Sunday, November 23, 2014

Winter Warmth Peonies and True Confessions of the Flower Obsessed - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Winter Warmth Peonies
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





True story. The hubby and I were browsing the gourmet cheese aisle at the new Whole Foods near Flower Mound, Texas today. A woman walked by on her cell phone. She had peonies in her basket. I turned to my husband and said in a very, very calm voice: "Honey. They have peonies." He was browsing the olive bar and didn't really hear me. I said in a more serious tone. "HONEY. THEY HAVE PEONIES. I'VE GOT TO GO THE FLOWER SECTION. NOW."  I was very proud about what happened next.

With incredible restraint, I walked as quickly as I could toward the flower section of the store. I did not knock over any elderly shoppers or plough down a single mini-socialite on their IPhone. I counted the steps, thinking, If I can get there in less than 25 steps, maybe there will be ONE BUNCH of peonies left for me. When I arrived, there was a whole bucket of fresh peonies. Most were in tight little balls, ready to burst forth in a day or two. Not only this, they were ON SALE. I'm sure my flower friends can properly appreciate this miraculous occurrence. I loaded up on four or 12 bundles of these precious fresh flowers. And that, my friends, is how truly over the top my flower obsession is. Up to this point, you probably thought I was just joking about needing medication for this condition...



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The studio models take a bow!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Golden Halo Sunflowers and Hydrangeas - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Golden Halo Sunflowers and Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration

20X16
Oil on Archival Panel


Golden Halo Sunflowers and Hydrangeas was one of my class demonstrations in San Diego, California, last week, and no sooner was I unpacked than it was time to put on the winter clothes and turn on the foot heaters here in North Texas. Studio Director AnnieBee has also decided it is winter, and spends hours in her new bed snoring near the easel. Here's a photo, since it's always good to have evidence when you discover your Number One Helper sleeping on the job!



See the terror in mousey's eyes???

Thursday, November 20, 2014

French Market Flower Quest, a Sonoma Workshop, and Civic Duties Call - Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 French Market Flower Quest
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



 French Market Flower Quest is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, I needed a color burst to balance "real life" today - I attended my first jury duty calling. I was quite nervous, which seems odd, considering my mother worked in the district clerk's office for almost 20 years. Something about the thought of being asked my name and my job by a judge with the power to send me to jail had me all in a tizzy. But I must say, it made me reflect on something rather profound - I was about to say, under oath, the following words:

I am an artist


How wonderful is that? There is something life affirming, color affirming, art journey affirming, about that moment under oath. The truth, your honor, and nothing but the truth. What a joy. We were released from duty, this morning, when we learned that our parties had settled. Having spent quite a bit of time with these "ladies and gentlemen of the jury" - (okay, I just wanted to say that) - I have to say I had grown rather fond of them and was really looking forward to serving with them. Ah well, such is life, and fate. Off we went, to our different lives and jobs. Others to offices around the Metroplex, me, to the easel. Again, what a joy.




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May 29-31, 2015


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Purple Flash Sunflowers, San Diego Photos, and a Florida Invitation - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Purple Flash Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


Shed your winter coats and join me

in January in Orlando, Florida! 

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Purple Flash Sunflowers is the newest daily in Flower Mound Studio, and, as promised, here are some images from my workshop in San Diego, California, last week. While it was snowing in Dallas, we were shedding jackets and scarves in sunny Southern California. The beaches are always a bit too cold for sunbathing most of the year, it's a myth propagated by one of those lifeguard shows that it's warm to swim in the ocean in Southern Cali. Especially this time of year, you can freeze your pa-toot-ee off if you go out in shorts. I spent years in sweatshirts and blue jeans on these beaches, though you could still get a great tan if you were brave enough to bare a little skin!

On Friday, my students and I took a tour of Balboa Park, one of the most famous places to visit in California. Even this late in the year, I was excited to see so many flowers were in bloom. The cannas were my favorites, and I also got dozens of pictures of the birds of paradise. Rain is desperately needed in Southern Cali right now, so think good thoughts for Mother Nature to give these gardens a drink. Enjoy the photo tour!



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 I'm sure my smart gardening friends
can tell me what kind of tree this is!



