Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Off to Italy We Go, and Living Above a Pastry Shop, Oh My...!

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Run Wild Red Poppies by Nancy Medina
16X16, Oil on Museum Quality Panel

We are just a few days away from the Big Color Reveal from Flower Mound Studio. Bright and early tomorrow morning, everyone who has signed up to be the first to hear the scoop will receive a special giveaway offer. Patience has its rewards, mio caro! 
In the meantime, I'm just about packed for my workshop to Italy. And there are a few sugary twists in the dolci, so to speak. I learned just today, something amazing about the hotel where we will be staying in the heart of an ancient Italian village. 

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 The poppy fields of Italia!

Monday, May 30, 2016

How to Make Your Pink Colors Pop - The Chosen Hydrangeas - Nancy Medina Art

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The Chosen Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina
20X20, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





 I clipped these hydrangeas from my garden this morning. It was particularly tough choosing who was going to succumb to the snippers! My hydrangea garden is all pastels this year, with pale blues and violets, whites and pinks and dusty roses. I suspect you'll be seeing a lot of these colors in new paintings to come. 

I'm packing some of those colors for my journey workshop to Italy in June, where my students and I will be painting with superpower colors. I've used a few of them in The Chosen. If you detect just a bit of glow around those pink petals, you're seeing one of my favorite hues - permanent rose. I love using permanent rose as an underpainting for a pink flower. If you're careful not to cover all the permanent rose with petals, and let some of it shine through, you're rewarded with an extra color pop. Give it a try (even if you're working in acrylics instead of oils.) A note of caution: Be sure to don your apron and your goggles first, things will get super brightly precariously pink very quickly....!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Beneath the Wild Sky and a Big Announcement From Flower Mound Studio - Nancy Medina Art


I posted another Facebook live video today, my third one - and the good news is, I succeeded in not accidentally letting my houseslippers show in the film. I've also learned that if I keep kibble on hand, I can lure her majesty, AnnieBee, into posing for her admirers during part of the shoot. This is always a big hit. I was feeling downright smart about the whole thing, until I lost my wifi connection and the video cut short just a bit! whoospie! If you missed the video clip, you can see it by clicking here. I shared a peek at my new little bistro table and chairs, and my new cute little squishable peony pillows that arrived a few days ago. But I digress!


I have a big announcement to make, but not....quite....yet! I'll be sharing it in my next newsletter and if you love color, if you love painting, and if you love FREE stuff, you won't want to miss it. Have you signed up yet? I sure hope so, the early bird gets the blossom, flower friends!


 I'm saving a seat for you in my garden ~ Pull up a pillow, ma cheri!
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Amethyst Ballet
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Amethyst Ballet
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas
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My iris garden is blooming and it's almost the end of December. Each morning I awaken, expecting the cold to stop this unexpected spell of blossoms, and more and more flowers are opening. I've decided to see this bounty as a gift from my newest guardian angel, my Mother. Thanks Mom, for the beauty!
I'm super excited to be the first painting artist to join the Vita Verde team for a destination workshop to Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy. You are invited, flower friends, to join me in the heart of Italy for open air markets, wine tastings, a day trip to the Adriatic Sea, and all the art and culture your heart desires. You can learn more and see the movie highlights on my web site. Early bird discounts are good until the end of the year so don't delay! Click here for the movie!

Paint Brilliant Italy

June 26-June 2, 2016

Sant'Angelo in Vado With Nancy Medina

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Amethyst Ballet
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Amethyst Ballet
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas
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My iris garden is blooming and it's almost the end of December. Each morning I awaken, expecting the cold to stop this unexpected spell of blossoms, and more and more flowers are opening. I've decided to see this bounty as a gift from my newest guardian angel, my Mother. Thanks Mom, for the beauty!
I'm super excited to be the first painting artist to join the Vita Verde team for a destination workshop to Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy. You are invited, flower friends, to join me in the heart of Italy for open air markets, wine tastings, a day trip to the Adriatic Sea, and all the art and culture your heart desires. You can learn more and see the movie highlights on my web site. Early bird discounts are good until the end of the year so don't delay! Click here for the movie!

Paint Brilliant Italy

June 26-June 2, 2016

Sant'Angelo in Vado With Nancy Medina

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Announcing My New Web Site!

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Painting Brilliant Color in Flower Mound Studio!


Visit my new Web Site for the latest flower news, workshop announcements and all the fun and colorful happenings in Flower Mound Art Studio!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Amethyst Ballet and a New Italy Workshop - Nancy Medina Art Videos and Classes



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Amethyst Ballet
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas
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My iris garden is blooming and it's almost the end of December. Each morning I awaken, expecting the cold to stop this unexpected spell of blossoms, and more and more flowers are opening. I've decided to see this bounty as a gift from my newest guardian angel, my Mother. Thanks Mom, for the beauty!

I'm super excited to be the first painting artist to join the Vita Verde team for a destination workshop to Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy. You are invited, flower friends, to join me in the heart of Italy for open air markets, wine tastings, a day trip to the Adriatic Sea, and all the art and culture your heart desires. You can learn more and see the movie highlights on my web site. Early bird discounts are good until the end of the year so don't delay! Click here for the movie!

Paint Brilliant Italy

June 26-June 2, 2016

Sant'Angelo in Vado With Nancy Medina


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Step by Step Peonies and How to Keep Your Colors Clean - Nancy Medina Art Videos and Classes


Butterfly Rest Stop Peonies
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Museum Quality Panel, Sold




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Thanksgiving is a most favorite holiday in Flower Mound Studio, if one were to take a vote from the residents. It's only logical, considering the humans are outnumbered by the Pugs at the Polls, and Pugs consider eating a national sport.

I've created a little step by step tutorial for you showing how Butterfly Rest Stop came to bloom. I always begin my paintings with clean, transparent colors - read more...


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
12X12
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
14X14
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
20X20
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
14X14
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
20X20
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
20X20
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
16X16
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
16X12
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
20X20
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
16X16
Oil, Sold

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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!

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