Landscape Painter Terrill Welch Celebrates Canada 150

Inspired by Canada 150 celebrations, Terrill Welch’s solo exhibition “West to East Coast Canadian Landscapes in Paint” opens Canada Day weekend at Shavasana Art Gallery & Café on Mayne Island, B.C. Starting now,  we will add several paintings each day to this post and tell you a little about each one, until all 24 works are included by July 1, 2017. Specific information about attending the show can be found HERE.

Now, in no particular order and continuing with new additions for the next six days….

Note: This is a double bricks and mortar and online show. Paintings can be acquired at Shavasana Art Gallery & Café or in Terrill Welch’s  Artworks Archive online gallery. Click on title of work below to see purchase details for any specific painting in online gallery.

Added June 26, 2017

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

After days of rain and storms on the wildest of the west coast of Canada, the sun came out and the waves caught the light on Cox Bay in Tofino B.C., Canada.

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

Upon finishing this painting I believe we can 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 push 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.

This painting is dedicated to 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 we had 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 on the east coast of Canada. It seemed a fitting subject for this exercise.

Rolling Spring Storms Rocky Point PEI 20 x 40 inch oil on canvas

From the Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island, Rocky Point captures the imagination as this distant shore does battle with sea and sky. Our smallness is often felt before we expand with the weather and stride purposefully along the boardwalk. Bit of weather out there today, someone will likely comment. Collars of light jackets will be turned up and tightened at the neck but the smiles, they tell us one thing – spring! Spring rains. Spring greens slicing the red banks with their brilliance as they catch a break in the clouds. What is not to love in the simplicity of a moment like this?

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.

Add June 27, 2017

Charlottetown PEI Harbour, 24 x 30 inch walnut oil on wood

There is a memory of cold, stiff fingers working a brush over a surface in the early spring morning air as I stand at the edge of the Charlottetown harbour. There is a sense of knowing exactly what is before me. Then, everything dissolves into fragments and reforms – though only slightly differently, the view is of an unknown time that is somehow more familiar than the present. Place and history merge. What is left is a quick glance up Great George Street to the St. Dunstan’s Basilica from Confederation Landing in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Early Spring Morning at Miners Bay, 12 x 24 inch oil on canvas

The spring morning sky brightens all in its path including the green firs on the hill across the way. Song birds sing, grass grows and an eagle cries somewhere in the distance across Active Pass. First leaves are soft and translucent in the warm light as the blues of sea catch my breath and swing it skyward and back again. How many mornings has the Springwater Lodge, the oldest continuously operating hotel in British Columbia, seen like this one?

Early March Snow Japanese Garden Mayne Island BC, 11 x 14 inch walnut oil on gessobord

A rare walnut oil quick plein air painting sketch of the Japanese Garden in the snow.

Reaching the Japanese garden on the other side of the island, I notice that the snow has stopped temporarily in the -1 degree Celsius early March wintery weather. I gather a few photographs for a friend and then settle into paint after setting up my French Box easel in the bamboo shelter on the east side of the gardens. I paint feverously for an hour. It starts to rain and then rain and snow as I am finishing up. My toes are cold from damp wool socks from when I stepped in a puddle. By all accounts the midday light is bleak and the weather miserable. But the work is done.

This small painting sketch is a series of half finished sentences in a shorthand painting language that provides rough reminders for a later more thoughtful and larger work.

Cherry Blossoms Mayne Island Japanese Garden, 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas

Clouds of pink blossoms fill the morning sky with petals drifting slowly onto the garden paths. It is Cherry blossom season in Mayne Island’s Japanese Garden. The season of sakura is here! Want to go hanami?