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 For both sunrise and sunset, the one of the best views of Balboa...




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 The cannas in all their peachy red glory!



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Lovely reflections on a clear day in Balboa Park!


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Monday, November 17, 2014

California Blooming Radishes and Hydrangeas and an International Art Painting Event - Nancy Medina Art

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 California Blooming
Radishes and Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration

20X16
Oil on Archival Panel




 California Blooming Radishes and Hydrangeas was my class demonstration in historic Balboa Park this weekend. I was tickled pink to find the roses were in bloom on Coronado Island, when we visited my favorite cottage garden there after class. This talented group of painters included the largest collection of international students I've ever had in a class. The traveled furthest award went to six students from Singapore, Australia, and Canada, though one of the ladies from Orange County California was pretty certain her commute that morning took longer than a flight from Sydney. We also had painters from Michigan, Alabama, Arizona, New York, Idaho, and across California swinging brushes and making bright color happen. My next California workshop is going to be in....*sound of harps* Sonoma, California! That spring class in one of the most beautiful wine destinations in the US is filling fast so don't delay, I'm reserving a grape with your name on it mon cher! Read more...



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 Visiting Star Park Circle with Lucy and Robin!



 Flower hard hat area, watch out for falling petals!




 You can see the color of these sunflowers blooming from a mile away!




Master painters at work, watch out for swinging brushes!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sunflower Sojourn and a San Diego, California, Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Sunflower Sojourn
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas






I've discovered the best time to paint, the perfect moment when the brush is primed, the colors are mixed in big fat bright piles, and all the household chores are done, the pups are fed and not milling about my feet counting down the minutes to meal number one, meal number two, or meal number three - when is the best time to paint, you might ask? When I'm supposed to be packing! Tomorrow morning I'll hit the ground running when I land in San Diego, visiting Metro Flower Market for all those incredible fresh blossoms, as well as a few new vases I will not be able to resist. Next stop will be for some absolutely awesome and authentic fresh fish tacos for lunch, then the art store, then picking up a student from Australia who's taking the train in for class (okay okay, she did not take the train from Australia, remind me later to tell you the whole story...!), then a quick trip to Balboa Park to set up tables and lights and get those colors mixed for class that kicks off BRIGHT and early Friday morning for students coming from Singapore, Canada, Australia, and across the US. 

So much to do, so little time, and here I am, in the studio, painting. (This is why I forgot to pack a change of clothes to my last workshop. Fortunately for my students, I did remember deodorant though...!) Stay tuned here to the art bloggy for pictures from our tours of my favorite flower gardens on Coronado Island, and paintings from talented gals from around the world who are converging to make bright colors bloom on canvas and sample some incredibly yummy donuts, too. What a lucky duck I am to have this job!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Painting Silk Scarves and Brilliant Florals in Sonoma, California - Nancy Medina Art

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 Rainbow Vintage Grapes
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas






I'm super excited about my first Sonoma, California workshop in the spring, we'll be painting brilliant florals, and also be dipping into some fun silk scarf painting projects. You are invited to join me, but don't delay, class is filling super fast! I can't imagine a more beautiful place on the West Coast to paint in the spring, I'm already picturing sunrises over the vineyards, rolling hills, and yards and yards of silk covered in bright flowers! I need to calm down and go eat some chocolate or something...

 Painting Silk Scarves and Brilliant Florals
Sonoma, California
May 29-31, 2015



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Creating brilliant color on silk!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wooly Lunch Crowd - Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Wooly Lunch Crowd
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas






Wooly Lunch Crowd is one of my favorite memories from Southern France this summer. This week I'm packing up supplies and paints for San Diego, California, and a week of painting in Balboa Park, one of the most beautiful places to visit in Southern California. Stay tuned, I'll share photos from the trip!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Big Color, Big Dreams - French Dreams Lavender Fields ~ Paintings by Nancy Medina

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French Dreams Lavender Fields
by Nancy Medina
30X30
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas






French Dreams Lavender Fields is another little memory on a big canvas, with a bit of bright color, a fond memento from Southern France. Both of my southern France workshops for August 2015 are just about full, but I do have 2 seats left and would love for you to join me and experience the painting excursion/vacation/dream getaway of a lifetime! Read more...





