Off to kick leaves and have a good visit

It is leaf kicking time! I am heading north for better than week to visit with family. With a bit of luck, I will come back with at least few photographs of brilliant autumn colours. I can’t make a promise but I can assure you that there is a good possibility.

In the meantime, I have been busy with a large stack of administrative work with little time to paint. But I do have a new large 60 x 36 inch oil on canvas resting called SEASIDE MAYNE ISLAND

Seaside Mayne Island resting 60 x 36 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_09_11 048

It is not released yet and still needs a final photo shoot. I will also do a full work-in-progress post for us sometime in early October. Regardless of its newness and still “resting” status, I placed the painting in a prominent location last evening for a dinner we hosted with good friends and collectors of my paintings and photography.

dinner with friends and art by Terrill Welch

The hit of the evening, after SEASIDE MAYNE ISLAND of course, was a new still life painting…

36 x 24 inch oil on canvas

August Still life with Cezanne and Matisse 24 x 36 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_08_23 034

There are distinctive elements of Paul Cezanne‘s work that go far beyond his use of colour to represent form. He had a way of presenting different viewpoints in his compositions that was and is exciting. This is something that Henri Matisse continued to explore while allowing the paint to become colour fields of flat surfaces. At one point in the of the development of this work I had a choice. I could continue to build up the colour fields or I could continue to follow the light and movement within the landscape. Matisse of course was arguing for letting paint be paint in its colour and simplicity. Cezanne was slowly working his way into the tension of form and structure of the still life using colour as his guide. I observed. I thanked the masters. Then I picked up my brush and continued to paint the light and movement between the forms until the painting came to rest. Edges are currently unfinished and can be completed to meet your needs.

Detailed view and purchase information at:

Where might be your favourite Leaf-kicking stroll when the golden light is shining low through the trees?

Psst! I have also started working on my second art book. The working title is ANYTHING BUT NEUTRAL: Mayne Island in paintings and photographs, Volume Two. I have about 57 of the estimated 80 pages completed in draft form. Tentative release will be early November. I shall keep you posted as it progresses 🙂

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From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada

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9 thoughts on “Off to kick leaves and have a good visit

  1. Such a beautiful painting! And it looks breath-taking in your dining room. Looking forward to peeking over your shoulder in your promised post.
    Congratulations! I look forward to hearing more about your book.

  2. As to the three photographs you’ve placed in this post: breathtaking, Breathtaking, BREATHTAKING! I echo Leanne’s congratulations on the up-and-coming book!

    You asked, “Where might be your favourite Leaf-kicking stroll when the golden light is shining low through the trees?” When in Illinois, right here on in our own yard where we’re literally overshadowed by two gargantuan two-hundred-year-old oak trees: one in the front yard, and one in the back. (Len said tell her, “at minimum they’re 200 years old, most likely closer to 300).

    Have a wonderful time on your leaf-kicking adventure!

    • Wow! 200 hundred or most like 300 years old. Impressive Laurie. I wonder how many leaves have fallen to the ground in total during that time? Can you imagine who it might have been who kicked the first pile of leaves that fell? Oh a book! I think it is an idea for a book Laurie 🙂 I look forward to catching up with you again upon our return.

  3. Hope you are having a wonderful leaf-kicking time, Terrill. I’m happy to see you posted that lovely photo of your house here as well as on Facebook. The art placed around the room provides so many places to look, so much beauty. Last night we hiked by a waterfall around here. The leaves haven’t really started to fall too much, but within the next week or so there will be beautiful colors everywhere.

    • Kathy I was hoping for beautiful colours when I went home this time but we were about a week early. The first frost happened about three days before we left. I got some nice frost and fog photographs but not much for colour. I will watch for yours to show up in your blog though 🙂

      • I will keep my eye–and camera–peeled for that first beautiful ground frost. So far we’ve just had to scrape windows. Will try to even imagine a fox in the frost, too!

    • Oh Sam, I must get by and post a couple of reviews of recent movies on Wonders in the Dark. It has been way too long! Still waiting for those fall colours but they should arrive soon though not as bright as up in north central British Columbia and other places.

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