Sunday, January 2, 2011

Citrus Tableau - Lemons and Carnations

Citrus Tableau by Nancy Medina
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Citrus Tableau is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, as I attempt to explain to the fatties that my 2 week holiday is ending tomorrow. It's back to the office on Monday, in order to keep the puggies in the manner to which they are accustomed!

Citrus Tableau was a fun work because I love to paint on larger canvases - I've been using up my 16X20 canvases because I am almost out of the small ones. The hubby has a job interview next week and if the news is good, I'll be ordering more canvases soon. I'm painting carnations this week because they are the brightest flowers in the market this time of year, and I adore them, even though you don't see them in paintings often. These hardy little flowers have been hanging out in a chilly studio for two days, and are still looking perky today. Again, my flower models sitting for no more than 99 cents a stem, and not requiring potty breaks or snacks in between sessions. How I do love flowers!


Today's setup in the studio

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Queen of the Night - Black Tulips of the Dallas Arboretum

Queen of the Night Black Tulips
of the Dallas Arboretum
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Detail from Queen of the Night Tulips

The Queen of the Night tulips at the Dallas Arboretum lasted only a few days last spring. I am tempted to call their gardening hotline just to find out if they will be planting beds of these beauties again this year during my show on the grounds there March 18-20!

There were dozens of varieties of tulips on display at the Dallas Blooms Festival during Artscape at the Arboretum last spring. You can see some of these along with the azeleas, cannas, petunias and other flowers on my Art Blog. You might want to wear comfy shoes for the tour, like most things in Texas, the Arboretum is pretty big.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Wish Carnations and a Happy New Year!

Wish, Carnations by Nancy Medina
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Wish Carnations is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, and is my thought for the new year - a wish for happiness, a wish for health, and a wish for loved ones to always be near. I hope that you have a safe and wonderful new year. Here's to a beautiful 2011! *clinking glasses and confetti*

I was so happy to learn this week that I was featured in Country Lifestyle magazine. They did a really nice job on the article, and I was tickled pink to see they described me as having a great work ethic and will power. Obviously they have never seen me next to a plate of donuts! What a beautiful way to end the year...




Wishes under construction....




Look mom, I'm famous!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Silent Serendipity White Poppies and Hydrangeas

Silent Serendipity White Poppies
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Silent Serendipity is a new painting of white poppies and white hydrangeas, and seems a fitting work to close out a long year in Flower Mound Studio. I could see this as a terrible year, the year my mother became so ill, the year that my little pug Howard had to go to the emergency room. Instead I will see it as the year my mother miraculously got better after the doctor told us there was no hope. I will see it as the year we realized Howard was sick enough to get to the hospital immediately, and so his life was saved.

Sometimes life is so busy and noisy, I forget there is another way of seeing. I think my New Year's resolution will be to remember to Be Still.

I have so much to be thankful for.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Music Blossom Pansies by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Blossom Music Pansies
by Nancy Medina

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Blossom Music is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, as our house is filled with the sound of happy pugs, video games, and the laughter of my 18 year old niece. Robin is visiting for the holidays, much to the delight of the four-footed assistants. Robin will be graduating from high school this year, a testament to how quickly time flies. I still remember a phone call I received while studying in London on July 13, 1992, the day she was born. What a beautiful day it was, even though there wasn't a ray of sunshine in the sky, the clouds were everywhere, and a cold mist was falling on campus.

Robin's band from Kaufman High School made it to state University Interscholastic League competition this year, and so I'm sharing a photo that makes me proud.

Have a wonderful evening, wherever you may be! I hope the sun is shining on you, literally or figuratively, and you are surrounded by loved ones who always bring music into your life.


Robin and her clarinet

Monday, December 27, 2010

Lemons and Hydrangeas

Lemons and Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina

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Lemons and Hydrangeas is a new work this evening, and one I really enjoyed creating, because I haven't painted lemons in quite a while. I remember taking a class with the master artist Jean Chambers and watching her spend an hour on a gorgeous red apple painting; she would have winced if she had seen how quickly I slapped the yellow paint on my own fruit accoutrements.

I'm building up my inventory in preparation for my biggest art show, the spring gala at the Dallas Arboretum. If you are in the mood for a magnificent tulip display, March is the best time to visit these lovely gardens. And if you're strategic about it, you can schedule your visit for Artscape and stop by and say hello! I would absolutely love to see you there.

