Up until 2014 much of my artistic practice revolved around still life, urban scenes, floral and interiors. However at that point, my focus took a radical turn. I’ve turned into a devoted landscape painter because I learned to paint ‘en plein air’. For newbies, ‘plein air’ basically means painting outside from life. I began painting plein air by taking a workshop in Jasper from artist Liz Wiltzen. After that I was hooked.
I’d tried painting landscape from photos for years. But I never was able to achieve what I was hoping. My colours were always off and nothing I created felt ‘real’. I wrote the genre off, thinking I just wasn’t a landscape painter. Was I wrong. Once I began painting outside, away from photos, I could actually see the real colours I was trying to capture. And even better, I was part of that image – it was all around me. I could see, hear, taste, smell and feel everything. What a difference. Now I can’t imagine working exclusively from a photo because it’s far too limiting. Below are a few of my most recent plein air works – I hope you enjoy.
PS – If you’re an artist and would like to take a plein air workshop from me, visit my Workshops page. I have a class lined up for the end of July in Calgary. I hope you can join me.
My newest painting is fresh off the easel. ‘Hazy Days of Spring’ grew from my obsession with painting the earliest spring greens I could find. I spent weeks going out to paint ‘plein air’ (ie in the outdoors on location) trying to catch those first soft green leaves. They looked like a soft haze over the treetops. Just a whisper of green – so delicate and lovely.
We had a particularly early spring this year in the foothills, so I got an early start to plein air season! I was delighted to catch those first days of hazy spring greens, and this is one of the resulting studio pieces from the images and paint sketches I developed.
I painted ‘Hazy Days’ on birch panel. I first coated it with multiple layers of gesso to create a good tooth for the oil paint, and for longevity. This is a new surface for my larger work. I often paint on panel when working plein air, so I thought I’d try it for my studio pieces also. It enabled me to create a wide variety of edges, strokes and finishes. Plus, its sturdiness held up to my scribbles and any kind of strength of brush stroke I threw at it. A beautifully versatile surface which enabled me to keep a loose feel, despite the larger size.
Here are a couple of details…
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I captured this beautiful scene on a trip to Mexico last spring. We were fortunate to get a private tour of Cozumel while we were there. Our tour guide drove us all around the island and stopped at a variety of beautiful spots. This was on the east side of the island, if my memory serves. It was amazing to have such solitude amongst the vastness of nature. So grateful for the experience. I’ll be showing this painting for the first time on Sun, Nov 23 at the Cochrane Arts Central group art sale. Join us from 11-4 to see more of my new work.
Lilac and Gold
22″ x 28″ Oil on canvas. Framed.
By Cheryl Peddie
I captured the reference for this oil painting on an evening excursion down Highway 22 in the autumn. I painted a small study of this scene a few years ago, and felt the pull to revisit it and give it a larger canvas. This time, the lilac coloured shadows on the brush in the middle ground attracted my attention. They were a challenge and intriguing to paint. This painting is now framed, and available to purchase at Evanescence Gallery in High River.
22″ x 28″ Oil on Canvas
by Cheryl Peddie
So glad this snow is on my canvas, instead of in on our sidewalks!
I will be painting live, from 12-4 pm at the: ‘High River High Tea’ Monday, May 19th Evanescence Art Gallery
61 8 Ave SE, High River, AB
Refreshments • Door prize • Fashion Show
Admission by donation
In order to attend, you must RSVP!
Tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone or by email with a credit card prior to May 17. 403-652-2512 or evanescencegallery[at]gmail[dot]com
‘Through the Forest and the Trees’
16″x20″ Oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie. SOLD
This one brings a smile to my face because it is the product of some good-natured teasing by my framer. After doing a beautiful framing job on my last art show, Lead Designer (aka ‘The Framing Goddess’) Melanie Figueroa with Atlantis Fine Framing & Art Studio commented that all the pieces I’d done for this show, were either horizontals, or squares. There wasn’t a single vertically-oriented painting in the bunch!
I promptly got out a new canvas and painted this piece, to begin balancing things out!
Thanks for reading, it means a lot to me that you’re here.
I’m so pleased to have my work up at the Bee’s Knees Cafe for the next month. Thanks to co-owners Jessica and Barbara, and all the team there, for the opportunity. All my work there is for sale – all you have to do is give me a call and you can purchase your favorite painting over the phone. I take cheques, MC, & Visa. Stop by for a coffee and lunch and/or dessert. Their food is unbelievably delicious. Visit them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pages/Bees-Knees-Cafe
The Bee’s Knees Cafe
220, 412 Pine Creek Road
(Near De Winton)
Thanks for reading; and check back soon – I’ll be giving painting demonstrations there this month – dates to be announced.
All my best, Cheryl.
24″x36″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie
Early Fall Scene near Highway 22 South, headed towards Turner Valley Alberta.
Foothills in the background.
To view or purchase please contact me directly
Cheryl Peddie – 403-201-6532
Loved painting this piece… was in my zone the whole time. Rats though, that my camera made the
reflections look like they’re at an angle. Still learning how to photograph my larger pieces, to minimize
this dreaded ‘fish eye’ effect. Still, really pleased with this piece – one of my favorites I’ve done in a while.
6″x8″ unframed oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie
I was surprised to see the rolling terrain in south central Alberta, as we drove to Montana for our holidays last summer. I love how the hills in the distance turn purple and blue. They contrast beautifully against the yellows and greens of the sunlit foreground.