Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fleurs dans Blue - Hydrangeas

Fleurs dans Blue by Nancy Medina
11X14
Oil on Linen Board

Fleurs dans Blue is my newest hydrangea painting, and is based on a beautiful pot of blue flowers from my container garden last summer. Someday I hope to become a master hydrangea gardener, someone who plays with additives and changes the colors of the blossoms and grows them in profusion all summer long. For now, I will be satisfied with painting them, and adding more blossoms where petals have fallen, fattening up leaves with my paintbrush when they are thinning, and laying in colors that may never bloom on my own back porch.


Blue hydrangeas from my
summer container garden

Hope Is the Thing With Feathers

Poppy Party in Reds by Nancy Medina
30X24
Oil on Canvas

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Hope Is the Thing With Feathers
by Emily Dickinson

"Hope" is the thing with feathers --
That perches in the soul --
And sings the tune without the words --
And never stops -- at all --

And sweetest -- in the Gale -- is heard --
And sore must be the storm --
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm --

I've heard it in the chillest land --
And on the strangest Sea --
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb -- of Me.





Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ragdoll Tulips and Sunflowers

Ragdoll Tulips and Sunflowers
10X12
Oil on Linen Board
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Last summer, I received a beautiful bouquet of red ragdoll tulips and sunflowers, and could not wait to set them up for a photo shoot on my back porch. The pugs were available to supervise, ensuring that any fruit that rolled off of the table was hastily retrieved, though not always returned. The weather today is much like it was the day I took the photo below - sunny, a bit windy, and really beautiful outside.

We are celebrating in Flower Mound Studio, since my mom received word from her doctor she will be released from the hospital and heading home very soon. On the second day mom was in the hospital, one of the nurses led my sister Julie and I to the refrigerator for patient snacks, encouraging us to let the nurses know any time mom wanted something special to eat. As we left the nurse's lounge, she stopped us and thanked us for being there for our mom. She said that often, families are not there for the patients. She repeated the word "often." She said that we made the nurses' jobs easier.

I've been thinking about what she said over and over again since that day. It hurts my heart to think there are sick people, especially older seniors, who may be alone in the hospital with family who do not make time to go and see them. Can you imagine anything more difficult, than to be alone when you are very ill?





The inspiration for Ragdoll Tulips and Sunflowers

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Rose Is a Rose

A Rose Is a Rose by Nancy Medina

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A Rose Is a Rose is another step forward in the rose journey that has been under way for a few months in Flower Mound Studio. What to name a red rose in a red pot? Rose on rose came to mind, and then Shakespeare was the next logical thought. I chose journalism as my professional trade as soon as I finished college, but my love of books and words came much earlier. My mother used to read stories to my sisters and I and all of our friends every day at naptime. I remember seeing her in the rocking chair with my baby sister Jackie in her arms, and a book propped in her lap. She read quietly, and confidently, and she gave every word the ability to pull me into another place. She started with What's For Lunch Charlie, then Gordon the Goat, and then the Raggedy Ann and Andy adventures, which were read to us one chapter at a time. I remember the lollipop trees and the soda fountains, and candy hearts sewed into the chests of these two little dolls. She read Shel Silverstein to us, and I remember particularly Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Mom is still in the hospital this week. Each small step in her recovery from pneumonia is cheered and measured by whether she ate today, how much, did she want to sit up, and did she have a few moments when she wanted to talk and laugh. Each day I get to the hospital and tell her what she has missed on her favorite channel, MSNBC, and explain how the Korean conflict is escalating, so she needs to get home soon, yell at the TV, and straighten things out again. My reward is a smile, or a small chuckle. I hope she will be home soon, we are holding off on a real Thanksgiving until then. It's her favorite holiday, and it will be the best Thanksgiving we've ever had, if we can have it with her again, at the kitchen table in her house on the farm.

I hope all of your loved ones are well and happy this season. Cherish the time you have with them.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sunny Days Sunflower and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunny Days Sunflower

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6X8
Oil on Linen Board

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Sunny Days Sunflower is drying on the easel as I reacquaint myself with my little studio this week. On Sunday my mother was rushed to emergency with pneumonia, and on Monday the doctor told us to call in the family, her prognosis was not good. The next day, my mother sat up in her hospital bed and asked for a chocolate malt, which was delivered promptly. She drank the whole thing and began talking about coming home. Yesterday the doctor said she is out of danger, much to his amazement. Thank you to everyone who sent positive thoughts and prayers our way. I have so much to be thankful for this year, most of all the chance to tell my mom how much I love her.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a beautiful holiday season!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Visitor Sunflower

The Visitor - Sunflowers and Strawberries
12X12
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

I've had a love of flowers for as long as I can remember. I grew up on a farm in Scurry, Texas. My parents were organic gardeners back in the 70s, long before organic gardening was in style. In our vegetable garden, every fourth or fifth row was planted in sunflowers and marigolds to attract the insects off the crops. My love for nature began there, standing barefoot and gazing up at the 10-foot-tall sunflowers. Today, I grow sunflowers in my back yard garden in Flower Mound, along with many other blossoms. I am so inspired by color, it makes me happy, and it's a joy I love sharing on the canvas.



