The Work Of Art

Yesterday, following a rocky ferry ride, a power outage and in the mids of winds and heavy rain, business woman, Katrina Elliot and I slipped into the Terrill Welch Gallery. A painting had been set aside months ago, waiting for her final review and consideration. She said “yes!” 

Happy Art Collector

You see, like people, my paintings have work to do. My paintings are not just a pretty face to dangle on your wall for others to admire or an accessory to balance or decorate a room. In fact, many collectors of my paintings hang the work in their bedrooms where few see them but the intended viewer. So, what is this important work that these paintings do? 

Well, like Katrina, many “Terrill Welch collectors” are leaders in fields that they are passionate about – it is demanding work, meaningful work. The risks are often high and the learning curves steep because these individuals continually reach for what is just at the edge of their ability, simply because the positive outcomes for change, in individual lives and in community, are great. It is work that will matter ten years and even a hundred years from now. These individuals give everything they have and then find that extra 10 percent. In these situations, my paintings frequently provide a focus for reflection, a chance to regroup and build resilience, an opportunity to dream and problem-solve. They provide confirmation that you are enough – just as you are. Finally and most importantly – hope. The paintings are a touchstone and buffer. They are a reminder of our ability to endure and navigate significant losses and the trials we all must face in living a full life, one that is well lived. 

We know this because firstly, it is the spirit in which the work is created and secondly, the paintings have been doing this work for so long that they excel in their partnership with the viewer to accomplish these tasks. In fact, Katrina attended and purchased her first work from my very first solo gallery show back in the mid 1990’s. Sadly, this initial painting was lost in a flood a few years ago. In 2016, wanting to replace the painting, Katrina did a google searched for me and the rest, as they say, is history. Since then she has carefully and thoughtfully added works to her “Terrill Welch collection” and I do trust and hope that these paintings will work as rigorously and hard as she does. The biggest bonus for me is that we have rekindled a friendship that now spans almost 25 years. The paintings consider this their valued-added contribution to the bottom line of life and community. The paintings can never guarantee this outcome but it is always a welcomed deliverable. As a painter, I think I love my work almost as much as the collectors and the paintings do! After all, we all have work we must do, that we cannot bare to walk away from or leave only half completed. 

So, let us congratulate “Centuries of Seasons – Heritage Road, P.E.I.” on finding the perfect home and Katrina Elliot on her new stewardship of this work. May they both thrive, give their best and always know how much they are appreciated. 

You can learn more about Katrina and Four Corners Management Consulting at https://www.4cmc.ca

Oil painting of Prince Edward Island Heritage Road showing all four seasons starting with winter, then autumn, summer and finally spring in the distance.
Centuries of Seasons Heritage Road PEI by Canadian Artist Terrill Welch

Painter’s notes about “Centuries of Seasons – Heritage Road, P.E.I.” 24 x 30 inch walnut oil on wood… 

Centuries of Seasons might be said to have begun on a drive down the Currie Heritage Road on Prince Edward Island, Canada in May 2016.

It might be said that I only trust my brushes today and not my own words and convictions. This is true, though it is not uncommon, I would think, to seek the experience of wise counsel when processing ones own experiences.

It might be said too that I have begun with the first trees I ever painted. This likely is equally true because to know a tree well enough to paint it is to spend years in its company.

It might be said that the centuries of seasons in this painting have no beginning and no ending. This too is true as we can observe that the road has worn away from years of passage over its red dirt surface.

Regardless of what might be said, this is where the painting has come to rest with its centuries of seasons.

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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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