Friday, August 12, 2011

Moonstruck Stargazer Lily and the Perseid Meteor Shower by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Moonstruck Stargazer Lily
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Moonstruck Stargazer Lily is the small study that inspired my larger painting, Star Struck Stargazers. The Perseid Meteor Shower will peak tonight, but when I took the pugs out a few minutes ago, I could only see a few stars twinkling. I may need to set my alarm for 3 am for the best viewing, but stars are not so bright when you live in a town like Flower Mound, so close to Dallas.

When my three sisters and I were in our early teens (yes, four daughters all in their teens at the same time, can you imagine?), we stayed up all night and watched the Perseids Meteor Shower. My Dad laid a quilt in the back of his old green Ford pickup and we lay side by side, just us girls, counting the shooting stars until our giggling was so distracting we lost the tally. I don't remember it being hot, I don't remember the mosquitoes that must have been swarming. I do remember laughing with my sisters until my sides ached, and the gorgeous streaks of light that were endless in the sky, like diamonds falling through water. Sisters are not diamonds, but they sure are priceless!



The fragrant studio model takes a bow

Star Struck Stargazer Lilies by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Star Struck Stargazer Lilies by Nancy Medina

Star Struck Stargazer Lilies is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, as Dallas celebrated a few clouds in the sky, and the end of our record breaking heat wave. The weather guy reassured us that we would be back in the 100s again tomorrow, but at least we got a break! I have a new commission under way of two very cute little pugs, that I will share with you soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your Friday, that you have something cold and delicious to drink, and that somebody you love is fanning you with palm fronds! Stay cool!



The inspiration for Star Struck Stargazer Lilies

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wild at Heart Sunflowers and My Grandpa the Ball Player by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Wild at Heart Sunflowers & Larkspur
by Nancy Medina

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Wild at Heart Sunflowers and Larkspur is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio and I am finally unpacked from my trip to St. Louis, my home town. This was a quick business trip, just one evening for a conference, but I had the good fortune to stay at the Hilton by the new baseball field downtown. The hotel was decorated with dozens of vintage photos of Cardinal baseball players from years ago, and brought back memories of my grandpa, Poppy.

Pop was a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns, the farm team for the Cardinals, back when he was a young guy who captured the attention of my beautiful grandmother, Kathleen. The picture below is not my grandfather, but was hanging in my hotel room, and I loved seeing the old stands in the background. This is the field my mother used to come to as a child to watch baseball games, she told me tonight, when I described the photo to her.

Poppy retired from his baseball career early, before the Browns went on to become the Baltimore Orioles. He opened a tavern back in a time when families went to taverns together, taking their children to eat and socialize. Poppy was quite the character, and never met anyone he did not like. He and my grandmother fought like cats and dogs, but I think she never stopped loving him, despite his faults. They don't make men like my grandpa any more. (And yes, I can hear my grandmother's ghost whispering, "and it's a good thing!").


An unknown Cardinal pitcher


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pretty Posers Sunflowers and Teaching at the Dallas Arboretum by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Pretty Posers Sunflowers
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Pretty Posers Sunflowers is drying on the easel and the studio assistants are in a celebratory mood, as home-made dog cookies are baking in the oven. I'm celebrating a bit, too, since I get to share some great news with you - I'll be teaching a flower painting workshop at the Dallas Arboretum on Saturday, October 8, from 9 am to 3 pm.

We will have limited space in the class, so I hope you will sign up early so we can paint together - I'm planning to share tips on how to create loose, bright florals in oils, for all levels, from beginners on up. The class will be listed on the Dallas Arboretum Web site later, but if you'd like to register early and save a seat, you can call the number listed below. I would love to spend the day with you, so hurry and sign up!

Nancy Medina
Painting Texas Flowers in Oils
Saturday, October 8
9 am to 3 pm
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Contact Megan - 214-515-6539 to register
www.dallasarboretum.org

Here's a picture below from my recent trip to Fredericksburg, Texas, where rain has been in short supply, but the folks who live there have planted some beautiful, heat tolerant blossoms - enjoy!



Flowers of Fredericksburg, Texas

Monday, August 8, 2011

Lost and Found Poppies by Texas Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Lost and Found Poppie

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Lost and Found Poppies is revitalized and drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, as my favorite disaster movie plays on the TV, and AnnieBee the studio director sleeps on the job. The studio is a bit of disaster, with supplies in piles here and there and boxes and frames to unpack. Soon I'll have to get serious about getting reorganized after my show in Fredericksburg. The big focus this week is staying indoors and out of the heat, and wishing for rain for South Texas! And of course, here is a photo of AnnieBee doing what she does best when she gets to Freddyburg, shopping.

