Day 15 – Painting for Parkinson’s – ‘Luminous’ and ‘I’d Have a Garden’


‘I’d Have a Garden’
– 4″x4″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas – SOLD
by Cheryl Peddie


Flax flowers on the shores of Carpenter Lake, Montana
– 4″x4″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas – SOLD
– by Cheryl Peddie –

I will be donating 50% of this painting’s sale price to the Parkinson Alberta Society!

I have a thing for tiny canvasses. Like the subject matter I’m often most drawn to paint, I love all things that are cute and wee; things that have an intimate nature that draws one in and invites self-reflection and calm. So when I found these adorable 4″x4″ extra-deep canvasses at Michael’s a while back, I confess, I hoarded a few. Okay okay. I hoarded a LOT.

After getting behind on my painting schedule from our travels this weekend, I was drawn to the manageability of my stash of these lilliputian canvasses. They just seemed to manageable and friendly; forgiving of my tardiness! I could sit down while I paint them and block everything else out. So, I painted two. Hey, they are just wee… one didn’t seem like enough for a day of painting.

Luminous: I’d had a photo reference of these amazingly luminous flax flowers for ages. The sun set them aglow, and they were such delicate fine flowers I’d been afraid they’d get lost on a larger canvas. They seemed perfect for these little ones. I adored painting the ethereal purples and blues and allowing the shadows to grow rich and deep to set the petals off.

I’d have a Garden: In addition to little canvasses, tiny ‘pocket bouquets’ equally entrance me. I first started painting them while I was still taking regular art lessons. Mainly because I loved to paint real flowers but couldn’t afford big bunches of blooms. So I’d bring a couple stems of carnations and a shot glass from home, and that would be my painting subject for the evening. My teacher, Karen pointed out to me that Manet also did a whole series of miniature bouquets. I was delighted to find this out. This little bunch in ‘I’d have a Garden’ came from a photo reference at a friend’s house. It was early spring and the cool sunshine was pouring through the windows; neat white curtains swaying gentle to the rhythm of the breeze. And just a friendly little bunch of carnations in a cobalt blue vase. To me, this is perfection in subject matter. I have painted this bouquet’s ‘portrait’ many times!

Thanks so much for reading and following my journey. You all are yet another reason why I love to paint! All my best, Cheryl

*Please note that as I create my paintings in oil, they require about 3-4 weeks to properly
dry and cure before I can safely deliver them. Thanks so much for your understanding!

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