In the Pink

In the Pink - 6"x8" oil on canvas
In the Pink – 6″x8″ oil on canvas

I believe that this is my favorite piece I’ve done in a long time. I love that I finally figured out a way to paint geranium leaves in a loose, colorful way. I always puzzled over how to convey their frilly and ruffled, yet substantial nature. I painted this small, 6″x8″ piece as a way to unwind after working on a larger canvas all day.

It felt so refreshing to just watch and feel my hands and body moving, pulling all sorts of fresh colors together. I love the blues, purples and hot pinks. And I love that i just let most of the brush strokes lay where they were. At first I thought they needed more; that they seemed just scribbled and unfinished. But I realized that they were deliciously, perfectly whole, just as they were.

I consciously resisted adding any more to them, and was thankful I stopped. I reveled in this self-acceptance. It was one of those times when I glimpsed my own knowledge and value. And all because I chose to trust in my own intuitive ability. This one’s gong to stay in my collection.

Thanks so much for reading. Cheryl.

Evening at Bowness Park

Bench at Bowness Park by the river
Evening at Bowness Park – 8″x10″ oil on canvas

Evening at Bowness Park
8″x10″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

Looking at this little painting today, I’m hoping this little gem of a resting stop is still there. I took the photo reference for this painting in Bowness Park on a fall evening a few years back. I fear that since the devastating floods Calgary & southern Alberta recently experienced, this spot has been washed away or ruined. What makes it particularly sad, is that I’m sure this was one of the memory-benches we so often see along pathways in the city. Folks can have a little plaque installed on a bench in memory of a loved one who has passed; I see I added the little plaque into this painting. I wish I would have taken a close-up photo to see who this one belonged to. If anyone knows this spot, and if the little bench has indeed been washed away, please give me a call or send me an email. I’d gladly give this painting to the family as a way to renew the memory of their loved one, and of this special place.

Here’s a the photo of the original spot.

Photo for painting of memory bench at Bowness Park
Original photo reference for ‘Evening at Bowness Park’

Way Up High and Far Away

Prairie and Foothills painting in oil
Way Up High and Far Away

‘Way Up High and Far Away’
24″ x 36″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie
SOLD

This view is looking west of Calgary, heading towards the foothills. The sun was up high in mid-afternoon, so it posed some interesting challenges with the temperature of light and shadow. As with many landscapes, one of the key things I looked for before I let myself say ‘done’, was that the land and sky were harmonious. Ensuring the colors in the sky are reflected in the land, and vice-versa ties the elements together and creates a cohesive, lively image.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Cheryl.

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!!

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 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 21 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Daydream

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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 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 13 – Painting for Parkinsons’s – Worth the Wait – Prairie Shimmer

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‘Worth the Wait – Prairie Shimmer
“11”x14″ unframed oil on extra-deep 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) 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 it’s been a day of adapting and patience. But also one of great rewards. Although I am not in Calgary for the weekend, I am still bound and determined to continue painting and posting. I packed up all my painting gear with great care (or so I though) and safely stowed it in the truck. Only to wake up this morning and realize I forgot to bring my turps and walnut oil (a painting ‘medium’. We finally found an art supply store so I was able to get painting later on in the morning. The painting went great. I had heaps of fun again incorporating my new ‘intuitive painting style into my more traditional landscapes. I even broke one of my primary rules … I used teensy brushes! What a delight rebellion can be! I used them in an almost calligraphic way allowing them to sweep and curl across the canvas. It was a pure joy.

Even after I completed the painting, more patience was required. I began learning how to post on WordPress with my iPad. I can tell you that posting without a proper keyboard and with a hotel Wifi connection that is sketchy and slow as molasses does not jive when one is trying to hurry. But I’m almost there. The only thing I couldn’t manage was creating a link to PayPal. So I hope requesting that if you’d like to buy ‘Worth the Wait’ you give me a call on the good old-fashioned telephone, will suffice!*

*Update – Am now happily back in my studio in Calgary, and have been able to set up my PayPal link. Thanks so much for your patience!

Despite the glitches today, painting this little piece really was worth the wait. I hope you’ll agree. Thanks for reading, Cheryl.

Day 12 – Painting for Parkinson’s – This Must be what God’s Garden Looks Like

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(Autumn Evening – Glenbow Provincial Park)
11″x14″ Unframed oil on extra-deep canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

(Wow! That was a record! Thank you to U.M. for being such an early riser and supporting my project!!! Big hugs to you!)

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

Timing is everything. I admit it… I started this painting a while ago. Just a basic start, mind you! And it certainly wasn’t heading in the direction I’d wanted. So as with many paintings, I set it aside and kept looking at it longingly. And wondering why the heck the light wasn’t looking warm enough, the path wasn’t looking flat and ‘light dappled’ enough. It had beautiful light patterns so I was darned if I was going to try and rush it and then wreck it.

