Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rhapsody in Blue Lavender and a Southern France Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Rhapsody in Blue Lavender
by Nancy Medina
16X20
Oil on Archival Panel



I'm warming up my lavender brushes this week, because next week they'll be dipping into the colors of France! I'll be visiting the property where my August 2015 workshop will be held, testing the gelato, deciding which cheeses are the most yummy, and sipping the local vintage a time or three. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it! My first France workshop filled in 2 days, so I opened a second workshop and I'm holding a seat especially for you. Don't delay, there are only a few seats left for a painting adventure designed to make your lavender dreams come true!

 

 Painting Brilliant Florals in France

With Nancy Medina

August 4-14, 2015
Le Vieux Couvent



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dreams Come True and Texas Hill Country Melody - Lavender Painting by Nancy Medina

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Hill Country Melody Lavender
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Palette Knife/Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




If you could take a workshop anywhere in the world, where would your heart and your paint brush lead you? Just when I think my new job as a full time artist and teacher could not get any better, another fringe benefit blossoms right before my eyes. Thanks to my talented, motivated and beautiful students, I've been able to find venues and ideas for teaching flower painting workshops around the world that seemed like just an unreachable dream a year ago.

One of my favorite places to teach is in the Texas Hill Country, and some of my favorite family vacation memories are right here amidst these old stone farmhouses, in particular Settlers Crossing, a B&B five miles from this historic German town. Plans are in the works for another workshop in Fredericksburg next spring, so stay tuned to my workshop page for details to come. Thanks so much Jane for making this dream come true!



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Detail from Hill Country Melody

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunset Vintage and a Visit to Becker Vineyards in the Texas Hill Country - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Sunset Vintage by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


Sunset Vintage is the daily rendering in Flower Mound Studio, I felt compelled to produce some icy blues and warm grape hues - you might think this is a creation based on some far away European countryside, but it is, in fact, a little vignette from a lavender farm in the Texas Hill Country. Each time I visit Fredericksburg, Texas, I am amazed at all the new wineries cropping up here and there. So many wines to taste, so little time! Becker Vineyards is one of my favorites, and when its spring flower fields are in full bloom, there is no better time to visit.



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Sunset on the easel....




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Becker Vineyards at dawn
(Photo courtesy of Becker Vineyards)


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Magic Dreamer Tulips - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Magic Dreamer Tulips
by Nancy Medina
14X11
Oil on Archival Panel


My new DVD





The fresh tulips were a bit droopy this morning, so I pulled out my magic straws and propped them up for at least one more painting under the spotlight in Flower Mound Studio today. I painted these with a limited palette 2 days ago, so today I decided to get all of the crayons out of the box and infuse them with a little August heat. Never shy away from the unexpected. After all, you're the boss of your flowers!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Five Sisters White Tulips and Dangerous Encounters in the Market Today - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Five Sisters White Tulips
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


My new DVD




Five Sisters White Tulips was a celebratory painting in Flower Mound Studio today, celebratory because I found one lone bundle of French tulips in the market - in August no less! These flowers have a mysterious past. I know they weren't from Texas. I'd be amazed if they were from California this late in the season. When asked about their roots, they were absolutely mum. While in the market, the lady pushing them around in the shopping cart was distracted by a very dangerous substance, one which is perfectly legally bought and sold every day not a mile from her house - pastries! See the photo below for the incriminating evidence....



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 The studio models taking a bow, and another bow, and another...




Dangerous things happen when I'm left
to my own devices in a grocery store....


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Heart's Wish Sunflowers - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Heart's Wish Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
24X24
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

My new DVD





Heart's Wish Sunflowers is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio. AnnieBee and I spent yesterday at the farm with mom. If you could have one wish, what would it be? Mine would be to have the time back with my Mother when she was younger, when she was in good health, outdoors pulling peppers off her plants in the garden, still working at the courthouse, and still getting her boxes of books in the mail from her book club every few weeks. Those are the sweetest memories now, and I'm so glad I have them...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pink Poppies and the Thing for Which I Shall Be Famous - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


Pink Poppies Purple Iris
by Nancy Medina


Pink Poppies Purple Iris is the newest small work in the studio, finished at dusk amidst the pug snores. I posted a few studio photos on my Facebook page and the image of my shoe bag paint storage system went viral. Artists from around the globe posted and reposted and exclaimed they could now eliminate their giant flat 2-ton multi-drawer tool cabinets on wheels and take themselves post haste to WalMart for cheap $11 shoe bags! It is a small contribution but one for which I shall always be known. Oh, wait, I forgot to put my name on that photo. Well, darn. Professional obscurity shall continue.




