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

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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.

detail 1 Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace 40 x 60 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch August 10 2016 IMG_9058

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

detail 2 Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace 40 x 60 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch August 10 2016 IMG_9061

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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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

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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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