Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Red Rose Tea and a Vintage Rose Garden by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Red Rose Tea by Nancy Medina

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Red Rose Tea is a small study completed today as a supporting work for my new four foot container garden of roses. I've been on a rose journey for a while now, and you've trekked along patiently beside me, holding your tongue about my yellow roses that occasionally look like smeary pizzas.

There is a bit of light at the end of the rose tunnel, though I am by no means even close to mastering them. Temperature and shape, supporting background colors, these all play an important role with roses. Vintage Rose is completed now, except for the edges on this large work, and will soon be on its way to a gallery. My last large rose garden, Summer Rose Container Garden, found a home last week with a family who winters in Las Vegas and summers in their cottage on Coronado Island in Southern California. I am delighted with that arrangement, since roses do love Coronado, and vice versa....!



Vintage Rose Container Garden by Nancy Medina
36X48
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Red Poppies and a Vintage Rose Container Garden by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Juicy Poppies by Nancy Medina
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Juicy Poppies was finished yesterday, and today was dedicated to the newest large work, Vintage Rose Container Garden. It's been super busy in the studio this weekend, with a trip to visit mom in East Texas on Saturday. She has been in and out of the hospital this year, and the heat this month has been hard on her breathing. It frightens me to see her gasping for air when she naps in her recliner. She has been wearing her oxygen most of the day for the first time now, instead of just at night when she is sleeping. She says she can feel the difference when she is not wearing it.

Mom is 73 years old, and is still as determined, involved, stubborn and fun to be around as she was when I was a teenager and my friends would stop by her office after school to visit with her. I have always known how blessed I am to have such a great mom, and now I am aware that every day with her, and every chance I get to be with her, is priceless. Each time I leave now she kisses me and tells me how much she loves me. These are the moments and memories that will be more precious than gold.


Vintage Rose Container Garden in progress
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Diablo Hydrangeas and Watermelon Painting by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Diablo Hydrangeas and Watermelon
by Nancy Medina
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Diablo Hydrangeas is drying on the easel on a hot, hot day in Flower Mound, Texas. The puggies have been taking extra naps these past few weeks, occasionally joined by their mama, who is wise enough to learn from her assistants every now and then. The heat wave across the nation is worrisome, I sure hope wherever you are, you are safe and cool and indoors and not suffering.

A few summers ago, I took Howard, aka Mister Social, to a pug meetup at a creek in Dallas. Here are some images to help cool things off a bit!


Howie at the Splash Meetup



video

Friday, July 22, 2011

Spotlight Sunflowers and Daisies and Images of Scottsdale by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Spotlight Sunflowers and Daisies
by Nancy Medina

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Spotlight Sunflowers and Daisies is one of a few new works in the studio this week, following a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, and a beautiful getaway to the JW Marriott Camelback Resort. The temps in Scottsdale were higher than Dallas, but the pools, misters, and umbrellas made up for the heat! While visiting Scottsdale, I took a workshop with Hedi Moran, whose work has always inspired me. Hedi was a fabulous teacher and a lovely lady, and I highly recommend her workshops to anyone who loves color and loves flowers. She has a beautiful, loose approach using transparent underpaintings. As soon as I returned to Texas, I broke out my biggest brushes and got to work! Hedi teaches at all levels, and is a master, but for those just beginning oil or flower painting, she is an excellent way to dip your toes in the water.


Here are a few images of the grounds and landscape around the Camelback Resort - Enjoy!

Even though the foliage was not lush and green,
the cactus and flowers were everywhere and just as
beautiful!


I loved these yellow flowers, they
remind me of the Black Eyed Susans
in Texas on the farm where I grew up.


Everything on the grounds was very heat tolerant,
and their drip systems were brilliant - tiny little
pipes under the rocks
kept water flowing.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Summer Fruits and Hydrangea Painting by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Summer Fruits and Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
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Summer Fruits and Hydrangeas is the newest painting in my series of studio hydrangea still lifes in Flower Mound Studio. Or one could say this is the newest painting in my latest bout of hydrangea obsession run amuck. I will just say for the record that no fruits were harmed in the painting of this picture. After the painting was completed, however, is another matter entirely. Plus there was the untimely demise of hydrangea number three, who suddenly became crispy wilty hydrangea overnight, although its brethren were still going strong at dawn.

