Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sunshine Sunflowers and Carnations by Texas Artist Nancy Medina


Sunshine Sunflowers and Carnations
by Nancy Medina
24X20
Oil on Linen Board
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Sunshine Sunflowers and Carnations may be the last painting I will be able to coax from the studio model bouquet. The flowers are just starting to droop this morning, and since Texas is in for another scorcher this weekend, I don't expect they'll be perky enough for prime time tonight!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Candle Flame Sunflowers by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Candle Flame Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
6X8
Oil on Linen Board
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Candle Flame Sunflowers is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, as the assistants wind down from a day of playing with two new squeaky toys that arrived in their absolute favorite mode - a crinkly, crackley plastic Target bag. Java learned at a very early age that every time Mom came home with one of these bags, good things were inside. As each additional pug arrived in Java's home (he was the first pug, we are all HIS GUESTS, I often tell him), he wasted no time in schooling them in the fine art of claiming ownership of anything that arrived in a crinkley Target bag. He and Annie often fight over the toys, while Howie looks on wondering why on earth they want anything that one cannot eat. Inevitably, the toy I give Annie winds up in Java's mouth, and vice versa, as if this were some rule of the pug universe. Whatever you got, is better than what I got, and I want it. Another good reason to have studio assistants about, you learn some new and important life lesson every day!

Thank you to all the kind friends who reached out to me yesterday following my post about my scary mammogram. Your words, calls and notes mean so much to me, I cannot even begin to say how much. I hope that this all is over with very quickly, each time the phone rings my stomach does a flip flop. This is really interfering with my general practice of snacking all day!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hope in a Jar Sunflowers and Larkspur by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Hope in a Jar Sunflowers & Larkspur
by Nancy Medina

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16X20
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Hope in a Jar Sunflowers and Larkspur is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio and is dedicated to all the very brave gals I know who are fighting and who have survived cancer. I had some scary results from a routine mammogram last week, and was called in for an ultrasound. The doctor found a very tiny spot in my left breast. As she stood over me pointing to the screen, showing me the "shadow" this tiny spot cast (a bad sign, she said), my whole body shook and my teeth chattered. I could hardly get the questions out. When I got outside, I sat alone in my car and sobbed. I turned my head away from the window, so people walking by would hopefully not see me. Then I pulled myself together and stopped crying. I thought about some incredible ladies I know who have survived very real battles with cancer. They've fought it bravely and with class and grace. They have faced much more than the small challenge right now that I am facing.

With mom's health being so poor lately, I did not want her to find out. I hope that her first knowledge of this will be when I tell her I have received the biopsy results, and the tiny mass was nothing at all to worry about. While I'm waiting for that, I will think of Susan, Roxanne, Sue, Beth, and Melanie. Just thinking of them makes me feel much braver, though I am probably the world's worst patient, the biggest worry wart, and the kind of person who drives doctors to drink with second guessing and endless questions. For now, I'm waiting on a phone call. Part of me wishes it would come, the other dreads it. Fortunately, there are many distractions, four of whom are quite demanding about fetch, food and tummy rubs!



A peek at my very patient studio models

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Local Color Sunflower Bouquet and Some Cool Canadian Art Show Images by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Local Color Sunflower Bouquet
by Nancy Medina

16X20
Oil on Linen Board

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Local Color Sunflower Bouquet is the latest bunch of blossoms blooming in Flower Mound Studio (can you tell I adore alliteration?). Half of the studio helper crew has retired to the big bed with Dad, while the two girls are snoring their support from just to my left on soft, luxurious pillows. Absolute comfort is always a priority for my girls.

I received a note from my art agent today with a cool photo I wanted to share with you. One of the paintings that was on display at the big art show in Toronto, Canada, was blown up quite a bit for the display. I've attached a photo of the painting so you can see the before and after. Would you believe the original hydrangea painting is only 8X10 inches? Who could believe this could be made into such a huge painting? I think it's just very cool. When I am rich someday I'll buy a big ole machine that can print up my images on giant giclee boards and just hang them around the house like giant billboards. Then again, maybe I won't....



The studio models take a bow!



