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.
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.
‘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.
Wisdom, Compliments, Faith & Hope
Two – 4″x4″ oil on extra-deep canvases
by Cheryl Peddie
I will be donating 50% of these paintings’ sale price to the Parkinson Alberta Society!
I loved the symbolism of the iris: Purple Irises symbolize wisdom & compliments. Blue irises stand for faith & hope. I’ve also included closer up versions of each iris painting.
*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!
This painting is available for sale for the month of Aug, 2013 at:
Euphoria Café, Calgary AB
5403 Crowchild Trail NW
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I will be donating 50% of this painting’s sale price to the Parkinson Alberta Society!
This is another vignette I painted from my visit to Gratitude Café in Calgary. It was an interesting piece to watch develop. When I began it I had high hopes – lots of volume in the teapot and I was happy with the shape of it. However something derailed part way through, and the chances of it turning into one of my four-sided frisbees threatened for most of the afternoon. Finally, after suppertime passed I finally sat down with it and said to myself “Okay, let’s wreck it.”. Granted this is a weird thing to say. But oddly I’ve made this decision so many times in the past while painting. And the mindset it provides me with after saying it creates something of a miracle each and every time. I think that it allows me to finally let go of my expectations of it. And of myself. To admit to myself that yah, this ain’t going well. And if it gets ruined, I’ll even welcome it. After all it’s just one more learning experience. It doesn’t mean I’m a lousy artist. Doesn’t mean I’m wasting my time or that I’ll become the laughing-stock of all my artsy friends. The end of the story is that it didn’t get ruined at all. I’m delighted with how it turned out, and happy to have another painting to add to this month’s stash. Thanks for reading. Cheryl.
Please note that this piece will require approx 3-4 weeks after creation and prior to shipping, to allow paint to dry and cure. Thank you!