Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Day Blue Hydrangeas - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


New Day Blue Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
20X16 
Oil on Archival Panel

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My new hydrangea DVD





New Day Blue Hydrangeas is a new take on a favorite subject, celebrating the arrival of my hydrangea DVDs this week. While most of my hydrangeas are in green hibernation for the summer, and their blossoms are faded to a neutral gray green, one plant produced a new, tiny blue flower cluster yesterday. It seems a very optimistic prospect for a mild summer and considering how hard it was to coax that plant to give me blue instead of pink blossoms, I've decided it is a sign of good things to come!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shining Through Sunflowers and a New Louisiana Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Shining Through Sunflowers and Lilacs
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
20X20
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas
Shining Through Sunflowers was my class demonstration this morning in Flower Mound Studio. We had an exciting day, hosting a student who flew down from Delaware for a private lesson. The pugs especially were delighted with Judith's visit, since this lovely lady has a bulldog and spent a great deal of time lavishing affection and words of praise and adoration upon my little snuffle nosed helpers.

My new instructional DVD arrived in a big ole box yesterday, and among dozens of orders that came in today, I got some great questions I thought I'd answer for you here - yes there are more DVDs coming, including lessons on daisies, sunflowers and ranunculus. This is a real DVD, not an online video, so you can hold the very colorful case and take it with you on trips or keep it with you wherever you wish to take it. The case is pretty, with lots of colors, and comes wrapped in clear plastic and looks so darn professional I think I may have to start referring to myself as Missuz Medina Who Has a DVD. My Mother may possibly also be very impressed, but I won't know until I show the DVD to her tomorrow. I'll let be sure to report back to you promptly with her response. It should be interesting, knowing my Mom...

On another exciting note, I'm delighted to announce registration has opened for my Shreveport, Louisiana workshop! If you think Texas has a lot of talented artists, I highly recommend you take a peek at the talent pool in Louisiana, too. It is striking how many accomplished painters these two states have between them. My next goal is to join some of these ladies for their plein air outings in an effort to become as immune to the heat in the name of chasing the light, and art in its truest form. Stay tuned for that journey to come! (Now that it's 100 degrees out each day, it might be a few months, but stay tuned...!) After all, good things come to those who (sweat) wait!

Monday, July 21, 2014

My First DVD and Summer Musical Tulips - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Summer Musical Tulips - Detail
36X36
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


My new video





 A new four-foot tulip painting is under construction in Flower Mound studio, where we are celebrating the arrival of *cue trumpets* my first DVD! The big ole box arrived today. I thought it was just another canvas order until it occurred to me, today was the big delivery date. I love having all these beautifully packaged DVDs all lined up. They look so neat and well organized, unlike other parts of my studio! Tomorrow the winner of a full day private lesson arrives from Delaware, so the pugs and I will be entertaining and one of us will actually be teaching.



*International shipping rates will be invoiced
immediately following purchase of DVD




My new DVDs, all shiny and sparkly!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Reflections on the Art Journey - Pocket Full of Dreams Geraniums - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Pocket Full of Dreams Geraniums
by Nancy Medina 
20X16
Oil on Archival Panel

My new video





The geranium obsession continues in Flower Mound Studio, as the only flowers blooming well in my garden after all these rains are my pink and red geraniums. I've been home for a few weeks in a row, a rarity in my schedule, and have been thinking a lot about this art journey. I still have those times I get very worried and scared about just being an artist and trying to make ends meet. But I am still glad I left my job as a magazine editor to become a full time artist. One year ago, I was trapped on the corporate treadmill, and said to myself, Life is so very short. I knew I was taking a huge risk and I know every day is a risk, but I just had to go with what my heart and soul were telling me to do - paint and teach. I don't know where this journey ends, but I do know I will never be someone who lays on their deathbed wondering, "what if...." I'll always be glad I took this leap. Even if I do end up living in a cardboard box under the interstate! At least my little cardboard sign asking for chocolate, handouts, and dogfood for the pugs will be really, really pretty with flowers on it. :0) Ha!!


