Saturday, April 30, 2011

Homecoming Bouquet, Sunflowers, Daisies and Hydrangeas

Homecoming Bouquet with Sunflowers & Daisies
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Homecoming Bouquet is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, and is named in honor of my mother, who returned home today after a week in the hospital. My short term memory is shot, and I've lost 5 pounds this week. But I have so much to be thankful for. I got a photo of mom using my new IPad, and I love this picture. She was checking the TV Guide, and used her finger to scroll up and down whilst saying 'ooooo scary....' Next we checked her Texas Megamillion lotto numbers. The IPad turned out to be quite the handy tool. Please keep my mom in your prayers, that she will continue to feel better. We are counting the hours until Mother's Day!


Homecoming Bouquet in Progress




Mom checking the TV Guide on my IPad

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Purple Irises and Memories of London

Royal Purple Irises by Nancy Medina
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I was up early to watch the royal wedding, I freely admit it! What a beautiful event, the horses and soldiers in particular were magnificent. I loved the shots of the crowds and the flags, and the carriage ride, it was definitely something out of a bygone era. I went to school in London at King's College in Chelsea, and remember the Londoners as being very friendly and tolerant of us, a group of occasionally rowdy American college students.

They knew more about our politics than we did, and our history, too. I got a sense of a fondness toward us, perhaps it was because we were students, but it was almost as if the Londoners saw us as their children who had moved far away. We tried on more than one occasion to try to get the Londoners to laugh when we rode the tubes, they were so very good at ignoring us. One day on the tubes, we noticed another rowdy group and that's how we met the Australian students, who we instantly hit it off with. I hope to return to London again someday, there is so much history there, you could stay for months and not even scratch the surface.

Below is the iris painting I completed while watching the wedding, step by step! Enjoy!





I used transparent orange as a base,
since I wanted the red purples to pop.


Everything was done wet on wet - even the background
was slightly wet. I love the unexpected surprises that
happen when the colors merge along the edges.


Notice my Mason jar outline, and how it changed
in the final painting. That's the beauty of oil paints -
you can wipe out, correct, and even start
over mid-stream!



Almost done, but just a few more things needed.
What's holding those flowers together? I added
some string! Check out the final at the top of my
blog post. What do you think?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Now and Then Sunflowers

Now and Then Sunflowers by Nancy Medina

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Now and Then Sunflowers is the newest work in Flower Mound Studio. It's a quiet evening here, the pug boys have gone to bed with dad, and Annie is the only one still staying with me late into the evening. Now and Then is a contemplative work, even if it is a very familiar subject. The tornadoes that did so much damage yesterday across the country, over Alabama, Tennessee, and other areas began its formation over North Texas, and I can't help but wonder that the destruction moved away from us, choosing another path. What began here as a notable storm ended there as a historical tragedy. How many times are we protected by angels and we never even know it? I've never been a believer in coincidence or chance. My heart goes out to those who were hurt, lost and lived through those awful storms. And I pray too that the animals found refuge.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spring Song Geraniums and Monsieur Howie

Spring Song Geraniums by Nancy Medina

Spring Song Geraniums is drying on the easel, based on the geraniums that are blooming on my deck today. These beautiful red blooms are always the first to remind me that spring will come again. Studio Assistant Monsieur Howie was also on the deck today, looking tres chic in his new beret. He is always my best model when friends send their wonderful hats and pug creations...This hat came from All You Need Is Pug, one of my favorite shops!


Monsieur Howard Pee Pugpants

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.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Love's Lullaby Purple Irises

Love's Lullaby Purple Irises
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My mother's stay in ICU was extended tonight when she began having difficulty breathing again. The doctors gave her another airway treatment and a sedative, so she is sleeping now, and breathing better. She was scheduled to be moved out of ICU today, but the evening complications kept her in ICU longer than planned.

How to say in a few words the love I have for my mother, the woman who taught me not to be embarrassed by my own foibles, and to laugh at myself every now and then. I realize now that I am older, she used laughter when we were young to help us overcome our fears. As preteens, we would cringe in the grocery store when she would push her cart down an aisle and spot a stranger. We knew before she made it to the end of that aisle, she would be talking to the individual, laughing with them, and spoiling the blissful anonymity preteens crave in public situations.