Annie considers the selections
at the bone buffet...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Wayfarer White Roses and a Hill Country Art Show by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Wayfarer White Roses
by Nancy Medina
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Wayfarer White Roses is a new painting and is my tribute to being home again after so much travel lately! The Studio Director, AnnieBee, hubby and I returned from my art show in Fredericksburg, Texas on August 5. The Good Art Company Gallery Art Walk event was great fun, with lots of sales, lots of great food (including chocolate frozen yogurt!) and a chance to visit with some of my favorite collectors I haven't seen in years.

We had music, wine and hundreds of visitors in the gallery, despite the record Texas heat. It seemed everyone was looking for a reason to celebrate the sun being down. Annie greeted her fans with equanimity, though her majesty did begin to fade toward the end of the evening, due to her strenuous work schedule that day. She helped oversee the hanging of over 28 new pieces of art, played with Studio Dog Bob, and enjoyed drive-through takeout cuisine several times. It was like the perfect trip for everyone. Thank you so much to all those who made it out, including a lovely lady who drove all the way from Frisco to see me! And a big thanks to Mary Katherine, Brandon, Elsie, and Studio Dog Bob for all their hard work in making this such a successful show.


Dreamweaver Wildflowers on Mary Katherine's
beautiful antique easel out front.



I loved the fresh sunflowers! The gallery owners
did a great job of making this a success!



The beautiful new lighting installed that day
gave everything a glow, including AnnieBeeBelly!




This was the Poppy combo Sunflower
wall - look how high the ceilings are!
Somebody brave got on a ladder
that day, and it wasn't me!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Wind Tossed Sunflowers & Daisies and an Iris Garden Tour by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Wind Tossed Sunflowers and Daisies
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Here is a re-post of a previous blog listing, back when it was cool outside and the irises were still blooming. I'm at my show in Fredericksburg, Texas, this weekend, but wanted to share some flowers with you while I am away - Enjoy!

It's been windy in North Texas lately, so my flower photos have been a bit of a challenge. My newest sunflower painting reflects a bit of the breezy weather outside. That weather outside didn't stop me from making the annual pilgrimage today to Argyle Acres Iris Gardens! This weekend was their sneak peek, and even better, the blooming season has started early because of rains a few weeks ago. With our sharpened number 2 pencil and order sheet in hand, we found about five new lovelies to add to our garden out back next year. The rhizomes will arrive in an airy, light box later, just in time for our new iris-hydrangea beds to be settled in for the fall.

This year I got to meet Sparkles and Annie, Joe and Donna Spears' two char peis, and I got a few kisses from Sparkles, who specializes in sharing those with friends. Joe and Donna say they are ready to sell the business and retire so they can take an Alaskan cruise, so if you know anyone who would like to run a successful, award winning iris business be sure to drop them a line on their web site! They're even offering a year of free consulting to start things off well.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the gardens today, which are just a few miles up the road from our house. I'll share more over the next few weeks so don't be a stranger!


Donna, me, Joe and their helper, Sparkle.
Joe and Donna Spears are the
owners of Argyle Acres, though
Sparkle and Annie are in
charge of all indoor activities.



I love their meandering drive!




The wind was whispering around
these snow white blooms.




The little bugs seemed to love the
orange irises best of all.



Donna said the iris competitions always display
the flowers in green glass. Beautiful!



Click to see this one enlarged!






Even though it is early in the bloom season,
a few irises were out in full regalia! Wow
I loved these yellows. These are called Total Recall
and they bloom twice a year.


Keep an eye on my bloggy - more iris photos will be blooming here very soon!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Starburst Sunflower by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Starburst Sunflower by Nancy Medina

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Starburst is my final new painting before heading to the Texas Hill Country tomorrow morning for my show at The Good Art Company Gallery Friday. I have gotten in the habit of painting until midnight this week, and since I can sleep while the hubby drives tomorrow, saw no reason to interrupt that new pattern! I finished the Yorkie commission and it will be shipping very soon. Here is a peek for you below.


