Day 24 – Painting for Parkinson’s – A Walk in the Park

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‘A Walk in the Park’
Evening walk through Nose Hill Park, in Calgary
5″x7″ unframed oil on extra-deep 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 was not a natural born ‘pleasure-walker’. Well, I didn’t mind it. I just never got the whole ‘let’s go for a walk just for fun’ thing. I admit this seems like a weird attitude for an artist. But to me if you were out for a walk, it was to walk the dog; take photo references for my paintings; get the mail; walk to the drug store or to school. The old me was never satisfied with it, telling me ‘walking’s for sissies’! If I was outside and with legs are moving and I expected myself to be at least burning calories, so I should be running. Right?

Wrong. All that was all my brain talking. And when my body started talking, it drowned out my brain. My body protested by giving me shin splints and pain from unstable hip joints (tsk). My running ‘flight of fancy’? Grounded.

And so with another springtime just a melted snowflake away, I’ve decided I’m going to begin walking again. Problem is, I just can’t see me walking through the neighborhoods. Mile after mile after houses that all look the same – it’s like a cattle shute along some of our roadways in the ‘burbs. Always drove me crazy and makes for such a yawn of a walk. So I guess the ‘new me’ will take the time to make tracks for the parks. I’m lucky because I’m just a 5 minute drive to Fish Creek Park. I think walking in nature will enable me to enjoy it enough, that I’ll keep doing it for its own sake; without an errand to do or photo ‘assignment’ as an agenda.

Walk on, friends! 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!

Step AWAY From the Canvas

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‘Doc’ – My Studio Manager

Everyone needs someone to remind them to step away from the canvas every now and again. When I was still taking regular art classes, it was my instructor who’d remind me. The point she was trying to make was that often, we can’t see what is and is not working in what we’ve completed, until we view it from some distance. Now that I’m on my own though, it’s up to me and ‘Doc’, my studio ‘mascot’ to remember to step away every now and again. (That’s ‘Doc’, above. Interestingly, he looks startlingly like my dear dad, who passed away about a year ago.)

It’s just so easy to get caught up in the productivity of making stroke after stroke. It’s freeing! Blissful! The paint is flying – my brush is humming! But then. Abruptly. The lighting I was so proud of is suddenly gone. Oh no, now that clump of poplars have lost their volume. And that luscious freshness I’d created in the foreground – what the heck happened to it? Yup. My beautiful canvas just turned into a four-sided frisbee.

So many things are like this when we’re working on our small businesses. When new opportunities start tumbling in, each one seems to justify our full attention. It’s hard not to get caught up in it because let’s face it – it’s exciting! It’s validating – wow, people like us! And these days, lord knows, validation of our self-worth is in short supply. So, we keep working faster and faster to keep up with it all. But I’m realizing that just like with my canvas, it’s the hurrying that causes the frisbee effect.

And so I begin to slow my pace. Start thinking more carefully. How much time do I really have – for marketing, for promotions, for the fancy new database – so that I don’t sacrifice my time in my studio? How much time can I spend in my studio without sacrificing much-needed time out interacting with my students and other artists? New opportunities are heavenly. It’s intoxicating to begin realizing all the benefits we’ve been working so hard for. But each new opportunity must included in the right amounts, relative to the other elements in our business. When we step away from that canvas, we can ensure we maintain and continue to improve our perspective, composition and balance! It’s up to us now to remind ourselves to step away when we need to. But I believe it’s manageable, even if sometimes we need a little help from our friends (like Doc!) to remind us.

Happy painting everyone! Thanks for reading. Cheryl.