Monday, June 30, 2008

Big Ol' Piggy
14 x 11 inches
acrylic on canvas
sides painted, no need for a frame

This one is hanging at Southern Portraits and Accents. You haven't lived until you've seen a thousand pound sow snorting as she nurses a bunch of squealing piglets at the Iowa State Fair. It really is amazing, and convinced me that motherhood is not revered enough! This painting was inspired by an enormous sculpture in the children's garden area of Brookgreen Gardens. Oh, and one more pig story - When I first moved to SC, my roomate came into my bedroom and said, "I'm going to the Hoggly Woggly." I nearly fell off my chair laughing at the new name for the Piggly Wiggly. Too funny!

Good news! My work has been accepted at another gallery - E. Pickney Framing & Gallery at 38th Avenue and Bypass 17 in Myrtle Beach.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Orange You Glad
9 x 12 inches
acrylic on canvas board

I went over to my friend Bonnie's house the other day, and we painted together. She set up this still life, and it was interesting how differently our paintings turned out. Hers was very classical looking - dark background, lots of blending. She is a talented artist and a lovely, spiritual woman. We had so much fun!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Little Night Music
18 x 24 inches
acrylic on canvas

Sometimes we all have to blow our own horn a little... otherwise the world won't know that we can play!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Wild Women Never Get The Blues
approx 8 x 12
acrylic on wood

This is a saying I heard years ago, then was thrilled to find out that there is a group of older women that have formed a blues group:

They have a very entertaining, humorous song called Wild Women Never Get The Blues.

I put almost the same painting on the back of my denim jacket. It gets comments and giggles everywhere I wear it. I've even had people ask where I got it!

To me, wild doesn't mean naughty, it just means fearless and untamed by all those "shoulda, woulda, coulda" thoughts. Embrace your wild side!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I got the most wonderful e-mail from a customer yesterday, and I thought I'd share it with you:

Hey Peggy,

Just took a peek at your page today. I love the Lilacs and must have it! The fact that I can display it outside; you must have been reading my mind, cause that is what I have been looking for.

I tried to leave a comment on your site, but I am not Mrs. Google and don't know how to navigate. Please let me know the next step to purchasing.

I praise the Lord for blessing you with an incredible gift of painting. The joy in your heart shows through your work; I see a beautiful freedom in your spirit.

God Bless you my sister,


Mammy Luvs Ya
acrylic on wood
but something similar may be commissioned

My husband has told me about the woman who cared for him as a child growing up in Myrtle Beach. Her name was Armatha. He says she was chubby and fun, and wore a red bandana. He says her lap was endless. This reminds me of God. We are never too old to climb into God's lap.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Happy Turtle
15 x 15 inches
acrylic on wood

This happy little fella sold at Art in the Park to a collector. Is it my imagination, or do turtles seem to be everywhere lately? They are a symbol of ancient wisdom to me.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Here's Danny and Bekki Phagan making an "artist sandwich" yesterday at Art in the Park.

Here's Bekki showing off her outdoor art gallery. You sexy thang!!

I'll Fly Away
32 x 32 inches
acrylic on wood
safety coated to hang outside if desired

This painting is done on an old card table top. I try to do my part in saving things from going to the landfill (reduce, reuse, recycle, right?!)

If yo don't know the song on which this painting is based, have a listen:

Art in the Park went well this weekend, and the rain held for the most part. I got lots of comments on "Love Is A Guilded Forest" and "Celebrate!"

