Monday, August 30, 2010

Garden Tapestry, Sunflower Panorama

Garden Tapestry by Nancy Medina
Center Detail
48X22
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Nancy Medina Web Site

Garden Tapestry is almost complete, save the signature, and it will be ready to ship to my client. This large work of art will adorn a kitchen wall in Montreal, Canada, and I hope it brings light and blossoms to a home that sees a bit more winter than Flower Mound, Texas.

It has been such a delight to be assigned a commission to paint all of my favorite flowers. I feel like the proverbial kid in the candy store being able to create something on this scale, and I also keep remembering the day in the summer when I was about 8 years old when my mother gave me a giant, tiered box of 84 bran new perfect Crayola crayons. I love painting large and with bright color, perhaps this is more color than some would prefer, but it makes me smile.



Garden Tapestry, 48X22, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Blossom Lane - Roses

Blossom Lane by Nancy Medina
14X11
Oil on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Blossom Lane is drying on the easel and it's been a busy weekend in the studio. I've almost finished a large commission for a client in Montreal, and we just finished up a successful garage sale to benefit Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue. I thought you might enjoy seeing a picture of the guest of honor, who had a nap after a day full of adoration and petting. Peanut is a 10 week old puppy who was abandoned with his sister in a milk crate in a Dallas Park 2 weeks ago. Peanut is blind, but he hasn't a clue that he is handicapped. This playful, healthy little guy had a line of admirers all day long!

Peanut Napping

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sunflower Symmetry

Sunflower Symmetry by Nancy Medina

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What a busy week in the studio! It looks like a sunflower factory exploded in here. Sunflower Symmetry was painted at the end of a marathon painting session yesterday based upon the fresh daisies and sunflowers I bought at the grocery store. Though I do work from my own photography on the computer screen, I also keep fresh flowers in the studio for most of my artwork projects. I've shared a picture below of Sunflower Symmetry in front of the fresh flowers that inspired them.

And as promised, my four-foot wide flower panorama is here for you, too. It is almost fini! I have painted one corner with a blue-gray background and one corner with a yellow white background. My client will be able to select the background color she likes best. After that I will lay in more lilac and greenery, a few more flowers, and prepare it for shipping to Montreal. What a fun project this has been. I promise to show you the finished painting when it is done.



Sunflower Symmetry and the fresh
bouquet of flowers that inspired it.


My painting commission is almost fini!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Dreamscape Poppies

Dreamscape Poppies by Nancy Medina

Dreamscape Poppies is based on a plein air painting trip. I smoothed a few poppies and brightened the foliage that caught the most sunlight, and finished this small work today. You can see the place where I painted below, is there a more peaceful sight than a fully stocked easel in a beautiful outdoors setting, calling "come hither" to the artist?



My Easy-L easel saying "come hither"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ragdoll Romance - Sunflowers

Ragdoll Romance
Sunflowers by Nancy Medina

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10X12
Oil on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

The ragdoll sunflowers growing in my garden were glorious last summer, but did not make an appearance this year. Fortunately I had some colorful cuttings to work from in creating Ragdoll Romance, a new painting drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio.

The day was filled with surprises, some wonderful, and one very sad. For the good news, I was so very honored to be mentioned in the blog of the famous French artist and photographer, Roger Dautais, who creates art using the gifts of the earth. His work is an incredible inspiration and his vision is as boundless as nature. Please pay his blog a visit and see some of the beautiful creations he has made, braving weather, cold water, unfriendly four footed neighbors, and almost any obstacle to pursue his passion.

The sadness that began my morning was news that my beloved foster pug, Oscar, went to his final rest at the age of 14. My heart aches for his loss, and especially for his furever family who loved and adored him. Oscar stayed with us for four months until he was adopted. He was a ray of sunshine. What an honor and a blessing it was to have this dignified, loving little fellow in my life.

