Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Shadow Lilies, Cannas

Shadow Lilies by Nancy Medina
10X8
Oil on Museum Quality Linen Board
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

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Shadow Lilies, Cannas, is based on my latest grocery store acquisition, a lovely bunch of deep purple and white canna lilies. In case you are wondering, yes, I did hear a bit of snickering as I approached the checkout again with a cart full of flowers, cookies, and magazines, instead of items normal people would buy. After all, I couldn't pass up a bunch of white gardenias, yellow centered sunflowers at 3 bundles for $10, and the lovely green ferns to back up all these blossoms.

Perhaps it is time I simply admit it. My name is Nancy, and I am a flower junkie.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Late Bloomers Hydrangeas

Late Bloomers Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina
8X10
Oil on Museum Quality Linen Board
My Daily Painters Gallery

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Late Bloomers Hydrangeas is a new painting based on one of my favorite art challenge blogs by Dana Marie. Please take a peek at her beautiful hydrangea photo and if you are an artist, give it a try. You may be a late bloomer when it comes to painting, I didn't start painting until I was 30. But no matter how old you are, if you work hard you will see growth over time.

Dana originally posted this challenge in March 2009. Below is the first painting I completed in response to her blog post. It's scary, sometimes, to look back at the old works, and even scarier to show them to others! Do what scares you!



"Dana's Hydrangeas" by Nancy Medina
Painted in March 2009

Monday, July 5, 2010

Baby Blues Iris

Baby Blues Iris by Nancy Medina

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8X8
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Baby Blues Iris is a tribute to the loveliest blue flowers that are done for the season in my back yard garden. While the sunflowers are making their debut, I have to confess I miss the deep royal blue irises and wish they would stay longer. We've laid down sacks of new top soil over the green shoots that are left of the irises. I read once that you should spend a pound on soil and a penny on seeds when it comes to having a proper flower garden. Maybe next year they'll bloom longer. One can hope!

Thistles and Sunflowers

Thistles and Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
16X12
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The sunflowers on sale at Tom Thumb yesterday earned their keep today. Thistles and Sunflowers is the newest still life in the studio, and a friend who gave me a bouquet of purple daisies helped to finish off this work.

The real show stealers, though, were the sunflowers in my yard this week. As promised, here is a picture of the 10 foot tall sunflower from my back yard garden. I had to have a little help from a ladder to get close enough to paint these flowers, and this afternoon a Monarch butterfly decided one of them was an excellent choice for a dinner break. If I had a better camera lens I would have had a good shot of that, but alas, that's on my Christmas list!


My still life setup and my new green pitcher



Plein air painting the giant
sunflowers in my back yard

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Green Pitcher, Sunflowers

The Green Pitcher, Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
8X6
Oil on Museum Quality Linen Board
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

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I found this wonderful green pitcher during my weekly visit to the grocery store flower shop. I managed to get through the shop excursion without tipping over any vases of water onto innocent clerks, AND the sunflowers were three dollars a bundle, so it was a successful trip in every regard. You can see my latest acquisition, as well as my perky studio models, in the photo below.


The sunflower and daisy models remained perky and
perfectly still with no complaints or fidgets whatsoever.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Memory Collector, Pansies

The Memory Collector, Pansies by Nancy Medina
12X10
Oil on Museum Quality Linen Board
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

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The Memory Collector is a new pansy still life drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio. I have grown very fond of this size, 12X10, it seems just perfect for these small flower still lifes. Today was an almost perfect day. Home from work, a nice torrential downpour in the middle of a hot Texas summer day, and plenty of time to snuggle the pugs in between projects, shipping paintings, and packaging up a pet portrait for a family nearby.

July always makes me stop and reflect, the center mark of each year that goes by much too quickly, and it always seems December is close on its heels. I moved home from California 10 years ago last month to be closer to my mother, who is growing older now, and I'm so glad I did. I count every moment with her as precious, and every phone call or silly email she sends me (she is quite the internet surfer and also loves video games on her TV at home.)

