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.
My newest solo show, The ‘Sunnyside’ of the Street’ is coming quickly. Please join me at my artist opening on Thurs Dec 3, from 6-9pm at Framed on Fifth, 1207 – 5 Ave NW in Calgary.
I’ll be featuring a new collection of paintings from the neighborhood of Sunnyside and Hillhurst at the show. I am inspired by these heritage neighborhoods in our city. Their smaller yet lovingly cared for homes and gardens speak to me of the importance of simplicity and moderation. A time when we had front porch verandahs – because visiting with neighbors meant more than how many square feet our homes measured. Double car driveways and garages weren’t considered a necessity because we could walk most places we needed to go.
So join me for a little nostalgia, some penny candy, a cool beverage and some socializing. I’d love to see you and get caught up before the holiday season swings into gear. Thanks for stopping by; hope to see you on Dec 3. Best, Cheryl.
So much has happened in the past month, it’s been a wonderful whirl. My December art show ‘Prairie Girl’ at Evanescence Gallery in High River, AB, was a huge hit with nearly 70 art fans in attendance. My fall workshops were all sold-out. And I was invited to participate in a new gallery’s small works show. Thanks to Midtowne Gallery in Calgary for welcoming my work!
For January, the changes just keep rolling in. I were surprised to find out I needed to find a new studio space for my Calgary classes. We’ll sure miss the old space, old friends & colleagues, but will be certain to keep in touch. And today, I found a great new ‘painting home away from home’ that I’ll begin teaching from on Thurs Jan 15. Introducing our new bright & spacious studio at Windsor Park Community Hall!
Located just north of Chinook Mall on 53 Ave SW, the hall has easy proximity from downtown and all quadrants of the city. What a lovely facility, and I’m very honored to have been welcomed into the new space. The huge bonus for me, is that the hall is right on a beautiful park space and is surrounded by charming community streets, beautiful mature trees and nature at it’s finest! What an inspiring space in which we’ll be able to paint and learn! Hop over to my Weekly Classes page for dates and details.
I also have more workshops coming up in Cochrane and High River! Please visit my Workshops page to get class descriptions and registration info. Thanks so much for reading, and I hope we’ll have the chance to paint together soon!
Streetscapes in Oils and Acrylics Sun, Oct 26 – 10am-5pm
Streetscapes are often a subject matter that beginning art students avoid. It’s a shame, because they’re so much fun and allow artists to use a wide range of color not often seen in more natural environments like landscapes. In this one-day workshop, I’ll help you learn to simplify all that you see, and create a fun, urban scene in oils or acrylics.
What to bring: All your painting supplies (I will provide a list once you register, so you don’t forget anything!), and a good selection of urban-oriented photographs to choose from.
I’ll provide: painting cookies, coffee, tea, plus lots of encouragement, guidance and one-on-one instruction
Class Fee: $100. Class size: Max of 8 students.
Or, call Cheryl Peddie at 403-201-6532.
Visa, MC, Cheques, Cash welcome.
Update Sat Oct 17/2014: This Class is FULL – I have a waitlist available in case of any cancellations. Please call 403-201-6532. Thank you!!
SkyLights – 9″x12″ oil on extra-deep canvas
by Cheryl Peddie
Sunset over Nose Hill Park, Calgary AB. I winged it a little with the foreground in this one. In my reference, the grasses were quite high. As a result there was unfortunately a lot of shadow. Shadow’s not always a bad thing, especially given that the tips of the grass were shining a lovely muted gold. However I found that my composition required less ground and more sky . . . so the grass got ‘mowed’.
‘The Latin Corner’ – 8″x10″ Oil on Canvas; Unframed
– 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) 270-9755 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
I will be donating 50% of this painting’s sale price to the Parkinson Alberta Society!
Phew! Finally done. And loving the end result of this little piece. The Latin Corner was a little pub/restaurant (?) that used to ‘live’ on 4th Street SW in Calgary. I used to work in that neighborhood ‘in the day’, and I’d often walk up and down 4th because of the great restaurants and cute shops. I loved the awning on this building and the red facade. One thing made me laugh as I was painting this piece – some how I seem to have uncovered this bizarre skill for painting cars. The car in this photo is only the second one I’ve done. The first was in my Day 1 piece, ‘With Gratitude’. I’d thought that one was a fluke, but given I did it again I’ll take claim of in being a bona fide skill. Huzzah! Thanks for reading – you all are yet another reason why I love to paint. Cheryl.
Please note that this piece will require approx 3-4 weeks after creation and prior to shipping, to allow paint to dry and cure. Thank you!
Day 2-1/2 – I’m Painting for Parkinson’s. Just putting the finishing touches on my Day 3 painting this morning. I almost got it finished in the workshop I taught on painting streetscapes last night, but not quite! So it’s not quite ready for it’s glamour photos yet. Please visit again later in the day for it’s unveiling! Hint! It was a restaurant that used to be on 4th Street SW, with a big blue awning. Thanks so much for reading. Cheryl
Cowboy Blues – 11″x14″ Oil on Canvas – SOLD –
by Cheryl Peddie
I painted ‘Cowboy Blues’ as a demonstration at Galleria in Inglewood, back in December. This is actually from a picture I took at Gratitude Cafe, in Kensington from the fall. It’s a great little restaurant, filled with lots of unusual trinkets, books, and displays. This coat rack was loaded down with bags, wraps and this awesome hat. The sun was hitting it just right; my perfect subject matter for a painting. If you’ve not been to Gratitude, you’re missing out. Now I’m no vegetarian, but I still found lots to love on their all-veggie menu. I sat for quite some time, just taking in the atmosphere and watching the bikes and shoppers go by. Thanks for reading. Cheryl.
Winter workshops begin! I still have some spaces open in my Interiors & Still Life workshop tonight. But if you miss it, there’s another one on Thurs Jan 31. We had a ball at my last one in November. Located at: Atlantis Fine Framing Studio – 4515 Manhattan Road SE. To register please call 403-258-0075. Hope to see you there. Thanks for reading. Cheryl.
‘The Boys are Back in Town’
by Cheryl Peddie – 9″x9″ oil on stretched canvas – unframed.
• $365 Framed •
Please call Galleria in Inglewood to Purchase: (403) 270-3612
For the month of March, I am donating 50% of my proceeds from all my sales towards Parkinson Alberta Society!
Caught this group of guys heading down 17th Ave one afternoon. Reminded me of all those family holidays where my brother, brother-in-laws, and Dad would end up watching TV, playing with my brother’s iPad, and getting caught up over a beer. Not really talking about anything in particular. Just hanging out together in that easy way that guys do. If you’d like to take this one home, pop me an email – cherylatemergecreative.ca. (Substitute a @ for the ‘at’… just stopping any spam there)