Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Fever Pink Tulips and a Texas Hill Country Workshop - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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Spring Fever Pink Tulips
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





Spring Fever Pink Tulips was one of five class demonstrations during my workshop in the Texas Hill Country this weekend. Visiting Fredericksburg, Texas, is always a treat, and we were just on the verge of what may be the best bluebonnet bloom season in quite some time, thanks to the wet winter that is behind us now. Students from Ireland, Michigan, Colorado, and across Texas painted tulips, hydrangeas, sunflowers and French landscapes, fueled by fresh fruit kolaches and cookies made from scratch, courtesy of our talented multi-tasking energizer bunny hostess Jane!

I did emphasize to everyone our holiday theme, encouraging everyone to come up with a few bunny jokes, because, everybunny needs somebunny sometime, right? Take a peep at my new Web Site to a see a slide show of the students hard at work! 

And here's a little joke for you!

What is invisible and smells like carrots? Answer - Bunny farts!



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 The classroom models take a bow!





 Debra's gorgeous bouquet!






Linda's luscious lavenders!




Sharon whips out a colorful desert landscape!





Fredericksburg, Texas alumni 2015!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

One More Day Pink Peony Bouquet - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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One More Day Pink Peony Bouquet
by Nancy Medina
24X24
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas





 One More Day Pink Peonies was the result of another good day at the flower market, I found fresh peonies out of season! Only two in the bundle really held up well overnight, so I painted them here, as a tribute to their perseverance under the bright studio lights. My Pug-mobile will soon be filled with supplies for my next workshop in the Texas Hill Country. I am planning to make a strategic stop at the fresh kolache bakery one morning, to indulge just a bit! Hopefully there will be at least a few left in the box by the time I make it to class, but I can't make any promises or anything...!



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The studio models take a bow and a .... nap!

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Poppy Cell Phone Cases and Brink of Spring Sunflowers - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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 Brink of Spring Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
20X20 
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

There's no time like the present to try to lump all the new things to do into one month, don't you agree? I launched a new web site, print store, and blog this month. I'm still polishing the sparkly bits and fluffing the fluffy parts, but most of the links are working most of the time now!

Simultaneously my busy spring teaching and travel period has begun and I'm packing for Fredericksburg, Texas, then Tennessee, then Louisiana (again!), then Tuscany, Italy. Negotiating multiple shipments of supplies to various locations involves a lot of brain cells. Never try this on less than two shots of espresso with whippy creme. Trust me on this.

And lest I forget the most important part of my message today, my new cell phone cases and pillows are here and I just love them! Yes their kitschy and cute and probably frivolous, but gosh they're fun. I gave away a few yesterday on my Facebook fan page, and will be giving away more soon! Click here to sign up for my next big giveaway!





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Hmmm, says the sunflower.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Violet Fire Sunflower and a Louisiana Workshop - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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 Violet Fire Sunflower
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


Violet Fire Sunflower is a bright rendition of one of my favorite bloomers - sunflowers! I grew up on an organic farm in East Texas, and sunflowers were planted throughout my parents' gardens to help attract insects off the vegetable crops. I remember standing barefoot in the cool soil, gazing up at the faces of giant sunflowers. They are such a quintessential summertime flower!

I'm just home and unpacking from three days in Louisiana, sharing painting time, prizes, fresh flowers and no shortage of giggles with some lovely ladies from Alabama, Texas, Georgia, Arkansas and Louisiana. You can see Next stop is Fredericksburg, Texas. If we're lucky, the wildflowers will be starting to bloom - see you soon in the Hill Country! Read more...





Johnnie and her luminous white geraniums!






Kim and Miriam and their cute matchy matchy shirts!







Yvonne and her pristine white smock!





The beautiful classroom!





The pansy critics at work!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Blue Fire Sunflowers and Forgetting to Pack a Change of Clothes - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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Blue Fire Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas





Blue Fire Sunflowers celebrates a fresh bouquet of sunnies I found at the market a few days ago, in the middle of an ice storm here in Flower Mound, Texas. I love applying a loose, vibrant mix of thick color in textured layers on a large format canvas. Something about the large size seems to really set the brush free. And Sunflowers are just about the best anti-freeze flower I can think of....

This evening I’m all packed up for my Shreveport workshop. The checklist: oils, palette, brushes, turp, canvas, flowers – the only thing I forgot to pack was a change of clothes. It wouldn’t be the first time (or the second!) I’ve arrived at a workshop without a change of clothes. I’ve learned how to wear the same sweater creatively and differently each day, add a scarf, put on an apron, the students never even noticed!