The holiday weekend is upon us, whereever you are I hope you have a peaceful one, with loved ones nearby. Be safe! One thing I rarely mention on my blog is my day job as the editorial director of the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Be safe! I don't want you to be visiting my boss in the ER this weekend.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Violet Winds - Iris Garden Landscape

Violet Winds, Iris Garden by Nancy Medina
24X24
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Sometimes it is the unexpected color that makes the painting move from the moment it is under construction to the last few moments when it is finished. The beauty of irises is in the bits and pieces that have browned or the little tan wrappers that hold up the glorious bundles of color. One of the first art classes I had was with a master watercolorist whose specialty was flowers and fruit. I was always impressed with her precision, her color, and how she preserved even the flaws in her subjects. I liked that. Maybe because I have a few of my own. Just a few, though.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Celebration Sunflowers and an Art Contest Honor

Celebration Sunflowers by Nancy Medina

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16X12
Oil on Museum Quality Linen Board
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I painted Celebration Sunflowers in a bit of a jubilant mood this evening after learning today that I am one of the top two finalists in the voting for favorites in the Bold Brush Painting Competition for June 30. It's quite an honor to find myself in the top row of the contest, along with some amazing artists like Gladys Roldan-de-Moras and Daniel Keyes. This is my first time to enter the contest, so I'm not quite sure what happens next, or if the voting continues all month. And this part of the contest is not the juried competition, which comes later. The Favs competition is similar to a people's choice voting event, with friends logging in and selecting the "thumbs up" button on my behalf.

I've been neck and neck all day with the number two painting, so I'm anxious to see the stats in the morning to see if what happens!

The link to vote for my painting, Wild Abandon, Sunflower

To everyone who voted for me, a huge thank you! I am really honored and thrilled! If you'd like to send in a vote for my sunflower painting, Wild Abandon, please click the link here.






Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Friendship Blossoms - Floral Still Life by Nancy Medina


Friendship Blossoms by Nancy Medina
8X10
Oil on Museum Quality Linen Board
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

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I love colorful, floral vases and pots, and have always wanted to paint them, even the elaborate ones. Friendship Blossoms is based on a photo I took in a local restaurant on an evening my best friend Elizabeth and I had a girl's night out. We had to wait quite a while for a table at this little eatery, which has fountains outside for the kiddos to play in, and live music on weekends. We used our cell phones to take turns snapping silly pictures of one another while we waited in the bar, oblivious to the odd stares we were probably receiving. This little floral bouquet was by the back door and I couldn't resist getting some pictures.

Friendship Blossoms is dedicated to you, my dear bloggy friends. I hope you have a special girlfriend in your life you can confide in and who is always there to tell you that you look great even when you absolutely know without a doubt you are having a bad hair day.



Inspiration for Friendship Blossoms

Monday, June 28, 2010

New England Rose Arbor

New England Rose Arbor
8X10
Oil on Canvas
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

New England Rose Arbor is drying on the easel, and is based on the photography of my talented friend, Sharon, of A New England Life. She has an endless array of beautiful photography she shares on her blog. Today she has pictures of Star Island. Take a peek and sign up on her Follow page - I love starting my day with a trip to New England, courtesy of Sharon (especially when she posts pictures of her homemade blueberry muffins - yum)!

This has been a good week for me in my art journey, and one that has humbled me a bit. I've had some successes recently, but yesterday I learned I was not accepted into an exceptionally talented art group. For all my dear art friends who are growing, it is these little setbacks that will help you to get better - if you allow them to. I have looked over the members of the group carefully and it is clear they are very talented. I have some stretching to do, and some hard work ahead, so it is good to be reminded of this and not to get complacent. It took me years to begin selling art regularly and build up a client base. There is a lot of hard work involved, but if I dedicate the time and focus in the studio, and paint every day, I know I will get there. In the meantime, it is a real gift to have friends who are always encouraging and lifting you up along the way. That positive energy works!


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Reverie - Sunflowers and Lilacs

Reverie Sunflowers and Lilacs by Nancy Medina
16X20
Oil on Museum Quality Linen Board

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A new four foot canvas of flowers bested me in the studio today. The orange daylilies and white daisies were at war with one another, and the yellow flowers had all migrated to one corner when I wasn't looking. There was so much to do I set the whole affair aside and picked up a smaller canvas and did something a bit less serious and more fanciful. Reverie Sunflowers was my respite, it is a painting of two favorite subjects, they call to me over and over again, sunflowers and lilacs. I see them often, I probably paint them too often, but they always seem to welcome me with open arms.

I've been having fun today with some of the new thingy ma bobs on my art blog. I've added a page for my galleries, my awards, and one for my newsletter, so please sign up so you can get all the exciting art news, with a couple of cute pug pictures sprinkled in for good measure!

