Monday, February 21, 2011

Things To Be - Sunflowers

Things To Be - Sunflowers by Nancy Medina

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Things To Be Sunflowers is the newest work in Flower Mound Studio, and is a contemplative piece that finished my evening. I often paint carefully, with a goal and plan. At the end of hours of this precision, I pull out a blank canvas, pour a glass of wine, and see if I can paint something in under 20 minutes letting my subconscious pull from the materials at hand, with as little forethought as possible. The art critics out there are undoubtedly saying, ah, yes, I see very little forethought in this piece, just as you describe, but sometimes these stream of consciousness journeys end pleasantly. Things To Be is a tribute to Desiderata, the poem that hung on the bulletin board of my high school English class, the tiny 20X20 room that shaped my life and my future, under the careful supervision of Ms Weeg, today still my dear friend and mentor, my high school English teacher.

Things To Be is more than a tribute to the journey. It is a thought that is fleeting and touches on this time of year that always draws me back. It is the month of my grandmother's death, the artist who inspired me and who fed me confidence all of my teenage years with her devotion and support. It is also the reminder of the six days after my 30th birthday when my father took his own life in the back yard of our family farm. Things To Be is not as sad as it seems, however, it is the breaking that makes us stronger. One jewel of knowledge I came away with after life changing loss is that everyone has a story. Every person around us has a story to tell and an experience that they would share, if the time and place were right, that might astound you. The best lesson, if you live through tragedy, God has given you the equipment to help others through the same. Things To Be is what I have made of it, and I have chosen to make it something good.


The inspiration for Things To Be

11 comments:

Megha Kapoor said...

nancy i loved all your paintings.This is the first time i visited your blog and i want to say your colours are amazing.lovely brushwork.

Roxanne Steed said...

and amen! Thanks for bringing us your art & words!

L.Holm said...

Beautifully painted and eloquently stated, Nancy. You paint and share with such joy, it's hard to imagine you suffered such a loss. You are right that everyone has a story we may not know. Thanks for being a bright light in the world.
xoxo

Karen said...

Nancy, thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for being the incredible woman you are and for sharing that talent with everyone. You have the biggest, most loving heart and it comes out in every one of your paintings.

Aniemother said...

Beautiful, Nancy. In every way. <3

Ane

AutumnLeaves said...

I think this is beautiful and sunny and light, Nancy. And your words show your character and it just comes out through these beautiful paintings. Thank you for sharing it.

Lilo, The Great Rock Eater said...

Gorgeous piece!! great job as always!! =)

~hugs~

Lilo

Pearl said...

Your post made me cry. Life is so hard and so sweet... all at the same time. It really is all about how you choose to live, and I think you have that figured out.

xoxo

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Tears spilling over my cheeks, girl. For you, for all of us. I do believe that loss gives way to strength. I think your grandmother remains with you, as does your father, giving you help when you need it. Peace, girlfriend... and here you produced yet another sunny painting to cheer everyone!

Nancy Medina said...

Thank you so much. Your comments have humbled me, and also given me a few tears, too. It is a gift to have friends like you.
xo

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

I love this painting, also your words.
Its a treat visiting your blog.Perfect for the end of the day.

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