Friday, July 18, 2014

A Video Clip of Summer Siesta Geraniums and a Snoring Pug Cameo - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


Summer Siesta Geraniums
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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My new video






Summer Siesta Geraniums is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio. I made a little video clip of the painting under construction for you. 


Click here to see the geranium video!


If you turn your volume up exceedingly loud, you can hear Studio Director AnnieBee snoring in the background. Imagine how it would have sounded if all four helpers had been in the studio with me at the same time!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Garden Covenant Red Geraniums - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Garden Covenant Red Geraniums
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


My new video





 Garden Covenant Red Geraniums is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, as I begin work on a similar painting for a very special client for her beautiful cottage home. I received a note today from one of my students, Paul Duda. If any one thing could tell me I've made the right choice to become a full time artist and teacher, this is it. Thank you so much Paul, for sharing your fabulous success with me. One of the best things about my new job is meeting talented, motivated and creative souls from all over the world. Here's Paul's note, shared with me along with his painting, just installed in downtown Cleveland after being acquired by a corporation there. Congratulations Paul, for taking color to a whole new level, Bravo!

Nancy, this is the first painting I sold using your methods. 
Thank you for the knowledge! It benefited me greatly.
- Paul Duda




Taking color to another level! Bravo Paul!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gone to Seed Lavender Field - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Gone to Seed - Lavender Field
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


My new video






I'm still channeling that place that makes gelato! Gone to Seed Lavender Field is the newest daily effort in Flower Mound Studio. I spent a bit more time on this lavender tribute, and really enjoyed putting in the tiny little trees in the background, and the subtle temperature shifts between the pale greens and blues that defined background hillocks and ravines. I kept the foreground bold and chunky, and softened edges in the distance. I moved values closer to one another in the distance, and stretched the distance between juxtaposing values in the foreground to create impact and dynamic color in the focal area. And after all that hard work, I treated myself to a gelato! The perfect way to end a warm summer day in....Texas (did you think I was going to say Italy?).

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lavender Lane and Two New Workshops - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Lavender Lane by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


My new video






 Lavender Lane is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, where we're celebrating a couple of new workshops that opened up this week. I'll be teaching in Kissimmee, Florida, near Orlando, in January 2015, and in Shreveport, Louisiana, in March. As silly as it may sound, I am really excited that I might be able to go to Disneyworld if I get my travel times adjusted correctly, during my Orlando visit. I've never been before and always wanted to go. Click here for the scoop on my new workshops!

Tonight the pug helpers are asleep and snoring in little heaps and piles all around the studio. We've had a series of thunderstorms roll through North Texas today, and my little adopted pug Hannah is terribly afraid of storms, so I had to take some important time out to hold her in my arms for about an hour until she fell asleep. I hope whoever had her before we adopted her comforted her during storms, I can't imagine how terrible it would be if no one did, can you? Here is a picture this morning of Queen AnnieBee and Howard Pee Pugpants, her big brother, sharing space in their favorite Cat in the Hat fluffy bed. Annie climbs in, and Howie climbs in and pushes her over, or just squishes her until she gets up and leaves. Pugs don't have space issues, it seems...







Reluctant thunder buddies, Howie and AnnieBee

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunshine Trio White Poppies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Sunshine Trio White Poppies
by Nancy Medina
12X16
Oil on Archival Panel


My new video





Sunshine Trio White Poppies is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio.  It was too hot today to spend much time outdoors, but they're predicting a cold front will visit North Texas and bring the temperatures down to the mid-90s in just a few days. If that's the case, I'll be able to throw the ball for the Studio Director, who is pretty upset with me since I didn't take her outdoors to play even once this afternoon. If my performance doesn't improve, I fear for the results of my annual performance evaluation!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Crescendo Poppy and Painting Under the Tuscan Sun - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Crescendo Poppy 
by Nancy Medina