I hope you are enjoying a relaxing Sunday evening wherever you may be!

Potpourri Garden, Plums, Geraniums and Delphiniums


Potpourri Garden
Plums, Geraniums and Delphiniums

16X12
Oil on Museum Quality Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

We had a bright, full moon in Texas this evening. It was one of those moons that sits low on the horizon and surprises you with its brightness when you step outside. I always seem to have a bit more energy with a full moon, so I pushed through until late in the evening to finish Potpourri Garden. I will try to get a better picture of the painting in the sunlight tomorrow to share with you. For now, it's off to bed for my three four-footed studio assistants!


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Max in the Petunias, Pet Portrait


Max in the Petunias by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Max is a very busy kitty, and also happens to be my latest pet portrait commission. My Aunt Bitsy pet-sits Max when his family travels on vacation, and she has fallen in love with this charismatic little kitty. I thought of a few clever titles for this painting, Garden Helper, Petunia Pleaser, but Max just has such a perfect name for his personality it felt right to stick with the real thing.


Max's portrait in my back yard petunia pot

Friday, June 25, 2010

Petunias in Red and Confessions of the Petal Paparazzi

Petunias in Red by Nancy Medina

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6X8
Oil on Museum Quality Linen Board
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Our new neighbors have a plethora of bright red petunias growing around their mailbox. Yesterday I became Petal Paparazzi Stalker Lady and snapped a multitude of photos of their petunias. I've never met them, and hoped they wouldn't yell at me or report me to the authorities. Even worse, I didn't leave a note on their door or windshield explaining my odd behavior.

If suddenly you don't see any new blog posts, you'll know I was apprehended. My family explained the other day they will be scheduling an intervention soon if this whole daily painter thing continues unabated much longer. I explained that all they have to do is remove my caffeine. I sure hope they don't take away my caffeine. I'd better plan ahead and stash some Lipton tea bags somewhere here in the studio. No one can find anything in here but me under the stacks of wet canvases, so I know they'll be safe.


Red Petunias basking in the sun

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sunburst Sunflower

Sunburst Sunflower by Nancy Medina

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Sunburst Sunflower is a new painting, a partner to Wild Abandon on the front of my new Web site this week. I spent part of this evening playing with the colors on my new Web site and I think I've finally found a combination I like. It took a while to get a turn at the computer, since the hubby spent all day in line for the new I Phones and wanted to update his new gadget. The pugs and I have spent most of the evening avoiding him, since his new phone has I Movie and AnnieBee says she is having a bad hair day.




Painting at the Dallas Arboretum prior to
the acquisition of I Movie (fortunately...)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Respite, Balboa Park

Summer Respite, Balboa Park, by Nancy Medina
6X8
Oil on Museum Quality Linen Board
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Summer Respite is a new work based on one of my favorite places, Balboa Park in San Diego. This large, beautiful park is free to the public. The museums, live musical performances, old Spanish Architecture, and fountains are enough to keep an artist mesmerized all day long. The best time to visit is right at dusk, when sun throws the golden light on the stucco facades and the fuschia crepe myrtles toss blue shadows. I've been daydreaming about the park lately, it has been way too long since I last visited.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Little Glad With Sunflowers

A Little Glad With Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
6X8
Oil on Museum Quality Linen Board
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

A Little Glad With Sunflowers is a fun little painting that helped me sneak up sideways to a larger glad painting in progress on the easel this evening. These red glads and some of their white glad cousins caught my eye in the grocery store yesterday (Yes, yes, I'm the one of those crazy ladies who spends oodles of money in the grocery store flower shop every week...).

When the painting was done, I took the new work of art into the garden to pose it in its natural state, all the while imagining some romantic husband presenting his wife with a bouquet of gorgeous romantic red glads wrapped in white paper, with this little painting attached by a red satin bow.

Sigh.