This painting was started plein air while standing on the edge of the path in the garden for several hours and then finished in the studio the next day. As I was painting, visitors came by who have lived on the island for more than twenty years and helped in the development of this garden. The Japanese Garden was built and is maintained by volunteers with funding that comes from donations. They told me that the current design was centered around nine original cherry trees that were planted by the Japanese family who owned the land before their interment in the second world war. This garden is a way of acknowledging this part of Mayne Island’s history and helping to heal the past. For me, as a painter in the garden that day, this acknowledgment and healing is alive and ongoing. While my brushes moved quickly across the canvas, a Japanese family came by to enjoy the garden and stopped to watch me paint. The grandmother spoke only in Japanese while the two young adults quickly translated both my words and her words mixed in with conversation and observations of their own. This painting of cherry blossoms holds what is left of our shared experiences or at least as much as I was able to render on the canvas.

Added June 28, 2017

Bennett Bay Mayne Island, 12 x 16 inch plein air acrylic sketch on gessobord

Racing the morning March sun plein air painting a quick sketch at Bennett Bay on Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Late September Sun on Vulture Ridge Mayne Island BC, 11 x 14 inch plein air acrylic sketch on gessobord

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. Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada.

On Edge At Cape Bear PEI, 28 x 24 inch oil on canvas

Securing one’s footing and leaning up to the edge of a Prince Edward Island red sandstone cliff that is tipped towards the sea is a good reminder of the eternity of change.

Cape Bear is on the eastern side of Prince Edward Island and this view is located where the Cape Bear lighthouse has been moved away from the edge of the eroding shore. It was spring when I was there with moody muggy weather enhancing a natural melancholy that comes with such a simplistic view.

Cap Egmont Lighthouse PEI, 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas

While standing on a narrow slip of land reaching out into the Atlantic sea it is tempting to shout “Give it back! Give all that red dirt you have swallowed back to shore!” But the sea never listens to such demands or pleas. We must accept, make adjustments. Cap Egmont Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

The Cap Egmont Lighthouse was completed in September 1884 and was recognized as a heritage place under the Prince Edward Island Heritage Places Protection Act on October 3, 2012. Severe erosion caused the lighthouse to be relocated a short distance inland in April 2000. In this painting the lighthouse is more closely positioned to its original location. The studio work follows a plein air painting session at this site during the spring of 2016.

Added June 29, 2017

Update July 3, 2017: Sold – Early Spring Dinner Bay, 10 x 8 acrylic painting sketch on gessobord

A rare sunny day that threatened showers over the afternoon as the clouds sped across the sky. Plein air painting sketch.

Dinner Bay, Mayne Island, British Columbia

Late Afternoon Georgina Point Mayne Island BC, 8 x 10 inch acrylic study on gessobord

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 along the shores of Mayne Island British Columbia, Canada followed by a larger oil painting.

Update July 26, 2017: Sold – Winter Late Afternoon Georgina Point Mayne Island BC, 18 x 24 walnut oil on canvas

The winter’s late afternoon light drifts pass on its journey to the cloud bank quilting the Coastal Mountains. Our gaze crosses the Straight of Georgia and returns. We are called to the shore and sea as they perform a tango that is as old as as time.

Standing with the Sea at Georgina Point, 22 x 28 inch walnut oil on canvas

At first this standing with the sea is about the grey that shifts continuously in rolling spring storms. It is about a tide that seems to neither want to come in or go out. However, the weather didn’t hold long enough to complete the plein air painting and didn’t break for a couple of days. The next painting morning offers up the promised sun. I am standing before a grey-scale roughed in work with a heavy heart, squinting into the sky blues. Yes, I definitely will miss him. I look across the Strait of Georgia which seems to widen with every glance. I put up the sunshade and finish the painting. Mayne Island, British Columbia.

Added June 30, 2017 with a comment directly from the artist….

Land, seas and sky have been my longest, most enduring and greatest love. The next four paintings added to the daily website additions of paintings showing in “West to East Coast Canadian Landscapes in Paint” that opens today, are good representatives of this lasting relationship between the elements and paint on canvas.

