Day 20 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Pretty, Inside and Out

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‘Pretty, Inside and Out’  $240
12″x16″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting is available for sale for the month of Aug, 2013 at:
Euphoria Café, Calgary AB
5403 Crowchild Trail NW

New! I can also now accept credit card over the phone. And as always, cheques & cash.
Contact me directly at (403) 201-6532 or cheryl(at)emergecreative(dot)ca Thank you!

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

Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was look through my mom’s china teacup collection. It was the trend when mom and dad were married, to give individual teacups to the bride-to-be as a shower gift. And mom kept those teacups stashed at the back of the top shelf in the old china cabinet. I’ve collected a few teacups of my own, but few can really compare to mom’s. One in particular I remember was a shining, purple number, with scalloped sides, an ornate handle and pale ivory insides. I thought it was the most beautiful thing on earth.

My other favorites typically included those that had pretty patterns on the inside of the teacup. I always thought it was more fair that way. I always felt sad for the plain, spare insides. I feared they’d come to ‘feel’ lackluster and not as pretty, compared to their more splashily decorated ‘outsides’. So I always felt cheered to see the insides ‘treated’ just as special as the outsides. (Plus, it made drinking ones tea out of them particularly special. Each sip brought you closer and closer to having the lovely patterns unveiled!)

So the teacup on top of this little collection drew me in – both scallops, an ornate handle and a prettily decorate inside. Wow – I couldn’t not paint it. Pretty, both inside and out.

Thanks for reading and sharing this journey with me. 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 15 – Painting for Parkinson’s – ‘Luminous’ and ‘I’d Have a Garden’

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

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‘Luminous’
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 2 – Painting for Parkinson’s – The Ceramic Teakettle

The Ceramic Teakettle‘The Ceramic Teakettle’
11″x14″ Unframed Oil on extra-deep canvas
– by Cheryl Peddie – $220 –

This painting is available for sale for the month of Aug, 2013 at:
Euphoria Café, Calgary AB
5403 Crowchild Trail NW

New! I can also now accept credit card over the phone. And as always, cheques & cash.
Contact me directly at (403) 270-9755 or cheryl@emergecreative.ca Thank you!

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

This is another vignette I painted from my visit to Gratitude Café in Calgary. It was an interesting piece to watch develop. When I began it I had high hopes – lots of volume in the teapot and I was happy with the shape of it. However something derailed part way through, and the chances of it turning into one of my four-sided frisbees threatened for most of the afternoon. Finally, after suppertime passed I finally sat down with it and said to myself “Okay, let’s wreck it.”. Granted this is a weird thing to say. But oddly I’ve made this decision so many times in the past while painting. And the mindset it provides me with after saying it creates something of a miracle each and every time. I think that it allows me to finally let go of my expectations of it. And of myself. To admit to myself that yah, this ain’t going well. And if it gets ruined, I’ll even welcome it. After all it’s just one more learning experience. It doesn’t mean I’m a lousy artist. Doesn’t mean I’m wasting my time or that I’ll become the laughing-stock of all my artsy friends. The end of the story is that it didn’t get ruined at all. I’m delighted with how it turned out, and happy to have another painting to add to this month’s stash. Thanks for reading. Cheryl.

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

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

Upcoming workshops

January workshopsWinter workshops begin! I still have some spaces open in my Interiors & Still Life workshop tonight. But if you miss it, there’s another one on Thurs Jan 31. We had a ball at my last one in November. Located at: Atlantis Fine Framing Studio – 4515 Manhattan Road SE. To register please call 403-258-0075. Hope to see you there. Thanks for reading. Cheryl.

It’s Demo Day!

