Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rainbow Iris and a Sad Surprise

Detail - Rainbow Iris
Oil on Canvas
Nancy Medina Art

Rainbow Iris Garden
Oil on Canvas

This morning, less than an hour after I took the pugs out in the
yard, the Bartlett Pear tree, our main source of shade in the
garden, broke into two pieces. Perhaps the tornado that was
in our neighborhood several weeks ago weakened it. I am so
sad to see it go.

The Sound of Trees
by Robert Frost

I wonder about the trees.
Why do we wish to bear
Forever the noise of these
More than another noise
So close to our dwelling place?

We suffer them by the day
Till we lose all measure of pace,
And fixity in our joys,
And acquire a listening air.

They are that that talks of going
But never gets away;
And that talks no less for knowing,
As it grows wiser and older,
That now it means to stay.

My feet tug at the floor
And my head sways to my shoulder
Sometimes when I watch trees sway,
From the window or the door.

I shall set forth for somewhere,
I shall make the reckless choice
Some day when they are in voice
And tossing so as to scare
The white clouds over them on.

I shall have less to say,
But I shall be gone.


Edward Burton said...

Very beautiful, Nancy -- the detail image you have works as a gorgeous painting on it's own.
Sorry to hear about your tree.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Nancy
Your Iris paintings are so very beautiful!
I know it made you sad to see the tree fall. Nobody knows when the time comes. We are sad too. I think the tree hung on as long as it could.
The poem was such a nice tribute, it was beautiful.

Jean Levert Hood said...

Nancy, your iris are just tops!

I'm so sorry about your tree, and so glad that you and the puggies weren't outside when that happened. I know it is a sad thing, losing a tree in many parts of Texas is quite a bad day! We need that shade for sure. I do hope the rest of the tree can recover and isn't damaged. The poem is fitting.

gentle hugs to the pugs,

Laura said...

So sorry about the tree, Nancy, but I'm sure glad no puggies were under it when it fell over!

Angela Elledge said...

I agree with Edward, beautiful painting, and the cropped version works very well, too. So, sorry about your tree, especially when you really need those shade trees right now. Several people have lost Bartlett Pear trees in our neighborhood, as well.

I will respond to your e-mail in the morning, I think Friday is great for me too!

Elena Malec said...

Nancy, your flowers, this time irises, are a tibute to the injured tree. Trees have a soul, they are alive, they feed us with their fruit, cool us with their shade.Looking at the beautiful art you created in these two pieces makes the loss bearable.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the kind words on the iris and our lovely tree. This painting was something I painted over earlier that had not been successful at first, but now I am more happy with it. Hubby bought himself a chainsaw (Texas chainsaw???) to clean up the yard today.

Unknown said...

I've never seen a rainbow iris but I feel I don't need to after admiring your painting. It is so lovely.

I'm sorry for the loss of Mr. Pear tree but the up side is that you hubby gets an excuse for a new boy toy.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

So sorry about your tree, Nancy. I think trees are very special. The poem was beautiful, as are the paintings...

Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!
oh your irises are amazing!

i am so sorry about your tree! i am so glad it did not crush anything when it broke.

maybe the tree will show up in one of your amazing paintings!


bindu said...

Beautiful flow in your paintings. I guess it's the way the branches come out all at the same spot in bartlett pears that causes this to happen. Sorry about your tree!

Linda O'Neill said...

Oh yee gads...I was wincing as I scrolled down afraid to see what the sad surprise was. So sorry about your beautiful tree. They have a definite presence and are easy to get very attached to.

Your paintings are just beautiful. That first one of the iris knocks my socks off.:)

Donna said...

Nancy, your iris painting is beautiful!
I'm so sorry about your tree. It's hard to lose a big one like that.

Give those little pugs a hug!

Enjoy your day!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Your paintings are beautiful.

I hate to lose a tree. Can you cut it back?

Susan Moorhead said...

Oh, that is sad about your tree. Your paintings are really lovely though.

Art with Liz said...

Oh my but those irises are gorgeous Nancy! So sad about that lovely tree! Can it not be saved at all?

Gary Keimig said...

Love the Iris painting. Too bad about the tree. Is it just that side trunk that was damaged? In Wyoming to loose a tree is really tough

Mary said...

Wow! You have been very busy since I last checked in, Nancy. Your paintings are gorgeous, and I'm glad you had a terrific show. Wish I could have come (but Florida is a little too far away :(

So sorry you lost a tree--and a very important tree to your life at that. I love being surrounded by trees and care about every one of them like sturdy, faithful friends, so I feel for your loss.

A New England Life said...

Did you and Carlos have the tree removed? Always sad to lose a beautiful tree. They become like family.

Sadia said...

Beautiful paintings Nancy! Love the deep tones you have used.
Sorry to hear about your tree.