Cascade Ponds and Mount Rundle

November Plein Air Excursion, Part 2

After my day painting at Lake Louise, I stayed in Field BC overnight. Field is a lovely town – very small so there’s not many amenities like grocers. But stunning views all around. If you can go, be sure to check out ‘Truffle Pigs – a great little eatery and lodge. I had a soul-satisfying burger and fries – just what I needed after a chilly day outside painting. Reasonable prices, cozy atmosphere, and hilarious pig mobiles hanging from the ceiling.

I stayed at the Wildflower Guesthouse – one of the towns many B&Bs. After my day I was delighted to cozy up to their gas fireplace! I even slept right their on the couch so I could watch the flames as I fell asleep. In the morning I was disappointed to see that the previous day’s wind brought some unruly weather. The mountains were socked in with clouds. I am more inspired by the interplay of sunlight and shadow, so I went in search of clearer skies. En route I was delighted to see the sun, finally beginning to stream out from behind the clouds.

Somewhere along Highway 1, heading to Banff. The sun beginning to win out over the clouds!

What a sight! There I was, on the side of the #1, shooting photos out my window with semis and cars blowing by me on the highway. I couldn’t imagine why others weren’t stopped with me, watching the amazing show nature was providing!

By the time I reached Banff, the sun had finally begun winning out over the clouds. So I decided to set up at Vermillion Lakes. The sunbeams streaming through onto the side of Mount Rundle and across the lake was irresistible. Like many plein air painters, I adore backlighting. It was tricky and cold, but SO worthwhile.

Finally! The sun beginning to make an appearance over Vermillion Lakes

Here’s my setup from the morning… I nearly got blown over from the wind! Thank goodness for the tree cover along the road. I had a stellar view of Mount Rundle!

Trying not to get blown over while painting Mount Rundle

As the day progressed I headed to Cascade Ponds. I’ve been at this spot during the summer, and it is lovely. But I was amazed to see it’s colours during the winter. The ice had begun to form on the ponds, so they were a glowing mixture of turquoise, greens and purples. What a challenge it was to capture in paint! The fresh snow provided the perfect backdrop. It was a beautiful spot to watch the later afternoon sun begin its descent towards the mountains.

First painting at Cascade Ponds – mesmerized by the colours in the ice and water!

Looking south… it was hard to pay attention to what I was doing on my canvas, with such a beautiful show from Mother Nature all around me!

Thanks so much for reading. In my next post, I’ll be sharing my work and images from my December hike in Kananaskis. Would you like to learn to paint the mountains? Please follow me – I’ll be posting details about my upcoming painting workshops soon.

Winter People

Our mild Alberta winter, and stunning mountain snow has turned me into that a rare creature – a winter person. I’ve become ‘that’ friend who pesters her other friends constantly to come painting with her in the snow. I get turned down… a lot!

One of my recent winter painting excursions was to Lake Louise in November. We’d recently received fresh snow so everything was under a blanket of clean frosty white. There was a brisk wind that made my fingers numb, but created magic along the mountain edges I was painting. The wind whisked the snow up and away from the shadowy peaks, turning it into a mist of golden orange once caught by the sunlight. What a day! 

I have a few paintings on the easel still, from this trip. My next blog post will feature images from the second day of this excursion – my day painting in Banff along Vermillion Lakes and at Cascade Ponds. Until then, please enjoy these images I captured at Lake Louise.

The exquisite Victoria Glacier, the view from the Fairmont Lake Louise. Early afternoon with the sun peeking through.
Got this little 6×8” study done before the wind got too wild and I had to find a warm coffee inside! I loved how it turned out, and was happy it sold within a few weeks after my trip.
It was mesmerizing watching the snow lift and dance off the edge of this cliff. The sunlight was so warm the mist looked gold and orange. Could barely tear myself away to go inside and warm up.
Mother Nature paints better than I, but I did my best!

I created two paintings from this trip so far; both have been purchased already. Stay tuned for new paintings of Lake Louise, coming soon.

‘Early Snow at Lake Louise’ 11×14 oil. Sold.
‘Glacier Glow’ 6×8 oil. Sold.