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Let Your Spirit Soar
10 x 12 inches
acrylic on wood

Forget the cow jumping over the moon, why not a woman?! Art in the Park is today and tomorrow. I'm praying for good weather.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Vase of Lilacs
approx 8 x 14 inches
acrylic on wood
One of the things I grew up with on the farm in Pennsylvania was huge banks of lilacs. I miss them so much, as they do not grow well here in South Carolina. There is nothing like the scent of fresh lilacs.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Froggie in the Sparkling Night
approx 13 x 13 inches
acrylic on wood
safety coated with clear gloss
to enable hanging outdoors, bathroom, kitchen
sides painted, no need for a frame

This fun little froggie is hanging at the House of Blues right now. Frogs seem to smile, don't they? I have a day froggie packed away that will see the light of day this weekend at Art in the Park, so I'll take a photo then. In the summer, especially at night, we get lots of frogs on our driveway. We have to be careful not to step on them!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Java Jive Series - Rainbow Mugs
21 x 3.5 inches
acrylic on wood, with wire

This one is hanging at Pop's Glass Gallery in Conway. It is the most unique gallery in Conway. Ed and Barb Streeter are the wonderful proprietors, and lovely Pam often works the gallery. If you go, tell them I sent you!
Golden Sea Goddess
8 x 13 inches
acrylic on wood
I tend to paint lots of my mermaids with red hair for some reason. I'm not sure why. I'm getting lots of call for yellows, oranges, and reds lately. Seems folks are decorating with warm colors. Although my favorite color has been pink since I was a little girl, as an artist, I think yellow has a glow that no other color can match. My favorite yellow is cadmium yellow, because it has a touch of orange in it.
Love Lives Here
13 x 8 inches
acrylic on wood
SOLD Here's a whimsical little cottage. My friend Linda and her husband used to have a magnet hanging on their fridge that said, "This house is filled with love." It's funny the little things you remember, isn't it? I'm gearing up for Art in the Park, Chapin Park, Myrtle Beach this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm. Come see me if you like.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Life Giver
11 x 14 inches
acrylic on canvas
sides painted, no need for a frame

I'm a huge fan of pop art, though I don't do much of it. This is another painting based on the idea that we all have a life-giving river flowing from within.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Hope Springs Eternal
20 x 26 inches
acrylic on wood

Occasionally, I find bits of blue egg shell in our yard. It always fills my heart with hope and appreciation for the miracle of life. Appreciate someone today.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Sun, Moon, Star Triptych
each piece is 4.5 x 4.5 inches
total height is 14.5 inches
acrylic on wood
clear gloss coating for protection
edges painted, no need for a frame

This piece was inspired by a picture frame I bought at a yard sale. The woman that sold it to me must have had 20 things for sale with the sun, moon, stars theme. For some reason, it reminds me of the trinity. My brother-in-law used to call the trinity "Big Daddy, Little Brother, and the Spook." Nowadays, I try not to leave the feminine side out, since I was created in God's image, too. Hence, the moon's a woman.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Love Is A Gilded Forest
30 x 24 inches
mixed media on canvas
edges painted, no need for a frame

This is another in my tree series. This one has wonderful texture and is done with silver, gold, and copper metallic paints. It's hanging at Pop's Glass in Conway. Sometimes we all need a reminder to make love a priority in our lives, and to reach for it. "Shower the people you love with love" today.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Happy Heart
10.5 x 13 inches
acrylic on wood
varnished for protection to hang outdoors or in bathrooms
edges painted, no need for a frame
SOLD to another artist

My daughter's best friend, Nicolette, loves hearts. So I made her a heart painting for her high school graduation. It was such a hit at the party that I decided to do another. May your heart be light today.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Name Plaques
7.5 x 14.5 inches
acrylic on wood
safety coated to add gloss and prevent scratches
edges painted, no need for a frame

A while back, I got asked to put a little girls name on a rocking chair. I had so much fun personalizing it for her, I got the idea to do custom name plaques. I have my name in wood, and I've had it since I was 10 years old, and it is something I treasure. These can be ordered in any color combination, size, and font.

