Monday, April 14, 2014

Windblown Blue Iris and a Tour of my Garden - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Windblown Blue Iris
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


I'm supposed to be packing, I'm supposed to be resting for my big trip to my painting and art marketing workshop in the Texas Hill Country tomorrow, but I confess I'm having trouble tearing myself away from the easel. All these irises are calling my name! Yellows, blues, purples. Thank goodness for caffeine, that will be my friend when I'm driving to Fredericksburg.... Here is a tour of my iris garden, I can't believe all the color that has made an early appearance here. Tonight it will be in the 30s, I wonder how these will look tomorrow!



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 The studio model take a dip and a bow!



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I think this one is dancing....



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 Ah, my absolute favorites!




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There will be more to come!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Video of Signs of Spring Blue Irises and the Truth Behind What Goes on in Flower Mound Studio - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


Signs of Spring Blue Iris
by Nancy Medina
and Howard Pee Pugpants

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14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

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for a full FREE video of this

painting coming soon!

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Signs of Spring is the newest iris painting among a collection of these growing in Flower Mound Studio this week, thanks to the explosion of color in my iris beds! I cut a few blues and brought them into the studio, placing them in a teal vase to inspire Signs of Spring. Little did I know, there was a hidden camera in the studio, which captured the truth about what goes on behind the brush. I hope this film doesn't go viral, it could spell absolute disaster for my reputation as an artist! All of these paintings, created by somepuggy with no thumbs?? To heap insult on top of injury, not three minutes after I posted this painting, it sold. I wonder if it was because the video. It was painted by an extremely good looking fellow, it appears, rather than his humble servant, moi. This mystery shall surely haunt me for minutes and minutes.....




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The maestro reveals himself!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pink Larkspur Daisy Duet - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Pink Larkspur Daisy Duet
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




 Pink Larkspur Daisy Duet is the newest daily painting in the studio today. I felt just a bit like I was cheating, since I was painting instead of working on tags and inventory sheets for my show at the Dallas Arboretum April 26-27. All the paintings are stacked neatly into categories, leaning against walls and furniture throughout my house, hither and yon. Next I'll print out the tags, put each in a tiny clear bag and attach it to the back of each painting. Then when it's time to hang the painting, the tag is right there. I did take a bit of a break earlier today, the hubby and I went to World Market and got a few new adirondack chairs - this is Baltic Blue! I got the impression Howard Pee Pugpants approved of the new chair, although I cannot say for certain, since I don't speak Pug....



As soon as mom goes inside, I'm going
to pee on this chair, says Howard....

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blue Iris Lily Garden and Countdown to Dallas Arboretum Artscape - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Blue Iris Lily Garden by Nancy Medina
15X30
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



My iris garden produced yellow, white, purple and pale blue flowers this morning. This sudden proliferation of profuse color has me just a bit worried that it will be a short bloom season. Rather than see this as the glass half empty garden, I'm going to believe this will be the best iris season ever in the gardens of Flower Mound Studio!

Blue Iris Lily Garden is based on those blooms, and one of over 100 new paintings I'll have on display at Dallas Arboretum Artscape April 26-27. I can't believe it's almost here, holy cow I have to make some tags and labels and decide what color apron to wear that day. So much to do, so many flowers to paint, so little time! Here's a bit more on Artscape, I sure hope to see you there!


You Are Invited!

Look for me in Booth 43

Dallas Arboretum Artscape



April 26-27, 2014
9 am to 5 pm daily
with a member preview 6-8 pm April 25
 
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218




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Lilies and irises blooming on the easel today




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I do like chunky frames....

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lapis Lazuli Iris Solo - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Lapis Lazuli Iris Solo
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Palette Knife/Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



Lapis Lazuli Iris is a bit of thick paint and bright blue to celebrate the first blooming day for my iris gardens. This morning I had two large irises completely unfurled to greet the world, despite the winds, they hung in there beautifully. A butter yellow one is about to emerge, and I'm hoping the black irises will also be opening soon. As soon as the wind dies down a bit, I'll share some photos of my garden with you. Stay tuned for the tour!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rise and Shine Again Pink Poppies and Dallas Arboretum Artscape - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Rise and Shine Again Poppies
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

 I've been drawn to peach and pink combinations lately so expressed a bit of that in a poppy painting tonight. This is a warmup for a big triptych poppy I'm creating especially for my show at Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum. I hope to see you there! Eighty or so artists and I will be out in the gardens in tents and this is my only outdoor event. If you look closely, you'll notice the lady in Booth 43 has green paint on her nose....

I stopped by the Arboretum yesterday morning to pick up my painting, Ribbons in the Sky Tulips, from the Garden Gallery Juried Show and got some colorful tulip photos - here's one to tickle your fancy!



You Are Invited!