Of all the paintings in the solo exhibitions, these ones bring to mind the abstract construct of owning land and the complexity of celebrating the 150 years of the Canadian Confederation. In order to celebrate one must, I believe, have a conversation about what it means to start counting Canada’s birthdays only from 150 years ago when people have been known to live here for about 12,000 years. In fact, Canada’s first peoples were the only ones to live here less than 500 years ago. Yet, unlike Europe, there is little surface evidence of these lives lived in harmony with the land, sea and sky (though not necessarily with each other). From more than 500 years ago, on our west coast shores, we can easily find middens, or possibly ancient clam gardens, maybe even fragments of pottery but that is about it. The land, sea and sky were altered very little by human beings for thousands of years before what we now call Canada became a country.

The Canadian government’s treatment of these first peoples is deplorable and it is a situation that is still in the progress of being appropriately acknowledged and addressed. Which means that on this 150th birthday of Canadian Federation there are also protests, and rightly so. As a white, European descendant born and raised in Canada, I have a responsibility to this land, our first peoples and to the Confederation of Canada to keep my ears, my eyes, my mind and my heart open as we celebration Canada this weekend. I may get it wrong. In fact, I am not sure how I might ever get it right but this doesn’t lessen my responsibility. I still must hold space for this conversation, because how can one claim to have a lasting love of our land, sea and sky without such? If you would like to know more about our lengthy history on this chunk of land, Goldi Productions Ltd’s website Canada’s First Peoples is a start at http://firstpeoplesofcanada.com/fp_g…/fp_groups_origins.html

Felix Jack View of Active Pass Mayne Island BC, 22 x 28 oil on canvas

There is a place on Mayne Island where you come around a corner and are gifted a few seconds of grand and splendid view. I am often surprised by its intensity and vast expanse of moving light on the islands and sea. No two sightings ever seem to be exactly the same but I have settled on one, just one, for now.

Update June 30, 2017: SOLD – The Bluffs Galiano Island, 8 x 10 inch acrylic sketch on gessobord

A quick plein air painting sketch while gazing over the heads of eagles and above Active Pass and the Inside Passage from The Bluffs on Galiano Island.

Westerly Winter Winds Victoria B.C., 30 x 40 inch walnut oil on canvas

Rolling storms race across the landscape with just a hint of back-lit colour in the sky. Occasionally, the fast moving clouds break to scatter light on the almost black sea and rocky shore. Winter winds push the sea relentlessly against the resistant lands. Dallas Road walkers move swiftly, hoping for a brighter tomorrow. However, I am caught at the surfs edge, transfixed by the possibilities in these moving greys, broken by long and short dashes of white. Is it today yet?

Wind Swept Murray Head PEI, 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas

The violet melancholy of a late spring on Prince Edward Island has a way of emphasizing the wind swept red shores of Murray Head as it rises up and slowly slips into the sea. There are a few new leaves on the poplar trees. Summer is coming.

Murray Head is on the east side of Prince Edward Island near Cape Bear.

Added July 1, 2017 and these are the final additions to the solo exhibition post.

Out of The Fog from Malcolm Island BC, 11 x 14 inch acrylic sketch on gessobord

A thousand times the mountains appear and disappear in the fog. I stand with them. My hiking shoes slide softly over the rolling, uneven, damp rocks. My eyes never leave the far shore. The great blue heron flew. The sea lion swam close to the water’s edge. Fishing boats came and went. Still we stood, these mountains and I, daring the fog, until it gave way to our desires. I gazed at the full view, dull under the late morning filtered light. Disappointed. The magic is gone. But the plein air painting sketch is finished and its mountains appear and disappear, a thousand times.

Melancholy Seas, 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas

The moody violet mauve of a west coast winter afternoon resists the temptation to become bruised and pensive. Resting lightly on our awareness it holds us well within the confines of melancholy rather than just plain old miserable. Reef Bay Mayne Island B.C.

