Wednesday, March 4, 2015

My New Poppy DVD and Pansy Starlets - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art



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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!


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 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

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Maple Cottage Hydrangea Garden
by Nancy Medina
14X14
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

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Violet Veranda Rose Arbor
by Nancy Medina
14X14
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

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 Hidden Hydrangea Garden
by Nancy Medina
14X14
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

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Pink Azalea Cottage
by Nancy Medina
14X14
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.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Vanishing Violet Irises and an Ice Storm Rescue Story - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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 Vanishing Violet Irises
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Palette Knife/Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


First thing this morning after checking in at the studio/office with the bosses/pugs, I set out in my business casual bathrobe to the back yard post haste with a pair of scissors. My mission, not to frighten the neighbors (although this is sometimes the result of these types of excursions), but to rescue my purple irises from the impending ice storm. Apologizing profusely as I snipped their bright stems as low to the ground as I dared without damaging the mama plants, I hastily rushed these four beauties indoors to fresh water resuscitation in a glass vase. Tonight they held up quite well under my hot studio lights, just long enough to inspire a bit of color, flare, and fun purple splash onto a nearby canvas. Stay tuned, tomorrow we could be in for more violet, if these ladies do not vanish overnight.



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 The studio model eyes her likeness with a critical stamen...



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Hey lady, don't get too close to the paint there!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Garden Dreamer Iris Path and Surprises in the Flower Beds - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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 Garden Dreamer Iris Path
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





On new year's day I had one beautiful, frozen white iris in my garden. Sadly, I did not see it until it was almost wilted. Today I was so excited to see a plethora of purple in my iris beds, these lovely bloomers decided to thumb their little iris noses at winter! I do hope it will be a good spring for my garden this year, and they don't all bloom too early. Sending happy thoughts for healthy rhizomes, and especially hoping the black iris blooms in April again!



Early bloomers testing the winter temps today!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Blue Hearts Cottage - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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Blue Hearts Cottage
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





Blue Hearts Cottage is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio, a little scene from Coronado Island, California. I took the liberty of adding two tiny carved hearts under the window, the Valentine's Day holiday lasts quite a while here, it seems. Just inside the entryway on the little carved table in the foyer you'll find a box of Godiva chocolates. I saved one of the truffles especially for you...if you hurry it might still be there!



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lavender at First Sight and Tuscany in June - Flower and Landscape Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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Lavender at First Sight
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Palette Knife/Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



Lavender at First Sight is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, I'm warming up my brushes for Tuscany in June. Pink clouds and cerulean skies seem absolutely appropriate for purple fields, don't you agree? One thing is for certain, I can never resist color....and chocolate.... You are invited to join me for a painting dream getaway June 6-13, to visit the Chianti region and tour some of the most beautiful villages of Italy. Prepare to be pampered in poppy fields in full bloom! Read more...


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June 6-13, 2015
Painting Under the Tuscan Sun

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Confectioners Sugar Pink Tulips - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina


 Confectioners Sugar Pink Tulips
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

The large parrot tulips that spent a weekend partying with us in my North Texas Valentine's workshop lost their perk today. All that chocolate and too many donuts clearly took their toll, as they drooped and lost their petals, and were consigned, sadly, to the waste bin shortly after this painting was completed. Thank you so much, valiant bloomers, for staying up! Wait, that didn't sound quite like I had intended....


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The tulip models bid us adieu!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hothouse Sunnies and a Tuscany Workshop - Flower Painting Classes by Nancy Medina Art


 Hothouse Sunnies
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
12X12
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas


Hothouse Sunnies was one of my six class demonstrations during my flower and landscape painting workshop in North Texas this weekend. The tulips we painted are still blooming, the gift that keeps on giving and my house is filled with fresh flowers - one of the fringe benefits of being a flower painting teacher! I love my job.... Another great perk, besides helpers who are cute and furry and four-footed, is getting to travel and teach - my next European destination is coming up in June and you are invited! Painters and non-painters alike are welcome - I'm saving a poppy with your name on it!

