Remember Untold Mystery – Canadian Landscape Painting

The beauty of trees, rocks and the angle of the sun have their untold stories we are forever wanting to tell. These stories are some of the eyes and ears for World Environment Day.

REMEMBERED UNTOLD MYSTERY – 10 x 10 inch oil on canvas

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

Detailed viewing and purchase information is available HERE.

 

More about the background and reference for this painting is available on today’s Creative Potager blog post “Remember Untold Mystery for World Environment Day.”

In other studio news, the painting ISLAND WITH THE LIGHTHOUSE 8 x10 inch oil on canvas sold last Sunday before I even had a chance to release it here for viewing.

Island with the Lighthouse 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_05_28 272

This painting is already off to a collector in Alberta, Canada.

Also, the painting WINTER SUN II that I shared last week is now sold to a new collector in British Columbia Canada

Winter Sun II 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_05_28 279

At this rate I am going to need to find some more painting time or raise my prices again – which I loath to do, so more painting time it shall need to be 🙂  All the best of today to you!

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© 2013 Terrill Welch, All rights reserved.

 

The Edge and At The Beach Another Time – Canadian landscape paintings

Two new Canadian landscape paintings are ready to release from my studio.

THE EDGE  is a brand new 48 x 24 inch rendering of a sandstone bluff battered by the wind and sea but also hosts a familiar arbutus tree on its top most tip. It is a rare large long-lean painting to out of my studio.  THE EDGE is about strength, beauty and opportunity.

(Updated December 13, 2015 following a reworking of this painting)

The Edge 48 x 24 inch oil on canvas 2012 2015  by Terrill Welch 2015_12_14 011

Detailed view and purchase information is available HERE.

As well, more  about the work-in-progress is posted on today’s Creative Potager blog “Working on THE EDGE can offer some interesting possibilities.”

AT THE BEACH ANOTHER TIME is a 12 x 12 inch rework of an older painting. I seldom do this as I much prefer to start with a blank canvas but sometimes a painting will continue to call me – it is like it was never finished…

At the Beach Another Time 12 x 12 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_05_03 029

Detailed view and purchase information is available HERE.

In other news from my studio two other paintings have been sent off to new homes.

ROCKS AT SUNRISE an 8 x 8 inch oil on gessobord.

Rocks at Sunrise 8 x 8 inch oil on gessobord with 2 inch deep wood cradle by Terrill Welch IMG_4443

This painting is now in a private collection in Windsor Ontario Canada.

LATE DECEMBER WEST COAST SUNRISE a 6 x 6 inch oil on gessobord.

Late December Westcoast Sunrise  6 x 6 inch oil on gessobord by Terrill Welch 2013_01_12 003

This painting is now in a private collection Victoria, British Columbia Canada.

Below are links to most of my current work that is available. Please feel free to browse at your leisure and contact me directly if you have any questions.

ONLINE GALLERIES include –

Artsy Home for most original oil paintings currently available

Local Mayne Island VENUES –

Green House Restaurant – small original oil paintings

Working in progress BLOG –

Creative Potager – first place new work is unveiled. Subscribe to stay current.

CONTACT THE ARTIST DIRECTLY

If desired, original work  can often be purchased directly from Terrill Welch. Please contact Terrill for personalized service.

© 2013 Terrill Welch, All rights reserved.

Sister oil paintings of Tulips on the Springwater Deck Mayne Island

Two new bright 20 x 16 oil on canvas sister paintings of the luscious tulips on the Springwater Deck are ready for your perusal.

The first is a plein air painting which had a few minor edits back in the studio to bring it to completion.

TULIPS SPRINGWATER DECK MAYNE ISLAND

Tulips Springwater Deck Mayne Island  20 x 16 inch oil on canvas  by Terrill Welch 3013_04_25 166

This Painting is now SOLD and is going to a private collector in British Columbia Canada.

There is more about the plein air work-in-progress including a short video on my Creative Potager blog post “Tulips on the deck of the Springwater lodge en plein air” Though a fine representation of the subject and a painting I am happy with I had this deep desire to experiment further with this great subject.

The second is a studio work of the same subject on the same size canvas. My intention with the second painting was to explore the relationships between the various elements of the scene. I wanted to capture the shifting temporariness of the moment. I wanted to feel the sun, the breeze and the smells of the sea as we view the tulips on the large pot on the deck.

TULIPS SPRINGWATER DECK II

Tulips Springwater Deck II by Terrill Welch 2013_05_03 008

This Painting is now SOLD and is going to a private collector in Saskatchewan Canada.

Now let’s have a look at them side-by-side because I am afraid these sister paintings will always be compared. It is just a human trait we have to want to compare things that are similar.

sister paintings Tulips Springwater Deck by Terrill Welch 2013_05_04 065

Though obviously sisters, each painting has its own personality and character. In early comments from viewers there seems to be not much of a preference for one over the other.Though there are some who definitely like one more than the other. As the painter I am ambivalent about a preference as each means something to me and neither is perfect but both are alive.

What about you? Do you have a preference for one painting over the other? If so which one and what is it that has it being your favourite?

ONLINE GALLERIES include –

ArtWork Archive original paintings and acrylic sketches currently available.

Working in progress BLOG –

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CONTACT THE ARTIST DIRECTLY

If desired, original work  can often be purchased directly from Terrill Welch. Please contact Terrill for personalized service.

© 2013 Terrill Welch, All rights reserved.

END OF TODAY small Canadian landscape sunset painting

The low clouds and mist tumbled freely with the setting sun by the sea. END OF TODAY  is an oil paint rendering of another Mayne Island sunset in the southern Gulf Islands on the west coast of Canada.

End of Today 5 x 7 oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_02_27 013

Update April 16, 2013: This painting is no longer available. 