Cheryl Peddie

Three Sisters Morning

Three Sisters Morning, 6×8 Oil on Canvas mounted panel, ©Cheryl Peddie, 2019

$150 Cdn Unframed + $15 Cdn Shipping

Early one fall morning a few months back, I escaped the city with an artist friend. We headed for Canmore, Alberta and painted at the foot of the Three Sisters mountains near Canmore. There were numerous photographers there to catch the morning sunrise, but we were the only painters. What a gorgeous morning it was to paint – the exact conditions every plein air painter hopes for. No wind, crisp clear skies, and just cool enough to make the coffee and baileys an extra special treat. 

New Plein Air Showing: ‘Don’t Forget the Bear Spray’ – Opening Fri Sept 6

For a plein air artist, living in Alberta, Canada is like winning the lottery. There’s pretty much nothing you can’t paint. We are blessed with all four seasons, and as diverse a geography as one could possibly hope to have, living in Canada. And I paint in as many of each, as I can, bears and snowstorms permitting.

So when I was speaking with local gallery, Framed on Fifth, about doing a show this year I knew exactly the topic I would explore – plein air in Southern Alberta. I also knew exactly who I’d invite to do the show with me – my good friend and fellow plein air artist, Hermann Brandt. Hermann and I have put on a lot of miles together painting in Alberta. Plein air painting here has lots of challenges – weather, terrain and otherwise (as our title suggests!). So, we are pleased to present this show of our plein air works – we hope you’ll come see it.

A couple dates to keep in mind:

Friday, Sept 6 from 6-9pm: Grand Opening
Sat Sept 28: Hermann and I will be doing a painting demo – come watch us create our latest painting

Framed on Fifth
1207 – 5 Ave NW
Calgary AB

A few images from our latest excursions, and of some select paintings I’ll have at the show:

Hermann and I painting at King Creek in Kananaskis
Painting at King Creek, Kananaskis
Everybody’s an art critic – this young fellow came to check out what we were painting; we don’t think he was impressed.
Painting at Lundbreck Falls; I was standing in so much spray from the falls, that by the time I finished this piece I had water running down the back of my easel. What a great experience.
The finished painting from Lundbreck Falls.
Painting at Elbow Falls, in the Elbow River Valley just west of Calgary.

Frozen Toes and Winter Paintings


One of the few outdoor activities I enjoy in the winter is painting. In Canada, many plein air artists stick to the warmer seasons; I am the oddball. I do require a few ‘extras’ to help make it more bearable though. I’ve frostbitten a few toes, so now I use heated insoles. I also keep heated handwarmers in my pockets; I can only use thin gloves so I can grip my brush better. Finally, I make sure to have a hot thermos of coffee at the ready. Winter painting is challenging, but there’s a big advantage – no bears! Still, I’ve tried to convince friends to join me often, but with little luck. Granted, on the colder, windier days sometimes I wimp out and just paint in my car!

This winter, I added a new pochade box to my collection! For my non-artist friends, a ‘pochade’ is a special palette and easel designed to sit on a camera tripod. Most artists have a few, as each box usually has a limited number of painting sizes for which they’re suited. I have two, on which I can paint smaller pieces. I wanted to start working much larger though, so required a pochade with a larger space for mixing my paint. I asked my my uber-talented artist friend, Hermann Brandt if he could help. Hermann lives in Cochrane AB, and is not only a painter, but also a sculptor and woodworker too. Hermann’s answer was a palette that sits on the legs of my tripod. I then have a separate piece that sits on top of the tripod and holds my painting. I’d been looking for a similar style, but they were all too heavy and cumbersome. Hermann’s palette has worked like a dream, and I was able to support a fellow artist and our local economy. Win-win-win! Plus, it’s pure maple wood (how Canadian can you get!?) – look how beautiful…


If you’re interested in having Hermann build you something similar, contact him at: or by phone: 403-604-2394.

Here’s a few of the winter painting excursions that kept me busy this year.

