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!!

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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 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!

A Bright New Day

‘A Bright New Day’
24″x36″ oil on Gallery-wrapped Canvas
• By Cheryl Peddie • DONATED to the Alberta Parkinson Society •

‘A Bright New Day’ felt like a celebration as I painted it. I originally began this piece in my studio at the beginning of September. I finished it this Saturday, as a painting demonstration I did at the Art Festival for Cochrane Culture Days. What a wonderful weekend of art! My booth was under the big tent in downtown Cochrane and I loved visiting with all the artists and festival-goers. The sun was warm and bright, trees and landscape dressed in their fall finery, and folks were in such jovial, lighthearted moods. It was an absolute delight to finish painting this floral while I was there. I was particularly honoured to hear that Ms Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture had stopped by my booth and admired this piece. I know each time I look at ‘A Bright New Day’, it will bring back many special memories. It was, indeed, a bright new day full of promise, inspiration and friendship.

Special thanks to all the administrators and volunteers of the Arts & Culture Foundation of Cochrane (ACFC), who coordinated and worked at the event. It was such a pleasure to be a part of the weekend. And thank you to all who stopped by my booth, shared warm compliments on my paintings and visited with me. You all are yet another reason why I paint. Take care, Cheryl.

Art Demo and Sale this weekend

It’s 6:44am. The pups have been fed, watered, tinkled and it’s already 10°C out there! Beautiful! A perfect day to head to lovely Cochrane for an art show & sale. I’ll be setting up my paints and selling my work at the Cochrane Culture Days this weekend. The show runs from 10am to 4pm both Sat and Sun and is located along First Street SW in downtown Cochrane.

Lots of live music and other artists setting up their tents and sharing their talents with the community. For my painting demonstration, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on two of my brand new pieces over the weekend – a large floral and a prairie landscape. One of the most challenging things an artist can face is how to know when a painting is finished. I’ll be sharing the tips I’ve learned to sort that out that important question. After those pieces are complete I’ll also be working on a couple more of my new ‘In the Kitchen’ series paintings. If you can make it to Cochrane this weekend be sure to stop by my booth and say hello. No worries on interrupting me while I’m painting – I love to visit while I’m working.

Thanks for reading, and hope that wherever your weekend takes you, it’s a lovely one. Cheryl.