Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ginger Jar Lilies and the Ghost of Windswept Manor - Nancy Medina Art Classes and Videos

Ginger Jar Lilies
by Nancy Medina

12X12, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Ginger Jar Lilies was my class demonstration in St. Louis, Missouri, this morning. The ladies in class today scored some home runs (notice the baseball reference, St. Louis?) with their lilies today, painting in oils and a few in acrylics.  I'll have to get plenty of rest tonight, tomorrow we paint French landscapes and it will be our French party! I  hope the ghost doesn't keep me awake - what ghost, you say? Read more....

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sit a Spell and a Double Double Giveaway - Nancy Medina Art Flower Painting Classes and Videos

Sit a Spell
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Museum Quality Panel
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There is nothing more inviting than a glider in a flower-filled garden, and nowhere I'd rather be on a cool day. I'm home after teaching two back to back workshops in Collierville, Tennessee, this week, and heading to St. Louis is a few days to swing a brush in my hometown with some of my favorite students in the whole world. Lately I've found myself being drawn to landscapes and light, and thanks to the beautiful gardens of my Tennessee hostess, Carolyn, I was able to capture some photos for paintings for some time to come!

As soon as I'm back from St. Louis, I'll be heading to San Diego, California, but before leaving for these trips, I'm hosting a double double giveaway on my Facebook fan page. Check out my page for a chance to win Breakfast Nook Hydrangeas, a fine art print. I'll be announcing the winner Wednesday night, and may the flower force be with you! In the meantime, my little helpers are taking me to task regarding the excessive traveling I've been doing. As you can see here, AnnieBee in particular notes, "Mama, you got some 'splainin' to do!"

AnnieBee and her puggy wingman, Hannah

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wind Chimes and Morning Glories and a St. Louis Workshop - Nancy Medina Art Videos and Classes

Wind Chimes and Morning Glories
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas
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I've been wanting to paint this scene for quite some time, it's a glimpse of my own back deck and garden. My morning glories are in full bloom right now, despite the lateness of the season. When friends and family come to visit, this is where we congregate on the porch swing, with a pug or three nearby just in case snacks happen. The hubby and I have been working on our flower gardens for over 14 years, and they are finally beginning to mature. We have a bit of a wild garden theme going, with lavender (also blooming!), oak leaf hydrangeas, lilies, impatiens, geraniums and pansies currently blooming. In the spring we have hydrangea and iris beds, and roses. I have three hummingbird feeders, hoping to start a new obsession and catch a few of these little ones before they migrate. If I succeed in attracting a few, I'll share photos with you, and probably paint some of those little winged jewels, too!

I'm super excited to return to my home town of St. Louis, Missouri, October 23-25 for a workshop. We'll be painting flowers and landscapes in bright colors at the Regional Arts Commission, a beautiful facility. I'll save a seat for you!

Painting Brilliant Colors in St. Louis, Missouri

October 23-25, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

French Roses and All My Best From Paris

French Roses
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas, Sold

Class Demonstration, Frayssinet, France

It's important to learn from your travel experiences, taking note of those important teaching moments,  such as taking selfies facing upward into the rain in front of the Eiffel tower with your eyes open is an exercise in futility. Cafe hopping across Paris with a total disregard for a reasonable eating schedule is highly encouraged. Searching for the Sennelier art store (which happens to reside across from the Musee d'Orsay which rhymes with Monet) is a worthy pursuit, even if you do the entire pilgrimage at sunset, knowing full well the oldest art store in Paris will be closed when you arrive. 

I'm sharing all the best videos, photos, and moments from my month of teaching in France with you on my Facebook fan page, including our tour of Monet's Garden in Giverny. Read more....