A cold day at the beginning of January. Here I’m painting with my ‘Guerilla’ pochade box. It was such a windy day; hiding beside a grove of trees. But I had to paint that day because the hoar frost covered trees were irresistible.

These two images are from my new palette’s inaugural painting days! For most of our winter, we enjoyed unusually warm and sunny weather. This location is west of Calgary, just off Coalmine Road. My new palette worked like a dream. Highly recommended!

And then there’s the days where you forget your tripod – d’oh! Luckily my car has a hatch, so I was able to set my pochade in my lap and still get some work done.


A blustery day that was threatening snow. And within an hour or two of finishing this sketch, the snowstorm hit. It ‘grounded’ my plein air excursions for the following week or two; was glad I got out to paint when I did.

And then the end of February finally came and I was off to Mexico!!

From Left to Right: 1) Painting at the beautiful Casa Buena Art Retreat – just a couple hours north of Puerto Vallarta in the Riviera Nayarit. Owner Jane Romanishko hosts many workshops all winter long for frozen Canadian artists to enjoy. Thanks Jane!! Highly recommended. 2) Painting boats near San Blas; afterwards we were enjoying cervesas and lunch at Casa Manana restaurant… I have such a rough job! 3) First rule of plein air… never ever leave your easel unattended! Here I am, caught red-handed defacing a fellow artists canvas. Of course he hadn’t started painting on it yet – I do have *some* professional standards. And we both paint in oil, so it was easily wiped off. 🙂

Since I’ve been back home from Mexico, we’ve been enjoying an early spring. Hopefully my next months of plein air will be filled with greenery, flowers and warm weather. Thanks for reading; until next time,

Cheryl Peddie

Je T’aime France

I just spent the two most glorious weeks ever, in France. I joined the ‘Monet Immersion’ artist’s retreat planned by the Colorado based company, ‘My Art Trip‘. It was a great choice. Owner Sue Ann Humm, and Instructor Susan Rubin were great hosts. Friendly and knowledgeable, these ladies had no end of interesting tours and day trips we could take, and offered us lots of flexibility for free time to paint also. I was traveling solo, and always felt relaxed, happy and safe. The other artists on the tour were a joy to meet and paint with; I’ll be keeping in touch with many of them.

We arrived and painted in Paris for three days, then for seven days in the little town of Giverny. Perhaps you haven’t heard of this town – many folks I told about my trip didn’t, either. So why did I choose it? Because it is the home of Claude Monet’s famous gardens. I could talk for days about all the beautiful colour, architecture, food, and new friends I met on my trip. However I’d prefer to share a few of the plein air paintings I created along the way – I think they say it better than I ever could.

Thanks for stopping by and viewing my work.

Winter Light

Winter Light – 14″x18″ oil on birch

WEEKEND UPDATE: I regret to share that I’ve come down with my inevitable winter cold, and won’t be able to attend Lineham House Galleries in Okotoks to paint today. There’s lot of other artists working there today though, so please do consider visiting – it’s a special gallery. I’m sure you won’t regret the trip!

Lineham House Galleries
33 Elma St W, Okotoks, AB
Open 11am-5pm

WHAT’S NEW ON MY EASEL – ‘WINTER LIGHT’ 14″x18″ oil on birch, above.
Wanted to share a taste of the wintery scenes I’ve been working on in my studio.  This is a painting I have attempted in previous years but never finished. I could never come up with anything that had the special glow of light that I saw while first painting in the area – until now. I’m very pleased to have completed ‘Winter Light’ this week, and it is available for sale. Price: $700 Framed; $525 Unframed.

It is oil so will require time to dry before it can be delivered, but it will be ready in time for holiday gifting.  For inquiries about ‘Winter Light’ or others, please call me at 403-201-6532.

Painting Demo & Upcoming Workshop


‘There is a Season’ 11″x14″ oil – Available at Lineham House Galleries, Okotoks – $425

Join me and a fine group of other artists at the Lineham House Galleries on Sat Nov 18 from 11am-5pm. We will be helping kick off the ‘Light Up Okotoks’ celebrations by painting live throughout the day! I have a selection of my artwork there for their latest art show. And of course the gallery is full of beautiful paintings, jewellery, textiles, sculpture and more. All by local area artists and artisans. This is a 110-year-old Historic Alberta Home that has been restored to its best. It’s’ worth a tour just for the architecture alone.

