oil painting of pond

24″x36″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie
Early Fall Scene near Highway 22 South, headed towards Turner Valley Alberta.
Foothills in the background.

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Cheryl Peddie – 403-201-6532

Loved painting this piece… was in my zone the whole time. Rats though, that my camera made the
reflections look like they’re at an angle. Still learning how to photograph my larger pieces, to minimize
this dreaded ‘fish eye’ effect. Still, really pleased with this piece – one of my favorites I’ve done in a while.

Evening at Bowness Park

Bench at Bowness Park by the river
Evening at Bowness Park – 8″x10″ oil on canvas

Evening at Bowness Park
8″x10″ oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

Looking at this little painting today, I’m hoping this little gem of a resting stop is still there. I took the photo reference for this painting in Bowness Park on a fall evening a few years back. I fear that since the devastating floods Calgary & southern Alberta recently experienced, this spot has been washed away or ruined. What makes it particularly sad, is that I’m sure this was one of the memory-benches we so often see along pathways in the city. Folks can have a little plaque installed on a bench in memory of a loved one who has passed; I see I added the little plaque into this painting. I wish I would have taken a close-up photo to see who this one belonged to. If anyone knows this spot, and if the little bench has indeed been washed away, please give me a call or send me an email. I’d gladly give this painting to the family as a way to renew the memory of their loved one, and of this special place.

Here’s a the photo of the original spot.

Photo for painting of memory bench at Bowness Park
Original photo reference for ‘Evening at Bowness Park’

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 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…

OntheBanksofFishCreek-detail-web OntheBanksofFishCreek-detail2

*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 14 – Painting for Parkinson’s – To Follow the Call of the Loon

CalloftheLoon_9239-web‘To Follow the Call of the Loon’
Canoes on the edge of Bowness Park in Calgary
8″x10″ unframed 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) 270-9755 or Thank you!

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

This painting almost didn’t happen. It was a day of changed plans, delays and frustration. I won’t go into the details, but the end result was that I didn’t get into my studio until after the supper hour. I felt irritated with myself for being so late with this one. But once I sat down at my easel, looking through treasured photos, I was so thankful to be home and back in my soothing painting environment. The day faded a bit as I got into my familiar, comforting rhythm of blending and applying paint to my canvas.

The photo I chose was this evening setting of a small dock and set of canoes in Bowness Park, here in Calgary. It actually reminded me of Dad, and one of the ways I believe he found rhythm and comfort in his life. Our family had a lovely little cabin at Anglin Lake in Saskatchewan. As it was just a three hour drive from Saskatoon we spent many summer weekends there when I was young.

I remember all the early mornings Dad took our ‘Alumacraft’ canoe and his camera gear, and headed down to the lake. He’d paddle and drift, allowing the morning light to set the stage for his photographs. He’d capture the lake at it’s most still, and the loons as they were waking up and calling to announce the arrival of morning. He noticed every little detail; the bits of sparkle on the water; all the foliage and forest around the lake that got set aglow by the sunrise. And the way he captured it all in his photographs made it seem even more magical.

So seeing these little canoes in my photo albums brought me back to those days. It made me think of how content Dad must have felt on his early-morning canoe rides. Savoring some time alone on the lake to bask in the quiet and the warmth of the sun; to listen to the ‘dip, dip, sploop’ rhythm of his oar as he made his way across the lake, following the call of the loon.

Please note that because this painting has been created in oil, it can take up to 3-4 weeks to dry and fully cure enough to safely deliver to you. Thanks so much for your understanding.

Day 10 – Painting for Parkinson’s – The Octopus’s Garden

Octopus'sGarden-webThe Octopus’s Garden
12″x12″ unframed oil on extra-deep canvas – SOLD
by Cheryl Peddie

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

Oh I’d like to be… under the sea…! Remembering the rhythmic swoosh of snorkeling in the ocean today, enjoying the serenity. This was such a delightful little painting to create. I felt contentment and whimsy, so thought the very best posting today was to share the lyrics to The Beatles’ ‘Octopus’s Garden’…Given that we’re knee-deep in snow today (still!), and I know our friends in Saskatchewan have been so for months… thought we’d all enjoy a little vacation ‘under the sea’.

“Octopus’s Garden”

I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’s garden in the shade

I’d ask my friends to come and see
An octopus’s garden with me
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade

We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus’s garden near a cave

We would sing and dance around
Because we know we can’t be found
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade

We would shout and swim about
The coral that lies beneath the waves
(Lies beneath the ocean waves)
Oh what joy for every girl and boy
Knowing they’re happy and they’re safe
(Happy and they’re safe)

We would be so happy you and me
No one there to tell us what to do
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden with you
In an octopus’s garden with you
In an octopus’s garden with you

Thanks for reading everyone. You all are yet another reason why I love to paint. Best, Cheryl

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:

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:

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

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.

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