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A Brush with Life - Issue #4 Going Where?

What does it mean these days to be an international artist? Well, I am not sure there is a simple ans
A Brush with Life - Issue #4 Going Where?
By Terrill Welch Gallery • Issue #4 • View online
What does it mean these days to be an international artist? Well, I am not sure there is a simple answer to this question because our ease of connections have created a small accessible world. I am suspicious that it might be harder NOT to be an international artist than it is to be one. For example, in the past few weeks, paintings that sold from the Mayne Island Terrill Welch Gallery have founds homes in New Mexico in the United States, and in Great Britain and in Australia, as well as, the Canadian cities Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. A few paintings did stay on Mayne Island but this is a relatively limited market in comparison to off stand sales. Besides Canada, I have also painted in the countries of England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and the United States. In addition, I also have a global network of painter colleagues who also have paintings scattered across several countries. With travel and online connections being what they are this global reach is not as difficult as it once was. But it still requires some desire and purpose to spread ones wings. So in this issue, we are going to dip into a few of these connection and explore!

“Valley in Galluzzo southern part of Florence Italy” – an acrylic plein air painting sketch stayed in Florence but I brought the experience home with me.
I Hung My Nightgown to Dry in the Tuscan Sun More Than Twice | Creative Potager
“Rising” went off to Switzerland in 2010,  four years before I traveled there.
"Rising" 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch
"Rising" 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch
But I did make it eventually…
En Plein Air by the Rhine River in Basel Switzerland | Creative Potager
Other times, paintings travel to me such as this one that arrived last week.
Late in the evening, as the sun was setting, “Just Raven” by Eva Lewarne completed its journey from Toronto to La Casa de Inspiracion on Mayne Island.
This shape-shifting spirit bird drew me to it with the same power as my painting colleague Eva does herself. With paintings sometimes leaning three and four deep in the studio loft, I am not exactly sure yet what “Just Raven” has in store for us but I am prepared to let the mystery unfold.
Eva Lewarne was born in Poland but has lived mostly in Canada. She is a graduate of Toronto’s Ontario College of Art and Design, and has always painted. Among the many awards she received is a Grand Prix Medal in a Painting Festival in Avignon, France. Her art was shown at the Grand Palais in Paris and she has had exhibitions worldwide. And in 2016 she received an AWARD OF EXCELLENCE from Manhattan Arts International.
I encourage you to learn more about her large and dynamic body of work at
Sometimes the painter comes along with the paintings….
Elena Maslova-Levin is a long-time painting colleague and friend who came to Mayne Island for our two-artist exhibition this spring at the Terrill Welch Gallery. The paintings by Elena in the background can be found in my personal art collection. I chose these three, not just for their beauty, but also because of the significance of Elena’s study in these works and the impact it has had on the paintings that followed these.
Learning From Masters Pictorial Space with Elena Maslova-Levin Part 1 - YouTube
There are, of course, many other adventures and explorers I can introduce you to but this, I think is enough for now.

Opinion Piece...
This issues opinion piece is actually embedded in the final third part for the “Sea and Shore” painting. I believe it is a fit because the emphasis is about how the painter is no longer of much importance once the painting has been seen by the viewer. So once paintings leave the studio they mostly must travel unaccompanied and stand alone.

Sea and Shore – Strong Finish | Creative Potager
New Release
Again this issue, the latest painting completed has already sold and is discussed above. So, we are going to feature the painting before the latest release. A small quick sketch gathered onto the canvas as I stood painting in Active Pass.

Orca Trail Cotton Park by Terrill Welch  | Artwork Archive
Insider Gallery News
After selling, still wet, in April 2016, the popular “Chesterman Beach Sunset” 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas painting is again coming on the market through the Terrill Welch Gallery.
 "Chesterman Beach Sunset" 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas
"Chesterman Beach Sunset" 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas
There has always been a lot of interest in this painting so I thought I would give newsletter subscribers a chance to consider it before placing the work in the next gallery exhibition which opens on the August long weekend. If this is a work you want to add to your art collection, please send me an email immediately to work out the details.
May you travel far...
in paintings and friendship! 
Thumps up (or down) and comments are always welcome. Until next issue!  Terrill :)

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