Spurious relationships between photograph and painting pairs

I have been requested several times to create another art book that includes pairings of my photographs and paintings. The difficulty with this task is that I don’t generally paint directly from one particular photograph. I sometimes paint en plein air and other time using my whole experience and a large handful of my own reference images will paint in the studio. The two approaches are simply used as tools to capture my impressions of the world around me – a world that emotionally and physically influences my everyday because it IS my everyday. Here is a pairing that demonstrates this almost spurious relationships between what looks like a natural pairing.

The photograph “Good Morning Galiano Island” was taken yesterday at about 9:30 in the morning.

Good morning Galiano Island Dec 30 2012  by Terrill Welch 2012_12_30 299

(available for closer viewing and purchase  HERE)

The oil painting “Far Shore” was painted in the spring 2010 using a set of very grainy reference images from an earlier afternoon day when the fog was so heavy that the sun could just barely break through lightly onto the tip of the rock face.

Far Shore 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch  IMG_9804

(available for closer viewing and purchase HERE)

Is there a connection between these two works? Yes, but it is likely that the photograph is more influenced by the previous painting than the other way around.

Here is another example. The sunrise was deep in bruised mauve yesterday. “Mayne Island Dawn Dec 30 2012” is one of my favourites from this shoot.

Mayne Island dawn Dec 30 2012 by Terrill Welch 2012_12_30 060

The oil painting “Winter Sun” which was also completed early in 2010 using a different location as reference yet the feeling is the same, the light is the same and I can smell the same cool sea air when I look at both the photograph from yesterday and this painting from a couple of years ago.

5 winter sun May 10 10

(available for closer viewing and purchase HERE)

Well, here we are. This will be our last Creative Potager post in 2012. Also, it is a post that hints at what is ahead. I desire to take you deeper into the creative process and life of this artist. Right down into the unfinished tangle of thoughts, unfinished ideas, quick sketches and daily explorations. The posts will likely be longer and full of musings, more of a shared record, if you will, of the history behind the finished work that will eventually emerge.


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Creative Potager – Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch

From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada

For gallery and purchase information about Terrill’s photographs and paintings go to http://terrillwelchartist.com

8 thoughts on “Spurious relationships between photograph and painting pairs

  1. I’m also looking forward to your posts on the creative process; so well put, the “unfinished tangle of thoughts, unfinished ideas, quick sketches and daily explorations”.
    All the best in 2013.

    • All the best to you Annerose and the first of these lengthy post is now up. But I haven’t got the brushes cleaned yet and daylight is already starting to fade. Take good care and I am looking forward to our continued connection during the year ahead.

  2. Terrill,

    It is a great idea a book of both images, paintings and the photographs that inspire each. A lot of this is already being accomplished with your blog and other forms of communications.
    I look forward to your continued musing and deeper involvement in your art/creative experience!

    Happy New Year!

    • Yes it is true Jeff that this blog and other posts do tell the story of paintings and photographs usually with all the immediacy that comes from sharing in the moment. This probably what keeps me from moving forward with another book more than anything else. It seems the work is done and has been shared so what would be the value-added of doing a proper book? As of yet I have not found the value so the book is yet to become a priority 🙂 And Happy New Year to you as well Jeff!

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