Pet Portrait Fini
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sweet Emotion White Poppy Flower Painting and a Yorkie Pet Portrait by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Sweet Emotion White Poppies by Nancy Medina
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Sweet Emotion White Poppies is a refurbished poppy painting, drying alongside a new pet portrait in the studio today. This little Yorkie girl is an angel now. Her portrait will be on its way to her mom soon, and hopefully will provide some comfort. I always know a pet portrait is finished when Studio Assistant Howard barks at it. He swears the eyes follow him around the room, but I think he's just paranoid.


Pet portrait in progress

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Dream and a Wish Roses and Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

A Dream and a Wish Roses and Hydrangeas
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A Dream and a Wish Hydrangeas is a new rose painting drying in Flower Mound Studio today, while I work on a pet portrait commission for a friend. I'll share the steps of the portrait commission with you step by step, as this little angel girl finds her way onto a canvas as a surprise gift for her mom in Santa Fe, NM.

Wishing you all cool weather today, as a severe heat warning grips North Texas. Please keep your critters indoors and cool, where they belong. My fatties think they belong indoors, cool, well fed, and smack dab in the middle of the King sized bed, or on the best spot on the couch, or in my lap when I'm trying to type up my blog. I think you get the picture. According to Howard Pee Pugpants, "maw, it's just how we roll here in Flower Mound Studio."


Pet Portrait under way - as soon as Howie barks at
it, I'll know for certain it is done....

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hold Tight Sunflowers by Texas Artist Nancy Medina


Hold Tight Sunflowers by Nancy Medina

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Hold Tight Sunflowers is a small painting that got a big facelift today. I was in a celebratory mood because I finished that big container garden painting in two days. My feet hurt, my back muscles are screaming, but my heart is happy! Summer Blossoms Container Garden will be the centerpiece of my show at The Good Art Company Gallery on Friday, August 5. If you are in the Texas Hill Country, stop on by and say howdy! I would absolutely love to meet you.

I'm so excited about the show, this will be my first featured artist night in the new gallery space on Main Street. I even thought about buying a dress for the occasion, but then remembered I will be hold her majesty, AnnieBee, most of the evening, so visions of a lovely black halter dress were gone with the wind. Besides, I'm white as a fish, with absolutely no arm muscle tone from skipping the gym for studio time. What was I thinking??

Friday, August 5, 2011
5 pm to 8 pm

The Good Art Company Gallery
218 W. Main Street
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
www.thegoodart.com

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Rosy Outlook Flower Painting by Texas Artist Nancy Medina


Rosy Outlook by Nancy Medina
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Rosy Outlook is the fruit of a long Saturday spent painting, after the housework was done, the puggies were fed, and the ball was tossed twenty dozen times for Studio Dictator/Director AnnieBee. Texas almost got a rain shower yesterday, but it passed us by. I am thinking positive thoughts for rain, since Southern Texas is in dire need!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Storm Watch Sunflowers by Texas Artist Nancy Medina


Storm Watch Sunflowers
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Storm Watch Sunflowers is the newest work in Flower Mound Studio, while clouds outside make vague promises of a nice cool rain to ease this summer heat. You know it's been hot when 90 degrees feels really nice for a change! While we're waiting for that hoped for rainstorm, here is little video of my studio assistants taking a break from their tasks and playing in the yard. Howard in particular loves water and will hop in whenever he can find it! Enjoy!




Howie Splishin and Splashin!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hideaway Bay Pink Poppies by Texas Artist Nancy Medina


Hideaway Bay Pink Poppies
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Hideaway Bay was my getaway from the large painting I am working on for my art show in Fredericksburg, Texas, on Friday, August 5. I'll be the featured artist at The Good Art Company Gallery that evening from 5 to 8 pm so do stop in - AnnieBee will be there and each time I walk out of her line of vision she is guaranteed to squeal like a pig. You really must see this to believe it. How can one pug be so spoiled? It defies imagination.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Garden Path With Tulips Painting by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Garden Path With Tulips by Nancy Medina
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Garden Path is a new work that has been waiting to take its place on a blank canvas ever since my trip to Carmel, California last month. I should be working on another large container garden, or finishing off the deep edge painting on the one I completed last night. I should have been starting on my inventory for my art show coming up! But Garden Path got in my way, and so I was forced to wander down it...and I am glad I did. Tomorrow is Friday, after all, and with the weekend ahead, I'll have plenty of time to paint! *knocking wood*

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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