Happy New Year with best 5 paintings of 2017

As we approach the end of the calendar year, we again select the artist’s choice for the best paintings of 2017. This year, we have decided on 5 out of the 29 new works that have been released – and three of those are just being released today in the online gallery! So be sure to check it out. The link is included below.

Here is the 1st and likely the public favourite…

Storytelling Arbutus Tree Bennett Bay Mayne Island BC
By Terrill Welch
Size (h w d): 60 x 40 x 1.5 in
Medium: Oil On Canvas
Available: HERE

In 2nd place for the artist’s choice of the best five paintings completed in 2017 is…..

Northeasterly Morning Strait of Georgia Mayne Island BC
By Terrill Welch
Size (h w d): 20 x 40 x 1.5 in
Medium: Oil On Canvas
Available: HERE

In 3rd place for the artist’s choice of the best five paintings completed in 2017 is……

Early Spring Morning at Miners Bay
by Terrill Welch
Size (h w d): 12 x 24 x 1.5 in
Medium: Oil On Canvas
Availability: Sold

Then in 4th place for the artist’s choice

Winter Late Afternoon Georgina Point Mayne Island BC
By Terrill Welch
Size (h w d): 18 x 24 x 1.5 in
Medium: walnut oil on canvas
Availability: Sold

And finally, the 5th painting chosen…

Just Before Sunset Mayne Island BC
By Terrill Welch
Size (h w d):  30 x 24 x 1.5 in
Medium: Oil On Canvas
Available: HERE

View all available work in the online gallery HERE.

Closing remarks for 2017 from artist Terrill Welch:

An outstanding career photographer who follows my work, who has been to some of the places rendered in my paintings and who has seen some of the paintings in person, as well as online, made this comment:

“The strength of your work is not always immediately evident. A person must often be willing to take time with it before its power becomes apparent.”

This is what I have come to call – exposing the mystery in an ordinary day. The energy of a piece is intended to reach our bodies before our eyes can decipher and translate what we are experiencing into cognitive thought – words. The paintings are intended to reach the viewer before they can edit what they are experiencing into what what they think they already know.

These paintings are a good examples of this tension between the ordinary impressions of a day and the early 1800’s sublime or romantic. With the predictability of a labyrinth, we circle back to a new, yet slightly familiar, place. But for me this life/painting journey is more like a spiral that is so finely threaded I have have no idea whether I am winding inward or outward. Possibly, it doesn’t really matter.

My job, as I see it, is to capture the conversation between this earth and me and then translate these experiences into a universal language of paint. How else can we collectively gather ourselves around a shared purpose to change our ways and recognize our responsibility for our planet, for our stewardship, for our world and for our continued existence?

Yes, I paint what is meaningful to me, often without even sorting through the “why” of it. But this means nothing unless the viewer becomes passionate about the painting’s conversation and cognizance of their own urgency to engage, to act, to be and to love.

This a tall order to ask of a painting and of a painter on a mainstream global platform that is spiraling towards self destruction, chasing shock and awe. Still I must try because we deserve a chance and above all, I am not alone. You have come to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with me, again and again, canvas upon canvas upon canvas. This 2017 year has been no exception. In just the last few days alone, the paintings have been viewed over 25,000 times. I can no longer count the vast number of views, comments, shares and conversations each year. On top of all of this, more than 20 original paintings, from the very large to small, were purchased and are now in private collections.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for embracing the conversation with the land, the sea and the sky…. and with each other.

HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the best in 2018!

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Exposing The Mystery In An Ordinary Day

Recently Terrill Welch was asked what her art was about.

“I am a landscape painter, exposing the mystery in ordinary day” she replied, “want to see?”

With several large canvases prepped with grounds and underpaintings waiting for her in the winter studio and material being reworked for a new online teaching of oil painting classes starting early in the new year, a few moments were taken up with creating a short glimpse into Terrill’s work… so we can “see” what this Canadian landscape artist is doing. She will be thrilled if you take a second or two and watch the short video, leave a comment and share with others who might be interested. Enjoy!

