Road Trip 2015 – Have Easel, Will Travel

Painting by Cheryl Peddie
Best Seats in the House – 16″x20″ Oil by Cheryl Peddie

I’m excited to share my newest project, ‘Road Trip 2015’, with you today. This year, I’m visiting and painting on location at 9 communities throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and BC. The purpose? To explore the concept of creating meaning.

Meaning-making has a fluid, interconnected nature that fascinates me. A quote I found on my sister’s website – leewardclips.wordpress.comspeaks to this: “When you change the way you look at something; what you look at changes.” Deepak Chopra. And I’d add to that: when what you look at changes, it can further change the way you look at it… and so on. It’s never-ending and ever-changing. Love that.

I began this journey last month with visits to Vulcan, AB and Eastend, SK. The biggest insight I came away from these two trips was: Finding and sharing what has meaning to you, helps create meaning for others.

Vulcan, Alberta
In Vulcan, I was invited to teach a workshop on Streetscapes to the ‘Nine in a Line’ Creative Art Society. Their studio (the Vulcan Art Studio) is located in the gorgeous Healy Heritage Art Center. The center is also home to Caelo, a haven of mouth-watering baking and home cooking owned and run by Kellie & Terry Hartle. (My painting above, ‘Best Seats in the House’ are of a cozy spot in Caelo.) Kellie has made Caelo a special gathering place. Her interior design skill has touched every corner; there are even ‘reader’ glasses of various strengths artfully placed for patrons to enjoy, so they can read while enjoying their meal. And at the end of my visit, Kellie packed up a date bar and banana loaf for my travels. I tried to make them last. But they were so heavenly, I gobbled both down in record time. After that luscious first bite, they didn’t stand a chance. Thank you Kellie! I can’t wait to visit again.

Eastend, SK
In Eastend, I was joined by fellow artist and Gallerist, Arlene Westen Evans. Arlene owns Evanescence Gallery in High River. We laughed, talked and painted for an entire week at the historic ‘Eaton’s House’.  Eaton’s homes, were mail-ordered through the Eaton’s catalogue – piece by piece! Then they were built on the owner’s site. This particular one, is one of the last remaining in Alberta, and is now a guesthouse. Located at the Riverside Motel, it is run by Ed and Wendy Sanford. Ed and fellow Eastend resident, Steve Garamzeghy renovated it into a stunning character home. It was an artists’ dream to paint and stay at. On rainy days, I painted many interiors of the space. Below are two of my paintings from this trip:

'Catalogue Special' 6"x6" oil by Cheryl Peddie - SOLD
‘Catalogue Special’ 6″x6″ oil by Cheryl Peddie – SOLD
Jack's Cafe
Nacho Jacks – 6″x8″ oil by Cheryl Peddie

Next Up

I’ll be painting lots more from all my trips throughout the coming year. I’ve also submitted the project for consideration as an exhibition to one gallery, and possibly more as I continue.

For the upcoming month, I’m planning two more trips. I’m off to Jasper, then to Blairmore. I’ll be posting what I learn and paint during those trips, in a month or so. Hope to see you back again. Take care, Cheryl.

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

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’.