Open Studio event and other Monday morning blessings

Have I told you about the Open Studio event this coming November 9th and 10th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm? Yes?

Terrill Welch working in her studio by Allison Mullally _MG_5726

(photograph by photographer Allison Mullally )

Well, I shall stop working for a moment and please allow me tell you one more time – it will be both and online (right here on Creative Potager) and physical event with a fancy title – ANYTHING BUT NEUTRAL.  More information is available on my website HERE.

Open Studio Event Update – I encourage your online participation rather than trying to make this a day trip from either Vancouver or Victoria. As of November 4, 2013 B.C. Ferries advises that The Queen of Nanaimo ferry from Vancouver to the Southern Gulf Islands is not running due to damage in high winds. There is no other vessel at this time to take its place while it is being repaired. Passengers are being rerouted through to Victoria.

I was out for a walk yesterday afternoon and a nice couple said they loved the ad in the local paper and hoped that I had lots of parking available because I was going to need it! Sounds good doesn’t it?

Let’s us see if I can perform a little magic and get you a map for the Mayne Island artisan studio tour.

2013 Mayne Island Artisan Christmas Studio Tour Map

You see there on the top left – I am number ONE as in “1 ” or first on the tour which must be good luck wouldn’t you say? Oh, you noticed that the brochure says the Open Studio goes until 4:00 pm – well what is an hour or two when a person is on island time? As long as you don’t expect to stay for supper it is all good.

How does this come into my Monday morning blessing? Well, it started with a conversation with a friend on facebook when we were talking about the success of my art work over the past couple of years that got started because of finding money in my email for a painting that had sold. My part of the conversation went something like this –  there is a much deeper exchange than that of purchasing goods when one of my paintings finds a new home. It is hard to explain but, as you likely know, my work is expensive. A decision to purchase, I am sure, is never made lightly. Yet, once that decision is made there is a kind of graciousness that happens as money and painting or photograph or even a calendar or card changes hands. Hum… how to say it – like a deep mutual bow of appreciation, punctuated by these sometimes surprise email payments. I feel so fortunate as an artist to have been given the opportunity to not only create and do what I love but also to be appreciated for my hard work. It is far-to-rare of a blessing in life I think.

I take a bow and thank all you readers for your ongoing support in so many ways. Thank you!

Now for the “other” part of my Monday morning blessings. How about this?

mustache time sepia  by Terrill Welch 2013_11_01 014

I was away most of last week helping out with the two “O” boys. This is the eldest being very still so he can get mom to put his mustache on for Halloween. When his dad asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween this young fellow said “a cookie.” Dad said okay then – one chocolate chip cookie costume coming right up.

one chocolate chip cookie ready for Halloween sepia by Terrill Welch 2013_11_01 024

It is a funny thing sometimes about working and being online. There is this together and separate thing that happens in a different way than going to the office. Well, maybe not so much different but it shows up differently. Anyway, I decided that it is finally time to set up a facebook Art Page. You will see its badge to the left in the sidebar. Please go and have a look and even give it a “like” if you want. I still haven’t figured out how to easily get to my “liked” pages so if you have a trick I would love to hear about it. Mostly I search them by name when i want to go visit. There is something real special going to happen on Art of Terrill Welch – art reviews of both my paintings and photographs by a team of reviewers. That is all I am going to say right now other than to let you know that the first review will be posted this Wednesday. See, here we go – another blessing. Several writers and fans of my work have come forward to start this new adventure with me. Now isn’t that just amazing!? Pssst! Some of them you will know, I am almost sure of it. More later 😉

What is in YOUR mix for Monday morning blessings?

P.S. Two new paintings have been released on the website at Terrill Welch Artist.  I would tell you about them but that would spoil the surprise. Okay, Hint – there are two quick links in related articles below.