Artscape
Dallas Arboretum
March 18, 19 and 20, 2011
9 am to 5 pm Daily
8617 Garland Road
Dallas, Texas 75218


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Color Confection Hydrangeas

Color Confection Hydrangeas

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Color Confection Hydrangeas is the newest work in the studio, as we celebrate a visit from the 18 year old niece, Robin. Robin has been the favorite of my three fatty assistants since they were puppies. Robin will be the special art studio guest this week, and the agenda includes Pugopoly, a trip to GameStop, and specialty home cooked dinners including mac and cheese.


Robin and Java Cheesy

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Drama Queen Sunflowers

Drama Queen Sunflowers by Nancy Medina

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Drama Queens is a small work I painted on Christmas Day while my trusty assistant tossed her new squeaky Santa toy across the room. I explained to her that throwing Santa across the room on Christmas might not be wise, but she didn't seem a bit fazed by my wise counsel. We have the footheaters going and the fireplace ablaze, and a glazed ham in the oven today. All the goodies keep drawing me out of the studio and into the kitchen. At this rate, I'll be napping the afternoon away!

Enjoy your Christmas Day, and Feliz Navidad from Flower Mound Studio!

Studio Director Annie and Santa toy on her new beanbag chair

Friday, December 24, 2010

Petal Pilate Sunflowers


Petal Pilate Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
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It's a chilly Christmas eve in Flower Mound Studio, as my new large work, Petal Pilate Sunflowers, dries on the easel. My holiday helpers today, Howie and Annabelle, are wearing matching scarves thanks to their visit to the groomer yesterday. The pugs wanted to be squeaky clean for Santa Paws, undoubtedly Howie hopes the hygiene points will cancel out just a bit of his badness for the past year.

I hope you are snuggled indoors with your loved ones, with visions of sugarplums dancing through your head this eve - Merry Christmas and thank you for joining me in 2010 for my art journey. It has been such a joy to have you here with me sharing encouragement and smiles.

Happy holidays from me and the fatty-helpers!



Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Petals on Parchment Sunflowers


Petals on Parchment Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina

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Petals on Parchment is a revitalized painting, I added brighter yellows and popped out the highlights on the parchment paper yesterday evening here in the studio. The Christmas cookie smell kept drawing me away, and today we wrapped up packages of Russian Teacakes with bright bows in clear cellophane. There is just something about clear cellophane gift baskets that says "yay - this is a great gift!!!"

We've never had a holiday that didn't include a trip to World Market to buy their nifty baskets on sale, along with all the trimmings to make up unique baskets for loved ones. My mom got spicy hot olives with jalepenos, assorted hot sauces from around the world, pistachios, walnuts, roasted peanuts, summer sausage, and butter cookies with dried cranberries. The best part about her gift is getting to partake! It's great to have a generous mom. I hope you have some fun deliveries planned in the near future, and lots of delicious holiday goodies coming your way.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Purple Passion Poppies

Purple Passion Poppies by Nancy Medina
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Purple Passion Poppies is drying on the easel while the smell of Christmas cookies is filling the studio today. Every year I make my favorite recipe, Russian Teacakes, for the neighbors, wrap them in clear plastic, place them in gift bags, and tie them up with colorful bows. I'm running a bit behind in the holiday routine this year, but slowly but surely achieving all those important landmarks that make it my favorite time of year.

I wanted to share a few picture with you of our favorite bed and breakfast in Fredericksburg, Texas, the Carriage House, which is pet friendly (of course!) and just a block away from historic downtown. The Nimitz Museum was bedecked with flags this past weekend, in honor of a reunion of Pearl Harbor Survivors. What a beautiful time to visit, with Christmas lights on every corner and beautiful old stone houses lit up on every street.

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Russian Teacakes
1 cup butter softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
¾ cup finely chopped pecans
¼ tsp salt
A bag of powdered sugar
1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
2. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack.
Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.


Our favorite bed and breakfast, the Carriage House




Studio Director AnnieBee approved!


Check out this old gas pump!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Parasol Sunflower

Parasol Sunflower by Nancy Medina

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Every now and then I receive a note from a client that really strikes a chord. The painting below was purchased by a gentleman for his wife's birthday. He said the flowers in Morning Glow reminded him of a moment almost 20 years ago when he and his wife were visiting Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. They were surrounded by hundreds of delphiniums and he said the beauty of the flowers was so overwhelming, his wife could not help but shed tears. This was such a treasured moment, and a special trip during their marriage, he wanted to remind her of that on her special day with this painting. I hope it gives them both years of smiles.



Morning Glow
Delphiniums & Sunflowers

nodp

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
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2010 IAA Award Winner

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Wedding Poppy

The Wedding Poppy by Nancy Medina
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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!

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