Day 27 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Joy to the World

Joytotheworld_9307-web‘Joy to the World’ – $130 –
8″x10″ unframed oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting is SOLD!!!

New! I can also now accept credit card over the phone.
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!

These are the same flowers I painted the other day, in ‘Mellow Yellow’. This day I chose to focus more on these glorious mums. So glorious and filled with sun, they were a joy to paint. Thanks for reading, 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 26 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Looking into the Sky

LookingintotheSky_9303-web‘Looking into the Sky’ – $80 –
Evening over Nose Hill Park;
5″x7″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas
– by Cheryl Peddie –

This Painting has SOLD!!!!

New! I can also now accept credit card over the phone.
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 in Saskatchewan, I always wanted to paint really successful skyscapes. And even though I have lots of photo references of them, I’ve put them off for the most part. I LOVE skyscapes that seem to zoom off into the distance horizon of the painting. Skies that you feel like you can reach right into, they’re so deep and vast.

So why have I put off enhancing my ‘skyscape skills’ for so long? Because they can be SO deceptively difficult. I have two main considerations with them. First, there’s rarely as much color in the clouds and sky as our eyes perceive. Most of the colors are quite greyed. So, using technicolor vivid shades that can sometimes be in the sunsets of our imaginations, can made the scene look almost aggressive, and not ‘true’. I’ve always had a challenge with these ‘colorful greys’. The palette in most of my paintings tend to be quite bright and clear. Creating lovely greys requires a sensitive eye and careful hand. And, a confidence that we can express something softer and delicate that will still be attention-getting. Something I’m only just now (after 17 years of painting!) beginning to feel comfortable with.

Second, when we tackle a skyscape we have to remember that what we’re painting is air, and that clouds are really just water vapor. What can easily happen is that our clouds end up looking heavy, seemingly ready to drop from the sky! What is needed here again is a light, quick hand. Too much brush work and paint that is too thick can rapidly weight down the clouds. When they’re kept relatively transparent and delicate, the feeling of the air is kept intact.

Thanks so much for reading and for following my journey. It’s hard to believe we’re on Day 26, and I only have two paintings left. I will savor every moment of creating them; it’s been a truly rewarding experience for me. Thanks and hugs, 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 22 – Painting for Parkinson’s – In the Wind

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‘In the Wind’
12″x12″ unframed oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting has SOLD!!

New! I can also now accept credit card over the phone.
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!

I started ‘In the Wind’ as an illustration for a project I was designing for work today. It wasn’t supposed to be so loose, but my brush had a mind of it’s own! I’ve been inspired by pattern lately. I’ve been drawn to all kinds – primitive and bold, modern, ornately detailed, and even simple and spare.

But it was these beautiful florals I’ve seen in a number of places that have been on my mind. I love the shape of them. I don’t know if they are weeds, or some kind of herb, seeds or flowers. But I LOVE them! I love that their very ethereal structure seems to be blowing in the wind, and that they are at once both transparent yet delicately whole. Once I started painting them, I just kept on going.

When I first started painting I obsessed over figuring out where my focal point was. And really, I still struggle with that. But when creating patterns, you get to kind of break that kind of rule. The goal is to create something lyrical. Something soothing and rhythmic. So it was fun to take another ‘should’ today, and throw it to the wind. And allow myself to be carried away too, and see where I landed.

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 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 cheryl@emergecreative.ca 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 5 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Where Paintings Come From

WherePaintingsComeFrom_webWhere Paintings Come From – 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.

Yesterday was a ‘changing day’ for me. For a long time I’ve been stuck in a place of making things so hard for myself with my art. And the scary thing was I didn’t even realize it. I figured that if I wasn’t breaking my brain trying to accomplish something, then . . . well, I don’t know the ‘then’. I think I figured that if I wasn’t agonizing over perspective, value, temperature – all the ‘technical’ aspects about my style of painting – then I wasn’t growing as an artist. I was still enjoying it, and finding it fulfilling and meaningful. But to me, painting was about analyzing what was right and wrong, working and not working about my paintings, then fixing it. And there wasn’t peace or freedom there.

Of course there’s value in working on technical skills. All artists work on their technical skills and it helps us grown and learn. But I think I was perilously close to being in that technical place and ONLY in that place when I was painting. There was no room for me to be with and accept my feelings – good or bad – while I was painting. There was no room for me to paint without a constant inner dialogue of critique and self-judgement.

Anyways, yesterday I had planned to paint. But I was tired from a busy work week, and rather dis-spirited. I couldn’t seem to pull myself out of it, so I felt I ‘couldn’t’ go to my studio and paint. I believed in that state, I wouldn’t be able to create anything that was artistic or creative because I was too tired to be able to adhere to all my rules about creating art. ‘Surely’ nothing ‘worthwhile; would come from my easel in such a state!

But thank my stars, I started chatting with friend and fellow painter, Belinda Fireman. Her insights and support helped me gain a little perspective and start letting go of some those rules I had for myself. The result of this conversation was that I ventured into painting something intuitively, and this little piece, ‘Where Paintings Come From’ was the result. (PS You really need to go see Belinda’s work – her website is called ‘Drawn from the Fire’ at: www.belindafireman.wordpress.com. She’s also got a page on Facebook, where she auctions off her beautiful work from time to time – visit her there at: www.facebook.com/firemanbell)

Well I’m off to the studio. Feel a little nervous – going to try some intuitive painting again. But happy too. Thanks so much for reading – you all are yet another reason why I love to paint. Best, Cheryl.

Day 4 – Painting for Parkinson’s – ‘A Day at the Spa’

A Day at the Spa - Painting for Parkinson's Day 4‘A Day at the Spa’
12″x12″ Unframed Oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie – $225 –

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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!

After the couple street scenes I painting this week, I was ready for something a little lighter and more frivolous. I couldn’t resist painting my jewel colored nail polishes. Never used to paint my nails, or fuss too much about my appearance really. I remember way back in high school a fellow student once commented to me that for all the time I spent making myself look beautiful, I could just be ugly. Well, at least that’s how my memory is serving me. I knew her though, and she was a kind, well-meaning person. So I still wonder if she really meant it so harshly. I know that time can scramble our memories and our own self-judgements can invade them and make them worse. I suspect that’s what happened here. But nevertheless that phrase has always stuck in my head. As an adult I kind  of stopped fussing so much about my appearance. With two absolutely stunning older sisters, I kind of felt like the odd duck out. I figured I’d never become that pretty, so why bother even trying?

The last few years those old beliefs have shifted somewhat though. I got a new haircut and switched to ash blonde highlights – it turned out gorgeous. Invested in some appropriate makeup rather than scrounging the bargain bin. Finally figured out how to use eyeliner. Updated my wardrobe. Began having bubble baths. Even adorable new glasses are actually on their way. And yes, I bought a slew of nail polish and began painting my toes. I don’t bother with the fingers – the turps I use for painting just ends up ruining a manicure. But my green, blue, and purple glittery toenails – I treasure them!

So maybe this little piece is not so frivolous as I thought. These little kindnesses that we do for ourselves do matter, because our feelings matter. And hey, how can glittery nail polish not make a girl feel terrific! Thanks for reading – you all are yet another reason why I love to paint. Best, Cheryl.

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.

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