Detail: Local Color Sunflower Bouquet




Late Bloomers Hydrangeas, 8X10


Late Bloomers at the top, in a five part wall hanging.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Windy Weather White Roses by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Windy Weather White Roses
by Nancy Medina

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8X10
Oil on Linen Board

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Windy Weather White Roses is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, as the studio assistants snooze. I received good news from the coordinators at the Dallas Arboretum - my flower painting class filled up so quickly they have added four more spots! I was tickled pink to see they put Wayfarer White Roses painting on their adult education catalog - the hubby did not realize it was my artwork when the mail arrived, so he tore the catalog a bit opening it. I photoshopped out the tears and crinkles so it looks just as good as new here, don't you think? I wish I could photoshop out my wrinkles....then again maybe not. Many were hard earned from squinting at my canvas!

Painting Texas Flowers in Oils
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
www.dallasarboretum.org
October 8, 2011
9 am to 3 pm
Contact Megan: 214-515-6539

Wayfarer White Roses
14X18
Oil on Canvas

Lemon Souffle Rose Bouquet by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina


Lemon Souffle Rose Bouquet
by Nancy Medina
16X20
Oil on Canvas Panel
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Lemon Souffle is a bit like how my brain feels following two days of learning the new OS Lion operating system for the Mac in my art studio. I'm sure there is a flow chart in some computer geek's cubicle with the following course of events:

Software Upgrade/Improvement Occurs
Client Freaks Out
Clients Go Into Denial (I took a nap)
Client Gets Angry (I posted help messages on all the discussion boards)
Client Bargains (I begged Apple for my old operating system back)
Client Enters Acceptance Phase (I learned the new system works better)

If any of you saw my posts on Facebook pleading for help, you may disregard. With the exception of having to boot the old MSN/hotmail email account, all is well in Flower Mound Studio.



Detail: Lemon Souffle Rose Bouquet

Monday, September 5, 2011

Late Start Geraniums by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Late Start Geraniums by Nancy Medina

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11X14
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Late Start Geraniums is named in honor of how late I am breaking out the brushes in the studio today. I do have a good excuse, though, we spent time with friends who are moving, and I also spent a few hours prepping canvases this morning. You know you've prepped a lot of canvases when you use one gallon of Gesso in one shot!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Larkspur, Lemons and Roses by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina



Larkspur, Lemons and Roses
by Nancy Medina
20X20
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Larkspur, Lemons and Roses is a new painting drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio. It's been a big week in the studio, and the pug of the hour has been Howard Pee Pugpants, who celebrated his eighth birthday. Howie likes to watch TV, supervise cooking activities, bark at airplanes, and also, to our surprise, croon to guitar music. Here's a photo of Howie singing along with Dad on his birthday. Those who know him well won't be a bit surprised to hear that Howie sings to himself on his birthday. In Howie's world, it's all about Howie! Happy birthday to my beautiful, beautiful boy.


A studio peek at the setup peeking at the painting



Howie sings happy birthday to himself

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Gentle Slumber Rose Bouquet by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Gentle Slumber Rose Bouquet
by Nancy Medina
11X14
Oil on Linen Board

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Gentle Slumber Rose Bouquet is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, and the room smells like roses today because Hannah the foster pug got a bath. She is quite shiny and clean and I can tell this little lady feels much better now that she has received the full spaw treatment. Her little nose wrinkles are fresh, her breakfast has been gently wiped from her chin, and even her collar got a good soaking today to remove all traces of past meals.

She is gently slumbering now, with a little snoring for good measure, and I'm sure in her dreams she is the back yard sentinel, chasing away pesky interlopers and sounding the alarm in case of intruders. I'm not quite sure how we got by without her in the past, she is such a vital part of the security team at the Medina Foster Home for Wayward Pugs.


The studio models take a bow



Hannah keeps an eagle eye on the skies
(Photo by www.jennyfroh.com)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Limes and White Roses by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Limes and White Roses by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Limes and White Roses is a new work in the studio, as I ship one commission and finish another one this holiday weekend. The studio props did not interest the assistants tonight, so four snoring souls are gathered around my feet. It's quiet, the world is sleeping, and I am counting the days until I see mom again. I hope you are safe and sound with loved ones nearby, and have sweet dreams yet to come.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sweet Cantaloupe and Sunflowers by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Sweet Cantaloupe and Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina

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12X12
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Sweet Cantaloupe and Sunflowers caused quite a stir with the four-footed studio assistants. Little noses were pointed upward, and eyes were searching the heavens for morsels that - if only an earthquake or some other wonderful event would happen - could fall to the ground and land in little mouths. Even the hubby had to be forewarned that at least a portion of the sweet fruit on the kitchen counter must not be consumed, and must be reserved for the easel.

