Reflected

oil painting of pond
‘Reflected’

‘Reflected’
24″x36″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie
SOLD
Early Fall Scene near Highway 22 South, headed towards Turner Valley Alberta.
Foothills in the background.

To view or purchase please contact me directly
Cheryl Peddie – 403-201-6532

Loved painting this piece… was in my zone the whole time. Rats though, that my camera made the
reflections look like they’re at an angle. Still learning how to photograph my larger pieces, to minimize
this dreaded ‘fish eye’ effect. Still, really pleased with this piece – one of my favorites I’ve done in a while.

Floral Workshop – Sept 28th 2013

Flax flowers
In the Smallest of Places (Flax flowers) – 24″x36″ Framed Oil on Canvas $1200 – To view & purchase call Cochrane Arts Central at (403) 932-3773

Fresh Floral Workshop
Sat Sept 28 – 10am-4pm – $100
Located at: Atlantis Fine Framing Studios
4515 Manhattan Rd. SE
Calgary, AB T2G 4B3

To register or for more information, please call Cheryl at 403-201-6532.

I’m hanging onto summer for all it’s worth, by teaching a workshop on painting fresh florals in oil & acrylics! And I’ll be bringing in fresh flowers for everyone to paint from! The day will be a mix of learning by watching my demos, doing quick and easy exercises, and painting from your own floral bouquet. (You’re also welcome to paint from your own reference photo.) We’ll be talking about how to use color temperature, value, saturation, edge, volume and shape to create beautiful, fresh floral paintings. I’ll supply one canvas, but you’ll definitely want to bring in a couple more so you can get the most out of class.

This will be a small class, to ensure lots of one-on-one instruction time and relaxed atmosphere. Maximum number of students is 8. A supply list is available – I’ll email it to you upon registration. We’ll learn lots and have a great time doing it.

Coffee, tea and ‘painting cookies’ will be provided. Please either bring your own lunch, or aim to pick up a sandwich – Tim Horton’s is a short drive down the road. To register, please call me at 403-201-6532. Cash, Cheque, MC and Visa welcome. I hope you can join us, and help us hang onto summer for one more weekend!

Hittin’ the Highway – Fall Art Classes in Cochrane!

Plein Air Landscape
Morning at Ghost River – Plein Air – 8″x10″ Framed oil on Gessoboard. $295. To purchase call Cochrane Arts Central – (403) 932-3773

I’m delighted to announce that I’m joining the team of talented teachers at Cochrane Arts Central this fall! First classes began yesterday – what a great group of creative students we have! Everyone was willing to try out new ideas and got lots of fun paintings done! And thanks so much to everyone there for making me feel so welcome! I’m teaching two weekly classes there: Tues afternoon 1-4pm, and Tues evening from 7-9:30. If you’d like to join us, please call Marla or Tanya at 403-932-3773.

I was first introduced to the Cochrane Arts Central team on Aug 25, at the 1st Annual Plein Air Challenge at ‘The Crossing at Ghost River’. The Crossing is a stunning corporate and event center, nestled into the glorious landscape northwest of Cochrane. I felt instantly at home amongst the warm camaraderie of the other artists and our hosts, not to mention the chipmunks and birds. Much to my delight, Marla Blackwell, owner of Cochrane Arts Central and I were both awarded with prizes in the competition. Marla and I received 2nd & 3rd places respectively in the Professional Category!

Our paintings from the competition will both be available for purchase at Cochrane Arts Central’s Gallery Grand Opening this coming Sunday, Sept 15 from 12-4pm. I’m looking forward to being there. The Gallery artists will be in attendance – hope you can join us and celebrate this wonderful center for artists in Cochrane.

Thanks so much for continuing to join me on my artistic journey. Best, Cheryl.

