Saturday, October 17, 2009

Garden Dancers and a Lesson Learned

Garden Dancers
Oil on Canvas
Coronado, California
Nancy Medina Art

Elizabeth Robbins Pruitt's whirlwind painting tour made a stop in Dallas this weekend and I was one of the lucky ones who reserved a seat in her class. Elizabeth's work is nationally known and she is one of the great floral painters of our time. I was exhausted after the first day of the workshop, my brain felt like I'd been doing trigonometry or quantum physics all day.

Elizabeth and I have been friends on Facebook so it was pretty cool to finally meet in person. Seeing her paint I realized that I scoop up paint and slap it around like a caveman, while she delicately touches the canvas with feathery strokes.

Elizabeth did a sunflower demo this afternoon. For those of you who missed it, I have a box of tissues and a shoulder for you to cry on. This demo was worth its weight in gold. Tomorrow's lesson, roses! My hope is that, after this class, my roses will no longer look like tiny, smeared pepperoni pizzas.


Unknown said...

Your roses never look like pepperoni pizzas!!! Silly Nancy.


Val's Dragonfly Whimsy said...

Gorgeous gorgeous painting!!! Sounds like had a great time :D

Autumn Leaves said...

Nancy, you are so beautiful! Truly! Anyway, I must say that I hardly think you have caveman or smeared pizza tendencies. And if you do? They surely work for you as each of your pieces are true beauties.

A New England Life said...

So you had to take a class just to paint those pink roses, huh? LOL! Somehow I seriously doubt it. You are an extremely talented lady. We really should keep telling ourselves just that!

Sharon : )

Manon said...

Hey Nancy!!

Looks like soooo much fun! But seriously? Did you need a class on how to paint sunflowers? You are the sunflower queen my friend!!

Becky said...

Love the Sunny Day painting! What am I saying, I love all of your paintings with sunflowers, they are my favorite. I look forward to seeing what you have painted each time I read your blog. Caveman, oh please, all of them are beautiful!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I bet you had a fun time
you are being a "silly Nancy"
Your paintings are always awsome, and I will use my famous word again,,,,
your paintings are splendorious!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Hi there...the class looks like a lot of fun. Hope you don't get homework on the weekend
Benny & Lily

Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!

oh what a wonderful class! i am so glad you are having so much fun!
you always make me smile.

m & ep

Unknown said...

Thank you for the encouraging words! sometimes when you are in the presence of a master, it can be discouraging, but Elizabeth is such a giving, warm teacher, you all would have loved her instantly. I am determined to learn roses someday, and she has really given me a leg up. Not that I don't LIKE pepperoni pizza...

Donna said...

I love your sunflower paintings.

I'm sure you're having fun in the class.