Look for me in Booth 43

Dallas Arboretum Artscape



April 26-27, 2014
9 am to 5 pm daily
with a member preview 6-8 pm April 25
 
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218

- See more at: http://www.nancymedinaart.com/2014/03/garden-dreamers-and-flower-stroll.html#sthash.CX8litaE.dpuf


You Are Invited!

Look for me in Booth 43

Dallas Arboretum Artscape



April 26-27, 2014
9 am to 5 pm daily
with a member preview 6-8 pm April 25
 
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218

- See more at: http://www.nancymedinaart.com/2014/03/garden-dreamers-and-flower-stroll.html#sthash.CX8litaE.dpuf

You Are Invited!

Look for me in Booth 43

Dallas Arboretum Artscape



April 26-27, 2014
9 am to 5 pm daily
with a member preview 6-8 pm April 25
 
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218




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Dallas Arboretum Tulips this morning!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Friends Journey Rose Arbor - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Friends Journey Rose Arbor
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



Who is your best friend and why do you cherish them? I've been thinking about friends so much lately, and how important they are in my life. Even those who live far away, whom I haven't seen for a long time, I miss constantly. There is something about a real friendship, the way it plants a bedrock foundation for your heart. You know that if you call, they will be there. If you are in need, they will be there. If you see them, you will share the same old jokes and you also know a friend never lets you get away with anything. They see straight through you to the honesty of your heart. I have lived a rich life because I have found true friends on this journey. How lucky I am!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Storm Horizon Pink Peonies and the Best Deal on Canvases - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Storm Horizon Peonies
by Nancy Medina
24X24
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
 I finally got a good photo of my new painting, Storm Horizon Peonies. It's hard to photograph the large ones without good natural lighting. It's been a busy week here at the Medina Foster Home for Wayward Pugs. The new stair steps for pets arrived in the mail yesterday. Both the girls took to the steps pretty quickly, with a few treat incentives. The boys, however, were traumatized by the whole ordeal. I had to hold Howie in my lap this morning for half an hour to help him feel better. He is my sensitive baby boy. He doesn't like ANY changes to his routine or his house, and he especially hates when one of his siblings goes to the vet or groomer. He howls with happiness when they return home, talking to them and giving them a good sniff hello. He doesn't leave their side until he is quite sure they won't disappear on him again...

I went canvas shopping today, it's the best canvas sale of the year at Aaron Brothers here in North Texas, buy one get 2 free. This sale puts their buy one, get one for a penny sale - to shame! So I stocked up with about $400 worth! I put my Audible book on tape (Mr. Churchill's Secretary, an excellent mystery) on and gessoed canvases all day long today. Bliss!


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Detail from Storm Horizon





The other half of my order was in the back seat!





Howie hiding from the new doggy steps....

Friday, April 4, 2014

Storm Horizon Peonies and Painting Over an Older Work - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


Storm Horizon Pink Peonies
by Nancy Medina

Detail
24X24
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

Storm Horizon Peonies is the newest large work in the studio. Sometimes the best paintings are the ones painted over previous works. This was originally a painting of a fair damsel sitting in the grass in a long white gown holding a blue umbrella. She was surrounded by an arbor of fuschia bougainvillea. So much of the work was already done for me! The entire upper background is exactly the same, an outdoor garden. Even the texture of the initial painting seemed to add a bit more to the peonies. The previous painting had not been varnished, so the surface was in perfect shape for another layer of color. Stay tuned, I'll share the final painting with you as soon as I can get an outdoor photo in good light.



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Storm Horizon in progress....

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blue Dreams Garden Path - Hydrangeas and Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Blue Dreams Garden Path
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



Blue Dreams is a new small work in Flower Mound Studio, as drenching rains and lightning pay a visit outside the studio windows. With the new skylight tubes, I have a play of lightning dancing across the walls from above, reflected on the paintings and moving around like electrical currents through the air. There is always an energy that comes with these big Texas thunderstorms, a feeling of excitement. Little Hannah is terrified of storms, so I spent much of the evening carrying her around in my arms, until the worst of the hail, thunder and wind passed us by. I hope these rains are heading to South Texas, the bluebonnets there are in need of a refreshing drink of water!



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Blue Dreamers on the easel

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Peony Pink Solo and How to Loosen Up Your Brushwork - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


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Peony Pink Solo
by Nancy Medina

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10X8
Oil on Archival Panel

Peony Pink Solo was painted from start to finish with one brush. With very few exceptions, everything I paint is done with one brush, a 3/4 inch flat. I buy them for $1.50 each in bulk. I was trained to paint very realistically years ago, in the beginning, to copy the masters and to paint from photos. These are great training tools, but after a while I felt a bit stifled. All I really wanted to do was make color happen. I've shared all this before with you, how I switched to palette knife for 2 years and finally loosened up the straight jacket and gave up the urge to labor over minutiae. 