Why hydrangea number three bit the dust is a mystery to me. Perhaps it was the angle of the cut on the stem before I put it into the water. Perhaps it did not appreciate being in the back of the painting, and not having a starring role. Whatever the reason, I kept number three in the painting as a tribute to its 24 hours of perseverance.

This painting is dedicated to the memory of hydrangea number three. He was a good hydrangea, a fresh, upstanding flower of the finest quality. He was taken from us much, much too soon.


No fruits were harmed during the painting of this picture
(After the painting was complete
is another matter entirely).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Good Hope Hydrangea Painting by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Good Hope Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
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Good Hope Hydrangeas is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, as the puggies dream on their new ultra comfy memory foam bed nearby. I had been working on the setup for Good Hope in my mind for a week. I knew I wanted to paint pink watermelon, but I couldn't decide if pink hydrangeas would work with pink watermelon, or if white hydrangeas would be better. Since this is probably the last hurrah for my white hydrangeas, which appear on the brink of collapse, they made the decision for me. The most difficult part of the painting was fending off the studio assistants, who were quite certain they could contribute valuable assistance with the delicious smelling watermelon prop.



Good Hope in Progress

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sunflowers and Blue Gladiolus by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Sunflowers and Blue Gladiolus

Sunflowers and Blue Gladiolus is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, on another hot day in North Texas. The good news is, paint dries quickly when it is this warm out! I'm painting quickly because I have a house full of new flowers from my big spree at the grocery store last weekend, some of them are fading fast. The pink hydrangeas have about another day, so perhaps tomorrow it will be their turn in the spotlight. I have a rather logical system about deciding what to paint.

I decided this evening on red poppies and pulled out all my materials on red poppies, dozens of photos and files and old paintings to remind me of certain color combinations. And then, voila, I painted sunflowers and blue cannas. I know, it makes no sense to me either. Sometimes I just go with the muses and toss logic to the wind!

Meet the studio models!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Poppies in Red Oil Painting and a Foster Pug Homecoming

Poppies in Red by Nancy Medina

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Poppies in Red is an old painting with fresh new flowers today, celebrating the homecoming of my foster pug, Hannah, from DFW Pug Rescue. Hannah had surgery to help her breathe better a few days ago, and was able to come home with strict orders for 24 hour supervision. No barking, no playing, no running, and no outdoors activities for any extended length of time. She is happy to be home, while I'm a bit of a basket case trying to ensure all the doctor's orders are fulfilled!

Hannah is a little 5 year old girl from Germany whose family gave her to rescue almost 6 months ago. She was adopted by another family, who gave her up several weeks later. She's been with us for almost 3 weeks, and has her confidence and happiness back. She has fit in just fine with my own spoiled pugs, and participates in all important activities including pug pile, snoring contests, and refrigerator sentry duty.


Hannah on her way in to surgery. This is her
"are you sure I can't have brekkies?" face.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sunflower Centigrade Tableau by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Sunflower Centigrade Tableau by Nancy Medina
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Sunflower Centigrade Tableau is a new painting based on the small study I completed yesterday evening, Fahrenheit 451 Sunflower. I had a bonus day at the grocery store today - they had a whole new shipment of flowers - white hydrangeas, pink hydrangeas, purple canna lilies, teddy bear sunflowers, and the list goes on and on.

The flower lady at the grocery store knows me by sight and gave me a bit of advice for the hydrangeas (yes, I scooped them up before anyone else could nab them!). She said when I got them home, to spritz them with water - she said hydrangea means hydrate, thus these beauties love water. I'm amazed this never occurred to me before! I hope flicking water at them with my fingertips was as good as spritzing, since I happened to be clean out of spritzers. I did put them in nice cool water, though. With the temperature well above 100, I was very tempted to plunge my arms in with them, right up to the elbows!



Sunflower Centigrade with my studio models

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fahrenheit 451 Sunflower by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Fahrenheit 451 Sunflower
by Nancy Medina

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With the Dallas temperatures set on broil, my studio flowers are fading fast, except for one or two lovely little sunflower models. Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite science fiction stories from my childhood, and seemed a fitting name for this sunflower that seems to be aflame all on its own. I love sunflowers, they follow no rules and are messy and fun and bold and bright. And they are one of the few flowers that can take the Texas heat and keep on giving. Every spring around April, I toss a few seeds into the ground and I'm never disappointed. When my daylilies take a season off, my morning glories call it a night, my hydrangeas hide in the shade, I can always count on my sunflowers to withstand all that mother nature can give.


