Thursday, June 30, 2011

Market Day Mix Sunflowers and Hydrangeas by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Market Day Mix Sunflowers and Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
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Market Day Mix Sunflowers and Hydrangeas is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, where the heat outdoors has succeeded in keeping the puggies indoors all day today. I am a wimp when it comes to heat, though I love the cold. These are the weeks we hope the plants will survive long enough to come back next year, and watering usually occurs after dark, when the mosquitoes are swarming. It's a tough job, but the flower garden is worth it!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A New Sunflower and Hiking the Point Lobos Cliffs of the California Central Coast

Stepping Out Sunflower
by Nancy Medina

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Stepping Out was a small study for this large commission
under construction in the studio today! Here's a peek at
my intricate, painstakingly detailed drawing before I paint.
(kidding....) I do a VERY rough sketch before I start!





While I was hard at work in an art workshop in Carmel, California, last week, my husband was out and about the area exploring. At the end of a long day of painting, he convinced me to join him for a hike up the cliffs of Point Lobos. I was exhausted and hungry, had a terrible headache, and complained that this wasn't a great idea - I am afraid of heights, after all! After bribing me with a tri-tip sandwich and a nice warm windbreaker, I was ready to go! I am sharing the hike with you here, in the images below.



There were many paths up the cliffs,
the first one we chose was my favorite.

Click on all the images to make them larger!


Point Lobos' state park is located in Monterey County, along the central coast of California, and is worth a trip to California all on its own. I have left all of these images large, so feel free to click on each one to see more. Imagine the wind, the sound of the seagulls, and the cries of the sea lions wafting up from below as you walk. You will want to put on a jacket, and a few sweaters beneath! Called the crown jewel of the state park system, Point Lobos dates back 2500 years when the Rumsien Indians lived there. You can learn more about Point Lobos on the Web site for the park.



This grade is gentle, so the climb up is pretty easy so far.

Look at these beautiful rock formations! The waves
are crashing so loudly it's all we can hear.


Can you imagine such a remote place
could be filled with such color?


I think this would make a beautiful painting, don't you?



I love how these spikey, creepy trees frame
the view, don't you?



Even though it is cold, I hardly notice,
the views are so dramatic!



Best of all - Wildflowers, even in the coldest places!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hidden Heart Pink Tulips by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Hidden Heart Pink Tulips by Nancy Medina
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Hidden Heart Pink Tulips is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, as the temperatures hit the century mark again today. We took intermittent breaks outdoors to appease the studio director, who had no less than two new balls that needed tossing today. Tonight I have two little girls in the studio with me, AnnieBee and her foster sister, Hannah, who is slowly but surely coming out of her shell.

Hannah has been passed around from family to family who found her wanting, and relinquished her to Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue. She is now safe and secure in the Medina Foster Home for Wayward Pugs. I love when her little tail wags and she looks up at me, meekly, because I know these are signs she is learning to trust again. Hannah goes for a soft palate surgery consultation on July 5. Please keep this little girl in your thoughts and prayers for a safe and healing journey ahead, and a forever home that will never, ever discard her again.


Pink Tulips of the Dallas Arboretum



Hannah

Monday, June 27, 2011

Earthly Delights Red Tulips and My New Hydrangea and Iris Beds

Earthly Delights Red Tulips by Nancy Medina

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Earthly Delights is a new red tulip painting drying on the easel, following an event-filled day here in Flower Mound Studio. The landscapers arrived at 8 am sharp to install our new hydrangea beds, and mortar a beautiful border around all of our yard. They are installing a rose trellis and red climbing roses, a new hydrangea tree (my favorite!), two new crepe myrtles and various other colorful new additions to the flower family here.

Imagine the shock, however, when AnnieBee discovered that the doggy door had been barricaded, thus preventing her essential service as a vocal supervisor for important back yard construction activities. Not only was she prevented from this duty, she was not informed in advance that she would be barred from such activities, so she has filed a formal complaint with an investigatory body, the members of which are yet to be appointed. Howard Pee Pugpants decided to take advantage of inspection duties later in the evening, after the workers had left the scene. At this point, he promptly rolled in the manure enriched soil beds for half an hour, until his mother discovered, to her horror, he was eating the manure enriched soil, claiming a lack of minerals in his diet. Howard and Annie both are now on indoor restrictions until a time as yet to be determined.


Our new hydrangea and iris beds under construction!
I love the beautiful chop block and the double tiered border.



Annie decided the construction work had to be
faulty, since she was barred from supervising it.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Carmel Glow Sunflowers and a Cottage Tour

Carmel Glow Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
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Carmel Glow is based on a beautiful vase I spotted in one of the shop windows in Carmel, California, last week. It was nestled between many other colorful vases whose prices I dared not even peek at. Fortunately, I had my Canon handy to memorialize it as a studio model! Someday I am sure some alert shopkeeper is going to ask me to stop photographing their wares, but so far they seem to take my shutterbug tendencies in stride.

