Peggy Blizard | Shain Gallery

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.

Reid's Market | Charlotte, NC
Reid’s Market | Charlotte, NC
The best Salmon BLT without the B ever!
The best Salmon BLT without the B ever!

Now onto the art…

We signed in first.
We signed in first.
Here's where we had the chance to chat with the artist herself.
Here’s where we had the chance to chat with the artist herself.

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.
A close up...
A close up…
Pansies
Pansies
The flower crew likes to stick together.
The flower crew likes to stick together.
I just had to snap a picture of this painting 'storage' area.
I just had to snap a picture of this painting ‘storage’ area.
'Wedding' Roses.
‘Wedding’ Roses.

Now for some of the other art pieces on display. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already seen these.

As I mentioned on Instagram, this painting reminds me a koi pond. Your imagination just fills in the details.
As I mentioned on Instagram, this painting reminds me a koi pond. Your imagination just fills in the details.
I love the texture and depth of this painting...
I love the texture and depth of this painting…
Close up of the signature of the artist who created the elephant painting...
Close up of the signature of the artist who created the elephant painting…
I snapped this picture after we'd already left. Love this fun giraffe painting by Josh Brown.
I snapped this picture after we’d already left. Love this fun giraffe painting by Josh Brown.

I hope you enjoyed our little visit to the Shain Gallery.

~theavidpen

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