Monday, June 6, 2011

Neapolitan Poppies by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Neapolitan Poppies by Nancy Medina
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Neapolitan Poppies is one of a pair of new large poppies drying in Flower Mound Studio this week. I am enjoying this fresh new approach to a favorite old subject, and will be producing more like this in the near future. I've used some of my watercolor lessons to push bright flowers onto a pale background, letting the color take center stage. I hope you enjoy this new poppy journey with me - stay tuned for more in the coming weeks. I am off to an art show this evening in Bedford, Texas. I may have some good news to report tomorrow, so stay tuned. And if you are wondering where the four footed assistants are, and why there are no curly tails or smooshy noses in these photos, rest assured the first 15 shots had plenty of nosy pugs in them, cropped out by yours truly.

My new Poppy Duo, 72X48

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Poppy Sweet Flower Painting by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Poppy Sweet by Nancy Medina

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Poppy Sweet is one of four new poppies that are blooming in the studio this weekend. Today the hubby and I went for a long walk through Flower Mound, and then came home and puttered in the yard and made home made dog food. This was a big nap day for the pugs, and I suspect the warmer weather is causing them to sleep more. Tomorrow it's back to work, but I'm happy I've gotten a lot done this weekend, two new large poppies that I'll share with you later this week, in this brighter, lighter style. I'd love to put some of these on curtains and make my own bedspreads out of them. Wouldn't it be grand if you could do that on a Web site, the same way you can make your own prints on paper?


Poppy Sweet with a bit of lime juice

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Poppies in the Pale Part One by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Poppies in the Pale

Poppies in the Pale is one of two new works in this style I finished late last night, past my bedtime, when I should have already washed the brushes. Every now and then I feel my muses yawning, and then I know it's time to try something new! I hope you like this one, I am excited about the brighter palette. I will be working on a few more like this and will share them with you soon.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Naples Garden Sunflowers by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Naples Garden Sunflowers
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Naples Garden is a partner to an earlier sunflower, Fly Sunflowerscape. These two were so fun to paint, I am creating a bigger version on two new canvases I prepped today. While I was spending three hours gessoing these canvases, I had a moment wishing I had a band of elves to prep my canvases, change out my turpenoid, and wash my brushes. The truth is, I love every part of making art, the shipping, the packing, and even vacuuming the pug hair out of the studio. I can't think of anything I would rather be doing. I hope you have a great weekend planned, and something you love to do on your agenda, with a few little four footed helpers along for the journey.




Sunflower Diptych
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lean on Me Sunflowers and the Story of How I Got a C Minus in Color Theory by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Lean on Me Sunflowers
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Lean on Me Sunflowers is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio as Friday and the weekend approaches, like a light at the end of the tunnel. I sit at my desk at work each day, thinking about my next goal, my next blank canvas, and the next flower that is waiting to be painted. I do believe that if I had full free access to my studio, and was not working a full time day job to pay the bills, the reward of time in my studio each evening might not be as sweet. Would I appreciate that time as much, if I had it all the time? Would it be hard to get motivated, if the only thing standing between me and my brushes each day was housework?

When I took my first color theory course in college, the instructor asked all of us who in the class had painted before. I raised my hand high. I was the only student with a hand upheld. He turned to me and announced I would be his most difficult student, since I would have to "unlearn" everything I knew before I could learn again. I worked very hard in the class, I thought I did a great job. Our final exam was a still life setup of all white objects. A white candle, a white pitcher, all on a white cloth. I labored over this still life as if everything depended on it. I turned it in, quite proud, and was shocked to have it returned the next week with a C minus on the back. It was the most important grade of the semester, and it was sure to pull down my 4.0 average just prior to graduation. I was crushed. But when the final grades were released, he had given me an A minus. For years I was utterly convinced this instructor was evil incarnate, but recently I've begun to see that he was trying to tell me something. In order to learn something new, you must first empty your mind of all preconceived ideas. The longer I paint, the more I begin to realize, each subject I put on canvas is the instructor - not what I think I know about a flower, but what that individual flower has to say to me at that unique moment in time and - most importantly - in the light at that moment. I'm not a fan of long-winded speeches or instructional procedures, but I do believe very strongly in that one lesson. I have to learn it, again and again, every time I pick up a brush.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Free Falling Zinnias and Delphiniums by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Free Falling Zinnias & Delphiniums
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Free Falling is the newest work in Flower Mound Studio. It's quiet now and the pugs are sleeping. The dinnertime bowls are put away, the toys are forgotten in corners, and there are hours of rest ahead. I've been reminiscing lately about how I felt when I was young. Do you ever do that? Driving home from work today, remembering the first time I drove a car alone at the age of 16, without adult supervision, that feeling of flying, that feeling of freedom. Most of all, there was no sadness or fear, only hope and the joy in knowing I had years ahead and so many wonders yet to experience. I think that's what it will be like at the end. That feeling, again, of release from fear. I'm sorry if I sound silly, but I have been thinking this so much lately. I think I've got a good dose of spring fever!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hearts of Gold Zinnias and Delphiniums by Texas Artist Nancy Medina