My friends in high school loved my mom, and used to go to her office after school to sit and talk with her after classes. She surprised us my senior year in high school by unveiling a large volume of poetry, some that had been published, and all she had been writing for years without our knowledge. When her house was remodeled several years ago, that volume was lost, and I wish for it now just as I wish for her to be well and home again. Thank you to my friends who have prayed for her. She is the greatest gift of my life.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Red Zone Geraniums and Seeing Double in the Studio

Red Zone Geraniums by Nancy Medina

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Red Zone Geraniums is drying on the easel, after an eventful Easter holiday. My mother went to the ICU this morning by ambulance for her breathing. The good news is she is doing better now and her doctor plans to move her to a regular room tomorrow if all goes well. Carlos, AnnieBee and I returned from delivering art to the gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, yesterday, so this evening to say we are exhausted is a bit of an understatement.

I hope you and your loved ones had a peaceful, joyful, and uneventful Easter holiday. I love being with my family, even in the hospital with mom, we keep one another laughing and share love and good memories. We are very blessed she is feeling better now, and hopeful she will continue to improve.



Red Zone and Solo Show, side by side on the easel

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spring Hope Pink Poppies and Some Painterly Ladies at Artscape

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You never know who you are going to bump into at the Dallas Arboretum!
These are my painty pals, Angela Elledge and Ann Rogers who joined me on March 18 for my Artscape show at the Arboretum. We are members of the Some Texas Artists Like to Paint blog, and occasionally we go out to lunch and solve the art problems of the world together. I wish I looked as elegant as Angela does in her red hat! Our theme for the Texas blog this month is tools and I already know what I am going to paint!!!



I love the Dallas Aboretum as a venue for an art show. Look at the beautiful space! This is my new light dome tent. It worked really well, even without snowfall to put it to the test this year.




I felt a bit like a peeping tom, getting a look at the inside of this beautiful tulip. This bed of lovelies was right next to our art tents. The morning dew was beautiful, like diamonds.



Of course I went running over to get pictures of the purple pansies as soon as I saw them by the DeGolyer House. I do love pansies!


These flowers were in a container, and came in all colors. Do you know what they are called? I don't, but I wish I did. Very paintable!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bountiful Bloomers Sunflowers and Hydrangeas


Bountiful Bloomers Sunflowers
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Bountiful Bloomers Sunflowers is resting on the easel in the studio today, as my lead studio assistant preparesfor a day of travel. AnnieBee will accompany me to the Good Art Company Gallery to deliver a load of new artwork tomorrow, and has her essentials all packed for the trip. She knows the best part of the trip will be a visit to Dogologie, where she will undoubtedly find a new toy, just the right size, and with double squeakers. You can see what Annie selected below during her last trip there, a delectable stuffed donut. What better reward for all her hard work?



AnnieBee and her delectible acquisition

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stargazer Flower Garden With Sunflowers and Tulips

Stargazer Flower Garden by Nancy Medina
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Stargazer Flower Garden is the newest container garden drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, as I pack, label and frame new paintings. These newest florals are headed to Fredericksburg, Texas, to The Good Art Company Gallery this weekend. Studio Director AnnieBee, hubby and I will be making a quick trip down to deliver art to the gallery's new location and I can hardly wait to see my new space there!

As soon as life gets back to normal, I'll be posting a photo tour of my recent trip to Coronado Island in Southern California. I may get distracted by the geraniums on my back porch, but I promise those photos are coming soon!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Geranium Breezes and a Cozy Little House

Geranium Breezes by Nancy Medina

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Geranium Breezes is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, while Annie snoozes despite some exciting news! *trumpets* I am now featured on the Cozy Little House Blog in the Cozy Little Shoppes section, along with a number of other great places to visit. My new shoppe button is pictured below. Cute yes? A very talented designer made that for me!

Take a peek and visit my friend Brenda at her popular Web site. She is an East Texas gal, just like me! Stop by and say hello and while you're at it, take a look at her bird post from yesterday. All of those amazing little birds are the same ones that appear in my mother's yard in East Texas each spring. It's just like a trip home!