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The studio models take a bow!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

My New Poppy DVD and Pansy Starlets - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art



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Poppy Garden, Part One of my new DVD





I’m super excited to announce my new double feature DVD has arrived! With two full-length lessons on poppies and pansies, you’ll want to stock up on Milk Duds and popcorn, and maybe get a nice little four footed helper to sit in your lap during the show. Tomorrow morning I’ll be shipping out all the pre-orders to flower friends in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and across the US. No worries, though, I’m saving a poppy with your name on it! Here’s where you can order your copy….

Click here to order my newest DVD!


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 Poppy-Pansy Double Feature




New DVDs...brought to you by my $2 brushes!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My New Print Store and Maple Cottage Hydrangea Garden - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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Maple Cottage Hydrangea Garden
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Visit my new print shop


I'm so excited to announce my new print store has finally opened. Thanks so much to everyone who has been so patient over the years, waiting for prints that took quite some time to arrive. Good things happen for flower friends who wait!

In a few days, I'll also be launching a new daily painting journal on my new Web site, featuring my new print store, free painting videos for you, and lots of exciting new colors and moving parts.

Here's a sneak peek where you'll see much more in the future on my new web site. Let me know what you think, I always love so much to hear from you!



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Violet Veranda Rose Arbor - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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Violet Veranda Rose Arbor
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




Violet Veranda Rose Arbor is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, and I totally intended to tone down the color in this one when I started. Sometimes when I paint, the color just takes control and leads the way and I follow. I think way down deep I just wish all gardens grew this way, with over the top color! Today I was tickled pink to have my first student from Ireland sign up for a workshops. I've had students from Kazakhstan, Singapore, Canada, and Australia previously, but this will be the first one from the Emerald Isle! I sure wish I could travel to visit all of these cool places with paintbrush in hand, don't you?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hidden Hydrangea Garden and a Snow Day in the Studio - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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 Hidden Hydrangea Garden
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Hidden Hydrangea Garden is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, with snow all day keeping the helpers and I pretty much house bound. Hidden Hydrangea is another painting dedicated to the memory of my great-grandmother's house in Palestine, Texas, a house that has wonderful childhood memories for me. The haunted bedroom, the peacock room, the claw-foot bathtub, and the shed in the back yard with so many shadows and places to hide...all of these places still play a starring role in my dreams sometimes. 

Do you have places you return to again and again in your dreams? I have often wondered if I am the only one who does that. And now, with no further delays, a gratuitous picture of the cute helpers, Howard Pee Pugpants and the boss, Anniebee, both wondering why Mama doesn't put down the camera and do their bidding! Stay warm flower friends, the forecasters are predicting winter will still be here tomorrow....sigh...




We're ringin' the lunch bell Mama!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pink Azalea Cottage and My Great-Grandmother's House - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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Pink Azalea Cottage
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Pink Azalea Cottage is a scene that might seem familiar to anyone who has grown up in East Texas and seen the azaleas in full bloom. The cottage is a memory of my great-grandmother's home in Palestine, Texas, where she raised a family and had a garden and did all the cooking and housekeeping even though she was blind. Nanny used to be able to tell which plants were which by smell, touch and taste. My mother spent every summer of her childhood with her grandmother. Mom said she would take the train down from St. Louis to Palestine after school let out for the year, and the summers she spent in Palestine were the happiest times for her growing up.

If you walk down the path and open the back porch screen door, you'll enter Nanny's big kitchen, with the formica table. Beyond the kitchen, through a large arched doorway, you will find her formal living room, with a collection of plates from around the world along the walls, and her favorite rocker next to the radio just under the windows by the cuckoo clock. This is where Nanny spent every afternoon listening to her favorite gospel show. I imagine there were many, many days my mother was in her lap, being rocked to sleep, with the sound of birds outside the open screen windows, the clock chiming the hour and half hour, and the sound of the voice on the radio. What a dream come true it would be to be able to travel back in time and see this tableau, and my mother's golden curls, as she lay sleeping in her grandmother's arms.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Vanishing Violet Irises and an Ice Storm Rescue Story - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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 Vanishing Violet Irises
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Palette Knife/Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


First thing this morning after checking in at the studio/office with the bosses/pugs, I set out in my business casual bathrobe to the back yard post haste with a pair of scissors. My mission, not to frighten the neighbors (although this is sometimes the result of these types of excursions), but to rescue my purple irises from the impending ice storm. Apologizing profusely as I snipped their bright stems as low to the ground as I dared without damaging the mama plants, I hastily rushed these four beauties indoors to fresh water resuscitation in a glass vase. Tonight they held up quite well under my hot studio lights, just long enough to inspire a bit of color, flare, and fun purple splash onto a nearby canvas. Stay tuned, tomorrow we could be in for more violet, if these ladies do not vanish overnight.



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 The studio model eyes her likeness with a critical stamen...