Here are a few of the cottage stores that were very close to our hotel in Carmel. I also had to toss in a flower photo for you! Enjoy!



I love the salmon colored stucco on
this beautiful little store!



The Tea Rose had a shop window filled
with fine china and rose patterns.




Cottage Sweets was so charming, even with
the trash can still perched out front in the early a.m.




A perfect spot for a romantic interlude,
or maybe just a really yummy pastry....



I have been known to block traffic
in order to photograph white irises....

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Light Bright Hydrangeas and Sunflowers and Images of Carmel, California

Light Bright Hydrangeas and Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
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Hubby and I just got back from a visit to Carmel, California, and Monterey Bay nearby. If you have never been, it is a wonderful place to spend time sightseeing and enjoying the COOL BREEZES, especially if you happen to live somewhere with temps in the 100s this week, as we do. We stayed at the Normandy Inn, a historic hotel in the heart of downtown. It was a charming little inn, with its own kitty on the premises who tried several times to visit us although our rooms were clearly marked that no pets were allowed. Perhaps kitty knew she was the exception to this rule!

Here are a few photos below, and I'll share more over the next few weeks. Carmel is definitely on my list of places I want to visit more than once! The Point Lobos cliffs over the ocean, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a trek inland to the San Juan Bautista Mission were just a few of the places we visited in the short time we were there. Enjoy!


Normandy Inn was not a five star hotel, but it
definitely had its charm! Famous movie stars have
graced the premises back in the day, and the
grounds are still clean and filled with bright flowers.


Flowers abound in Carmel, CA, at the historic Normandy Inn downtown.



Downtown Carmel, CA, was filled with beautiful little shops
and very unique architecture. Some of these cottages reminded
me of London.


We visited a few wineries, and while hubby stayed indoors
to sample the wares, his flower-holic wife was outdoors
snapping photos as if there was no tomorrow!



The flowers in Carmel seemed to be in a suspended
state of perfection! never moving, never fading!



We got there too early for the tour, but I was tickled
to get this photo of the Carmel Mission at sunrise.



Thursday, June 16, 2011

Upsy Daisy by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Upsy Daisy by Nancy Medina
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Upsy Daisy is a new work in Flower Mound Studio, and is based on the new gerbera daisies I purchased at the grocery store this afternoon. I found a bin filled with discount flowers marked "MUST GO" and bunches at $3 each. I had to stock up. Someone had to rescue these unloved, unwanted and rejected blossoms and give them a safe haven in their final days. I brought them home, snipped their stems and gave them all fresh water and food. Tomorrow if the light is good, I'll take lots of photos that will help me with paintings for years to come. Even a little fading blossom can be worth its weight in gold.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Lilac Painting and the Story of the Doctor Who Saved My Sister's Life

Chesapeake Bay Lilacs by Nancy Medina

Chesapeake Bay Lilacs is the newest work in the studio, after a day that held a very pleasant surprise. I went for my annual exam today and when I walked into the examination room, I looked up and there was my original geranium palette knife painting. This painting was a gift to a very special doctor who saved my sister's life. It was a wonderful gift to me, to see it again, and be reminded that the world is, indeed, filled with kind people.

Five years ago, my youngest sister Jackie had gone without an annual exam for some time, because she and her husband had no health insurance. When she visited a clinic, a nurse there conducted a pelvic exam and was extremely concerned about what she found. She urged Jackie to see a doctor immediately. She had deduced, correctly, that Jackie had advanced cervical cancer. That evening I made a call to my own ObGyn's office. I explained Jackie had no insurance, and I shared the concerns of the nurse who had examined her. Cynthia Mace-Motta, my doctor, said to bring her first thing in the morning. She said not to worry about the insurance, or payment, but to just be sure she was there when the doors opened.

Dr. Mace-Motta was equally concerned when she examined Jackie, and referred her to a friend and colleague who is a surgical ObGyn oncologist. He, too, insisted Jackie come in quickly, and told us not to worry about the cost. Jackie was diagnosed with Stage 4 cervical cancer. He, too, charged nothing for his treatment and his exam. A week later, Jackie had an hysterectomy at a hospital in Dallas, and she has been cancer free ever since.

The next time I had an appointment with Dr. Mace-Motta, I took an old shopping bag and squeezed a painting into it. I did not have a nice box or wrapping paper, and it looked extremely awkward when I brought it into her office. I gave it to her as my thanks for saving my sister's life. Since that time, Dr. Mace-Motta has moved to new offices and had all of her walls repainted in lovely earth tones. She hung the painting in her exam room, where the nurses said patients always remarked on it. I thought it looked great, too, but not as great as the photo of a cowboy they had taped to the ceiling above the exam table to keep their female patients distracted!






