Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Earth Child Geraniums - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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Earth Child Geraniums
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




 Have you ever had one of those days in the studio where nothing you paint turns out right? I scumbled and wiped and mumbled through three canvases today before I finally settled on this geranium painting. I'm not sure why sometimes things flow, and sometimes it's like gears grinding. When the muses are singing, when things flow almost effortlessly onto the canvas, it's so nice, but it doesn't always happen, even when you've been painting every day for almost 7 years! Clearly, I need more chocolate in my diet or something....

Monday, January 26, 2015

Out of the Blue Delphiniums and Iris and a Special Visitor in the Studio - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina Art

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Out of the Blue Delphiniums and Iris
by Nancy Medina

Detail

20X20
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas






Out of the Blue Delphiniums and Iris is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, and the last hurrah of the batch of fresh Japanese iris and blue delphiniums. The little petals were making plopping noises the whole time I was painting them under the studio light, as they fell to the tabletop. They posed bravely and stood steadfastly under duress, and deserve to be remembered for all they gave in the name of color! We salute you little flowers. Oh my, it must be getting late, where did that come from?

It's likely because I am still so absolutely delighted we had a very special visitor to Flower Mound Studio today, my friend Vicki came to see us. Vicki was one of my classmates in September in Southern France, and was in town visiting her great-grandson so we got to catch up on all the news and have lunch at the closest thing to France there is in Flower Mound - La Madeleine restaurant! As you can see from the photos below, Hannah immediately gave Vicki her utmost seal of approval by sitting on Vicki's foot and refusing to move. I am pretty sure that if Hannah had her way, Vicki would never leave. Thanks for coming to visit us Vicki, big hugs and kisses and safe travels home!





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Out of the Blue - Fini!




 Hannah claims Vicki's 
foot in the name of all pugdom!




Saying cheese with my buddy!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Violet Ballet Irises and Delphiniums - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina Art

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Violet Ballet Irises and Delphiniums
by Nancy Medina
16X16
Palette Knife/Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

Violet Ballet is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio. I just got a big shipment of deep gallery wrap canvases, and had been wanting to try something in the 16X16 size for quite some time. I love the size, it's just right for big, bold color! It's hard to get a good photograph of a palette knife painting, the paint is so thick and textured. On the surface, it looks like icing on a cake, if one were to eat a purple and blue cake, that is... 

One of the things I focused on in this composition was to place a strong horizontal element (the deep dark blue purple) in order to counter all of the vertical elements (the dancing irises and delphiniums). The horizontal strip of dark purple also helps to push the little grouping of white irises and green stems forward, adding depth and a bit more drama to the painting.



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The studio models take a bow and a dip!

Friday, January 23, 2015

My Favorite Pink Recipe and Lifes a Breeze Peonies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina Art

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Life's a Breeze Peonies
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


Life's a Breeze Peonies is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio. Since the day was chilly and slightly wet out, the pugs stayed in the studio with me all day, hunkered down as if they lived in the Alaskan tundra. I love these cozy days in the studio, with all my office helpers snoring and tossing toys around while I work. The new vase was under the spotlight again, and I had to paint the peonies because they may not last another day. My friend Jill, the manager at the flower market always lets me know when they have a new shipment of peonies in, offering to grab them off the flat for me before all these fragrant beauties disappear. It's good to have flower friends!

My favorite pink recipe in the whole world is permanent rose by Winsor & Newton, with just a touch of white added. By starting your painting with a transparent pink, such as permanent rose, and then adding the final touches in the white/pink mixture, you can get clean color that doesn't look muddy.

 


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The fragrant studio models take a bow and a dip!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Garden Party Iris Bouquet and Shopping Without Adult Supervision - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina Art

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 Garden Party Iris
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


 Garden Party Iris is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio. One of my friends asked me if I paint every day. The answer is yes, unless I'm on an airplane on my way to teach a workshop, I paint every day. I've been painting every day for about 7 years now. I have a condition called the Daily Painters Compulsion. I'm pretty sure I should be on some sort of strong medication for it.

Today I went to the store for lemons and found yet another new vase. Then I saw these iris, and then the delphiniums, and then bunches and bunches of fresh peonies. Then I saw a really cute green roller bag I could use on the plane to stuff my treasures in for my trips to and from workshops. I won't tell you what my grocery bill ended up being, for that bag of lemons, but let's just say this is how things rapidly spiral out of control, when I'm allowed to go shopping with no adult supervision whatsoever.




