New! The Painted House

The latest genre I’ve been enjoying painting is ‘street scenes’, aka (to the artsy set) – ‘urban landscapes’. My passion for them started in 2015, when I painted a series of street scenes in small towns around Alberta. My year culminated when I painted a collection featuring Calgary’s neighborhood of Sunnyside. The collection was a great success at my end-of-year showing at ‘Framed on Fifth’ Art Gallery. This summer, I’ve been creating a collection of urban paintings of the town of High River, just south of Calgary.

An Interesting Turn of Events

Once I looked at both collections as a whole, it became clear that my paintings weren’t completely as I’d expected. (You’d think I’d have been more conscious of this shift as I was actually painting…but I wasn’t. Such is the life of an artist!) I’d thought I would be painting broader scenes filled with lots of buildings, people and ‘busy-ness’. However, most of the paintings I had created were of individual homes and businesses.

Yet for some reason, instead scolding myself for venturing so far off course (as I’d normally do) I realized I hadn’t made a mistake. These paintings were exactly as they should be. They weren’t street scenes at all – they were portraits!

As portraits, the collection of work suddenly makes sense. I have always been drawn to more intimate subject matter, with a shorter depth of field and design that minimizes distracting backgrounds. Seeing the paintings as portraits enabled me to see the next step I needed to take…

‘The Painted House’ is born

This next step is to offer custom home or business portraits. And so I’ve created ‘The Painted House – Custom Home and Business Portraits’. I adapted the name from the Victorian and Edwardian houses called ‘Painted Ladies’. These homes were painted in multiple colours to enhance their architecture. I adore character architecture and colour is an important key in my artistic style, so the name suited both me and my art.

If this sounds interesting, please read more about my process and how you can order your own Painted House here.

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.

6"x6" Oil painting - 'Life is a Journey'

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6"x6" Oil painting - 'Sunshine'
‘Sunshine’ – 6″x6″ oil
6"x6" Oil painting - 'Life is a Journey'
Life is a Journey – 6″x6″
oil painting of a woman chopping garlic
Chopping Garlic – 6″x8″
Painting: Chimenea - 4"x4"
The Chimenea – 4″x4″
oil painting
Gone Shoppping – 6″x8″

I’m delighted that I was accepted into a new gallery this month. Evanescence Gallery, in High River, is now representing my work. Owner Arlene Westen is an amazing person to speak with and learn from about art. Arlene carries a gorgeous collection of artwork, including works by Don Hamm, Pam Weber, and a host of other talented artists. Still can’t believe I get to share walls with them… thank you again Arlene!

By the way, I’d recommend a trip down to High River any day, to visit the gallery, do some shopping, have lunch and enjoy the warmth of the community members. The weekend after Arlene accepted my work, my husband and I drove down to High River for lunch and to visit Evanescence. Arlene recommended we stop at Alta Vita restaurant and oh my gosh… my spaghetti and meatballs were scrumptious.

I’m looking forward to spending many summer days painting on location in High River and doing painting demonstrations at Evanescence. Be sure to visit here, and the Evanescence Gallery website for upcoming events.

So, in reflection of the wonderful chats I’ve had with Arlene and with anticipation of many wonderful new experiences to come, my new paintings above convey ‘community’. A couple of these will be at Evanescence some time soon. Hope you enjoy them.

Thanks again for reading,

Cheryl Peddie

PS – Please join me in bringing your support (and spending money!) down to High River – it’s a treasure trove of yummy finds and they deserve all the support we can give.

You Can See Forever Here – Revisited

IMG_9415-web‘You Can See Forever Here’
Southern Saskatchewan in Early Autumn
12″x24″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

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

The paintings I create sometimes take a journey of their own. I started this prairie piece in March; my last canvas for my project in support of Parkinson Alberta. It felt a little lifeless to me though, after I’d had a chance to reflect on it.

In April I took a painting workshop given by Curtis Golumb, at Atlantis Framing. Curtis encouraged us all to consider shape, line and form in our compositions. I brought this piece and modified it as my final exercise in class. I found myself adding a variety of rich blues and purples to the foreground, plus cool reflected sky blues into the mid-ground. The result caught me by surprise. I feel a little unfamiliar with the result of this piece. It was, as Curtis  described some brush work in one of my other paintings, ‘unexpected’.

I often paint with a lot of blue in my shadows, but the blue in this piece might persuade the viewer that there is water in the foreground. There wasn’t and I’m not even sure that’s what I was trying to represent. I just wanted to convey the color of the sky, in the land some how. Maybe there’s a story there about the meeting of earth and sky.

But then, maybe not. Maybe it was just because I loved those blues and purples. And that’s ok. Sometimes the best reason to choose a particular color is just it’s really pretty. You don’t have to figure out if it’s the right shade for reflected light; sweat over whether it’s the right value or temperature. Sometimes it’s ok not to have to decide. Just let the painting tell you what seems right for it’s journey instead.

Thanks for reading, and happy painting to all you artists out there. Cheryl.

Day 28 – Painting for Parkinson’s – You Can See Forever Here

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‘You Can See Forever Here’
Southern Saskatchewan in Early Autumn
12″x24″ unframed oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

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

I thought a painting of southern Saskatchewan might be fitting for this day; the last day of my ‘Painting for Parkinson’s’ project. My Dad grew up in Moose Jaw – just east of where I took this photo. This is one of the most ethereal places in the prairies. From the elevated position along the highway, it feels like you can see forever. There’s such a vastness there, it’s hard not to feel the magnificence of our world. I defy anyone who’s ever made jokes about how dull the prairies are, to travel that highway on a clear day and stay of the same opinion. It’s simply breathtaking.

It’s a bittersweet day today. In some ways I feel like I’ve had my Dad right along side me again, along for this journey. And now in a way, I have to say goodbye to him yet again, as I wrap up this last day of my project. Still, I’d not have missed this opportunity for anything in the world. All I have to do is think about what good we’re doing – all of you who’ve reached out in support of me and this project. We’re making this world a better place and hopefully making a difference in the lives of those who need a hand. Dad would have been so grateful and amazed by the incredible circle of support and connection we’ve created. I’m so blessed to be sharing this time of my life with you all. Thank you.

Blowing a kiss to you in heaven Dad, as always. Love, Cheryl.

Please continue watching my website. I am working on continuing this project to include a line of greeting cards to further support the work of Parkinson Alberta. Thank you.

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 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 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 cheryl@emergecreative.ca 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…

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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 10 – Painting for Parkinson’s – The Octopus’s Garden

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12″x12″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas – SOLD
by Cheryl Peddie

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.

Oh I’d like to be… under the sea…! Remembering the rhythmic swoosh of snorkeling in the ocean today, enjoying the serenity. This was such a delightful little painting to create. I felt contentment and whimsy, so thought the very best posting today was to share the lyrics to The Beatles’ ‘Octopus’s Garden’…Given that we’re knee-deep in snow today (still!), and I know our friends in Saskatchewan have been so for months… thought we’d all enjoy a little vacation ‘under the sea’.

“Octopus’s Garden”

I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’s garden in the shade

I’d ask my friends to come and see
An octopus’s garden with me
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade

We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus’s garden near a cave

We would sing and dance around
Because we know we can’t be found
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade

We would shout and swim about
The coral that lies beneath the waves
(Lies beneath the ocean waves)
Oh what joy for every girl and boy
Knowing they’re happy and they’re safe
(Happy and they’re safe)

We would be so happy you and me
No one there to tell us what to do
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden with you
In an octopus’s garden with you
In an octopus’s garden with you

Thanks for reading everyone. You all are yet another reason why I love to paint. Best, 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.