Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Children of the Sun, Sunflowers and a Stroll Through Dallas Blooms

Children of the Sun
Sunflowers by Nancy Medina


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If you happened to miss Artscape during the Dallas Blooms Festival this weekend, no worries. I'm bringing it to you. Got your comfy shoes on and your favorite camera? Okay, let's go!

This is my tent, number 54, which turned out to be a very lucky number indeed. The sun, the Dallas Arboretum flowers, and the collectors all converged to make this my best art show ever last weekend. I can't imagine how anything could have made it better, except maybe if pugs had been allowed.

This was the back wall of my booth, which faced the castles built all over the park for the children to explore. Each year Dallas Blooms has special events just for kids, and this was no exception. These two large sunflower paintings, Love Endures Sunflowers, were purchased by a young couple for their new home. Kismet!

This is my beautiful sister Julie. She probably thought she was here simply to be decoration, but I put her right to work toting frames and guarding purses. We share the same birthday week each year, although I am older by 363 days. Every year on her birthday I call to tell her how incredibly old she is. This year I got her a bedazzled walker and a subscription to AARP digest.

Here's a peek at my booth, and some of my newest irises. These blue flowers were inspired by an early blooming iris in my yard this week. Joe and Donna of Argyle Acres Iris Gardens stopped by the show, and explained it's a bit early for these to be blooming. I'm glad they did, even though they are already gone, they sure got my iris brush in gear.

This lovely lady purchased one of my favorite sunflower paintings, Saving Grace, for her home in Dallas. There were many sunflower fans at the show this weekend, me being equally guilty. I probably paint too many of them, but they make me happy so I keep right at it.

Okay, enough business, let's go look at the blooms! These gorgeous flowers were just up the path from our tents. I wish you could smell the perfume, it was nature's own signature scent.

Of all the photos that I took, a few turned out accidentally good. This one I am most proud of, it has an artsy feel to it. The daffodils were just waking up when I took this photo, and were covered in dew.

See our tents in the background? Imagine having an art show in a setting with tulips, azaleas, cherry blossoms, daffodils, pansies and dozens of other flowers in bloom. It was heaven on earth all weekend.

I had to get low to the ground to take this photo and get the knees of my jeans all stained from wet grass. It was worth it!

I love those blue shadows, can you see the cherry blossoms on the walkway? All weekend they filled the air like white snowflakes. I had to shake them out of my paperwork and frames when I got back into my studio Sunday night. Mother Nature's little mementos.

Yes, oh yes I do like orange!! And pink, and especially purple. And pink. One of the moments during this show I will always remember was when a father pushed his daughter up to my tent in a wheelchair. She had spotted a sunflower painting in a pink pot. He said her bedroom was in those colors and she loved them. I asked her if pink was her favorite color and she nodded shyly. As he paid for the painting, I sensed that he would do anything in the world for her.

I have many more pictures to share with you over the next weeks, but wanted to end our walk today at the historic DeGolyer House mansion. This residence was owned by Dr. and Mrs. DeGolyer, and houses our juried Garden Gallery art show each year. I was honored with an award in the show last year for my pansy painting. Stay tuned and I'll share more pictures with you soon. Thank you so much to everyone who sent good wishes and support and to those who were able to come to the show. Thanks especially to my aunt who brought that delicious ham sandwich. It must have been good because the hubby had a big smile on his face when he was done with it!


Laura said...

I don't know what is prettier - the real flowers, or your beautiful paintings! I'm so happy you had such a great show this year. Congrats, Nancy!

Nancy Medina said...

Thank you so much Laura. Many hugs to you and the kitties, I hope to see you next February...!

Ann Rogers said...

Beautiful photos, Nancy, so glad you had a successful show. The weather couldn't have been better, and you deserved it after last years snow!

Martha Kisling said...

I am so glad that you had a wonderful show Nancy. It was great to meet you in person and I love my Medina Original Painting!

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Congratulations on your success Nancy...and the show, your work: BEAUTIFUL!...you truly are a flower master!...and a great pug lover...those faces you share with us are a treasure!

Nancy Medina said...

Ann it was great to see you and meet your beautiful grandchildren. I hope you and Angela found lots of treasures!

Martha I was tickled pink to meet you, too. Your photo is in the queue so you'll be on my bloggy soon lady! Your parents were lovely, I hope you enjoyed your visit and I'm so glad the weather cooperated while you were here. : )

Saundra, those little faces keep me going. I know your little cuties do the same.

Pam Holnback said...

Congratulations! And, thanks so much for sharing the photos. It let's us be more a part of the fun!

Nancy Medina said...

Thanks Pam, I appreciate that!

Debbie Shirley said...

What beautiful pictures! (And your work is wonderful, too ;-)
Congrats on the successful show - looks like it is a great fit for you and your work!

Aniemother said...

Wonderful! My favourite photo is the daffodil one ;)

Kathy Cousart said...

I loved seeing the pictures. You are lucky to have an amazing show right there in such a perfect setting for all of YOUR flowers to shine. Your booth looks wonderful and fun to see so many of your paintings together. Congratulations on such a successful show.

Mitzi Easley said...

Oh I love seeing the show! Thanks so much for sharing - definitely makes me want to put Dallas Blooms on my calendar to visit next year. And, of course, absolutely beautiful paintings!

Pearl said...

You have such a gift, Nancy. I love hearing your glowing report of this show. It's so clear that you have found your calling... we should all be so lucky!

Congrats on your success! You deserve every bit of it!!


AutumnLeaves said...

Oh my gosh, Nancy. You had me smiling ear to ear as I read through your adventures. I cackled heartily at your gifts for your sister. Now what did she think of them, eh??? The photos are exquisite, especially your "arty" one. A fine eye you have. So glad it was a successful show!

sherryscarvings said...

Wow Nancy your booth and all those wonderful flowers are outstanding. Looks like the event was great.
Would love to envite you to come and follow my blog to. Would love to have you.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Wendy L. Trommer said...

Nancy, You could easily have another career as a photographer. The photo of the tulips and walkway is my favorite. I hope you make a painting of it one day.

Joan said...

Everything looks absolutely wonderful. What a beautiful day to view all those gorgeous paintings. Thank you for taking us along on our very own personally guided 'cyber' show.
Congratulations, Nancy!
P.S. One can never have too many sunflower paintings!! Sunflowers are true happiness for sure.

Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!
oh what a magical show and post!
thank you so much for taking us all with you!
i wanted to come and now i feel like i got to go and give you a huge hug!
a & m