Thursday, October 30, 2014

Red Geraniums in Flight and Meet the Artist in Spring, Texas - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Red Geraniums in Flight
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





Red Geraniums in Flight was one of my class demonstrations in Houston a few weeks ago. I'm headed that way again Saturday, November 1, for my Spotlight on the Artist night at Davis and Company Fine Art Gallery in Old Town, Spring. I'll be painting live and in person. You'll recognize me as the lady with a bit of green paint on my nose. I sure hope you'll stop and say hello if you're in the neighborhood!

Spotlight on the Artist

Davis and Company Fine Art Gallery

5 to 7 pm
200 Main Street
Spring, Texas

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

French Boutique Bichon and the Paint France Countdown - Floral and French Paintings by Nancy Medina

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French Boutique Bichon
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




French Boutique Bichon is the daily newbie from Flower Mound Studio, a fond remembrance from my trip to Southern France in September. The countdown to the Paint France in Dallas giveaway has begun! In just a few days, you can enter to win a free painting workshop in North Texas with me. The workshop will take place on December 13 and will last all day. We'll have snacks, prizes, and an entire day of making brilliant color bloom on canvas. I can hardly wait I am so excited! I hope you are too! 

How to win? Stay tuned to my art bloggy for the details. But watch closely, the first 10 people who respond when the contest opens will be the winners!



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Le Petite Break Room - Flower and French Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Let Petite Break Room
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





Let Petite Break Room is the daily newbie from Flower Mound Studio, a scene from Le Vieux Couvent where I will be teaching next August. in Southern France. I'll be giving away a day of French painting right here in North Texas, and the first 10 people to respond to the giveaway later this week will be the winners. Easy as that! No passport, no plane ticket, and no jet lag! On December 13 we'll be painting French landscapes from my trip to Southern France, or you are welcome to bring your own landscape photos for a day of making brilliant color bloom on canvas. Stay tuned right here for the announcement, and be the first to respond to win your free seat in my Irving, Texas class! If you just can hardly wait, you can sign up for all three days of painting right here....



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Join me for the Painting Dream Vacation of a Lifetime in 2015!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Free Workshop Giveaway - Painting France in December - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Poppy Tango
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





Poppy Tango is part of a new painting video in production, as a double feature with a pansy painting lesson, and will be available early next year (or sooner we can hope!). In the meantime, I'm already planning cool fun stuff to do before 2014 concludes. And one of the most exciting things on the agenda will be a free workshop. Next week, I'll be announcing a free one-day workshop on December 13, right here on the art bloggy. How to win a seat? The first 10 people to respond by emailing me at nancy@nancymedina.com AFTER the announcement is posted next week will be invited to join me for one day absolutely FREE to paint in North Texas at the Jaycee Parks Center for the Arts in Irving, Texas.

This one-day December 13, 2014, workshop also will be open at no charge to everyone who has registered for my August 2015 trip to paint at Le Vieux Couvent. My first France workshop filled in one day, but there are still four seats open for France Aug 4-14, 2015, and I'm reserving a croissant with your name on it, mon cheri! 

On December 13, you will be able to visit France without packing, without standing in line for a passport - right here in North Texas, and get your brushes all warmed up for the painting experience of a lifetime. We'll spend the day painting from my France photos (or any of your own!). Stay tuned to the bloggy for the scoop! Who knows, there may even be some - chocolate croissants in it for you mon cheri! If you simply can't wait and must have a seat reserved, you can register for my December workshop immediately and spend three full days painting in brilliant color. - Read more about my December workshop here....



