Day 26 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Looking into the Sky

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Evening over Nose Hill Park;
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!

Growing up in Saskatchewan, I always wanted to paint really successful skyscapes. And even though I have lots of photo references of them, I’ve put them off for the most part. I LOVE skyscapes that seem to zoom off into the distance horizon of the painting. Skies that you feel like you can reach right into, they’re so deep and vast.

So why have I put off enhancing my ‘skyscape skills’ for so long? Because they can be SO deceptively difficult. I have two main considerations with them. First, there’s rarely as much color in the clouds and sky as our eyes perceive. Most of the colors are quite greyed. So, using technicolor vivid shades that can sometimes be in the sunsets of our imaginations, can made the scene look almost aggressive, and not ‘true’. I’ve always had a challenge with these ‘colorful greys’. The palette in most of my paintings tend to be quite bright and clear. Creating lovely greys requires a sensitive eye and careful hand. And, a confidence that we can express something softer and delicate that will still be attention-getting. Something I’m only just now (after 17 years of painting!) beginning to feel comfortable with.

Second, when we tackle a skyscape we have to remember that what we’re painting is air, and that clouds are really just water vapor. What can easily happen is that our clouds end up looking heavy, seemingly ready to drop from the sky! What is needed here again is a light, quick hand. Too much brush work and paint that is too thick can rapidly weight down the clouds. When they’re kept relatively transparent and delicate, the feeling of the air is kept intact.

Thanks so much for reading and for following my journey. It’s hard to believe we’re on Day 26, and I only have two paintings left. I will savor every moment of creating them; it’s been a truly rewarding experience for me. Thanks and hugs, 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!

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!