Thursday, December 1, 2011

Aperitif - Rooster and Sunflower Painting by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Le Aperitif - Rooster and Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina

Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Aperitif is almost fini - my new rooster painting has been growing leaf by leaf, petal by petal, and feather by feather over the past few weeks. Take a peek at my previous blog posts to see it step by step. Aperitif is a scene straight out of my childhood, a small 20 acre organic farm in East Texas. Dad called our property The Briar Patch, and he and mom grew vegetable crops.

Back in the early 1970s, organic gardening did not have the marketing pizzazz it does today. The small 8X6 paper magazine, The Organic Gardener, would arrive in the mail every week, and my parents would thumb through the pages for all the latest tips on how to make your own mulch pile, the best way to fertilize your crops, how to baby your strawberries in order to get the sweetest fruit. Along with the crops, we raised chickens, pigs, and a few cows. I remember biting into fresh uncooked green beans, standing barefoot in sandy soil beneath seven foot tall sunflowers, and the cool dusk of fall harvest. My sisters and I never wore shoes in the summer, and the little house we grew up in was patched with tarpaper. You could see the sky through the holes in the roof, and when it rained we had to grab every pot in the kitchen to catch all the leaks.

We did not have video games, DVDs, CD players, or cell phones. We had each other, our family pets, books, and our imaginations to fill our days. We never went on family vacations, and we ate out at restaurants about twice a year. We were not wealthy and wore hand-me-down clothes, but I would not trade my childhood for anything. It was where my love of animals, of flowers, and of mother nature took root. It was the perfect setting for big dreams, and some of those dreams have come true. Most of all, this is where my art journey began.

Detail: Aperitif - Rooster and Sunflowers
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