Some brave glads posing in the garden
heat today with A Little Glad Sunflowers

Monday, June 21, 2010

Petals Afire Sunflower

Petals Afire Sunflower by Nancy Medina

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8X8
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Petals Afire Sunflower is a small work that was finished using the palette knife. I worked exclusively in palette knife for 2 years in an attempt to loosen up a very tight painting style. I paint mainly with the brush now, but I still love that texture you get with a knife. If you've never tried it, I encourage you to dab a bit of fat paint using your knife at the end of a painting with your brightest highlights. You might just like it!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fredericksburg Pansies

Fredericksburg Pansies by Nancy Medina

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12X10
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Fredericksburg Pansies is drying on the easel this afternoon. It's been a whirlwind day in Flower Mound Studio, with two new works finished, two crepe myrtle trees planted, and the requisite playtime with the assistants sprinkled liberally in between. There is always a little tinge of sadness when the weekend ends, and all the things I had planned to finish but did not, line up for a little parade in my conscience on Sunday evening. I think I will wash the brushes early tonight, instead of pushing through until midnight. After all, there is a big glass of iced tea with mint calling my name and maybe even a bowl of Dutch chocolate Blue Belle ice cream...!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ripples in White, Iris Still Life

Ripples in White, Iris by Nancy Medina
6X8
Oil on Linen Board

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Ripples in White is a new iris still life in oils drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio this evening. I'm looking forward to a quiet Sunday, a time to rest after a very busy week. Sometimes I think the world is moving by just a little too quickly, and I have to force myself to slow down and find a place of quiet and peace. My bulletin board in the art studio is filled with "notes to self" - combinations for the best leaf for this flower, the nicest underpainting for that blossom, but beneath hundreds of these notes I found today some of my favorite poems I had taped there long ago.

It's 100 degrees outside, but there is no time inappropriate for Robert Frost.

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost (1923)

Whose woods these are I think I know
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Dreamweaver Wildflowers, Texas Landscape

Dreamweaver Wildflowers by Nancy Medina
36X36
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Dreamweaver Wildflowers is a large bright landscape based on a smaller painting called Summer Song Wildflowers I completed a few weeks ago. This new work is based on the fields of the farm where I grew up, which were filled with Indian paintbrushes every summer as far as the eye could see. I used to walk out to the pond at dusk each evening after dinner to see the sunset in this field. My father had stocked the pond with catfish, and my souldog Buddy was always by my side, picking up crunchy sticks and enjoying all the wonderful smells. Sometimes I dream about those summer days on the farm and wish I could have just one more.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

When the Wind Blows, Poppy Landscape Oil Painting

When the Wind Blows, Poppy Landscape
by Nancy Medina

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30X40
Oil on Canvas
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My parents had an organic farm in East Texas long before organic food was in fashion. (I always manage to be out of fashion, it is a gift.) The beauty of having a Catholic family with lots of children is a free workforce for enterprising parents such as mine.

Every fourth row in the garden was set aside for flowers planted to attract the insects off the vegetable crops. I remember standing barefoot in the garden furrows under giant sunflower stalks a foot taller than my head, and watching the tiny insects scamper happily around in the petals. I think that's where the seeds were first planted for my love of flowers - and the little critters of the world, too, no matter how small.

My wish for today: A day of my summer childhood, barefoot in the country, with months of reading and exploring before time for school to start again.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wild Abandon, Sunflower Still Life

Wild Abandon by Nancy Medina

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6X8
Oil on Archival Quality Linen Board
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Wild Abandon is my newest sunflower painting, and is a celebration of the dozens of sunflowers on the verge of opening in my back yard garden this week. The tallest sunflower in my yard is well over 7 feet high, and three budding flowers are beginning to peer down at me from its highest quarters. I've watched the little groups of aphids and helper bugs create their colonies on the lower leaves of this giant sunflower, and imagine leaves on the higher levels are probably the more expensive penthouse bug properties, since only a few rather fat bugs live up there.

I am hoping this large sunflower plant sprouts those big dinner plate sized blossoms like the ones my parents grew on our organic farm in East Texas. I will be posting pictures when these finally open, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Nice Place to Dream

A Nice Place to Dream by Nancy Medina
12X16
Oil on Linen
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

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A Nice Place to Dream is a new oil painting drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio this evening. This painting is a combination of scenes from the Dallas Arboretum's red tulip panorama, with a background courtesy of San Diego's Balboa Park Spanish architecture. This feels like a nice place to dream to me. Somewhere it would be safe to believe in a miracle, and somewhere you might meet a loved one you have missed for years.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Texas Red - Geranium Still Life

"Texas Red"
Geranium Still Life
by Nancy Medina

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8X10
Oil on Canvas


I painted "Red" plein air Texas style, sitting at my dining room table gazing out the window at the potted geranium on my deck. With all the comforts of indoor air conditioning, I was able to see the sunlight glow of a bright triple digit summer day just outside the window. I know that this is cheating when it comes to real plein air, in a sense, the glass after all undoubtedly diffused the light. And if you're not outdoors swatting bugs in between brush strokes, it really isn't plein air.