Hearts of Gold Zinnias & Delphiniums
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Hearts of Gold Zinnias and Delphiniums was inspired by the wildflowers along the trails of Flower Mound, Texas. My husband and I have been taking 5 mile walks over the holiday weekend in the mornings, and the weather has been perfect. We're getting these walks in before the summer heat lands upon Dallas with both feet!

When we moved to Flower Mound from Laguna Hills, California, 10 years ago this month, we decided Flower Mound was the closest thing to Orange County, CA, we could find, with 52 miles of bike paths, sanctuary neighborhoods, and a Smart Growth Plan that banned industry from taking down any mature trees in development projects. We still love Flower Mound, and most of all I love being close to my mom and my family back here in Texas. Happy holiday weekend to you! I hope you have some pleasant meandering ahead!


Hearts of Gold on the easel
in Flower Mound Studio

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Summer Smiles Sunflowers by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Summer Smiles Sunflowers
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Summer Smiles is drying on the easel on a beautiful day in Flower Mound, Texas. This morning's chores included cleaning the porch, tossing the ball a few dozen times for the Studio Director, vacuuming approximately three pugs' worth of hair from the hardwood floors, and making critical "nap or no nap" decisions at mid-day. Hubby and I took a 5.5 miles walk along the bike paths and creek paths this morning, there was a nice, cool breeze and the Blackeyed Susans were in full bloom. I had to paint flowers when we returned, it seemed a sign, don't you think?

I hope you have a relaxing weekend planned, with nothing more urgent to worry about than whether to add mint to your iced tea or have it straight up on ice! Happy holiday weekend from the pugs and I!




Summer Sunflowers smilin' on the easel today

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Splash Geraniums by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Splash Geraniums by Nancy Medina

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Splash is a tribute to my beautiful niece, Robin, who graduated from high school last night. She is the only baby in our family, so this was a real celebration. I don't think I've ever been so proud in my whole life! Robin is such a level headed young lady, and has already got her sights on College, with the next four years mapped out. The first two years she'll attend school near home, then the second two years she'll stay with Carlos and I and attend North Texas State University (which happens to have a great band program). She wants to become a pharmacist, or work in the biochemistry field. Can you imagine? Where did all those brains come from?

I sat by mom last night during the graduation ceremony and had such a great time joking with mom and listening to her decide which portions of the program could be cut short, and which parts should have been on the big screen longer. There is no event in our lives that is not accompanied by laughter. That's the legacy I hope my niece will have with her for the rest of her life, as she has made her big splash into the next chapter!


My niece and my mom, what a happy day!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fly Sunflowerscape by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Fly Sunflowerscape by Nancy Medina
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Fly Sunflowerscape is a scene from my youth on a 20-acre organic farm in East Texas, a place that had red dirt roads and only five houses for 30 square miles. My family settled there in 1969, moving from St. Louis after my father's job at Western Union relocated him to their Texas office.
While working full-time jobs, my parents decided to build their own dream of a working farm, planting acres of crops in their evening and weekend hours, with the help of an excellent and free labor force of four healthy daughters.