Painting at the Dallas Arboretum!





Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sunfire Sunflower

Sunfire Sunflower by Nancy Medina

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6X8
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Sunfire Sunflower is a new small work closing out another day of painting at Flower Mound Studio. I find sometimes after focusing for hours on a large project or commission, right before it's time to put the brushes away, there is one more little painting asking to come out. Sunfire was the last minute burst of color after hours of work on a magnolia I'm creating in cool sea greens and bright lavenders. The other side of the palette wanted a turn, it seems!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Painted Poppies in Red

Painted Poppies by Nancy Medina
8X10
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Painted Poppies is a bright new work in the studio, as I make progress on a new flower commission for a Dallas client who said this year he is buying his wife a magnolia painting to make up for the power tool he got her last Christmas. Something tells me she is a strong southern lady! Speaking of southern ladies, soon I'll be packing for a sister's trip to Fredericksburg, Texas, to deliver new art to The Good Art Company Gallery. My three sisters and my niece will pile in the truck with AnnieBee and my sister's mini-Schnauzer Abby, and off we will go on our first adventure together, just all of us girls. I can hardly wait. AnnieBee has already called shotgun, so it appears her skinny cousin Abby will have the run of the back seat!

Celebrating in Flower Mound Studio

Poppy Garden in progress in the studio today



Tanner Marlow, Foster Pug, age 7


For those who follow my blogs, you may have deduced I am a bit fond of the four footed helpers. Tanner Marlow has been my foster pug through DFW Pug Rescue since he came to us from a horrible puppy mill in Marlow, Oklahoma, in July. Tanner was both the most intelligent and the most traumatized pug I have ever fostered, but over the past few months he has blossomed into the most charming and happy little guy. This weekend, Tanner went to his furever home with his new adopted dad and mom, Bill and Jenifer. Although I know for certain he has found the perfect, loving home, of course I cried all the way home after leaving my velcro guy behind, but this letter that arrived the next day really warmed my heart. Tanner has truly come into his own with his new family, and I am so proud of him. He has overcome a lifetime of fears and he is truly shining now.

Dear Nancy:

I'm writing to let you know that Tanner is adjusting very well to his new home. He was a little anxious after you left last night but settled down and had a very good first night. He slept in our bed and seemed right at home in our king sized bed. I guess that just comes naturally to pugs...

Today was an amazing day for Tanner. He was a little uneasy early this morning, but breakfast seemed to get him warmed up to us again. After breakfast, and after the sun came out, we all went for a walk around the block. He seems to LOVE walks! He enjoyed himself so much that we took him on a couple more walks throughout the day. He didn't do much sniffing around or exploring, but he was very good on a leash, and seemed to watch Boston very closely for queues on what to do.

He was doing so good that we took him to PetSmart to go bowl shopping. To be honest, we expected him to be a little intimidated and to have to cut the trip short. To our surprise, he was very relaxed and actually approached other customers in the store to check them out and to get a scratch on the head.

After bowl shopping, we stopped by my parents house to introduce the newest member of our family. Needless to say, they fell in love with Mr. T. and I'm pretty sure he likes them too. My dad got down on the floor and Tanner ran right over to him for a good scratching. He even gave my dad some kisses on his face. He really seemed to like my dad a lot, which given Tanner's past, was really nice to see.

We know Tanner had a rough start in life, but I know it's going to be a different story from here on out. He fitting right in to our family and is going to be a spoiled rotten little guy in no time. As I write this email, Tanner is curled up on the couch watching the Cowboys game after enjoying a beer (treat) with Boston.

Thank you for everything.

Bill and Jenifer, Boston the Pug, and Tanner aka Mister T

nodp

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Starlight Pansies for Mosaic Monday



Starlight Pansies by Nancy Medina
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Starlight Pansies in Purple is drying on the easel, while the studio assistants rest contentedly after a nice day in Flower Mound, Texas. The sun was out and the winds were quiet, so I took a pot of ragdoll sunflowers the hubby bought for me today outside for a photo shoot. My sweet helper, Java Cheesy, decided to inspect the setup. He gave it two thumbs up, as you can see below! Java will be 10 years old next year, it seems like yesterday when he was a tiny puppy that would fit in one hand. Since he was our first pug, I always remind the others that this is Java's house, and we are all his guests. Java agrees, but he is a generous host.

