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 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 24 – Painting for Parkinson’s – A Walk in the Park

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‘A Walk in the Park’
Evening walk through Nose Hill Park, in Calgary
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!

I was not a natural born ‘pleasure-walker’. Well, I didn’t mind it. I just never got the whole ‘let’s go for a walk just for fun’ thing. I admit this seems like a weird attitude for an artist. But to me if you were out for a walk, it was to walk the dog; take photo references for my paintings; get the mail; walk to the drug store or to school. The old me was never satisfied with it, telling me ‘walking’s for sissies’! If I was outside and with legs are moving and I expected myself to be at least burning calories, so I should be running. Right?

Wrong. All that was all my brain talking. And when my body started talking, it drowned out my brain. My body protested by giving me shin splints and pain from unstable hip joints (tsk). My running ‘flight of fancy’? Grounded.

And so with another springtime just a melted snowflake away, I’ve decided I’m going to begin walking again. Problem is, I just can’t see me walking through the neighborhoods. Mile after mile after houses that all look the same – it’s like a cattle shute along some of our roadways in the ‘burbs. Always drove me crazy and makes for such a yawn of a walk. So I guess the ‘new me’ will take the time to make tracks for the parks. I’m lucky because I’m just a 5 minute drive to Fish Creek Park. I think walking in nature will enable me to enjoy it enough, that I’ll keep doing it for its own sake; without an errand to do or photo ‘assignment’ as an agenda.

Walk on, friends! 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 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 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!

Have Easel, will Travel

Come by my booth at ArtWalk 2012, an event of Canadian Artists for the Poor!
Date: Aug 2 from 10am to 5pm
Location: Along both Stephen Avenue and Barclay Street (3 Street SW) – downtown Calgary!

Along with other Calgary Artists, I will be displaying and selling my artwork, plus doing painting demos all day! Hope you can stop by for a visit and check out my new art.

For more info on the festival, visit: http://www.artistsforthepoor.ca/calgaryartwalk.html

Fresh off the Easel

‘Memories to Keep’ 36″ w x 24″ h
Original oil on gallery wrapped canvas
by Cheryl Peddie – NOT FOR SALE

(The perspective is a little off, so had to leave a bit of the wall behind my easel in!) Had a tough time naming this one. This piece is of a desk in my parents’ home. The little zippered case to the left of the lamp is actually my Dad’s old grooming bag. Dad passed away last fall, but he left us many treasured memories of his life and love for us all.

Stone Ground

‘Stone Ground’ – 20″x20″ Oil painting
on extra-deep wrapped canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

I was a little stumped for a name for this one until I realized ‘Stone Ground’ would be perfect. I caught this image while we were watching the final game of the 2012 Tim Horton’s Brier at our friends, Karen & Andrew’s home. For those of you not of the curling ‘bent’, the Brier is a Canada’s annual national mens curling championship. We’d brought the guacamole & hummus, Karen & Andrew supplied the corn chips and other yummy snacks. Thus the name… ‘stone’ ground corn chips? Curling ‘stones’? Get it? Yes. I know. I think my Shih Tzus rolled their eyes at me a little when I tried to explain it to them, too.