We lived in a house with holes in the roof so large you could see the stars at night, the first skylights I ever knew. When it rained, every available pot and pan was placed on our kitchen floor to catch the water. In the summer we never wore shoes, we had no air conditioning and in the winter we had no central heat. I saw things as a child that still haunt me, because farm life also brings a brutal reality of death among the animals. But I still remember moments so beautiful they seem surreal now, of sitting in the dirt beneath rows of giant sunflowers, watching the sun stream through their petals. I always knew that as soon as I was old enough, I would fly away. But every moment I was away, I knew I would come back. Texas was home, because my family is here. I am lucky to have had such a journey, but I am blessed to be home.

Fly on the easel

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Blue Dreamer Hydrangea by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Blue Dreamer Hydrangea
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Blue Dreamer is a new small work in Flower Mound Studio, a day after storms drenched North Texas, hail battered roofs and cars, and, thankfully, no major tornado damage occurred. It was beautiful this morning, the skies were blue, with a hint of a cool breeze. If I could dream of summers, this is the type of day I would dream.


A Coronado, California, Garden

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Siren Song Sunflowers by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Siren Song Sunflowers by Nancy Medina

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Siren Song Sunflowers was created while storms raced across North Texas. I was so busy painting I did not hear the tornado sirens, but caught the last few moments of a news cast where they said that a tornado had touched down in Flower Mound. Someday I'm sure they will create a system where people are alerted in their homes, since the sirens can be very difficult to hear, even when you are paying attention. I always wonder about people with hearing challenges - how are they notified? The best thing still, it seems, is the good old fashioned local news program on TV. The internet never quite seems to keep up with the live coverage. Fortunately, we survived the storm tonight with just a bit more rain. What a strange spring it has been!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bright Horizons Sunflowers by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Bright Horizons Sunflowers
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It's been a busy week already, with three paintings packaged to ship, two paintings going to Australia, and one puggy coming home from the hospital today, doing better, thank goodness. Howard Pee Pugpants had a slight flareup of his pancreatitis, so first thing this morning he was whisked to the hospital for some IV fluids and for something he especially enjoys, attention from all the ladies there. Today was shadowing day at the vet, so students who wanted to learn more about becoming veterinarians were on hand to meet Mister Popularity at Main Street Vet in Flower Mound. Tonight my bad boy is home and safely snoring in dad's lap. And we are all breathing a sigh of relief. I hope wherever you are, you are safe and healthy, with your loved ones nearby.



Howard Pee Pugpants at the vet with his groupies

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Second Chance Red Tulips by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina


Second Chance Tulips
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Second Chance Tulips is the newest work in Flower Mound Studio, while the newest four-footed helper resident naps at my feet. Hannah is a tiny pug from Germany who was released to DFW Pug Rescue a few months ago. She was adopted, but the family who adopted her decided she was not the perfect fit. I was there when they returned her, to bring her to the Medina Foster Home for Wayward Pugs. My job is to give this timid, sweet little girl back her faith in humanity and that is one task I intend to do well. It took a while, but today she put her little tail up and waggled it, and even did a little soft shoe dance at dinnertime, hoping for a bit of chicken salad. She is quiet and avoids the other pugs, almost as if she is used to being pushed around. Annie is quickly showing her that girls rule in this household, so she should feel free to push to the front of the queue at dinnertime, right behind AnnieBee, of course. Hannah will stay with us until she feels safe and happy again, and then I will help to find the perfect forever home for her. What a treat to have such a special guest.


Hannah, 6

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Solar Flare Sunflower by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Solar Flare Sunflower
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Every now and then the disaster movie I'm watching gives me a great idea for a painting title. Solar Flare is a new work completed after a long evening of painting, and is based on one of the most beautiful sunflowers I've ever encountered in Coronado, California. It almost seems a bit unfair they can have the best roses, delphiniums, daisies, and peonies, and then have to go and also lay claim to the best sunflowers, too - I will have to resign myself to visit there as often as possible! Staying on the beach in perfect weather is a tough job, but I'm willing to make the sacrifice for the sake of the flowers...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Heart's Trio Sunflowers by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Heart's Trio Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
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Heart's Trio is the newest sunflower in the studio, as I prep another four foot canvas of container garden blossoms. The thunderstorms left us a few hours ago, leaving all the plants in my back yard garden watered and ready to bloom. I'm hoping for sunshine tomorrow, because AnnieBee did not get her ball throwing time in the yard this afternoon. She insists it is a necessary part of her routine!