Painting Under the Tuscan Sun

June 6-13, 2015



Visit Tuscany with me during the height of poppy bloom!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hidden Hearts French Garden - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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 Hidden Hearts French Garden
by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas





 Hidden Hearts French Garden was my class demonstration in North Texas today, and, as you can see from the class photos, there was a fashion theme afoot, or rather, ahead, or rather, on top of Le Head! Adorned in pink berets, these gals produced so many beautiful French vistas, I was brought to tears at one point. Or perhaps it was the sight of the chocolate covered donuts! Next stop is Shreveport, Louisiana and before you know it, Tuscany, Italy! I love my job!


Painting Brilliant Florals in Shreveport, LA

March 9-11, 2015






Hidden Hearts French Garden on the easel






Charlotte begins work on her bluebonnet vista!




A fashion trend is afoot, I suspect, or ahead!




Rosa's gorgeous violets!





Lynda's charming garden!





Sue whipped out this gorgeous landscape in no time flat!




Suzie and Stacy, the Mother-Daughter painting dream team!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Bright Days Sunflower and a North Texas Workshop - Flower Painting Classes by Nancy Medina Art

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 Bright Days Sunflower
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
12X12
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

Bright Days Sunflower was one of my class demonstrations in North Texas this weekend. Tomorrow we paint French Landscapes -oo la la! A handsome gentleman brought us lunch today, cheeses and h'ors deuvres and played lovely music for the ladies (let's just say my hubby is a good boy!).

Today the grand prize gift basket found a new home with Virginia, and tomorrow everyone gets a special take home prize, something I made for each of my students. Hmmm....what could it be. Since I cannot cook, we KNOW it's not food (or we can hope!). Stay tuned for the scoop!




Charlotte and her jewel tone flowers!



Eva's beautiful blue iris blooms!




Lisa's bold acrylics and lovely purple skies!




Kathy painting pink tulips in the sunshine!




It's important to ensure your students start the day with a nutritious breakfast! We'll be painting sunflowers and French landscapes!

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Perfect Man - Circle of Friends Tulips - Flower Paintings Workshops and Classes by Nancy Medina Art

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 Circle of Friends Tulips
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration

20X20
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas



You thought I was just joking earlier this week about giving away the perfect man in my workshop, didn't you? hmmmm? As you can see in my blog today, Suzie took home this rich, good looking fellow, as she successfully drew the winning ticket! Fortunately, the other students did not decide to rush her, knock her over, and grab this delicious guy out of her grasp. Please excuse the photo, though, since there is clearly a lot of skin showing, definitely a PG sort of moment!



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 The classroom tulip models take a bow and a dip!





 Suzie takes home the perfect man!





Tulip factory workers - stand clear, hardhats required!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Peach Bloomers Roses - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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Peach Bloomers 
by Nancy Medina
16X16
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas




Peach Bloomers is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, as I pack up my favorite vases, along with buckets of fresh flowers for my Valentine's workshop this weekend. I have so many prizes to give away I had to buy a roll of those ticket stub thingies. Amongst the goodies are four perfect men who shall be going home with four lucky students (won't their husbands be surprised!). These perfect men who are prizes are decadently rich and very attractive. I certainly hope there won't be any hair pulling or name calling when they make their appearance! Stay tuned, I'll be sharing photos of these perfect fellows with you soon, along with all the excitement of our three day event.



