Day 23 – Painting for Parkinson’s – A Sunshine-y Day

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‘A Sunshine-y Day’ – $80 –
Waiting for the ‘Melissa’s’ road race to begin
5″x7″ unframed oil on extra-deep 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!

I was first drawn to the extraordinary lighting in this little scene. I remember the morning – autumn and chilly. We were in Banff, and waiting for the start of a half-marathon my husband was running that day – the ‘Melissa’s Road Race’. These trees were lit up, and the fall leaves were glowing brightly – reds, yellows purple-y blues and greens – all glistening against the morning shadows. I can’t remember what building this was, but it was equally beautiful with tall, narrow windows and stunning stone work all around. It was a good day.

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 21 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Daydream

Daydream_9281-web‘Daydream’ – $90 –
Intuitive Painting
12″x12″ unframed oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

– Click here to Buy ‘Daydream’ Now with PayPal –

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!

Today my brush wanted to create ribbons of color. Not big thick strokes, but delicate strands like light chasing across my canvas. Some arcs so thin they’d almost disappear into others. Some vivid, some pale. Sometimes lazily arcing round the outermost edges; sometimes speeding into a tight spiral then out towards the corners again. I allowed my color choices to be fluid and varied, not restricting them to any analytical color scheme. Just letting the painting create it’s own magic; lulling me into a daydream.

*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?

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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 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 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!

Day 16 – Painting for Parkinson’s – The ‘Apple’ Blossom Special

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The ‘Apple’ Blossom Special
– Two, 4″x4″ unframed oils, each on extra-deep canvas –
– by Cheryl Peddie –

These paintings have just SOLD!!
(That was a new record – less than 2 minutes from post until sale! Thank you L.!)

NEW! Special Order requests now being taken: Given the incredible reception my ‘Painting for Parkinson’s’ paintings have been receiving, I’d like to invite anyone interested to make special requests. Please contact me directly at (403) 270-9755 to place your order. Depending on demand and canvas size requested, I will attempt to complete all special requests within 4 weeks of initial order. And, like all my paintings for this project, I will donate 50% of my sales to the Parkinson Alberta Society.

Thank you!Cheryl Peddie

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Steve’s apple tree was loaded with blossoms last spring. I took a number of pictures and these little gems are the first results. Enjoy!

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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!

*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 15 – Painting for Parkinson’s – ‘Luminous’ and ‘I’d Have a Garden’

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‘I’d Have a Garden’
– 4″x4″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas – SOLD
by Cheryl Peddie

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‘Luminous’
Flax flowers on the shores of Carpenter Lake, Montana
– 4″x4″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas – SOLD
– by Cheryl Peddie –

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

I have a thing for tiny canvasses. Like the subject matter I’m often most drawn to paint, I love all things that are cute and wee; things that have an intimate nature that draws one in and invites self-reflection and calm. So when I found these adorable 4″x4″ extra-deep canvasses at Michael’s a while back, I confess, I hoarded a few. Okay okay. I hoarded a LOT.

After getting behind on my painting schedule from our travels this weekend, I was drawn to the manageability of my stash of these lilliputian canvasses. They just seemed to manageable and friendly; forgiving of my tardiness! I could sit down while I paint them and block everything else out. So, I painted two. Hey, they are just wee… one didn’t seem like enough for a day of painting.

Luminous: I’d had a photo reference of these amazingly luminous flax flowers for ages. The sun set them aglow, and they were such delicate fine flowers I’d been afraid they’d get lost on a larger canvas. They seemed perfect for these little ones. I adored painting the ethereal purples and blues and allowing the shadows to grow rich and deep to set the petals off.

I’d have a Garden: In addition to little canvasses, tiny ‘pocket bouquets’ equally entrance me. I first started painting them while I was still taking regular art lessons. Mainly because I loved to paint real flowers but couldn’t afford big bunches of blooms. So I’d bring a couple stems of carnations and a shot glass from home, and that would be my painting subject for the evening. My teacher, Karen pointed out to me that Manet also did a whole series of miniature bouquets. I was delighted to find this out. This little bunch in ‘I’d have a Garden’ came from a photo reference at a friend’s house. It was early spring and the cool sunshine was pouring through the windows; neat white curtains swaying gentle to the rhythm of the breeze. And just a friendly little bunch of carnations in a cobalt blue vase. To me, this is perfection in subject matter. I have painted this bouquet’s ‘portrait’ many times!

Thanks so much for reading and following my journey. You all are yet another reason why I love to paint! 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 9 – Painting for Parkinson’s – End of the Day

EndoftheDay_web‘End of the Day’ – 8″x10″ Oil on Canvas – Not for Sale –
Late day view just off Highway 22, heading down towards Turner Valley, AB
by Cheryl Peddie

Sorry folks, I have dibs on ‘End of the Day’. It’s actually a very special painting; one I put off creating for a long time. I’d actually done the sketches for it in Sept, 2011. I hadn’t gotten it onto canvas yet, when my family called to let me know Dad had gone into the hospital. That’s where my sketchbook leaves off for that year, and Dad passed away two months later. I didn’t do another painting until January of the new year.

