In the Pink

In the Pink - 6"x8" oil on canvas
In the Pink – 6″x8″ oil on canvas

I believe that this is my favorite piece I’ve done in a long time. I love that I finally figured out a way to paint geranium leaves in a loose, colorful way. I always puzzled over how to convey their frilly and ruffled, yet substantial nature. I painted this small, 6″x8″ piece as a way to unwind after working on a larger canvas all day.

It felt so refreshing to just watch and feel my hands and body moving, pulling all sorts of fresh colors together. I love the blues, purples and hot pinks. And I love that i just let most of the brush strokes lay where they were. At first I thought they needed more; that they seemed just scribbled and unfinished. But I realized that they were deliciously, perfectly whole, just as they were.

I consciously resisted adding any more to them, and was thankful I stopped. I reveled in this self-acceptance. It was one of those times when I glimpsed my own knowledge and value. And all because I chose to trust in my own intuitive ability. This one’s gong to stay in my collection.

Thanks so much for reading. Cheryl.

Day 20 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Pretty, Inside and Out

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‘Pretty, Inside and Out’  $240
12″x16″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting is available for sale for the month of Aug, 2013 at:
Euphoria Café, Calgary AB
5403 Crowchild Trail NW

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(at)emergecreative(dot)ca Thank you!

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

Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was look through my mom’s china teacup collection. It was the trend when mom and dad were married, to give individual teacups to the bride-to-be as a shower gift. And mom kept those teacups stashed at the back of the top shelf in the old china cabinet. I’ve collected a few teacups of my own, but few can really compare to mom’s. One in particular I remember was a shining, purple number, with scalloped sides, an ornate handle and pale ivory insides. I thought it was the most beautiful thing on earth.

My other favorites typically included those that had pretty patterns on the inside of the teacup. I always thought it was more fair that way. I always felt sad for the plain, spare insides. I feared they’d come to ‘feel’ lackluster and not as pretty, compared to their more splashily decorated ‘outsides’. So I always felt cheered to see the insides ‘treated’ just as special as the outsides. (Plus, it made drinking ones tea out of them particularly special. Each sip brought you closer and closer to having the lovely patterns unveiled!)

So the teacup on top of this little collection drew me in – both scallops, an ornate handle and a prettily decorate inside. Wow – I couldn’t not paint it. Pretty, both inside and out.

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 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 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 –

Click here to Buy ‘A Day at the Spa’ Now with Paypal!
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!