WELL! Friend and fellow painter Belinda was right on the ball! After allowing myself to venture into intuitive painting, today I took the plunge to finish this piece. Zowie! I decided… well why CAN’T I use all these cool new colors I’ve been playing with? I want them EVERYWHERE in this painting! I want purples in my green grass and pink in my tree trunks! Why should I only allow myself to let loose when I’m doing an intuitive painting? Why can’t I let ‘er rip with one of my more traditional pieces too?

So I broke all my own rules. I used teeny brushes! I used little dabs of paint all over the place! I was a painting fool! It felt treeee-mendous!! The main things I kept in my mind was warm light; cooler shadows. And the rest of it was fair game. I painted with great gusto and totally revitalized the underpainting with a sense of luscious colors and glowing light! One of my favorites so far this year! Hope you agree!

Thanks so much for reading – you all are yet another reason why I continue to paint! Hugs! Cheryl.

Day 11 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Spring has Sprung!

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12″x12″ Unframed Oil on extra-deep canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting has SOLD!
Wow – what a great day – thank you so much H.M. for supporting Parkinson’s and my project!

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

“Spring has sprung! The grass is riz.
I wonder where the birdies is?”

Well we’re certainly ready for spring. A March snow dump caught us on the weekend, and then a smaller one last night. If there’s birdies around here they must have their woolies on and hiding by the fireplace!

But there’s no hibernating around here these days! I had the privilege to teach an art class for a great group of gals – Marla, Erinn, Dee & Heather – last night. The snow was flying outside but inside our brushes were cookin’ with creative energy! After seeing my new intuitive paintings, the gals decided they’d like a lesson on that. So we tossed our photo references to the wind and let our imaginations free.

It was a little challenging at the beginning to realize that one could begin painting, without the knowledge of what exactly it was that you were painting. I think everyone had that ‘deer in the headlights’ moment when you realize that if it doesn’t have to be anything, that means there’s no right or wrong; no limits. At that moment I think we get a little paralyzed. To me it’s like being adrift in the cereal aisle amongst the seemingly thousands of cereal brands we’re faced with choosing from. How on earth do we choose what to paint (or put in our cereal bowls)?

So, we chatted about how perhaps, inspiration is like motivation. With motivation, it usually doesn’t ‘happen’ until after you’ve already gotten up of the couch to go do whatever it is that needs doing. It’s counter-intuitive, but it’s common that action precedes motivation. And I think inspiration is a lot like that. If you’re waiting for it to come to you before your brush hits the canvas, you’ll likely have a long wait. But if you can trust that once you begin, your creativity will begin to flow – it happens. I think it’s because once you’ve got things happening on the canvas, you’ve given yourself something to respond to. The process of artwork is like a conversation that’s happening between you and what’s appearing on your canvas. And that conversation creates a connection that fuels further interaction. It’s a cyclical process.

It’s cyclical. Hmm. So interesting. It’s cyclical, just like the seasons. I’d been thinking of the nature of cycles when I was painting this piece, because I knew I was painting ‘springtime’. But I hadn’t considered that the process of creating art is a cycle just like our seasons are – until just now.

So as winter yields to spring. And the grass rises, and the birds come back. And the seasons continue – there’s rebirth and renewal in all cycles – even painting.

Thanks again to all the ladies who attended last night’s workshop. You all are yet another reason why I love to paint. Thanks for reading. Cheryl

Day 10 – Painting for Parkinson’s – The Octopus’s Garden

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12″x12″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas – SOLD
by Cheryl Peddie

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

Oh I’d like to be… under the sea…! Remembering the rhythmic swoosh of snorkeling in the ocean today, enjoying the serenity. This was such a delightful little painting to create. I felt contentment and whimsy, so thought the very best posting today was to share the lyrics to The Beatles’ ‘Octopus’s Garden’…Given that we’re knee-deep in snow today (still!), and I know our friends in Saskatchewan have been so for months… thought we’d all enjoy a little vacation ‘under the sea’.

“Octopus’s Garden”

I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’s garden in the shade

I’d ask my friends to come and see
An octopus’s garden with me
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade

We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus’s garden near a cave

We would sing and dance around
Because we know we can’t be found
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade

We would shout and swim about
The coral that lies beneath the waves
(Lies beneath the ocean waves)
Oh what joy for every girl and boy
Knowing they’re happy and they’re safe
(Happy and they’re safe)

We would be so happy you and me
No one there to tell us what to do
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden with you
In an octopus’s garden with you
In an octopus’s garden with you

Thanks for reading everyone. You all are yet another reason why I love to paint. Best, Cheryl