Hay Bales

HayBales-full_9437-webHay Bales – 11″ x 14″ oil on extra-deep gallery wrap canvas –
Southwest of Calgary, just off Highway 22 South –
by Cheryl Peddie.

SOLD

This was one of those warm, late fall days in the foothills. The sun gets all glow-y, the mountain chill we usually get in the evening hasn’t settled yet, and it’s ultra-quiet. The kind of quiet you have to drag yourself away from, because you know the city noise must be faced in order to get home.

You Can See Forever Here – Revisited

IMG_9415-web‘You Can See Forever Here’
Southern Saskatchewan in Early Autumn
12″x24″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

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

The paintings I create sometimes take a journey of their own. I started this prairie piece in March; my last canvas for my project in support of Parkinson Alberta. It felt a little lifeless to me though, after I’d had a chance to reflect on it.

In April I took a painting workshop given by Curtis Golumb, at Atlantis Framing. Curtis encouraged us all to consider shape, line and form in our compositions. I brought this piece and modified it as my final exercise in class. I found myself adding a variety of rich blues and purples to the foreground, plus cool reflected sky blues into the mid-ground. The result caught me by surprise. I feel a little unfamiliar with the result of this piece. It was, as Curtis  described some brush work in one of my other paintings, ‘unexpected’.

I often paint with a lot of blue in my shadows, but the blue in this piece might persuade the viewer that there is water in the foreground. There wasn’t and I’m not even sure that’s what I was trying to represent. I just wanted to convey the color of the sky, in the land some how. Maybe there’s a story there about the meeting of earth and sky.

But then, maybe not. Maybe it was just because I loved those blues and purples. And that’s ok. Sometimes the best reason to choose a particular color is just it’s really pretty. You don’t have to figure out if it’s the right shade for reflected light; sweat over whether it’s the right value or temperature. Sometimes it’s ok not to have to decide. Just let the painting tell you what seems right for it’s journey instead.

Thanks for reading, and happy painting to all you artists out there. Cheryl.

Day 28 – Painting for Parkinson’s – You Can See Forever Here

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‘You Can See Forever Here’
Southern Saskatchewan in Early Autumn
12″x24″ unframed oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

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

I thought a painting of southern Saskatchewan might be fitting for this day; the last day of my ‘Painting for Parkinson’s’ project. My Dad grew up in Moose Jaw – just east of where I took this photo. This is one of the most ethereal places in the prairies. From the elevated position along the highway, it feels like you can see forever. There’s such a vastness there, it’s hard not to feel the magnificence of our world. I defy anyone who’s ever made jokes about how dull the prairies are, to travel that highway on a clear day and stay of the same opinion. It’s simply breathtaking.

It’s a bittersweet day today. In some ways I feel like I’ve had my Dad right along side me again, along for this journey. And now in a way, I have to say goodbye to him yet again, as I wrap up this last day of my project. Still, I’d not have missed this opportunity for anything in the world. All I have to do is think about what good we’re doing – all of you who’ve reached out in support of me and this project. We’re making this world a better place and hopefully making a difference in the lives of those who need a hand. Dad would have been so grateful and amazed by the incredible circle of support and connection we’ve created. I’m so blessed to be sharing this time of my life with you all. Thank you.

Blowing a kiss to you in heaven Dad, as always. Love, Cheryl.

Please continue watching my website. I am working on continuing this project to include a line of greeting cards to further support the work of Parkinson Alberta. Thank you.

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

LookingintotheSky_9303-web‘Looking into the Sky’ – $80 –
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 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 cheryl@emergecreative.ca 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!

Day 17 – Painting for Parkinson’s – On the Banks of Fish Creek

OntheBanksofFishCreek-9260-web‘On the Banks of Fish Creek’
The Bow River, running through Fish Creek Park, Calgary AB
11″x14″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting has 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 cheryl@emergecreative.ca Thank you!

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

I had lots of fun depicting the warm summer sunshine and cool blue shadows in ‘On the Banks of Fish Creek’. I’d actually started this one some time ago, and had tossed it aside to the ‘potential frisbee’ pile until today.

It’s easy to be hard on ourselves when the things we create don’t appear right away, to look the way we think they ‘should’. As a result, it’s easy to end up believing our work isn’t ‘good enough’, and should therefore be thrown away or at least hidden from view of others.

