Friday, December 19, 2014

Blue Delphiniums and Peonies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Blue Delphiniums and Peonies
by Nancy Medina
12X16
Oil on Linen Panel



I have buckets and buckets of fresh flowers in the studio, but the delphiniums won out over the white tulips this evening, since they're hanging on by a .... petal! The tulips might give me one more day if I pour a little flower food in their water and whisper compliments into their little petal ears. The peonies - surprisingly - are still going strong! Although I did buy a new bundle the other day. These peonies may seem especially colorful, since Jill at the flower market told me they are from Chile. It's like a bilingual parade of blossoms around here! Ole!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Touch of Winter White Tulips and All Good Things Happen by Design - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Touch of Winter White Tulips
by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Linen Panel




Touch of Winter White Tulips is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio today, I found a bundle of fresh tulips at the grocery store this morning, I should not have been grocery shopping, I was supposed to be at the gym, but the new gym my hubby and I belong to is not in the best part of town. Usually I feel pretty safe there, but this morning when I pulled up at 8:30 am, I knew I didn't want to walk through the crowd by the front door, so I kept right on going in my pug-mobile. 

I had my heart set on a double white mocha from Starbucks (with seven pumps of syrup and extra whippy please!) but never made it there because I wanted to be sure all my packages went out from UPS this morning so my clients would get their paintings and DVDs in time for Christmas. So I was the first in line this morning at my favorite UPS store in the whole world, and boy did the line form quickly behind me, since this is one of the last days packages will make it in time for Christmas eve! Next stop was the market for creme cheese because all the folks at hubby's work wanted me to make gooey butter cake and he wanted one especially for his team (in addition to the one for the department) so I had to stock up on ingredients! When all of this running hither and yon and baking finally ended, it was dark outside and time to start painting. 

The life of an artist is not a dull one, the life of a small business owner is really a story about working seven days a week, but the beauty of this situation is twofold - you set your own hours, you get your personal tasks done, then you dive into your business (painting! *sound of harps*) with a sense of reward at the end of the day, with a bundle of white tulips you had not even realized you would be purchasing that day. All good things happen by design, I simply don't believe in accidents, do you?



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Powdered Sugar Pink Peonies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Powdered Sugar Pink
Peonies
by Nancy Medina
14X11
Oil on Cradled Hardboard




Powdered Sugar Pink Peonies is dedicated to my kitchen counters, kitchen floors, and the tops of my tennis shoes today, since all were covered with a fine layer of powdered sugar by the time the Russian Teacakes were cooling. Only one of the pug herd discovered the delights of licking powdered sugar off the floor, confirming my suspicion about the general IQ of the noble little round breed. Their entertainment and snuggle skills, however, outweigh such a tiny imperfection. Case in point, Howard Pee Pugpants poses below, with slightly crossed eyes gazing with love upon the tiny kibble being dangled just above the camera lens. And you thought he was looking at you with eyes of love, didn't you?





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The studio models take a bow and a dip!




Howie gettin' his holiday on!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pink Halo Peonies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Pink Halo Peonies
by Nancy Medina
16X20
Oil on Cradled Hardboard





Pink Halo Peonies was one of my class demonstrations in North Texas this weekend. It's so nice to have a house full of fresh peonies after painting them in class. Tomorrow it's time to make Christmas cookies, since Mom has requested her favorite for my visit on Wednesday. She has been in hospice care for over a year now, and had a setback a few days ago. Any and all prayers would be so very appreciated.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

French Dream Tulips and a North Texas Workshop - Nancy Medina Art


 French Dream White Tulips
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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French Dream White Tulips was one of my six classroom demonstrations in my final workshop of hte year. It's likely a symptom of pre-menopause, that just thinking about this being the last workshop of the year made me a little sniffley and teary-eyed at the easel! Fortunately I held it together long enough to help devour the French picnic lunch we had today, courtesy of my chef husband Carlos, and the cherry cheesecake also helped assuage the tears! What a fabulous year it has been, thanks to my gracious and oh so talented and inspiring students and collectors, and art friends from around the world. I hope each of you has a beautiful, incredibly blessed holiday season! Rest, relax, and surround yourselves with color, flowers, friends, family, four-footed babies, and all that you love! The new year is just days away!