Chesapeake Bay Lilacs on the easel today








Barbara, Dr. Mace-Motta's nurse, with the
painting I gave Dr. Mace-Motta for saving
my sister Jackie's life

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Citrus Sampler Sunflowers by Texas Artist Nancy Medina


Citrus Sampler Sunflowers by Nancy Medina

Citrus Sampler is my newest sunflower drying in Flower Mound Studio, as I pack up the paints and easel for a trip to Carmel, California. I'm looking forward to seeing this beautiful town, and lots of friends have given me tips of "must see" things there. I promise to share the trip with you, as soon as I return.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pansy Daze by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Pansy Daze by Nancy Medina
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Pansy Daze is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, as I package up a shipment of sunflowers and purple irises bound for Toronto, Canada.

Today was the Dallas Fort Worth pug rescue meeting, and it was wonderful to be in a room filled with dozens of folks who are just as devoted to their pets as I am. There were some hugs to be shared with a friend who lost her pug recently, and some good news to be celebrated over 14 pugs getting adopted on Saturday. We are small but very dedicated group of volunteers who do everything we can to rescue these precious pugs. I hope that you have found something that you are passionate about, a way to give back. Even if it is not animal related, finding peers who share your interests and passions in helping others can be so rewarding. I am not one of those lionhearted rescuers who can walk into bad situations, but I can do what I know - I can write for the newsletter, I can help get photographers lined up for the special needs rescue fundraising campaigns. Everyone has a talent and I can promise you that out there somewhere is a charity in desperate need of your talent. Plus, I get paid very well for my volunteer work - in pug kisses!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Woodland Hydrangeas by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Woodland Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina

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Woodland Hydrangeas is a small work inspired by the large new container garden in the studio today. My hydrangeas are still blooming on the porch, thanks to a little help from the Calloway's potting soil and plenty of water and shade. In a few weeks, we will have new hydrangea beds installed, so I have to make a trip to the hardware store to plant some iron nails in the soil. I'm told that's the best way to get those beautiful blue flowers to bloom. Wish me luck!

Summer Rose Container Garden by Texas Artist Nancy Medina


Summer Rose Container Garden
by Nancy Medina
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Summer Rose Container Garden is the newest large work drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio. This is a weekend I wish would never end, the weather has been beautiful and my garden is full of color from the purple morning glories, the red geraniums, and even some late blooming irises. The pugs got a comfy new plush bed today, and they spent some time in the yard chasing the ball and barking at the robins who dared to invade the predetermined boundaries of puggy air space.

I think this time of year pushes me back to those first few days after school was out, when I had the whole summer ahead of me, and an endless number of books to read. I spent entire summer days on the bottom bunk reading when I was in high school. We lived too far from town for there to be activities to walk to, few kids to play with other than my own three sisters, and I was too young for a car until my senior year. I couldn't wait for freedom then, and the time when I would be able to fly away to another place. Now I reminisce about those long summer days and wish they were back.


His highness keeps a keen eye on kitchen related activities
nodp

Friday, June 10, 2011

August Rose and a New Container Garden of Flowers by Nancy Medina Texas Artist

August Rose by Nancy Medina

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August Rose is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, and was a small study for the new four-foot container garden in progress. I've shared a peek at my new container garden here for you, and I'm happy with this one, it is my first to include roses! Roses are not easy to paint, in fact I've been studying them for years and still am not even close to having a comfort level with them. Once I've painted 1000 roses, I think I'll be more comfortable with them.

For those who are wondering what was on the itinerary for the studio assistants, the schedule today included naptime after breakfast, early lunch, a mid-day snack, a pre-dinner snack, dinner, and now a late afternoon nap prior to the bedtime snack. Their schedule is always demanding, thus the need for the refreshers in between important eating activities. Since I was off work today, I decided to adopt that schedule for my own, and ate and napped just as much!


Summer Rose Container Garden
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Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
In progress

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sunday Dreaming Hydrangeas and an Art Award

Sunday Dreaming Hydrangeas
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I found the green flowered pot featured in Sunday Dreaming Hydrangeas on a shopping trip with girlfriends one day at lunchtime. I suppose some girls remember vividly making eye contact with exceptionally cute guys when they are out and about, for me, my heart goes pitty pat when I see that most paintable and delectable flower pot! After I ran to the register with my treasure, and it was wrapped carefully for the trip home, I knew the pot and I would have many happy moments together in the studio. Sunday Dreaming was the first time it was painted, all aglow and dewey fresh soon after we had met.

A few of you have asked about my big news - on Monday evening, I attended the reception for the Trinity Arts Guild annual open show, and learned that I had won first place for the still life division for my oil painting, Wish Carnations. I was excited and so honored to receive the blue ribbon. The juror who chose the winning selections described my painting as "old school oil." I came very close to not entering Wish, thinking my two other entries were much stronger. I'm really glad I did!


Wish Carnations by Nancy Medina
First Place Winner
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Still Life Division
Trinity Arts Guild 2011 Open Show

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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