Across the Waves

Across the Waves - 12"x16"
Across the Waves – 12″x16″

I captured this beautiful scene on a trip to Mexico last spring. We were fortunate to get a private tour of Cozumel while we were there. Our tour guide drove us all around the island and stopped at a variety of beautiful spots. This was on the east side of the island, if my memory serves. It was amazing to have such solitude amongst the vastness of nature. So grateful for the experience. I’ll be showing this painting for the first time on Sun, Nov 23 at the Cochrane Arts Central group art sale. Join us from 11-4 to see more of my new work.

Day 16 – Painting for Parkinson’s – The ‘Apple’ Blossom Special

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The ‘Apple’ Blossom Special
– Two, 4″x4″ unframed oils, each on extra-deep canvas –
– by Cheryl Peddie –

These paintings have just SOLD!!
(That was a new record – less than 2 minutes from post until sale! Thank you L.!)

NEW! Special Order requests now being taken: Given the incredible reception my ‘Painting for Parkinson’s’ paintings have been receiving, I’d like to invite anyone interested to make special requests. Please contact me directly at (403) 270-9755 to place your order. Depending on demand and canvas size requested, I will attempt to complete all special requests within 4 weeks of initial order. And, like all my paintings for this project, I will donate 50% of my sales to the Parkinson Alberta Society.

Thank you!Cheryl Peddie

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Steve’s apple tree was loaded with blossoms last spring. I took a number of pictures and these little gems are the first results. Enjoy!

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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!

*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 11 – Painting for Parkinson’s – Spring has Sprung!

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12″x12″ Unframed Oil on extra-deep canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting has SOLD!
Wow – what a great day – thank you so much H.M. for supporting Parkinson’s and my project!

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

“Spring has sprung! The grass is riz.
I wonder where the birdies is?”

Well we’re certainly ready for spring. A March snow dump caught us on the weekend, and then a smaller one last night. If there’s birdies around here they must have their woolies on and hiding by the fireplace!

But there’s no hibernating around here these days! I had the privilege to teach an art class for a great group of gals – Marla, Erinn, Dee & Heather – last night. The snow was flying outside but inside our brushes were cookin’ with creative energy! After seeing my new intuitive paintings, the gals decided they’d like a lesson on that. So we tossed our photo references to the wind and let our imaginations free.

It was a little challenging at the beginning to realize that one could begin painting, without the knowledge of what exactly it was that you were painting. I think everyone had that ‘deer in the headlights’ moment when you realize that if it doesn’t have to be anything, that means there’s no right or wrong; no limits. At that moment I think we get a little paralyzed. To me it’s like being adrift in the cereal aisle amongst the seemingly thousands of cereal brands we’re faced with choosing from. How on earth do we choose what to paint (or put in our cereal bowls)?

So, we chatted about how perhaps, inspiration is like motivation. With motivation, it usually doesn’t ‘happen’ until after you’ve already gotten up of the couch to go do whatever it is that needs doing. It’s counter-intuitive, but it’s common that action precedes motivation. And I think inspiration is a lot like that. If you’re waiting for it to come to you before your brush hits the canvas, you’ll likely have a long wait. But if you can trust that once you begin, your creativity will begin to flow – it happens. I think it’s because once you’ve got things happening on the canvas, you’ve given yourself something to respond to. The process of artwork is like a conversation that’s happening between you and what’s appearing on your canvas. And that conversation creates a connection that fuels further interaction. It’s a cyclical process.

It’s cyclical. Hmm. So interesting. It’s cyclical, just like the seasons. I’d been thinking of the nature of cycles when I was painting this piece, because I knew I was painting ‘springtime’. But I hadn’t considered that the process of creating art is a cycle just like our seasons are – until just now.

So as winter yields to spring. And the grass rises, and the birds come back. And the seasons continue – there’s rebirth and renewal in all cycles – even painting.

Thanks again to all the ladies who attended last night’s workshop. You all are yet another reason why I love to paint. Thanks for reading. Cheryl

Spring Thaw Begins

‘Spring Thaw Begins’ 7″x9″
Oil on Canvas – unframed
by Cheryl Peddie • SOLD •

I don’t really know how I ended up painting a scene with snow in it today. Outside the thermometer’s reading 30°C. Maybe it was spending a tranquil half hour out on the deck this morning. It was both a typical morning in Calgary – chilly – and a non-typical morning – quiet. It’s always a good day when there’s a little fog overlying the city. Magically the fog hushes and soothes the busy sounds of the city. Traffic noises still and all we can hear are the birds. So there I sat, breathing in that beautiful, cool foothills air. It put me in mind of peaceful spaces and places I guess. So maybe not such a surprise that what ends up on my easel at the end of the day, is a scene of early spring on the prairies. Not so early that the air is hard and unforgiving, but not so late that all the snow has yet melted away. Just those perfectly unique days when the air smells like nothing other than spring on its way.

Update – NEW! To purchase this painting, please visit my dailypaintworks.com page. I’ll be showing and selling my (hopefully) daily painted small works there! There’s also a wonderful selection of other artwork and the prices are great. What I really like is that you can even purchase through paypal, so that makes things safe and easy. Thanks again! Cheryl