Oscar, aka Mister Sunshine
May the angels take you gently to your rest

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Blossom Ballet - Sunflowers

Blossom Ballet, Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
11X14
Oil on Canvas
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Blossom Ballet Sunflowers is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio this evening, while a late summer thunderstorm is cooling off the temperatures outside. It has been a long, hot summer and I am ready for the fall, though I will miss the last of the flowers when they go. I love painting sunflowers - and am especially happy when I'm able to capture their imperfections. Petals falling and ragged and bedraggled world weary heads hanging down, but just when I think the sunflowers in my back yard are done, another new face opens the next morning. Maybe they're getting their second wind!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hearts Afire Sunflowers and Daisies

Hearts Afire, Sunflowers and Daisies
by Nancy Medina

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8X10
Oil on Canvas
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Hearts Afire, Sunflowers and Daisies is a new work, a small study created for my larger 48 inch wide painting on the easel this evening. The orange gerbera daisies seem to be dancing around a bit with the sunflowers, and I used them in this small painting as my boost to create larger versions on the commission I showed year earlier.

As promised, here is another peek at that large work in progress! You can see how this painting came together initially, and how it has changed as I have worked with the client to create her custom floral arrangement. The red poppies that were there in the beginning have migrated off of the canvas, for now, and in their stead, orange gerbera daisies are blooming. I've added more greens and a bit more lilac. I can almost imagine myself plunging my nose into this bouquet, though I think the sunflower pollen would have me sneezing for weeks...! Stay tuned, as I finish up this painting over the next week and get it ready to ship to its new home in Montreal, Canada.


Sunflower panorama - work in progress
48 X 22

Friday, August 20, 2010

Poppy Days - Aspen Landscape

Poppy Days by Nancy Medina
11X14
Oil on Linen Board
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

It's been a busy week in Flower Mound Studio - Poppy Days is drying on the easel, another from my mountain aspen series. I'm also making progress on a four-foot wide flowerscape for a client in Montreal, Canada, and enjoying filling up such a large canvas with color! A bit of lilac to frame the flowers has helped pull this large composition into a more cohesive design, and next I'll be adding some orange gerberas and more white daisies. This is such an exciting shape, I think the end result is going to be dramatic and fun!


Four-foot Flowerscape in Progress

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Good Fences, Rose Gardens

Good Fences by Nancy Medina

My last 2 years of College were completed while working full time as the editor of a community newspaper. The long drives to campus were spent listening to books on tape, back when a cassette deck was what most of us had in our cars. My favorite way to while away the time was to listen to Robert Frost reading his own poetry. The Mending Wall came to mind as I finished up this new picket fence rose painting this evening. Here is an excerpt:

Mending Wall
By Robert Frost
(Excerpt)

He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."



One more memory to share:
A beautiful day in Balboa Park
with Mindy, Dandy and Elvis

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Memory's Path

Memory's Path by Nancy Medina

Time flies and as I while away these hours in the studio, I glance up and realize my goddaughter has a birthday coming up. Isabel, who we call Goo, is growing up so quickly. These pictures were taken last year when we visited the Dallas Arboretum in the spring with her mom and dad, before the summer heat set in. This week she is taking swim lessons and diving into a pool with absolutely no fear. I hope she always has that fearless heart, no matter what life brings her way.



Isabel and Elizabeth at
the Dallas Arboretum




Isabel in the flowers

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wildseed Farms, Sunflowers and Poppies

Wildseed Farms, Poppies & Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
12X10
Oil on Linen Board
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

The brightest thing in the mailbox this afternoon was my annual catalog from Wildseed Farms. I love reading the catalog almost as much as visiting this exotic garden and seed store in the Texas Hill Country. I got out my trusty scissors and cut out pictures of my favs for you. Thanks to a little Elmer's they're pasted below!

This week's bloom update: grey striped sunflowers! And check out the dynamite crepe myrtles. There are butterfly garden strolls and verbena and every hardy plant guaranteed to attract the happy insects to your garden. The best news of all, it's all for sale online... Let's go shopping!



