Saturday, September 19, 2009

Nanny's Teapot

Nanny's Teapot
SOLD
20X20
Oil on Canvas
Nancy Medina Art

I fell in love with this old antique table and decided the best way to show it off was to put an antique teapot on it that belonged to someone I loved. The pansies were added to celebrate my Nanny. Nanny was my great-grandmother. She lived alone when I knew her, in a big old two story house in Palestine, Texas, with a haunted bedroom and creaky stairs and a wonderful coo coo clock.

Nanny had her own garden and cooked her own meals and hung her clothes on the line to dry. All of this was pretty remarkable considering her age, but even more so because she lost her sight in her 20s from glaucoma. She lives on in my memory and in the memories of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Now I only see her in my dreams, but every now and then a family member calls me by my nickname, Nanny, and I know she is never far away, not really, because she is in my heart.

17 comments:

A New England Life said...

Sounds like you had one tough Nanny! She wasn't afraid of anything. It's so great to know a woman that leaves such a lasting impression. Glad you still have a small piece of her and honor it : )

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I so love this Nancy...such a sweet memory makes this painting so special...gorgeous!!!

Nancy Medina said...

Thanks Sharon, she was a cool nanny. I have such great memories of her and her big old house.

Becky, thank you, I appreciate your kind words!

Becky Brocato said...

Sounds like my grandmother. She had flowers all year round in the yard. She lived in a little house in our backyard that my father had built her. She could be independent but with family close by. Yes, wonderful memories!

AutumnLeaves said...

Nancy, the table caught my eye immediately. It is so beautiful! Of course, now my favorite part is the teapot thanks to your story of your Nanny. I think she would be so pleased to know your memories and love for her!

Nancy Medina said...

Becky, I wonder if our independent grannies made us independent ladies!

Autumn, thank you so much. I have a feeling that table will be in more paintings in the future!

arcobaleno said...

Hi Nancy, you know? my nickname is TATA, no one call me Ombretta!!!!!!!! wonderful work this piece...

Becky said...

Great memories of your Nanny! Teapot goes just perfect with the pansies.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Love this one the table is the 1st to cought my eyes. Perfect colors.The red teapot is beautiful and the memory that goes with it.

Filomena de Andrade Booth said...

What a great and beautiful tribute to your Nanny!

Neas Nuttiness said...

This is sooooooooooo sweet!
I'm 54 years old, and I still miss my grandmother...but just like you, she will always be "with" me.

My grandkids call me Nonnie, but Nanny would have been nice too.

Marie Theron said...

Such a rich full composition, Nancy! The small pot and little flowers also conjures up a warm homely feeling.And showing a detail of the furniture strengthens the idea.

Nancy Medina said...

Thank you ladies - Libby I think Nonny is almost exactly the same as Nanny! Nanny really was brave, she would turn on her gas stove to make tea by putting her fingers on the burner. The moment she felt the flame she would pull her fingers back so quickly she never got burned. I always ran up to watch her when she turned on the stove, it was just amazing to me.

Edward Burton said...

Lovely painting, Nancy, and very sweet memories.

bindu said...

Gorgeous colors and painting. You seem to be able to paint up an image before I'd be able to photograph it! :)

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh nancy!

what a beautiful painting and tribute to your great grandma.

it is so filled with love that it brought tears to my eyes. (the good kind.:)

what a special person... just like you!

xoxoxo
m & ep

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

I came back to comment on your awsome painting that reflected all the memorys of love that live forever in your heart for your Nanny.
The painting was beautiful, and sweet.
love
tweedles

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