Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Artscape and a Stroll Through the Gardens at the Dallas Arboretum

Have you got your coffee and your camera? Good! Follow me. I'll show you where I'll be setting up my tent for the Dallas Arboretum Artscape.

Watch your step through these tulips here. I saw the guards have a stern talk with a dad who encouraged his kiddos to run through these yesterday for the family's home movie...

Here is my aisle. Booth 54, hmmm, do you see Booth 54?

Here it is! Oh good, the hubby got here early and set everything up for me. Here's my sign-in book. Be sure to leave your email so I can put you on my newsletter list. There are always pug pictures, so you don't want to miss an issue.

Joy Ijams and the amazing and tireless Artscape coordinators did a great job of designing little quad formations, so we each got corner spots! They brought us sandwiches and drinks and even gave us breaks whenever we needed them. These ladies and gents were hands down awesome in every way.

Check out how Carlos set up my display panels. How do you like that carpet? Mother nature provided that for me free of charge. She was pretty awesome all weekend, too.

You never know who you will bump into at these things! This is my pal Judy Mackey a successful and talented Southlake artist. She likes to boss me around and make me pass out art cards to people all the time, even to the waiters in restaurants. If she keeps this up, I will have to retire with all my millions very soon. Be sure to check out her blog and her web site - you won't want to walk away empty handed!

This lovely lady is my art teacher, Fran Chausse-White. She has been my art mentor for over 8 years and has a cute little grandbaby boy who is probably wondering where she is today.

This will be my show centerpiece this year, Serenity Poppies

This is my plein air painting buddy and bloggy pal, Angela Elledge! She teaches art and is full of energy and great ideas. Be sure to check out her blog and see her amazing work. Nancy Elstad and I are going to join her next Saturday to paint near Turtle Creek in Dallas. Note to self: Remember hat!

Wow, things keep moving around on these walls! Over there to the left is my demo painting, a little something that will be shipping to my friend Jill at The Wood Gallery in San Diego soon. I think I need some white petunias on that painting to brighten it up, don't you?

The frame of choice for art patrons today was the ornate gold model. Hubby was very busy switching out frames for people all weekend.

Note to self: Never go anywhere without tool kit!

Let's take a break and walk around the grounds for a while. Carlos and my Aunt Kathy are minding the booth for me. Look at the magenta azaleas in the background. I wish those bloomed all year.

Do you think that little guy's mom knows he is walking around barefoot?

I would love to paint the shadows under these trees - I couldn't decide what I
liked most! The cherry blossoms - the azaleas, the dogwood trees in full bloom!
But the tulips were the real show stealers this week.
Every color imagineable was on display.

If I were a squirrel or a rabbit, I would want to live here, as long as there were plenty of carrots and maybe some cheese.

The Dallas Blooms Festival at the Arboretum is celebrating
its 25th birthday this year.
I bet that old tree could tell some stories about all the things
that have changed in that time.

I've never seen the Arboretum so full of color - it's like stepping into Oz! I keep waiting for folks to start dancing around and passing out giant lolly pops.

You realize someone has to plant every one of these, right? I learned a secret about the Arboretum. They have a team of ladies who replace entire beds around the park every evening. These flowers had better stay perky, or else they're history!

There were artists and photographers all over the grounds this weekend, taking advantage
of the Dallas Blooms Festival. Keep in mind we haven't even walked close to White Rock Lake yet or the Women's Garden or the reflecting pool or the koi ponds. I sure hope you wore comfy shoes. This could take all afternoon.

Do you think Carlos is wondering when we'll be back?


Christine's Arts said...

That was a fabulous grand tour. Thanks so mush for thinking of us and posting all the photos and narrating. I had a great time, all the way to the end.

Manon said...

Thanks for the tour Nancy! Everything is beautiful especially your work in that fabulous booth you had!
I loved seeing all those gorgeous flowers in bloom! What a wonderful place to have an art show!

Laura said...

Oh my gosh - the colors are so beautiful! What a tough job you have. Hope you're selling bunches!

Unknown said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing those gorgeous sites! I love and am envious you are close to Judy and Angela two ladies just as talented and sweet as you!

Angela Elledge said...

Hello Nancy! Through every season the arboretum is one of the most beautiful places to visit, and your photos here are stunning. I can tell you are a painter of flowers, when I returned home and downloaded my photos, I had very few pics of the lovely tulips and spring flowers, instead I came home with the most interesting people shots! I see many future Medina paintings here.

Don't forget your hat and sunscreen Saturday!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Thank you for sharring your world with us. We would love to sit for a bit and enjoy- and really soak it in. Everything is so gorgeous,your booth with the paintings and all. We do think those trees couls speak about a lot of happenings there. It looks like such a fun place to be - right where you are.

Kim VanDerHoek said...

Oh my gosh, I want to paint there so badly now! What a stunning arboretum, how did you manage not to paint everything you saw over the weekend? Talk about inspiration, wow!

Your booth looks wonderful! It was fun to see the scale of your paintings. Even though I saw several of them on your web site I didn't really get the sense of their size until now. I wish I could have stopped by to meet you and see your work in person!

I hope you had fun and had loads of sales!

Edward Burton said...

Gorgeous photos, Nancy! Looks like you had a great time!

Becky said...

I want to go there, thanks for the tour. Just gorgeous, eye-popping colors! We have something similar to this around a beautiful lake downtown on Mother's Day weekend. Hope you were able to sell some of artwork!

Donna said...

Oh my, Nancy, the Arboretum is beautiful! I love all the color, and the tulips are gorgeous!

What a great place to have a show. Your booth looks great!


Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Oh, great tour! The colors were breathtaking and your booth!...great.

Patty said...

Fabulous Nancy. Such a beautiful venue for your lovely paintings. It's so chilly and grey up here, thanks for the warm-up!

Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!
oh my goodness! what a faboulous post you created. you are so creative in the way you tell a story. i wish i could have been there!
your booth was fabulous!
you are amazing.

bindu said...

Your photos are fantastic! I'm sure you're going back home with lots of inspiration and ideas for new flower paintings. Congratulations on your display!

Val's Dragonfly Whimsy said...

It was such great fun reading your blog, such a great layout brimming with information...and your paintings are just beautiful, just gorgeous...all the very best, Val

Angela Elledge said...

Hey there Nancy - As much as I love cold, wet weather, I just don't like it when I have plans to plein air paint...so sorry about our day tomorrow, hopefully next weekend.

I'm passing the "passion for painting award" to you, please go to my blog...:)

James Parker said...

In a word...WOW. In two words...WOW WOW.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

WOW! An art show in these beautiful blooming gardens. Thanks for the tour!

beckielboo said...

What a wonderful tour you give! There is nothing I love more than an arboretum - thank your so much for sharing the beautiful photos. And I loved seeing your paintings in the booth. I wish I could have seen them in person!