All the same I was happy with this little red geranium. It has been asking me to paint it for quite some time so I finally heeded the call.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Jar of Wishes, Sunflowers and Daisies

Jar of Wishes, Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
18X14
Oil on Linen Board
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I always feel a little guilty when I leave the grocery store with an armful of flowers, a bag of chips and some cookies instead of eggs and cheese like normal people. The checkout clerks at Kroger give one another a knowing look when they see me push my cart up to the line filled with flowers. They haven't quite gotten over the day I set a vase full of flowers on the conveyer belt from the refrigerated section of the floral department (where things are so marked up in price only insane flower smitten artists would purchase them). When the lovely bouquet in its vase reached the "end" of the conveyer belt, over it went, spilling a quart of ice cold water everywhere.

These sunflowers and delphiniums were a bit better behaved in the checkout line. They braved the Texas heat all the way home and stayed perky for their careers as professional models in Flower Mound Studio this evening.


Sunflowers doing their best to remain perky

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sanctuary, Flowers at the Dallas Arboretum

Sanctuary by Nancy Medina

Sanctuary was a painting begun on site in the Women's Garden of the Dallas Arboretum. The title of this painting is one that I thought would fit a place where women can come for safety, solace and peace. There are fountains and a reflecting pool in the Women's Garden, and it looks out over White Rock Lake. The last time I visited the garden a bride was having her photos made in front of the reflecting waters. I said a quiet prayer that her life would be filled with happiness and strength.



The Women's Garden
Dallas Arboretum

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Giving Heart, Sunflowers and Delphiniums

A Giving Heart, Sunflowers by Nancy Medina

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10X10
Oil on Canvas
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It was a beautiful day in Dallas today, and not just because the sun was shining. I painted A Giving Heart in tribute to a group of people who gave time and donations to make a difference in the life of a 7 year old disabled pug named Puddin Pop. Today was a beautiful day because Puddin Pop got her wheels.

When I'm not in the studio, one of my passions is volunteering for Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue. It's a sad distinction, but we are now the largest pug rescue in the nation. Puddin came to us 4 weeks ago from a Dallas shelter where she had been dumped by her former owners. She has severe osteoarthritis and degenerative disease in her spine. She needed a full body cart because her injuries had been untreated for so long, she will be disabled for life.

Puddin has struck a chord in the hearts of our rescue group. She tries so hard to keep up with the other pugs in her foster home, dragging herself along and hobbling until she falls. Now she will have wheels so she can join all the activities much more easily. Puddin is starting a new chapter in her life, and will never be neglected or forgotten again, thanks to the giving hearts of a group of donors and volunteers.




Puddin Pop with her new wheels today

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Darling Clementines, Pansies and Geraniums

Darling Clementines, Pansies and Geraniums
20X24
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Darling Clementines is a painting I enjoyed creating, introducing a fun element with the Clementine crate and surrounding it with some of my favorite bright flowers.

It's quiet in the studio this evening, the pugs have retired early after a day of strenuous pug activity (ie, nap, sleep, eat, nap, sleep, eat, ad infinitum). All of the TVs in the house are turned off so it is quiet, and even though it is still warm outside, there is a nice breeze blowing on the back porch. Summer nights in Texas always remind me of my childhood on Briar Patch farm, running barefoot up and down the dirt driveway with my three sisters in the dark, daring one another to go all the way to the mailbox and come back, with the stars above the trees as our only light. I'm much too old to run barefoot down my mother's driveway in the dark anymore. But I still enjoy stepping outside her porch in the evenings to see the stars. They light up the sky like diamonds.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Violet Vision Iris Duo

Violet Vision Iris Duo

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Violet Vision is drying on the easel this evening. We've had a break from the triple digit heat in Dallas today with thunderstorms rolling into North Texas. The weekend weather was perfect, however, for an outdoor bath for Annie.


Mmmm, this smells lovely...




Are you sure you shouldn't bathe Howard first Dad?


Two words: abject misery


This is not my happy face.





Where's my reward Mom???

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