Springwater Lodge en Plein Air

There is a  seductive pleasure about painting out in the open or en plein air. The weather forecast is rather a mixed bag of cloud and sun. I wonder if we should chance it? What it doesn’t say is that it is heavy breaking cloud which is delicious light.

Active Pass breaking cloud cover by Terrill Welch 2013_04_14 023

Oh, why not. The worst that will happen is we get a little wet. I trundle my French Box easel, camera bag which also has my iPad inside and another bag of painting gear down to the beach in Miners Bay. Let’s see if we can get a wee bit of a shared experience here…

At least there is sun on the far shore of Galiano Island.

Galiano Island in the sun with storm clouds behind by Terrill Welch 2013_04_14 048

But I am still leaning towards painting the Springwater Lodge as my subject.

It is only about 6 degrees Celsius . or 42.8 degrees Fahrenheit. My fingers and the paint are both stiff. As the birds sing and the waves keep me company that brush starts to work its magic.

Beginning of Spring at the Springwater Lodge plein air by Terrill Welch 2013_04_14 076

This is it for images of works-in-progress on site for this painting. Darn if that big old cloud behind me didn’t get stuck on the cliff as it came over. Big fat drops have me running with the painting, my camera and iPad for cover. Good thing the painting was mostly done! Here is a shot of the more-or-less finished painting taken back at the studio.

SPRING AT THE SPRINGWATER LODGE MAYNE ISLAND 11 x 14 inch oil on canvas plein air

Update April 19, 2013: This painting has SOLD to an art collector in Alberta, Canada.

Spring at the Springwater Lodge Mayne Island resting 11 x 14 inch oil on canvas plein air by Terrill Welch 2013_04_14 154

Established in 1892 the Springwater Lodge is situated above Miners Bay in Active Pass, on Mayne Island. The Springwater Lodge is the oldest continuously operated hotel in British Columbia. During the Fraser River and the Caribou gold rush, the lodge was a favourite stopover for miners.

reference: http://www.springwaterlodge.com/history.htm

Keeping your responses family-friendly, what is your favourite Sunday seductive creative pleasure?

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From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada

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10 thoughts on “Springwater Lodge en Plein Air

  1. “Oh, why not. The worst that will happen is we get a little wet.”

    I love your spirit!

    You asked, “Keeping your responses family-friendly, what is your favourite Sunday seductive creative pleasure?”

    On Sundays I set my cap for being much LESS on the internet and much MORE on the contemplative side with pen/paper at hand.

    • Now this does have a Sunday seductive creative appeal Laurie. Good to hear. I have a friend who journals every morning using her favourite fountain pen. She believes there is a tactile connection that happens with pen and paper which is missing wherein gather keyboard. I think she might have spent at least part of her Sunday just like you. Someday if you make it by for a visit I will make a point of introducing you.

  2. always a pleasure….both the photos and the paintings, and your musings/reports from your inner world….Thanks!! judith at tinkerers

    • You are most welcome Judith! Thank you for taking the time to comment. I was admiring your garden the other day and thinking it might make an interesting painting… One day I just might get up the courage to come ask if it would be alright.

  3. Magnificence incarnate Terrill. Again you have given your readers the full sensory overload through the intricacies of a work in progress, and what sounds and images give you the spark of inspiration to create your great paintings. Let’s just say I was fully transported!

    • Thank you as always Sam for taking the time to drop by. This painting has now SOLD to an art collector in Alberta Canada. It will be packaged and shipped to its home next week. It seems of late that as fast as I paint the work is heading out the door on its own adventures. It is like the universe is telling me I had better get used to the idea.

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