Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter Blooms Geraniums

Easter Blooms Geraniums by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Daily Painters Gallery

Artist contact:
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Easter blooms is the newest painting from Flower Mound Studio, and it's a sad evening here. A young friend lost his fight with a brain tumor yesterday and the world has lost someone who always had a smile for others. Even when he could no longer speak, he would give the thumbs up to anyone who visited and came to speak to him.

As I grow older I am increasingly convinced that all good souls will be in heaven long before those of us below think it is their time. My heart goes out to his wife and his family, and to my brother in law who thought of him as a brother, too.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Blue Blossoms Hydrangeas

Blue Blossoms Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina
Art and Frames by Wood Gallery

The large canvases are filling the studio again, and it's almost time to ship everything to California for the show on Coronado Island. I haven't explained to my studio assistant Anniebelly that this is one gallery gala she will not be able to attend. Fortunately her Aunt Bitsy will be available to entertain her every whim while Carlos and I travel to West Coast for the show.

I'm excited to see the Island again, and the cottage gardens and picket fences that make this such an unforgettable place to visit. If you are in the area, stop by Art and Frames by Wood Gallery April 17 and say hello! I would love to see you there.

Painting in the Garden at
Art and Frames by Wood Gallery
in Coronado, CA

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pansies Le Petite

Pansies Le Petite by Nancy Medina


This little work of pansies is one of many that will spring from all the inspiration I received from the Dallas Arboretum over the past few weeks. This is the absolute best time of year to visit the Arboretum. The picture below was taken last summer on a day I was painting in the garden, the arboretum tulip season was over but the delphiniums were in full sway!

I'm hoping to get out there again in the next few weeks, while the blooms are at their peak. If you see a lady in a goofy hat in the arboretum with green paint on her nose, that'll be me!

Me looking goofy in the Arboretum

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Flowers That Brave the Texas Heat

Hidden Treasures Geraniums by Nancy Medina


Oil on Canvas

This little geranium painting is going to a new home Sunday, and since the winter is officially over in Texas, I thought it would be fun to re-visit this post from July 2009 - enjoy some summer flowers with me!

Geraniums are so tough, these survived the mild winter and returned
to bloom again on our deck this summer. They love the dry weather.

We have two crepe myrtles in our back yard. One is struggling,
but this one has a full head of purple blossoms. The more
sun the better for these guys. nodp

I think these are ragdoll sunflowers, do you know? I buy
packets of seeds and plant them every spring. Some years
they come up, sometimes our birds decide the seeds are a snack.


I confess these flowers are blooming at my mom's house
in East Texas. I wish I could grow them like she can. Her climate
is a bit more conducive to beautiful blossoms.

I transplanted these sunflowers from seedlings into a new
planter box by our back fence. I love how they look against
the worn wood slats of the fence, don't you?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dreams of Color - Hydrangeas

Dreams of Color - Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina


Palette Knife on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site
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Tulip beds of the Dallas Arboretum

Here is another image from the Dallas Arboretum this week. I love visiting flower gardens and am counting the days until Argyle Acres Iris Farm opens (April 10!). Rest assured my camera will be plugged in to charge the evening before, and my dependable tennis shoes will be ready for a trek through the woods to see thousands of irises in full color!

Our bran new bed of irises is on the verge of blooming for the first time in our back yard. Annie and her minions have grown accustomed to me running out every morning to see if we have blooms yet. I'm hoping the purple are first to make their debut!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tulip Tango and a Tour of Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum

Tulip Tango by Nancy Medina
Oil on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery
Nancy Medina Web Site

Last weekend the Dallas Arboretum hosted Artscape, and 94 enthusiastic artists showed up! See that good looking guy in the picture? Guess whose hubby he is...... He gets brownie points for coming out to the Arboretum on Sunday and taking the whole tent and everything down by himself in the snow!

Friday during art show set-up the weather was excruciatingly beautiful. The park was crowded with families and friends visiting from all over the country. I met folks from South Carolina, Georgia, Vancouver, and Kaufman, Texas. (I grew up in Kaufman, that's like a whole 'nother country. I can still remember when the first stop light was put in!)

The bulbs were in full bloom, and many tulips were just starting to open this weekend.

The artboretum's flowering trees are at their best in March and April. This backdrop was right behind my tent! Can you imagine having an art show in such a lavish setting?

The tulips were the real show stealers this week, and so many are just beginning to bloom. I'd like to go back in a week or two with my camera to see what else has arrived. I'm hoping the Queen of the Night black tulips make another appearance this year. They were breathtaking last spring.

Are these daffodils? I know as a flower painter, I need to study horticulture once in a while. These beauties come in a real variety of colors, and they were everywhere this weekend.

See what I mean? Here they are again in yellow! There is a real artist at work in this park, every bed had a carefully constructed color theme with complimentary flowers placed together. I wonder who the architect of this feast of color is? If you know, please share!

