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.
‘Come Along, Bessie’ 12″x16″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie
Who knew a city girl like me could paint cows?
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.
Fresh Floral Workshop
Sat Sept 28 – 10am-4pm – $100
Located at: Atlantis Fine Framing Studios
4515 Manhattan Rd. SE
Calgary, AB T2G 4B3
To register or for more information, please call Cheryl at 403-201-6532.
I’m hanging onto summer for all it’s worth, by teaching a workshop on painting fresh florals in oil & acrylics! And I’ll be bringing in fresh flowers for everyone to paint from! The day will be a mix of learning by watching my demos, doing quick and easy exercises, and painting from your own floral bouquet. (You’re also welcome to paint from your own reference photo.) We’ll be talking about how to use color temperature, value, saturation, edge, volume and shape to create beautiful, fresh floral paintings. I’ll supply one canvas, but you’ll definitely want to bring in a couple more so you can get the most out of class.
This will be a small class, to ensure lots of one-on-one instruction time and relaxed atmosphere. Maximum number of students is 8. A supply list is available – I’ll email it to you upon registration. We’ll learn lots and have a great time doing it.
Coffee, tea and ‘painting cookies’ will be provided. Please either bring your own lunch, or aim to pick up a sandwich – Tim Horton’s is a short drive down the road. To register, please call me at 403-201-6532. Cash, Cheque, MC and Visa welcome. I hope you can join us, and help us hang onto summer for one more weekend!
6″x8″ oil painting on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie
Walking through Fish Creek Park late one spring, I found these crocuses, still blooming. They’re so small delicately purple, they can be easily missed unless you are watching for them. I like that – they’re kind of like a little reward for the effort of having patience, treading carefully and taking your time.
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.
12″ x 12″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie
‘Blossoms’ was a good lesson for me in judgement. Or, make that – a lesson for me in NON-judgement. I began this piece as a demonstration at Galleria in Inglewood – the gallery that represents me. I’d originally planned to do a more detailed still life of books and mugs on a shelf. It was a gorgeous summer day though; the gallery was playing awesome music and I just felt like painting from my shoulder. Maybe other artists know what I mean? Just splashing the paint on the canvas, Letting loose and piling on the pretty colors. ‘Blossoms’ was the result.
Trouble was, that the next day I looked over my canvas and thought ‘WTH IS this mess?!!’. Sure it was fun, but… this piece was so flat, wasn’t it? The flowers looking up at me had no depth; they were a mishmash without a light and shadow pattern I usually strive for.
So I went into it, and yet again, let loose. I did fix up some of the blooms that I hadn’t yet gotten to. Adjusted some of the temperatures and values. Added a couple petals flowing off the canvas. It was fun. By then I had so much oil on the canvas that I really couldn’t add any more without making mud.
When I stepped back to look at it I still couldn’t quite decide how happy I was with it. I mean, there was no perspective, still very limited depth, and still no firmly established light and shadow pattern. And yet…
It’s pretty. I love the blues, purples, and pinky-corals. And my kind friends and acquaintances on my Facebook page seemed to really like it. But it was still unsettling. I mean, creating it wasn’t that HARD. I felt like I was cheating. Shouldn’t something I’m charging money for require more justification and evidence of my artistic skill? Surely something that was this fun to create couldn’t possibly be in the same ‘league’ as my more detailed urban scenes, for example.
I wish I could say I had some sort of revelation at this point. That I realized I don’t have to exhaust myself or analyze a canvas to death, to make it valuable. I guess I still enjoy the detailed pieces too – just in a different way. And maybe there’s room for both – I could bring a little more ‘fun and loose’ into even my more intricately composed pieces. I like the idea of that, because work and life really shouldn’t HAVE to be so hard, to be of value.
But, it’s 9:00 now and time to open up my studio for the day, and begin again.
Thanks for reading; all my best. Cheryl.