Above – The photo reference I’ll be working from today – this is a sugar/creamer
set from the Royal Doulton China pattern called ‘Petit Point’.
(One of my all-time favorite patterns)

Join me at Galleria in Inglewood today from 1pm-4pm! I’ll be demonstrating my painting style and am always delighted to chat about creativity and painting. Today I’ll be finishing up a couple new canvasses from my ‘In the Kitchen’ series of paintings. These pieces are of some vintage china, collected by my Uncle Ed. I love china, and I have a small collection of teacups stashed in my china cabinet. As I’ve been working on these pieces, many other ladies have shared that they too have a treasured collection of their own. It’s funny, because I’ve learned that although none of us use our china often, we also couldn’t dream of getting rid of them. For me, I think it’s because I view these lovely old pieces as art forms, in and of themselves. I remember spending many happy times admiring the intricate details in both the form and patterns of my mom’s teacup collection. And still, I often pull my own teacups out and get lost in the delicate beauty of the designs.

These pieces are also a little different than the other kitchen paintings I’ve created because they’re smaller. I’d realized that my other kitchen paintings were so large, they wouldn’t fit on any of the walls in my own kitchen! And petite walls & modest-sized kitchens need art too! Sure looking forward to finishing them up and seeing the final result. Hope you can join me there and have a quick visit while I paint.

Thanks so much for reading. Wherever your weekend takes you, I hope it’s a lovely one. Cheryl

PS I’ll also have info available about the new art classes & ‘Wine & Cheese’ workshops I’m now teaching. I’m starting a new emailing list, so if you’d like to leave me your info I’ll be happy to keep you updated about future courses. Can’t make it to Galleria today? Just email your contact info to cherylatemergecreativedotca, and I’ll put you on the list.

Art Demo and Sale this weekend

It’s 6:44am. The pups have been fed, watered, tinkled and it’s already 10°C out there! Beautiful! A perfect day to head to lovely Cochrane for an art show & sale. I’ll be setting up my paints and selling my work at the Cochrane Culture Days this weekend. The show runs from 10am to 4pm both Sat and Sun and is located along First Street SW in downtown Cochrane.

Lots of live music and other artists setting up their tents and sharing their talents with the community. For my painting demonstration, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on two of my brand new pieces over the weekend – a large floral and a prairie landscape. One of the most challenging things an artist can face is how to know when a painting is finished. I’ll be sharing the tips I’ve learned to sort that out that important question. After those pieces are complete I’ll also be working on a couple more of my new ‘In the Kitchen’ series paintings. If you can make it to Cochrane this weekend be sure to stop by my booth and say hello. No worries on interrupting me while I’m painting – I love to visit while I’m working.

Thanks for reading, and hope that wherever your weekend takes you, it’s a lovely one. Cheryl.

Cheryl in the City (Palate)

Now that my booth from the Calgary Home Show is all packed up and my tootsies are rested, I’d like to share a bit of good news I had this month. I was delighted to become a part of City Palate magazine’s ‘Word of Mouth’ section for their Sept/Oct issue. My newest ‘In the Kitchen‘ paintings were described as “charming” and “evocative”. I was so tickled with the praise, I blushed redder than the tomatoes in the painting they chose to print. This painting has sold since the issue hit the streets, but I still have a variety left. You’ll currently find a selection at Swirl Fine Art, and new batch is headed to Galleria in Inglewood soon. Thanks to everyone at City Palate for your kind words and support!

Stone Ground

‘Stone Ground’ – 20″x20″ Oil painting
on extra-deep wrapped canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

I was a little stumped for a name for this one until I realized ‘Stone Ground’ would be perfect. I caught this image while we were watching the final game of the 2012 Tim Horton’s Brier at our friends, Karen & Andrew’s home. For those of you not of the curling ‘bent’, the Brier is a Canada’s annual national mens curling championship. We’d brought the guacamole & hummus, Karen & Andrew supplied the corn chips and other yummy snacks. Thus the name… ‘stone’ ground corn chips? Curling ‘stones’? Get it? Yes. I know. I think my Shih Tzus rolled their eyes at me a little when I tried to explain it to them, too.