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.

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Artsy Home for most original oil paintings currently available

Local Mayne Island VENUES –

Green House Restaurant – small original oil paintings

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

© 2013 Terrill Welch, All rights reserved.

Winter Afternoon West Coast Ferry Home oil painting

The winds were high that day. When we boarded the ferry for home the captain requested that we make sure the emergency brake was set on our vehicle and to then remain seated as much as possible for the voyage home. It was indeed a little rough as we cross the waters between Swartz Bay and Pender Island. Then the sea settled. But the sky still rolled as the sun pushed its way through just before setting over the far islands in the inside passage. The light was glorious.

Winter afternoon west coast ferry home  12 x 16 inch oil on canvasby Terrill Welch 2013_01_25 092

This 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas is now SOLD – updated February 4, 2013.

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.

Evening and the Arbutus Tree – a large west coast oil painting

The sun is going down fast in the late afternoon of November out on Georgina Point, Mayne Island . I marvel at the orange glow and the hues of the heavy mist in the distance of our west coast landscape. I knew then that this most-loved tree was once again going to grace one of my canvases – a large one this time. There is the coolness of a winter sea with soft waves barely evident on the shore. There is a quiet and a peace that often accompanies the end of a day. There is a sense of being alive without separation between land, sea and sky. It is often such with the Canadian landscape but so hard to portray in away that someone who has never been, never stood where I am standing will know what it is I speak about. Yet, this tree knows and seems to be willing to assist me in my interpretation.

From its clinging roots dug into the sandstone bank…

detail 1 Evening and the Arbutus Tree by Terrill Welch 2013_01_07 033

to its gorgeous truck reaching skyward…

detail 2 Evening and the Arbutus Tree by Terrill Welch 2013_01_07 038

to the beautiful flow of its branched evergreen leafy crown…

detail 3 Evening and the Arbutus Tree by Terrill Welch 2013_01_07 039

May its beauty embrace you.

EVENING AND THE ARBUTUS TREE – 36 x 60 inch oil on canvas painting.

Evening and the Arbutus Tree 36 x 60 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_01_07 018

(Detailed viewing and purchase information available HERE)

As a Canadian Landscape painter I am often challenged to find my way visually and spiritually into and through my physical environment. I have not yet told or even succinctly understood all that happened on this canvas. All I know is something in me has changed during the process. I have discovered an aspect of my being that I did not know existed before.

I write more about the process and influences behind this painting over on my Creative Potager blog at http://creativepotager.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/unraveling-the-artistic-influences-and-intentions-behind-the-painting-evening-and-the-arbutus-tree

Enjoy the naked freshness of this painting as it is released from this artist’s studio.

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.

Reef Bay Morning Experienced – west coast seascape oil painting

I remember the sea, and the soft rush of water as it comes ashore. I remember the heaviness of the rocks and the salty dampness of winter seaweed. I feel the coolness of the air and the cry of the gulls.

REEF BAY MORNING EXPERIENCED  is an 14 x 18 inch alla prima or wet-on-wet seascape painting with the quiet strength that is part of any peaceful west coast day.

Reef Bay morning experienced 11 x 14 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2012_12_20 016

(Detailed viewing and purchase information is available HERE)

A Sunday seems like a perfect release day for this new work that was completed late in 2012 and right in the heart of the gray that prevails during the short wet winter days. Yet is somehow a hopeful painting, one that fills me with resilience and inner strength against mounting melancholy. This is the kind of creative environment that feeds my creative muse and stills self-doubt with swift observation and quick sure brushstrokes.

More about the inspiration and process behind the rendering of this painting is available at Reef Bay Mayne Island observation to painted experience .

ONLINE GALLERIES include –

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Local Mayne Island VENUES –

Green House Restaurant – small original oil paintings

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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.

Squared to the Sea – new painting series by Terrill Welch

Themes often emerge when an artist is painting that then become conscious explorations. Such is the case with my latest series of paintings “Squared to the Sea” which began to appear a little over a year ago. The series is likely not finished as I still have some square canvas in the studio. I will add new ones over time as they are completed. Yet it seemed like time to introduce the work as group.

The square is a challenging composition to bring to life with intrigue and interest. I have been drawn to the challenge and the idea and with my ongoing love of the sea it seemed like a worthy exploration. The following paintings are organized in a pleasing visual order for your viewing pleasure. Please note, as is often the case before I can present a series,  some of these paintings are already part of private collections. However, there are still many that are awaiting homes and I have listed purchase locations after each painting. Enjoy!

ALONE BY THE SEA

Quiet places fill a deep well within. East Point on Saturna Island is one of Canada’s newest national parks. This scene would be most recognizable to anyone who had walked out to the end of the point during a low tide and then turned to look back towards land. Alone By The Sea is a long way from lonely on this warm sunny August afternoon with a cool breeze coming in off the water.