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Hey lady, don't get too close to the paint there!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Garden Dreamer Iris Path and Surprises in the Flower Beds - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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





On new year's day I had one beautiful, frozen white iris in my garden. Sadly, I did not see it until it was almost wilted. Today I was so excited to see a plethora of purple in my iris beds, these lovely bloomers decided to thumb their little iris noses at winter! I do hope it will be a good spring for my garden this year, and they don't all bloom too early. Sending happy thoughts for healthy rhizomes, and especially hoping the black iris blooms in April again!



Early bloomers testing the winter temps today!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Blue Hearts Cottage - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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Blue Hearts Cottage
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





Blue Hearts Cottage is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio, a little scene from Coronado Island, California. I took the liberty of adding two tiny carved hearts under the window, the Valentine's Day holiday lasts quite a while here, it seems. Just inside the entryway on the little carved table in the foyer you'll find a box of Godiva chocolates. I saved one of the truffles especially for you...if you hurry it might still be there!



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lavender at First Sight and Tuscany in June - Flower and Landscape Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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Lavender at First Sight
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Palette Knife/Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



Lavender at First Sight is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, I'm warming up my brushes for Tuscany in June. Pink clouds and cerulean skies seem absolutely appropriate for purple fields, don't you agree? One thing is for certain, I can never resist color....and chocolate.... You are invited to join me for a painting dream getaway June 6-13, to visit the Chianti region and tour some of the most beautiful villages of Italy. Prepare to be pampered in poppy fields in full bloom! Read more...


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June 6-13, 2015
Painting Under the Tuscan Sun

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Confectioners Sugar Pink Tulips - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina


 Confectioners Sugar Pink Tulips
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

The large parrot tulips that spent a weekend partying with us in my North Texas Valentine's workshop lost their perk today. All that chocolate and too many donuts clearly took their toll, as they drooped and lost their petals, and were consigned, sadly, to the waste bin shortly after this painting was completed. Thank you so much, valiant bloomers, for staying up! Wait, that didn't sound quite like I had intended....


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The tulip models bid us adieu!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hothouse Sunnies and a Tuscany Workshop - Flower Painting Classes by Nancy Medina Art


 Hothouse Sunnies
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
12X12
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas


Hothouse Sunnies was one of my six class demonstrations during my flower and landscape painting workshop in North Texas this weekend. The tulips we painted are still blooming, the gift that keeps on giving and my house is filled with fresh flowers - one of the fringe benefits of being a flower painting teacher! I love my job.... Another great perk, besides helpers who are cute and furry and four-footed, is getting to travel and teach - my next European destination is coming up in June and you are invited! Painters and non-painters alike are welcome - I'm saving a poppy with your name on it!

Painting Under the Tuscan Sun

June 6-13, 2015



Visit Tuscany with me during the height of poppy bloom!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hidden Hearts French Garden - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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 Hidden Hearts French Garden
by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas





 Hidden Hearts French Garden was my class demonstration in North Texas today, and, as you can see from the class photos, there was a fashion theme afoot, or rather, ahead, or rather, on top of Le Head! Adorned in pink berets, these gals produced so many beautiful French vistas, I was brought to tears at one point. Or perhaps it was the sight of the chocolate covered donuts! Next stop is Shreveport, Louisiana and before you know it, Tuscany, Italy! I love my job!


Painting Brilliant Florals in Shreveport, LA

March 9-11, 2015






Hidden Hearts French Garden on the easel






Charlotte begins work on her bluebonnet vista!




A fashion trend is afoot, I suspect, or ahead!




Rosa's gorgeous violets!





Lynda's charming garden!





Sue whipped out this gorgeous landscape in no time flat!




Suzie and Stacy, the Mother-Daughter painting dream team!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Bright Days Sunflower and a North Texas Workshop - Flower Painting Classes by Nancy Medina Art

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 Bright Days Sunflower
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
12X12
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

Bright Days Sunflower was one of my class demonstrations in North Texas this weekend. Tomorrow we paint French Landscapes -oo la la! A handsome gentleman brought us lunch today, cheeses and h'ors deuvres and played lovely music for the ladies (let's just say my hubby is a good boy!).

Today the grand prize gift basket found a new home with Virginia, and tomorrow everyone gets a special take home prize, something I made for each of my students. Hmmm....what could it be. Since I cannot cook, we KNOW it's not food (or we can hope!). Stay tuned for the scoop!




Charlotte and her jewel tone flowers!



Eva's beautiful blue iris blooms!




Lisa's bold acrylics and lovely purple skies!




Kathy painting pink tulips in the sunshine!




It's important to ensure your students start the day with a nutritious breakfast! We'll be painting sunflowers and French landscapes!

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