West Point Lighthouse PEI, 30 x 24 inch oil on canvas

West Point Lighthouse is a story book gem complete with a resident ghost. Its compelling placement along the red sand shores and rather unique black and white facade give rise to fancy. West Point, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Where Despair Meets Hope Edith Point, 22 x 28 inch oil on canvas

Drowning in despair about our dissolving humanity on a particular day in early April, I made myself a promise – I shall go for a long walk and listen to the spring birds. I shall breathe in time with the waves on the sea. I shall inhale the scent of the blossoms on the breeze. I shall run my hands along the length of the arbutus trees. I shall walk until I reach the old fir out on the point. Then I shall paint. This is what a landscape painter does. Edith Point, Mayne Island B.C.

A note in closing directly from the artist:

“Thank you all kindly for joining me in celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday since Confederation from the west coast to the east coast in landscapes with paint! Sometime I hope to be able to add Canada’s northern coast to this collection as then it will feel complete. For now though, this is a sampling of my ramblings and experiences from our west and east coast shores.”

It you have any comments or questions feel free to leave a comment or send a private message via email to tawelch@shaw.ca

Happy Canada Day!

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West to East Coast Canadian Landscapes in Paint solo exhibition

Canadian landscape painter Terrill Welch’s solo exhibition “West to East Coast Canadian Landscapes in Paint” opens June 30th 3-5 pm and closes on August 13th 5 pm 2017. If you are an art lover who is fond of landscapes that are alive with movement and a sense of place, this is an exhibition you will want to be sure to take in this summer.

This show is inspired by Canada 150 celebrations and Terrill’s recent travels from the southwest coast of Canada to paint on Prince Edward Island for seven weeks last spring. The contrast between the light and colour of these two coasts is most evident in this work. The paintings promise a sensory connection to land, sea and sky from one Canadian coast to the other.

With 24 works showing in a variety of sizes from very large to small painting sketches there is something for everyone to enjoy. Mayne Island, British Columbia is one of the Southern Gulf Islands and is easy to reach from either Vancouver or Victoria. Save the image below to your phone and you will have everything you need to know about the show. If you need help with figuring out how to get here, just ask and we can assist.

Browse works showing in the online gallery ahead of time HERE. Pre-sales are welcome.

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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.

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Happy New Year with the best 7 paintings of 2016

In 2016, there are 24 oil paintings and 32 acrylic painting sketches for a total of 56 completed works by the Canadian artist Terrill Welch. Many of these oil paintings are larger canvases and cover specific geographical areas of both the west and east coast of Canada. Most of the painting sketches were completed during a spring seven-week art trip to Prince Edward Island and remain unavailable in the artist’s private studio collection. In total, 30 paintings or painting sketches were released in 2016 and overall 15 works from the available pieces left Terrill’s studio into private collection.

The selection for the best paintings of 2016 is limited to an arbitrary number of seven works because choosing 16 for 2016 out of a total of 56 works just didn’t seem to create enough of a meaningful selection process. So here it goes, in no particular, order, the artist’s choice of the seven best paintings 2016.

On the Rocks in Tofino – 24 x 30 inch oil on Canvas. SOLD.

On the Rocks in Tofino 24 x 30 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2016-03-30 IMG_2079

Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace – a large 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 is available HERE.

Southern Gulf Islands Afternoon – 48 x 36 inch oil on canvas

Southern Gulf Islands Afternoon 48 x 36 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2016-02-05 IMG_8448

Details and purchase information is available HERE.

Catching Waves at Georgina Point Mayne Island BC – 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas

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Details and purchase information is available HERE.

Chesterman Beach Sunset – 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas. SOLD.

Chesterman Beach Sunset 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2016-04-01 IMG_2064

Cap Egmont Lighthouse PEI 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas

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Details and purchase information is available HERE.

Oyster Bay Mayne Island BC with fresh snow – 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas

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Details and purchase information is available HERE.

