Sunday roses in June at la casa de inspiracion

I woke this morning with a full day to fill as I choose. No commitments that can’t wait until tomorrow. No restlessness I feel driven to address. Today is for June roses, quiet cups of tea, twittering birds, long strolls and simple meals. Today is for being charmed by the delicate strengths of a moment.  At the gate is a pavement rose puffed with blossoms with petals on her toes.

Sunday roses in June at la casa de inspiracion by Terrill Welch 2013_06_09 007

I linger over a fine red bud.

rose bud by Terrill Welch 2013_06_09 012

Then swoon down to a singular red beauty.

single pink pavement rose by Terrill Welch 2013_06_09 009

Dipping even closer, her fragrance tingles my sense of mystery and wonder.

try by Terrill Welch 2013_06_09 016

This pink pavement rose is not the only hearty soul in the garden though. There is of course “The Grandma Rose,” a most resilient Scottish Brier rose. Her small white buds are determined to drag our focus from the neighbouring greenery.

Grandma Rose in full bloom  by Terrill Welch 2013_06_09 029

She is resourceful in her attention-getting ways. The fragrance from these two-inch white balls comes no finer. Let’s see… oh, here is one. Now smell.

single  fragrant Scottish Brier Rose by Terrill Welch 2013_06_09 030

Perfect! Right?

The roses this morning remind me of the delicate balance of my week – a painting passing its final test of suitability for a new home. A new small painting resting on the easel.

End of Storm Georgina Point Mayne Island resting 8 x 10 oil on canvas

End of Storm Georgina Point Mayne Island resting 8 x 10 oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_06_06 024

Two paintings released for sale over at Terrill Welch Artist

New Growth West Coast in late May 8 x 8 inch oil on gessobord

New Growth West Coast in late May 8 x 8 inch oil on gessobord by Terrill Welch 2013_06_01 024

From Felix Jack Road Mayne Island 14 x 11 oil on canvas

From Felix Jack Road Mayne Island 14 x 11 oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_05_28 267

(For the curious and serious fans and collectors alike, links to detailed views and purchase information for these two paintings are posted over at  Terrill Welch Artist. )

Equally important to this delicately balanced week,  my husband is happily spade-deep in a project and my Saturday was spent with a good friend.

This pretty much wraps up what is blooming in my corner of the world. I am contemplating taking a wee bit of time off but this will not be until July. In the meantime, for my everyday, I wish it to be much like this week.

What is blooming in your creative corner of the world?


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13 thoughts on “Sunday roses in June at la casa de inspiracion

  1. Terrill – The photographs and paintings you shared here are enchanting. And I love that you’re “being charmed by the delicate strengths of a moment.”

    You asked, “What is blooming in your creative corner of the world?”

    My creative “implements” have been tucked away all weekend as it’s a popular time for home showings and we’ve had several prospective buyers come take a look. Fortunately, we’re aware of their appointment times and make ourselves scarce (taking the dogs with us) so they can feel free to look about with their real estate agent.

    • I am holding a wish for you Laurie that the perfect buyer makes a suitable offer sooner rather than later 🙂 There is something about having ones home on show which is best kept to a minimal stretch of time I think. But who knows what you and Len and the dogs will discover on these appointed outings. I know that you will enjoy whatever it is that comes your way.

  2. Love your photos and thoughts on the roses. I wrote something similar once called “Riffing on Roses.” It’s amazing how these beautiful flowers speak to us in such intimate terms. On my creative front, I’ve revisited the artwork on an old favorite–Sohan Qadri.

    • Thank you Deborah and your revisiting has introduced an new artist to me – LOVE when this happens! I have just spent a few minutes watching his paintings slowly roll along in a collection in the Sundaram Tagore Gallery at

      For others that are not familiar with Sohan Qadri here is his biography from this same website:

      Artist, poet and Tantric guru Sohan Qadri (1932-2011) is one of the only internationally acclaimed artists deeply engaged with spirituality. Qadri abandoned representation early on in his long career, incorporating Tantric symbolism and philosophy into his vibrantly colored minimalist works. Born in India, he was initiated into yogic practice at age seven. In 1965, he left India and began a series of travels that took him to East Africa, North America, Paris and Zurich.

      Settling in Copenhagen, Mr. Qadri participated in more than forty one-man shows, in Bombay, Vienna, Brussels, London, Oslo, Stockholm, Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. He distilled Tantric symbolism into his own abstract, modernist language using broad areas of open color, capturing the northern landscape and sky of his Scandinavian surroundings. Although he began his career in the 1950s painting in oil on canvas, he worked on paper from the 1970s onward. He covered the surface of the paper with structural effects by soaking it in liquid and carving it in several stages while applying inks and dyes. In the process, the paper was transformed from a flat, two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional medium. The repetition of careful incisions on the paper was an integral part of his meditation—and, in fact, his process evolved out of his desire for an effortless method of creation in tune with his yogic practice.

      Sohan Qadri’s works are included in numerous collections, including those of the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts; the Rubin Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; as well as the private collections of Cirque du Soleil, Heinrich Böll and Dr. Robert Thurman.

      In 2011, noted Italian fine-art publisher Skira Editore released Sohan Qadri: The Seer, a monograph with more than eighty color plates of Qadri’s canvas and paper works from the 1960s to 2011. Scholarly essays by Partha Mitter, Donald Kuspit and Tushara Bindu Gude chronicle his artistic development and the complex philosophy underpinning his work.

      And here is also Deborah’s post from today “The Art of Sohan Qadri – Tapping into the Unconscious

  3. Ravishing eye candy! Who isn’t a lover of roses? Everything came together for you Terrill, and again you offer up some Mayne Island treasures for the lucky buyers! I’m trying to wear my creative hat this week as I plan the curriculum for the upcoming summer program. Have a great week my friend!

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  5. “No commitments that can’t wait until tomorrow. No restlessness I feel driven to address.” You have described exactly what I often call a “perfect” day. I am feeling a good balance with creativity right now. So often that restlessness has insisted in creating something new. Lately it feels like a “just right” rhythm. Your photos and paintings capture so much beauty.

    • Thank you Kathy! I find I go through these ebb and flow times where if I am careful I keep my balance and ride the rhythm so that either way is just right. Other times I crash in the bushes of frustration or snooze through an opportunity. Such is life it seems.

      • Yep, such seems to be life… I’ve been thinking of balance in a way lately that even includes the crashes and snoozing. To allow them to be part of the continuum as well.

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