Saturday, April 25, 2015

Pink Blush Tulips, a New Video, and a Radio Interview - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

Pink Blush Tulips 
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

I was feeling quite blue about missing the tulip fest at the Dallas Arboretum this spring, when I stumbled upon a bouquet of big pink tulips at the flower market today. I could hardly wait to get them home and put them under the spotlight! Pink Blush Tulips celebrates all my favorite spring colors, with a mix of warm peach and pink spring hues.

The real prize at the market was a bundle of peonies - cross your fingers, toes and flower petals that the peonies will fluff open in the next day or two and be ready to pose for a painting! If I get really lucky, they'll hold up for my next DVD filming coming up very soon. (Stay tuned for more details on the new video lesson coming up soon...)

My first radio interview aired a few days ago, for Artists Helping Artists on Blog Talk Radio. Awesome hostesses Margaret Sheldon and Leslie Saeta put me right at ease, and the puggies even cooperated, not interrupting even once. I am very proud that Margaret's helper, Gus, tuned in with a few snores, from his strategic nap position at her feet. What's an interview without input from the helpers? (Apparently not a single leaf fluttered outside during the interview, or else the Leaf Flutter Alert System would have gone into full puggy action mode!) You can hear the whole interview, even if you missed the event, since it's all on the streaming thingy ma bob system. Break out the popcorn and enjoy!

The studio models take a bow!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Blog Talk Radio and Hydrangea Queens in New Orleans ~ Nancy Medina Art ~ Painting Classes and Workshops

Sugar Queen Hydrangeas ~ Class Demonstration
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

No sooner had I unpacked from my back to back workshops in Nashville and New Orleans, and it was time to prep for my Blog Talk Radio Show interview for Artists Helping Artists.

I'm so nervous! What if I forget my name? Worse yet, what if I forget the studio helpers' names?

Leslie Saeta and Margaret Sheldon, the hostesses, assure me it's just a chat between friends, nothing to be concerned about. Nevertheless, my motto is: It's best to be over prepared. I've glued post-it notes all over my computer and begun gargling with salt water. I've included essential information, too, like my name, blue and yellow makes green, all those little things that slip my 50-plus year old mind. I'm really hoping for one of those 10 minute delays, in case of pug-catastrophe. (Do you remember that time Howie decided to throw up in the middle of my DVD video shoot, and he did it loudly and with great enthusiasm?)

Just to calm your nerves, or rather my nerves, here are some photos from my most awesome trip to the Big Easy this weekend. I LOVE New Orleans, and had a fabby time, as my friend Rebecca has taught me to say. Next stop is the Dallas Arboretum - I'm saving a tulip with your name on it!

Hydrangea construction zone, hardhats required!

Sylvia's sparkling smile (and flowers!)

New Orleans Alumni, 2015 

The classroom models take a bow!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Rain Irises and Pugs in the Garden - Flower Paintings and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

Spring Rain Irises
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas


This morning my iris garden was struggling to regain its footing after the cool rains yesterday. A flock of yellow blossoms had fallen to the earth, so I took up my garden scissors and brought them indoors for a modeling session. My four pug helpers accompanied me on this rhizome reconnaissance mission into the gardens. 

Our special needs rescue pug Hannah has bird patrol duties she takes quite seriously, while Howard Pee Pugpants enjoys smooshing his snout into the potting soil, the pots, the bags, the boxes, and anything in general he can reach. Java, my old man puggy, always comes to Mom for love and pats first, since he considers himself more human than pug. And Studio Director AnnieBee waits impatiently for me to throw the toy du jour a few gazillion times for her. She waits all day for this, and it's been a long, wet winter so we've had a lot of catching up to do. 

I hope you've had some productive moments in your spring garden, with helpers nearby to keep you smiling - tomorrow morning I'm off to teach in New Orleans, one of my favorite places in the whole world - and I'm not just saying that because of the beignets, cher!

 The studio models take a bow - and a dip!

AnnieBee says, don't forget to play outside today!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Southern Bell Sunflowers and a New Tennessee Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

Southern Bell Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

Southern Bell Sunflowers was one of my class demonstrations in Tennessee last week, and features some teal pops of color to balance the warm orange bellies of these large flowers. We had a great time in class, the students took home some prizes, new hats, and even one big grand giveaway of $1000 (in chocolate!). I'm delighted to announce I've opened another Tennessee class since the first one filled up so quickly - I hope to see you there!

Painting Brilliant Florals and Landscapes
in Memphis/Collierville, Tennessee
October 12-14, 2015

Nashville, Tennessee Alumni 2015


Donna's delicious prize!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Blue Heaven Hydrangeas and Tough Choices in the Garden - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

Blue Heaven Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

I clipped the blooms from my hydrangeas this evening. I originally had planned to cut some of my new irises and bring them into the studio to paint. I stood in front of the iris bed with the scissors in my hand, looking at the white irises, and the blue irises, and the deep purple, and I just could not bring myself to cut any of them. They were so tall, and fresh, and recently unfurled, and clearly enjoying their moment in the sun after a long winter.

