Day 19 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Can You Hear the Birch Trees Whispering?

CanYouHear-Trees_9272-web‘Can You Hear the Birch Trees Whispering? Evening is Here’
Near Highway 22 South, heading towards Turner Valley
11″x14″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting is SOLD!

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

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

Another sun filled image from my travels along Highway 22, down towards Turner Valley. I’ve spent many hours driving along this highway with my camera gear. It never fails to provide me with a collection of beautiful vistas and intimate, sunlit corners to express with my paints.

*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 17 – Painting for Parkinson’s – On the Banks of Fish Creek

OntheBanksofFishCreek-9260-web‘On the Banks of Fish Creek’
The Bow River, running through Fish Creek Park, Calgary AB
11″x14″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting has SOLD!!

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

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

I had lots of fun depicting the warm summer sunshine and cool blue shadows in ‘On the Banks of Fish Creek’. I’d actually started this one some time ago, and had tossed it aside to the ‘potential frisbee’ pile until today.

It’s easy to be hard on ourselves when the things we create don’t appear right away, to look the way we think they ‘should’. As a result, it’s easy to end up believing our work isn’t ‘good enough’, and should therefore be thrown away or at least hidden from view of others.

I believe it’s much more helpful to look at our work in parts. I am trying to help my beginning art students learn this too. We must ask ourselves first – what parts of this am I happy with? How am I feeling about this part of my work? That part? This way it enables us to connect with what we love about our work, even when there’s things that don’t appeal to us in the moment. It also enables us to see that little mistakes here and there do not negate the value of the entire work. Even when there are mistakes, it’s so important to still be able to see what you love about your own work.

So I’m glad I pulled ‘On the Banks of Fish Creek’ out of the frisbee pile. (I’m actually really glad I had actually left it in the pile. And that it didn’t have the same demise that many others on the same pile have had) All it needed was a touch more work, and it turned into a piece I am proud of. I’m proud of me too, for picking my self-belief up off the floor and continuing on.

Thanks all for continuing to follow my journey. Cheryl. (PS – In case others here are Laura Ingalls Wilder fans like I am, yes I named this piece in honour of her work!)

Below: Two details of ‘On the Banks of Fish Creek’ so you can see the brush work…

OntheBanksofFishCreek-detail-web OntheBanksofFishCreek-detail2

*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 14 – Painting for Parkinson’s – To Follow the Call of the Loon

CalloftheLoon_9239-web‘To Follow the Call of the Loon’
Canoes on the edge of Bowness Park in Calgary
8″x10″ unframed oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting has SOLD!

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

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

This painting almost didn’t happen. It was a day of changed plans, delays and frustration. I won’t go into the details, but the end result was that I didn’t get into my studio until after the supper hour. I felt irritated with myself for being so late with this one. But once I sat down at my easel, looking through treasured photos, I was so thankful to be home and back in my soothing painting environment. The day faded a bit as I got into my familiar, comforting rhythm of blending and applying paint to my canvas.

The photo I chose was this evening setting of a small dock and set of canoes in Bowness Park, here in Calgary. It actually reminded me of Dad, and one of the ways I believe he found rhythm and comfort in his life. Our family had a lovely little cabin at Anglin Lake in Saskatchewan. As it was just a three hour drive from Saskatoon we spent many summer weekends there when I was young.

I remember all the early mornings Dad took our ‘Alumacraft’ canoe and his camera gear, and headed down to the lake. He’d paddle and drift, allowing the morning light to set the stage for his photographs. He’d capture the lake at it’s most still, and the loons as they were waking up and calling to announce the arrival of morning. He noticed every little detail; the bits of sparkle on the water; all the foliage and forest around the lake that got set aglow by the sunrise. And the way he captured it all in his photographs made it seem even more magical.

So seeing these little canoes in my photo albums brought me back to those days. It made me think of how content Dad must have felt on his early-morning canoe rides. Savoring some time alone on the lake to bask in the quiet and the warmth of the sun; to listen to the ‘dip, dip, sploop’ rhythm of his oar as he made his way across the lake, following the call of the loon.

Please note that because this painting has been created in oil, it can take up to 3-4 weeks to dry and fully cure enough to safely deliver to you. Thanks so much for your understanding.

Day 13 – Painting for Parkinsons’s – Worth the Wait – Prairie Shimmer


‘Worth the Wait – Prairie Shimmer
“11”x14″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas
By Cheryl Peddie

This Painting has SOLD!!!

