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’

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 26 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Looking into the Sky

LookingintotheSky_9303-web‘Looking into the Sky’ – $80 –
Evening over Nose Hill Park;
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!

Growing up in Saskatchewan, I always wanted to paint really successful skyscapes. And even though I have lots of photo references of them, I’ve put them off for the most part. I LOVE skyscapes that seem to zoom off into the distance horizon of the painting. Skies that you feel like you can reach right into, they’re so deep and vast.

So why have I put off enhancing my ‘skyscape skills’ for so long? Because they can be SO deceptively difficult. I have two main considerations with them. First, there’s rarely as much color in the clouds and sky as our eyes perceive. Most of the colors are quite greyed. So, using technicolor vivid shades that can sometimes be in the sunsets of our imaginations, can made the scene look almost aggressive, and not ‘true’. I’ve always had a challenge with these ‘colorful greys’. The palette in most of my paintings tend to be quite bright and clear. Creating lovely greys requires a sensitive eye and careful hand. And, a confidence that we can express something softer and delicate that will still be attention-getting. Something I’m only just now (after 17 years of painting!) beginning to feel comfortable with.

Second, when we tackle a skyscape we have to remember that what we’re painting is air, and that clouds are really just water vapor. What can easily happen is that our clouds end up looking heavy, seemingly ready to drop from the sky! What is needed here again is a light, quick hand. Too much brush work and paint that is too thick can rapidly weight down the clouds. When they’re kept relatively transparent and delicate, the feeling of the air is kept intact.

Thanks so much for reading and for following my journey. It’s hard to believe we’re on Day 26, and I only have two paintings left. I will savor every moment of creating them; it’s been a truly rewarding experience for me. Thanks and hugs, 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!