The inspiration for Heart's Trio

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hydrangea Garden and Australia Bound Artworks by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Hydrangea Garden by Nancy Medina
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Hydrangea Garden is my newest large work drying in Flower Mound Studio, as the pugs and I have a small celebration over my first artwork sales to Australia. Two of my rose arbor paintings will be shipping to Eaton soon. This is definitely a shipment I'd like to stow away with - how cool to be sending original flowers Down Under! Someday, maybe, I'll be able to visit them.

My new hydrangea container garden is destined for Art and Frames by Wood Gallery, along with a few other new container gardens. The flowers have been flying off the shelves there, so I've been busy creating new ones! I think I will have some chocolate or something!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pink Hydrangea Delight by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Pink Hydrangea Delight by
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It's been a busy day in Flower Mound Studio. Pink Hydrangea Delight is based on the blossoms of the Dallas Arboretum, where thousands of hydrangeas are in bloom. There is a bit of hydrangea fever here today, as I work on a four-foot hydrangea container garden, too. One can never have enough hydrangeas! I hope your week has gotten off on the right foot - AnnieBee, Studio Director and Activity Coordinator, is plumb tuckered out after receiving a special sock monkey toy in the mail from her Aunty Marsha today. I haven't seen her this happy in months, although the first thing she did was rip Sock Monkey's little tail off and try to eat the batting. It was a bit like Dexter....








This is the four-foot wide hydrangea garden
growing in the studio today. Can you find the
fat little puggy in this picture?







Pink Hydrangea posing on the easel

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Coronado Island Cottages by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Coronado Cottage by Nancy Medina

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My solo show on Coronado Island, California, is the highlight of my art year each spring. This year I got a few more pictures of the charming cottages there, where flower gardening is an olympic caliber sport and the annual Flower Show is nothing to sneeze at!


This was one of the award winning cottages, at
least in my book! I love the stone and the variety
of flowers in the front beds. Don't you wish you
could see the rooms inside, especially the one
with the open window upstairs?



There is a bit of wildness to this bed, that led
up to another beautiful home on the Island. I
love the beds that have this slightly
untended look, don't you?



An then there is the All American symmetrical
charm of this perfect little cottage. I suspect
their sprinkler systems are being repaired
in the front, thus the yellow tape.





One of my favorite artist friends,
Dominique Eichi, and her daughter, Tiffany,
joined me. I am hoping to paint with Dominique
next year - visit her blog to see her work!



Dominique's sweet girl, Gracie, also came
to the show. She was indeed the most well
behaved lady there, and her beautiful face
is pretty well known, it's been depicted many
times by Dominique!

Nathan Blooms Sunflower -Auction to Benefit a Rescue Pug


Nathan Blooms Sunflower

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Nathan Blooms Sunflower is a new painting I am auctioning off this weekend with all proceeds to benefit Nathan, a puppy mill rescue pug who was rushed to emergency last weekend for severe pneumonia. Nathan, age 4, is in critical need of funds to pay for a surgery to implant a stent in his breathing passage. Nathan's surgeries and his stay this week in an oxygen cage in our specialty clinic has cost Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue thousands. Nathan is a beautiful little pug and did not deserve the start in life that fate dealt to him.

Dr. Thompson said that Nathan is doing better today, and can stay out of the oxygen cage for brief periods of time as long as he remains calm. You can read more about Nathan and make a donation for for him at:



Photos of Nathan courtesy of www.jennyfroh.com

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Best Loved, Geraniums by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Best Loved, Geraniums by Nancy Medina

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Best Loved is drying on the easel after a very busy day in Flower Mound Studio. The pugs assisted me with potting flowers on the deck. Java was a huge help, grabbing empty pots and carrying them off into the yard, and then wrestling one of my work gloves away. I got a video of Howie napping on his chair (Howie believes all furniture is his) on the porch, and you can see how absolutely tuckered out he is. I sure hope I am not reported to the authorities for working him so hard. I've shared Howie's Movie with you below. Whip up a big bowl of popcorn and get ready - the show is about to begin! nodp


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Blue Muse Sunflowers by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Blue Muse Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
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Blue Muse Sunflowers is drying on the porch this morning, and it's down right chilly here in Flower Mound, Texas. I finished three paintings yesterday, touched up a few that are heading to shows next week, switched some frames and made a trip to the UPS store (where I am told I'm their best customer!).

