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.
When I leave home, I usually want to do more of what I do already in an ordinary day.
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.
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.
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.
Or, how about a little plein air painting? Five years old
or fifty-seven years old, it is all good!
If it is crazy unpredictable weather, go anyway. Get out there and stretch those limbs!
Sun, rain, hail or high seas you will love it! I am as sure of it as these three are.
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
and Chesterman Beach Sunset 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas UPDATE: SOLD April 8, 2016
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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Creative Potager – Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch
From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada
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16 thoughts on “The Wildest of the Wild West Coast of Canada Adventures”
great pictures and nice paintings!
Thank you Nina! I see you enjoy photography as well. Pleased to meet you 🙂
Terrill — 5 years old or 57 years old, it IS, indeed, all good! 🙂
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 🙂
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! 👍
Sounds like my kind of adventure Fatima and I know that the bread and cakes will make the cycling seem like all hills are flat. Do enjoy 🙂
awesome and beautiful and many thanks for sharing
You are most welcome Patricia 🙂 It was a good few days and a pleasure to share.
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 🙂
I love ocean paintings. Those are beautiful.
Thank you Connie! The Chesterman Beach Sunset painting sold yesterday but I just haven’t had a chance to update the post yet. Welcome to Creative Potager! 🙂
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.
It sounds like it is indeed Connie! Enjoy your painting time 🙂
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!