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!

Three Things

Sugar-n-Cream-web‘Petit Point’
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

It’s Demo Day!

Above – The photo reference I’ll be working from today – this is a sugar/creamer
set from the Royal Doulton China pattern called ‘Petit Point’.
(One of my all-time favorite patterns)

Join me at Galleria in Inglewood today from 1pm-4pm! I’ll be demonstrating my painting style and am always delighted to chat about creativity and painting. Today I’ll be finishing up a couple new canvasses from my ‘In the Kitchen’ series of paintings. These pieces are of some vintage china, collected by my Uncle Ed. I love china, and I have a small collection of teacups stashed in my china cabinet. As I’ve been working on these pieces, many other ladies have shared that they too have a treasured collection of their own. It’s funny, because I’ve learned that although none of us use our china often, we also couldn’t dream of getting rid of them. For me, I think it’s because I view these lovely old pieces as art forms, in and of themselves. I remember spending many happy times admiring the intricate details in both the form and patterns of my mom’s teacup collection. And still, I often pull my own teacups out and get lost in the delicate beauty of the designs.

These pieces are also a little different than the other kitchen paintings I’ve created because they’re smaller. I’d realized that my other kitchen paintings were so large, they wouldn’t fit on any of the walls in my own kitchen! And petite walls & modest-sized kitchens need art too! Sure looking forward to finishing them up and seeing the final result. Hope you can join me there and have a quick visit while I paint.

Thanks so much for reading. Wherever your weekend takes you, I hope it’s a lovely one. Cheryl

PS I’ll also have info available about the new art classes & ‘Wine & Cheese’ workshops I’m now teaching. I’m starting a new emailing list, so if you’d like to leave me your info I’ll be happy to keep you updated about future courses. Can’t make it to Galleria today? Just email your contact info to cherylatemergecreativedotca, and I’ll put you on the list.

On my easel today

This painting is still in process on my easel. It’s a softer, quieter piece than some of the recent work I’ve done. Caught this image in my Uncle Ed’s kitchen. Ed collects a variety of antiques; this is just a few pieces of his impressive china collection. The decoration on the sides of the cups that I’ve just roughed in, are pictures of Bachelor Buttons. They’re one of my favorite wildflowers and remind me of him (he’s a bachelor himself).