The blue hydrangeas that traveled with me from my last workshop, however, were beginning to fade. Destined for my flower pots tomorrow, I knew the blossoms would not last much longer. Or perhaps that is just the excuse I used to have the courage to cut them. They posed quite bravely under the hot spotlight in Big Blue, my favorite vase, this evening. Here's to their sacrifice - thank you so much to these lovely blue blossoms for taking one for the team!

The studio models take a bow!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring Sparkle Geraniums and Caught in a Flower Painting Love Triangle - Nancy Medina Art

 Spring Sparkle Pink Geraniums
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Spring Sparkle Pink Geraniums was one of my recent class demonstrations and the flower models are already blooming happily on my sun porch, as part of my "paint the flower, plant the flower" recycling program. I'm leaving for Tennessee Friday for a full workshop near Nashville, but I have a confession to make. I am so excited about Tennessee and seeing all those friendly southern ladies, but Sonoma, California, is on my mind! Paint Brilliant Sonoma is coming up soon. Is it okay to be in love with two venues at the same time? Will Nashville begin saying awful things about Sonoma on its Facebook page if they discover I am practically seeing them both at the same time?

I know the airline is pretty happy with me at this particular juncture, as I have six plane tickets in the queue and single handedly have funded an entire fuselage on one of the new Airbus 777s. Not to incur further jealousy, but the flight attendance slipped me an extra bag of peanuts on my last flight. I tried to nod my thanks to her, but the gentleman's elbow in the seat next to me was wedged so tightly under my chin I could barely get my seatbelt clipped.

Regardless, the evening wine tasting and hazy mornings over flower filled fields with clusters of grapes catching the dawn dew are calling my name. I would move back to California in a heartbeat, if I could afford the car registration fees. At least I can visit occasionally, and take you with me! Here's the squeeze on Sonoma:

Paint Brilliant Sonoma

May 29-31, 2015

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~ Class Wine Tasting Outing May 30 ~

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Signs of Spring Purple Iris and a Sonoma, California Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina Art

 Signs of Spring
Purple Iris
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Signs of Spring celebrates the first blooms in my garden, my purple and blue iris. Thanks to the wet winter, the flowers are promising to perform extraordinary feats of color in my iris and hydrangea beds over the next few weeks. I promise to document the array of unfurling petals for you on my art bloggy, flower friends, so stay tuned! I hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend with lots of loved ones nearby!

I'm excited to be heading to Sonoma, California, for a workshop soon. My hostess has been sending photos of the blooming gardens there, and we have a wine tasting evening at La Rochelle Wine Market. You are invited so pack your purple brushes and join me there - your vintage awaits! Read more...

Paint Brilliant Sonoma

May 29-31, 2015

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Signs of spring on the easel!

Your vintage awaits!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reading to My Mother the Poet - By Nancy Medina Art

Pink Halos Peonies -
Cover Art ~ Pandora's Box
by Nancy Medina

Tonight I read to my Mother from her own book of published poems. As I read, I glanced at her from time to time in her hospital bed. She lay with her eyes bright and alert. As I finished each poem she had written, I would meet her eyes briefly and she would meet mine, with a bit of a smile shared between us.

As I read to her, it occurred to me, my reading voice has the same inflection my Mother's voice had when she read to us as children. Because her hands can no longer grip properly, I held the book upright for her, showing her each poem and the painting I had chosen to go with it.

When I finished the last poem, the one she had written about her father, I said to Mom, "The end." She turned to me with a smile and said, "That was good."

And it was. It was very good.

Gentle Thoughts

Drifting, drifting
back in time,
poignant memories
brush my mind.

When we were young
and life was sweet
I danced with you
in sandled feet.

You were so tall
and I so low
I had to kiss you
on tiptoe.

My faithful friend
so strong, so true
I loved you but
you never knew

Elsie Leighton Becker

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Seaside Cottage and a St. Louis Workshop - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

Seaside Cottage
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

This morning I received an email from LinkedIn suggesting I consider a job in architecture. This is about as close as I'll get to being an architect. Seaside Cottage is a painting of Le Vieux Couvent in Frayssinet, France, converted via my imagination to a seaside retreat. 

I'm very excited to announce a new workshop in St. Louis, Missouri, set for October 23-25. We'll paint bright flowers and French landscapes in my home town. You are invited to join me for three full days of painting, and students who work in oils, acrylics, and water based oils are welcome. I hope to see you there!

Painting Florals and Landscapes

in St. Louis, Missouri

October 23-25, 2015

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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

Spring Fever Pink Tulips
by Nancy Medina
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!

 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

One More Day Pink Peony Bouquet
by Nancy Medina
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...!

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

 Brink of Spring Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
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!

Hmmm, says the sunflower.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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

 Violet Fire Sunflower
by Nancy Medina
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

Blue Fire Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
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!

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

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!

 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

Maple Cottage Hydrangea Garden
by Nancy Medina
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

Violet Veranda Rose Arbor
by Nancy Medina
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

 Hidden Hydrangea Garden
by Nancy Medina
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

Pink Azalea Cottage
by Nancy Medina
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.