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!

Day 8 – Painting for Parkinson’s – They Spell it ‘Dubble’!


‘They Spell it ‘Dubble!’
14″x18″ Unframed Oil on Canvas
by Cheryl Peddie – $325 –

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

Well who knew they spelled it ‘Dubble’? All hail Walter E Diemer, the accountant (just like my Dad was!) who invented Dubble Bubble! This still life made me remember the gumball and candy machines at Woolworth’s Department Store. Woolworth’s was in our Grosvenor Park Shopping Centre on 8th Street in Saskatoon. My brother and I would head there on foot with – oh – maybe $1.00 each. That would buy us a bag of chips (25¢ Hostess chips when it was still in the tinfoil-like pack), and an assortment of candies like Dubble Bubble, or a (glass) bottle of Crush soda. Those were the days.

But I found this cool gumball machine and still life at Gratitude Café in Kensington, when I was having lunch there last fall. I took many photos of the shop and tucked them away until I was ready for a painting challenge! I decided it would make a fine subject for the painting demonstration I did at Galleria in Inglewood, this last Saturday.

Now, anyone who’s bared their soul enough to paint in public knows that the most prudent subject matter for a painting demo is something that doesn’t require a lot of compositional concerns or complex shapes. Well this had both. But I threw caution to the wind and did it anyways! I’m shaking my head at this now, wondering where on earth I got the courage (naiviteé?) from! But we had a good crowd gathered as I chatted about my process, shared tips about painting in oils, and talked about all things creative. And I found out mid-painting, that what I thought was spelled ‘Double’, was indeed, actually written ‘Dubble’. (A mistake that I have learned since, is a common one!) It turned out to be a great afternoon, and I’m so happy (relieved!) with the final result.

Thanks to everyone at Galleria in Inglewood for your warm hospitality (as always!) and all the folks who turned out to watch me paint. Looking forward to next time; all my best, Cheryl.

Please note that this piece will require approx 3-4 weeks prior to shipping,
to allow paint to dry and cure. Thank you!

From Sun Feb 24 through Sat Mar 23, I will be creating one painting per day
and donating 50% of my sales to Parkinson Alberta Society.

Three Things

Sugar-n-Cream-web‘Petit Point’
11″x14″ Oil on Canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

At the beginning of 2012, I began a journal called ‘My three things’. Each night I’d write out three things that made me feel really good that day. Well, maybe it wasn’t every night; more like as close to every night as I could – I’m no night owl. It was a peaceful way to end the day. And even if it were a trying one, there always seemed to be some little thing that would pop into my memory. Some nice little moment that, when put to paper, seemed to resurrect the day from the dreaded ‘wish I’d just have stayed in bed’ pile.

My new 2013 journal however remains blank-paged. Don’t really know what it is; the chain some how got broken. And I’m missing it. I remember last year, when I’d have a low day or two, I’d page through that journal and remember all the little shiny bits of days that I treasured enough to write them down. Moments that without my journal, would have been lost in the blur of all the ‘had-to-do’s’, like grocery shopping, cleaning the bathroom, or pumping gas when I was already late for a meeting. And it always lifts my spirits, soothes me or helps me relax. Never fails.

So I thought perhaps I should begin my journal again, though this year, right here – in a new venue. These are some more of the reasons why I paint. So, here they are – three things that made me feel good today:

1) Finally buying myself a new heated throw. So yes, it’s got a gigantic logo for the Winnipeg Jets on it. (Hockey’s the one with a puck, right?) But it was one of the last few at Wal-mart so I grabbed it. Nothing feels better than cranking it up and burrowing down in the sofa cushions. Bliss.

2) Washing my Shih Tzu, Emma’s ‘bankie’ for her. She knew exactly what I was doing – watched carefully as I tucked it into the washer. And when it came out of the dryer and I fluffed and folded it up on her sofa spot, she flopped about in it with glee. Guess it’s just like clean sheet day for humans.

3) Hot cocoa and those teeny marshmallows. They’re made of the same stuff as the big ones, but they just taste better, you know?!

Thanks so much for reading. If it inspires you to begin your own ‘Three Things’ journal, let me know in the comments below. Take care. Cheryl

Feb & March Workshop Dates are Set

I’m excited to announce two more painting workshops set for this winter & spring. I’d love for you to join me:

RedUmbrellas-webTues, Feb 26 – 6-9pm: Streetscapes
Most folks love streetscapes. But many are apprehensive to try painting them because of all that detail! We’ll explore ways to simplify them and still create pleasing compositions. Hint: It doesn’t always involve those teensy tinsy brushes!


Wed, Mar 20 – 6-9pm: Unfussy Florals & Foliage
Just in time for the first day of spring! Florals and foliage can easily become stiff, and lose their sense of natural liveliness. We’ll work on ways to depict the delicate freshness of the blooms, while balancing it with their fullness and volume.

Price per workshop: $35 plus GST
What to bring: pencils & sketchbook; art supplies; photo references or any still life objects you’d like to paint from
Located at: Atlantis Framing – 4515 Manhattan Rd SE, Calgary
To register or for more info: Call Atlantis Framing at 403-258-0075 or me, Cheryl Peddie, at 403-270-9755

Thanks so much for reading – you all are yet another reason why I paint. Best, Cheryl.

A Bright New Day

‘A Bright New Day’
24″x36″ oil on Gallery-wrapped Canvas
• By Cheryl Peddie • DONATED to the Alberta Parkinson Society •

‘A Bright New Day’ felt like a celebration as I painted it. I originally began this piece in my studio at the beginning of September. I finished it this Saturday, as a painting demonstration I did at the Art Festival for Cochrane Culture Days. What a wonderful weekend of art! My booth was under the big tent in downtown Cochrane and I loved visiting with all the artists and festival-goers. The sun was warm and bright, trees and landscape dressed in their fall finery, and folks were in such jovial, lighthearted moods. It was an absolute delight to finish painting this floral while I was there. I was particularly honoured to hear that Ms Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture had stopped by my booth and admired this piece. I know each time I look at ‘A Bright New Day’, it will bring back many special memories. It was, indeed, a bright new day full of promise, inspiration and friendship.

Special thanks to all the administrators and volunteers of the Arts & Culture Foundation of Cochrane (ACFC), who coordinated and worked at the event. It was such a pleasure to be a part of the weekend. And thank you to all who stopped by my booth, shared warm compliments on my paintings and visited with me. You all are yet another reason why I paint. Take care, Cheryl.

Use the Good China! (Uncle Ed’s Bachelor Buttons)

‘Use the Good China!’ 20″x20″
Framed oil painting on gallery-wrapped canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

Not for Sale – In the Collection of the Artist

This is the final version of the canvas I’d started the other day – some of my Uncle Ed’s china collection. A lot of my recent pieces have been vivid in color. For this canvas I thought I’d tone it down a bit, let the softer colors shine. While I was painting it I couldn’t help remembering the old saying about ‘not leaving your good china just for company’.