Blue Muse was started around 10 pm last night and finished at midnight, I painted this one with a large brush and as quickly as possible. Sometimes my paintings feel a bit more fresh if I let my imagination take hold of the brush. Surprisingly, none of the pugs wanted to venture out on the porch with me this morning for the photo session. Usually there is a curly tail, or a snuffley nose finding its way into all my photos. But the chilly weather had them all piled up on their favorite pillow, unwilling to budge after brekkies. Hubby is working today and the chores are all done, maybe I'll join them!


Blue flowers meet blue sky!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Summer Bliss Sunflowers and Canna Lilies by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Summer Bliss Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
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Summer Bliss Sunflowers and Canna Lilies is drying on the easel and is one of my favorite new paintings. I found these lovely canna lilies and sunflowers at the grocery store yesterday when I was supposed to be picking up bread and cream. The checkout guy has long since pegged me as the crazy flower lady, pushing a cart of plants around the grocery store as if I think I'm at the nursery. He probably is tempted to suggest I go to the nursery for better prices, but there are all those hidden cameras in grocery stores now, so that could jeopardize his summer job. Little did he know, I had just come from the nursery when I stopped at the grocery store. My addiction to flowers and plants knows no bounds. They need to create a seven step program for flower junkies like me. The only problem is, I have no desire to quit! Somebody needs to arrange for an intervention or something...


Summer Bliss on the easel





Howard lends a paw with the setup

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Little Faith Sunflower and a Tribute to Kimmy

A Little Faith Sunflower
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A Little Faith Sunflower is the newest painting in the studio, on a dark and stormy night in Flower Mound, Texas. A Little Faith Sunflower is named in honor of my oldest sister, Kim, who received results today from the pathologist that her breast biopsy was benign. My sister has been a Christian all of her life, and her church calls her "The Knee" since she has a gift of prayer. Kimmy is one of those rare, kind souls whose heart has never had a cruel, selfish thought, even when she was a child. Kim had some learning challenges when we were growing up, but she has grown into a someone with common sense and an infinite gentleness toward everyone around her. I am not quite sure how on earth I deserve someone as good as Kimmy in my life, paving the way ahead for me all these years. She will always be my big sister and the person I admire most.


Kim and my husband, Carlos

Sunflowers, Irises, and Fun Fonts



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I love playing with fonts and designs almost as much as I love painting flowers - I've been having a blast with Myfonts.com ever since I happened upon it when searching for some fancy script for my Web site logo. Their latest newsletter arrived today, and I am newly enamored of this beautiful handwriting font - I played with a it a bit to create cards and logos for my art. It's a little fancier than the font I used for my blog header, but I really like it. Super ornate gold frames, frilly summer blouses, silver rings, and sunflowers, if it's a bit over the top, I love it. What do you think?


Sapphire Iris, 6X8

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Heart's Desire Geraniums and Pansies and the Story of My First Heartbreak


Heart's Desire Geraniums & Pansies
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Heart's Desire Geraniums and Pansies is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, as the lead studio assistant tries to convince me that there are more toys in the shopping bag that came from PetSmart this morning. After working her way through two stuffies and four squeaky balls, she was quite certain her heart's desire still lay somewhere in that plastic bag that sat atop my work table in the studio. Even after I set the empty bag in the floor, and she had pulled every tag and receipt out, she is still standing with sad, beseeching eyes, waiting for that best toy that has not yet been offered.

The last time I wanted something as badly as she wants that phantom toy right now, I was in junior high and had just been jilted by my first love. I remember my best friend who had the dubious honor of being the messenger, saying to me, "He wants to break up with you." I remember a blind, headlong dash through the students waiting for the bell to ring, through the front doors and into the girl's room, and slamming into a stall there. I remember leaning against the wall in that bathroom stall, sobbing so loudly that the teacher's aide who had followed me in did not chide me for entering the building before the bell. Instead, she left the bathroom, silently, closing the door behind her, and departed without a word. She must have recognized the universal sound of heartbreak.

Annie has finally retired to her pillow, and closed her eyes. Even as she falls asleep, she manages to look sad. Something tells me I will stop at PetSmart at lunchtime again tomorrow, so the toy she is convinced exists will be delivered to her.

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