It is a million dollar view in an old bunkhouse or boarding-house style apartment. This was my first look at the day and some of the only remaining sun that was left over from the day before. Viewing was easy but taking the photograph was a little more difficult. For a clear shot, I had to climb up on the back edge of the cast iron tub in the bathroom in my bare feet and then stretch out open window. Thought we should have it for the record though.
At some point this old apartment building will be torn down and high-end units will replace it. But for now, this view is like a city secret. A ragged building garden takes a swath beside the entrances steps where tenants gather to smoke, read and visit, only moving over when someone comes out to take their big dog for a walk which some ruffle and pet as they greet the animal by name. I love staying here with its plywood covering the bottom half of the entrance door and the squeak of the wood under the frayed carpet as I climb the old staircase. There are small fairies, witches, and gargoyles sitting on door frames and extended light sockets in the hall. As I pass people, they all say hello and smile. There is community here in a tight old school kind of neighbourhood way. I am reminded of Jane Jacobs and her theories and best practices for urban planning. In a city known to be too expensive to live in this is a place to call home and it will leave the tenants ample for groceries and end of the week beers.
Have a great day!
While in Nice, I visited the Museum dedicated to Henri Matisse and browsed through a large collection of his cutouts. I visited the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art where I saw the most brilliant collection of American Pop Art one can imagine in one place. Then it was back into the winding streets of the old city before crossing the modern square and walking up the boulevard to our rented apartment.
Even in remembering this visit, I blasted with sensory confusion that a climb to the lookout over the city did nothing to help me reorient. Visiting Nice was like experiencing huge blocks of fractured time, pleasant and intriguing and unorganized. I want to go back. I have yet to crack the mystery of this fine city of Nice in southern France.
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It feels like an early start to the holiday season as I look out onto our west coast blues with a brisk wind calling for a warmer jacket. I am off this morning to go make shortbread and other things with the eldest grandson. Maybe we will have time to let you in on our adventures and maybe not. We shall see. Have a great weekend!
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sleeping giant at Vaseux Lake British Columbia
Community and park spaces are extremely limited. Our neighbourhood playgrounds are on spears of land beside major thoroughfares. Our ground-floor apartment has a most prized private courtyard in the middle of tall apartment buildings. Its value did not register with me when we arrived but now I more fully appreciate its rare pleasure. One morning I set up my paints.
I want to capture courtyards private beauty and mystery. To do so means painting the spaces between the actual forms using light and colour to guide the construction of a meaningful composition. The results are an abstraction of sorts but the energy of the space after the morning rain remains.
Small Courtyard in Barcelona Spain
10 × 12 inch acrylic painting sketch on canvas board
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West Coast Blues Rolling Waves Oyster Bay – 36 x 72 inch oil on canvas (available)
The heavy ink blue of the dark sea rolls grand waves against the sandstone rocks as breaking clouds answer to the west coast blues. This is a large contemporary landscape painting which brings a view of the sea to any room that it is in. The scale of this painting is difficult to appreciate in this image – it is a full 3 feet high and six feet long.
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As a painter and photographer I often experience the pleasure of being really seen by others. For example, yesterday on the last day of my open studio event, a woman came in during the final half hour. She slowly walked around and looked carefully at my paintings and the few photographs I had set out. She had come alone and had the studio to herself. Never having met before, in any capacity, we were strangers. When it came time for her to leave and as she was bent over tying up her shoes she said, more to herself than to me, "It is a pleasure to see excellence." Then she glanced up at me as she straightened and before turning towards the door. I will remember that moment for a very long time for its frank intimacy between one human being and another. When I went back into the other room, I read her comment in my guest book - "thank you for the wonderful expression of this earth's beauty." I took a long pause before doing another thing and soaked up being deeply visible by another through my work.
My request of you today is to let another human being know that they have been really seen through their work. Pick anyone at all and just do it!
Now I must go and begin the planning for a pop-up show early in the new year and also decide on a couple contributions for Vancouver Gallery for a show in May. If I am a wee bit quieter here it is only because I am working hard in the studio preparing for the year ahead.
Note: Reaching the Sea II, 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas, was my studio guest's favourite and I share it in here in her honour.
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- Terrill Welch ArtistArtist, presentAs an artist, photographer and writer, I am a woman living a life of simple abundance.
The more formal blurb:
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.
Since 2010, more than 50 of Terrill Welch’s paintings of various sizes and significantly more of her photography prints have found their way into private collections. Many of these paintings have sold while still work-in-progress or resting wet on the easel.
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 is named as one of 21 Artists to watch for 2011 by Skinny Artist in its world-wide review.
Terrill Welch's work is in collections that also include such renowned Canadian landscape painters as Emily Carr, A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris.
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