Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pansies Darjeeling

Pansies Darjeeling by Nancy Medina

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Pansies Darjeeling is drying on the easel, as stacks of newly framed paintings await a trip to the Texas Hill Country this weekend. Container Gardens, hydrangea cottage lanes, pink poppies in profusion, all will travel the Texas highways and find a resting place at my favorite gallery in Fredericksburg, The Good Art Company.

I feel a bit like Santa a few nights before his big trip in the sleigh, I have lists to make, tags to fill out, inventories to check, and delicate gold frames to wrap! It's a one woman show most of the time, although I do have my fat little pug elves always underfoot to provide entertainment, diversion, and something to laugh about when things get too serious around here.

I hope you are ready for your own big holiday eve, it's fast approaching. Hurry, put the egg nog on the chiller and get those prezzies wrapped! Time is a-wasting!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Silky Bloomers Sunflowers and My First Wine Label

Silky Bloomers Sunflowers by Nancy Medina

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Silky Bloomers Sunflowers is a new work to celebrate the upcoming holidays and my first wine labels! One of the ways I love spending my free time is to help with Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue. Two of my pug paintings are now on labels for a fundraiser for the charity, and I'm tickled pink both my labels are on my favorite reds!

If you are looking for that perfect holiday gift for the animal lover who has everything, why not order their favorite vino and support the rescue pugs?



My painting of Mistah Chu


My painting of Minnow and Toad the pugs (left)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wild Watermelon Poppy

Wild Watermelon Poppy by Nancy Medina

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Wild Watermelon Poppy is drying on the vine in Flower Mound Studio this evening, as I have taken a bit of a break from my rose journey to paint a series of poppies. I'm developing some new works to take down to the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas soon, but in the meantime I got some good news this week. My award-winning painting, From the Heart Sunflowers, has been nominated for the Irving Art Association calendar. I received word a few days ago, and have been on cloud nine ever since! This is a big honor, and I can't wait to see the finished product. Stay tuned, I'll let you know when it's available - there are some amazing artists from the IAA group so this will be a real collector's item.


From the Heart Sunflowers
16X20
Oil on Linen Board
2010 IAA Award Winner

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Wedding Poppy

The Wedding Poppy by Nancy Medina
6X8
Oil on Linen Board


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The Wedding Poppy is the newest blossom drying in Flower Mound Studio today, as the weather forecasters are teasing us with a promise of possible snow on Christmas. A few days after the photo was taken below, it snowed at the Dallas Arboretum, and all of the beautiful poppies and tulips had their amazing springtime show cut short. You might recall that was smack dab in the middle of my big outdoor show at the Dallas Arboretum! We will be right back there again in March, hoping that no snow comes to call, hoping for sunshine and lots of blooms, and most of all for you to make an appearance!





Before the frost hit...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Little Lovelies, Pansies

Little Lovelies, Pansies by Nancy Medina
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Little Lovelies is a fresh pot of pansies drying on the easel this evening. I'm busy packing, framing and labeling a new load of art to take to The Good Art Company gallery in historic Fredericksburg, Texas, in a few weeks. I've enjoyed being a member of the gallery family for over a year now. It's always a fun trip to head down to the hill country, pack up AnnieBee the pug for the trip, stay at a fun bed and breakfast, and stop by Rather Sweet in the morning for warm cheese danish with raspberries. Below is a photo of my favorite pansies from a little sidewalk cafe in Fredericksburg. The best time to visit is Christmas, every little antique store, and the quilt shop, and the German restaurants, deck out in their finest holiday attire! I will share the whole thing with you through a photo journey right here on the blog, so stay tuned!




Anniebee in Fredericksburg



Fredericksburg, Texas, pansies

Wild Rose Tea and a Morning Glory Star

Wild Rose Tea With Lilac by Nancy Medina
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Wild Rose Tea With Lilac is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, as the chilly winds blow through Texas. Despite the warm tea here and the content puggies nearby, the footheaters are working overtime to keep out winter. In the yard today, I was given a small gift - a morning glory in a shape I have never seen before. The star shaped blossom was braving the cold, and enjoying the sun, bucking adversity all the while just to share a little beauty for a few more days before going to sleep for the winter. What a treat! And here it is, to share with you. Thanks for walking with me these past weeks on my rose journey. Stay warm and keep blooming!


A Morning Glory Star in my yard today

Friday, December 3, 2010

My Love Roses and a Free Art Video for You

My Love - Red Roses by Nancy Medina

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My Love, Red Roses, is drying on the easel to the lovely sound of contented snoring from the four footed studio assistants. I've been on a bit of a rose journey, and My Love is the latest step forward down that path.

I created a free art demo video as I painted My Love Roses. Painting with one hand, filming with the other, and talking at the same time was an interesting exercise all in itself!


Warm holiday greetings from me and my little ones in Flower Mound - the weekend has begun!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sibling Rivalry - Sunflowers

Sibling Rivalry Sunflowers

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I grew up with three sisters, so I had a bit of exposure to sibling rivalry back in the day. We shared one bedroom and one large bathroom, we "borrowed" each other's treasures, usually with permission. Today having three sisters is like having a remarkable support group. We have weathered so many storms together, and each one seems bring us closer. I am blessed!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Don't Blow Away Geraniums

Don't Blow Away Geraniums
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The last glorious blossoms in my back yard this week consist of a lovely pot of red geraniums. The cold wind is whipping the morning glories away, and putting the hydrangea leaves into dormancy. But the red geraniums love the cold, and are celebrating before the first frost arrives.

I love winter, I love the holidays. I hope you have something wonderful planned with family and loved ones nearby. With 2 weeks' vacation coming up, I can hardly wait!

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
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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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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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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!

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