 A real beauty inside and out, Miss Nancy Healey!





Lillian's divine lavender landscape!







 Milessa's talent knows no bounds!





What a wonderful treat to have my Utah
friends Nanette and Linda in Texas with me this week!







Susan's DIVINE pigeonier!





Oo - la - la - all dressed up for a French picnic!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Pink Peonies and Amazing Things We Learned in Class Today - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Holiday Pink Peonies
by Nancy Medina
20X16

Class Demonstration
 
Oil on Linen Panel






Holiday Pink Peonies was one of my class demonstrations in North Texas today. Tomorrow we paint French landscapes - oo la la! I can hardly wait, since this also happens to be my end of year party, everyone in class is going to get a big surprise! The handsome Frenchman has agreed to come to serve us lunch. I'm going to be sure he wears a beret, too, whether he likes it or not! (he is my husband, do you think anyone will notice he is Hispanic rather than French?) Here are a few important things we learned in class today:

  • Eating eight mini cupcakes is equal to less than half of one traditional sized cupcake
  • When teacher eats 8 cupcakes in class, everyone agrees NOT to tell teacher's husband
  • Women need the thermostat set at a balmy 50 degrees year-round please and thank you
  • If you proclaim you NEVER win anything, the WINNER sticker will be on the bottom of your chair






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Thanks to Mother Nature (and the market) for giving us these fresh flowers today!





 Talented tulip factory workers on their lunch break....




A lovely Utah flower painter in Texas - Nanette!






Thursday, December 11, 2014

Creamer Dreamer White Tulips and a North Texas Workshop - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


 Creamer Dreamer White Tulips
by Nancy Medina 
20X16
Oil on Linen Panel



Creamer Dreamer White Tulips was my class demonstration this morning during my North Texas end of year party-workshop. What could be more ideal than to paint French tulips during my French painting workshop? I totally lucked out with fresh tulips and peonies, so we're celebrating the occasion by painting the springtime bouquets while it's chilly outside. I'm a firm believer that color affects emotion, and fresh flowers lift spirits, so we're putting on bold color and chasing off the winter blues. Tomorrow we have another big prize giveaway, so stay tuned to the art bloggy!


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 The studio models take a bow!






Lillian sculpting out those elegant tulip shapes!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blue Dapple White Daisies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Blue Dapple White Daisies
by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel



Blue Dapple White Daisies is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio today, and the car is packed with supplies for my French painting workshop tomorrow morning - we'll start the day with French pastries, a prize giveaway, and then we'll paint French tulips! I can't think of a better way to spend the day than with pastries, fresh flowers, and a room full of excited artists, can you? Well, okay, if there were a few four-footed helpers running about, that might make things even more enjoyable...



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 The studio models take a bow and a dip!





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Holiday tulips ready for their moment in the spotlight!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Peonies on Teal - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Peonies on Teal
by Nancy Medina
24X24
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas




The pug-mobile is packed with goodies for my French Painting Workshop in Dallas this week, and tomorrow I'll be setting up for the three day event. I picked up a fresh batch of pink and white peonies today, so I'm thinking positive thoughts that they'll be completely open and fluffy for us to paint. I'm waiting until the last minute to pick up the French pastries so they'll be fresh. Okay, honestly, if I pick them up early, I'll just eat them all, and that would be really sad so I have to wait until the last minute to pick them up so there will be some left for the students. Stay tuned to the art bloggy for pictures of all the fun and some super cool prizes - oo la la! Will there be a ridiculously good looking Frenchman serving lunch one day? We shall see mon cheri! (hey, that rhymed!)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tuscan Skies Poppy Field - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Tuscan Skies Poppy Fields
by Nancy Medina
11X14
Oil on Cradled Hardboard




Tuscan Skies Poppy Field is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, looking forward to my workshop in Tuscany in the spring, as the temperatures outside drop to wintertime temps! It's tough being a full time artist when you have to make "public" appearances - digging through all my jeans to find something without paint on it, trying to remember to wear something at least slightly presentable. The workplace dress code, after all, is fluffy slippers and scruffy pullovers when one works at home in an art studio. It doesn't help matters that my four helpers run about naked as the day they were born, save for their little fur coats. I shouldn't complain, though, I still don't regret throwing away the big ole pile of panty hose when I quit the corporate world last year! I can't imagine any scenario which would require me to ever wear panty hose again. Clearly these were invented by men....


