Happy One Year Anniversary to the Terrill Welch Gallery

We are wishing our Terrill Welch Gallery a Happy 1st. Anniversary this August long weekend. A huge high-five to the little art gallery that CAN! The candy dish is filled and the walls are sparkling with large and small original seascapes paintings.

Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the holiday Monday 11 – 4 mid April to mid November at 478 Village Bay Rd. Mayne Island B.C. or, as always, online 24/7 at TerrillWelchArtist.com or go directly to the online gallery HERE.

There is always something going! This week Terrill  shares what it is like on Sunday’s in the gallery.

The painting on the easel that celebrates this occasion is now completed except for the usual painting of edges, adding the hanging wire and a final photograph.

“Shanti’s Sunshine Bouquet”
24 x 18 in oil on canvas by Terrill Welch will be released soon.

And a few words from the painter herself about this painting…

There are people we all know that shine just a little brighter in their ordinary everyday interactions with us. Shanti is one of these people. When I asked her to design a bouquet for the gallery in celebration of its 1st year anniversary, I had no intention of doing a painting of it. But as I sat there watching the sun come around and seeing the flowers light front from the gallery lighting and in the back from the sun, well there was no question. It had to be done – simply to celebrate life and loving kindness!

I started with a few photography sketches to understand the composition I wanted. Then I hesitated. It was a busy weekend in the gallery. Could I possibly paint and attend to gallery guests? My head said “no” and my heart said “yes”… so I painted. The heart almost always gets its way and the head must scramble to keep up attend to the tasks that will prevent disaster – such as monitoring the blouses about to connect with wet paint on the canvas or the person who was about to step back and trip on the leg of the French Box easel. Not an easy job in a small space but we did it!

The painting took two days. The first day to bring the painting to rest and ensure it was alive and breathing on its own. I am working on a painting progress video for my email newsletter subscribers because this painting could have gone in several directions at one point and it is fun to see the path it chose. Then a second day was used to “put the pearls on” and see that the canvas held together as a whole. Done, done, done!

Now on to the next canvas…..

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SOLD The Mt. Baker Reach Canadian landscape painting

There is something about coming to the Mayne Island shore and seeing Mount Baker across the Strait of Georgia that is like magic. No photograph seems to adequately capture my surprise and delight so I took the task to my canvas instead.

The Mt. Baker Reach 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_07_02 015

THE MT. BAKER REACH 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas is sold to a private collector in California.

I am off to find the perfect box to get it ready for the post.

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Green House Restaurant – small original oil paintings

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Recent sales of Terrill Welch oil paintings and pending price increase

An artist is most often pleased when paintings find buyers and new homes. However, if an artist’s paintings sell too quickly it creates a kind of uncomfortable tension – at least for me anyway. I feel this certain kind of panic which is only addressed by painting more paintings. Take for example these resent three paintings that sold between Sunday and Sunday during the first week of August:

TULIPS SPRINGWATER DECK II a 20 x 16 inch oil painting that went to a collector in Saskatchewan Canada

Tulips Springwater Deck II by Terrill Welch 2013_05_03 008

and the pair of paintings going to a Victoria, British Columbia Canada collector

TULIPS SPRINGWATER DECK MAYNE ISLAND also 20 x 16 inches and the sister plein air painting to the studio work above

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

and

ACTIVE PASS SPRING MORNING 2013 – 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas

Active Pass Spring Morning 2013 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_04_19 047

For a painter such as myself, who isn’t particularly prolific with only somewhere between 60 and 70 finished paintings in a year, this frequency of sales for midsized paintings causes me to become anxious. I have one of two choices. I can paint more paintings each week or I can raise my prices. Since I am already working full-time between my photography and painting you can guess which it shall be.

Please note: During the first week of October, the prices on my original paintings will increase for the second time this year.

I know this is hard for those who have my work on your wishlist. I am also fully aware that my paintings are often double the price of other emerging artists. My work is pricy no matter which reference a buyer is to consider. However, my original paintings are always going to be in limited supply for a whole combinations of reasons. I am not a painting factory. I paint as part of my very personal creative process and share the results through the sale of my work. Yet, I would still like my fans, supporters and collectors to have the option to enjoy my work in some form. Here are two examples of affordable options that were purchases by buyers this week:

Direct link to view and purchase my new Calendar HERE and remember to set desired start date before ordering.

And my art book PRECIOUS SECONDS: Mayne Island in Paintings and Photographs, Volume I 

Direct Link to view and order my art book HERE.

Thank you to the many admirers of both my painting and my photography. Your ongoing support in so many different ways is greatly appreciated.

For those who will be in Sidney British Columbia between September 3rd and 30th I will, at their request, have a few of my paintings hanging in the Island Blue Sidney Art Store. if you like, drop in for a first hand browse.

All the best of today to you!

Terrill Welch

Born in the village of Vanderhoof in north-central British Columbia, Terrill Welch’s art training came at an early age and continued more in the European style of mentoring and tutoring. Terrill Welch’s work, in water mixable oil paints and photographic prints, showcases the beautiful, mysterious and rugged southwest coast of Canada. Though locally appreciated, Terrill Welch is internationally recognized.Her paintings and photographs are sold to art collectors throughout Canada and the United States as well as in Australia, England, Norway and Switzerland.

Terrill Welch’s work is in collections that also include such renowned Canadian landscape painters as Emily Carr, A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris. A complete artist’s biography is located on Terrill’s popular Creative Potager blog at http://creativepotager.wordpress.com/artist-biography

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.

New Growth West Coast in late May – Canadian landscape oil painting

The winter and spring rains have left both moss, salal and trees dressed in new frocks of vibrant green. It won’t last. As summer progresses the new growth will harden off and become dull and crunchy in the summer’s heat. Today though – we celebrate!

NEW GROWTH WEST COAST IN LATE MAY – 8 x 8 inch oil on gessobord with two inch wood cradle.

New Growth West Coast in late May 8 x 8 inch oil on gessobord by Terrill Welch 2013_06_01 024

This painting is now in a private collection. 

View Terrill Welch paintings that is currently available in the  Artsy Home online Gallery HERE.

My painterly goal is to bring the viewer into the landscape so it is experienced rather than observed. The method of doing this varies from one painting to another but the necessity to do so never wavers. In this painting, I want viewers to feel the soft earth under their feet. Breathe the damp freshness of a rain that is not quite complete. Touch the tender new growth as if their eyes are closed. Smell the pungent salt of the sea lapping against their inner ear… all the while in mid-step, slightly off balance as the mechanisms of the eye and brain scramble for clarity in a driving need to still the body’s surrounds – a driving need to liberate the viewer from within the landscape. My painting challenge is to keep the viewer experiencing the landscape from within for as long as possible.

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.