Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lone Star Lilac Texas Landscape Painting

Lone Star Lilac by Nancy Medina
Oil on Canvas
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

What a perfect Saturday morning at Flower Mound Studio. The assistants and I took a break from the work station and spent some time in the garden this morning, watching the dew dry. Annie was focused on chasing the ball, while Howie monitored the skies for any birds who dared to violate his air space. Java made sure that the garden hose monster did not escape without a good chewing before it could escape into its coil by the water spigot. All is right with the world.

Annie has one goal this morning...

Howie likes to participate in all important morning activities, especially breakfast!

Java enjoys a tasty fern from the garden.

The back porch garden: A nice place to start the morning...

Friday, May 28, 2010

Blue Blossoms Iris

Blue Blossoms Iris by Nancy Medina


Oil on Canvas
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

My model was great. In exchange for some miracle
grow and a lovely box in which to sink her toes,
she stood still for hours!

It was a busy day at Flower Mound Studio, I picked up my award winning painting From the Heart Sunflowers from the Jaycees Center for the Arts and delivered it to a show at the Irving Arts Center. Then I took nine new paintings to the Dutch Art Gallery in Lake Highlands, Dallas. I love driving out there and visiting with Pam and Jill, they have such a great place and I can never leave without a few new frames! When I got home I double-gessoed 25 new canvases and I am ready to start two commissions this weekend. I spent a while working on my new Web site and then I picked up the brushes and paints and this little iris arrived.

Sometimes I wonder if I am absolutely obsessed with painting and I have truly gone over the deep end. One thing, however, is for certain: I sure am having a great time!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wild Things

Wild Things by Nancy Medina
Oil on Linen
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

What do you paint when you can't decide which flower you want to paint? A little of everything gets thrown into the pot. Wild Things is a new Texas wildflower landscape drying on the easel tonight in Flower Mound Studio. The studio assistants are "plumb tuckered out" because we opened a bag of new toys this afternoon. After a few hours of absolute manic joy for the helpers, the new squeaky toys were put away for another day.

I found this old picture of my original three fatties in my files this evening. Winnie Wiggles is pictured here with Howie and Java. Winnie is in pug heaven now, but sometimes it still feels like she is right here beside me, where she always sat by my chair in the studio, my little angel girl.

Winnie, Howie and Java

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thistle Dreams and Painting at the Dallas Arboretum

Thistle Dreams by Nancy Medina
Oil on Canvas
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

The thistles at the Dallas Arboretum are a bit bigger
than the ones that you typically see growing wild
along the Texas highways...

Painting plein aire at the Dallas Arboretum
is easy when you have someone to do all
the heavy lifting for you, between breaks!

Sunscreen - check! Goofy hat - check!

Candid camera - check!
PS the piano music was coming
from terrace nearby.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blue Shadows iris and a Tour of the Birch Aquarium

Blue Shadows Iris by Nancy Medina

The Birch Aquarium is a part of the Scripps Oceanography Institute.
Carlos and I visited when I was in San Diego for my solo art show in April.

As you enter the building, you see these amazing fountains.
I wish now I had taken the time to read the name of the sculptor.

If you look closely you can see the hummingbirds feasting
on these wonderful plants. There were dozens!

Although the seahorse exhibit was featured, the real show stealers
at Birch are the kelp forests. The educational center told the story of
how the ocean creatures that live in these kelp forests
are disappearing. Our visit took place just weeks before
the catastrophic oil spill in the Texas Gulf.

It breaks my heart and I cannot even watch the news,
to think of these beautiful creatures dying, and their
habitats destroyed, likely permanently.

There is a kind of poetry to the movement and the waves
and a perfect serenity to the underwater life that is so foreign to us
land creatures.

The back terraces of the aquarium look out over the Pacific Coast.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Orange Delight - Roses and a Tour of Weston Gardens

Orange Delight - Roses by Nancy Medina
Oil on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Welcome back - here are more images from Weston Gardens
in Fort Worth, Texas. Check out my post yesterday for the scoop.
I love how the flags lead you into these historic sunken gardens!

The stone patios were shady and cool, even though
it was 90 degrees and humid in Texas that day.

I have seen a similar fountain to this one at the Terrell State Hospital
in Terrell, Texas, another historical landmark. I wonder if they
came from the same manufacturer many years ago.

Metal sculptures were scattered throughout
the gardens adding charm and color.

Of course I fell in love with this pot!!

Some of the visitors looked rather permanent...

And then I spied this!!! What do you think, shall we???

Maybe we should say a little prayer first.

After you...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dreamcatcher Peony and A Tour of Weston Gardens

Dreamcatcher Peony by Nancy Medina
Oil on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

I delivered a pansy commission to a client in Fort Worth, Texas, today who was kind enough to recommend I visit Weston Gardens. I had never been to the gardens in Fort Worth before, and it was well worth the trip. Weston Gardens features "Texas style English Gardens" with all native plants and a wonderful nursery nearby. They have a section of the nursery for butterfly gardens, another for hummingbird gardens, and fig trees and other plants and trees. Across the street, the sunken gardens, stone patios, walls and ponds were built during the Depression in the 1930s and are extensive and have been featured in a number of magazines.