The catalog arrived today - w00t!




I had no idea there was such a sunflower, did you?



Wow, I love this. Very paintable!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Penny Lane - Delphiniums

Penny Lane - Delphiniums
by Nancy Medina
16X20
Oil on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Penny Lane, Delphiniums, is the fruit of a busy weekend of painting. This new painting, along with Mountain Blossoms and Sans Souci, was created with a limited palette - three colors, plus white. Painting with a limited palette is a good way to help bring color harmony to your finished painting, and I think this works particularly well with landscapes.

I've been putting inventory together for the annual Artists of Texas show at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas. I hope you will join us for the opening reception on November 6. More details will be coming! The poppy painting below will be on display, as well as a number of my larger paintings. It would be great to see you there.


Warm Breeze Poppy Field
16X20
Oil on Linen Board

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mountain Blossoms - Poppies and Aspens

Mountain Blossoms
Poppies and Aspens by Nancy Medina

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12X10
Oil on Linen Board
My Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Mountain Blossoms - Poppies and Aspens is a new painting to close out a busy weekend in Flower Mound Studio. Work has begun on the four-foot-wide poppy painting for a client in Montreal, and I'm very excited to be painting bright flowers on such a large scale.

A new garden cottage/picket fence painting is also complete, but needs a bit more puttering before I photograph it for you. I love picket fences, but every picket fence needs some greenery and flowers growing all over it, don't you agree? Stay tuned, you'll see more new art very soon!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Bit of Heaven - Purple Iris

A Bit of Heaven - Purple Iris by Nancy Medina
6X8
Oil on Linen Board

SOLD

Nancy Medina Web Site

A Bit of Heaven, Purple Iris, is a new painting I completed after finishing Lemon Parfait Bouquet yesterday. I waited until this afternoon to photograph A Bit of Heaven, hoping for better light. It was a little surprising to see the different colors that can come from different lighting situations, so I wanted to show them to you here.

There are photographs of the iris in shadow outdoors, the iris in artificial studio light, and the iris in sunlight outdoors. The last picture of the iris in sunlight outdoors was the truest, and I'm not just saying that because a cute little puggy is wandering around in that shot.

And the final image in the blog is from my springtime visit to Argyle Acres Iris Gardens in Argyle, Texas, just a stone's throw from Flower Mound. In the iris bloom season, Argyle Acres is about the closest place to heaven I know of!


Iris in outdoor shadow


Iris in studio light



Iris in outdoor light (with my supervisor in the background)





The inspiration for my iris from
Argyle Acres Iris Gardens,
the closest place to heaven
here in North Texas!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lemon Parfait Bouquet - Sunflowers and Irises

Lemon Parfait Bouquet by Nancy Medina
16X20
Oil on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Lemon Parfait Bouquet is my response to Dana Marie's art challenge based on Van Gogh's "Still Life Pitcher With Lemons" - you can see I took a bit of artistic license.... I love happy accidents, the little accent on my leaf shrouded lemon in the lower right hand corner of the painting was just such an accident - a bit of shadow points the eye upward to the stars of the show, the irises.


The setup....






Some detail...


The lemon...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dallas Arboretum Geraniums

Detail: Dallas Arboretum Geraniums
20X10


Dallas Arboretum Geraniums by Nancy Medina
20X10
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

I love painting on gallery wrap canvas, it adds a bit of fun and whimsy to what sometimes can be too serious a pursuit here in Flower Mound Studio. You can see how the gallery wrap edges look in the photo on my paint spattered work easel below. These small gallery wraps look beautiful on kitchen counters and can add a bit of unexpected color on bookshelves or windowsills.

I delivered a huge sheet of canvas to a gallery in Dallas this weekend to create a special gallery wrap for a client in Montreal, Canada. The client has ordered a poppy and sunflower painting for her dining room. The painting will stretch four feet wide and measure 22 inches tall, with that nice fat edge extending the painting in a 3-D effect. I'm so excited to get started, I think the scale and bright colors are going to make for a unique painting. I promise to share it with you as soon as it is done!