DATE: Sat Nov 18, 11am-5pm
ADDRESS: Lineham House Galleries
33 Elma St W, Okotoks, AB

For more information: visit or


Sandy Beach Park – 16″x9″ – Collection of the Artist (NFS)

Are you an artist who would like to improve or begin painting winter landscapes? Join me at my Winter Landscapes Workshop for Oils & Acrylics. You will learn how to use your whites to create better depth, light, and shadows! Also you’ll learn how to successfully handle bare trees, water and ice more confidently. This small-group workshop (8 students max) begins on Fri Nov 24 from 6-9pm – I’ll be doing a painting demo (refreshments and snacks provided) and discussing some of what you’ll learn over the weekend. Then you’ll be painting on Sat & Sun Nov 25-26 from 10-4pm each day. To learn more visit:

DATES: Nov 24 (6-9pm), Nov 25-26 (10-4pm each day)
LOCATION: Kensington Art Supply, 6999 11 St SE #120, Calgary, AB
FEES: $250 includes demo & refreshments
TO REGISTER: Call me at 403-201-6532 – ONLY 2 spots left!! Visa & MC welcome.

What’s on my Easel and More…


‘As Seasons Change’ 12″x16″ oil by Cheryl Peddie

This will be a busy weekend enjoying and creating art for me. The Group Show ‘Gathering In’ will be opening at Lineham House Galleries, Sat Oct 21 from 11am-5pm. Address: 33 Elma Street, Okotoks AB. The show features artwork that has ‘harvest’ as its theme. I hope you’ll have some time to take the show in, and see my artwork that I created around this concept. For more info please visit: My painting above, ‘As Seasons Change’ will be one of those featured.


One of my painting demos from this summer; Painting ‘Live’ at Just Imajan Gallery in Cochrane Alberta for Canada Day.

Also on Saturday, from 11am-1pm, I’ll be doing a painting demo at Kensington Art Supply. Address: 6999 – 11 Street SE. I’ll be creating a new autumn themed landscape in my alla prima impressionist style, and chatting with the audience about painting while I work. Hope you’ll join us. For more info please visit:


Sandy Beach Park – 16″x9″

Are you an artist who would like to improve or begin painting winter landscapes? Join me at my Winter Landscapes Workshop for Oils & Acrylics. You will learn how to use your whites to create better depth, light, and shadows! Also you’ll learn how to handle bare trees, water and ice more confidently. This small-group workshop (8 students max) begins on Fri Nov 24 from 6-9pm – I’ll be painting a demo and discussing some of what you’ll learn over the weekend. Then you’ll be painting on Sat & Sun Nov 25-26 from 10-4pm each day. To learn more visit:  TO REGISTER CALL ME AT 403-201-6532 – ONLY 3 SPACES LEFT!!

Just Plein Fun

Up until 2014 much of my artistic practice revolved around still life, urban scenes, floral and interiors. However at that point, my focus took a radical turn. I’ve turned into a devoted landscape painter because I learned to paint ‘en plein air’.  For newbies, ‘plein air’ basically means painting outside from life. I began painting plein air by taking a workshop in Jasper from artist Liz Wiltzen. After that I was hooked.

I’d tried painting landscape from photos for years. But I never was able to achieve what I was hoping. My colours were always off and nothing I created felt ‘real’. I wrote the genre off, thinking I just wasn’t a landscape painter. Was I wrong. Once I began painting outside, away from photos, I could actually see the real colours I was trying to capture. And even better, I was part of that image – it was all around me. I could see, hear, taste, smell and feel everything. What a difference. Now I can’t imagine working exclusively from a photo because it’s far too limiting. Below are a few of my most recent plein air works – I hope you enjoy.

PS – If you’re an artist and would like to take a plein air workshop from me, visit my Workshops page. I have a class lined up for the end of July in Calgary. I hope you can join me.