Here are a few pictures from our trip, I will share more in the days to come. If you have a chance to visit Weston Gardens, I highly recommend it!

Weston Gardens is a historic landmark in Fort Worth

Just across the street from the nursery are the gardens.

This lily pond was originally built in the 1930s and does not leak!

The English Garden style was apparent throughout the acreage.

Of course my eye was captured by these red geraniums!

I fell in love with this little pig who was guarding the tea station, where they
served cold, fresh brew flavored with strawberries. I swear I heard a little
warning snort from him when I went back for my third cup.

Another delightful accent, the kitty flag! Every garden needs one of these...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Summer Song Wildflowers - Texas Landscape

Summer Song Wildflowers by Nancy Medina
Oil on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

I grew up on an organic farm in East Texas, decades before organic grocery stores populated the yuppy neighborhoods of the Metroplex. This painting is of the front five acres from our farm. In the hot summer months, Indian Paintbrush would fill the field with color. Straight back behind those trees was the little house where I grew up. We never wore shoes in the summer, and spent most of the days riding our bikes and exploring the woods out in this undeveloped area of Texas.

Times have changed so much now, it makes me sad to think this land will not be our family farm someday. For now, my mother has a small garden of tomatoes and peppers outside her door, and my Aunt helps keep them watered and tended under mom's careful supervision. It's like heaven to visit.

Howard has a few suggestions for dinner

Friday, May 21, 2010

Under the Morning Glories

Under the Morning Glories by Nancy Medina
Oil on Canvas
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Under the Morning Glories is a new painting with a bit of everything from my back yard garden, but all tamed and tidied and arranged in pots by the artist. My morning glories are finally sprouting, their tiny heart shaped leaves are showing, and the flowers will come later if I remember to water them often enough. This photo below is not from my back yard, but from the spring blossoms of the Dallas Arboretum. I thought you wouldn't mind another picture from my favorite place to paint.

Dallas Arboretum Blossoms

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Warm Breeze Poppy Field

Warm Breeze Poppy Field by Nancy Medina
Oil on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery


Nancy Medina Web Site

The poppies are still running the show at Flower Mound Studio this week, and Warm Breeze Poppy Field is drying on the easel tonight. Since I inadvertently started a poppy/tulip identity crisis in my last post, I thought I'd continue that theme by sharing a tulip picture from the Dallas Arboretum. I can't take credit for this photo, it was taken by my husband who says he is not an artist, but always manages to get the most dramatic photos everywhere we go.

AnnieBee is curled up in my lap, so typing is a tilted affair, but it's worth hearing her contented snores as she begins to settle down for the evening. We tossed the loofa toy a few dozen times in the yard, so she is satisfied mama did her job today. I wonder if she spends the whole day when I am at work, thinking about how she will chase her toy when I get home in the afternoon.

Fog on the tulips at the Dallas Arboretum

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Heartsong Poppies

Heartsong Poppies by Nancy Medina
Oil on Canvas
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Sometimes paintings seem to hop onto the canvas, as if they were impatiently waiting for me to load the right colors on the brush so they could get on with being. I haven't painted a poppy still life in a while, but have been so inspired by the reds and oranges in my back yard garden the time seemed right! The spring tulips at the Dallas Arboretum were amazing this year, thanks to the chilly winter. I just wished the tulips bloomed all summer in Texas. Something about that 100 degree heat doesn't agree with them.

Dallas Arboretum Tulips That
the Artist Originally Thought Were Poppies

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pansy Paparazzi

Pansy Paparazzi by Nancy Medina

I finished a couple of pansy paintings this evening, a large one for a client commission and this small study, Pansy Paparazzi, for the Daily Painters Gallery. I love painting pansies, almost as much as I love painting sunflowers. There is something so cheerful about their colorful tiny faces.

When I am not painting I spend some time as a volunteer for Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue. We launched our new Web site yesterday, and I wanted to share it with you. I hope if you have an opportunity, you will support, donate, adopt or volunteer for your favorite animal rescue.

Mitzu the Pug Photo by Lauren Tolbert Miller

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bluebonnet Patchwork Floral Landscape

Bluebonnet Patchwork by Nancy Medina


Oil on Canvas
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Bluebonnet Patchwork is a new painting drying in Flower Mound Studio today, while a larger commission is under way on the work easel. The pansy painting in the picture below is being created for a Fort Worth family who saw my award-winning painting, Pansy Panorama, at the Dallas Arboretum Garden Gallery Show last month. Since the Panorama painting had sold during the show, I'm creating a custom painting for them in a different format to fit their space.

I'm enjoying these new pansies, I may have to paint one of these to actually KEEP for myself!

What's cookin in the studio today...