But wait til you see what's on the OTHER SIDE
of the door on the right!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Raspberries and Creme White Daisy - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Raspberries and Creme White Daisy
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Raspberries and Creme White Daisy was painted to make a point. Push color to its limits. Put in something unexpected. Shake it up a little. Let your brush cut loose. Paint like no one is watching, no one is judging, and it's just you and your favorite friend in a room with tons of colorful paint, brushes, and canvases in stacks up to the ceiling. Paint like there is no critique session. Paint like there is no ribbon about to be awarded or gallery about to send you a letter with a Yes stamp or No stamp on it. Paint for you. Because in the end, it's really why you picked up that brush in the first place. To express something inside of you, that was uniquely, personally and beautifully - you.





The flower models watch with approval....

Monday, August 18, 2014

Morning Gifts Sunflowers and a North Texas Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


Morning Gifts Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel


My new DVD


Morning Gifts Sunflowers was one of my class demonstrations in North Texas last weekend. We painted daisies, peonies, glads, stock, sunflowers and roses, with an emphasis on bold, bright color. It's really an honor to have students give up their free time to study with me, I never dreamed 10 years ago I would have a whole new career I absolutely loved - as a teacher. Here are some pictures of my students hard at work making flowers bloom!

This week I'll be spending some time with mom, packing up supplies to ship to my Memphis, Tennessee class, and organizing outlet adapters and leakproof containers of shampoos and lotions to PACK LIGHT for my trip to France! One friend said she always takes her own coffee with her when she travels overseas. Considering my new-found addiction to iced coffee, I'm sure contemplating how I could manage that....




Marti's colorful daisies!




Annetta's big, bold purples!




Kayla giving roses her own special touch!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

How to Paint From Life and Provence Violet Sunflowers - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Provence Violet Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Archival Panel

Provence Violet Sunflowers was one of seven class demonstrations this weekend in my North Texas workshop. My class demos are created from fresh flowers under a strong directional light, and yes it's a bit of a challenge to always find excellent fresh flowers for classes, and yes it is a financial sacrifice to bring in enough fresh flowers for classes of 14 to 18 students to paint from, and yes, there is the transport, the water buckets, the vases, the TLC that goes into transporting and preserving these delicate flowers through three to four days of painting. But it's worth it. 

Why paint from life? Why not save a few pennies and just print out a bunch of photos at the OfficeMart down the street and use those? Here's why.

You cannot hide your true self and your true style 

when you paint from life.


In my classes, even though everyone has an identical live flower setup, every student creates a unique work of art. Some students imbue their work with strong graphic lines and bold abstract colors. Some create soft washes of color accented by strong lavenders and greens. Copying from master painters and working from one dimensional reference photos is a wonderful way to build your confidence. It's exactly how I was first taught to paint. But moving to the next level involves working with setups with fresh flowers, and with good directional light. What is true for landscape painting, and plein air work, is also true for studio work. Fresh flowers and good light is a wonderful way to continue your art journey, and discover the colors, nuances, and unique beauty of your own voice and palette.

What's a great way to transition from photos to painting from life if you've always painted from photos in the past? Buy fresh flowers, even if it's just a few flowers from the bargain bin at your local market. Put a good light source on them - you can find all sorts of great clip on lights at Home Depot. Take a photo of your fresh flower setup using your phone or tablet. Set up your tablet or phone next to your live flowers near your easel. You can now use that one dimensional photo on your tablet as your photo reference, your transition tool, until at some point your eye convinces you the bright flower a few inches away in living color is a better source of information. Give it time. Eventually you won't even glance at photos or flat references any more. Someday you'll reach that point when you won't want any photos at all anymore. What a joy each of these chapters is in our growth as artists. Every true artist is a lifetime practitioner, if we are truly passionate about art, we are passionate about growth and learning. As long as we are living and breathing, the art journey never stops, it's like an excellent story that never ends. What a gift it is to be an artist!



 Connie making sunflowers bloom!