The Terrill Welch Gallery is now closed until early April, except by appoint to visit the winter studio or her home studio. However, work is always available 24/7 in her online gallery. This has been a good year finding homes for paintings. So far, almost as many works left on adventures of their own as were released. However,  “available” works showing in the online gallery are current. So feel free to browse away HERE.

Also, beyond the showing of work in the Terrill Welch Gallery, there are two new solo exhibitions scheduled  for 2018 in public gallery spaces. If you are traveling in these areas of British Columbia or you are close by and want to make a special trip to see the work, specific details are below.

The first solo exhibition opening April 5th at The Station House Gallery in Williams Lake, British Columbia. The “Light of Place Exposed, Landscapes by Terrill Welch” show can be viewed in the main gallery until April 28th.

The second solo exhibition “Between Islands on the Salish Sea” will be at the Galiano Public Library on Galiano Island, British Columbia from September 10 to October 26, 2018.

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Mayne Island Landscapes Small and Large at the Terrill Welch Gallery

Be it sea, sandstone, shorelines or sky, Mayne Island landscapes continually inspire Canadian painter Terrill Welch. The Mayne Islands Landscapes Small and Large show opened October 6th and will close November 19th 2017.

A video tour of Terrill’s landscape oil paintings and acrylic sketches  is available on YouTube at

The gallery is warm and cozy on these cooler fall days and is a lovely browse for art lovers in the village area of Miners Bay on Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada.

 

We look forward as always to hosting you!

TERRILL WELCH GALLERY

478 Village Bay Rd in Miners Bay, Mayne Island, B.C., Canada

Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays 11 – 4

Online 24/7 at the Terrill Welch Gallery Page on this website with a video preview and information to view the online gallery for the current show.

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OPEN Terrill Welch Gallery

Current show August 4 – 27: “Reaching Shore” features the seascapes of internationally collected Canadian artist Terrill Welch.

With over 100 paintings in private collections around the world in less than eight years, the next step for the independent artist was obvious – she has opened her own bricks and mortar gallery with a strong online presence.

The gallery is located at 478 Village Bay Rd in Miners Bay

Mayne Island, B.C., Canada

Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays 11 – 4

From early spring to late fall.

And by appointment at other times of the week and year.

Online 24/7 at the Terrill Welch Gallery Page on this website with a video preview and information to view the online gallery for the current show.

Our Focus – A Brush with Paint.

Our Art – Brings you moments during an ordinary day, rendered with distinction.

Our Reach – Features Canadian landscape painter Terrill Welch and occasionally, paintings by other internationally collected artists.

Our Collectors – Have a deep personal appreciation for each piece in their collection.

Come in, take your time, enjoy!

Terrill Welch landscape paintings showing in Vancouver BC

Spring, summer, fall and winter – art shows always it seems! Next up is Art!Vancouver Fair, May 25 – 28, 2017 at the Vancouver Conference Centre, East 999 Canada Place. Terrill Welch is showing her paintings with three other Canadian artists in 30 feet of booth space sponsored by Artists in Canada. More about the Art Vancouver Fair HERE.

Northeasterly Morning Strait of Georgia Mayne Island BC,  20 x 40 inch oil on canvas, is one of the paintings that will be available.

Pre-sales are always welcome and further information is available in the online gallery for this specific painting HERE.

Come by the Art Vancouver Fair and meet the artist and experience her Canadian west coast landscape paintings in person! You can save 20% on advance tickets with the code TW20 through EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/art-vancouver-2017-tickets-26309784273?aff=eac2

The Gala Night is Thursday 25th May 2017 from 7-10 pm and this year has a Red Carpet dress code. Terrill has a few complimentary tickets for this evening event. If you would like join her, send an email request to tawelch@shaw.ca and we will get you sorted.

