By the sea for no reason inspires west coast oil painting

Sometimes we go down by the sea for no reason. There is no intention of capturing the perfect photograph. There is no intention of a meditative walk. There is nothing planned at all. We just go down by the sea at Reef Bay on Mayne Island for no reason at all…

By the Sea by Terrill Welch 2013_05_06 006

I mean, if you had a choice to join us on a day like this, even or maybe especially for no reason,  wouldn’t you?

As we watch, the sea seems to fold into the seagull-decorated landscape.

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I sit for a long while just enjoying. Then there is this portrait view that eventually surfaces in my conscious awareness. I know it will be translated into a painting even before I pick up the camera to frame the scene. I debated with myself about whether to show you the photograph that became my main painting reference as it is just that – a reference which anchored my experience long enough to get to my paints, brushes and canvas. But I know how much you like to see these glimpses of inspiration, so here it is…

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The painting has been released over on Terrill Welch Artist in today’s post

NO REASON Canadian west coast oil painting by Terrill Welch

However, here it is again for your viewing pleasure: Canadian west coast 12 x 10 inch oil on canvas oil painting study – NO REASON.

No Reason 12 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_05_20 008

UPDATE May 24, 2013: This painting has SOLD.

What have you done lately for no reason?

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16 thoughts on “By the sea for no reason inspires west coast oil painting

  1. Pingback: NO REASON Canadian west coast oil painting by Terrill Welch | Terrill Welch

  2. Terrill – Oh wow, Wow, WOW! I’m one of the many who like to, “…see these glimpses of inspiration” as you go along!

    What have you done lately for no reason?

    The other day when I was packing out the house in preparation for selling our home and moving, I got pretty hot and sweaty so I turned on the hose and ran through the sprinkler!

  3. Lovely Terrill I like your painting on art bomb today – thunderclouds over George Strait. As I travel it will be lucky to receive some of your picture posts to remind me of home. I’m leaving June 1 until October 5th – so long way from home. Please let me know if you would like a few of the canvases I have still have in the packaging. Two small and two large. Love and blessings Shakeira.

    • Thank you Shakeira 🙂 For others who may be interested, I have a painting in a Canadian Art auction today. Here is the link but it will only be direct and live to the painting for the duration of the auction There are 9.5 hours left in the auction at the time of posting this comment.

      Shakeira, I will try and connect with you tomorrow to see about the canvases. I am thrilled that you are going on such an amazing trip and taking a extended time in Europe. Do enjoy!

  4. I just went on retreat this weekend for no reason and ended my days off enjoying the beach at Hood Canal – I did not take any pictures, but I did meditation and enjoy nature’s sounds.
    Lovely work Terrill — I can see why it was released

  5. I’m one of those who enjoys watching your work unfold. It always feels like a gift from you…a pleasure and a privilege and much appreciated. I love this painting Terrill, it strikes a cord.

    For no reason? Eating a handful of beautiful red, ripe local cherries. The first of the season with the sun still on them.

    • Oh I can just taste those cherries Colleen. Warmed in the sun and so juicy they feel hard – makes my mouth water just thinking about them. Yum! I am glad this painting connects with you Colleen. The blues came out with the perfect sunshine summer feel that spell H-A-P-P-Y!

  6. Terrill,

    I have followed this painting from your releasing it to this lovely example of Being present to your creative spirit. For no reason!
    Through the photographs I see the blending of Ideas, creating a view that is your own… Thank you!

    For no reason? to be philosphoical about it, there is always a reason, whether we are aware of it or not.

    • Well you are right of course Jeff. But I like the idea of not being aware that there is a reason and letting it find us, little by little 🙂 And “the bending of ideas” is an excellent way of putting it.

  7. I enjoy watching you capture beauty first with your camera and then with your paint. Thank you for sharing them with me.
    It’s so important to take time out of our busy day to just, simply be. But I wonder is it for ‘no reason’ or to re-fill our creative well. I suspect that it is this ‘no reason’ moments that make you such a talented artist, Terrill.

    • I agree Leanne I think for ‘no reason’ does fill our creative well and also seems to build our resilience to other life setbacks and frustrations. I am not sure if this relates to being talented or not but it does assist in bringing depth and strength to my work.

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