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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cherry Jubilee Daisies and Painting From a Place of Joy - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Cherry Jubilee Daisies
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
20X16
Oil on Archival Panel


My new DVD




Cherry Jubilee Daisies was my class demonstration this morning in my North Texas workshop. Every student in class stretched their wings and created daisies in their own style, such is the fruit of painting from life rather than photographs or patterns. The most direct path to your own style will come when you transition away from painting from photographs, and graduate to painting from life. But there is another element to consider, and that is your frame of mind when you approach that blank canvas with your brush in hand. So often it is our own thoughts we have to conquer before we are ready to really cut loose with color.

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!






Rama's dancing daisies!





Friday, August 15, 2014

Strawberry Souffle Red Rose Bouquet and a North Texas Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Strawberry Souffle Red Rose Bouquet
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration

20X16
Oil on Archival Panel


My new DVD





We made red roses bloom in oils in North Texas today, with students from Arkansas, California, New Mexico, and across Texas. Working with big brushes and abstracting shapes, and pushing bright color to the extreme was the lesson plan, and judging from the smiles, it was a productive morning! Tomorrow we will paint a familiar subject - daisies - with a new twist - a HOT PINK backdrop. Stay tuned for more photos, flower friends. If you get to class early, I might even save you a...brownie!




Annetta and her big, bold rose!




Kayla's beautiful teal sky!






Laura knocked the rose out of the park!





Who's next in the painting queue? hmmmm...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Flower Mound - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Flower Mound Trail
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



My new DVD





Flower Mound, Texas, really is a place, it's a real town with a population of about 60,000, situated somewhere near the mid-point between Fort Worth and Dallas. Flower Mound is named for an Indian burial mound in the center of town.

I love this little town we live in, we have hundreds of miles of bike trails, sanctuary neighborhoods, and almost every type of shopping we need right close by. This is a painting of one of the trails just up the street from Flower Mound Art Studio, around the corner from the duck pond. I can walk out my front door and be in this spot in about 15 minutes. The flowers are done for the summer, but in the spring in the no mow zones, the wildflowers bloom in brilliant yellows, pinks and reds, and creeks this summer were full of running water. I wouldn't trade my neighborhood for any other place in Texas!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Moonglow Sunflowers - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


Moonglow Sunflowers

Moonglow Sunflowers was a frivolous approach to the happy mood of this flower I love so much. I lucked out at the flower market when I found these periwinkle blue glads, the perfect backdrop to the golden sunflowers! Here's a peek at the painting with the models taking a bow and a dip in my back yard garden.


The flower models take a bow!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Children of the Sun Sunflowers and Growing Up on a Farm - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Children of the Sun Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina 
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


My new DVD






Children of the Sun Sunflowers was one of my class demonstrations and is a painting of one of my absolute favorite flowers. I grew up on an organic farm in East Texas where the 10-foot tall sunflowers attracted insects off the crops, fed the birds, and provided rows and rows of beautiful color. I remember being embarrassed when friends who lived "in town" would come to visit, since they would see our country life, how we lived in a very basic house, wearing hand-me-downs and rarely doing the things city kids took for granted, such as going to the pool or shopping at the mall. For us, "going to town" was an event, and if we stopped at the Dairy Queen for ice cream cones when Dad finished his errands, this was a huge treat. I am so glad, now, that I had this simple, focused life, when my summers were spent reading every book I could lay my hands on, and enjoying the companionship of the animals, and playing with my sisters. We used our imaginations to build worlds and games. We had no internet, no video games, and no cable TV. Maybe this is why I love painting from life so much. Because there was nothing artificial that filled the days of my youth.

My parents had a picnic table in the back yard and I remember one fall they placed all the dried heads of sunflowers out, creating a smorgasbord for the wild birds. Tomorrow I pack up the supplies for another 3-day workshop here in North Texas, my last summer workshop for the year. I love teaching, but even better I love shopping for fresh flowers the day before class. You never know what treasures the flower store will have!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Eucalyptus and Daisies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Eucalyptus and Daisies
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Archival Panel


My new DVD



Eucalyptus and Daisies was one of my class demonstrations in San Diego last week, starring my favorite little sugar bowl and a borrowed vase from a friend. I love the sugar bowl so much (purchased from Hobby Lobby with my half price coupon!) I actually bought two of these little guys, in case one ever gets broken en route to a workshop. In my demo painting, I wanted to give the white pitcher minimal frills, so it would not attract too much attention from the daisies, and I chose the eucalyptus greenery deliberately because I knew the cool teal greens would set off the hot pink flowers. I always try to find ways to be a little strategic in setting up my arrangements, and lots of these tips are shared on my new art DVDs. I have one seat left in my November San Diego class, and this will be my last marketing class so I sure hope to see you there! Read more...