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The new sparkly wonderful vase makes its debut!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to Punch Up Your Color - Green Meadow Lavender Farm - Flower and Landscape Paintings by Nancy Medina Art


Green Meadow Lavender Farms
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




Green Meadow Lavender Farms is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio, I warmed up the purple brushes and mixed up warms and cools into my piles, planting them right next to the greens. I have a little mantra I repeat even when I'm alone in my studio (yes, I am certifiably an artist as well as certifiable) that goes something like this - place the color next to but not on top of the other color. It helps me remember not to blend into oblivion and keeps those color punches powerful.

Monday, January 19, 2015

White Rhapsody Rose Arbor and Braving the Harsh Elements Out in the Florida Wilds - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina Art

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White Rhapsody Rose Arbor
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas






White Rhapsody Rose Arbor is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, the landscapes are still calling my name and rose arbors are one of my favorite things to paint (and photograph) in the whole wide world. I have so many great images from Coronado, California, but White Rhapsody is based on the bougainvillea rose arbor we painted plein air in Florida last spring. You may recall that this was the "kinder, gentler" plein air class I taught where we provided tables and chairs under the beautiful Florida sun and 'neath the swaying palms. Once we were all set up and happy, content with knowing the owner of the property was quite happy we were painting his flowers, the neighbor's sprinkler system went off, making us all run for high ground. Just goes to show, you must be prepared for everything nature, and lawncare, throws at you whilst braving those harsh elements painting in the wild...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Violet Spotlight Sunflowers and a New Painting Video - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina Art

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Violet Spotlight Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
12X16
Oil on Linen Panel



Violet Spotlight Sunflowers is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, a departure from my French village series and return to one of my favorite subjects of all time! The chilly weather outside just seemed to call for warm colors on the canvas today. My next video shoot is coming up in just a few weeks - I'm thinking about geraniums as the subject, but haven't quite decided yet! I'll have to consult my director and her staff, once she's finished with her post second breakfast naptime break....

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Little French Houses - Flower and Landscape Paintings by Nancy Medina Art

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Little French Houses
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




Little French Houses is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, I've been having fun with my photo library from Southern France this week, and sense a few more of these landscapes will be appearing on my easel. I got a note from a follower in Canada this morning suggesting I open up my blog comments so that people can comment, even if they are not on Google Plus. I had no idea this restriction was there! I remember the old days when it was just plain old blogger (do I sound like an old granny here?) and things were so much easier! I will see if I can try to adjust the settings, turn the knobs, fix the thingy ma bobs, so more people can comment. Thank you so much Linda for letting me know, and warmest regards to chilly Canada from sunny Flower Mound, Texas!

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Wanderer - Romantic French Kitty - Paintings by Nancy Medina Art

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The Wanderer -  Romantic French Kitty
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





The Wanderer is the newest painting in my French cottage series, I brought home close to a thousand photos from our trip to Southern France last September, and every time I look through them I discover new little treasures. I love putting the kitties into the scenes, they always add just a little mystery and fun, and make my imagination spin off little stories and adventures for these four footed fluffballs. This little kitty was based on the photos I got of Loki, the resident kitty at Le Vieux Couvent, where I'll be teaching in August. I have a few seats left and would love to have you join me for this dream painting getaway. Click here for more information on France.




Fresh Flowers and a French picnic near Castle Beynac!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

French Rest Stop Sunflower Garden - Flower and Landscape Paintings by Nancy Medina Art

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French Rest Stop Sunflower Garden
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



French Rest Stop is a new sunflower garden in Flower Mound Studio, I was needing some warm color to chase away the winter chill and fused some of my favorite photos from my back yard garden along with my trip to France together to create this little floral-scape. My adirondack chairs are bright blue, so I shifted their color to white so they wouldn't compete with my blue flower beds in the foreground. I'm imagining a nice warm summer day, with temps in the high 90s, and an icy glass of lemonade nearby...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A True Story of Romance and Fashion ~ She Wore a White Dress With Roses - Paintings by Nancy Medina Art



She Wore a White Dress With Roses
by Nancy Medina

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30X24
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

I'm absolutely thrilled and delighted to be featured for the Elegance show for Contemporary Fine Arts International this month! Here's the story behind the image shared - She Wore a White Dress With Roses.

One of my father's favorite stories was about the night he and my mother (who were just courting at the time) went to a dance hall in St. Louis to hear a live band play and dance the night away. My mother worked as a secretary for a law firm and still lived at home with my grandmother and grandfather. Every pay day she would go out and buy herself a new outfit. 