20 x 20 inch oil on canvas – available at Xanadu Studio Gallery HERE.

SPILLING OVER

An ideal accent for a contemporary room with its soft tones. The movement of the water in this piece gives it strength beyond its size and allows the painting to provide both peace and energy.

12 x 12 inch oil on canvas – available at Artsy Home Gallery HERE.

A SUMMER DAY

There is something special about a summer day and the sea and a paint brush.

8 x 8 inch oil on canvas – in a private collection British Columbia, Canada.

 

GRAY ON GRAY IN BLUE

The gray on a plein air painting day can be powerful with a quiet compelling beauty.

12  x 12 inch oil on canvas – in private collection Ontario Canada.

COASTAL WINTER STORM

As I stepped out in the dark on our side deck to hand grind my morning coffee beans, fine snow brushed my cheeks. It smelt of winter and reminded me of damp wool and hot chocolate. It was time to paint.

12 x 12 inch oil on canvas – available at Artsy Home HERE.

SKY CLEARING

A small painting that carries more than its square inch weight in hope and freshness.

10 x 10 inch oil on canvas – If you are interested in buying this painting and you do not want to wait that long, please feel free to contact Terrill directly.

SUMMER MORNING MIST

The morning and the brush seem to swiftly move together before both have moved on into midday.

10 x 10 inch oil on canvas – in private collection Texas, U.S.A.

WHISPERING

The magic of hearing the sea whispering.

12 x 12  inch oil on gessobord – in private collection British Columbia, Canada.

SEA AND CLOUDS

Sea and clouds need not explanation to enjoy the play of light, colour and freshness.

36 x 36 inch oil on canvas – in private collection British Columbia  Canada.

ORANGE SEA

A bold reminder of the many colours of the sea as it reflects the wishes of the sky.

12 x 12 inch oil on gessobord – in private collection British Columbia, Canada.

GREETING DAWN

As the seagull tucks its head around the morning light sings out a warm greeting.

6 x 6 inch oil on gessobord – in private collection South Dakota, U.S.A.

ORCAS IN EVENING

A richly textured impressionist west coast sunset seascape which I actually experienced complete with orcas surfacing in the Strait of Georgia.

12 x 12 inch oil on gessobord – in private collection British Columbia, Canada

PEARS BY THE SEA

This particular kind of lovely pear has been painted and photographed for what seems like forever. They are a powerful symbol of abundance, cultivation or agriculture and culture. I want to marry them – at least for awhile – with the sea because the sea is, at least for me, a symbol of eternal change and continuity. My desire is to go more deeply into our human relationship to our environment. A study of pears by the sea seems like a good place to start as any.

12 x 12 inch oil on canvas – If you are interested in buying this painting and you do not want to wait that long, please feel free to contact Terrill directly.

ROMANCING SUMMER BY THE SEA

There are those mornings in August by the sea where the sun is filtered by mist with a the promise of blue skies seeping into your awaking. Such is this day. Some paintings seem to guide the brush from the first stroke of the underpainting. The canvas, the brush and the artist move across the surface as if choreographed by a grand mistress of creativity. Did this painting come out of some illusive muse? Possibly but it was highly influenced by several known influences. The first being my experience on Saturna Island last summer in August which provided the reference image and essence of a particularly spectacular summer morning on East Point. Secondly, I was reading THE SWAN THIEVES by Elizabeth Kostova. If you have read the book you will know how deeply the sea, romance and painting are part of its gift to the reader. Finally, just before beginning this painting I was in an art gallery in Sidney B.C. Canada and admiring an artist hand-embellished reproduction of “Evening thoughts” by Italian artist Pino Daeni. I have seen an original Pino painting several times and reproductions many times. But this time I was admiring how he might accomplish that sensual mystery in his work. Then I asked myself, could I possibly capture this in a landscape, particularly one I loved and already could sense its sensual presence. Of course my figure does not have flowing dresses. She is a strong muscular modern woman with little to give her gender away until you see her smile that touches her lightly around her eyes. But this won’t happen today. Today, we admire her, head tilted down as she walks over the sandstone enjoying the summer morning mist in August by the sea.

30 x 30 inch oil on canvas – available at Xanadu Gallery Studio HERE.

THE SEA TO ME

Lusty dank seaweed brings its dark beauty to the summer sandstone shores along the inside passage on Saturna Island. My hand remembers. – defining the sea and softening the mountains into a grander relationship between sea and sky – closing in the view and leaving a sense of more to see beyond the edges of the canvas.

12 12 inch oil on canvas – in private collection British Columbia, Canada.

It is often difficult to decide at what point to show a body of work.  When I feel I am closer to completing my exploration of this subject matter I hope to put this work together in a catalog or art book. For now, I hope you have enjoyed this expanse of time as expressed through these paintings.

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.