Saturday, October 8, 2011

October Moon Sunflower and Hydrangea Blooms and a Dallas Arboretum Class

October Moon Sunflower
and Hydrangea Blooms

by Nancy Medina

11X14
Oil on Linen Board
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October Moon Sunflower Blooms is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio after a very busy day at the Dallas Arboretum. I spent the day painting with 13 of my students in the Education Center. This was my first big class at the Arboretum, so I was a bit nervous yesterday evening as I packed up my supplies imagining the worst - would I drop my paint? Would I call green yellow?

The only foible was the absolute collapse of my work easel at the beginning of class. It seemed a vital screw had come loose, and rolled away into the dark under a large piece of furniture in the classroom, never again to be retrieved. Some might compare that loose screw to a few of my own personal loose screws, but the Arboretum staff came to my rescue, and brought me a great easel within minutes to save the day. As the ladies and I painted away, families traipsed by the plate glass windows, taking picture of their children around the stacks of pumpkins and mums of every color. What a perfect day!

My class filed up so quickly, the Arboretum PR director has asked me to teach again in the spring. I'll be lining up a three day workshop then, and I also have classes here in Flower Mound studio for those who would like a smaller setting with the occasional pug underfoot to keep things interesting. Stay tuned on my Web site for dates for upcoming workshops. I can't tell you what an honor and a thrill it is to be asked to teach at the Arboretum. Imagine having a classroom for flower painting in the most beautiful garden in North Texas! I'm a very lucky gal.

Saying cheese with my students!
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