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Join me for the Painting Dream Vacation of a Lifetime in 2015!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Painting Pansies at the Dallas Arboretum - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Pansy Panoply
by Nancy Medina

Dallas Arboretum Class Demonstration
 
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel





Pansy Panoply was my classroom demonstration today at the Dallas Arboretum. What a treat to have Megan Bruce, who usually serves as my hostess and coordinator from the Adult Ed Department, join us to put brush to canvas! We painted fresh pansies today step by step, while the garden outside the classroom windows was buzzing with activity. Over 70,000 pumpkins are on display there, and moms and dads were taking pictures of kids on pumpkins left and right in the perfect sunny weather with mums and blossoms all about.  It was a regular flower mob scene! My next workshop is in another sunny locale, San Diego. Students from Singapore, Canada, Australia, and across the US will converge on Balboa Park to make brilliant flowers bloom in oils. Be sure to wear your sunscreen, hat and flip flops, and stay tuned to the art bloggy for San Diego garden photos to come!




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The studio models take a bow!






 Hardhat flower construction zone! Proceed with colorful abandon!





Megan and her smiling pansy!





Just a few of the thousands of pumpkins on display.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shocking Raw Footage and a New Video Double Feature on Pansies and Poppies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Pansy Starlets
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


What REALLY goes on behind the scenes during a flower painting video? I'm sure this questions has kept you up many, many nights. Are there gaffs? grips? good looking stuntmen in plaid skirts for the Outlander Series hanging about with nothing to do but provide neckrubs for tired female artists? As much as I wish the latter were true, instead I spent a fun day with my favorite videographer and her hubby making the latest for you - a DOUBLE feature video, with two lessons, one on pansies and one on poppies. When it was time to take a photo of the studio models, however, the movie took on a rated PG for violence twist, as Trevor elected to snip the unpainted, neglected, forgotten yellow pansy out of the photo lest the students have questions. (SO, when are you going to paint the yellow pansy?? Was there some subconscious prejudice you had against the YELLOW pansy? Um, I see a yellow pansy there that you forgot, can you put that in for me?) 

Sometimes teaching flower painting is a tough business. You have to have a thick skin. You have to be prepared for those moments when you *brace yourself* RUN OUT OF CHOCOLATE HALFWAY THROUGH THE DEMO. Yes, dear ones, these gruesome moments do actually happen. Footnote with fine print: And Rockwall, Texas, class members who shall remain nameless, I will ALWAYS recall you (fondly, oh yes!) for helping me identify every thing that needed tweaking in my lily painting. And my daisy painting...and ....

Speaking quite seriously, however, being a full time artist and teacher gives one the ability to work with the most exceptional, creative, open hearted students and art admirers on earth. My videographer Michelle immediately rescued previously  mourned yellow pansy and put this little fellow to good use - and isn't she lovely wearing the yellow pansy! Here are some photos for you showing what REALLY happens behind the scenes. Notice the paper towel (THOU SHALT NOT CROSS) blockade barrier thingy ma bob, notice my lucky orange shoelaces, and if you really squint you might even be able to spot the chocolate on the table behind my palette. Chocolate, after all, does keep the world spinning. Oh wait, oopsie! I had actually eaten all the chocolate by the time that photo was taken. 

Stay tuned flower friends - a new DOUBLE FEATURE has been filmed for you - featuring a lesson on pansies, and another whole lessons on poppies. If we cross our fingers and click our heels together, maybe it will be ready in time for the holidays (because you deserve it! even you Rockwall ladies, yes you DO!)





Michelle absconds with one of the studio models!




 Raw footage of a flower photo shoot!






The studio models take a bow (and a dip!)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Frayssinet Sunset - French Landscapes and Florals by Nancy Medina

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Frayssinet Sunset
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


 
 
Frayssinet Sunset is the newest daily in Flower Mound Studio, based on my recent visit to Southern France. I'll be teaching in this charming village next August, and can hardly wait to return.
Tomorrow we'll be filming a new video in North Texas, so I did a little flower shopping today with Howard Pee Pugpants at the nursery here in Flower Mound. I hardly had time to put the pugmobile in park when the first crowd of adoring fans stepped up to greet Mister Howard, with pats and exclamations of his absolute handsomeness. Howard loves an audience and all the attention that comes with it, and gave several slobbery autographs before helping me pick out just the right blossoms to paint on camera tomorrow. What on earth would I do without my studio helpers to guide me in the right direction each day? Here's a picture, not of Howard, but of his little sister Anniebee, who went for a wash and style at the vet today. If this doesn't prepare you for Halloween, I'm not sure what will!




