This past Friday night we headed over to Selwyn Ave. to check out the latest works by Peggy Blizard. Let me just say that it never ceases to amaze me how lifelike her paintings are. You literally have to stop yourself from trying to reach through the painting to touch the petals of the flowers.
But before we get to the art… we stopped at one our favorite little markets a few doors down, Reid’s, for some sandwiches.
Now onto the art…
Some interesting facts for you…
- Peggy uses water based oils with linseed mixed in. This really cuts down on the paint fumes.
- She uses both real flowers and photographs. In order to not make the painting look like a photography she uses a thin brush to blur the edges of the flowers to give it a more realistic look.
- She prefers board to canvas, because canvas bounces.
- The lighting in her pictures is whatever the lighting is as she paints. Each painting takes at least one month (if it’s one of her flower jar pictures. For paintings with a larger quantity of flowers it can take up to a month and a half.
Now for some of the other art pieces on display. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already seen these.
I hope you enjoyed our little visit to the Shain Gallery.