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Cheer Peonies and the Thankfulness Checklist - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Holiday Cheer Peonies
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Archival Panel




Holiday Cheer Peonies is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, and the countdown to Christmas has begun. This was one of those perfect days, picking up goodies for my French holiday workshop in North Texas - all in French themes, coming home to a studio filled with the smell of fresh peonies, and spending an entire day with the hubby. I've got videos and paintings shipping all over the world tomorrow, and several surprise packages in the bunch for artists whom I suspect were awfully good this year! The next few weeks will go by so very quickly. When I think of the things I am most thankful for, each of them revolves around the same theme - Love. I am thankful for my family, my puggies, my job as an artist and teacher. Thanks so much to all my art friends and the students who give me so much happiness and joy. Here's to you - to a beautiful year, filled with flowers, color, art, and hot mocha with scandalous amounts of whippy creme! And a little critter or three to snuggle with!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Waiting for the Dinner Bell - Romantic French Kitty - Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Waiting for the Dinner Bell 
Romantic French Kitty
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas




Next week is my French painting workshop in North Texas, and I can hardly wait because there are so many fun surprises in store for my students. Waiting for the Dinner Bell is another in my Romantic French Kitty series, and a memento of all the evenings we spent waiting for the dinner bell during my visit to Le Vieux Couvent in September. Imagine having a French chef to serve you three meals a day for 10 days, let's just say, I cried a little tear when we left, if only because we had to bid adieu to the food!

You are invited to join me in France - August 2015!



A picnic with my hubby and dear friends
on the Dordogne River! Au revoir!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Winter Rhapsody Peonies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Winter Rhapsody Peonies
by Nancy Medina
14X11
Oil on Cradled Hardboard




I'm not sure how much longer these fresh peonies are going to hold up. As you can see from the studio model photo, pretty parts are starting to droop, flower flips are starting to unfurl, and petals are raining down just a bit. I am at that age where I can sympathize! I hope my new bundle of peonies holds up just one more day. If I were smart (and motivated!) I would clear out a shelf in the fridge and put them in the chilly air overnight. However, my book is calling, and the puggy helpers are snoring, tempting me to wash the brushes and put the helpers to bed. Sweet dreams flower friends!



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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Balboa Promenade and a San Diego Workshop - Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Balboa Promenade
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas



Balboa Promenade is a scene from Balboa Park, in the heart of San Diego, California. In the spring their butterfly garden is in full bloom, the birds of paradise are six feet tall, and the afternoon light cascades through the historic Spanish arches. Is it any wonder I love teaching here? My class in November included students from across the world, with tours of the gardens and some of my favorite cottage gardens on nearby Coronado Island. Someday I hope to bring the pugs with me on these trips - after all, Balboa Park is pet friendly! Here's one of my favorite photos from the garden, my husband, Carlos, taking a cute little puggy girl named Dandy for a walk down the promenade....



Carlos and Dandy taking a stroll in Balboa Park...

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Painting Giveaway and Pink Cascade Peonies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Pink Cascade Peonies
by Nancy Medina
20X16
Oil on Archival Panel





It's time for a huge holiday giveaway! As my way of saying Thank You So Much for the most incredible art year I have ever had, I'm giving away an original 20X16 peony oil painting. You can enter to win simply by leaving a comment on the post on my Facebook fan page. The winner will be announced Friday, December 5, at 8:30 pm CT. International friends are welcome to enter, as long as they don't mind covering shipping costs. I can't think of a better way to say thanks than with flowers, can you?

