Join me for ‘Streetscapes in Oils & Acrylics’ Workshop – Sun Oct 26 – 10am-5pm

Streetscapes in Oils and Acrylics
Sun, Oct 26 – 10am-5pm

Painting of Lido Cafe by Cheryl Peddie
‘Meet me at Lido Cafe’ 9″x12″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie

Streetscapes are often a subject matter that beginning art students avoid. It’s a shame, because they’re so much fun and allow artists to use a wide range of color not often seen in more natural environments like landscapes. In this one-day workshop, I’ll help you learn to simplify all that you see, and create a fun, urban scene in oils or acrylics.

What to bring: All your painting supplies (I will provide a list once you register, so you don’t forget anything!), and a good selection of urban-oriented photographs to choose from.

I’ll provide: painting cookies, coffee, tea, plus lots of encouragement, guidance and one-on-one instruction

Class Fee: $100. Class size: Max of 8 students.
Or, call Cheryl Peddie at 403-201-6532.
Visa, MC, Cheques, Cash welcome.

Update Sat Oct 17/2014:
This Class is FULL – I have a waitlist available in case of any cancellations. Please call 403-201-6532. Thank you!!

 

6"x6" Oil painting - 'Life is a Journey'

Community

 

6"x6" Oil painting - 'Sunshine'
‘Sunshine’ – 6″x6″ oil
6"x6" Oil painting - 'Life is a Journey'
Life is a Journey – 6″x6″
oil painting of a woman chopping garlic
Chopping Garlic – 6″x8″
Painting: Chimenea - 4"x4"
The Chimenea – 4″x4″
oil painting
Gone Shoppping – 6″x8″

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,

Cheryl Peddie

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.

Art Show & Sale at The Bee’s Knees Cafe

Cheryl Peddie art show, The Bee's Knees Cafe
Paintings by Cheryl Peddie at The Bee’s Knees Cafe
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At left: ‘In the Smallest of Places’. At right ‘Looking West – Rocky View County’ at the Bee’s Knees Cafe.
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‘Tulips’ and ‘Vales Greenhouse – Pink Blossoms’ at the Bee’s Knees Cafe
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That’s me on Saturday, at the Bee’s Knees Cafe. My husband and I just finished hanging my work, and we were enjoying a cup of their yummy coffee.

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
Calgary, AB
403-256-0618
(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.

Floral Workshop – Sept 28th 2013

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In the Smallest of Places (Flax flowers) – 24″x36″ Framed Oil on Canvas $1200 – To view & purchase call Cochrane Arts Central at (403) 932-3773

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!

Blossoms

Blossoms oil painting
Blossoms

Blossoms
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.

Day 25 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Mellow Yellow, Pleasant Purple

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‘Mellow Yellow, Pleasant Purple’
12″x 12″ unframed oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

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 ‘Mellow Yellow, Pleasant Purple’ as a painting demonstration for the ‘Unfussy Florals’ class I taught last night. I finished it in my studio today. There was lots of fun and good-natured ribbing of the teacher in class (ahem!) because the lovely asters I thought we’d have so much fun painting turned out to be a pain in the keester! They were an unusual shade of purpley-pink, that absolutely defied recreation with our acrylics and oils! As such they became a good exercise in artistic license, and each of us created our own unique expression of the purple hues. Thanks ladies for coming to class, hope to see you again soon!

*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 8 – Painting for Parkinson’s – They Spell it ‘Dubble’!

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‘They Spell it ‘Dubble!’
14″x18″ Unframed Oil on Canvas
by Cheryl Peddie – $325 –

Click here to Buy ‘They Spell it ‘Dubble!’ Now with PalPal.

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 who knew they spelled it ‘Dubble’? All hail Walter E Diemer, the accountant (just like my Dad was!) who invented Dubble Bubble! This still life made me remember the gumball and candy machines at Woolworth’s Department Store. Woolworth’s was in our Grosvenor Park Shopping Centre on 8th Street in Saskatoon. My brother and I would head there on foot with – oh – maybe $1.00 each. That would buy us a bag of chips (25¢ Hostess chips when it was still in the tinfoil-like pack), and an assortment of candies like Dubble Bubble, or a (glass) bottle of Crush soda. Those were the days.