Gallery wrap is fun!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Blossom Benediction - Geraniums

Blossom Benediction - Geraniums
by Nancy Medina
12X10
Oil on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Blossom Benediction Geraniums is drying on the easel as a summer thunderstorm rolls into North Texas. The wind is whipping the trees around in the back yard and the sky is dark as night to the east. All of this drama is giving us a break from the heat wave. I do love a good window rattling thunderstorm!

Today I was supposed to troop out to the Dallas Aboretum for plein air painting, but my dear friend Judy Mackey and I opted to stay indoors. If we had braved the heat, the afternoon would have ended for me in a nap, instead of this new painting! Now I know why the folks in Spain have siesta....


Howard with his new buddy, the Pug Pillow
from Melissa Langer of Pugnotes, one of my
favorite shops for uber cute puggy stuff!
www.pugnotes.com

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Tender Is the Night - White Carnations

Tender Is the Night - White Carnations

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by Nancy Medina
12X10
Oil on Linen Board
Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Tender Is the Night White Carnations is a new painting drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio today. After a hot August summer day here in Texas, the evening is a gasp of relief. I water, tend and fertilize my flowers but they struggle to survive the sauna my back yard has become. Tomorrow a dear painty pal is coming to the studio and I'm looking forward to catching up on all the art news and spending a few hours creating art with a kindred soul. Originally the plan was for us to plein air paint at the Dallas Arboretum, but I wimped out and opted for the nice, indoor, air conditioned studio.

If you are in one of the nine states they announced were being punished with a heat wave today, I've got one suggestion - have a big ole iced cold glass of sweet (pronounced SUH-WEET) iced tea! And don't forget the sprig of fresh mint, for goodness sake!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fading Blooms - Hydrangea Still Life

Fading Blooms - Hydrangeas


Fading Blooms, Hydrangeas is work from a studio arrangement. I purchased a bundle of beautiful white hydrangeas at the market, but the next morning they had begun to droop a bit. I pulled a bit of their fade into the work. I've been on a fading flowers kick lately, but rest assured I'll paint fresh blooms again soon!

Fading hydrangeas in my studio

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bye Bye Love Sunflowers - A Love Letter to Simpler Times

Bye Bye Love Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina

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12X10
Oil on Linen Board
My Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

I push toward a goal in the studio day after day and month after month to achieve that sparkling still life, but sometimes the paint flows best when I cut loose. The dying blossoms in my back yard today were a reminder of standing barefoot as a child beneath 8 foot sunflowers in my parents' organic garden. The drone of insects; the sun parched leaves; and the crumbly, cool earth between my toes; this was the reality that shaped me. There were no linen tablecloths, glass vases, or beautifully arranged china cups, none of these were denizens of my childhood home.

Bye Bye Love is a call backward, and a love letter, to simpler times.




What inspires me - flowers from
my back yard container garden



Sunflowers drying in the Texas heat

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summertime Geraniums

Summertime Geraniums by Nancy Medina
6X8
Oil on Linen Panel
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

Summertime Geraniums is a new floral still life drying in Flower Mound Studio this week. I had one of those bursts of painting energy yesterday, finishing three small ones and one large container garden. I haven't quite decided if the container garden is ready for public consumption, but rest assured you'll be the first to see this new work. I'm thinking the title for this one should be Heat Wave, since it's been over 100 every day this week in Dallas! Stay tuned for a peek, it won't be much longer, I promise.

I talked a few days ago about finding some amazing small surprises in mother nature. The same day I witnessed a poppy "popping" out of an egg (okay, I had Sangria the evening before, but I do have photos to prove this)...well the same day I witness the egg poppy popping incident, I stumbled upon another wonderful gift of nature - what do you think? Is this a hummingbird's nest?



Is this a hummingbird's nest?

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