Spring Studio Sale – Art is not ART until it is SOLD

Today five original oil paintings have returned to my studio from the venue where they were being shown. This event reminds me of a quote that was supposedly said by one artist to another…

Art isn’t art until it’s soldUntil then it’s an obsession and a storage problem.” ~Anonymous

I am not sure I necessary agree. Art in my mind has little to do with sales – though those are always appreciated. However, I do believe that a spring cleaning sale is in order or else we may have to move out just to make room for my paintings.

With this in mind, the following FIVE 18 X 24 inch oil on archival quality gallery wrapped cotton canvas with roughly finished edges have been reduced from $1,200 to $900 plus shipping for the next week beginning today, Wednesday March 28, 2012 until Wednesday April 4, 2012 midnight P.D.T.

These paintings are all available for immediate purchase in the Artsy Home online gallery and include:


CLICK –> BUY to reach the “Buy it Now” button on the right at Artsy Home.


CLICK –> BUY to reach the “Buy it Now” button on the right at Artsy Home.


CLICK –> BUY to reach the “Buy it Now” button on the right at Artsy Home.


CLICK –> BUY to reach the “Buy it Now” button on the right at Artsy Home.


CLICK –> BUY to reach the “Buy it Now” button on the right at Artsy Home.


If you already own one or more of my original paintings or if you purchase more than one of these paintings I will give you an additional $100 collectors discount on each painting purchased.

Paintings are SOLD with my usual Artist’s Satisfaction Guarantee:

Unharmed and safe return of the purchased painting to the Artist, at the cost of the buyer, within 30 days of receiving the purchase will result in a full refund of the purchase price by artist Terrill Welch.

If you have any further questions or would like to make your purchase arrangements directly with me please email me at tawelch@shaw.ca

In addition, with each purchase I will include a signed copy of PRECIOUS SECONDS – Mayne Island in paintings and photographs, volume one.

Of course, if the paintings do not sell, they will be returned to new increase over the original price at the close of this sale and will be shown in another venue beginning in May. Yes, you read correctly – the price of all of my work is going up on May 1, 2012.

So this is rare an opportunity indeed. But no harm will be done if the paintings remain in my gallery collection awhile longer. After all, most of the work is less than two years old. In the past eighteen months, there have been eighteen paintings finding new homes across the globe. It is all good and makes this artist smile.

I look forward to wrapping your painting for you and putting it in the mail.

Please share with others that you think might be interested.

© 2012 Terrill Welch, All rights reserved.

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From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada

Terrill Welch online Gallery at http://terrillwelchartist.com

12 thoughts on “Spring Studio Sale – Art is not ART until it is SOLD

    • I like your optimism Laurie! I have discovered that 50% of my sales in the past year have been to the United States and this matches perfectly with where people live that are viewing Creative Potager. Another 25% are from Canada and the last 25% are from around the rest of the globe with Australia and the United Kingdom taking up a big chunk of this percentage. So it will be interesting to see if these sales follow the same pattern.

  1. “Far Shore” is exquisite Terrill. . .if it weren’t that a move was pending for me, I would have to seriously consider this one. . .whoever gets it will I’m sue will be delighted. Best of luck to you with the sale.

    • Moving always puts an interesting spin on things Alison. But if it is simply the logistics, I would be happy to keep the painting until you were settled – I promise I wouldn’t use it for mattress padding to make more room in-between 🙂 Thank you so much Alison for having a look and giving it a think no matter what. I wish you the very best with that move!

    • I am hoping they take me up on it Jeff 🙂 But if not it will still be nice to have them in my inventory which only numbers around 18 (there is that number again!) at the moment. With a big Home and Garden Show coming up at the end of June this is not necessary a bad thing. I just had this wild idea to do a special spring sale yesterday and got busy and posted it before I could talk myself out of it.

      • Terrill,

        I think it is a great idea, but as you say it would be good to have work to place on exhibit in June. Of course how many paintings could you do by than.

        I posted the link into my Nature Spirit Photography page on facebook, which links to my regular page, just to give in more juice!

        • Thank you so very much Jeff. This sharing between friends makes all the difference in the world to getting the opportunity out there! I feel very fortunate to have your support in this way.

  2. I am in love with CABIN ON SHORE. i could look at those beautiful brush strokes all day.

    And for the record, i totally disagree with the anonymous quote (“art isn’t art until it’s sold”)
    Like you, i appreciate a sale, but i think when artists paint with the goal of selling, it is no longer done from the heart. It is done for business purposes. (is the art any less meaningful if it is unsold?)
    i love your work Terrill. Thanks for posting! xoxo

    • Yes Pauline and if the truth be known the artist was likely making a joke or it was told by their partner who was getting tired of tripping over the canvases on the way to the washroom at night. There is always a question of value lurking it seems. Last year I asked a venue to insure my work under their policy rather than me purchasing a second policy which would be much more expensive. The manager talked to the owner who said “well we can insure them but who knows if they are worth that – an artist can put up any price they like.” The manager was very polite and said that I was an established artist and three paintings going up in the show were already pre-sold. I tell this story because though people can be flippant about “value” it exists simply because the work is created. When only one painting by a great artist like Van Gogh sold while he was alive we know darn well that sales has nothing to do with whether something is ART or not.

      Thank you kindly for your interest in my work and joying into the conversation. It is wonderful to have you here. CABIN ON SHORE is sitting very near my studio desk so I just turned to is and said “you hear that? Pauling could look at you all day!”

  3. That first comment by “Anonymous” is way too harsh and cynical, but there are people out there who apply such jargon as a practical matter. My favorite of the group remins “East Point Cliffs,” but as others here have noted it’s a ravishing lot. “Far Shore” is truly magnificent.

    OK Terrill here’s the plan. Tonight is the latest drawing for the mega millions jackpot that is now over 500 million, the largest single total in North American history. After I win, before I do anything else I will buy these and every other painting of yours that’s available. That would have me in my glory! Ha!

    • Well with those kinds of winnings Sam you will even be able to purchase enough wall space to hang them all – each with their own personalized lighting 🙂 Ah well, lottery or not it is always nice to have things on our wish list. One never knows when the funds just might magically appear. And I do so appreciate your kind words and support. I think you and Laurie are of like minds when it comes to “East Point Cliffs.” This painting changes dramatically depending on the light. On a bright day it looks like it does here. On an overcast day or as it begins to get dark, the painting adjusts to the light around it reflecting that time of day. I have no other painting which behaves in this way. David just looks at now and again and says “that one is special.”

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