Terrill Welch Paints Tulips - Mayne Island, British Columbia

British Columbia Mayne Island artist and photographer Terrill Welch’s distinctive palette, quick sure painting strokes, and photographic images capture forest, sandstone, sea and sky.  In addition to her landscape work, Terrill has an ongoing summer affair with still life photography and painting. Terrill's work reminds us that there is only one moment – this one.

The Springwater Lodge on Mayne Island is one of the British Columbia southern Gulf Islands treasures. Established in 1892, the Lodge is the oldest continually operating hotels in the province. Situated below Miners Bay in Active Pass, the lodge was a favourite stopover for miners during the Fraser River and the Caribou gold rush. The Lodge has been painted many times by plein air painters over the years and artists are openly welcomed to put their brush to its historic and flowering beauty.

In the dim of a late November winter morning, plein air painters seek out new locations for spring painting like avid gardeners browsing a seed catalog. In this case, the painter and the gardener have come together in an April rendering which can only be described as a joint adventure.

 Painting the Tulips on the Deck of the Springwater Lodge

Oh! Just look at them! All sassy with their scarlet, tangerine, and soft pink skirts on. These particular tulips are a season favourite here on Mayne Island. I just HAD to paint them. I asked permission to bring my easel and paints right to the deck for a painting session. Let’s have a 22 second look and get a good feel for the situation…


Youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB4x0cBarNY


So with paint on my cheeks and my tea left to get cold I give it my best.



After about an hour and half, it is definitely there! Doing a little en plein air dance around the deck. Oops! There are people here. I hadn’t noticed. A few adjustments are going to be needed but this is it for this day.


I am not a purist when it comes to plein air painting. So back in the studio I work away until I feel it has come together. You see, with our west coast rainforest, I really do not get a lot of opportunity to paint with red. I like it but it kind of needs to be approached with respect. I suppose most colours do but red is my stand-back-and give-it-some-room colour. Shall we see what we have?

Note: This painting was sold to an art collector in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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