Blossoms

Blossoms oil painting
Blossoms

Blossoms
12″ x 12″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

‘Blossoms’ was a good lesson for me in judgement. Or, make that – a lesson for me in NON-judgement. I began this piece as a demonstration at Galleria in Inglewood – the gallery that represents me. I’d originally planned to do a more detailed still life of books and mugs on a shelf. It was a gorgeous summer day though; the gallery was playing awesome music and I just felt like painting from my shoulder. Maybe other artists know what I mean? Just splashing the paint on the canvas, Letting loose and piling on the pretty colors. ‘Blossoms’ was the result.

Trouble was, that the next day I looked over my canvas and thought ‘WTH IS this mess?!!’. Sure it was fun, but… this piece was so flat, wasn’t it? The flowers looking up at me had no depth; they were a mishmash without a light and shadow pattern I usually strive for.

So I went into it, and yet again, let loose. I did fix up some of the blooms that I hadn’t yet gotten to. Adjusted some of the temperatures and values. Added a couple petals flowing off the canvas. It was fun. By then I had so much oil on the canvas that I really couldn’t add any more without making mud.

When I stepped back to look at it I still couldn’t quite decide how happy I was with it. I mean, there was no perspective, still very limited depth, and still no firmly established light and shadow pattern. And yet…

It’s pretty. I love the blues, purples, and pinky-corals. And my kind friends and acquaintances on my Facebook page seemed to really like it. But it was still unsettling. I mean, creating it wasn’t that HARD. I felt like I was cheating. Shouldn’t something I’m charging money for require more justification and evidence of my artistic skill? Surely something that was this fun to create couldn’t possibly be in the same ‘league’ as my more detailed urban scenes, for example.

I wish I could say I had some sort of revelation at this point. That I realized I don’t have to exhaust myself or analyze a canvas to death, to make it valuable. I guess I still enjoy the detailed pieces too – just in a different way. And maybe there’s room for both – I could bring a little more ‘fun and loose’ into even my more intricately composed pieces. I like the idea of that, because work and life really shouldn’t HAVE to be so hard, to be of value.

But, it’s 9:00 now and time to open up my studio for the day, and begin again.

Thanks for reading; all my best. Cheryl.

Montana Bound

En route to Montana, 2012
Montana Bound – 6″x8″ unframed oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie

Montana Bound
6″x8″ unframed oil on canvas
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by Cheryl Peddie

I was surprised to see the rolling terrain in south central Alberta, as we drove to Montana for our holidays last summer. I love how the hills in the distance turn purple and blue. They contrast beautifully against the yellows and greens of the sunlit foreground.

Evening at Bowness Park

Bench at Bowness Park by the river
Evening at Bowness Park – 8″x10″ oil on canvas

Evening at Bowness Park
8″x10″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

Looking at this little painting today, I’m hoping this little gem of a resting stop is still there. I took the photo reference for this painting in Bowness Park on a fall evening a few years back. I fear that since the devastating floods Calgary & southern Alberta recently experienced, this spot has been washed away or ruined. What makes it particularly sad, is that I’m sure this was one of the memory-benches we so often see along pathways in the city. Folks can have a little plaque installed on a bench in memory of a loved one who has passed; I see I added the little plaque into this painting. I wish I would have taken a close-up photo to see who this one belonged to. If anyone knows this spot, and if the little bench has indeed been washed away, please give me a call or send me an email. I’d gladly give this painting to the family as a way to renew the memory of their loved one, and of this special place.

Here’s a the photo of the original spot.

Photo for painting of memory bench at Bowness Park
Original photo reference for ‘Evening at Bowness Park’

Over Southern Saskatchewan

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‘Over Southern Saskatchewan’
8″x10″ unframed oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

SOLD!

There are no other skies like the ones they have on the prairies in Saskatchewan. I completed this little piece during a workshop I took in April. I particularly like that I was venturing into adding texture into the foreground clouds, and allowing some of the quirkier, unexpected brush strokes and colors in the landscape to remain.

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 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 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!