In addition, a new curated artist’s journal  As We Breathe in hard cover and e-book has recently been published HERE in Canada and HERE in the United States.

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The coffee table book, with 77 selected painting and commentary, is Terrill Welch’s personal selection of some of the most significant moments she has rendered in paint and words between 2013 and 2016.

Happy New Year and all the best of 2017!

P.S. Terrill is completing a new solo show of West to East Canadian Landscape Paintings in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150 years since confederation.  Follow this website blog for latest show and painting release information.

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Canadian Artist Terrill Welch Above the Stacks with Emily Carr

Canadian Artist Terrill Welch’s  solo show “Above the Stacks – land and sea” is up at the at the Emily Carr Branch of the Greater Victoria Library for September and October of 2016. The eight large paintings can be seen below as they are gathered for packing in preparation to be transported from Mayne Island to Victoria, British Columbia.

Group of Eight paintings for Above The Stacks at Emily Carr Branch of GV Library by Terrill Welch IMG_9500

Located at 101-3521 Blanshard St. (at Uptown) in Victoria B.C., the branch is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm, and is closed on Sunday.

Greater Victoria Public Library Emily Carr Branch by Terrill Welch IMG_9534

As you come into the entrance, there is a rack with brochures and information to the the right. Be sure to pick up your rack card about Terrill Welch to take with you before heading up the stairs. The card has a short bio, contact information and online links on the back for later reference. It also makes an excellent bookmark 😉

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Looking up the stairwell to the first landing, you will get a glimpse of the smallest of the large paintings in the show.

looking up the stairwell to firt landing by Terrill Welch

“Sea and Sun Cox Bay Tofino BC” is a great textured work to view up close.

first landing solo show of Canadian artist Terrill Welch at Emily Carr Branch of GV Library iphone by Terrill Welch

On the second landing, an arbutus tree stands gracefully in a tangle at the edge of the sea. The painting is easily viewed both coming and going with the stairs making it easy to adjust to individual eye levels.

second landing iphone by Terrill Welch

Art in public spaces such as a library are truly for the people and allow for art to be an engagement with our ordinary-everyday. There is a somewhat utilitarian connection that develops between the magic of paint on a canvas and walls where emergency lighting, red fire hydrant taps and stacks of books frame a landscape view.   Historic Canadian landscape painter, Emily Carr, would have liked that.

There are several prints, large and small, of Emily Carr’s paintings as part of the permanent work on display in the Emily Carr Branch.

large print of Emily Carr painting at the Emily Carr Branch of Greater Victoria Library by Terrill Welch IMG_9523

To the right of this print is a quote in big wood letters…

There is nothing to compare with the push of life Emily Carr 1936 Journal photograph by Terrill Welch IMG_9528

Terrill agrees with these sentiments and she is pleased to have her work alongside Emily again. As you may already know, this isn’t the first time their work has been placed shoulder-to -houlder. Terrill Welch already has two paintings in collections that include such renown Canadian landscape painters as Emily Carr, A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris.

On the far wall, there are three very unique view of the west coast landscape.

 

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But, it was these last three paintings that led to the name of the show being “Above the Stacks – land and sea.” The first painting on the right is the only one of the eight that is based on Terrill’s working trip to Prince Edward Island this spring.

Seascapes by Canadian artist Terrill Welch at Emily Carr Branch of GV LibrarySept Oct 2016 IMG_9522

You are always welcome catch a ferry and come to Mayne Island to visit Terrill in her strawbale-timberframe home studio. Or you can drop by her website day or night, from anywhere in the world to catch up on studio news including new releases, shows and sales.

Terrill Welch painting in her studio by Allison Mullally _MG_5876

But, there is nothing quite like some open space, bright walls, and the hush of a public library to enjoy, ponder and consider these large Canadian landscape oil paintings. If you live in Victoria or happen to be visiting, do take the time to drop by and have a browse!