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13 thoughts on “Open Studio event and other Monday morning blessings

  1. Facebook continues to be a deep, dark mystery to me. But I’m delighted to hear that your facebook mystery project is a go. Congratulations.
    Counting my Monday blessings…
    -I start the week with a freshly penned short story. Always a wonderful feeling for this writer.
    -This weekend we bought a new washer. This means no more trying to pen in my old waltzing machine. Can you hear me cheering!
    -Saturday a friend and I attended a fashion show fundraiser for Assistant Living. It was a very fun event–definately high on the list of Monday blessings.
    -And you Terrill are one my Monday blessings.
    Because you put the Artisan Christmas Studio Tour map on your blog. I’m promoting the tour on my blog, today. And will be linking my blog to yours.
    So I’m brimming over with blessings. : )

  2. Terrill – I have, indeed, “liked” your Facebook page and I’m looking forward to watching as it gains momentum and snowballs 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the photos you used in this post, and I’m definitely looking forward to your Open Studio event.

    You asked, “What is in YOUR mix for Monday morning blessings?”

    It’s Len’s day off so we’re spending the day together. After we rake leaves we’re going to sit next to each other — like two bumps on a log — and read because we’ve each got a really good book going!

  3. I’ve liked your new page on Facebook–good luck with it, Terrill. Am having a very quiet Monday thus far, in between work at the school and a township meeting tonight. Have had lots of tiny blessings, but none that seem big enough to mention–thus far. The day is still young, isn’t it?

    • Thank you Kathy for the Facebook Art Page “like” and to all the rest that have done the same. The Page is growing fast which is a good start. And yes Kathy, the day is young with lots of time for both tiny and larger blessings.

  4. Hi Terrill, I enjoyed your blog this morning. My Monday morning blessing include a safe and beautiful drive out to Yarrow and lunch with my 4 year old granddaughter ( I heard her tell Dad this morning that she was going out for lunch with Grandma, so we will just have to make that so!) Looking forward to some time in the studio later this week making some goodies for the Craft Show on Saturday……I’m at the Community Center….number 6 on ” the map”

    • Thanks for stopping by Jess and helping out our online Artisan Studio Tour visitors by sharing your Etsy link – being true Mayne Islanders we never let the weather or the Ferries get the best of us do we? It just offers up a creative opportunity for shared problem-solving. Best of luck!

      Dear readers, I got my thinking cap on this morning with the Queen of Nanaimo Ferry being out of service and with no replacement in sight for this weekend. I sent a wee birdie flying around to the other participants in this weekend’s events and invited them to share their work that is online with us right here on Creative Potager. I do hope you enjoy specialized service at-your-doorstep-anywhere-in-the-world service 🙂

  5. Good morning Terrill! I want to thank you for such a beautiful blog you posted. My Monday blessings were many; your email was one of them, exploring on a crisp autumn Monday with no rain, finding the arbutus tree I have been viewing out my front window for many years and giving it a big hug and thanking her for being so strong and supportive, going to the Chamber dinner last night eating yummy food and connecting with friends, helping out a friend by picking her up and driving her home, Earthing down at the beach, digging my bare feet in the sand, grounding with Mother Earth. Terrill, thank you for opening up your blog to all of us artisans, here is my link to Redbubble for my photographs.

    # 11 on the map is Nomads Essentials which carries beautiful photographs of Mayne Island and other nomadic destinations. These photos can be viewed personally and up close in her shop or you can browse and buy online at Redbubble at:

    • Why thank you Barbara and so glad that you have posted your storefront with us here! Dear readers, you may remember that a year or so ago Barbara used to share the wall space for small works at the Greenhouse Bar and Grill here on Mayne Island. Actually, it was her idea to approach the possible venue and we hung our work every few months together for over a year. Now she has her own amazing physical storefront with delicious aromas and essential oils wafting through the door as you enter from her many soaps and other products. So you can see, along with her photography she also performs other magic.

  6. Your tickle me pink with your poetic words Terrill!!! Continue to have an amazing day creating and many heart felt blessings to you for your weekend showing of your beautiful art. :o)

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