I played with mosaics again this weekend, and have a new sunflower mosaic on my web site. The pansy mosaic above is dedicated to Mary's Mosaic Monday - you can see some beautiful mosaics on her blog today, but don't forget to make your chocolate mocha with whippy creme and get your fuzzy bunny slippers on and get all settled before you click over - you'll want to stay awhile!



My sweet little helper, Java

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Shine Sunflowers and Pansies

Shine Sunflowers & Pansies

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Shine Sunflowers and Pansies is the newest work in Flower Mound Studio, as the pansies outside are holding out against a chilly wind. I'm not sure how many more days my morning glories and pansies will be with me, so I'm attempting to capture them in oils this week, since these delicate beauties cannot be bought from the local grocery store in November. And in case you've been following the bloggy, yes I was good! I painted my rose today, and then wipe wipe wipe! Someday, there will be another rose...stick with me, I promise!



My studio guests today - ragdoll sunflowers and white hydrangeas


Another peek in the studio on a chilly afternoon, this
little sunflower painting arrived safe and
sound last week at its new home in New York!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

La Rosa Viaggio

La Rosa Viaggio by Nancy Medina

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11X14
Oil on Linen Board




Sooner or later, a rose painting had to arise from the ashes of my paint spattered easel this week! First a sunflower appeared, then a geranium. Tonight, I was determined, I used the big brush and went to town. La Rosa Viaggio, the Rose Journey, is the result.

I think I was still a bit euphoric over my earlier victory today - I succeeded in creating a Customer Comment page on my Web site! For someone who has been banned for life from the TV remote for erasing the NFL Network (a total accident, I assure you), this was quite the accomplishment.

Take a peek at my new page by clicking the image below - maybe you will see your own name there!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Larkspur Canyon Path

Wild Things - Larkspur Canyon Path
11X14
Oil on Linen Board

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Larkspur Canyon Path is another exercise in avoiding roses. I've been very successful at avoiding roses this week, even though I have my palette all ready for them, my Coronado rose photos selected, and my canvas all prepped with warm yellows to accommodate them. What began as a rose ended up as a path through a canyon of larkspur this evening. I sometimes do get off the path, but the good news is, the journey often ends somewhere pleasant.

Irises in Mosaic at Flower Mound Studio

Irises in Mosaic by Nancy Medina


Today is Mosaic Monday, for those of you fortunate enough to have stumbled across Mary's Little Red House Blog. Mary's blog is a beautiful place to start your week, where you can escape from the worries and cares of this world, and spend a few moments listening to music and seeing her amazing photography.

This is my first Mosaic Monday post for Mary's Little Red House Blog. Take a peek at some of the other entries, while you are there but before you do, make a cuppa tea, put on your most comfy warm socks, and gather a few critters to help fill up your chair. You will want to stay awhile!


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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunny Side Up Sunflower

Sunny Side Up Sunflower by Nancy Medina

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6X8
Oil on Linen Board


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Sunny Side Up Sunflower just popped onto the canvas behind me suddenly, after I had wiped that same canvas twice earlier. The first try, a window with climbing roses. Wipe! The second version, pink roses. Wipe, wipe! Finally, the sunflower burst forth stubbornly onto the canvas, thwarting my efforts to abandon him for roses. I have bad news for the sunflower, my goal this year is to master roses, too. I will not forget him, I promise I will visit sunflower again ad infinitum, but I do want to fill my painted gardens with more blossoms and more varieties, and continue to grow. And roses are next on the menu. I figure if I paint a thousand, I might just get one I'm happy with.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Before the Frost, Dallas Arboretum Cannas

Before the Frost by Nancy Medina
11X14
Palette Knife/Oil on Canvas
Dallas Arboretum Show
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The Dallas Arboretum trees are turning gold and their cannas are putting on the final show of their season. Before the Frost is painted from a collection of red cannas near the little frog fountain. For those of you who came to Artscape this year, you may have seen these beautiful flowers near our tents. Although many of the flowers are done for the season, this is one of the most beautiful times to visit the gardens.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Orange Rose Parfait

Orange Rose Parfait by Nancy Medina
8X10
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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I've been studying roses this week, and they seem to be the most fragile flowers, fading much more quickly than the daisies I purchased the same day. I took the photo below of the roses in the sunshine on the same afternoon I brought my treasured blossoms home from the grocery store. Day 3, this evening, is in the center photo, and you can see the roses beginning to droop a bit. I seem to have an easier time painting older flowers. The droop gives them character, I think!



Roses on Day 3



Roses on Day One:
Fresh as a daisy!

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