Here are a few words from someone who did….

“Very few events could entice me to venture into the morass that is known as “Uptown”… but I’m so happy I went today, to the Emily Carr Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, to bask in the display of Terrill Welch’s large landscape paintings. Terrill it was such a pleasure to see your work live! Photos and Facebook are fine but can never capture the live work. With each of your paintings I was able to imagine you applying the paint, making your marks, immersed in creation. I loved being able to inspect them close up and to stand back and allow the bigger effect to sink in. I fell in love with “Evening – The Arbutus Tree” (I love all your arbutus trees but this especially). The softness, the tones and the abstract forms gave a strength and softness that is so appealing. ~Jan Godfred

All these paintings are for sale and details are available these and other paintings in the online gallery HERE.

Terrill would like to thank the great hanging team who worked with her including Carolina, Wayne (the ladder person) and David! Also, a huge thank you to the Emily Carr Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library for this invitation and opportunity.

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First East Coast Painting Released along with show Saturday and Sunday

There is much news from the studio as our genuine summer season gets under way.  In the Studio Terrill places the last brush stroke on first large East Coast PEI painting.

In Studio placing last brushstroke on first large East Coast #PEI painting by Terrill Welch  IMG_6453

This work will be shown, along with recent painting sketches from Prince Edward Island and some of her larger west coast paintings, this coming Saturday July 9th 1-4 pm and Sunday July 10th 11 am – 4 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre, 493 Felix Jack Rd.

Terrill will also be doing live painting to demonstrate her process of using reference materials to create large oil paintings.

Wind Swept Murray Head PEI 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas

Wind Swept Murray Head PEI 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch IMG_6547

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking  HERE.

A west coast painting of the same size will also be shown from a similar topography along Dallas Road in Victoria B.C.

Westerly Winter Winds Victoria BC 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas

Westerly Winter Winds Victoria BC 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch June 26 2016  IMG_6679

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It is a Canadian landscape art show that will take you, painting by contemporary painting, from the west to the east coasts of this fine lands.

Then there is the small problem of a hole in the home studio show after yesterday’s studio visitors became new collectors.

Terrill Welch's home studio with hole in show following sale

We need to choose another 18 x 24 inch oil painting for there. Want to help? Have a look in the online gallery and let us know what you suggest https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/terrill-welch

SOLD! Winter 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas

Winter 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_11_10 024

May your days be filled with long walks on the beach or in the woods!

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A Painter’s Sketch of Prince Edward Island and Interview with CBC Host Karen Mair

Sun, rain, snow, wind, frost, thunderstorms and summer-time warmth, along with the opening of lobster season and the arrival of the season’s first cruise ship, have all been part of painting sketches the east coast during the past five weeks on the Prince Edward Island in Canada. Fourteen painting sketches have been completed so far. Ten of these works have been selected to share today, along with a link to a radio interview with CBC Mainstreet PEI host Karen Mair which aired earlier this week.

These quick sketches are part of reference research for larger oil paintings and are not for sale at this time. However, prints can be made available and a link to purchase these will be provided upon request. Now, from Charlottetown to far-flung beaches on Prince Edward Island between April 27th and May 2nd 2016 …

Harbour Charlottetown PEI 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch on gessoboard

Harbour Charlottetown PEI 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch on gessoboard by Terrill Welch April 39 2016 IMG_3275

Shores of Cavendish in May PEI 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch on gessobord

Shores of Cavendish in May PEI 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch on gessobord by Terrill Welch IMG_3821

St Paul’s Anglican Church Charlottetown PEI 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air  sketch on gessoboard

St Paul's Anglican Church Charlottetown PEI 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air  sketch on gessoboard by Terrill Welch May 2 2016 IMG_3281

Blooming Point PEI 8 x 10 inch acrylic pein air sketch on gessobord

Blooming Point PEI 8 x 10 inch acrylic pein air sketch on gessobord by Terrill Welch May 8 2016 IMG_3421

