A Fresh Start for a Brand New Year

Little House on the Prairie – 16"x16" oil by Cheryl Peddie - SOLD
Little House on the Prairie – 16″x16″ oil by Cheryl Peddie – SOLD

So much has happened in the past month, it’s been a wonderful whirl. My December art show ‘Prairie Girl’ at Evanescence Gallery in High River, AB, was a huge hit with nearly 70 art fans in attendance. My fall workshops were all sold-out. And I was invited to participate in a new gallery’s small works show. Thanks to Midtowne Gallery in Calgary for welcoming my work!

For January, the changes just keep rolling in. I were surprised to find out I needed to find a new studio space for my Calgary classes. We’ll sure miss the old space, old friends & colleagues, but will be certain to keep in touch. And today, I found a great new ‘painting home away from home’ that I’ll begin teaching from on Thurs Jan 15. Introducing our new bright & spacious studio at Windsor Park Community Hall!

Grounds-frontentrance Grounds-1 Studio1Studio2Located just north of Chinook Mall on 53 Ave SW, the hall has easy proximity from downtown and all quadrants of the city. What a lovely facility, and I’m very honored to have been welcomed into the new space. The huge bonus for me, is that the hall is right on a beautiful park space and is surrounded by charming community streets, beautiful mature trees and nature at it’s finest! What an inspiring space in which we’ll be able to paint and learn! Hop over to my Weekly Classes page for dates and details.

I also have more workshops coming up in Cochrane and High River! Please visit my Workshops page to get class descriptions and registration info. Thanks so much for reading, and I hope we’ll have the chance to paint together soon!

Cheryl

‘Prairie Girl’ Artist’s Reception

Please join me on Fri Dec 12 from 6:30 – 9:30pm for the artist’s reception of my very first solo show – ‘Prairie Girl’. The show will be at the lovely Evanescencey Gallery and Art Studio in High River Alberta. It’s just a quick drive from the south end of Calgary and well worth the visit. You’ll find the gallery at 61 – 8 Ave SE, High River. Look for their dark blue awnings.

This show features my newest work painting the prairie in oils. The paintings will be predominantly landscapes, with a focus on the prairie & rolling foothills. I’ll also have a selection of my small street scenes. After all, lots of us who live on the prairie still live in town, or even in ‘the big city’, including me! Community life is a big part of living under the prairie sky, even if you call an acreage, farm or ranch ‘home’.

I’ve been working with the idea lately of having quiet spaces in my work, areas where the eye can rest. I still love to create artwork that is busier in theme and composition. However, these are more about the movement of light, air through the piece, and the restfulness of mind and spirit.

Gallery owner Arlene Westen Evans has curated a beautiful selection of fine art including paintings, fibre art, mixed media, pottery, jewelry and other fine pieces for your collection or for gifting. For more information please call me at 403-201-6532, or the gallery at 403-652-2512. www.evanescencegallery.com.

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Art Show Season has Begun

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Good Monday morning to all my friends here! Am scurrying off to my studio this morning to continue getting ready for my first art show of the Christmas season. It’s this Sunday, Nov 23 at Cochrane Arts Central. I’ll be joined by artists Marla Blackwell, Jane Romanishko, Ingrid Vincent and Edith Vanderkloot. We’ll be serving refreshments and appetizers and will all be in attendance to visit with you. Cochrane Arts Central is located at 115 – 4th Ave West in Cochrane, AB. We hope you can join us for the afternoon to kick off to the holiday art season.

I’ll have a brand new selection of landscapes to share with you at this show. I’ve been working hard in my studio to expand my skills and learn more about myself as an artist. And my collection this fall reflects that. I’ve got paintings that set the scene of summer and spring, fall and winter alike,all with light and composition that I’ve taken careful thought and consideration to develop. Come help me celebrate my new beginning as a full-time artist.

Cochrane Arts Central is easy to find – Head northwest out of Calgary on Crowchild Trail to Cochrane. Once you arrive in Cochrane, turn left at the second set of lights. We’re just half a block down on the right-hand side. We’ll have signs at the intersection to help show you the way.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Cheryl Peddie
Artist & Art Instructor

Across the Waves

Across the Waves - 12"x16"
Across the Waves – 12″x16″

I captured this beautiful scene on a trip to Mexico last spring. We were fortunate to get a private tour of Cozumel while we were there. Our tour guide drove us all around the island and stopped at a variety of beautiful spots. This was on the east side of the island, if my memory serves. It was amazing to have such solitude amongst the vastness of nature. So grateful for the experience. I’ll be showing this painting for the first time on Sun, Nov 23 at the Cochrane Arts Central group art sale. Join us from 11-4 to see more of my new work.

Lilac and Gold

Lilac and Gold
22″ x 28″ Oil on canvas. Framed.
By Cheryl Peddie

I captured the reference for this oil painting on an evening excursion down Highway 22 in the autumn. I painted a small study of this scene a few years ago, and felt the pull to revisit it and give it a larger canvas. This time, the lilac coloured shadows on the brush in the middle ground attracted my attention. They were a challenge and intriguing to paint. This painting is now framed, and available to purchase at Evanescence Gallery in High River.

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Join me for ‘Streetscapes in Oils & Acrylics’ Workshop – Sun Oct 26 – 10am-5pm

Streetscapes in Oils and Acrylics
Sun, Oct 26 – 10am-5pm

Painting of Lido Cafe by Cheryl Peddie
‘Meet me at Lido Cafe’ 9″x12″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie

Streetscapes are often a subject matter that beginning art students avoid. It’s a shame, because they’re so much fun and allow artists to use a wide range of color not often seen in more natural environments like landscapes. In this one-day workshop, I’ll help you learn to simplify all that you see, and create a fun, urban scene in oils or acrylics.

What to bring: All your painting supplies (I will provide a list once you register, so you don’t forget anything!), and a good selection of urban-oriented photographs to choose from.

I’ll provide: painting cookies, coffee, tea, plus lots of encouragement, guidance and one-on-one instruction

Class Fee: $100. Class size: Max of 8 students.
Or, call Cheryl Peddie at 403-201-6532.
Visa, MC, Cheques, Cash welcome.

Update Sat Oct 17/2014:
This Class is FULL – I have a waitlist available in case of any cancellations. Please call 403-201-6532. Thank you!!

 

Critters

As we wait in anticipation for our possible new family member, Mindy, (a 4yr old Maltipoo) I have the fuzzy ones on my mind. I worked on these little pieces over the last few weeks.

To purchase, please email me at cheryl(at)emergecreative(dot)ca. Visa & MC. Accepted. *Spam reducer – replace bracketed words with corresponding punctuation.

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The Blissful Bovine. 5″x5″ Oil. SOLD

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Deer. 6″x6″ Oil. $150 unframed.

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The Cat at the Chocolate Factory. 5″x5″ Oil. $100 unframed.

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Tiny. 6″x6″ Oil. SOLD

Early Snow

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Early Snow – 22″ x 28″ Oil by Cheryl Peddie

Early Snow
22″ x 28″ Oil on Canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

So glad this snow is on my canvas, instead of in on our sidewalks!

Special Event!
I will be painting live, from 12-4 pm at the:
‘High River High Tea’
Monday, May 19th
Evanescence Art Gallery
61 8 Ave SE, High River, AB
403-652-2512
Refreshments • Door prize • Fashion Show
Admission by donation

In order to attend, you must RSVP!
Tickets can be purchased in person, over the

phone or by email with a credit card prior to May 17.
403-652-2512 or evanescencegallery[at]gmail[dot]com