Friday, November 7, 2014

Shopping Open Air Markets in Southern France - French Dahlias Flower Market - Paintings by Nancy Medina

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French Dahlias Flower Market
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



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French Dahlias Flower Market is another memento from my trip to Southern France this year. I have so many wonderful photos of flower markets and brightly colored umbrellas it was hard to decide which one to paint. The umbrellas in the open air markets were all shapes and sizes, and many looked like they were well into middle age, sagging here and there, but still colorfully standing sentinel over their wares.

Southern France is very different than the US, there are few fast food places, grocery stores or shopping malls. People there really do visit these centuries-old markets for their bread, cheese, meats, fresh eggs and flowers. How does one shop in an open air market? First you purchase one of the colorful hand woven baskets. Next you take your time, collect free samples from the friendly merchants, decide how much you can carry and estimate the distance to your ride, then fill your basket to capacity! If you're me, it's always wise to bring along a few friends on these outings, since it stands to reason you're gong to buy more flowers than you can carry....



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 My husband Carlos fell in love with
the fresh olives and tampanade!




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 Clearly, the shop owner was thinking, how on earth is
this crazy lady going to carry all these flowers?




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Don't forget to grab a crusty loaf
for our lunch picnic on the river!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

French Laundry or Giving a Shirt the Slip - Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 French Laundry
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




It's shocking what happens in Flower Mound Studio after dark sometimes! This scene from my visit to Southern France started out as a perfectly innocent and sedate laundry on the line kind of painting, and then a little breeze kicked up and the slip started some shameless flirting with the shirt and it was all downhill from there. The little dress is clearly trying to give the shirt the slip. At the very least, she's going to show him who wears the pants in the family, while the bystanders were just left hanging out to dry!

I mentioned a few days ago how utterly excited I am to be teaching in the wine country in May, and class is filling fast. Apparently I'm not the only person who's looking forward to sipping some vino while making brilliant colors bloom during the peak of flower season in Sonoma, CA. I've saved a decanter with your name on it! Read more about my workshops here...




Paint Brilliant Sonoma
May 29-31, 2015
Sonoma, California


Monday, November 3, 2014

French Rendezvous Romantic Kitty and a Sonoma, California, Workshop - Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 French Rendezvous
Romantic Kitty in France
by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel





For someone who spent almost a decade living in California, it's a bit embarrassing to admit I never visited one of the most famous places, the wine country of Sonoma. That's one reason I'm so excited to be teaching a workshop there next spring, strategically scheduled for the height of the local flower bloom season! I can hardly wait to share photos with you from my trip, so I'll be marking off the days on my calendar until then. Just a week after Sonoma, I'm heading to Tuscany, Italy to teach during the height of poppy bloom season. What a lucky duck I am, to have this job as an art teacher with my own art business, and I'm not just saying that because every day is casual day, either...! You are invited to join me for the painting getaway of your dreams. Put a little joy in your brush and let's make brilliant flowers bloom together next Spring!

Painting Florals in the

Wine Country of Sonoma, CA

May 29-31, 2015




Sonoma, CA, one of the best wine destinations in the world!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

French Shades Flower Market - Flower Landscape and Floral Paintings by Nancy Medina

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French Shades Flower Market
by Nancy Medina
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Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




I was fascinated by the big sunglasses this fashionable shopper wore during her shopping spree in the flower markets of Southern France during my visit there in September. Her cute platform shoes and orange linen silk lined dress aside, she was tres chic as she gathered up the best of the market, the orange glads that shone from a distance of over 200 feet, as I happily - blissfully - snapped photos of colorful umbrellas and beautiful blossoms as quickly as my IPhone would allow. 

