Friday, October 24, 2014

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

 Pansy Starlets
by Nancy Medina
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

Frayssinet Sunset
by Nancy Medina
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

Blue Rain Bluebonnets
by Nancy Medina
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

Spring Geranium Bouquet
by Nancy Medina
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

  Night Shine Stargazer
by Nancy Medina
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!

The studio model takes a bow!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pink Galaxy Stargazers - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

Pink Galaxy Stargazers
by Nancy Medina
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

 Dusted Pink Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
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!

The studio models take a bow!

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

Blue Rhapsody Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
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

Sun Spark Lily Solo
by Nancy Medina
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!

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

Provence Breezes
Sunflower Garden
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Canvas

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

 Purple Passion Blue Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
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
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
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

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


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

 Purple Spangle Sunflower
by Nancy Medina
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

Orange Ranunculus and Daisies, a 90-minute DVD

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fuschia Glads and Sunflowers and a New DVD - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

 Fuschia Glads and Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
Oil on Archival Panel

Fuschia Glads and Sunflowers was one of six class demonstrations created in Memphis-Collierville, Tennessee this past weekend. I love visiting my Memphis ladies, what a warm, friendly bunch - and the gourmet cake donuts and SUH-weet tea kept our creative energy high - no rest needed! The moment I arrived back in Big Ole Big D on Monday, I found a pile of boxes, supply deliveries, my new Felix clip stand for my IPad (*sound of harps*), and most exciting of all, my newest DVD, Orange Ranunculus and Daisies. I need to test that DVD on a few other devices and then will be ready to share this new step by step demonstration in oils with you. Stay tuned for the big announcement of when those will be ready, by signing up right here for my art newsletter. I'll be giving away an original oil painting, too, so you don't want to miss it. Besides, where else can you find reliably endless supplies of silly pug photos, mixed in with all the art? Hmmm???

My newest DVD! w00t!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Touch of Fall White Hydrangeas and a Tennessee Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

Touch of Fall White Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel


Touch of Fall White Hydrangeas was one of my class demonstrations today in Collierville, Tennessee. The ladies produced a plethora of lovely white hydrangeas, painting from life this afternoon, and fueled by gourmet cake donuts provided by our gracious host and hostess, Carolyn and Emory Brown. I'm glad they had the donuts, because I unintentionally traumatized the entire class trying to make a point this afternoon. 

I asked everyone to come up to the front of the room and stretch and relax just a bit, since they were focusing so intently on their own paintings. I had just finished a second hydrangea painting, and demonstrated how to put tiny bits of violet into the shadows to give these flowers just one more dimension of color. While my students were happily stretching and relaxing, I took my Viva paper towel (you may recall I own stock in Viva...) - and I WIPED the whole painting from top to bottom, obliterating my white hydrangea painting in one sweep of the towel. There were cries of dismay and my friend Carolyn was about ready to smack me. I promised it wasn't my intent to psychologically scar my students, I just wanted to emphasize you can disengage from these class paintings, because they are excercises, not masterpieces. I re-applied the hydrangea and repaired the damage in order to make up for the shock value of the lesson. The last thing I want is to have students sitting the corner rocking. The workshop police would serve me with a citation for that, I'm fairly certain...

A talented bunch of Tennessee ladies!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

French Cafe and Sketching the Streets of France - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

 French Cafe by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

French Cafe is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, and it's good to be back in the studio. I brought home a head cold from France, and in addition to the time change, it's taken a few days to get back on my feet *playing tiny violin*. It has been a rough re-entry into regular life, with no church bells to wake us each morning, no warm croissant aroma to waft up the stairs and help make the wakeup calls irresistible. I took tons of notes during my trip, to help ease the transition for my students next August, and most especially will be sharing my top 10 rookie mistakes for traveling in Europe, so you'll want to stay tuned for that, if only for a few chuckles at my expense....

It has been wonderful to be surrounded by the puggies again, though, and we've had a great deal to catch up on - tummy rub schedules were sorely neglected and the extra special Mama Brings Us Snackies in Bed routine is right back on track, as it should be. The hubby will be keeping everyone spoiled and happy as I head off to paint with my favorite southern gals this weekend in Collierville-Memphis, Tennessee. Au revoir for now ya'll!

I drew a little crowd when I was sketching
in Rocamadour last week....

Thursday, September 11, 2014

French Sunday Flower Market - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina 

French Sunday Flower Market
by Nancy Medina

The only kind of shopping I like is flower market shopping! I got my fondest wish twice this week in Southern France. Each day we go to the market, we have a picnic lunch afterward. We share different treasures we find at the market, including organic cheeses, olives, tampanade, fresh bread, lemon tarts, sundried tomatoes, prosciutto and dozens of other yummy choices. Today we placed our blankets on the shores of Valentre Bridge in Cahors. The toughest decisions we make each day are whether to have brie or soft parmesan cheese. The hubby and I have already decided all weekends going forward will be cheese weekends! Tomorrow, here in France, we visit Rocamadour, located atop a rocky plateau overlooking the Alzou Valley. Stay tuned for more images from one of the most beautiful places on earth! Bonjour flower friends!

Painting on the patio at Le Vieux Couvent

From the garden

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Looking for Love - Romantic Kitty Watercolor in France - Nancy Medina Art

Looking for Love ~ 
Romantic Kitty Watercolor
by Nancy Medina

Looking for Love is my new Romantic Kitty Watercolor from Le Vieux Couvent in Southern France this week. Bonjour flower friends and romantic kitties from across the world! May your journeys always lead to bowls of warm milk, freshly opened cans of tuna, and warm beds in which to snuggle...

We visited my favorite village in France, St. Cirq Le Popie! I'll be taking my students here in August 2015 and can't wait to visit this town again. Tomorrow we paint paint paint and Friday we go to the medieval town carved into the side of a cliff, Rocamadour. Miss you bunches flower friends!

France 2015 ~ I've Got a Croissant With Your Name on It!

The view from our cafe table in St. Cirq le Popie  


French sunflowers and cosmos near Castle Beynac