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

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

Well it’s been a day of adapting and patience. But also one of great rewards. Although I am not in Calgary for the weekend, I am still bound and determined to continue painting and posting. I packed up all my painting gear with great care (or so I though) and safely stowed it in the truck. Only to wake up this morning and realize I forgot to bring my turps and walnut oil (a painting ‘medium’. We finally found an art supply store so I was able to get painting later on in the morning. The painting went great. I had heaps of fun again incorporating my new ‘intuitive painting style into my more traditional landscapes. I even broke one of my primary rules … I used teensy brushes! What a delight rebellion can be! I used them in an almost calligraphic way allowing them to sweep and curl across the canvas. It was a pure joy.

Even after I completed the painting, more patience was required. I began learning how to post on WordPress with my iPad. I can tell you that posting without a proper keyboard and with a hotel Wifi connection that is sketchy and slow as molasses does not jive when one is trying to hurry. But I’m almost there. The only thing I couldn’t manage was creating a link to PayPal. So I hope requesting that if you’d like to buy ‘Worth the Wait’ you give me a call on the good old-fashioned telephone, will suffice!*

*Update – Am now happily back in my studio in Calgary, and have been able to set up my PayPal link. Thanks so much for your patience!

Despite the glitches today, painting this little piece really was worth the wait. I hope you’ll agree. Thanks for reading, Cheryl.

Day 12 – Painting for Parkinson’s – This Must be what God’s Garden Looks Like

ThisMustbewhatGodsGardenLooksLike_9199-web“This Must be what God’s Garden Looks Like” – SOLD!
(Autumn Evening – Glenbow Provincial Park)
11″x14″ Unframed oil on extra-deep canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

(Wow! That was a record! Thank you to U.M. for being such an early riser and supporting my project!!! Big hugs to you!)

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

Timing is everything. I admit it… I started this painting a while ago. Just a basic start, mind you! And it certainly wasn’t heading in the direction I’d wanted. So as with many paintings, I set it aside and kept looking at it longingly. And wondering why the heck the light wasn’t looking warm enough, the path wasn’t looking flat and ‘light dappled’ enough. It had beautiful light patterns so I was darned if I was going to try and rush it and then wreck it.

WELL! Friend and fellow painter Belinda was right on the ball! After allowing myself to venture into intuitive painting, today I took the plunge to finish this piece. Zowie! I decided… well why CAN’T I use all these cool new colors I’ve been playing with? I want them EVERYWHERE in this painting! I want purples in my green grass and pink in my tree trunks! Why should I only allow myself to let loose when I’m doing an intuitive painting? Why can’t I let ‘er rip with one of my more traditional pieces too?

So I broke all my own rules. I used teeny brushes! I used little dabs of paint all over the place! I was a painting fool! It felt treeee-mendous!! The main things I kept in my mind was warm light; cooler shadows. And the rest of it was fair game. I painted with great gusto and totally revitalized the underpainting with a sense of luscious colors and glowing light! One of my favorites so far this year! Hope you agree!

Thanks so much for reading – you all are yet another reason why I continue to paint! Hugs! Cheryl.

Day 9 – Painting for Parkinson’s – End of the Day

EndoftheDay_web‘End of the Day’ – 8″x10″ Oil on Canvas – Not for Sale –
Late day view just off Highway 22, heading down towards Turner Valley, AB
by Cheryl Peddie

Sorry folks, I have dibs on ‘End of the Day’. It’s actually a very special painting; one I put off creating for a long time. I’d actually done the sketches for it in Sept, 2011. I hadn’t gotten it onto canvas yet, when my family called to let me know Dad had gone into the hospital. That’s where my sketchbook leaves off for that year, and Dad passed away two months later. I didn’t do another painting until January of the new year.

Oddly, I’d already named this piece ‘End of the Day’ when I’d originally done the sketches that September. But I hadn’t realized it would be the beginning of another kind of ending. As a result, I was apprehensive about finishing it. I’d love the image, but it brought back such sad memories. Such a difficult time for my whole family.

Yesterday was such a positive day for my project though. So many kind folks helping me get the word out, including Ellen Percival, with Calgary’s Child Magazine, Christina Rowsell, through her blog: The Brighter Side; and both Duane Schreiner, and Brandi La Bonte of the Alberta Parkinson Society. So I decided to try it, choosing to believe there was ever a day I could do it, it would be then. I could feel the support, generosity, and good will flowing freely. So, I got my brushes ready.