I'll share more pictures from the show over the next few weeks. Thanks for joining me on a tour of Artscape and thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday in frigid temperatures to buy art! What a great show, even if it was cut short by snow on Sunday!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pansy Pleasers and a Chilly Day at Artscape

Pansy Pleasers by Nancy Medina

My tent is in the upper right corner, can you tell which one? Even in the cold, the
Arboretum is filled with color and flowers this month.

Today was a VERY chilly day at Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum. Some of the artists stayed home, but about a dozen of us braved the rain, wind, and snow and shivered our way through the show. I am very glad I did, because some of my awesome clients came to see me even though it was barely above freezing. After telling them they were crazy, I thanked each of them profusely, and wrapped up some new art to send home with them.

I'm so fortunate to have had a successful art show in possibly the worst weather conditions imagineable. Well, we didn't have a tornado or hurricane, but this IS Texas so anything is possible. I do want to say a HUGE thank you to Cindy, Gila, Alan, Nancy, Janine, Nancy (there were two Nancy's who came to see me today!), Judy (who got turned away at the gate because we closed early) and everyone who bundled up and came on out.

We have one more show day tomorrow, and we've been assured a balmy 40 degrees with no rain. Snow I don't mind, puddles, I do. I hope to see you there! As you can tell from the photo, the arboretum is beautiful and full of flowers, even in the frigid temps. The tulips don't mind the cold and thanks to the little pocket warmers, I think I'll survive a bit more too.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Red Poppy Trio and a Day at the Arboretum

Red Poppy Trio by Nancy Medina


Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Nancy Medina Web Site
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A beautiful day at the Dallas Arboretum

Almost 100 artists converged on the Dallas Arboretum today to set up their tents for Artscape this weekend. What a perfect day, the sun was peeking out of the clouds, there was a cool breeze, and the park was filled with families taking photos in the tulips. There is no better time of year to come to the Arboretum than these next few weeks, the hibiscus was in full bloom nearby and the smell was like a heavenly bouquet. nodp

My tent No. 11 is right next to one of the 300 year old oak trees near the main entrance this year, so I have a great location and I'm really excited about this weekend. Even though they are predicting rain and snow tomorrow!!! I hope you will stop by and say hello if you are in the area. I would love to meet you. PS - they say Sunday the weather will be nice again...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Safe Passage

Safe Passage is a landscape based on the bridge near the main entrance of the Dallas Arboretum. If you are wondering what to do this weekend, come on out to Artscape on the arboretum grounds and say hi! I'll be in Booth 11, hoping for sunshine and crowds! nodp

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dallas Arboretum Award and an Artscape Invitation

Pansy Panorama by Nancy Medina
Dallas Arboretum Award Winner


Honorable Mention
Garden Gallery Juried Show
Oil on Canvas

This weekend the biggest art event in the region will take place on the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum. Look for me in Booth 11 at Artscape and stop in and say hello! I'll be the artist in the funny hat with green paint on her nose juggling bags and brushes and trying to look professional.

Yesterday I learned that my painting, Pansy Panorama, was selected for an award in the Dallas Arboretum Garden Gallery juried show. This is my first professional art award and I am so honored and still in a bit of shock. There are many amazing artists in the show at the DeGolyer House on the grounds of the Arboretum. If you make it out to the grounds be sure to stop in and see the historic DeGolyer residence. It's worth a tour all by itself, even without the show.

This is the best time of year to visit the Arboretum. The tulips will be in full bloom, along with the azaleas and dogwoods during the Dallas Blooms Festival. If you are a fan of mother nature in her most colorful attire, you won't want to miss this event.

Arboretum Dancers by Nancy Medina

Featured on the official Garden Gallery Art Show invite

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Purple Rain Irises II

Purple Rain Irises II by Nancy Medina
Oil on Canvas
Daily Painters Gallery

Artist contact:
Nancy Medina Web Site

I received an email from Argyle Acres Iris Farm this week reminding me their season opens April 10. The iris rhizomes we ordered from the farm last year are growing beautifully in our back yard, and every morning I run and to see if the flower buds are starting yet. In just a few weeks, I am hoping to have my own beautiful iris garden.

In the meantime, it's a real treat to know that one of the largest, most amazing iris farms in Texas is just a few miles up the road from Flower Mound. I can hardly wait until the farm opens so I can put on my Iris Papparazzi hat again!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spring Fever Sunflower

Spring Fever Sunflowers by Nancy Medina


This little bouquet of yellows, greens and purples is based on a lovely flower arrangement from my solo art show in Fredericksburg, Texas, at The Good Art Company Gallery last week. As soon as I laid eyes on the sunflowers in a beautiful pitcher on the front table, I grabbed the camera and began snapping photos. I simply could not resist. We had a big hail storm today, then rain, then sunshine. Typical Texas weather. With all that variety, how could they leave Spring out of the mix? We lucked out with clear skies on the day of the show and had a great crowd!