The studio model in her glory

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Peach Garden Sunflowers and Daisies by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Peach Garden Sunflowers and Daisies
by Nancy Medina
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Peach Garden Sunflowers and Daisies is a new large painting just finished in Flower Mound Studio, on a hot, hot day in North Texas. The pugs and I spent some time out in the yard today, despite the heat, watering plants and chasing dragonflies. Tomorrow I head back to work, so I am stretching out this day as long as possible, and squeezing every drop of enjoyment out of it. There is nothing better than spending a day with the pugs and paints!

If you read my blog post 2 days ago, you saw the photo of my foster pug, Hannah. Hannah is a rescue pug who is in need of surgery for her severe elongated soft palate, and DFW Pug Rescue launched a fundraising campaign for her. There has been a huge outpouring of support. Thank you to every kind soul who has donated to help Hannah. Friday morning I will take her in for surgery, please keep this little girl in your thoughts and prayers for a full recovery.



The setup for Peach Garden in the studio




Peach Garden on the Porch Today!



My foster pug Hannah
(Photo courtesy of www.jennyfroh.com)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sapphire Iris II by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Sapphire Iris II by Nancy Medina
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Sapphire Iris is a new, larger version of an earlier work in blues and greens drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio. I'm a bit nervous today about what tomorrow will bring, my foster pug Hannah goes in for her consultation for surgery. She has an elongated soft palate, which makes breathing challenging for her. This baby girl has not had the easiest life, she was born in Germany, brought to the US, and given to Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue by her first family. The second family who adopted her said they did not have time for her, and gave her back to rescue.

Hannah Banana (her nickname) is happy now here in the Medina Foster Home for Wayward Pugs. She loves running out in the yard and sounding the alarm over important items such as leaves blowing, or grasshoppers on her turf. She is a stout little girl who marches behind me, wherever I go, determined to keep me in sight. She stands with her head down while I pet her and talk with her, but then when I sit slightly away, to give her space, she takes a step toward me, as if to say, "Please don't stop..." As you can imagine, I take every opportunity to love on this little one and tell her what a good girl she is. She is in a safe place now, whether it is at my feet or snuggled up in a pile with my other three spoiled pugs. I am so hopeful she will feel better after her surgery, and it will give her a longer, healthier life. She deserves nothing less.

Hannah is 5 years old
(Photos by the talented Jenny Froh
of www.jennyfroh.com)


Hannah in her favorite yard here in her foster home

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A New Sunflower and a Tour of Mission San Juan Bautista

Sunlight Sunflower Bright
by Nancy Medina

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Sunlight Sunflower Bright is the newest work in the studio, as I prep canvases for two new commissions this weekend. I am still sorting through the photos from our recent trip to Carmel, California, a little town with the interesting distinction of having no street addresses downtown. Inland from Carmel and about a half an hour drive away we visited the historic Mission San Juan Bautista. I'm sharing a photo tour of this Mission with you below.

I am only a bit superstitious by nature, and I will say that this is one place I would never want to stay in overnight by myself. The air in the Mission seemed to be filled with history's ghosts, and even the grounds felt as if they vibrated with message of times gone by (or perhaps it was because it was built on the San Andreas fault!). I was overwhelmed by a sense of despair and hopelessness when I walked through the church, and I wonder if the ancestors of the Indians were crying out. Missions are beautiful historic places to visit, but the truth behind many of them is not as elegant as their exteriors. You can learn more about Mission San Juan Bautista on the web site, and in many historical books and papers.

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There were few visitors to the Mission the morning we visited.
The Mission had a feel as if it had almost been abandoned
by the Parks services years ago.





A plaque memorializes the Spanish expedition. My
hubby is a Carlos the III, too! Coincidence? hmmm?


I loved the architecture of this old stucco structure,
which was built right on the San Andreas fault.
I hurried home to watch my latest fav movie
2012 with John Cusack after visiting here.




The Mission bell. *Hotel California tune
running though my mind here...*




The Mission is perhaps best known for this image.










The inside was dark and cool on a warm summer day.





The church was beautiful. There were pawprints
of wild animals on the floors from when the
original brickwork was laid.





The front gardens were filled with statues and roses.




Another memento of the history.




We arrived early, so the light was
good for photos of the grounds.




The Mission.




The Mission Cemetery.





I wonder how many really died here.





Peeking through the locked cemetery gates,
this was the scene.

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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Oil on Linen Board

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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
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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.

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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!

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