When the Sun Comes Out

First, thank you everyone who zipped, shone light, sent energy and prayers to Josie this week. I believed she has turned the corner and is on the mend. Whaaaahoooo!

The week started out with much reorganizing to make room to paint my 24 X 48 inch cotton canvas.

The composition has been adjusted somewhat but the reference photograph you see of  “stones throw” with the canvas is the one I am using for this next painting. There will be much less sky for sure. It will be challenge because the movement is from the far outer top left moving forward across the canvas to the near bottom right – towards the viewer. I am excited to see if I can make it work.

Then something happened. There was this unusual yellow glow in the sky on Tuesday morning. I was pretty sure it was the sun but I couldn’t be positive because that brilliant addition overhead hadn’t been seen in these parts for quite some time. Well, nothing would do but we had to go down to the beach and check it out. On the way we stopped to check out the field of daffodils.

They were almost open but if we check back to last year on March 11th they were already in full flower long before this time last year. However, they are coming along just the same. This sun will certainly help.

Now let’s go to the beach. Wow! The tide is way out.

David went to stroll along the shore while I clambered over the sandstone reef. I found some beautiful barnacles, mussels and snails.

(the image “BARNACLES, MUSSELS AND SNAILS” may be purchased here.)

I liked this image so much it is my desktop background right now. There were lots of oysters too but I didn’t photograph them – muddy gray looking critters.

I can never get enough of the contrast of sandstone and blue sky. Sigh!

But this is show stopper for me. I was just sitting on the rocks relaxing before heading home when I turned my head back to the sea and this is what I saw…

(the image “VESSEL” may be purchased here.)

The natural abstract beauty had me exclaiming “Yes!” before I could even get my camera out of its case. Martha Marshall this one was captured because of you and your consistent influence on my understanding of abstract design. Thank you!

I did finally get back to my canvas and the underpainting is now ready for a good run of painting next week.

Have a great weekend and I hope you find some sun!

Sprout question: What is the most outrageous creative adventure you have ever blamed on the sun?

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10 thoughts on “When the Sun Comes Out

  1. Terrill – The photograph of the field with the tree and fence is the one that’s pulling on my heart strings. It’s as though it’s offering a promise.

    Sprout question: What is the most outrageous creative adventure you have ever blamed on the sun?

    I’m pretty sure that I’ve never blamed anything on the sun. The moon? Well now, that’s a different story…

    • Laurie that tree and fence is like the most photographed spot on Mayne Island this time of year… “offering a promise” is an excellent description! So you have never blamed anything on the sun? Well, I’ll be! There is still time yet 🙂

  2. Terrill, is there ever an end to the beauty you show us? Wow. What a magical place. You must feel incredible energy coming from the ocean and those rocks. Daily renewal is right there for you.

    I can’t wait to see your new painting of Stone’s Throw.

    Thank you so much for your kind words in this post, and the link. I appreciate that so much.

    And in answer to your Sprout question: What is the most outrageous creative adventure you have ever blamed on the sun? I don’t think I ever have, but thanks for the idea. It’s always good to have an excuse for doing outrageous things! 😉

    • You are most welcome Martha. There is incredible energy coming from the ocean and rocks and just the island in general. It will be four years in May since we moved here and I still pinch myself regularly to ensure I am awake and this is really my life. I wish you a full adventure into something outrageous this weekend that you can blame on the sun.

  3. “BARNACLES, MUSSELS AND SNAILS” and “VESSEL” are such strong images Terrill i have gone back to them over and over i love the textures.

    sun – in spring when the air is crisp and the sun is still low in the ski but bright is always an excuse to find some outdoor cafe to sit for hours and sketch everyone enjoying sun

    • boababpapers it is the textures and patterns that attracted me as well. Glad you are enjoying them. Your words provide a provocative image of some place France or Italy and sidewalk cafes, a sketchbook and pencils. But it could as easily be the sidewalk tables at the Mayne Island Sunny Bakery or an equally lovely place in Victoria B.C. or Quebec City. Or someplace else equally as lovely. Now you have me wanting to take out my sketchbook. If it wasn’t raining here today I am not sure I could resist.

  4. I love the work you’ve done w/photography this week Terrill. I hope you know that I AM living my dream of ‘living in the Canadian isles’ THRU YOU via your photos/paintings. I also so do appreciate the link to Martha Marshall’s work – exquisit!!

    The most creative outrageous adventure I’ve ever blamed on the sun is walking across the fresh lava fields on the Big Island of Hawaii at sunset – without a flashlight to find my way back.

  5. I can never get enough of the contrast of sandstone and blue sky. Sigh!

    Neither can I Terrill, and this post is filled with more awe-inspiring wonders, both real and created. I also wish my best to Josie, as I was delinquent in getting here for the previous post. My apologies. I like the sun, but the severity of the summer months always inspires avoidance, even if at this particular time of the year many of us are salivating of thoughts of the seashore, the beach and outdoor activities in shorts and sandals. “Vassel” is truly magnificent!

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