On this night, she wore a white dress with red roses embroidered all the way down the skirt. Dad said every man in the room stared at his gorgeous red head in a white dress with roses when she walked into the dance hall. I wish I had a photo of my mother in that dress. Since I don't, I've created it here. I can imagine the live band playing, the laughter that must have hung in the air, and the perfume. Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher, Peggy Lee, I know my parents loved that music, their record collection was cherished for years through our childhood. 

I know for certain if time travel were an option, the 1950s would be the years I would visit first. Most of all, I'd like to talk with that young red-haired girl in the white dress with roses. I wonder what she would say. I think I'll ask her when I see her tomorrow. 




Detail From White Dress With Roses





Clearly, I'm going to have to buy some shoes
to wear with all of these new dresses!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Winter Blues Hydrangeas - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina Art


Winter Blues Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
14X11
Oil on Archival Panel

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I felt a little blue leaving behind the 80 degree Florida weather, but it sure is nice to be back home wit the puggies and the hubby! A huge thanks to my wonderful workshop host, Ann Card, this intrepid lady drove me hither and yon and discovered the mother lode of flower shops to boot. I still haven't quite unpacked, and it's time to get ready for my Valentine's party-French painting workshop in February. You are invited, I'm going to have some fun gifts for all the students, and maybe that cute Frenchman will come by and serve us lunch again and wear his beret and say oo la la!

Painting French Landscapes and Florals

Valentine's Party Workshop

Feb. 13-15, 2015
Irving, Texas

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Heat Wave Sunflowers and a Florida Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina Art


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Heat Wave Sunflowers and Delphiniums
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
20X16
Oil on Linen Panel


Heat Wave Sunflowers was my class demonstration today in sunny Florida. The day started out a bit chilly, but we hit the 80 degree mark by afternoon. I don't mean to rub it in, but at one point I had to turn up the air conditioning just a bit. I'm always a bit sad on the last day of class, telling friends goodbye and telling that ultra giant box of chocolates goodbye, can you blame me if I cried just a little bit? Tomorrow it's back home to the boss, Studio Director AnnieBee, and her minions, and the hubby who said he has missed me. It's good to be loved. I hope your family, friends and little four footed babies are nearby and keeping you warm today, where-ever you may be!


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 The classroom models take a bow!




Kay and her sassy, colorful sunflowers!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Friendly Hotel Alligators and Rainwater Roses in Sunny Florida - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina Art

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Rainwater Roses and Strawberries
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration

20X16
Oil on Linen Panel

When I saw the little boy hopping up and down at 7 am this morning in my hotel lobby and pointing, I thought maybe he really liked the koi pond here at the Gaylord Palms. Imagine my surprise when I saw what he was really excited about - the resident gators! Fortunately these leathery little guys didn't seem too interested in climbing through the iron bars to munch on the tourists and they even ignored their lazy turtle neighbors. Excuse me, Mister Bellman, there's an alligator in my room.... Note to self, if you hear scuffling on the carpet outside your door, do NOT open the door without your running shoes on.

We painted roses until the seagulls came home in sunny Florida today. Tomorrow we tackle sunflowers and, if they cooperate and open a bit more, some tulips, too! These workshops are always over WAY too fast, I can't believe tomorrow is the last day. I can't believe I'm going to have to leave behind that giant box of chocolate my most favorite student ever (until another student brings me a larger box of chocolates) brought to class yesterday. Maybe I can fill my pockets with chocolate and make it through security screening. I'll give that a try and let you know how it all turns out with TSA screening agents. I'm already imagining it will not be pretty, kind of like the time I tried to wear those sparkley jeans through the X-ray machine and the bored officer at the airport announced "Need a pat down on aisle two for the 50 year old woman wearing sparkley butt jeans...."



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The classroom models take a bow!




 Uber-talented artist Martha is ready to tackle
those flowers and, after that, some sudsy dishes!




 It's a tough job painting neath the swaying palms!
Florida Alumni 2015




Critters in my hotel this morning....

Friday, January 9, 2015

Dreams of Summer Hydrangeas and Painting Florida Flowers - Nancy Medina Art

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Dreams of Summer Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration

20X16
Oil on Linen Panel

We hit the flower jackpot in Florida yesterday, my hostess with the most-ess Ann drove me to a warehouse of fresh flowers as soon as I landed in the sunshine state yesterday. On top of that, she failed to restrain me in any way, shape, or fashion, as I tossed fresh peonies, hydrangeas, Japanese iris, daisies, delphiniums, and all sorts of other colorful plants onto our my shopping cart. Oh, and a few new vases, too, (because one can never have too many sparkley vases....).  Today we painted hydrangeas until the seagulls came home, and tomorrow we're going to warm up our pink brushs with some lovely roses and peonies. I do so appreciate my flower models. They don't fidget, they don't complain about the bright lights, they don't eat much and never, ever show up for a shoot after partying all night with bags under their eyes.  