In other news, two more paintings have left the studio to join three other works in the home of prominent art collectors of Terrill Welch paintings.

Sold before it was ever featured on the website! Morning at Bennett Bay Beach Access, 20 x 16 inch oil on canvas

Sold! Oyster Bay Mayne Island BC with fresh snow, 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas

To view all other paintings currently available click on the Artwork Archives link below for Terrill Welch’s online gallery.

And more work is coming soon as Terrill prepares for a six-week solo exhibit opening June 30, 2017 on Mayne Island  B.C. at Shavasana Art Gallery & Café. More will be available about this show later in May or early June.

If you are visiting or planning a visit to Mayne Island, studio visits are always welcome by appointment.

 

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Happy Art Easter with a Family Fun Online Art Treasure Hunt

Terrill Welch’s landscape and still life original oil paintings are treasured by all ages. This Easter weekend she has created a painting treasure hunt by hiding Happy Easter greetings in her online gallery link below with directions on how to receive your small treasure.

Direct link to online gallery https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/terrill-welch

Hint: you can use the “next” option at the top of the first painting if you are a systematic person. Or you if you prefer random chance, click on any painting and then use the back button to see the whole collection again. Either way, there are three hidden greetings in the six pages of paintings featured in the gallery. You only need to find one to proceed to finding your treasure.

The Happy Art Easter Treasure Hunt ends at noon PST on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Happy Art Treasure Hunting!

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Mayne Island Arbutus Trees and High Seas Paintings

Recent weeks have been productive, resulting in three new and two revisited works.

Northeasterly Morning Strait of Georgia Mayne Island BC – 20 x 40 inch oil on canvas. The cool winter light of early morning splashes with the waves in the high winds along the Strait of Georgia. Chilled to shivering, I stand transfixed. What if this were my last breath? Ah, but it would be a good one! View from Oyster Bay on Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada.

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Details and purchase information is available HERE.

High Winds Strait of Georgia Mayne Island BC – 8 x 10 inch acrylic painting sketch. Some days there is a wild dance between the sea and the wind along the Strait of Georgia. A quick acrylic painting sketch simply to enjoy the interaction.

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Update: February 25, 2016: This painting is now sold.

Late Afternoon Georgina Point Mayne Island BC – 8 x 10 inch acrylic sketch. I come back repeatedly to find the perfect day with the most perfect light. Is this it? A quick sketch to explore the quality of an early winter evening by the sea.

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Details and purchase information is available HERE.

Late September Sun on Vulture Ridge Mayne Island BC – 11 x 14 inch plein air acrylic sketch. Plein air painting up on Henderson Hill at Vulture Ridge is a worthy climb on September 28, 2014. Unfortunate a small correction did not happen to this work until late December 2016, resulting it a lengthy delay in the painting sketch’s release. However, the freshness of that day has no expiry date.

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Details and purchase information is available HERE.

Arbutus on Mt. Parke – 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas. Morning lifts heavy mist from the highest places while the sun dances cheek-to-cheek with the late October shadows. As these arbutus trees extend themselves in prayer, angels dissipate into the warmth gathering on top of the Mayne Island Mt. Parke ridge.

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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

Bell Towers of Florence Countryside  16 x 20 inch walnut oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_08_02 062

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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To view current work that is available, click the online gallery link  HERE.

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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Large Painting of Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace

A painter can sometimes keep it simple and say that the painting painted itself. On occasion, this may even be the case. But not for this 40 x 60 inch canvas. It came with intentions that were sparked by a conversation with David Sandum, a Swedish painter and print maker living in Norway. He is also the author of the award-winning memoir I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down. We have been colleagues and friends for more than half a dozen years, or at least as much as one can be when living an ocean apart. The context for this painting was a dialogue following the latest in a series of terrorist attacks, this time it was Nice, France. The anger, bewilderment and confusion was felt bone deep. When one is a painter, there often seems to be only one thing that can be done in a situation like this – paint.  So, I made a commitment to do a painting while meditating about World Peace. My next work was a large seascape from my recent travels to Prince Edward Island. It seemed a fitting subject for this exercise. Here is the resulting canvas from  these painting meditations that took me several sessions….

Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace – 40 x 60 inch oil on canvas

Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace 40 x 60 inch oil on canvas by Canadian artist Terrill Welch August 10 2016 IMG_9055

Details and purchase information available HERE.

In David Weale’s book, Whatever You Say – The talk of Islanders 1975-2005, he tells us about a mother on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island who use to warn her children to never to turn their back on the ocean. Upon finishing this painting, I believe we can also say “never turn your back on World Peace” because, like the sea, World Peace is unpredictable and, if we do not have one part of our being paying attention, at all times, we can find ourselves in real trouble. We imagine we know both the sea and World Peace. We believe we can navigate these every-changing landscapes without scars, tragedy and loss. But mostly, we only think we know our shadow selves, the dark side that is within each of us and part of the collective character of humanity. We fool ourselves into believing that the horror is from elsewhere, from an “other” that is separate from us. With every wave that meets the shore, the sea demonstrates how this is not so. The land and the sea are both part of the same whole, neither is constant, neither is willingly to give in to the other. Both are changed with each moment. Yet, for brief passages of time, we can gaze at the grand view and see what is possible. We may even be comfortable and turn away from our collective struggle between the separate parts of the same whole. We forget that the land can suddenly pushes up from forces far below the surface and displace the sea. We ignore that the sea can be tossed in vicious storms that tear at the cliffs and topple large chunks of red dirt and stone into the waters.  We tend to hang on, baffled by the interplay of our own contributions and those forces which we do not have any control. The concept of World Peace is possibly like this relationship between sea and land.

When we focus in on the details, we experience how the landscape disappears and can reshape itself into something much less recognizable.

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What, at a distance, seemed solid and full of substance can become fluid, overlapping brushstrokes, loosely shaping the moving water and drifting sand dunes.

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This painting is of an extraordinary place called Blooming Point in Prince Edward Island, Canada and it is a meditation about World Peace – holding the space, brush stroke by brush stroke, with all its complexities. Thank you David Sandum for your spark of inspiration and your frank thoughtfulness on this subject and so many others. This painting is dedicated to you.

Update Sept 7, 2016: Currently showing at the Farm Gate Store on Mayne Island, B.C..

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West Coast Canadian Landscape Painting of Cox Bay Tofino BC

This latest landscape painting of west coast waves by Canadian artist Terrill Welch was started during a live painting session at her solo show a couple of weeks ago.

Sea and Surf Cox Bay Tofino BC 24 x 48 inch oil on canvas

Sea and Sun Cox Bay Tofino BC 24 x 48 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch July 15 2016 IMG_7138

Further details and purchase information available HERE.

Not many works were available for purchase at this solo show as it mostly displayed recent painting sketches from Prince Edward Island and are being kept as part of the artist’s reference work. However, there were two west coast painting sketches that left with visiting art collectors. These were as follows:

Sold! Inside Passage Navy Channel 8 x 10 inch acrylic sketch on gessobord

Inside Passage Navy Channel 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch by Terrill Welch 2016-03-05 IMG_9159

Sold! Winter Afternoon Navy Channel 14 x 11l inch acrylic sketch on gessobord

Winter Afternoon Navy Channel 14 x 11 inch acrylic sketch on gessoed panel plein air by Terrill Welch 2015-11-28 IMG_8650

If you would like there is a short video from the show…

What is next? A large 40 x 60 inch oil on canvas is in progress. The working title is Blooming Point – a meditation on World Peace. More about this painting will be posted as it is completed. In the meantime, feel free to browse the online galleries listed below to view and purchase current available paintings or prints….

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