Art Interview, Open Studio Guests and a Birthday

Today is a rest and resilience day but before I wonder off I want to share a short Monday morning blessings post. Well, possibly it will be short – I have a lot to thankful about.

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First thank you to the more than 100 collective online and face-time fans and patrons who came to my Open Studio event. You are all amazingly gracious in your support and encouragement. The paintings and photographs just glowed under your kind words and observations. My personal favourite store is about two wise women who came in and found a seat in the main part of the show – process that was only delayed slightly as they said hello. The one guest explained that she just needed to settle in and be with the paintings and the surroundings for a while before she could truly enjoy them. After bit, they started to chat about an aspect of this painting or that painting – a colour, the movement or a memory that was trigger. The work was truly “seen” in the much the same way as they were painted.

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What a blessing for any artist to eavesdrop on such conversations!

Then on Sunday there was a surprise publishing of an Interview about me by Michigan poet and author Charles van Heck in the Life as a Human magazine. It is part one of two parts. The second half will be published next Sunday.

Though by Sunday I had a most heavy heart for the hardship and deaths from the typhoon in the Philippines. I was feeling like I should close up shop and not be celebrating my paintings and photography at all on such a sad weekend of loss. But one of the studio guest reminded me that in the face of tragedy  we often need to be reminded of the beauty in the world in order to bring balance and hope to bear our great losses.

There is also something else that can fortify us at times like this and that is the first birthday of a grandson. It was a year ago today that the second “O” boy was born. His grandma and grandpa “O” are there visiting on his special day today all the way from the middle of Canada.

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I was able to have a short face-time video call with the family this morning. A treasured blessing indeed!

Now, I am off to spend at least part of my day walking by the sea.

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It is Remembrance Day of course and I am thankful for those men and women all over the world who dedicated and lost their lives for the peace we have today.

I wish you all a fine week and ample time for quiet, peaceful resilience.

What is your most powerful reminder of resilience?

P.S. On Wednesday, the next Art Review comments about a specific painting will be posted on the new Facebook Page Art of Terrill Welch. Please drop by and have a read if you get the chance.

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8 thoughts on “Art Interview, Open Studio Guests and a Birthday

  1. This is a lovely post, stories and pictures and heart sharing….Thank you so much.
    I will pop over and read the article link when I am at home
    We are working a hospice fundraiser for a place for Vets who are dying but made it home from their tour of duty….it is delightful to meet all these wonderful people (so many are so young) and celebrate their service.
    Yes beauty and nature are the balance to the horrendous moments of our times

    • It was a grey peaceful day here Patricia with small splashes of sun here and there. We took a long walk along a trail by the sea and I got a great shot of three sea lions, a few nice ones of mushrooms and the usual mix of arbutus trees. I feel revitalized and ready for the rest of my week. Your hospice fundraiser is part of the vital work that helps to keep that balance. All the best of the week Patricia.

  2. Terrill – What a blessing, indeed, to be able to eavesdrop on a conversation like that! The photo of Baby “O” (who’s hardly a baby any more!) is precious!

    You asked, “What is your most powerful reminder of resilience?”

    Without a doubt it’s the changing of the seasons as portrayed through my favorite living entities — trees.

    • Trees figure pretty strong as a resilience source for me as well Laurie.

      The family had a mustache party for Ivor yesterday and I joined in for a few minutes by facetime during the singing of happy birthday and while Coen blew out his candle for him. It was great fun. I penciled in my mustache with eye liner and joined everyone else who looked the same, each with there very own stylized stache! Only Ryan had the real mustache.

  3. Happy Birthday to your youngest grandson! What a beautiful photo!

    And quite a superlative interview with Charles Von Heck Terrill. Not at all surprised that Van Gogh was a major influence and that your mother painted. Look forward to Part 2!

    • Part 2 of the interview is now available Sam. I think it is the more interesting of the two parts but that might be just me. I know my background is a little unusual so maybe the first part is more interesting to some readers. That little fellow is a real gem. Such a fine relaxed personality so far – though opinionated and firm if pushed. Do not try and take his toy or his food. Those are no-go zones 😉

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