I believe it’s much more helpful to look at our work in parts. I am trying to help my beginning art students learn this too. We must ask ourselves first – what parts of this am I happy with? How am I feeling about this part of my work? That part? This way it enables us to connect with what we love about our work, even when there’s things that don’t appeal to us in the moment. It also enables us to see that little mistakes here and there do not negate the value of the entire work. Even when there are mistakes, it’s so important to still be able to see what you love about your own work.

So I’m glad I pulled ‘On the Banks of Fish Creek’ out of the frisbee pile. (I’m actually really glad I had actually left it in the pile. And that it didn’t have the same demise that many others on the same pile have had) All it needed was a touch more work, and it turned into a piece I am proud of. I’m proud of me too, for picking my self-belief up off the floor and continuing on.

Thanks all for continuing to follow my journey. Cheryl. (PS – In case others here are Laura Ingalls Wilder fans like I am, yes I named this piece in honour of her work!)

Below: Two details of ‘On the Banks of Fish Creek’ so you can see the brush work…

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*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 13 – Painting for Parkinsons’s – Worth the Wait – Prairie Shimmer

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‘Worth the Wait – Prairie Shimmer
“11”x14″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas
By Cheryl Peddie

This Painting has SOLD!!!

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 it’s been a day of adapting and patience. But also one of great rewards. Although I am not in Calgary for the weekend, I am still bound and determined to continue painting and posting. I packed up all my painting gear with great care (or so I though) and safely stowed it in the truck. Only to wake up this morning and realize I forgot to bring my turps and walnut oil (a painting ‘medium’. We finally found an art supply store so I was able to get painting later on in the morning. The painting went great. I had heaps of fun again incorporating my new ‘intuitive painting style into my more traditional landscapes. I even broke one of my primary rules … I used teensy brushes! What a delight rebellion can be! I used them in an almost calligraphic way allowing them to sweep and curl across the canvas. It was a pure joy.

Even after I completed the painting, more patience was required. I began learning how to post on WordPress with my iPad. I can tell you that posting without a proper keyboard and with a hotel Wifi connection that is sketchy and slow as molasses does not jive when one is trying to hurry. But I’m almost there. The only thing I couldn’t manage was creating a link to PayPal. So I hope requesting that if you’d like to buy ‘Worth the Wait’ you give me a call on the good old-fashioned telephone, will suffice!*

*Update – Am now happily back in my studio in Calgary, and have been able to set up my PayPal link. Thanks so much for your patience!

Despite the glitches today, painting this little piece really was worth the wait. I hope you’ll agree. Thanks for reading, Cheryl.

Day 9 – Painting for Parkinson’s – End of the Day

EndoftheDay_web‘End of the Day’ – 8″x10″ Oil on Canvas – Not for Sale –
Late day view just off Highway 22, heading down towards Turner Valley, AB
by Cheryl Peddie

Sorry folks, I have dibs on ‘End of the Day’. It’s actually a very special painting; one I put off creating for a long time. I’d actually done the sketches for it in Sept, 2011. I hadn’t gotten it onto canvas yet, when my family called to let me know Dad had gone into the hospital. That’s where my sketchbook leaves off for that year, and Dad passed away two months later. I didn’t do another painting until January of the new year.

Oddly, I’d already named this piece ‘End of the Day’ when I’d originally done the sketches that September. But I hadn’t realized it would be the beginning of another kind of ending. As a result, I was apprehensive about finishing it. I’d love the image, but it brought back such sad memories. Such a difficult time for my whole family.

Yesterday was such a positive day for my project though. So many kind folks helping me get the word out, including Ellen Percival, with Calgary’s Child Magazine, Christina Rowsell, through her blog: The Brighter Side; and both Duane Schreiner, and Brandi La Bonte of the Alberta Parkinson Society. So I decided to try it, choosing to believe there was ever a day I could do it, it would be then. I could feel the support, generosity, and good will flowing freely. So, I got my brushes ready.

After I finished, I decided that this little painting needed to stay with me, in my house. And in that way I protect it, hold onto it and keep yet another little part of my Dad and me together. ‘End of the Day’ will hang beside many of Dad’s stunning photographer that grace the walls of our home. This one’s for you Dad. I really miss you. All my love, Cheryl.

* If you would like to help support the Alberta Parkinson Society, please either make a donation to them, volunteer, or consider purchasing one of my paintings – I’m donating 50% of all my sale proceeds to the Society this month.

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