Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dulce de Leche Sunflower and Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Dulce de Leche Sunflower
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



Dulce de Leche Sunflower was my one hour demonstration yesterday evening for the Irving Arts Association. I had such a fun time visiting with artists from across North Texas in attendance, and gave away a limited edition hydrangea print as a prize. Today I'm finishing up preparation for my biggest art show of the year coming up this weekend, Dallas Arboretum Artscape. I hope to see you there!

You Are Invited!

Look for me in Booth 43

Dallas Arboretum Artscape



April 26-27, 2014
9 am to 5 pm daily
with a member preview 6-8 pm April 25
 
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218



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The studio model takes a bow and a dip!




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sing Spring Poppy Garden - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Sing Spring Poppy Garden
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Archival Panel



Sing Spring is the newest poppy garden in Flower Mound Studio, based on the hundreds of poppies blooming last week in the Texas Hill Country at Wildseed Farms. My girlfriend and I took our IPhone and IPads out in the field to get as many photos as possible of these pink, peach and red beauties. They even had some hybrid pinks with stripes! Since the garden center closes at 5, the employees stood patiently by waiting as we flower fanatics got those last irresistible shots in. Thanks so much Wildseed for always putting on such a colorful display. Speaking of spring, it was a perfect day today for a nap in the garden, and here's a photo to prove it!




Monday, April 21, 2014

Hothouse Hydrangeas and Meet the Artist - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Hothouse Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Class Demonstration

 I'm honored to announce I've been invited to provide a painting demonstration for the Irving Arts Association this week. This is one of the most active art groups in Texas, filled to the gills with outstanding award winning painters and teachers. I confess I'm just a little nervous, but I'm sure as soon as I get that brush loaded up with paint and I'm in front of that blank canvas, all will be well. I used to be absolutely terrified of speaking in public, to the point of needing medication to get through it. Ever since I began teaching painting, though, it is like breathing. I actually enjoy it. How strange, don't you think, that such a thing can reverse itself? Have you ever had that happen?


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Hothouse Hydrangeas on the easel

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunflowers and Japanese Iris and Dallas Arboretum Artscape - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Sunflowers and Japanese Iris
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Archival Panel

Class Demonstration

Sunflowers and Japanese Iris was one of six demonstrations from my Texas Hill Country workshop last week. We painted iris, hydrangeas, sunflowers, and pink lilies, while bluebonnets bloomed outside our window. I love the slow pace of Fredericksburg, Texas, even though I'm teaching all day I still have time to stop and take a deep breath and enjoy the quiet pace of a small town when I'm there. At night you can see the stars, during the day you can always find parking, the bluebonnets are in bloom, and every morning we had the best fresh fruit and cheese kolaches - what more could one wish for in a destination workshop? I've shared pictures from my trip with you here!

No sooner had I returned home to the hubby and the puggies here in Flower Mound and unpacked than it was time to finish preparations for Dallas Arboretum Artscape, my biggest art show of the year. You are invited! I hope to see you there in the pecan grove - I'll have dozens and dozens of new paintings on display - here's the scoop:

You Are Invited!

Look for me in Booth 43

Dallas Arboretum Artscape



April 26-27, 2014
9 am to 5 pm daily
with a member preview 6-8 pm April 25
 
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218

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Just outside my door - boots galore!





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One of my favorite B&B's in Fredericksburg!








Parting gifts that made my heart go pitty pat!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hill Country Hydrangeas and Meeting a Rare Blue Cow - A Texas Flower Painting Workshop by Nancy Medina


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Hill Country Blue Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration

20X16
Oil on Archival Panel
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We painted flowers til the cows came home in the Texas Hill Country this week! Tomorrow is the last day of my four day painting/marketing workshop for The Good Art Company school, and I'm so sad to say goodbye to these talented gals from Michigan, San Diego, Louisiana, and across Texas. We painted pink lilies, white hydrangeas, irises and sunflowers this week, and started each morning with fresh kolaches and cheese danish from the local bakery. Here are a few pictures from our adventure this week, as well as a photo of a rare blue cow, spotted just outside the classroom. Clearly he had been subsisting on a diet of bluebonnets for quite some time!




Daryl's beautiful sunflower!



Lillian's vase just sparkled!




