The Wildest of the Wild West Coast of Canada Adventures

Some people go on vacations. They want to kick back and relax. A holiday from the grind of their real life they say. Not me! My real life is already scrumptiously engaging and meaningful. Though a little sunshine in just the right place never hurts.

Sun and Sea dance Frank Island Tofino British Columbia by Terrill Welch IMG_1751

When I leave home, I usually want to do more of what I do already in an ordinary day.

Terrill Welch on holidays by Josie Olszewski

I therefore call these gallivants-into-the-unknown, adventures! This latest six-day trip was to Chesterman Beach over on the wildest of the wild west coast in southern Canada, Tofino.

Wickaninnish Inn and the Sea by Terrill Welch IMG_1723

There is nothing like rain in a rain forest. Just put on that rain gear and go for it! Neither the giant trees nor you will mind in the least.

Rainy day forest walk with Josie and O boys iPhone capture by Terrill Welch

Or maybe the weather breaks for a few moments so you head for the beach again to… dig a hole, or play in the creek, or maybe you want to practice your clambering skills? Definitely a life-long ability worth refining in rough terrain. You just never know when you might want to climb straight up a hillside for a better view or down over some rocks to get that perfect angle.

the art of climbing by Terrill Welch IMG_1761

Or, how about a little plein air painting? Five years old

Eldest O boy at five years old painting on Chesterman Beach iPhone capture by Terrill Welch

or fifty-seven years old, it is all good!

plein air painting on Chesterman Beach by Terrill Welch 2016-03-22 IMG_0734

If it is crazy unpredictable weather, go anyway. Get out there and stretch those limbs!

beach walkers on Chesterman by Terrill Welch 2016-03-23 IMG_0830

Sun, rain, hail or high seas you will love it! I am as sure of it as these three are.

Josie and the two O boys on Chesterman Beach iPhone capture by Terrill Welch

But, for a landscape painter, that isn’t the last of it is it? The adventure continues back in the studio. Here are two of the latest Tofino oil paintings.

On the Rocks in Tofino 24 x 30 inch oil on canvas

On the Rocks in Tofino 24 x 30 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2016-03-30 IMG_2079

and Chesterman Beach Sunset 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas UPDATE: SOLD April 8, 2016

Chesterman Beach Sunset 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2016-04-01 IMG_2064

These will be available in my online gallery along with other work if you care for more information.

Now that is an adventure! My deepest thanks to the O family for inviting me along.

Stay tuned for the next traveling artist trip which will be to the East Coast of Canada for seven weeks on Prince Edward Island. Estimated time of arrive is late April.


Where is your next adventure going to take you?


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16 thoughts on “The Wildest of the Wild West Coast of Canada Adventures

    • Oh did we have fun Laurie! 🙂 It was such a great trip in so many ways. You should have seen our cabin with its rustic appeal complete with a ladder to three of the beds up in the attic. I was in the sunroom with some kind of clear rippled plastic roof that is used for greenhouses. Just a little shelter from the elements is all that is need! We could see and hear the ocean day and night, along with the rain and wind 🙂

  1. I agree: I can’t just sit and do nothing. I love to visit new places, but that’s just another opportunity to do new things or continue with the old habits with a different backdrop. I think I suffer from the Hyperactivity bug! Lovely photos and paintings.
    In southern France at the moment, by a lake in the woods, from where we must cycle into town everyday (2km or so) just to get our daily bread and cakes! 👍

  2. Terrill, what a really lovely post. I enjoyed looking at the pictures of the kids and the rolling waves and the painting and the way the waves hold different colors before breaking up. I am thinking about your words about holidays, and how you feel your life is so full and meaningful just as it is. What a gift to be able to say that! Feeling gratitude and admiration for the fullness of what you share.

    • So glad you had a moment to stop by Kathy! It is a huge gift to be content with ones life just as it is:) I sometimes think about this when I am reading the newspaper. I am so fortunate in so many ways. I do notice and I am grateful! This morning I am sitting in the loft studio space under a cozy down duvets and sipping coffee after having got off the phone from a pleasant call with my mother. The sunlight is streaming in through the trees as the branches move in time to the wind chimes. I am thinking about how it is to be noticed, accepted, loved and treasured by others. This is the greatest gift of all. With this, then so much more is possible. May we give this one gift to each other often and without attachment! Thank you so much Kathy for sharing part of you day with me 🙂

  3. Your pictures make me want to paint again. My favorite picture I painted is of waves and it is hanging in my bedroom. I guess it is time to get out my paints and try this again.

  4. Chesterman Beach Sunset is some stunner of a painting. Atmospheric and energetic, a real burst of weather-driven intensity. Love seeing the work in progress and the kids involved. A great six week hiatus, one that fueled creativity in a big way. Lovely post here Terrill. 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed it Sam! We had such a great time for those six days together. One that I know I will remember for a long time. These little guys grow up so fast and if we don’t take the time to do things with them it can’t be reclaimed later on. Have a great week Sam and we shall catch up with you again soon!

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