The latest genre I’ve been enjoying painting is ‘street scenes’, aka (to the artsy set) – ‘urban landscapes’. My passion for them started in 2015, when I painted a series of street scenes in small towns around Alberta. My year culminated when I painted a collection featuring Calgary’s neighborhood of Sunnyside. The collection was a great success at my end-of-year showing at ‘Framed on Fifth’ Art Gallery. This summer, I’ve been creating a collection of urban paintings of the town of High River, just south of Calgary.
An Interesting Turn of Events
Once I looked at both collections as a whole, it became clear that my paintings weren’t completely as I’d expected. (You’d think I’d have been more conscious of this shift as I was actually painting…but I wasn’t. Such is the life of an artist!) I’d thought I would be painting broader scenes filled with lots of buildings, people and ‘busy-ness’. However, most of the paintings I had created were of individual homes and businesses.
Yet for some reason, instead scolding myself for venturing so far off course (as I’d normally do) I realized I hadn’t made a mistake. These paintings were exactly as they should be. They weren’t street scenes at all – they were portraits!
As portraits, the collection of work suddenly makes sense. I have always been drawn to more intimate subject matter, with a shorter depth of field and design that minimizes distracting backgrounds. Seeing the paintings as portraits enabled me to see the next step I needed to take…
‘The Painted House’ is born
This next step is to offer custom home or business portraits. And so I’ve created ‘The Painted House – Custom Home and Business Portraits’. I adapted the name from the Victorian and Edwardian houses called ‘Painted Ladies’. These homes were painted in multiple colours to enhance their architecture. I adore character architecture and colour is an important key in my artistic style, so the name suited both me and my art.
If this sounds interesting, please read more about my process and how you can order your own Painted House here.
My newest solo show, The ‘Sunnyside’ of the Street’ is coming quickly. Please join me at my artist opening on Thurs Dec 3, from 6-9pm at Framed on Fifth, 1207 – 5 Ave NW in Calgary.
I’ll be featuring a new collection of paintings from the neighborhood of Sunnyside and Hillhurst at the show. I am inspired by these heritage neighborhoods in our city. Their smaller yet lovingly cared for homes and gardens speak to me of the importance of simplicity and moderation. A time when we had front porch verandahs – because visiting with neighbors meant more than how many square feet our homes measured. Double car driveways and garages weren’t considered a necessity because we could walk most places we needed to go.
So join me for a little nostalgia, some penny candy, a cool beverage and some socializing. I’d love to see you and get caught up before the holiday season swings into gear. Thanks for stopping by; hope to see you on Dec 3. Best, Cheryl.
Day 2-1/2 – I’m Painting for Parkinson’s. Just putting the finishing touches on my Day 3 painting this morning. I almost got it finished in the workshop I taught on painting streetscapes last night, but not quite! So it’s not quite ready for it’s glamour photos yet. Please visit again later in the day for it’s unveiling! Hint! It was a restaurant that used to be on 4th Street SW, with a big blue awning. Thanks so much for reading. Cheryl
‘Ouzo Greek Taverna’
7″x9″ Oil on Canvas – Framed
by Cheryl Peddie
To purchase please call Galleria in Inglewood
I’m packing up my gear and getting ready to move into my booth at the Calgary Home & Design Show for the next 4 days! I’ll have a variety of my new artwork available for purchase, including ‘Ouzo Greek Taverna’, the painting above. I’m proud to have created this painting, as this little gem of a restaurant closed a while back. It’s good to know I’ve captured a little piece of the history of 4th Street in downtown Calgary.
Come by and join me at the show – I’ll be in booth 512, just across from the ‘M(Art)ket’. We’re in Hall C of the BMO centre on the Stampede grounds.
Show hours are: Thurs Sept 20: 4:00pm – 9:00pm • Fri Sept 21: 12:00pm – 9:00pm • Sat Sept 22: 10:00am – 9:00pm • Sun Sept 23: 10:00am – 6:00pm. For more show details visit calgaryhds.com/CHDS/ShowInformation/189.aspx.
Hope to see you there!