Here's the sign out front for the Friday
Artwalk event in the Texas Hill Country
at The Good Art Company Gallery. My
work will be on display in the front
gallery during the month of March.

The front table was filled with color and
cool stuff, as well as my paintings!
Here's the flower arrangement that
Spring Fever Sunflowers is based on.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Geranium Joy and AnnieBee's Big Adventure

Geranium Joy by Nancy Medina


Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Geranium Joy is a little bit of brightness that gave me a break from a large container garden painting this evening. The big painting is for the Arboretum show March 20, but this little one was calling my name. I am still playing catchup from being away for my solo show in Fredericksburg, Texas, at The Good Art Company Gallery last Friday.

Fortunately, I do have three able assistants who remind me of all the important events of the day - snacks, playtime, and napping on the nearest pillow or foot that is nearby and still long enough to gain purchase upon. Speaking of assistants, AnnieBee is still regaling her colleagues with tales of her adventures accompanying me to the big art show. She was definitely the belle of the ball. Here are a few pictures of Annie related activities which took precedence during the weekend in the historic Hill Country town.

AnnieBee poses graciously for the
pupparrazzi in exchange for a snack

Annie directs her chauffeur (aka Dad)
to her fav doggy boutique, Dogologie

Window shopping should always precede
purchases so one has time to ponder where
new toys can fit into the current collection

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Garden Party and a Tour of My Solo Art Show

Garden Party by Nancy Medina
From the Dallas Arboretum Series

Oil on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery

Artist contact:
Nancy Medina Web Site

I just got home from my solo art show in Fredericksburg, TX, and discovered that my painting, Arboretum Dancers, has been featured on the official Garden Gallery Art Show invite! What a thrill!! The Garden Gallery juried show will be in the DeGolyer House on the Dallas Arboretum grounds March 13-28. Stop by Artscape and take a peek March 20-21. I'll be the artist in Booth 11 hoping for sunshine!

Here's my space for my first solo show at The Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, held on Friday, March 5. Check out the amazing hand lettering on the wall - too cool, yes? The theme for my show was Gardens of Fredericksburg because I am an obsessive compulsive painter of Fredericksburg flowers. I even snuck out during the show to get photos of the pansies by the front door. I couldn't help myself.

What on earth did peeps do before they invented ladders, do you ever wonder that?

AnnieBee, head studio assistant and activity director, was there to lend a paw and advice on when it was appropriate to stop for breaks, go for walks, and feed the pug crunchy treats.

The show in Fredericksburg at The Good Art Company Gallery last Friday was exactly what I was hoping for - an evening of fun and laughter and hanging out with artists and collectors. We had a good crowd and I sold two paintings!

The gallery is located at 112 West Main Street in historic Fredericksburg, Texas. Be sure to stop in and see my display throughout the month of March. Say hi to Jill if you do, she loves visitors!

The gallery owner, Jill, did a beautiful job of arranging the sign in table and even placed a bouquet of my fav flowers - sunflowers. She asked me if I'd be painting that setting soon. I think she knows me pretty well, don't you?

I was tickled pink to see my Facebook pal Paula Gold walk through the door. Paula and her sister in law Debra (who claimed she has no talent but I don't believe it) drove an hour to get to my show. Paula and I are plotting our surprise visit to famous artist Elizabeth Robbins. Shhh. Don't tell, it will be a surprise. I just hope Liz keeps a stocked fridge and has plenty of chocolate and cheese on hand....

None of this would have been possible without my handsome hubby Carlos and the Executive Studio Director, AnnieBee. Annie arrived at the art show fashionably late and proceeded to become the center of attention at the gala event. She handled her peeps and the pupparazzi like a pro, gently accepting hors' deuvres and graciously allowing her adoring fans to give her pats. In her pink Puppia harness, she was certainly all decked out in her finest party frock.

Thank you for joining me for the tour of our show. Annie, Carlos and I will be back again next year and I sure hope you will be there. The cheese and cookies were scrumptious, and the art wasn't too bad, either!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Fly Away Geraniums & Pansies

Fly Away Geraniums & Pansies by Nancy Medina
Oil on Canvas
Daily Painters Gallery

Artist contact:
Nancy Medina Web Site

Fly Away is a painting of two of my favorite flowers, geraniums and pansies. This little painting languished in a corner of my studio for months, needing a facelift. I blotted out the purple hydrangeas and pepped up the reds, I embellished the yellow pansies and dabbed in some warm violet shadows and now it feels like the little flower grouping is finally ready for the ball. Let's just hope they remember to make it home before midnight when their carriage will turn into a pumpkin.

Wherever you are, bring your critters indoors and bundle up and stay warm this winter eve. I'll be drinking mocha coffee tomorrow morning with whipped creme on top and thinking of what to paint next.