Click here to enter to win Pink Cascade Peonies

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Peony Hearts and Breaking Down the Essentials of the Flower - Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Peony Hearts by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas






Peony Hearts is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio. One of the best ways to break down the essential bone structure of a flower is to deconstruct the flower, and working from life with an excellent light source is the quickest way to find that perfect balance between reality and impressionism. There are lots of great ways to migrate away from the old method of painting super-realistically. Squinting, of course, is one way. I asked my eye doctor last month during my annual exam if squinting four to five hours a day while painting would ruin my eyesight. She laughed and told me I had absolutely nothing to worry about. But then, what did she know. She's 22 years old...!

I do not paint petals, leaves, or stems. I paint shapes. Create the mass, or the shape, first. Then build the little details and fru fru pieces last. By avoiding super realism, we open the door to our viewers and allow them to help tell the story of the painting. Using a big brush, limiting your strokes, taking a photo of your fresh flower setup and cutting the photo into shapes, turning your photo upside down, using an egg timer to limit the time you spend on your daily flower painting, these are all great ways to get you to the point of being less realistic in your paintings. Most importantly, remember why you began painting in the first place - to enjoy the journey. If color gives you joy, push it to the extreme. When all else fails, put some polka dots on it! When you stop enjoying painting, you stop painting. The world needs more artists, and more people with the courage to step outside the boundaries. I happen to think you are perfectly suited for the job!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Winter Stowaway Pansies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Winter Stowaway Pansies
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas





Winter Stowaway Pansies is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, and a slight interruption from the peony parade! Thanks so much to Jill the Flower Queen at the market today for alerting me to the arrival of a fresh batch of peonies. I was so excited when she and her helpers pulled out white and pink buds for me fresh off the flower cart. Where are all these fresh peonies coming from, I asked - she said, Chile! Wonders never cease!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Petite Garden Pink Peonies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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 Petite Garden Pink Peonies
by Nancy Medina
12X16
Oil on Archival Panel






 Petite Garden Pink Peonies was one of my new peony paintings in Flower Mound Studio today. The clock is still ticking, and if I hold my breath and no one sneezes, the delicate fresh peonies may last another day or 2! I didn't brave the shopping crowds today, and the puggies were quite happy for me to stay home at their beck and call. The only time I ventured out was this morning with the hubby for a brisk 3 mile walk. It was windy and the trees were turning and the leaves were like sparkling bits of gold falling all around us. Here's a picture from my grand adventure into the wilds of Flower Mound!



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Petite Garden Peonies and the studio models at rest!




Bundled up like an eskimo for walk in the park!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pink Zone Peonies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Pink Zone Peonies
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas








Pink Zone Peonies is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, celebrating the Day 3 of the fresh peony extravaganza bonanza, as well as a day of feasting and thanks. I hope your holiday was beautiful, filled with loved ones, comfort, laughter, and, even some little four footed snugglers. Right now I have one little puggy girl snoozing with her chin on my foot, and another in my lap resting her chin on my wrist. The important thing is, the pugs are happy! I'm happy too - I love painting peonies, they are so frilly and unkempt. Even their leaves are quite a tangle, reminding me of the old adage, every crooked line can use a bend in it! Happy Thanksgiving to you flower friends, may your pumpkin pie have extravagant portions of home made whippy creme on it!
 



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The studio models take a bow!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bloom True Peach Peonies and Happy Thanksgiving From Flower Mound Studio - Paintings by Nancy Medina

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Bloom True Peach Peonies
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on  Gallery Wrap Canvas







Bloom True Peach Peonies is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, and we're excited to wish each and every one of you a beautiful Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my Mom's favorite holiday, and the one thing I am MOST thankful for this year is that my Mom is still with us. She has been in hospice for almost 2 years, but she is still as sharp as a tack, though physically she is very weak and spends all of her time in her hospital bed now.

Each time I return from teaching a workshop, she is eager to hear all about my travels and the people I met. She got a real kick out of hearing about my trip to San Diego a few weeks ago, since I was able to take my niece, her granddaughter, Robin. How lucky I am to have an extraordinary Mom. She has been my light and inspiration and my favorite person in the whole world my entire life. I hope you, too, have a loved ones with you this holiday season.



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The holiday miracle studio models take a bow!





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Happy Holidays from Flower Mound Studio!

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