Through the Forest and the Trees

Grove of birch trees in fall
Through the Forest and the Trees

‘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.

Floral Workshop – Sept 28th 2013

Flax flowers
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!


Awakening - floral painting

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.

Hope in Bloom

oil painting of lilac blossoms
‘Hope in Bloom’ – 8″x10″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie

Hope in Bloom
8″x10″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

‘Hope in Bloom’ began as a painting of the blossoms on the Schubert Cherry tree in our back yard. I was up early one morning and caught them, just as the sun was beginning to rise. I’m a nut for purples and blues though, so the white cherry blooms morphed into purple lilacs!

The final result is a little more abstracted than I expected, but that’s okay with me. I like the way the light is flickering through, giving the petals the illusion of movement. The roof of our neighbors across the back lane is visible in the background – I made it a little darker than it appeared to allow the paler colors to take center stage.


Image of sunset
SkyLights – 9″x12″ oil on extra-deep canvas by Cheryl Peddie

SkyLights – 9″x12″ oil on extra-deep canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

Sunset over Nose Hill Park, Calgary AB. I winged it a little with the foreground in this one. In my reference, the grasses were quite high. As a result there was unfortunately a lot of shadow. Shadow’s not always a bad thing, especially given that the tips of the grass were shining a lovely muted gold. However I found that my composition required less ground and more sky . . . so the grass got ‘mowed’.

In the Smallest of Places

In the Smallest of Places – 24"x36" oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie
In the Smallest of Places – 24″x36″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie

‘In the Smallest of Places’  SOLD
24″ x 36″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

‘In the Smallest of Places’ was a challenge, and a delight to paint. These are flax blooms. If you’ve never seen them up close, their petals are utterly delicate, and their color is an ethereal, almost-undefinable blend of purple and blue. I spent many hours just sitting with the canvas, as I did with a brush in hand putting paint down. It was so important to consider how to convey their light, airy feel yet still show that as a group, they have volume and movement. The reference was taken at a friend’s cabin at Carpenter Lake, Montana. (Just northwest of Eureka) This lovely clump of flax was just on the edge of the deck and patio area. I got to watch over it every morning as I enjoyed my coffee and the morning sun.

Sweet Stuff

IMG_9488-web‘Sweet Stuff’
8″x10″ oil painting on cavas
by Cheryl Peddie

This was a demo painting I did for my art students last night at Atlantis Framing. Peppers are such fun to paint because of their bright colors. I guess that holds true for all fruit and vegetables. There are few other places in nature where we can find such bright, vivid color. They also make great ‘models’ for painting – they never complain or fuss about their likenesses.

Come join us at art class! Our next series runs Thursday nights from 6-9 pm; June 6-27. $125 plus GST (MC & Visa welcomed). We enjoy creating all kinds of art – landscape, still life, interiors, floral and even streetscapes. Specially set up for beginning and intermediate students, with lots of one-on-one, patient and encouraging instruction. (I even bring cookies!) Located at Atlantis Fine Framing Studios – 4515 Manhattan Rd. SE. Just north and east of Chinook Centre. To register, please call me at 403-201-6532 or Atlantis Fine Framing Studios at 403-258-0075.

Here’s a few pictures of some of my students enjoying creating art!

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Happy painting, and thanks for reading. Cheryl.

Day 19 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Can You Hear the Birch Trees Whispering?

CanYouHear-Trees_9272-web‘Can You Hear the Birch Trees Whispering? Evening is Here’
Near Highway 22 South, heading towards Turner Valley
11″x14″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting is SOLD!

New! I can also now accept credit card over the phone. And as always, cheques & cash.
Contact me directly at (403) 201-6532 or Thank you!

I will be donating 50% of this painting’s sale price to the Parkinson Alberta Society!

Another sun filled image from my travels along Highway 22, down towards Turner Valley. I’ve spent many hours driving along this highway with my camera gear. It never fails to provide me with a collection of beautiful vistas and intimate, sunlit corners to express with my paints.

*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!

The Journey

‘The Journey’ (Studio version)
24″x36″ Framed oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
By Cheryl Peddie

You might recognize this image, as similar to the study I’d posted earlier this summer, under the title ‘10,000 Hours’. In fact it is similar – this is a ‘studio version’ of that small study. I loved the little piece so much that I decided to do this larger version so I could immerse myself in the scene one more time.

In my post for the study, I know I spoke about how the hours we put into whatever it is we love doing is an important factor of success. However, I missed an important element. I learned about that element this week from my ‘life coach’. (Ahh jeepers, let’s be real. She’s actually my therapist.) And the part of the equation that was still eluding me was ‘belief’.

Turns out if I don’t really believe I’m capable of achieving whatever it is I’m putting in all those hours at my easel… well I might as well have been playing tiddly winks. Further, if I don’t really believe that I’m creating something special... something only I can do and that others might want around them… I likely won’t be able to convey it to anyone. It’s not just about logging the hours in front of my easel. Because when it is, I usually just ended up standing back with my hands in my pockets and separating myself from it because I’m too too shy to own it. Too scared of speaking to how it is a unique part I love about myself and my life. ‘Aww… it’s just putting in the hours … anyone could have done the same thing…’ I’d mumble to myself; or, ‘It was just a fluke… I’ll never be able to pull this off again…’.

Rather, It’s about believing in and owning the magic and uniqueness of who I am, of the fact that I am an artist. It’s about believing that it’s worthy to be shared. Believing that I am worthy of sharing it and of believing in myself. And believing that if I share it, others might believe in it – and me – too. This is why I paint. Thanks for reading, Cheryl.