August morning mist at East Point on Saturna Island

After two days of hiking and taking photographs on Saturna Island, this morning is our painting day. We had already scouted out where we wanted to be. But when we arrive, morning mist obscured the view.

However, it was gloriously magical. I spotted the old machine storage building behind the staircase which led me to complete a five piece study…

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Interestingly enough it is this fourth composition with the field that viewers most appreciate.

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But for me, it is this last image with the thistles that really inspires my imagination.

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Caught up in the space of a lone tree on the point I was gently reminded we were here to paint.

Though the fog was still keeping us close

and a few families had joined us on Shell Beach we went ahead and set up.

When I say “we” I really do mean “we” as the French box easel and materials were shared in 15 minute increments for a period of 2.5 hours.

My nine year old traveling companion has no idea I have him in the frame. His attention is on the mist, the stones and the sea. Someone stops to observe and comment. He replies “it is the first time I have painted with professional materials.” His eyes never leave the task at hand.

I will share more over the days ahead from our trip but this gives you a taste and foot hold into our time on Saturna Island.

Sprout question: What creative wonders do you have for us to taste this week?

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16 thoughts on “August morning mist at East Point on Saturna Island

  1. Beautiful!
    I am glad you had your camera to capture those moments in the mist!!! Wondrous! Reminding me of Andrew Wyeth !

    My creative wonders for you to taste will have to wait for you to see!

    • Such a tease Jeff! All well, can’t flush them all out with one sprout question… I will get you on the next one 😉 Thank you for mentioning Andrew Wyeth. When I searched images of his work I can see why he came to mind. It is the tones and composition. Wow! Stunning to see the comparison.

  2. Terrill – “gloriously magical” is an understatement. These photographs are remarkable! I think the fifth photograph, with the single building standing sentinel and the mist flirting in the background, is my favorite.

    “His eyes never leave the task at hand” — the photograph of your 9-year-old companion is the epitome of concentration. This will be wonderful, framed, in his studio at a later date when he’s a world renowned artist.

    Sprout question: What creative wonders do you have for us to taste this week?

    Ahhhh, I’ve entered two literary contests that can’t be revealed just yet, and in tomorrow’s blog post I’m giving a wee hint of some up-and-coming mischief, all of which will be revealed the following week. Stay tuned…

    • Okay Laurie, did you and Jeff conspire to keep us in suspense? I am going to have to strengthen my sprout questions! Actually, I do think it is more likely that we are all working away behind the scenes for what I call “the second beginning of the year” which is September. Yes! It looks like we have another great creative year ahead of us 🙂

    • Thanks Maureen. The two images that are your favourites will make a lovely pair of images. In fact I almost only put up these two. I can see them holding interest on a wall together just the two of them – without the other three. In fact I may show them like that in the future.

  3. Indeed MAGICAL Terrill. Funny thing is this; I had a dream that YOU were ‘traveling’. I had hoped you’d gone to Tofinno as that is a place I would love to see (and want to travel to) although I have to say this IS beautiful – thank you for sharing it all.

    • Well I have been to Tofinno too Alison and it is amazing. Much bigger gal-lumping seas particularly during storms. The long sandy beaches are hard to resist as well. But for pure wilderness visual delight, I would take the variation available on Saturna Island. I am glad you enjoyed traveling with us.

  4. Great images Terrill
    I am working on not being alone this week and that is pulling out the creative juices and even some worry about not being on the computer enough for blog development – I do not care, I wish for human interaction more than anything else

    • Thanks Patricia and I wish you much fun out and about with other beings of your choosing having the best of times and feeling the love of being in the company of others… the computer isn’t going anywhere. I promise. I was gone for a week and found it was still right where I left it… and with one good long day, I’m almost on top of the important bits.

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  6. The mist, the fog, the thistles, the lonely farmhouse and the indellible perspective do suggest Wyeth, but in a cinematic sense I wistfully think of the images in Andrei Tarkovsky’s “The Sacrifice,” with its melancholic underpinnings. But whatever they suggest they are pure and unadulterated Terrill Welch, which is definitely to suggest something original and deeply felt. This has been a great great place for over two years now, but I dare to say that with this post and the one after it that presently leads up you have really reached a zenith of atmospheric wonderment that cries out for framing.

    Ah yes, “creative wonders.” This week the long-planned Top 70 musical film countdown is underway at Wonders in the Dark, and I personally two early entries on NAUGHTY MARIETTA and Bergman’s THE MAGIC FLUTE. Ha!

    • Oh Sam! Thank you! As artist we often seek our unique expression without knowing that all we have to do is bring ourselves to the process. Your kind words remind me of this simple fact. I trust you don’t mind that I have added a couple of live links to your comment. I could find the specific post for THE MAGIC FLUTE. If you get back this way, maybe you could leave it for us.

      • Terrill, I am sorry I confused you there. When I said that I was assigned to “two early posts” I was referring to the early part of the countdow, which asn’t played out yet.

        My review of Bergman’s THE MAGIC FLUTE will be appearing tomorrow morning. (Friday, August 26)

        Thanks so much for your inquiry.

  7. I must add that travel agents must really get their act together and include the Creative Potager’s blog on their promotion itineraries.

    These pictures are probably festering in people’s minds–

    “I know I must go there, I have to go there, I have to experience raw beauty…….”

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