In the Smallest of Places

In the Smallest of Places – 24"x36" oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie
In the Smallest of Places – 24″x36″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie

‘In the Smallest of Places’  SOLD
24″ x 36″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

‘In the Smallest of Places’ was a challenge, and a delight to paint. These are flax blooms. If you’ve never seen them up close, their petals are utterly delicate, and their color is an ethereal, almost-undefinable blend of purple and blue. I spent many hours just sitting with the canvas, as I did with a brush in hand putting paint down. It was so important to consider how to convey their light, airy feel yet still show that as a group, they have volume and movement. The reference was taken at a friend’s cabin at Carpenter Lake, Montana. (Just northwest of Eureka) This lovely clump of flax was just on the edge of the deck and patio area. I got to watch over it every morning as I enjoyed my coffee and the morning sun.

Day 8 – Painting for Parkinson’s – They Spell it ‘Dubble’!

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‘They Spell it ‘Dubble!’
14″x18″ Unframed Oil on Canvas
by Cheryl Peddie – $325 –

Click here to Buy ‘They Spell it ‘Dubble!’ Now with PalPal.

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!

Well who knew they spelled it ‘Dubble’? All hail Walter E Diemer, the accountant (just like my Dad was!) who invented Dubble Bubble! This still life made me remember the gumball and candy machines at Woolworth’s Department Store. Woolworth’s was in our Grosvenor Park Shopping Centre on 8th Street in Saskatoon. My brother and I would head there on foot with – oh – maybe $1.00 each. That would buy us a bag of chips (25¢ Hostess chips when it was still in the tinfoil-like pack), and an assortment of candies like Dubble Bubble, or a (glass) bottle of Crush soda. Those were the days.

But I found this cool gumball machine and still life at Gratitude Café in Kensington, when I was having lunch there last fall. I took many photos of the shop and tucked them away until I was ready for a painting challenge! I decided it would make a fine subject for the painting demonstration I did at Galleria in Inglewood, this last Saturday.

Now, anyone who’s bared their soul enough to paint in public knows that the most prudent subject matter for a painting demo is something that doesn’t require a lot of compositional concerns or complex shapes. Well this had both. But I threw caution to the wind and did it anyways! I’m shaking my head at this now, wondering where on earth I got the courage (naiviteé?) from! But we had a good crowd gathered as I chatted about my process, shared tips about painting in oils, and talked about all things creative. And I found out mid-painting, that what I thought was spelled ‘Double’, was indeed, actually written ‘Dubble’. (A mistake that I have learned since, is a common one!) It turned out to be a great afternoon, and I’m so happy (relieved!) with the final result.

Thanks to everyone at Galleria in Inglewood for your warm hospitality (as always!) and all the folks who turned out to watch me paint. Looking forward to next time; all my best, Cheryl.

Please note that this piece will require approx 3-4 weeks prior to shipping,
to allow paint to dry and cure. Thank you!

From Sun Feb 24 through Sat Mar 23, I will be creating one painting per day
and donating 50% of my sales to Parkinson Alberta Society.

I’ve been ‘Swerve’-d

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I’ll never get over what a kick it is to see ‘me’ on another website. I submitted my next painting demonstration at Galleria to the folks at Swerve Calgary and they accepted it for posting. So cool. I’m guessing they likely post almost everything they receive for events… but still! Any little bit of extra exposure is something I’m very, very grateful for. Thanks Swerve!

Cowboy Blues

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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.

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Galleria in Inglewood – All decked out
in Christmas tree finery. A selection of my paintings
are on the wall in the background.

All things ‘Christmas’ and myself get along really well. I don’t go crazy about it. I still wait til December to put up my trees. (Yes, plural) But I’m in love with it all, particularly the Christmas lights – that was my Dad’s and my favorite ‘thing’ together. So, since I’ve begun doing more art shows this year, I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with doing Christmas arts and craft fairs. Well, some folks might say it’s more than a bit. I likely won’t argue. I am an artist after all. Which naturally entitles me to be a little … ‘quirky’.

Anyways I thought that with December coming up fast I should give you all the rundown of my remaining Christmas shows and demos:

Queensland Art Sale
Sat, Nov 24 – 9:00am – 5:00pm
649 Queensland Drive SE
For more details visit: www.qldartsale.com

What the Craft Artisan Fair
Sat, December 8th – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Center (917 Centre Ave N.E.)
For more details visit: www.whatthecraft.ca

Painting Demonstration at Galleria in Inglewood
Sat, Dec 15 – 1:00 – 4:00pm
907 9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB – Tel 403-270-3612
www.calgarycraftedgifts.com

And of course, my Wed afternoon art lessons have begun at Atlantis Fine Framing Studio. To register or for more information, call Atlantis Fine Framing at: 403-258-0075.
www.atlantisframing.com

Hope to see you all some time through the holiday season. Thanks for reading, Cheryl.

Cheryl in the City (Palate)

Now that my booth from the Calgary Home Show is all packed up and my tootsies are rested, I’d like to share a bit of good news I had this month. I was delighted to become a part of City Palate magazine’s ‘Word of Mouth’ section for their Sept/Oct issue. My newest ‘In the Kitchen‘ paintings were described as “charming” and “evocative”. I was so tickled with the praise, I blushed redder than the tomatoes in the painting they chose to print. This painting has sold since the issue hit the streets, but I still have a variety left. You’ll currently find a selection at Swirl Fine Art, and new batch is headed to Galleria in Inglewood soon. Thanks to everyone at City Palate for your kind words and support!

Art Demo Today!

It’s going to be a great day! Just getting ready to go to one of my favorite places in the world, Galleria. Will be bringing along my easel and doing a painting demonstration, so if you’re interested in watching me create or learning a bit about painting in oil, stop by. I’ll be there from 1pm until 4:00. And I’m always happy to chat with folks who stop by, and share what I’ve learned about painting and creativity!

Today, I’ll be finishing one I started yesterday entitled ‘Petit Point’, one of my newest still-life pieces for my ‘In the Kitchen’ series. (The painting above is one I created at a demo I did at the ‘Canadian Artists for the Poor‘ art show last week.)

Galleria is located at:
907 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-270-3612
Galleria is open from 12pm until 5:00pm today.
Lots of free parking – enter off 8th Street SE into the alleyway behind the store.

Thanks for reading, hope to see you there! Take care, from Cheryl.