I’m delighted that I was accepted into a new gallery this month. Evanescence Gallery, in High River, is now representing my work. Owner Arlene Westen is an amazing person to speak with and learn from about art. Arlene carries a gorgeous collection of artwork, including works by Don Hamm, Pam Weber, and a host of other talented artists. Still can’t believe I get to share walls with them… thank you again Arlene!
By the way, I’d recommend a trip down to High River any day, to visit the gallery, do some shopping, have lunch and enjoy the warmth of the community members. The weekend after Arlene accepted my work, my husband and I drove down to High River for lunch and to visit Evanescence. Arlene recommended we stop at Alta Vita restaurant and oh my gosh… my spaghetti and meatballs were scrumptious.
I’m looking forward to spending many summer days painting on location in High River and doing painting demonstrations at Evanescence. Be sure to visit here, and the Evanescence Gallery website for upcoming events.
So, in reflection of the wonderful chats I’ve had with Arlene and with anticipation of many wonderful new experiences to come, my new paintings above convey ‘community’. A couple of these will be at Evanescence some time soon. Hope you enjoy them.
Thanks again for reading,
PS – Please join me in bringing your support (and spending money!) down to High River – it’s a treasure trove of yummy finds and they deserve all the support we can give.
Red, Yellow, Pepper, Blue
11″x14″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie
This painting started off as a demonstration at an art workshop I held, in February of this year. I can’t believe it took me until this month to finish! Occasionally, that’s the way paintings go. And that’s ok. Sometimes, there’s a particular challenge within the image that our skill sets aren’t quite ready to master; or, that our confidence isn’t ready to tackle. It’s often a good thing to let a painting ‘rest’ for a time, in situations like this. I’ve tried persevering and pushing through when faced with this dilemma in the past. I’ve never been satisfied with the results though.
With this painting, the challenge I saw once I came back to it yesterday, was that I had the blue bowl pretty much centered on the canvas. I hadn’t noticed that when I’d started it; that was likely why I’d struggled with finishing it. I’d needed to have enough time and distance from it, to notice what was wrong. Once I realized it yesterday though, it was a relatively easy fix. I added the scattered blueberries on the bottom right, extra fruit on the top left, and finally, and a handle for the bowl in the top right. (Blueberries are a blast to paint!)
The extra blue in the blueberries, and the addition of extra elements in the top left corner allowed the composition to spread diagonally a little more; taking attention away from the fact that the bowl still is centered on the canvas. There’s always a solution to every problem we encounter in our paintings. The trick is waiting for it to reveal itself to us!
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.
‘Stone Ground’ – 20″x20″ Oil painting
on extra-deep wrapped canvas
by Cheryl Peddie
I was a little stumped for a name for this one until I realized ‘Stone Ground’ would be perfect. I caught this image while we were watching the final game of the 2012 Tim Horton’s Brier at our friends, Karen & Andrew’s home. For those of you not of the curling ‘bent’, the Brier is a Canada’s annual national mens curling championship. We’d brought the guacamole & hummus, Karen & Andrew supplied the corn chips and other yummy snacks. Thus the name… ‘stone’ ground corn chips? Curling ‘stones’? Get it? Yes. I know. I think my Shih Tzus rolled their eyes at me a little when I tried to explain it to them, too.
‘Use the Good China!’ 20″x20″
Framed oil painting on gallery-wrapped canvas
by Cheryl Peddie
Not for Sale – In the Collection of the Artist
This is the final version of the canvas I’d started the other day – some of my Uncle Ed’s china collection. A lot of my recent pieces have been vivid in color. For this canvas I thought I’d tone it down a bit, let the softer colors shine. While I was painting it I couldn’t help remembering the old saying about ‘not leaving your good china just for company’.
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).