 inch oil on gessobord small study. The painting found its new collector within 2:24 minutes of being shared in its “resting” state and it is still awaiting its final photograph.

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The Vancouver Island art collector who purchased this painting has been looking for a while waiting for “her painting” to come off my easel. When it did, she knew right away and wasted not even a minute in letting me know. She told me if she had seen in any quicker she would have inquired to purchase it that much sooner. It might be what we call love at first sight. 😉 This is the second painting I have completed recently which has sold within 24 hours of when I have set it aside to rest.

It all means I must keep those brushes moving and the shutter clicking! Not a hardship really 🙂

Here is one of my latest paintings which is completed but has not yet been released for sale yet. I just want to keep it for a while and enjoy the rolling of the waves as they push up against the shore. But I thought you might enjoy seeing the completed work just the same.

RHYTHM OF THE SEA EDITH POINT – 20 x 40 inch oil on canvas with finished edges.

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There is more about the painting process of this work on my Creative Potager blog HERE.

Paintings that ARE currently available can be found in my Artsy Home gallery HERE.

I am so glad and deeply honoured that you have dropped in to celebrate with me. As always, thank you kindly for your support and for sharing my work with your family and friends. It all makes a difference and is key to the success of an independent artist such as myself.

A warm cyber-hug to you and happy art collecting!

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