 We painted sunflowers til the cows came home today!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Windblown Blue Iris and a Tour of my Garden - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Windblown Blue Iris
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


I'm supposed to be packing, I'm supposed to be resting for my big trip to my painting and art marketing workshop in the Texas Hill Country tomorrow, but I confess I'm having trouble tearing myself away from the easel. All these irises are calling my name! Yellows, blues, purples. Thank goodness for caffeine, that will be my friend when I'm driving to Fredericksburg.... Here is a tour of my iris garden, I can't believe all the color that has made an early appearance here. Tonight it will be in the 30s, I wonder how these will look tomorrow!



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 The studio model take a dip and a bow!



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I think this one is dancing....



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 Ah, my absolute favorites!




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There will be more to come!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Video of Signs of Spring Blue Irises and the Truth Behind What Goes on in Flower Mound Studio - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


Signs of Spring Blue Iris
by Nancy Medina
and Howard Pee Pugpants

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14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

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Signs of Spring is the newest iris painting among a collection of these growing in Flower Mound Studio this week, thanks to the explosion of color in my iris beds! I cut a few blues and brought them into the studio, placing them in a teal vase to inspire Signs of Spring. Little did I know, there was a hidden camera in the studio, which captured the truth about what goes on behind the brush. I hope this film doesn't go viral, it could spell absolute disaster for my reputation as an artist! All of these paintings, created by somepuggy with no thumbs?? To heap insult on top of injury, not three minutes after I posted this painting, it sold. I wonder if it was because the video. It was painted by an extremely good looking fellow, it appears, rather than his humble servant, moi. This mystery shall surely haunt me for minutes and minutes.....




video

The maestro reveals himself!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pink Larkspur Daisy Duet - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Pink Larkspur Daisy Duet
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




 Pink Larkspur Daisy Duet is the newest daily painting in the studio today. I felt just a bit like I was cheating, since I was painting instead of working on tags and inventory sheets for my show at the Dallas Arboretum April 26-27. All the paintings are stacked neatly into categories, leaning against walls and furniture throughout my house, hither and yon. Next I'll print out the tags, put each in a tiny clear bag and attach it to the back of each painting. Then when it's time to hang the painting, the tag is right there. I did take a bit of a break earlier today, the hubby and I went to World Market and got a few new adirondack chairs - this is Baltic Blue! I got the impression Howard Pee Pugpants approved of the new chair, although I cannot say for certain, since I don't speak Pug....



As soon as mom goes inside, I'm going
to pee on this chair, says Howard....

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blue Iris Lily Garden and Countdown to Dallas Arboretum Artscape - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Blue Iris Lily Garden by Nancy Medina
15X30
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



My iris garden produced yellow, white, purple and pale blue flowers this morning. This sudden proliferation of profuse color has me just a bit worried that it will be a short bloom season. Rather than see this as the glass half empty garden, I'm going to believe this will be the best iris season ever in the gardens of Flower Mound Studio!

Blue Iris Lily Garden is based on those blooms, and one of over 100 new paintings I'll have on display at Dallas Arboretum Artscape April 26-27. I can't believe it's almost here, holy cow I have to make some tags and labels and decide what color apron to wear that day. So much to do, so many flowers to paint, so little time! Here's a bit more on Artscape, I sure hope to see you there!


You Are Invited!

Look for me in Booth 43

Dallas Arboretum Artscape



April 26-27, 2014
9 am to 5 pm daily
with a member preview 6-8 pm April 25
 
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218




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Lilies and irises blooming on the easel today




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I do like chunky frames....

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lapis Lazuli Iris Solo - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Lapis Lazuli Iris Solo
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Palette Knife/Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



Lapis Lazuli Iris is a bit of thick paint and bright blue to celebrate the first blooming day for my iris gardens. This morning I had two large irises completely unfurled to greet the world, despite the winds, they hung in there beautifully. A butter yellow one is about to emerge, and I'm hoping the black irises will also be opening soon. As soon as the wind dies down a bit, I'll share some photos of my garden with you. Stay tuned for the tour!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rise and Shine Again Pink Poppies and Dallas Arboretum Artscape - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Rise and Shine Again Poppies
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

 I've been drawn to peach and pink combinations lately so expressed a bit of that in a poppy painting tonight. This is a warmup for a big triptych poppy I'm creating especially for my show at Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum. I hope to see you there! Eighty or so artists and I will be out in the gardens in tents and this is my only outdoor event. If you look closely, you'll notice the lady in Booth 43 has green paint on her nose....