Monday, June 9, 2008

18 x 24 inches
acrylic on canvas

Have you ever stood outside, still as can be, in the wind? The feel of it on your skin is rejuvinating, isn't it? I've always thought that wind was the breath of God, wrapping you in a shimmering embrace, whispering, "you are loved." You cannot see the wind, but you can feel its effects. Jesus said, "The wind blows wherever it will." (John 3:8) This painting is hanging at Pop's Glass in Conway.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Harvest Moon
36 x 24 inches
acrylic on canvas
This painting grew out of my love for trees, and is the first in a series. I have another on the easel that you'll see very soon.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

True Colors Series - Danielle Delight
approx 20 x 26 inches
acrylic on wood
I've always loved that song:

I see your true colors shining through,
I see your true colors, and that's why I love you;
So don't be afraid to let them show
They're beautiful, like a rainbow.

Eva Cassidy does a wonderful version of that song, by the way. We often have to look beyond what we see to understand someone's true beauty. So I've done several pieces of people done in unusual colors. I tend to give everything I paint a name, and this one is named Danielle, after my dad (Daniel). She is done with metallic paints, which don't photograph as beautifully as they appear in real life.

Have you noticed that I tend to paint a lot of women? One of the reasons for this is that I believe women are the most underutilized resource in the world. So, I'm doing my part to bring the feminine principle forward by painting women that are not only beautiful, but strong.

Red Hat Is An Attitude
approx 11 x 13 inches
acrylic on wood

I love to see the Red Hat ladies out to lunch or otherwise doing their thing. This one has a touch of that nostalgia for the glamour girls of yesteryear.
World On A String
16 x 20 inches
acrylic on canvas
This was inspired by that old song:
"Ive got the world on a string
Im sitting on a rainbow
Got the string around my finger
What a world, what a life - Im in love"
Magic of Jazz
approx 14 x 22 inches
acrylic on wood
SOLD When someone can play an intrument, and it sounds golden, as if it is part of them, that's when the magic happens. When I was 22, my mom and I were at a fancy hotel, sitting in the lobby having a beverage. There was a gentleman playing jazz on the piano, and at that moment, I fell in love with jazz. I think that done correctly, it is the most elegant, emotive music there is.
Girl Guitar God
17 x 30 inches
acrylic on wood

Why should boys have all the fun? I remember going to see BB King. Arriving late, we heard the warm up act from behind a fence, a throaty soulful woman belting it out and jamming on the guitar. We turned the corner and were shocked to see a white woman on stage! This was my introduction to Susan Tedeschi - that girl can really sing the blues.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Myrtle Beach Nights
20 x 35 inches
acrylic on wood
safety coated for hanging outdoors if desired
edges painted, no need for a frame
For Sale at The Big Tuna, Myrtle Beach

I've been doing a lot of beach stuff lately. Myrtle Beach lost one of its landmarks this past year; the Pavillion, a family oriented amusement park, was bulldozed in order to put in hotels that bring more income. This painting is a reflection of a little bit of both those things.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Beach Changes Everything
24.5 x 24.5 inches
acrylic on wood
safety coated with a clear gloss
to protect your investment and enable hanging outdoors
edges painted, no need for a frame

Painting on wood has its challenges and its joys. The challenge is controlling where the paint goes, and filling all the cracks. The joy is using the natural surface of the wood to get texture into the painting. When this happens, and it works out right, there is nothing more scrumptuous!! It may be hard to see in the photo, but that happened in spades in this piece.

A while back, somewhere in my travels, I read that the purest form of dance/worship is twirling. It exists in virtually every culture. That idea really stuck with me and eventually became this piece of art. I am captivated by what is called the "Golden Light" at dawn and twilight, when the sun is low in the sky. It is even more exaggerated at the beach, isn't it?

The beach does, indeed, change everything.
Green George The Fish
13 x 8 inches
acrylic on wood
safety coated for use in bathrooms or outdoors
edges painted, no need for a frame

This fellow just seemed like a George to me. My friend, Peggy Ann, has a pair of pants with lots of fish on them that inspired this one.
Mitchell The Blowfish
13 x 8 inches
acrylic on wood

I love whimsy and it is such a part of me that it often shows up in my dreams. If I dream of a seashell, it is plump and colorful, etc. That's probably why children are attracted to my art. The best part of doing shows is interacting with kids as I paint.