Violet clouds, Paris is a delight!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Step by Step Peonies and Seven Days of Giveaways - Nancy Medina Art Classes and Videos

Peony Colored Glasses
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

In exactly seven days, I'll be heading back to France! With students joining me from Australia, Canada, and across the US, I predict there will be plenty of painting, shopping and eating. I can hardly wait for gelato and croissants and all the yummy dishes Chef will prepare. I'm not a bit concerned about weight gain, after all, the more you weigh, the harder you are to kidnap! To celebrate, I'm giving away an original painting every day this week on my Facebook fan page. This is my biggest giveaway ever, and I want to send a painting to you, so be sure to enter to win!
This evening I'm working the late shift in the Flower Factory. The only staff member helping is AnnieBee, and since she is using my foot as her pillow while she dreams (and snores!), it looks like I will be sitting here for just a bit longer. I'll use that time wisely by sharing Peony Colored Glasses with you step by step ~ Enjoy! Click here for peonies created step by step.

AnnieBee and Mouse

Friday, July 17, 2015

Countdown to France - Nancy Medina Art Classes and Workshops

French Escape ~ Romantic Kitty Series
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

In 18 days, I'll be in Southern France at Le Vieux Couvent to teach my first French workshop! I'm a bit excited. I keep finding myself floating through rooms and spaces, imagining aperitifs, midnight church bells out my blue shuttered, open bedroom windows, creme brûlée, gelato, shopping in the ancient markets of Soulliac.... The dream come true bucket list just goes on and on!

I'm incredibly honored to be sharing this experience with students in two classes, back to back, and a fun little side trip to Paris right smack dab in the middle. Students from Ireland, Canada, Australia, and across the US are converging for the Great French Escape! I will share all my favorite photos with you on my Facebook fan page, so stay tuned, flower friends! My absolute fondest wish is that you will take this journey with me someday. My 2016 France dates are already set so check your dream come true wish list, this is the painting getaway you've always deserved!

Detail from French Escape

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Shy Plums and Bulldog Puppies in the Classroom - Nancy Medina Art Classes and Workshops

Shy Plums and Pink Peonies
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

I made an executive decision to leave the banana out of my class demo in Hot Springs, Arkansas, this morning. It was a tough call, but one of the plums kept rolling behind the vase out of the spotlight and I didn't want to spook the rest of the fruit herd and cause a stampede. It was one of those days when you knock things over and drop things and can't remember the recipe for green (yellow plus blue makes...hmmmm....). Fortunately, I had a class full of incredibly encouraging flower friends.

These talented gals whipped out peonies so quickly we finished up early today! I flower marched them out to the deck for the class photo before any of them could escape my lens. As a special bonus, we had a visit from Tootsie the English Bulldog puppy (here's her gratuitous puppy video you are welcome very much!), who interrupted our lesson for free kisses and snuggles. (Scroll down to behold her cuteness!)

Tomorrow we will paint French landscapes, which seems fitting, since the supplies for my France workshop will be shipped out next week. Stay tuned for more photos to come!

The offending banana makes an appearance...

Too Cute Tootsie!!!

Hot Springs, Arkansas, alumni and their brilliant peonies!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Texan's Viewpoint on the European Kiss - The Kiss, White Tulips - Nancy Medina Art Classes and Workshops

The Kiss - White Tulips
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

There is just something about that European greeting, the kiss, that always takes me by surprise. Not that I don't like it, I could get used to it, but being a gal from Texas, we were taught "The Hug" rather than "The Kiss" and so going in for the hug and suddenly getting lips on your cheek is like discovering you're doing the Cotton Eyed Joe when your partner was intent on the Texas Two Step. It's really just a different point of view on a greeting, and one that is much warmer, even than a hug. Like I said, I could get used to this whole European thing! And it's a good thing, since my France workshop is coming up in August. Mon cher, I must pack again soon!

For now I'm finally back on Texas time, the unending rains have cut off the main road into and out of Flower Mound, and I'm so thankful, yet again, to be a work at home artist! We're not paddling around in boats, though it sure looks like it from the national news. Not to worry, I have plenty of Dove chocolate and crackers and cheese. I can hold up literally for days on such awesome rations!  

Here's a new video I created for you - break out the popcorn and enjoy a view of Tuscany! Next stop, France! 

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The studio models take a bow!