I love Florida! I treated myself to a few nights at the Gaylord Palms this trip, and immediately became best friends with the fattest, happiest crowd of koi I have ever seen. I was just taking a few photos of these beautiful fishies and they came swimming over and all began smacking their lips at me begging for food, reminding me of a certain pack of pugs I happen to know... Speaking of food, as soon as class began this morning, Diane walked in carrying a box of chocolates for teacher. She is my favorite. Until someone brings a bigger box for teacher, Diane is forever going forward my favorite.

Finally, I leave you with a picture from poolside, yes, it's mean. I just can't help myself. Wherever you are, gaze at the gratuitous palm tree pool photo, put an extra log on the fire, and pile another fat pug on top of your covers, and you might begin to remember what warm feels like again... Stay tuned tomorrow for more class photos!


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The classroom models take a bow!




Diane, my most
favorite-ist student ever!




These koi raced straight over and begged for food,
reminding me of some puggies I know!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Slice of Life - French Village Lavender and a Florida Workshop - Landscape and Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Detail ~ French Village Lavender and Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas


The brushes are all packed for sunny Florida - I'm not quite sure how my freezing toes will react when the arrive in the sunshine state tomorrow - I'm told it's a brisk 50-ish degrees there. I seem to remember 50 degrees, vaguely, but it's a distant memory right now in freezing Texas! I was finishing up edgework on my newest French Village scene, and thought it would be fun to cut some slices or vignettes out of the overall composition, making little mini-paintings. All that's missing are the fluffy little French sheep!

Here are a few different scenes - enjoy! Stay tuned for photos from my Florida workshop this week, I'll try not to bombard you with too many beach scenes, and if I drink anything out of a coconut, I promise to save some for you!


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Detail 2 - French Village Lavender and Sunflowers



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 Another perspective of French Village life...!





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Call the police! There's a French Village on my easel!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

French Village Sunflowers and Lavender and an Arkansas Workshop - Flower and Landscape Paintings by Nancy Medina Art

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French Village Lavender and Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

French Village Lavender and Sunflowers is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, as the pug helpers lay about. I believe they are on strike, although they cannot hold up signs. It's more of a snoring laying about kind of strike. They don't seem the least bit excited about my big news today - I'm teaching my first workshop in Arkansas and you are cordially invited! *confetti!!* I'll be teaching in Hot Springs, a place I've always wanted to visit. Even better, it will not be in winter when I'm there. Here's a bit more info below. In the meantime, I have to wake up my snoring helpers and tuck them into bed. Sweet dreams flower friends!
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Painting Colorful Landscapes and Florals

in Hot Springs, Arkansas

June 26-28, 2015



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A new village on the easel!

Monday, January 5, 2015

French Village Lavender and Poppies - Flower and Landscape Paintings by Nancy Medina Art


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French Village Poppies and Lavender
by Nancy Medina
36X36
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas



French Village is the newest landscape in Flower Mound Studio, and if the cold weather holds up much longer I'm going to have to relocate my studio! My big studio window lets in so much cold that by the end of each evening's painting session, my toes and fingers are numb. I've tried plugging in space heaters but always blow the circuits here in the front studio. Holy cow I'm going to have to get some hand and foot warmer thingies from the sports store if this cold snap continues much longer! I hope it's warmer where you are. I'm headed to Florida in a few days to teach. My hostess said the weather was 72 degrees yesterday. I can only vaguely remember warm weather, can you?


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French Village on the easel

Friday, January 2, 2015

Delphiniums and Zinnias - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Delphiniums and Zinnias
by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

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The cold weather has truly arrived, so the pugs are piled atop one another around the easel, all in the same bed, despite there being four perfectly good beds available. I'm imagining you're on a beach right now, with a palm tree swaying nearby. Don't forget your sunscreen, for heaven's sake!

Thank you so much for all the kind notes about my Mom, she is doing a little better today. I talked to her on the phone and she told me "They got me a photo quilt!" I said, "I know!" Her appetite has picked up, also, which is a relief. Carlos made her a big pot of navy beans with ham and we bought her a can of her favorite cheese popcorn (Garrett's!) so I'm hoping she'll still have a great appetite when I visit her next week. How lucky I am to still have my Mama to hug!!!




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Delphiniums swaying on the easel

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