Just Plein Fun

Up until 2014 much of my artistic practice revolved around still life, urban scenes, floral and interiors. However at that point, my focus took a radical turn. I’ve turned into a devoted landscape painter because I learned to paint ‘en plein air’.  For newbies, ‘plein air’ basically means painting outside from life. I began painting plein air by taking a workshop in Jasper from artist Liz Wiltzen. After that I was hooked.

I’d tried painting landscape from photos for years. But I never was able to achieve what I was hoping. My colours were always off and nothing I created felt ‘real’. I wrote the genre off, thinking I just wasn’t a landscape painter. Was I wrong. Once I began painting outside, away from photos, I could actually see the real colours I was trying to capture. And even better, I was part of that image – it was all around me. I could see, hear, taste, smell and feel everything. What a difference. Now I can’t imagine working exclusively from a photo because it’s far too limiting. Below are a few of my most recent plein air works – I hope you enjoy.

PS – If you’re an artist and would like to take a plein air workshop from me, visit my Workshops page. I have a class lined up for the end of July in Calgary. I hope you can join me.

 

 

 

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

Join me for ‘Streetscapes in Oils & Acrylics’ Workshop – Sun Oct 26 – 10am-5pm

Streetscapes in Oils and Acrylics
Sun, Oct 26 – 10am-5pm

Painting of Lido Cafe by Cheryl Peddie
‘Meet me at Lido Cafe’ 9″x12″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie

Streetscapes are often a subject matter that beginning art students avoid. It’s a shame, because they’re so much fun and allow artists to use a wide range of color not often seen in more natural environments like landscapes. In this one-day workshop, I’ll help you learn to simplify all that you see, and create a fun, urban scene in oils or acrylics.

What to bring: All your painting supplies (I will provide a list once you register, so you don’t forget anything!), and a good selection of urban-oriented photographs to choose from.

I’ll provide: painting cookies, coffee, tea, plus lots of encouragement, guidance and one-on-one instruction

Class Fee: $100. Class size: Max of 8 students.
Or, call Cheryl Peddie at 403-201-6532.
Visa, MC, Cheques, Cash welcome.

Update Sat Oct 17/2014:
This Class is FULL – I have a waitlist available in case of any cancellations. Please call 403-201-6532. Thank you!!

 

Red, Yellow, Pepper, Blue

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Red, Yellow, Pepper, Blue – 11″x14″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie

Red, Yellow, Pepper, Blue
11″x14″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting started off as a demonstration at an art workshop I held, in February of this year. I can’t believe it took me until this month to finish! Occasionally, that’s the way paintings go. And that’s ok. Sometimes, there’s a particular challenge within the image that our skill sets aren’t quite ready to master; or, that our confidence isn’t ready to tackle. It’s often a good thing to let a painting ‘rest’ for a time, in situations like this. I’ve tried persevering and pushing through when faced with this dilemma in the past. I’ve never been satisfied with the results though.

With this painting, the challenge I saw once I came back to it yesterday, was that I had the blue bowl pretty much centered on the canvas. I hadn’t noticed that when I’d started it; that was likely why I’d struggled with finishing it. I’d needed to have enough time and distance from it, to notice what was wrong. Once I realized it yesterday though, it was a relatively easy fix. I added the scattered blueberries on the bottom right, extra fruit on the top left, and finally, and a handle for the bowl in the top right. (Blueberries are a blast to paint!)

The extra blue in the blueberries, and the addition of extra elements in the top left corner allowed the composition to spread diagonally a little more; taking attention away from the fact that the bowl still is centered on the canvas. There’s always a solution to every problem we encounter in our paintings. The trick is waiting for it to reveal itself to us!

Thanks for reading. All my best, Cheryl.

Day 25 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Mellow Yellow, Pleasant Purple

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‘Mellow Yellow, Pleasant Purple’
12″x 12″ unframed oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

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 ‘Mellow Yellow, Pleasant Purple’ as a painting demonstration for the ‘Unfussy Florals’ class I taught last night. I finished it in my studio today. There was lots of fun and good-natured ribbing of the teacher in class (ahem!) because the lovely asters I thought we’d have so much fun painting turned out to be a pain in the keester! They were an unusual shade of purpley-pink, that absolutely defied recreation with our acrylics and oils! As such they became a good exercise in artistic license, and each of us created our own unique expression of the purple hues. Thanks ladies for coming to class, hope to see you again soon!