Clearly, the lady behind me has been
waiting a long time for service around here!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Bue Rain Bluebonnets - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Blue Rain Bluebonnets
by Nancy Medina
24X20
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




Blue Rain Bluebonnets is a new commission under construction in Flower Mound Studio tonight. I was asked to really punch up some color in this painting, so I hope the new owner likes bright violets and blues! This weekend I head to the Dallas Arboretum for my final workshop of the year in the gardens, one of my friends who works there has taken the plunge and is going to take the workshop as a bran new painter. I work with new painters step by step, showing them how to set up their palettes and use their tools, so I'm excited to introduce her to the world of bright color in oils. There are only 2 seats left, and I've saved a Dallas Arboretum pumpkin with your name on it mon cher!  You are cordially invited to join me there Saturday for my only one-day workshop! Read more...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Spring Geranium Garden and a Houston Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina



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Spring Geranium Bouquet
by Nancy Medina
12X30
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas


Spring Geranium Garden was one of my class demonstrations this weekend in my Spring, Texas workshop, in The Woodlands area just north of Houston. We painted yellow tulips, red geraniums and tomorrow, white hydrangeas and purple larkspur, all from fresh flowers. Painting from life is such a great way to pay tribute to Mother Nature, and creating a painting from a fresh flower has an impact that is quite a bit stronger than recreating work from a one dimensional photograph. How to make the transition from photos to life is one of the things I share with my students. 

What a lucky gal I am to be able to do what I love as my job! I've been brainstorming ways to say thank you to all my students this holiday season, and have come up with a gift that I think will tickle your fancy, so stay tuned here to the art bloggy for the announcement to come. In the meantime here are some photos from this weekend for you!


Carol's divine geraniums were only topped
by her gorgeous yellow tulips today!




Patti had layers and layers
 of gorgeous color in her flowers!




Guess who came to see me?
My cousin Lisa! Holy cow I need
to visit Houston more often!



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Night Shine Stargazer - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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  Night Shine Stargazer
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



I couldn't bear to leave the studio this week without painting these fresh stargazers at least one more time. If there is any color that sings to me lately, it has been fuschia-pink! People ask me if I have a favorite flower, and really for me, it's about a favorite color, and my color moods swing through different spectrums at different times. I'm sure this is all tied to biorhythms, hormones, whether Venus is aligned with Mars, or if I've run out of Dove chocolate, for sure. This weekend we'll be painting yellow tulips, red roses and white hydrangeas in my Spring, Texas workshop. Don't be surprised if I come home with a new vase or three, all those cute little boutiques and gift shops within walking distance of the Gallery will be calling my name!



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The studio model takes a bow!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pink Galaxy Stargazers - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Pink Galaxy Stargazers
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas




Pink Galaxy Stargazers is the newest daily in Flower Mound Studio. The fall weather is here, so I've been spending some time in my flower garden to gather memories and color on film to last me through the winter to come. It's my duty to visit the garden at least every few hours, since Studio Director AnnieBee requires a regular schedule of toy tossing to keep my training on track. I hope you have a little helper who keeps you smiling, too. What a beautiful way to remember to stop and smell the roses!


AnnieBee in her Woofie Warmer!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dusted Pink Hydrangeas, a New Sunflower DVD, and a Dallas Arboretum Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Dusted Pink Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
16X20
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


Dusted Pink Hydrangeas is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio. I couldn't resist this bucket of fresh flowers at the market yesterday. Yes they're out of season. Yes it's a little late to replant them in my garden (though I shall give it my best try!). Really though, could you walk by these pink flowers at the market and buy spinach or green beans instead? I mean, what do they take us crazy flower folks for, health nuts?? 