I pulled a sign from one of my St. Cirq la Popie village photos into the mix, as this wonderful old building to the right just seemed to call for a bit more bling. The yellow umbrella, the stands filled with colorful red and peach geraniums, and the blue delphiniums were all part of the original photo. I'll be sharing all of my favorite French photos for paintalongs during my French Landscape and floral workshop in Irving, Texas, in December. I can hardly wait to share all the sights and sounds and even some of my favorite desserts with my students! I'm saving a chocolate croissant with your name on it, mon cher! Read more...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Red Geraniums in Flight and Meet the Artist in Spring, Texas - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Red Geraniums in Flight
by Nancy Medina
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Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





Red Geraniums in Flight was one of my class demonstrations in Houston a few weeks ago. I'm headed that way again Saturday, November 1, for my Spotlight on the Artist night at Davis and Company Fine Art Gallery in Old Town, Spring. I'll be painting live and in person. You'll recognize me as the lady with a bit of green paint on my nose. I sure hope you'll stop and say hello if you're in the neighborhood!

Spotlight on the Artist

Davis and Company Fine Art Gallery

5 to 7 pm
200 Main Street
Spring, Texas

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

French Boutique Bichon and the Paint France Countdown - Floral and French Paintings by Nancy Medina

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French Boutique Bichon
by Nancy Medina
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Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




French Boutique Bichon is the daily newbie from Flower Mound Studio, a fond remembrance from my trip to Southern France in September. The countdown to the Paint France in Dallas giveaway has begun! In just a few days, you can enter to win a free painting workshop in North Texas with me. The workshop will take place on December 13 and will last all day. We'll have snacks, prizes, and an entire day of making brilliant color bloom on canvas. I can hardly wait I am so excited! I hope you are too! 

How to win? Stay tuned to my art bloggy for the details. But watch closely, the first 10 people who respond when the contest opens will be the winners!



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Le Petite Break Room - Flower and French Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Let Petite Break Room
by Nancy Medina
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Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





Let Petite Break Room is the daily newbie from Flower Mound Studio, a scene from Le Vieux Couvent where I will be teaching next August. in Southern France. I'll be giving away a day of French painting right here in North Texas, and the first 10 people to respond to the giveaway later this week will be the winners. Easy as that! No passport, no plane ticket, and no jet lag! On December 13 we'll be painting French landscapes from my trip to Southern France, or you are welcome to bring your own landscape photos for a day of making brilliant color bloom on canvas. Stay tuned right here for the announcement, and be the first to respond to win your free seat in my Irving, Texas class! If you just can hardly wait, you can sign up for all three days of painting right here....



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Join me for the Painting Dream Vacation of a Lifetime in 2015!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Free Workshop Giveaway - Painting France in December - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Poppy Tango
by Nancy Medina
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Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas





Poppy Tango is part of a new painting video in production, as a double feature with a pansy painting lesson, and will be available early next year (or sooner we can hope!). In the meantime, I'm already planning cool fun stuff to do before 2014 concludes. And one of the most exciting things on the agenda will be a free workshop. Next week, I'll be announcing a free one-day workshop on December 13, right here on the art bloggy. How to win a seat? The first 10 people to respond by emailing me at nancy@nancymedina.com AFTER the announcement is posted next week will be invited to join me for one day absolutely FREE to paint in North Texas at the Jaycee Parks Center for the Arts in Irving, Texas.

This one-day December 13, 2014, workshop also will be open at no charge to everyone who has registered for my August 2015 trip to paint at Le Vieux Couvent. My first France workshop filled in one day, but there are still four seats open for France Aug 4-14, 2015, and I'm reserving a croissant with your name on it, mon cheri! 

On December 13, you will be able to visit France without packing, without standing in line for a passport - right here in North Texas, and get your brushes all warmed up for the painting experience of a lifetime. We'll spend the day painting from my France photos (or any of your own!). Stay tuned to the bloggy for the scoop! Who knows, there may even be some - chocolate croissants in it for you mon cheri! If you simply can't wait and must have a seat reserved, you can register for my December workshop immediately and spend three full days painting in brilliant color. - Read more about my December workshop here....



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Join me for the Painting Dream Vacation of a Lifetime in 2015!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Painting Pansies at the Dallas Arboretum - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Pansy Panoply
by Nancy Medina

Dallas Arboretum Class Demonstration
 
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Pansy Panoply was my classroom demonstration today at the Dallas Arboretum. What a treat to have Megan Bruce, who usually serves as my hostess and coordinator from the Adult Ed Department, join us to put brush to canvas! We painted fresh pansies today step by step, while the garden outside the classroom windows was buzzing with activity. Over 70,000 pumpkins are on display there, and moms and dads were taking pictures of kids on pumpkins left and right in the perfect sunny weather with mums and blossoms all about.  It was a regular flower mob scene! My next workshop is in another sunny locale, San Diego. Students from Singapore, Canada, Australia, and across the US will converge on Balboa Park to make brilliant flowers bloom in oils. Be sure to wear your sunscreen, hat and flip flops, and stay tuned to the art bloggy for San Diego garden photos to come!




