Way Up High and Far Away

Prairie and Foothills painting in oil
Way Up High and Far Away

‘Way Up High and Far Away’
24″ x 36″ oil on canvas by Cheryl Peddie
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This view is looking west of Calgary, heading towards the foothills. The sun was up high in mid-afternoon, so it posed some interesting challenges with the temperature of light and shadow. As with many landscapes, one of the key things I looked for before I let myself say ‘done’, was that the land and sky were harmonious. Ensuring the colors in the sky are reflected in the land, and vice-versa ties the elements together and creates a cohesive, lively image.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Cheryl.

Over Southern Saskatchewan

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‘Over Southern Saskatchewan’
8″x10″ unframed oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

SOLD!

There are no other skies like the ones they have on the prairies in Saskatchewan. I completed this little piece during a workshop I took in April. I particularly like that I was venturing into adding texture into the foreground clouds, and allowing some of the quirkier, unexpected brush strokes and colors in the landscape to remain.

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 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!

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

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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

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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.

New! Wine & Cheese Workshops

Painting the Colors of Harvest & Autumn
Tuesday Oct 23, 2012 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Atlantis Fine Framing Studio – 4515 Manhattan Rd SE  Calgary, AB
Wine & Cheese • Door Prizes
$35 plus GST per person

Join Cheryl Peddie for a new workshop about painting the colors of fall. Gather the girls together and get creative! This new Wine & Cheese Workshop is designed specially for beginning students in acrylic and oil. While unwinding over a beverage and light snacks, you’ll enjoy a supportive, relaxed environment while exploring your creative side.

For beginners and more experienced artists alike, it’s easy to become too 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.

Door prize: Set of two framed mini-paintings by Cheryl Peddie
To register call Melanie or Ken: 403-258-0075