Escape to Southern France!
August 4-14, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Thunder in Tuscany and 1000 Years of Prayer - Nancy Medina Art Classes and Workshops

Thunder Red Geraniums
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Linen

Class Demonstration, Tuscany, Italy

Thunder rolled across the Tuscan hills last night, blasting light in bolts that shook the ground and threw out the power for a short time during our dinner hour at San Fedele in the Chianti region of Italy. We grabbed our wine glasses, cameras, and other valuables from tables on terraces overlooking vineyards and ran into the chapel to escape a drenching rain. As black clouds moved quickly across hills that had seen the boots of the Gestapo, the soft tread of monks, and the footprints of local farmers, it seemed only fitting to find sanctuary in a place where prayer had been given for 999 years.

The view from my window

Salute from Tuscany!

The classroom models
take a bow!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Tough Decisions About Italy and Blue Vintage Tulips - Nancy Medina Art Classes and Workshops

Blue Vintage Tulip Garden
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

Class Demonstration, Sonoma, CA

It's time to make some tough decisions around Flower Mound Studio, and no, this does not involve insisting AnnieBee eliminate one toy because she got three new ones today. This is much more serious. I have to decide which Italian villages, markets, and castles to tour with my Tuscany students next week. Cortona, Siena, San Gimignano, oh my - I think I need a glass of wine! As if this were not enough pressure, I was just informed by a thoughtful and kind friend that Friday is national donut day here in the US and she will be enjoying it without me. Oy!!

Before things get completely out of hand, I have to get my sticky notes out and write stuff down. Here are a few of my jottings, if you were headed to Italy for the first time in your life, what would be on your to-do list? Hmmm?? The only thing that would make this better would be if I could take every one of you with me!

  • teaching in Italy next week for the first time!
  • touring the place near where the Renaissance began!
  • staying in a hotel in Rome within walking distance of the Coliseum!
  • visiting fields of poppies in full bloom!

Bon journo, and ciao bella, ya'll - I promise to share LOTS of pictures with you of my grand adventures. I can't make such promises about gelato, however, you know how it gets all melty if you try to share, after all.... 

The studio models take a bow and a dip in Sonoma, California

Monday, June 1, 2015

Painting Sonoma Sunflowers and You Know You're in California When - Nancy Medina Art Classes and Workshops

Wild Garden Sonoma Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
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I am just back from my first Sonoma, California, workshop, where the sunsets were spectacular, the fresh flowers were plentiful, and you couldn't walk five feet without stumbling into a gorgeous vineyard! We painted tulips, hydrangeas, cosmos, daisies, and delphiniums and I was acclimated back to the California I love before I had even polished off a glass of red! 

Most of all, I knew immediately, while standing in line for my gourmet iced mocha coffee with extra mocha, that I was back in California. The sign at the checkout stated my selection that day was certifiably gluten free, organic, non-GMO laced, fair-trade grown, vegan, women-owned, and socially responsible. 

My next workshop is in Tuscany, Italy, and I have a few seats left so pack your wine glass and your sun hat and join me for the peak of poppy bloom! I'm saving a bowl of gelato with your name on it!

Thanks so much Rochelle Wines, our awesome hosts!

The classroom models take a bow!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Close to Heaven Pink Peonies and Remembering My Mother - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

Close to Heaven Pink Peonies
by Nancy Medina 
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

I've been thinking a lot about heaven lately, since I now have one more guardian angel, perhaps the most powerful one I have ever had. I thought I would only feel my Mother's presence the morning after she died, when I felt a blanketing warmth and comfort surround me from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. But today I felt her with me again, a transcendent peace settled over me this morning as I watched the sun finally come out after a night of ferocious thunderstorms. I think we all wish and hope that we will never truly lose the ones we love most, and perhaps this is all just wishful thinking. 

My friends assure me that I should be prepared to be fatigued almost always now, since, even if I am not aware of it, the brain is processing after a loss of this magnitude. If so, what a blessing to have a tired mind that allows my thoughts to wander to such feelings and memories. I keep picturing my Mom at her kitchen table, stirring a glass of iced tea, and laughing. If there were one epithet I would hope for, it would be that people said of me, "I always remember her laughing." What a wonder to have lived my life with a Mother who had a magical laugh and an easy smile and a heart always open to others.

