West Coast Blues in photography and painting

Yes, my yes! We do have sun! I am always fascinated how our west coast blues means a bright sunny day to me and yet often other will comment that it looks rather cold 🙂

West Coast Blues rolling waves Oyster Bay Mayne Island by Terrill Welch 2013_03_03 094

Of course it is a bit brisk for sure but not cold. I am wearing only a sweater as I press myself as close to the water as possible…

West Coast Blues Oyster Bay Mayne Island by Terrill Welch 2013_03_03 229

(Image is available in my Redbubble storefront HERE)

Ah the Salish Sea and our west coast blues. Oyster Bay on Mayne Island has never been more compelling. I love how these moments so easily connect land, sea and sky as one. What a morning!

Of course the very next day… I just had to take out my brushes. It was something that just must be done!

WEST COAST BLUES study 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas

West Coast Blues study resting 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch SOLD 2013_03_04 020

In less than 24 hours after this painting study was completed it has been sold. It never made it to being posted in its work-in-progress   “resting” state on my Creative Potager blog. Nor did it make it to being posted as “released” on my Terrill Welch Artist website. The buyer scooped it up from its post on Facebook yesterday. Still to wet to move, its new home is waiting for its eventual arrival. This kind of early sale of a still-wet oil painting seems to be happening more frequently than one might expect.

What do these early sales of wet paintings mean for buyers and collectors watching and waiting for “their painting” to come off of my easel?

My advice would be to make an offer as soon as you are sure about a painting. But even if a painting disappears before you get the chance to make an offer, have faith that, in time, I shall paint another you will find suitable. Or a buyer can commission a size and subject matter for a painting that they would like. Because of my painting style and my general character, I do not do specific commissions where the end result is predetermined by the buyer. Canvas size and subject are about as far as I can commit.

The other stickler that sometimes keeps buyers waiting until after the painting they would like has sold is of course  – money. Even my smaller studies are pricy and are due to increase in price again by the end of the month. However, for buyers where there is some level of  mutual trust, I can do a lay-away purchase option where the painting is purchased in three equal payments (or by some other agreeable payment plan)  and is then delivered to the buyer when the last payment has been received. As a full-time artist and photographer, this option has always been a win-win for both me and the purchaser. If I have a few sales being made by this method, then there is always the known expectation of funds coming in and the paintings are more accessible for purchase by the buyer.

Well, enough about all that! Many thanks to all who enjoy and support my paintings and photography that are mostly of the west coast of Canada.

What creative Blues do you find most inspiring?

P.S. New Featured Oil Paintings are up at Terrill Welch Artists.

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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

19 thoughts on “West Coast Blues in photography and painting

  1. Ah Terrill, we were too slow with this one. Not indecisive, just not quick enough following my heart’s pull. Your west coast blues are stunning 🙂

    • Sorry you missed it… always kind of sad when this happens with original work. There maybe other painting studies that come out of this particular photo shoot before I tackle a super large canvas Colleen so keep you eye out over the next few weeks. Who knows, it might just be “your” painting that is waiting in that jar of brushes right now.

  2. Terrill – CONGRATULATIONS on your still-wet-on-the-easel sale That’s fantastic! I so appreciate your statement:

    “Because of my painting style and my general character, I do not do specific commissions where the end result is predetermined by the buyer.”

    You asked: What creative blues do you find most inspiring?

    Recently, Mother Nature’s been incredibly generous with her snow. Once we’ve done the necessary shoveling, I find it the perfect opportunity to go back inside and write.

    • Thank you Laurie and I did notice somewhere that you were at the top of your boots more than once in a day of snow shovelling recently. Something about physical exercise and the creative juices always seem to go together.

  3. Your early sales don’t surprise me, Terrill. What does captivate me is your ability to transform what you capture with the camera into what you capture with the brush. Truly breathtaking…

    • I am glad you like it Leanne and even if you are not surprised, I don’t think it is super common to sell oil paintings wet on the easel like this. At least not to my knowledge anyway 🙂

  4. Such lovely work and that you captured the snowy mountains and waves with so much energy…inspiring. And more story of how the painting travels through it’s life…way cool

  5. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous work here Terrill! As usual I was visually enraptured. My creative “blues” would be the twangy guitar and trademark voices of the blues music form, one mastered by the likes of Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson!

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  7. Imagine being able to go outside only wearing a sweater! You are very lucky that Spring seems to be arriving in your neck of the woods, Terrill. I like to pause at your vivid blue paintings and feel the energy in them. So glad that you are selling some of your work. What a tribute to you and your art.

    • Thank you so much Kathy. Today over at Terrill Welch Artist I wrote a new post highlighting recent sales of my paintings. It is quite phenomenal really as this is certainly not a particularly prosperous time for most people.

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