Tulips at The Great George Charlottetown PEI 8 x 10 inch plein air acrylic sketch on gessobord

Tulips at The Great George Charlottetown PEI 8 x 10 inch plein air acrylic sketch on gessobord by Terrill Welch May 23 2016  IMG_4206

Savage Harbour Beach PEI 11 x 14 inch acrylic study on gessobord

Savage Harbour Beach PEI 11 x 14 inch acrylic study on gessobord by Terrill Welch IMG_3898

West Point Beach Path PEI study 14 x 11 inch acrylic sketch on gessobord

West Point Beach Path PEI study 14 x 11 inch acrylic sketch on gessobord by Terrill Welch IMG_4882

Sally’s Beach PEI 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch

Sally's Beach PEI 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch by Terrill Welch May 24 2016 IMG_4422

Cap Egmont Lighthouse PEI 11 x 14 acrylic plein air sketch on gessoboard

Cap Egmont Lighthouse PEI 11 x 14 acrylic plein air sketch on gessoboard by Terrill Welch IMG_4102

And, the tenth selected sketch of Prince Edward Island is the work that  was in progress when CBC host and producer of the Mainstreet PEI show, Karen Mair, caught up with Terrill Welch on a morning when she was plein air painting on the north shores…

Dalvay Beach PEI 9 x 12 inch acrylic plein air sketch on gessobord

Dalvay Beach PEI 9 x 12 inch acrylic plein air sketch on gessobord by Terrill Welch IMG_3903

The, slightly less than seven minute, CBC radio interview with Host Karen Mair and Artist Terrill Welch is available for online listening HERE.

Over the next few months, large oil paintings will be created back in Terrill’s Mayne Island west coast studio using these sketches and photography references and inspiration. Then, sometime in the late fall or the spring of 2017, an exhibition of “West to East Coast Canadian Landscape paintings” will be available for showing. Museums, galleries and other venues are welcome to contact the artist directly to inquire about hosting this future exhibition. Art collectors will still be able to purchase work as it becomes available, though a request may be made to include the sold work in one or two of these upcoming exhibitions. To view, browse and purchase current paintings available by Terrill Welch , click the online ArtWork Archive link listed below.

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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

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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

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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 (new revisited rendering from December 2016)

Spring Tea 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch reworked Dec 11 2016 IMG_7298

 

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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

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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

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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

Update September 29, 2015: Sold! to collector in British Columbia

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. Trail Along the Ridge and The Olive Tree paintings will only be available for purchase at the Sooke Fine Arts Show between now and August 4, 2015.

Update September 27, 2015 : Sold! Trail Along the Ridge (30 x 24 inch oil on canvas) to a collector in Vancouver British Columbia.

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

and update from September 24, 2015: Sold! The Olive Tree (40 x 30 inch oil on canvas) to a collector in Victoria, British Columbia.

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

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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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

Point No Point Mid-storm 16 x 20 inch walnut oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_04_25 137

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

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

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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Two Canadian Landscape Paintings rendered as home

When does a landscape become more like home than nearby dwellings and their inhabitants? This is a question the Canadian artist Terrill Welch often asks herself when she is considering the subjects for landscape paintings. Her conclusion is that the landscape and the seasons it responds to helps organize daily rural life. This is when “home” is expressed most clearly by the land, water and sky. Two new landscape paintings rendered as Terrill’s markings of home are being released today.

The first is inspired from where the artist lives now on Mayne Island in southwestern British Columbia.

There is a place called Mount Parke on Mayne Island that has a trail that meanders steeply up to above the cliffs behind her 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.

A 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

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The second painting is inspired from Terrill’s childhood and living along the Stuart River in north-central British Columbia.

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

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

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The painting process and discoveries about the artist’s meaning of landscape as “home” are unpacked in her blog post “Painting the Canadian landscape as home

 

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