My new button!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Coronado Dreamers Sunflowers, Lilies, Tulips, and Delphiniums

Coronado Dreamers Sunflowers
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Coronado Dreamers is my newest painting, and was completed in the garden of Art and Frames by Wood Gallery in Coronado, California, this weekend. The gallery hosted my solo show and what a treat it was to fly out to a place where the weather is beyond perfect and the cottage garden roses are everywhere, some as big as dinner plates! Over the next few weeks, I'll share some of my favorite photos from the island with you, where competition was fierce this weekend for the Annual Coronado Flower Show.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported and encouraged me, and a special thanks to two families who acquired my newest four-foot container gardens for their Southern California homes. I confess I'm just a little jealous of my paintings, getting to live in such a beautiful place. Carlos and I lived there before moving to Texas 10 years ago, and if we ever win the lotto, you know we would move back!



Hummingbird Haven
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Heart's Garden Sunflowers and Plums

Heart's Garden Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
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Heart's Garden Sunflowers and Plums is the newest still life painting in Flower Mound Studio, as I pack up my favorite paints and brushes for a flight across the country. In a few days, I'll be painting in the garden of the oldest gallery on Coronado Island, in Southern California. Each year is an amazing retreat and delight, in a place where the sun is almost always shining. I will be sharing a photo tour of the garden island with you as soon as I return. With the help of the gallery staff, I was able to find a great room in one of the best hotels on the island! It is such a pleasure to be invited each year to paint during the Flower Festival on the island by Jill, the owner of Art and Frames by Wood Gallery. I hope to see you there.

Painting in the Garden ~ Nancy Medina
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Saturday, April 16, 2011
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Here's another iris from my recent trip
to Argyle Acres ~ enjoy!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sunflowers and a Coronado Island Invitation

A Little Love Sunflowers
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A Little Love Sunflowers is my newest painting drying on the easel, and I learned this morning that grabbing a wet painting to photograph it is not always a smart idea! I'm a bit distracted, packing and preparing for my solo show on Coronado Island near San Diego, California on Saturday, April 16.

I hope you will join me as I paint in the garden at Art and Frames by Wood Gallery from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm that day. Two of my newest four foot wide container gardens arrived there yesterday, Hummingbird Haven Flower Garden, pictured below, is one of them. Can you spot the ruby throated hummingbird in the painting below? Here's a hint - it's not close to the unhappy pug in the picture.

These new works will join my largest collection of container garden paintings for my solo show at Art and Frames by Wood Gallery, just up the street from the Starbucks on Orange Avenue in the heart of this lovely island! If you are in the San Diego, California, area, please stop by that day and say hello. I would love to see you!


AnnieBee and I with Hummingbird Haven Flower Garden
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Art and Frames by Wood Gallery
Nancy Medina ~ Painting in the Garden

Saturday April 16, 2011
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Wise Warrior, Rooster

Wise Warrior, Rooster by Nancy Medina
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Wise Warrior

Wise he steps
among his hens
the king
his rule cut short
by the pot

Thursday, April 7, 2011

All Who Wander Are Not Lost

All Who Wander Are Not Lost
by Nancy Medina

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All Who Wander Are Not Lost is my contribution this week to the Daily Paintworks Challenge and will be sold to raise funds for Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue. I love the phrase, All Who Wander Are Not Lost, because it reminds me of the tireless work my friends in pug rescue do every single day. I am not talking about myself. I am talking about the ladies who go to the puppy mills and carry pugs out of terrible conditions. Pugs who have never known a kind touch, or a bath, or a gentle word, until these women touch them for the first time. One leader who drove over 10,000 miles last year to shelters, mills, pounds, and other states to pick up pugs, some of whom were hours away from the end. These are the soldiers on the front lines of rescue, and they have my unconditional admiration.