After I finished, I decided that this little painting needed to stay with me, in my house. And in that way I protect it, hold onto it and keep yet another little part of my Dad and me together. ‘End of the Day’ will hang beside many of Dad’s stunning photographer that grace the walls of our home. This one’s for you Dad. I really miss you. All my love, Cheryl.

* If you would like to help support the Alberta Parkinson Society, please either make a donation to them, volunteer, or consider purchasing one of my paintings – I’m donating 50% of all my sale proceeds to the Society this month.

Day 6 – Painting for Parkinson’s – View from the Cottage

ViewfromtheCottage-web‘View from the Cottage’ – 8″x10″ Oil on Canvas
by Cheryl Peddie – SOLD

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

‘View from the Cottage’ was a special request from good family friends. They have a lovely cottage near Pigeon Lake, AB that they’ve worked tirelessly on over the last few years. As a family, they’ve created their own little paradise. They’ve cleared land, built miles of walking trails through the woods, created a beautifully manicured lawn, planted flowers, created a sanctuary for all the neighborhood birds, and decorated and adorned their little cottage. It’s lovely to see a family so close, and building something together that will unite their family throughout the generations.

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

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Galleria in Inglewood – All decked out
in Christmas tree finery. A selection of my paintings
are on the wall in the background.

All things ‘Christmas’ and myself get along really well. I don’t go crazy about it. I still wait til December to put up my trees. (Yes, plural) But I’m in love with it all, particularly the Christmas lights – that was my Dad’s and my favorite ‘thing’ together. So, since I’ve begun doing more art shows this year, I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with doing Christmas arts and craft fairs. Well, some folks might say it’s more than a bit. I likely won’t argue. I am an artist after all. Which naturally entitles me to be a little … ‘quirky’.

Anyways I thought that with December coming up fast I should give you all the rundown of my remaining Christmas shows and demos:

Queensland Art Sale
Sat, Nov 24 – 9:00am – 5:00pm
649 Queensland Drive SE
For more details visit:

What the Craft Artisan Fair
Sat, December 8th – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Center (917 Centre Ave N.E.)
For more details visit:

Painting Demonstration at Galleria in Inglewood
Sat, Dec 15 – 1:00 – 4:00pm
907 9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB – Tel 403-270-3612

And of course, my Wed afternoon art lessons have begun at Atlantis Fine Framing Studio. To register or for more information, call Atlantis Fine Framing at: 403-258-0075.

Hope to see you all some time through the holiday season. Thanks for reading, Cheryl.

Snow Day

Please note that due to bad weather conditions, this evening’s workshop has been postponed.

Wednesday Nov 7 – 6:00 – 9:00pm

Painting the Colors of Harvest & Autumn
Wine & Cheese Workshop
Tuesday Oct 23 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm  POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW

Join Cheryl Peddie for a workshop painting the colors of fall. Designed for beginning students in acrylic and oil, we focus on creating a supportive, relaxed environment for new painters. When you’re painting from photo references, it is easy to become overly focused on trying to reproduce colors only as they appear in your photo. However this can result in paintings that lack the airy freshness and light of the landscape you remember experiencing. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to visualize, mix and integrate those experiential colors into your landscapes. We’ll also cover how to incorporate and build on the light and shadow patterns in your composition. Cheryl will also do demos on her own canvas throughout the evening to help illustrate the concepts being explored. Bring a variety of photo references of fall landscapes, plus your painting supplies.
Location: Atlantis Fine Framing Studio – 4515 Manhattan Rd SE Calgary (AB)
To register: 403-258-0075
Workshop fee: $35.00 plus GST
Door prize: Set of two framed mini-paintings by Cheryl Peddie

Art Demo Today!

It’s going to be a great day! Just getting ready to go to one of my favorite places in the world, Galleria. Will be bringing along my easel and doing a painting demonstration, so if you’re interested in watching me create or learning a bit about painting in oil, stop by. I’ll be there from 1pm until 4:00. And I’m always happy to chat with folks who stop by, and share what I’ve learned about painting and creativity!

Today, I’ll be finishing one I started yesterday entitled ‘Petit Point’, one of my newest still-life pieces for my ‘In the Kitchen’ series. (The painting above is one I created at a demo I did at the ‘Canadian Artists for the Poor‘ art show last week.)

Galleria is located at:
907 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-270-3612
Galleria is open from 12pm until 5:00pm today.
Lots of free parking – enter off 8th Street SE into the alleyway behind the store.

Thanks for reading, hope to see you there! Take care, from Cheryl.