I stopped by the Arboretum yesterday morning to pick up my painting, Ribbons in the Sky Tulips, from the Garden Gallery Juried Show and got some colorful tulip photos - here's one to tickle your fancy!



You Are Invited!

Look for me in Booth 43

Dallas Arboretum Artscape



April 26-27, 2014
9 am to 5 pm daily
with a member preview 6-8 pm April 25
 
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218

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You Are Invited!

Look for me in Booth 43

Dallas Arboretum Artscape



April 26-27, 2014
9 am to 5 pm daily
with a member preview 6-8 pm April 25
 
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218

- See more at: http://www.nancymedinaart.com/2014/03/garden-dreamers-and-flower-stroll.html#sthash.CX8litaE.dpuf

You Are Invited!

Look for me in Booth 43

Dallas Arboretum Artscape



April 26-27, 2014
9 am to 5 pm daily
with a member preview 6-8 pm April 25
 
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218




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Dallas Arboretum Tulips this morning!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Friends Journey Rose Arbor - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Friends Journey Rose Arbor
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



Who is your best friend and why do you cherish them? I've been thinking about friends so much lately, and how important they are in my life. Even those who live far away, whom I haven't seen for a long time, I miss constantly. There is something about a real friendship, the way it plants a bedrock foundation for your heart. You know that if you call, they will be there. If you are in need, they will be there. If you see them, you will share the same old jokes and you also know a friend never lets you get away with anything. They see straight through you to the honesty of your heart. I have lived a rich life because I have found true friends on this journey. How lucky I am!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Storm Horizon Pink Peonies and the Best Deal on Canvases - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Storm Horizon Peonies
by Nancy Medina
24X24
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
 I finally got a good photo of my new painting, Storm Horizon Peonies. It's hard to photograph the large ones without good natural lighting. It's been a busy week here at the Medina Foster Home for Wayward Pugs. The new stair steps for pets arrived in the mail yesterday. Both the girls took to the steps pretty quickly, with a few treat incentives. The boys, however, were traumatized by the whole ordeal. I had to hold Howie in my lap this morning for half an hour to help him feel better. He is my sensitive baby boy. He doesn't like ANY changes to his routine or his house, and he especially hates when one of his siblings goes to the vet or groomer. He howls with happiness when they return home, talking to them and giving them a good sniff hello. He doesn't leave their side until he is quite sure they won't disappear on him again...

I went canvas shopping today, it's the best canvas sale of the year at Aaron Brothers here in North Texas, buy one get 2 free. This sale puts their buy one, get one for a penny sale - to shame! So I stocked up with about $400 worth! I put my Audible book on tape (Mr. Churchill's Secretary, an excellent mystery) on and gessoed canvases all day long today. Bliss!


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Detail from Storm Horizon





The other half of my order was in the back seat!





Howie hiding from the new doggy steps....

Friday, April 4, 2014

Storm Horizon Peonies and Painting Over an Older Work - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


Storm Horizon Pink Peonies
by Nancy Medina

Detail
24X24
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

Storm Horizon Peonies is the newest large work in the studio. Sometimes the best paintings are the ones painted over previous works. This was originally a painting of a fair damsel sitting in the grass in a long white gown holding a blue umbrella. She was surrounded by an arbor of fuschia bougainvillea. So much of the work was already done for me! The entire upper background is exactly the same, an outdoor garden. Even the texture of the initial painting seemed to add a bit more to the peonies. The previous painting had not been varnished, so the surface was in perfect shape for another layer of color. Stay tuned, I'll share the final painting with you as soon as I can get an outdoor photo in good light.



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Storm Horizon in progress....

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blue Dreams Garden Path - Hydrangeas and Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Blue Dreams Garden Path
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



Blue Dreams is a new small work in Flower Mound Studio, as drenching rains and lightning pay a visit outside the studio windows. With the new skylight tubes, I have a play of lightning dancing across the walls from above, reflected on the paintings and moving around like electrical currents through the air. There is always an energy that comes with these big Texas thunderstorms, a feeling of excitement. Little Hannah is terrified of storms, so I spent much of the evening carrying her around in my arms, until the worst of the hail, thunder and wind passed us by. I hope these rains are heading to South Texas, the bluebonnets there are in need of a refreshing drink of water!



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Blue Dreamers on the easel

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