One Brushstroke After Another

Life as an artist is pretty simple – just going along, one brushstroke after another. Home is where you hang your brushes and your socks to dry.

multi-use chair by Terrill Welch 2014_02_05 059

I took this photograph for my eldest grandson who has been known to tease me about my single-use devices. So, though I still wear a watch on my wrist that has the single purpose of telling time, this chair is a multi-use device. It is used for sitting on with guests in our great room. It is used as a prop in my still life paintings. It is used to keep paintbrushes, paints and water close while I work on a painting. And most importantly, it holds my wool socks while they dry.
On this particular day I drag this chair and my french box easel over by the kitchen to paint.
bowl of winter fruit still life painting in kitchen by Terrill Welch 2014_02_05 032
I desperately want some warmth and cheer. A few hours painting this still life bowl of winter fruit is just the ticket.
winter bowl of fruit in the kitchen by Terrill Welch 2014_02_05 016
There is a roundness of shapes in the warm winter light that is drifting through the kitchen while paint remains paint.
The finished painting BOWL OF WINTER FRUIT 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas and a poem that goes with it are posted over on my website Terrill Welch Artist HERE.
What are you doing one after another?

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21 thoughts on “One Brushstroke After Another

  1. Terrill – Love the warmth exuding from the photographs you’ve shared here. You’ve GOT to include this quote in the book you’re currently working on: “Home is where you hang your brushes and your socks to dry.”

    What am I doing one after another?

    Today is Tuesday, so I’m promoting my post various social media sites — one after another 🙂

    • I too Laurie find that this trek through social media has now become a complete trail of crumb dropping in order to find our posts these days. Most often pleasant cyber stroll but a determined hike just the same.

  2. I love the quote Laurie referred to as well. I also got a laugh out of the term “single-use” devices! I hadn’t heard that before, but now I will definitely be using it. I too wear a wrist-watch all the time, but do not carry for cell phone anywhere, except into the car when I’m going somewhere (if I remember). Your still life is lovely, so warm and inviting.

    • Thank you Deborah and glad to hear there is at least one other watch wearer. Maybe there will still be enough of use left when this little times of mine wears out that I will still be able to buy another.

  3. So glad I stumbled upon your blog today…we’re in the middle of an ice storm and your photos/artwork reflects such warmth…
    Also, this particular post makes me feel like I have entered my (deceased) Ma’s studio again…I’ll be lurking for a bit, I hope you don’t mind…

    • Laura you are most welcome to lurk as long as you like and I am glad you still have power in the storm to do so 🙂 I post about once a week on Mondays right now but this may become more frequent if access permits when we start our travels in Europe this April. I will be doing paintings sketches as we go.

  4. Yes a still life bowl of winter fruit is just the ticket! And quite lovely too!

    What am I doing one after another you ask? Well, I am shoveling snow off the same part of the sidewalk that I shoveled it off the day before. Ha!

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