We can’t be sure but there seems to be a few things going amuck this holiday season. Santa still seems to be snoozing and the elves are up to no good everywhere it seems. So we have decided to keep this issue simple and feature a small works collection for you. As a subscriber to A Brush With Life, your shipping anywhere in North America will be covered until December 31, 2020.
Santa’s Small Works Collection
These small works are collected to hang on office walls near working desks, rest in bookshelves and on dressing tables. They brighten quiet corners in rooms beside reading lamps or are added to works collected of favourite places visited and displayed on walls in hallways.
Our landscape painters paint them to capture the longest memory they can of a moment for later possible reference to complete a larger studio work. Some are put a simple wood show frame for the physical gallery and we find them easy to ship anywhere in North America. These quick painting sketches have been popular this year with art collectors and they are within the reach of many first-time collectors of our work as well. So here are just a selected few that we currently have available for you to consider.
Available for sale from Terrill Welch Gallery, Jody Waldie, Piggot Reach (2020), Oil on canvas, 9 × 12 in
Available for sale from Terrill Welch Gallery, Jody Waldie, Morning Bliss (2020), Oil on canvas, 9 × 12 in
Available for sale from Terrill Welch Gallery, Glenda King, Mt. Baker (2020), Oil on canvas, 8 × 10 in
Available for sale from Terrill Welch Gallery, Glenda King, The Red Chair (2020), Oil on Canvas, 12 × 12 in
Available for sale from Terrill Welch Gallery, Jennifer Peers, Gnarled Beauty (2020), Acrylic on gessobord, 12 × 12 in
Available for sale from Terrill Welch Gallery, Jennifer Peers, Lone Pine (2020), Oil on canvas, 14 × 11 in
Available for sale from Terrill Welch Gallery, Terrill Welch, Wickininnish Beach Study (2020), Acrylic on gessobord panel, 8 × 10 in
Available for sale from Terrill Welch Gallery, Terrill Welch, Old Fir Active Pass (2020), Acrylic on gessobord panel, 8 × 10 in
Available for sale from Terrill Welch Gallery, Terrill Welch, Endless Summer Cotton Park (2020), Acrylic on gessobord panel, 8 × 10 in
We hope you have enjoyed this curated small work collection especially for you and that you have found the wee paintings inspiring and good company.
What Has Sold
A number of works have found homes recently from various gallery artists.
And the final work sold is by Annerose Georgeson from our online exclusive show....
Our Unusual 2020 Holiday Season
Our little ceramic tree has a corner spot on the kitchen counter this year and I turn it on first thing in the morning. It’s tiny compact stature always makes me smile. I have put an island inquiry out for a few little lights as two are missing and I didn’t want to order a 50 or 250 package if it wasn’t necessary (and a few will be left at my door by a kind fellow islander by this Sunday).
We received the British Columbia health authority directives yesterday which will be extended until January 8th with very few changes. Basically, no one in your home who doesn’t live there except essential home support (unless you live alone then can you have one or two of the same friends or family - like a buddy system). Only essential travel and no public or private gatherings. There are a few other orders regarding sports and such but they do not apply to us at this time. 😉 The announcement was not a surprise as we haven’t been able to bend our curve back down during the past few weeks. We are holding steady but not lowering the number of new cases each day. Still, in reading the posts of others, I can feel the weight of disappointment around the need to plan a different kind of holiday season.
Regardless of our views, acceptance or rejection about these provincial health directives, this is where we find ourselves. Some will find it a relief even. They will relish a holiday season at home with books, movies, afternoon naps, glass of wine by the fire, long walks on the trails, or snowshoeing. Maybe working on that woodworking or renovation project? Or finishing the 2,000 piece puzzle that was started in March before you were called into essential service? Believe me, there is one person in my own household who will not be heartbroken to stay home in a similar manner as above and at least one of my children will be equally content. Myself and the rest? Not so much. We will work at making it a different kind of special.
You see, my husband David and I are well practiced (for over 11 years) at not being able to gather during special holidays for a different reason. For people with brain injuries, such as a significant stroke, the frenetic movement and energy of many people laughing and talking over top of one another and children jumping around squealing and shouting with excitement is absolutely unbearable.... no matter how much you love them. We have tried on occasion and the pained look on his face and absolute exhaustion after an hour in such a situation is enough evidence to try and figure out something different.
The first few holiday dinners I made for just the two of us I had to fight back the lump in my throat and the tears with every bite. It isn’t easy for someone who loves these special times with their family. But then the moment of loss will pass and I notice something I am grateful for and then I remember something else I am grateful for and I start telling David these things and then other favourite stories come to mind and we share these. After a while I send a text or make a call to one of our collection of eight children or to my parents. I bundle up and go for a long walk or suggest we wonder down to the beach. Sometimes, I make shortbread. Often I read favourite poems. Pretty soon, the day is over, the holiday season has passed, and we have not only survived but thrived in our new and different special ways of celebrating.
I share this because I am hopeful that it will help you to find your own special new ways of celebrating the most unusual holiday season of our lifetime, where we are being asked and ordered to stay home with our immediate household unless it is essential travel or service. I share this so that, hopefully, you can more quickly get on with a new and different way of thriving during the holiday rather than slipping into defiance, getting stuck in anger, resentment, or drowning in sorrow, or pulling up the blankets until it is over. If you feel you must do any of the above, by all means give your all for an hour and then seek out sharing your gratitude in new ways. We are only limited by our imagination and creativity. I am not saying it is easy, or painless nor is it a smooth one way path but it is possible. After 11 years of doing this for a different reason, I know that this holiday season, with combined reasons to celebrate with just our household, is possible to enjoy and our little ceramic tree is part of that enjoyment.
All the best of today as you dig deep and see what you can come up with that is special to you in a new way during our different kind of year. 🤗🎄❤️
I know there are several of you who have done this before as well. This is our time to shine our light in these familiar corners that others have yet to look.
Taking in a Mayne Island Morning
Truly, there is nothing quiet like a fine early morning on the island for a good meander around. Do enjoy this short 4 minute glimpse from my three our adventure. ~ Terrill
A video soundscape of a Mayne Island December morning. If we listen, we can hear the lapping of the sea, the comb kazoo sound of the Barrow Goldeneye, sea li...
Until Next Time
This brings to a close our pre-holiday “A Brush with Life” addition. The next issue will arrive on Friday, December 25th and we are already working now to make it special for you. We wish you all the very best during our most unusual holiday season in our lifetime. Our hearts are open and we send much love and kindness to you and yours!
Take good care as we send out virtual hugs and lots of love to you and yours wherever you each may be this holiday season. With gratitude! ~ Terrill 👩🎨🎨❤️
Our gallery program brings extraordinary connections to ordinary moments in our natural landscape. The Terrill Welch Gallery opened in August 2017. Since then, the gallery has more than doubled its physical gallery exhibition space and online reach.