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Peach Bloomers blossoms with the studio models

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Beyond the Storm Iris Garden - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops - Nancy Medina Art

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Beyond the Storm Iris Garden
by Nancy Medina
16X16
Palette Knife/Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas






I could not resist the urge to go super thick with color on Beyond the Storm Iris Garden. This painting is dedicated to those who are facing adversity, a loved one in hospital, a fear that a job will not be there tomorrow, a scary medical diagnosis. Three people I care about very deeply are facing each of these scenarios. As a friend, all we can do is be there for those we love, in these tough situations. And so I am there. With love and support to my dear friends. Someday, there will be a time when the storm is behind you. And I'll still be there beside you.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Waiting for JC Penney to Call - Blue Breeze Daisies - Flower Painting Workshops and Classes by Nancy Medina Art

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Blue Breeze Daisies
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




Blue Breeze Daisies is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio - try saying that three times fast, at midnight, after painting until midnight for six nights in a row! Not that I'm complaining, I love my job. And it seems the muses really do prance about at their colorful best at midnight, now why is that I wonder? I often wonder if my normal friends wonder what it is that motivates an artist to quit her "real job" to paint and dabble all day. What on earth does a "real" artist do with all those oodles and oodles of free time? I've spent so many hours in the past few weeks working on taxes, contracts, conference calls on web sites, working with printers and scheduling classes, not to mention packing up boxes and DVDs to ship hither and yon. I honestly feel like I'm cheating on my chores when I paint now! What's an artist to do! Carving out my studio time remains a sacred thing, though, despite the hubbub of a great new job, and the excitement -and scariness! - that is a part of having my own business. Now, if only JC Penney would call and consign all of my florals for their sheets and curtains, then I could retire and loll about on the beach somewhere drinking fruity things out of coconuts. On second thought, that would be yet another conference call, wouldn't it...


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The daisy models are feeling quite perky this evening!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Finding the Perfect Man on Valentine's Day - Cloudless Sky White Roses - Flower Painting Workshops and Classes by Nancy Medina Art

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Cloudless Sky White Roses
by Nancy Medina
16X16
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas





As I was trundling my cart filled with pink, white and fuschia roses to my car today, a cart which also held a bran new vase, it occurred to me it is a wonderful thing to be able to buy flowers as a business expense! My studio is so filled with roses it smells like a wedding in here. I keep expecting someone in a frilly gown to come marching in flinging petals hither and yon. Instead, I hear a thundering herd approaching, and into my studio running full tilt are four fat, happy, out of breath pugs, ready for second breakfast at 10 am sharp. It's good to be a stay at home artist, painting happy colors all day and spoiling funny faced dogs.

Looking for the perfect man? Some lucky lady will be taking him home from my Valentine's Party workshop next week in Irving, Texas! My studio storage room is packed to the gills with prizes and we'll be painting fresh flowers and French landscapes, and sharing a French picnic lunch Saturday. In addition to gift baskets and couture wear for everyone, there will also be a visit from that good looking aforementioned guy! Stay tuned for the photographic evidence...

Painting Flowers and French Landscapes

February 13-15, 2015

Irving, Texas

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The studio models take a bow!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Raindrops on Roses - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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 Raindrops on Roses
by Nancy Medina
20X20
Palette Knife/Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas



Can you tell what song has been going through my mind all day? I had quite a bit of fun with Raindrops on Roses, after filling the canvas with a bit of riotous color, I then gelled up my paint super thick and applied a layer in palette knife and broad brush to finish off the highlights. There is just something about texture and color together that makes the heart happy....



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The fragrant studio models take a bow!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Pink Rose Rhapsody - Flower Painting Classes and Workshops by Nancy Medina Art

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Pink Rose Rhapsody
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




Pink Rose Rhapsody is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio. I do believe the pugs have finally become accustomed to the Mom Works from Home Scenario. It took longer for me, however, but finally I have learned some important tips about having my own dream job. I have more time to drink my tea in the mornings. I can stay up painting until midnight without worrying one bit about what my coworkers will think about my puffy eyes. I had my first conference call this morning in my bathrobe. I take more breaks. I work longer hours, and love every single moment I am doing so. Instead of hearing the clock ticking in my subconscious, I know that time is now mine to mold and stretch into anything I need it to be. I am very thankful to be...an artist!



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