My final Dallas Arboretum one-day workshop is coming up on October 25. It's a beautiful time of year to visit the gardens, with their famous 1000-pumpkin display in all its grand glory calling to us outside the classroom windows. The pansies also beckon, and the vanishing pools and koi ponds and rose gardens, too. I hope you'll join me there! Read more about that by clicking this thingy ma bob...

In other news I'm reviewing my newest DVD today - Sunflowers and Strawberries. My favorite fruit, my favorite flower, with a few daisies thrown in to keep you smiling. Coming soon to a DVD player near you! Stay tuned to my art bloggy flower friends for news on when it will be ready for pre-order, plus all the flower news to come!



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The studio models take a bow!


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Sunflowers and Strawberries, coming soon to a DVD player near you!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Blue Rhapsody Hydrangeas and Bittersweet High School Memories - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Blue Rhapsody Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


Am I the only one who cringes at this time of year, when all the high school homecomings are in full swing, the football games light up the skyline in the evenings, and the mums are displayed the moment you walk into the grocery store? I wasn't one of the popular girls in high school. In fact, I never dated a single guy I went to high school with. Let me rephrase that, I was never asked out by any guy I went to high school with. It seemed like such a painful time back then. 

I remember one of the popular football players asking me quite loudly, in front of most of his friends one day in front of the gymnasium, if I put my blue eye shadow on with a shovel. I was terribly skinny, had no idea how to style my hair, and never spoke aloud or made eye contact with anyone other than my best friend. I used to pray every day no one would notice me, or see me, or think of me, and I believed if I sat very still and kept my head down, I could be invisible in class.

Now I am thankful I didn't get caught up in all the small town drama. I'm so relieved I didn't marry anyone from the town I grew up in (population 5000, my high school graduating senior class had just 19 students!) If there was one wish I could grant, it would be to give those kids today currently living through this same awkward, lonely, ostracized time the foresight to understand that being shunned by the popular kids could actually be a blessing in disguise. Being a late bloomer could mean you will be one of the happiest. Leaving town to follow your dreams is one way to start. It sure can give you perspective on what you left behind....

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sun Spark Lily Solo - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Sun Spark Lily Solo
by Nancy Medina
15X11
Oil on Archival Panel



Sun Spark Lily Solo was one of my class demonstrations, one of the children of Berries and Creme Lily Trio from earlier on this bloggy. I got home from Kansas City, Missouri, yesterday to much pug fanfare and howling and yelping and commotion. My greeting committee was glad to see me, but let's face it, it was also Lunch Time! 

My next workshop is in Spring, Texas, north of Houston and just up the road from one of my favorite places in Texas, The Woodlands. I love teaching at Davis & Company Gallery, Melissa and her helpers always make us feel so welcome, and how many times have you been to a workshop where the hostess serves the students wine in the afternoon? It's definitely a great way to  paint loose, fun, bright florals! South Texas, here I come!


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Spring, Texas, shopping, galleries and all sorts of fun things to paint!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Provence Breezes Sunflower Garden - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Provence Breezes
Sunflower Garden
by Nancy Medina
24X18
Oil on Canvas
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Provence Breezes Sunflower Garden was one of my class demonstrations today near Kansas City, Missouri. I'm packing up boxes tonight to head to the next destination in Spring, Texas, and looking forward to a few days home with the hubby and puggies. If you've been waiting for word on your pre-order for the new Ranunculus and Daisy DVD, good news: These are shipping out to everyone early next week! My goal is to flood you with flowers over the winter, so you'll never have a day without bright color even when it's chilly outside and we are forced to snuggle on the couch indoors with the furry friends, a soft knit blanket, and a cup of hot chocolate with extra whippy creme on top...