But I found this cool gumball machine and still life at Gratitude Café in Kensington, when I was having lunch there last fall. I took many photos of the shop and tucked them away until I was ready for a painting challenge! I decided it would make a fine subject for the painting demonstration I did at Galleria in Inglewood, this last Saturday.

Now, anyone who’s bared their soul enough to paint in public knows that the most prudent subject matter for a painting demo is something that doesn’t require a lot of compositional concerns or complex shapes. Well this had both. But I threw caution to the wind and did it anyways! I’m shaking my head at this now, wondering where on earth I got the courage (naiviteé?) from! But we had a good crowd gathered as I chatted about my process, shared tips about painting in oils, and talked about all things creative. And I found out mid-painting, that what I thought was spelled ‘Double’, was indeed, actually written ‘Dubble’. (A mistake that I have learned since, is a common one!) It turned out to be a great afternoon, and I’m so happy (relieved!) with the final result.

Thanks to everyone at Galleria in Inglewood for your warm hospitality (as always!) and all the folks who turned out to watch me paint. Looking forward to next time; all my best, Cheryl.

Please note that this piece will require approx 3-4 weeks prior to shipping,
to allow paint to dry and cure. Thank you!

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.

I’ve been ‘Swerve’-d

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I’ll never get over what a kick it is to see ‘me’ on another website. I submitted my next painting demonstration at Galleria to the folks at Swerve Calgary and they accepted it for posting. So cool. I’m guessing they likely post almost everything they receive for events… but still! Any little bit of extra exposure is something I’m very, very grateful for. Thanks Swerve!

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Galleria in Inglewood – All decked out
in Christmas tree finery. A selection of my paintings
are on the wall in the background.

All things ‘Christmas’ and myself get along really well. I don’t go crazy about it. I still wait til December to put up my trees. (Yes, plural) But I’m in love with it all, particularly the Christmas lights – that was my Dad’s and my favorite ‘thing’ together. So, since I’ve begun doing more art shows this year, I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with doing Christmas arts and craft fairs. Well, some folks might say it’s more than a bit. I likely won’t argue. I am an artist after all. Which naturally entitles me to be a little … ‘quirky’.

Anyways I thought that with December coming up fast I should give you all the rundown of my remaining Christmas shows and demos:

Queensland Art Sale
Sat, Nov 24 – 9:00am – 5:00pm
649 Queensland Drive SE
For more details visit: www.qldartsale.com

What the Craft Artisan Fair
Sat, December 8th – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Center (917 Centre Ave N.E.)
For more details visit: www.whatthecraft.ca

Painting Demonstration at Galleria in Inglewood
Sat, Dec 15 – 1:00 – 4:00pm
907 9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB – Tel 403-270-3612
www.calgarycraftedgifts.com

And of course, my Wed afternoon art lessons have begun at Atlantis Fine Framing Studio. To register or for more information, call Atlantis Fine Framing at: 403-258-0075.
www.atlantisframing.com

Hope to see you all some time through the holiday season. Thanks for reading, Cheryl.

Snow Day

Please note that due to bad weather conditions, this evening’s workshop has been postponed.

PLEASE JOIN US ON OUR NEW DATE:
Wednesday Nov 7 – 6:00 – 9:00pm

Painting the Colors of Harvest & Autumn
Wine & Cheese Workshop
Tuesday Oct 23 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm  POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW

Join Cheryl Peddie for a workshop painting the colors of fall. Designed for beginning students in acrylic and oil, we focus on creating a supportive, relaxed environment for new painters. When you’re painting from photo references, it is easy to become overly focused on trying to reproduce colors only as they appear in your photo. However this can result in paintings that lack the airy freshness and light of the landscape you remember experiencing. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to visualize, mix and integrate those experiential colors into your landscapes. We’ll also cover how to incorporate and build on the light and shadow patterns in your composition. Cheryl will also do demos on her own canvas throughout the evening to help illustrate the concepts being explored. Bring a variety of photo references of fall landscapes, plus your painting supplies.
Location: Atlantis Fine Framing Studio – 4515 Manhattan Rd SE Calgary (AB)
To register: 403-258-0075
Workshop fee: $35.00 plus GST
Door prize: Set of two framed mini-paintings by Cheryl Peddie