This wee 5 x 7 inch Canadian Landscape is an uncommon find in my online offers. I usually keep them for local collectors but this painting seemed suitable to share for those with a small wall space or just beginning to collect original art. A natural wood frame is optional for inclusion with this painting.

ONLINE GALLERIES include –

ArtWork Archive original paintings and acrylic sketches currently available.

Working in progress BLOG –

Creative Potager – first place new work is unveiled. Subscribe to stay current.

CONTACT THE ARTIST DIRECTLY

If desired, original work  can often be purchased directly from Terrill Welch. Please contact Terrill for personalized service.

© 2013 Terrill Welch, All rights reserved.

Seven Tips for Buying Original Paintings

What are you going to put on those walls? – Seven considerations when buying an original painting.

Homes and offices are places we spend a lot of our life. We want and need them to serve us well. The walls and what we put on those walls are a big part of being in that space. At some point many of us feel we are ready to add a piece or two of original art work. But where do we begin?

I often get asked for advice about what to consider when buying original paintings. This is not an easy position to be in as an artist. However, I get that you want to know that you are making a good decision. Original work can be an expensive purchase and I appreciate that you want to make sure you are making the best choice. So here are my seven considerations for when you are buying an original painting.

1. Buy what you love. Yes, a painting can be considered an investment but that should not be the primary reason it is enhancing your walls. Many times paintings do substantially increase in value but there is always a possibility that they won’t. When considering the purchase of an original painting, I want you to imagine being able to enjoy the work for the rest of your life. You just can’t take your eyes off it!

2. Think about where the painting is going to “live.” What room will it be in? What will it add to this room? What purpose is the painting going to serve? For example, I often suggest a seascape on a wall where I feel the room needs opening up or some movement. Conversely, I will suggest a dense forest painting on a wall that needs more of a feeling of warmth or privacy. However, sometimes we just fall in love with a work and will create or organize a room or space to enjoy its company – which takes us back to consideration number one.

3. Stick to your budget with creative vigor. No one needs to be art poor. However, there is usually a way to have a few carefully chosen original pieces in your possession. First, decide on your budget. Next decide if you need to save for your painting or if you are ready to purchase now. If you are saving for an original piece, can you buy a card or a small print of the artist’s work to help focus your intention? This is a great way to support an artist and a successful strategy to eventually being able to purchase an original painting. I now have collectors of my work that started in this very way. Also, if there is a specific painting you just can’t live without but it is beyond your current budget – ask about purchasing on lay-away. I have done this with many buyers on what I call a three-payment-lay-away-plan. The buyer makes 3 equal payments on pre-agreed dates and when the final payment is made they take the painting home. Finally, consider making the artist a fair offer within your budget. Pricing is of art work partially subjective and many factors are taken into consideration. I have been known to accept a reasonable offer below a ticket price simply because I knew the work was going to be appreciated. Often, I make a counter offer that adds value without reducing the price significantly such as delivering and helping to hang the painting or paying for part of the shipping costs. Or I will add in my art book or calendar that also features the work. I have even included a magazine where a painting the buyer was interested in purchasing was on the front cover. You may even want to remember to ask if your work has been featured anywhere. These are fun additions for both buyer and the artist.

4. Ask to take the painting home on trial. Sometimes it is just too hard to decide if a painting is right for your home or office space. You are almost sure but you need to “see.” Many artists and galleries will let you take a painting home on trial for a few days. You pay for the painting by cheque or by leaving credit information and it is not processed unless you go through with the sale. Further, with online purchases of my original paintings I offer a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase it will be fully refunded when, at the buyer’s expense, the painting is returned to me unharmed within 30 days.

5. Know the quality of what you are buying. By this I mean the physical quality of the products used to create the painting. For example, I use premium quality canvas or mounted boards and good quality water-miscible oil paints. Sometimes artists, out of necessity, will use economy grade or poor quality materials such as much appreciated Canadian artist Emily Carr (December 13, 1871 – March 2, 1945). If it is not obvious what was used – ask. A painting, on good quality material and using good paint, should offer more than one life time of enjoyment. However, poor quality products can be fragile and a painting will need extra care for preservation. You still may choose to buy it but it is best to know ahead of time the quality of the materials used.

6. Take your time. Be prepared to wait for “your painting.” I have often told this to patrons of my work. It has sometimes taken months and even years until “their painting” was painted. The deep smile of knowing “this is the one” is worth the wait. Of course some buyers become collectors and they have purchased a handful of paintings. For some reason it seems to get easier after the first purchase.

7. If you don’t see exactly what you want ask about commissioning a piece. I have only one word of caution. Do not ask the artist to paint something just like the one that is for sale only in colours to match your couch. I once had a buyer do this and my response was “have you considered buying a new couch to go with the painting?” Also, not all artists do commissioned work. This is always a good first question to ask before making a request. Sometimes you may be looking for a larger or smaller piece than what is being exhibited and the artist will have what you are looking for in their inventory. Ask for what you want because you just might be able to get it.

So there you have it. Now, what are you going to put on those walls?

Terrill Welch’s work can be viewed and purchased through several venues. These listings are provide for your convenience.

ONLINE GALLERIES include –

ArtWork Archive original paintings and acrylic sketches currently available.

Latest SOLO EXHIBITION –

Oceanwood Inn –  STUDY OF BLUE, opened June 30, 2011 and closed July 27, 2011, Mayne Island. As of February 2012, only 4 of the 15 paintings shown are still available for purchase.

Working in progress BLOG –

Creative Potager – first place new work is unveiled. Subscribe to stay current.

CONTACT THE ARTIST DIRECTLY

If desired, original work  can often be purchased directly from Terrill Welch. Please contact Terrill for personalized service.