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Purple Passion Blue Hydrangeas - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Purple Passion Blue Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel


We had a busy weekend making pansies and hydrangeas bloom in Lees Summit, Missouri this weekend. Tomorrow's menu includes sunflowers and if we have time, oriental lilies, too! Thanks so much to Connie, Robin and Mary for hosting and coordinating for me this week, talk about your Dream Team! Here's a peek at what these talented artists took home from class today. The smiles were extra big - we had just been served hot chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven during our afternoon break. Flowers, chocolate, warm cookies and friends, sounds like a recipe for happiness to me...



 The Lees Summit Dream Team! Robin, Connie and Mary,
class coordinators and hostesses extraordinaire!



Smiles faces inspired by bright colors and fresh baked cookies!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Pumpkin and Pansy Celebration and a Missouri Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


 Pumpkin and Pansy Celebration
by Nancy Medina
16X20
Oil on Archival Panel ~ Sold

Class Demonstration

Pumpkin and Pansy Celebration was one of my class demonstrations today in Lees Summit, Missouri. We were so lucky to find gorgeous fresh pansies to serve as our flower models. After two days under the spotlight, their little heads were nodding, so we set them out in the chilly wet air this evening to give them the refresher they wanted. It's never a good thing when you're pansies aren't perky, I always say.... Tomorrow, blue hydrangeas in a teal glass vase! But today's puzzler, see if you can spot the candy corn in one of the pictures below...


Mary's pansy solo!



Can you spot the candy corn in this picture?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Daisies and Pumpkins and a Dallas Arboretum Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


 Daisies and Pumpkins
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Archival Panel

Class Demonstration





Daisies and Pumpkins was one of my six demonstrations in oils from fresh flowers in Rockwall, Texas last weekend. Tomorrow I fly to Kansas City to teach, and I'm excited to see what kind of beautiful colors we can rustle up at the local flower shops and nurseries. Last year we found hollyhocks and you may recall we painted a red vase that belonged to Connie Turner that was dappled with tiny little flowers (the same red vase that I greatly admired, and said a tearful goodbye to when I left!). Stay tuned to the bloggy for postings from Kansas City, and all the early fall colors your heart desires!

In the meantime, if you haven't been out to see the incredible pumpkin display at the Dallas Arboretum, this is a great time to visit. I'll be teaching my only one day class there October 25, so if you'd like to get a sample of what happens in one of my workshops, why not join me in the most beautiful garden in Texas! Read more...




Dallas Arboretum blooms

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Berries and Creme Lily Trio and a Kansas City Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


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 Berries and Creme Lily Trio
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Archival Panel

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Berries and Creme Lily Trio was my sixth class demo in Rockwall, Texas, and I am always so sad to say farewell to a class of enthusiastic, talented painters, most especially when they bring me pastries! Thanks so much Rosemary, my enabler, donut supplier, and new BFF for bringing two dozen delicieux donuts this morning. What in the world could be more fun than painting fresh flowers in the colors we love, while having just a few glazed treats while we're at it?

My next stop is Kansas City, and Connie Turner's fabulous art studio in Lees Summit. I have one seat that just opened for this workshop, and would love to see you there! With or without donuts! Read more....




My new donut enabler, supplier,
BFF - Rosemary!




The studio model flowers take a bow!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Purple Spangle Sunflower and a New DVD - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Purple Spangle Sunflower
by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel





Purple Spangle Sunflower was my class demonstration in Tennessee last weekend, and I'm packing up again for a workshop in Rockwall, Texas this weekend. I'm excited to announce you can now pre-order my new DVD, Ranunculus and Daisies, for a discounted price. This 90 minute DVD features step by step lessons on how to paint daisies, delphiniums, orange ranunculus and one of my favorite blue patterned vases. Stay tuned for images from Rockwall, we'll be painting near the park right on the lake this weekend. I'm always hopeful a four footed visitor will wander in when we leave the doors open, since the dog park is right next door!

Click here to Pre-order Ranunculus and Daisies on DVD




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Orange Ranunculus and Daisies, a 90-minute DVD


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