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Terrill Welch
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Here is where I left the painting 'resting" for today.

Muir Beach Overlook California work-in-progress 18 x 24 oil on wood with cradle

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They don't really look any different Matthew but they do feel different to use. 
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apple blossoms

More than any other fruit tree flowers apple blossoms give rise to the most imagination. Could it be where ballerinas and good fairies were first conceived?
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Doing the rainy day happy dance... dusting is done, is done, beep-do-ta-day! Can you tell? No? Well, what about in the sunroom? Still no? Good that means I don't need to do it again until the winter rainy season. Just to easy my squeamish about so many paintings hanging around, the top two in the first image are sold and will be delivered the first week of May. The one of the bridge was suppose to be gone months ago but was waiting to get its edges painted and got hung up behind the solo exhibit. Now just a hanging wire and it will be ready to pack or deliver to north central British Columbia.. still deciding what I will do. So the situation isn't really quite as bad as it looks.

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Thanks Anthony! And I often have the paintings draped Ana, particularly the larger ones. But the paintings get moved around all the time between shows, open studio events and studio visitors. It is the home surfaces that get dusted but not often ;) 
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I accepted the 30 minutes for 30 days Nature is Calling Challenge for the month of May. It is a research participation project lead by the David Suzuki Foundation. You do not have to live in Canada to participate. Work places and schools can join in. Just keep scrolling and reading. Note there is an optional online survey at the beginning and end of the project. If you like, let me know if you decide to participate. It might be fun to share experiences and ideas.

Oh! And Happy Earth Day

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I know me too I like being outdoors
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Today's work plein air painting under the poplars on Reef Bay. This is the next painting sketch that will be used for the second draw for my solo exhibit. Sure was pleasant but kinda bright. It is possibly the last mid-day painting until fall.

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A brief view saturated with the intention of remembrance and still a little shiny wet..."Spring Tea" resting 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas.
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Thanks Mary : ) My husband is so taken with it that I may have to keep it for a while at least. But this infatuation usually fades as new work comes off the easel. 
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On the easel this morning from yesterday's plein air live painting session. "Spring Tea" is 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas work-in-progress.

I had this idea about how we remember sitting someplace by remembering the chair rather than the view from the chair. Once I sit in this chair the view is very different. And it is the last view just before we think about turning to sit down that sticks. So this is the one I painted - the view from slightly above, one that where our eyes are still cobbling together the pieces of the scene trying to establish position and proportion. It is a brief view. We do not stand there long which leaves little accuracy in our memory. We might say, I remember a small teapot and a yellow cup. There was a book with a story about Paris and some apples I think. But it was spring! That green stays with me and the play of light on the potted hydrangeas. It was warm but with its cool shadows. I had to wrap the throw around my legs while putting a hat on top of my head. This is what I remember.... So I imagined as I painted.
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Today's work blocked in...
Muir Beach Overlook California 18 x 24 oil on wood with cradle

I was nervous about my intuition for this one. The landscape is hardly known to me. Though I stood there for a long time trying soak in all the information I could. Though I took about twenty photography sketch type images, I still wasn't really sure if I understood, that I knew in my bones. I had not witnessed year after year of subtle seasonal changes. But also I question my ability because the California landscape does not have the cool clear blues of its northern sisters. The haze and atmosphere is warm rich, almost buttery even in early spring. There is a constant taste of chalk with a hint of salt on the air in this drought ridden geography. I must learn a new palette possibly even a new approach. I do not know this landscape even as my rain forest hair registers a more waif-like wisp on the sea breeze. I want to know though. I listen and peer as if learning a foreign language. I am hypertensive with all sensory recorders on high alert. What I can not discern, I must guess. I am doubtful of my ability to read its body language of the landscape when words and understanding fail me. But, I painted the ground a week ago and this morning I started blocking the painting in. Now in the next few days we need a strong finish to complete this work of a landscape experienced with first eyes.

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Hydrangea after early morning rain...

This potted plant from my friend will soon be planted by the front gate fence, in between deep blue-red pavement rose and a strawberry tree.

But really what this image is about is becoming familiar with my new camera. My Canon 40D shutter broke after seven years of almost daily use. I had been saving for a new Mark 5 but need to sell a few more paintings before going there. So I settled for the 70D and out of necessity I purchased it with the EFS18-135mm kit lens (a long story and not very interesting.) But this will be okay in the long run I think, particularly for video. Anyway, a new camera is like becoming familiar with a new car. Of course you already know how to drive but the new vehicle has not become an extension of yourself yet. First you need to find out where the ignition is located. Then you are ready to adjust the seat so you can comfortably reach the gas break pedals. The mirror must be set for your particular needs and so on. Your hand and arm must have a reasonable sense of the shifting mechanism. All this must be accomplished before you can pull out of the parking lot. I am just about ready to take this new beast for a test run. Wish me luck! No you don't have to stay off the road but if I don't wave and say hello you know it is because I am figuring and not simply being rude.
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Beginning to consider some new paintings that are inspired from the California One trip...

"California Pacific study one"

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A solo independent artist's spring lament... Sometimes I feel like a large human mouse has invaded my home studio and has been shredding ideas into piles of messes on every surface, in every corner of every room! New paintings and sketches now line the vacant spots that were left by those that went into the solo exhibit a few short weeks ago. Fortunately a few of these are sold and will be leaving shortly. Papers still lay scattered in the loft from the sorting that was done for income tax. Seedlings germinate on the window sill in the kitchen but I did just pay for a plot in the community garden so this will resolve itself in the next few days. There is dust is thick over it all and only interrupted by lacy spider webs hanging from the ceiling. What is up with that!? I dusted at Christmas and just look at it! I feel claustrophobic amongst it all. Today seems like as good a day as any to take a shovel and start to clean out this mess! Though it will likely take me much longer, maybe a week or so I shall create some order around here!  

(Hint: this is a good time to go to my online Artsy Home gallery and use the "make an offer button." With five paintings sold in the past two weeks, I am feeling generous on top of being in a cleaning frame of mind. If you need the link, let me know)

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Sold! This small 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch on gessobord found an immediate home where I know it will be deeply appreciated. It has come back to the studio to have its final photoshoot and to be added to inventory records. But after that, "Spring Tea - a quick study" will be off.

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As an artist, photographer and writer, I am a woman living a life of simple abundance.

I do not live with a dog, a cat, nor rabbit or mouse. All my plants are of the outdoor variety and many are taller than a four story building. I do have a collection of 8 grown children and 5 grandchildren. But mostly, my sweetie and I live a very quiet life on a rural island off the southwest coast of Canada. My studio is in the loft of our strawbale timberframe home. I often do not leave the island for six to eight weeks at a time. My creative subjects are most often about where I call "home." You are welcome to come by if you are ever in the neighbourhood. It is always a pleasure to have studio visitors... or just good company for tea :) 

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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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