8X10
Oil on Archival Panel


My new video




I couldn't resist painting red poppies this week, after watching one of my favorite movies again, Under the Tuscan Sun. Just knowing I'll not only be visiting here next spring, I'll be teaching during the height of poppy bloom season in June 2015, is enough to make me start counting down the days for the trip! The Tuscan Renaissance Center where we will stay is a beautifully restored 12th century monastery in the Chianti region of Tuscany. We'll have excursions and wine and olive oil tastings and trips to market and all the gelato our hearts desire - although I must say, the cheeses are just as tempting to me as the ice creamy treats! Everyone who visits assures me that despite all the nonstop eating, you don't gain an ounce, because there is so much walking and exploring. I'm practicing my Italian, too, since currently I only speak rigatoni. Fortunately, the hubby found an app where you say your phrase to your Iphone in English, and it repeats the phrase back aloud in Italian. As long as "where is the bathroom" and "where is the nearest gelato" are both at the top of the list, I think we'll be okay... 

Painting Under the Tuscan Sun
 June 6-13, 2015



 Tuscan Renaissance Center




 

Friday, July 11, 2014

English Garden Cottage - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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English Garden Cottage
by Nancy Medina
16X20
Oil on Panel


My new hydrangea video




English Garden Cottage was my class demonstration in North Texas today, and it was fun to paint one of the subjects I enjoy so much. Inspired by the cottage gardens of Coronado, California, I'll be inviting my students to join me to visit a few of my absolute favorite cottage gardens there during my August workshop coming up in San Diego.

I like to imagine little worlds in these cottage paintings, and undoubtedly there is a double kitchen window open out back, with a couple of fresh cherry pies cooling on the windowsill. There is bound to be a yellow house kitty napping on the front doorstep, and the door is always unlocked. The price of admission is just a bit of weeding in the garden, and the reward is a flower garden that never ends. Welcome!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Three Alarm Red Geraniums - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Three Alarm Red Geraniums
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



My new hydrangea video



Three Alarm Red Geraniums is the newest daily painting in the studio today, and we're celebrating just a bit. The stats on my newly released instructional video indicate I have viewers from Italy, France, Spain, South Africa, Russia, India, Canada, and across the US! It is a small, small world! I celebrated with a small bowl of Sea Salt Caramel Gelato, it seemed only fitting....

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Breakfast Nook Hydrangeas - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


Breakfast Nook Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina

16X20
Oil on Archival Panel


I'm at the farm today caring for Mom, so I've recycled a favorite post from last December. This way we can at least dream about December temperatures, which are only 6 months away!

Breakfast Nook Hydrangeas is a scene from my breakfast nook on a bright morning, when the sun was streaming in. I rolled my handy painting cart right into the kitchen, much to the surprise of my four footed helpers, who stood about expectantly waiting for me to make eggs or some other wondrous thing. Instead, I made flowers!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Confetti Pink Hydrangeas - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Confetti Pink Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


Confetti Pink Hydrangeas is an arrangement inspired by garden colors today. If you look closely, you're likely to see a little pug nosing around in there. My helpers are awfully fond of hopping into the camera lens at just that perfect moment when you finally get the blossom centered and in focus. Case in point, my adopted girl, Hannah, who loves to take a seat nearby, patiently waiting for me to return to the kitchen, where food happens!





She basks in beauty....

Monday, July 7, 2014

Citrus White Tulip Bouquet - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Citrus White Tulip Bouquet
by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel




Citrus White Tulip Bouquet is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio. I've been admiring the pinkish color of Texas Grapefruit lately, and went on a quest tonight to find a tablecloth in that color, or even a scrap of clothing. After going through all the closets and storage bins, nothing, but then I saw a carton of scrapbook paper and there it was! After distributing several sheets artistically around the base of my vase, I found just the streaky lightened salmon type color I wanted. Sometimes it's not the flowers that call to me, it's another color I want to play against them. Do you ever find that to be the case? If so, I hope you are able to control your obsessive compulsive search a bit more than I am...maybe a glass of wine would have calmed me down a bit!


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Detail from Citrus White Tulips

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Take Your Color As Far As You Want It to Go - Hothouse Sunflowers - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


Hothouse Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Step by Step


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Hothouse Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


Taking that old adage, what would you do if you only had one more day to live, I started thinking about my art and what a wild journey it's been these past few years. Granted there have been dips  and peaks and thrills and lows, but always it has been forward, thanks to you, my flower friends and my collectors. What would you say to your fellow artists, if you only had one thing left to share? I know what my message would be. I've seen students in my classes struggle with reducing color, with minimizing their own brilliance in order to fit into some reconfigured structured box outlined by the preconceived notions of super realism, or verism, as the only standard. I would say, if there was just one message left for me to share with you, break away from the pack. Live. Most of all,

...take your color as far as you want it to go.