*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 18 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Wisdom, Compliments, Faith & Hope

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Wisdom, Compliments, Faith & Hope
Two – 4″x4″ oil on extra-deep canvases
by Cheryl Peddie

SOLD!

I will be donating 50% of these paintings’ sale price to the Parkinson Alberta Society!

I loved the symbolism of the iris: Purple Irises symbolize wisdom & compliments. Blue irises stand for faith & hope. I’ve also included closer up versions of each iris painting.

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*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 16 – Painting for Parkinson’s – The ‘Apple’ Blossom Special

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The ‘Apple’ Blossom Special
– Two, 4″x4″ unframed oils, each on extra-deep canvas –
– by Cheryl Peddie –

These paintings have just SOLD!!
(That was a new record – less than 2 minutes from post until sale! Thank you L.!)

NEW! Special Order requests now being taken: Given the incredible reception my ‘Painting for Parkinson’s’ paintings have been receiving, I’d like to invite anyone interested to make special requests. Please contact me directly at (403) 270-9755 to place your order. Depending on demand and canvas size requested, I will attempt to complete all special requests within 4 weeks of initial order. And, like all my paintings for this project, I will donate 50% of my sales to the Parkinson Alberta Society.

Thank you!Cheryl Peddie

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Steve’s apple tree was loaded with blossoms last spring. I took a number of pictures and these little gems are the first results. Enjoy!

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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!

*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 11 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Spring has Sprung!

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12″x12″ Unframed Oil on extra-deep canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting has SOLD!
Wow – what a great day – thank you so much H.M. for supporting Parkinson’s and my project!

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

“Spring has sprung! The grass is riz.
I wonder where the birdies is?”

Well we’re certainly ready for spring. A March snow dump caught us on the weekend, and then a smaller one last night. If there’s birdies around here they must have their woolies on and hiding by the fireplace!

But there’s no hibernating around here these days! I had the privilege to teach an art class for a great group of gals – Marla, Erinn, Dee & Heather – last night. The snow was flying outside but inside our brushes were cookin’ with creative energy! After seeing my new intuitive paintings, the gals decided they’d like a lesson on that. So we tossed our photo references to the wind and let our imaginations free.

It was a little challenging at the beginning to realize that one could begin painting, without the knowledge of what exactly it was that you were painting. I think everyone had that ‘deer in the headlights’ moment when you realize that if it doesn’t have to be anything, that means there’s no right or wrong; no limits. At that moment I think we get a little paralyzed. To me it’s like being adrift in the cereal aisle amongst the seemingly thousands of cereal brands we’re faced with choosing from. How on earth do we choose what to paint (or put in our cereal bowls)?

So, we chatted about how perhaps, inspiration is like motivation. With motivation, it usually doesn’t ‘happen’ until after you’ve already gotten up of the couch to go do whatever it is that needs doing. It’s counter-intuitive, but it’s common that action precedes motivation. And I think inspiration is a lot like that. If you’re waiting for it to come to you before your brush hits the canvas, you’ll likely have a long wait. But if you can trust that once you begin, your creativity will begin to flow – it happens. I think it’s because once you’ve got things happening on the canvas, you’ve given yourself something to respond to. The process of artwork is like a conversation that’s happening between you and what’s appearing on your canvas. And that conversation creates a connection that fuels further interaction. It’s a cyclical process.

It’s cyclical. Hmm. So interesting. It’s cyclical, just like the seasons. I’d been thinking of the nature of cycles when I was painting this piece, because I knew I was painting ‘springtime’. But I hadn’t considered that the process of creating art is a cycle just like our seasons are – until just now.

So as winter yields to spring. And the grass rises, and the birds come back. And the seasons continue – there’s rebirth and renewal in all cycles – even painting.

Thanks again to all the ladies who attended last night’s workshop. You all are yet another reason why I love to paint. Thanks for reading. Cheryl

Day 2-1/2 – Camera Shy

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Day 2-1/2 – I’m Painting for Parkinson’s. Just putting the finishing touches on my Day 3 painting this morning. I almost got it finished in the workshop I taught on painting streetscapes last night, but not quite! So it’s not quite ready for it’s glamour photos yet. Please visit again later in the day for it’s unveiling! Hint! It was a restaurant that used to be on 4th Street SW, with a big blue awning. Thanks so much for reading. 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!

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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.