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The studio models take a bow!






 Hardhat flower construction zone! Proceed with colorful abandon!





Megan and her smiling pansy!





Just a few of the thousands of pumpkins on display.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shocking Raw Footage and a New Video Double Feature on Pansies and Poppies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Pansy Starlets
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


What REALLY goes on behind the scenes during a flower painting video? I'm sure this questions has kept you up many, many nights. Are there gaffs? grips? good looking stuntmen in plaid skirts for the Outlander Series hanging about with nothing to do but provide neckrubs for tired female artists? As much as I wish the latter were true, instead I spent a fun day with my favorite videographer and her hubby making the latest for you - a DOUBLE feature video, with two lessons, one on pansies and one on poppies. When it was time to take a photo of the studio models, however, the movie took on a rated PG for violence twist, as Trevor elected to snip the unpainted, neglected, forgotten yellow pansy out of the photo lest the students have questions. (SO, when are you going to paint the yellow pansy?? Was there some subconscious prejudice you had against the YELLOW pansy? Um, I see a yellow pansy there that you forgot, can you put that in for me?) 

Sometimes teaching flower painting is a tough business. You have to have a thick skin. You have to be prepared for those moments when you *brace yourself* RUN OUT OF CHOCOLATE HALFWAY THROUGH THE DEMO. Yes, dear ones, these gruesome moments do actually happen. Footnote with fine print: And Rockwall, Texas, class members who shall remain nameless, I will ALWAYS recall you (fondly, oh yes!) for helping me identify every thing that needed tweaking in my lily painting. And my daisy painting...and ....

Speaking quite seriously, however, being a full time artist and teacher gives one the ability to work with the most exceptional, creative, open hearted students and art admirers on earth. My videographer Michelle immediately rescued previously  mourned yellow pansy and put this little fellow to good use - and isn't she lovely wearing the yellow pansy! Here are some photos for you showing what REALLY happens behind the scenes. Notice the paper towel (THOU SHALT NOT CROSS) blockade barrier thingy ma bob, notice my lucky orange shoelaces, and if you really squint you might even be able to spot the chocolate on the table behind my palette. Chocolate, after all, does keep the world spinning. Oh wait, oopsie! I had actually eaten all the chocolate by the time that photo was taken. 

Stay tuned flower friends - a new DOUBLE FEATURE has been filmed for you - featuring a lesson on pansies, and another whole lessons on poppies. If we cross our fingers and click our heels together, maybe it will be ready in time for the holidays (because you deserve it! even you Rockwall ladies, yes you DO!)





Michelle absconds with one of the studio models!




 Raw footage of a flower photo shoot!






The studio models take a bow (and a dip!)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Frayssinet Sunset - French Landscapes and Florals by Nancy Medina

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Frayssinet Sunset
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


 
 
Frayssinet Sunset is the newest daily in Flower Mound Studio, based on my recent visit to Southern France. I'll be teaching in this charming village next August, and can hardly wait to return.
Tomorrow we'll be filming a new video in North Texas, so I did a little flower shopping today with Howard Pee Pugpants at the nursery here in Flower Mound. I hardly had time to put the pugmobile in park when the first crowd of adoring fans stepped up to greet Mister Howard, with pats and exclamations of his absolute handsomeness. Howard loves an audience and all the attention that comes with it, and gave several slobbery autographs before helping me pick out just the right blossoms to paint on camera tomorrow. What on earth would I do without my studio helpers to guide me in the right direction each day? Here's a picture, not of Howard, but of his little sister Anniebee, who went for a wash and style at the vet today. If this doesn't prepare you for Halloween, I'm not sure what will!




Clearly, the lady behind me has been
waiting a long time for service around here!


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