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The studio models take a bow!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

August Rose - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 August Rose
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
 
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel

We had to make an urgent trip to Central Market *sound of harps* in Southlake, Texas, today, as it was Hatch Chili Weekend there, per my husband. They had giant bins of fresh Hatch Chilis all over the store, as well as Hatch Chili Cheese Popcorn, Hatch Chili cheeses, Hatch Chili hamburgers, Hatch Chili salsa, ad infinitum. I delayed my trip to the flower section as we sampled every single Hatch Chili Free Sampler Take a Bite of This stand throughout the entire store. 

But at some point, I had to tear myself away to see what fresh flowers were in stock. The fresh white roses were clearly on steroids, so I grabbed a bundle of those for a commission I am working on. Then, well, the sunflowers were a particularly lovely shade of yellow, so golden. And you always need cornflower blue delphiniums if you've got fresh golden sunflowers. I am fairly certain that is a botanical law. So I set up two giant fresh flower arrangements, one with roses, one with sunflowers, turned on all my hot spotlights in the studio, and began painting as soon as we got home. August Rose was my brush warm-up. Stay tuned for more flowers to come! I have to paint as fast as I can, before we all melt....




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White Rose Studio models on steroids!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Duet Daisies and Frogs in the Garden - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Duet Daisies
by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel


My new DVD



Duet Daisies is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, featuring a little dance of cool and warm violets in a breezy garden. It was a warm one in my own back yard garden today, although a nice thunderstorm drifted in during the afternoon hours to give the tree lizards a drink. I had a visitor last night that I've never before seen here in Flower Mound, a nice large toad was hopping around my flower beds, looking for June bugs. I turned on the hose to give him a wet puddle in case he was thirsty, and asked him to be sure to eat some of those pesky mosquitoes for me.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Nodding Off White Roses - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Nodding Off White Roses
by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel


My new hydrangea DVD




Nodding Off White Roses is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio. Yesterday I spent time with my Mom. She always wants to hear about my trips. I sat on the edge of her hospital bed and told her about California, how beautiful the flowers were, how much I'd love to live there but doubt we could ever afford to move back. She said she hoped we didn't move away. She had three bowls of ice cream while I was there, and asked for watermelon but we were out. She had eaten the last of it before I arrived, and forgotten. We watched all of her favorite shows, Ellen, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune. She gave AnnieBee one bite of ice cream, and then she ate half of a bacon sandwich. Everything we can get Mom to eat is something to celebrate. When it was time for me to leave, I told her she was my favorite person in the whole world, and kissed her goodbye. She said I was her favorite Nancy in the whole world. Each one of these moments may seem like such small things, but they are the most important moments of my life, these precious days with my Mom.

Monday, August 4, 2014

San Diego Splash Sunflowers and Roses in the Garden - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 San Diego Splash Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Archival Panel

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My new hydrangea DVD




San Diego Splash Sunflowers was my class demonstration yesterday in historic Balboa Park - the flowers in the park were in bloom, so while I was painting fresh blossoms with my students, the hubby was capturing images of the most beautiful gardens for you. Here is just one of the rose gardens I toured with my students this weekend. In addition to a gazillion awesome fresh flowers, I found some wonderful new vases at the market in downtown San Diego this week. Here is one of them - and here's a secret for you. If you want to find some really unique, beautiful vases, check out your local furniture stores. I found a blue patterned vase at a furniture store right next to the art store in Mission Valley, San Diego this weekend. Talk about thrilled!

You are invited to join me here again in November for more flowers, more painting, and more fresh pastries every morning. The workshop has just a few seats left so don't delay - let's making brilliant flowers bloom in the sunshine state!

Painting Brilliant Flowers in San Diego, CA
November 14-16, 2014




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 The classroom models take a bow!





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There are more flowers in San Diego than you can shake a stick at!






What a talented group of ladies in sunny San Diego this week!

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