There are other ways to loosen up that you can try without abandoning your brushes. Purchase one rose at the market, and challenge yourself to paint that rose in 50 strokes. Then paint it in 40 strokes. Then 15. Then 10. You can also get the dreaded egg timer out and limit how much time you want to spend on each exercise. Tell yourself before you begin, this is just practice, and it doesn't matter how it turns out because no one will see it but me. The new Arches oil paper pads are perfect for these exercises, pain free for the wallet! Most of all, remember not to lose sight of why you began painting in the first place. If you lose the joy, at some point, you will no longer paint.  And that would be tragic. This world needs more artists like you adding beauty to the lives of everyone they touch, not less!




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Put a little joy in your brush!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Violet Verbena Cottage Path - Flower Paintings From California by Nancy Medina

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Violet Verbena Cottage Path
by Nancy Medina

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12X12
Palette Knife/Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



Violet Verbena Cottage Path is one of the scenes from my collection of Coronado, California cottage paths. I took a little artistic license with the picket fence. In reality, it is pristine, straight, and in perfect condition. I prefer my fences a little more weathered looking in appearance, with interesting little crooked teeth at the top and gaps here and there. I can hardly wait until August, you are invited to tour these gardens with me in the evenings during my August workshop in San Diego, California. I hope to see you there! Read more...



Monday, March 31, 2014

Indigo Lace Hydrangeas - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Indigo Lace Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina

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Indigo Lace Hydrangeas is the latest effort in Flower Mound Studio. I spent the day painting a red wagon filled with geraniums, and then wiped the whole thing because the proportions were wrong. I have closets filled with rejects and wiped canvases, I never throw away a canvas, it can always be reused! A lovely gal from Florida sent me a piece of copper to try out painting on a new surface. Stay tuned, as soon as I get it prepped, I'll give it a try and share the results with you.


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Maybe these fresh hydrangeas will 
hold out one more day for me!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Think Pink Tulips and Ranunculus - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Think Pink Tulips
by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel

We've been thinking pink all week in Flower Mound Studio, and preparing for spring! Today the hubby and I planted hydrangeas and geraniums and bought two new adirondack chairs for the yard. After an hour or two of work in the studio, I noticed none of my helpers were afoot. Thinking someone was getting into trouble (you know, that moment when it's just TOO QUIET in the house?) I went outside, and all the pugs were lounging with their Papa outdoors. Clearly, what was missing from that blissful tableau was me! I gathered up my iced tea and sun hat and joined them post haste.... I hope your Sunday was as peaceful and relaxing as ours was... How fortunate I am to have pugs to show me the error of my ways every now and then...

Saturday, March 29, 2014

On the Brink of Pink Daisies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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On the Brink of Pink Daisies
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

 On the Brink of Pink Daisies is the newest small study in Flower Mound Studio, as I finish up a few large works for Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum, coming up so quick it makes my head spin! I had fun with On the Brink of Pink, pushing the color envelope and saving the fattest application of paint for the last. Tomorrow I begin another large container garden, so painting small feels just a bit like a pink vacation today!



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 On the Brink on the easel...


Friday, March 28, 2014

Halos and Hydrangeas and a North Texas Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Halos and Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




 I planted all but one pot of hydrangeas from my Louisiana workshop last week. The last bunch to hold up under the studio spotlight was featured in Halos and Hydrangeas today, and tomorrow the plant itself will go into my garden. It's the ultimate in recycling! Paint the flowers, plant the flowers. My next two workshops are full, so I've opened up a new workshop in North Texas, and another in Spring, near Houston, in the new gallery located in the heart of this charming town. My workshops are open for beginners to advanced painters, and I share how to make your paintings more dramatic, how to simplify your shapes and create exciting, clean color, and most of all, how to paint loosely, giving your work energy and flow. Put a little joy in your brush and let's make flowers bloom in brilliant color together!




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The studio models take a bow!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Three Wishes Hydrangeas and a Free Painting Giveaway - Floral Art by Nancy Medina Art

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Three Wishes White Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel

I bought these big ole white hydrangeas for my class in Louisiana last week and they are still looking fresh. Because they were in pots of soil, I was able to plant all of them in my garden yesterday before the rain paid us a visit here in Flower Mound today. It's the ultimate recycling program for floral studio models! The flower factory has been chugging out paintings steadily for the past few months, so let's ring in spring together with prezzies! I'm giving away a free original oil painting! You deserve it - you've been so good, so patient, so kind... Well mostly!! Just leave a comment on my Facebook fan page to be entered to win. I'll announce the winner Thursday so stay tuned!

Most of my 2014 workshops are full to the brim, so I've announced a new workshop near Houston Texas. Registration is now open, but the class is already half full so don't delay - put a little joy in your brush and let's make brilliant flowers bloom together in June! Here's the scoop....

Painting Brilliant Flowers in Spring, Texas

June 13, 14, 15, 2014



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The studio models take a bow!

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