The studio models take a dip and a bow!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Spring Rain Peony and Hydrangea Garden and a Flower Mound Art Event - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

Spring Rain Peony and Hydrangea Garden
by Nancy Medina 
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

Spring Rain Peony and Hydrangea Garden is my newest large container garden, unveiled at my art event at Wine Down Market in Flower Mound Saturday. I'm humbled and honored at such a great turnout for the show! Thanks so much to everyone who joined me, and congratulations to Kay McCarthy who won a fun and squishable peony pillow. All the proceeds for the pillow giveaway went to one of my favorite charities, Dallas Ft Worth Pug Rescue. There were several quite good looking puggies who joined us for the event, four footed snuffly little ambassadors to the cause. I'll be having another art show at Wine Down Market again this year, right in time for holiday shopping, I sure hope you can join me there! Sign up for my newsletter so I can keep you in the flower loop!

Art and pugs, what a perfect mix!

Great to catch up with friends!

Camille the pug has found a forever
home with Don and Julie - hooray!

A future flower painter arrives, hooray for Jodi!

Milessa aka Miss Fashion Sense!

Crickett in her favorite place,
Mom Karolyn's lap!

The pug rescue dream team, Jan, Karolyn, Cricket the pug, and Tammy! 

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Free Tulip Video and Framed in Violet White Roses - Flower Painting Workshops and Classes by Nancy Medina Art

Framed in Violet White Roses
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Framed in Violet White roses celebrates the push and pull of warm and cool violets, and how it can be just so much fun to let your hair down and play with color. Today the pugs and I are celebrating in the studio the release of my full-length, free tulip video. Just a flower footnote for all those who watch, unlike my professional DVDs, Pink Pirouette Tulip on video was just an amateur production done by yours truly, with her puggy assistants, so the sound is not high quality. I beg your forgiveness for that, though, if you listen closely, as a consolation prize, you might just hear snoring, snorting, barking and other assorted puggy noises! Stay tuned to the end for some fun out-takes involving the helpers!

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I hope you enjoy this little tulip treat, I created it for you as a thanks for walking with me on this flower-strewn path of my first year as a full-time artist, and also to celebrate hitting 14,000 Facebook fans. I thank you from the bottom of my heart - with flowers - and pug kisses, too!

The studio models take a bow!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ballet Slipper Pink Peonies and the Birds and the Bees - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

Ballet Slipper Pink Peonies
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

 Ballet Slipper Pink Peonies is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, based on the fresh flower models who kindly stayed up late with the artist with little or no complaint. It was a beautiful day in my garden, my oak leaf hydrangea is in its glory after weeks of rain. I was able to catch a few rays this afternoon, between clouds, and noticed after a few moments I was sharing my chair with George the tree lizard. Actually, I am quite sure he was George the XIII, since he was a rather spry youngster compared to his George the Lizard cousins hanging out on the gate puffing their little chins at one another. I hope your day included a few moments of blissful contemplation (aka napping) in a sunny garden!

The studio models take a siesta!

A little water dabbing in the sunshine!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Dallas Arboretum Tour and Willow Loop Wildflowers - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

Willow Loop Wildflowers
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Museum Quality Panel

A wet winter and spring have brought on the most colorful wildflower bloom in years in the Texas Hill Country. Willow City Loop is just outside the historic town of Fredericksburg, Texas, where I teach each spring. We also have plenty of blossoms up here in North Texas. The Dallas Arboretum has constructed an array of new rose arbors this year, along with some fun Texas-themed topiaries. Here is a photo tour for those who haven't visited yet this season - enjoy!

 Roses to rival Coronado Island blooms!

Talk about color drama....

Don't you love the long green manes!

 The petunia star - biggie size!

Just imagining lavender here....

 Roses, arbors, make my heart go pitty pat....!

So much color, I hope they last all summer long...!