Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Petaluma Poppies and the Coronado Flower Show

Petaluma Poppies by Nancy Medina
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Petaluma Poppies is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio. I was so exhausted when I got home from the hospital today I didn't think I'd have the energy to paint, but the studio has become a respite and a comfort in all times. My mother is doing a little better today, but is still a bit weak. We are so hopeful she'll regain her strength and be able to come home soon. I want more than anything to see my mother standing in her kitchen stirring sugar into a glass of iced tea and laughing again, in a house dress with her favorite news program on the TV.

I have not done justice in sharing the photos I promised you from my solo show on Coronado Island, California, so here are a few of my favorites. I will have more for you over the next few weeks. Thank you for the kind words and thoughts for my mom, and my heart goes out to so many of you who don't have your moms any more. I cannot imagine how the world will work properly without my mom to keep my feet anchored and my heart laughing.

I don't know what this bush is called, but I loved
how the red bristles contrasted with the blue door!
My husband said he had a tree like this in his yard
growing up and it always made a big mess that was
his job to clean up.

I spent a lot of time photographing the flower
stand of the Coronado Flower Lady. You should
have seen me hopping up and down in the car
when I saw this great flower stand on Orange Ave.
I could hardly wait to get tons of photos!!!

These flowers were growing in front of one of
the top garden award winners for the Coronado
Flower Show. I cannot emphasize enough what a
prestigious and seriously competitive event this is
for the islanders, who spend all year nurturing their
tender blossoms in hopes of the blue ribbon.


Becky Brocato said...

Beautiful, Nancy! And that top photo is of a Bottle Brush Tree. They are really beautiful in full bloom.

Nancy Medina said...

Hi Becky! Thanks! mystery solved, and they really look like bottle brushes, too. : )

AutumnLeaves said...

What a joyful bouquet. So glad you have your studio respite, Nancy.

Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!
i am sending you and your mom all of my love.
i am so glad she is doing better and i will continue to keep sending her all of my healing thoughts and wishes.
she is a strong lady!
your painting and photos are so beautiful just like you.

Kathy Cousart said...

Red poppies is beautiful! Love all the photos of flowers- I want to be able to paint them all!! And you can! So glad your Mom seems to be doing better. Y'all take care!