My painting today will be donated to Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue, and all proceeds from its sale will go toward the pugs that this charity organization saves. Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue is now the largest pug rescue in the nation, and has saved over 5000 pugs since its formation 14 years ago. We take in all pugs, regardless of age or medical condition, and provide all medical treatment prior to adoption, including neutering. What an honor it has been to work with such a dedicated group. You can learn more about DFW Pug Rescue at their web site:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sunlight Sunflowers and a Story of Rescue

Sunlight Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
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Sunlight Sunflowers is a new small work drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio today. Most of you know by now that when I am not painting, one of the things I like to do is volunteer for Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue. It was a good week for adoptions for our rescue pugs, especially since Lindy found her forever home.

She may not win any beauty pageants, but one-eyed, one-eared Lindy has won the hearts of her new family who adopted her this weekend. This little girl was found abandoned by the side of a road in Waco. Her past is a mystery, but her future is going to be filled with unconditional love. Lindy's adopted mom called today to let us know that Lindy is adjusting very well to her new home. She goes everywhere with her adopted mom. Her new mom is a special education teacher and she is going to take Lindy to her class and the children are going to have a contest to give her a forever name.

I love happy endings, especially for the innocent little animals who depend on us entirely for love and care. Thank goodness for that one good soul who saw this tiny little dog wandering down a highway, and stopped to help her.



Lindy, Rescue Pug

Monday, April 4, 2011

Room for Rent and a Coronado Invitation


Room for Rent is a study for an element to add to my next large container garden - a little blue flowered bird house. Two new four foot wide container gardens are packaged up today and ready for their flight across the US, including Hummingbird Haven Flower Garden, pictured below. Can you spot the ruby throated hummingbird in the painting below? Here's a hint - it's not close to the unhappy pug in the picture.

These new works will join my largest collection of container garden paintings for my solo show at Art and Frames by Wood Gallery on Saturday, April 16. If you are in the San Diego, California, area, please stop by that day and say hello. I'll be painting in the garden and it wouldn't be nearly as fun without a few hecklers!


AnnieBee and I with Hummingbird Haven Flower Garden
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tool Time Geraniums and a Perfect Saturday

Tool Time Geraniums by Nancy Medina

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What a perfect Saturday. After getting Anniebelly and Howard's teeth all polished and cleaned at the DFW Pug Rescue no-anesthesia dental event, we dropped off the puggies and went to the nursery! I had a plan - create a painting based on the Some Texas Artists Like to Paint Challenge this month. The topic - tools. My goal - find the perfect setup to paint a little gardening tool! So off we went.




I love Flower Mound Calloways Nursery! Have I mentioned that before?
The nursery was packed. You could see the gleem of excitement
in all the Flower Moundians' beady little eyes! Plants - check!
Knockout Roses - check! Pretty pots - double check!




My new pot, when I first gazed upon its loveliness,
my heart went pitty pat! I knew I had to have it. Even if
it did mean digging for extra pennies at the bottom of my purse!





Despite the blustery day, I managed to pot all
my new geraniums. I didn't even mind a little dirt blowing
around. I can hardly wait to see my new geraniums
grow up to big plants full of blooms! I got peach, red and pink!


Stay tuned, my intuition tells me there will be lots of
new geraniums paintings on this bloggy very soon!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pansy Peepers, Step by Step Oil Painting


Pansy Peepers by Nancy Medina
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Pansy Peepers is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, after a very nice Saturday visiting with mom out at the farm. There was an exciting moment when we thought we had spotted another Pileated Woodpecker, but this fellow turned out to be a crow. The visit was not a loss, however, since I got a detailed run-down of mom's favorite recent Tivo programs, her choice for American Idol, and a delicious pepper jack sandwich with real mayo. I cannot imagine a better way to spend a Saturday, can you?

Tomorrow I'm hoping to make a trip to the nursery to acquire some lovelies. On the list - hanging pots of green ferns, geraniums ($1 each - holy cow!) and a few new colored pots for the container garden. The landscaping company will be here Thursday, so I'm hoping to have new hydrangea beds and stone walls in the back yard before the summer bloom season is cut short by the heat. So much fun stuff ahead, so little time!

Below is a step by step progression of how my pansies grew today. Enjoy!



Step one - key is always the transparent underpainting.


Gray is your friend! Without it, your colors will not pop.


When in doubt, raw umber. It has saved me many, many times!
Blended with the transparents, it gives lovely earth tones.

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