Stop painting from a place of fear and conformism. Paint from a place of joy. Paint like there is no tomorrow. Pile the color ridiculously high on your palette and scoop unfathomable quantities onto your brush. Place color with wild abandon onto the blank canvas. You get to carve out your own voice, you get to create your own style. Enjoy the color, just as nature uses it, in pure, eye catching power. And yes indeed, this is a metaphor for life.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Pinkberry Daisies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Pinkberry Daisies by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel



Pinkberry Daisies is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio, actually the fifth in a series of paintings begun yesterday afternoon and ending right about now, (this evening). You could say I've been binge painting, covering every subject that has been tickling the muses. Sunflowers, blue and white irises, white daisies and pink stock, and more sunflowers, because one can never have too many sunflowers.... Almost always, I begin a painting based more on a color I want to play with, than a flower that represents the mix. What have you been painting lately? Are you driven more by subject, or by color?  Enquiring minds want to know!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Star Spangled Sunflowers and an Icy Gelato Holiday Treat - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Star Spangled Sunflowers and Daisies
by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel


I've been painting up a storm in Flower Mound this week, catching up after a few days traveling hither and yon. I suspect in about half an hour, the fireworks will begin popping near us like crazy, so it will be time to turn on the fans and ambient noise mechanisms so little Hannah the rescue pug is not frightened by the noise. Running the blender is always a good way to drown out scary firecracker sounds, so I'll whip up a batch of my newly invented recipe, Gelato Espresso Icy Creamy Fusion - here's the delectible delicieux concoction to add to your summertime treat repertoire! I'm counting down the days to my upcoming trip to France this fall to check out the property for my students, so it seems only proper I should practice having as much gelato as possible, don't you agree?

Here's the chilly chocolate scoop!
.
Add six tablespoons of Talenti Sea Salt Caramel gelato (or any mocha flavored ice cream) to a glass filled halfway with ice cubes. Add fat free half and half (or milk), filling the glass almost to the top. Add one shot of your favorite espresso and stir vigorously. Drink with caution, lest one incur a bit of a brain freeze. The sad part is when you get to the bottom of the glass. Then you must obtain another, post-haste!






*Drink with caution lest you incur a chocolatey brain freeze!






The studio models take a bow and a dip!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A New Sunflower Video - Strawberry Souffle Sunflower Bouquet - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina



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Strawberry Souffle Sunflower Bouquet
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Archival Panel




Here's your mission, should you choose to accept it: Arrive home from teaching a four-day sold out workshop in another state. Land. Exit plane. Hop in car. Race to store to purchase flowers for the video scheduled for 7 am sharp the next morning. Arrive at flower store only to discover no worthy flowers are present. Race home and begin clipping flowers from your yard like a madwoman. Put all these clippings in buckets of water and pray they hold up until the next day. Arrive at video shoot and appear calm, collected, and mentally functional, including being able to remember your name on camera. And a few colors, too. It's always good to remember a few colors when one is painting on camera.... Lastly, try not to eat the fresh strawberries. They're for painting, not eating. Back away from the fresh strawberries, even though they smell absolutely heavenly!

It's been a busy week, as you can tell, but I'm so excited to announce my newest video is now in production, featuring sunflowers and strawberries in yummy colors. Also, my first DVD arrived last week for my new hydrangea video. As soon as I can locate a PC, (the instructions say you must watch the DVD on a Mac, a PC, and 2 different kinds of DVDs) then I'll have another big announcement for you! And I've finally discovered, having your own art business means you work more hours a week than having two jobs. But I'm loving every moment of this wondrous, grand adventure.... What do you get when your lifetime dream comes true? Pure happiness.





Time for your closeup Mister Sunflower!




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Saying cheese for the videographer!



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The studio models take a bow!

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