Oddly, I’d already named this piece ‘End of the Day’ when I’d originally done the sketches that September. But I hadn’t realized it would be the beginning of another kind of ending. As a result, I was apprehensive about finishing it. I’d love the image, but it brought back such sad memories. Such a difficult time for my whole family.

Yesterday was such a positive day for my project though. So many kind folks helping me get the word out, including Ellen Percival, with Calgary’s Child Magazine, Christina Rowsell, through her blog: The Brighter Side; and both Duane Schreiner, and Brandi La Bonte of the Alberta Parkinson Society. So I decided to try it, choosing to believe there was ever a day I could do it, it would be then. I could feel the support, generosity, and good will flowing freely. So, I got my brushes ready.

After I finished, I decided that this little painting needed to stay with me, in my house. And in that way I protect it, hold onto it and keep yet another little part of my Dad and me together. ‘End of the Day’ will hang beside many of Dad’s stunning photographer that grace the walls of our home. This one’s for you Dad. I really miss you. All my love, Cheryl.

* If you would like to help support the Alberta Parkinson Society, please either make a donation to them, volunteer, or consider purchasing one of my paintings – I’m donating 50% of all my sale proceeds to the Society this month.

Step AWAY From the Canvas

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‘Doc’ – My Studio Manager

Everyone needs someone to remind them to step away from the canvas every now and again. When I was still taking regular art classes, it was my instructor who’d remind me. The point she was trying to make was that often, we can’t see what is and is not working in what we’ve completed, until we view it from some distance. Now that I’m on my own though, it’s up to me and ‘Doc’, my studio ‘mascot’ to remember to step away every now and again. (That’s ‘Doc’, above. Interestingly, he looks startlingly like my dear dad, who passed away about a year ago.)

It’s just so easy to get caught up in the productivity of making stroke after stroke. It’s freeing! Blissful! The paint is flying – my brush is humming! But then. Abruptly. The lighting I was so proud of is suddenly gone. Oh no, now that clump of poplars have lost their volume. And that luscious freshness I’d created in the foreground – what the heck happened to it? Yup. My beautiful canvas just turned into a four-sided frisbee.

So many things are like this when we’re working on our small businesses. When new opportunities start tumbling in, each one seems to justify our full attention. It’s hard not to get caught up in it because let’s face it – it’s exciting! It’s validating – wow, people like us! And these days, lord knows, validation of our self-worth is in short supply. So, we keep working faster and faster to keep up with it all. But I’m realizing that just like with my canvas, it’s the hurrying that causes the frisbee effect.

And so I begin to slow my pace. Start thinking more carefully. How much time do I really have – for marketing, for promotions, for the fancy new database – so that I don’t sacrifice my time in my studio? How much time can I spend in my studio without sacrificing much-needed time out interacting with my students and other artists? New opportunities are heavenly. It’s intoxicating to begin realizing all the benefits we’ve been working so hard for. But each new opportunity must included in the right amounts, relative to the other elements in our business. When we step away from that canvas, we can ensure we maintain and continue to improve our perspective, composition and balance! It’s up to us now to remind ourselves to step away when we need to. But I believe it’s manageable, even if sometimes we need a little help from our friends (like Doc!) to remind us.

Happy painting everyone! Thanks for reading. Cheryl.

Three Things

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11″x14″ Oil on Canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

At the beginning of 2012, I began a journal called ‘My three things’. Each night I’d write out three things that made me feel really good that day. Well, maybe it wasn’t every night; more like as close to every night as I could – I’m no night owl. It was a peaceful way to end the day. And even if it were a trying one, there always seemed to be some little thing that would pop into my memory. Some nice little moment that, when put to paper, seemed to resurrect the day from the dreaded ‘wish I’d just have stayed in bed’ pile.

My new 2013 journal however remains blank-paged. Don’t really know what it is; the chain some how got broken. And I’m missing it. I remember last year, when I’d have a low day or two, I’d page through that journal and remember all the little shiny bits of days that I treasured enough to write them down. Moments that without my journal, would have been lost in the blur of all the ‘had-to-do’s’, like grocery shopping, cleaning the bathroom, or pumping gas when I was already late for a meeting. And it always lifts my spirits, soothes me or helps me relax. Never fails.

So I thought perhaps I should begin my journal again, though this year, right here – in a new venue. These are some more of the reasons why I paint. So, here they are – three things that made me feel good today:

1) Finally buying myself a new heated throw. So yes, it’s got a gigantic logo for the Winnipeg Jets on it. (Hockey’s the one with a puck, right?) But it was one of the last few at Wal-mart so I grabbed it. Nothing feels better than cranking it up and burrowing down in the sofa cushions. Bliss.

2) Washing my Shih Tzu, Emma’s ‘bankie’ for her. She knew exactly what I was doing – watched carefully as I tucked it into the washer. And when it came out of the dryer and I fluffed and folded it up on her sofa spot, she flopped about in it with glee. Guess it’s just like clean sheet day for humans.

3) Hot cocoa and those teeny marshmallows. They’re made of the same stuff as the big ones, but they just taste better, you know?!

Thanks so much for reading. If it inspires you to begin your own ‘Three Things’ journal, let me know in the comments below. Take care. Cheryl