Monday, October 31, 2011

Crepe Myrtle Lane of the Dallas Arboretum by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Crepe Myrtle Lane ~ Dallas Arboretum
by Nancy Medina
11X14
Oil on Linen Board

Nancy Medina Web Site

Crepe Myrtle Lane is based on another scene from the Dallas Arboretum. I used a watercolor wash technique for the trees in the distance, which was quick and fun to create. I love it when one medium intersects nicely with another - I began painting in oils, then switched to watercolors for a few years, then back to oils, then to palette knife, now back to brushes and oils again. You could say my art has meandered a bit!

The path in this painting is located just to the left when you enter the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum, near the stone bridge and close to the lake. I was lucky to be here in the late afternoon, when the sun was streaking sideways across the sky and casting light on the fuschia and white flowers. I'm no architect or designer, but it is always fun to change the shape of the paths in the paintings, and veer away into other directions than what was really there. What a beautiful place to meander on a fall day!
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