Now that the painting is done, however, the cantaloupe will have to face its own demise, doled out to little mouths that have been eagerly waiting all evening, and then the rest chopped and packaged tightly in tupperware for a lunchtime treat at work tomorrow. Rarely is there a time when fruit props in the studio do not instill high drama. I'm sure the same is true for you, if you have four-footed helpers nearby.



The inspiration for all the drama
among the studio assistants

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sweet Smiles Sunflowers by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Sweet Smiles Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina

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12X12
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Sweet Smiles Sunflowers is a new painting in the studio, on a day that had a very nice moment I think I will never forget. A few moments before mom was checked out of the hospital this afternoon, and before she left for home, she received a phone call from my niece, Robin. This was the first day of College for Robin. Robin's school day ended at 2:30 pm. At 2:35 pm, the phone rang and she was calling for my mom, to tell her how it went. She had psychology today, and her friend was in the class with her. Robin really liked her psychology course. I am so proud to have a niece who has such a lovely heart that her first thought on such an important day was for her grandmother. I can't think of anything more wonderful that could have happened, can you? Robin has spent almost every weekend since she was a tiny toddler at her grandmother's house. She has spent most of her summer there, too. When my mother was little, she spent every summer at her grandmother's house. It's a beautiful tradition.


The smiling studio models

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer Blossoms Container Garden by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Summer Blossoms Container Garden
by Nancy Medina

36X48
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Summer Blossoms Container Garden is my newest four-foot container garden and is on display at The Good Art Company Gallery. These large gardens tend to develop as they are painted, with one flower pointing the way to the next bunch that will be painted. I usually try to start with two or three main ideas for pots and flower combinations, but sometimes a certain color changes that careful planning completely, calling for a different flower completely to reside next door. I'll have all my work materials ready to paint red geraniums, and suddenly I become convinced that blue hydrangeas have to go in that big pot on the left.

There is no conscious rhyme or reason that goes into the planning, my subconscious seems to run the show. Here is a detail from the garden, and I hope you'll stop by and visit my garden the next time you are in the Texas Hill Country at The Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Thank you so much for the kind words for my mom, she has been moved out of the ICU, and her doctor said she may come home tomorrow!

Detail from Summer Blossoms
Container Garden



Saturday, August 27, 2011

Purple Studio Irises by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina


Purple Studio Irises
by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Canvas Panel
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Purple Studio Irises is a new work drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, and it's been an eventful week here. Mom is back in the hospital after she suffered a fall at home on Friday, but the good news is that she is doing very well. She has to use her oxygen all the time now, and the cord for her oxygen got tangled in her recliner Friday morning and she fell trying to untangle it. Fortunately, my aunt and my niece were there, and my niece (who is partially deaf) heard mom ringing her bell and woke up and came downstairs to help mom up and call for help. We are hoping she'll be home from the hospital in just a day or two.

In the meantime mom's had lots of visits from daughters and loved ones. The ICU waiting room has become a very familiar place for my family. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be going through this if I did not have my sisters. We are like sailors on a ship in a rough ocean, always encouraging each other, remembering funny events to keep our spirits up, and most of all just hanging on together for dear life.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Daydreamer Poppies and a Very Pleasant Surprise by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Daydreamer Poppy Bouquet
by Nancy Medina
11X14
Oil on Linen Board

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Daydreamer Poppy Bouquet is a new painting in the studio tonight, as I begin work on a new commission for a special little girl. I had a nice surprise today when I learned that the Dallas Arboretum had placed one of my rose paintings on the front of their Web site to announce their adult painting classes for the fall. I immediately texted mom, of course, only to hear that she had already seen it on The Facebook, thanks to my sister. Again, I have to say, mothers know everything.

I hope if you are in the North Texas region you will join me at the Dallas Arboretum for an indoor painting workshop on Saturday, October 8. We are going to have a fun day at the most beautiful gardens in Texas.

I am going to keep my class size small so I can focus on every student, and all levels of experience are welcome. So hurry and sign up for Painting Flowers in Oils under the Educational tab of the Dallas Arboretum Web Site! I would absolutely love to see you there.

Painting Texas Flowers in Oils

Nancy Medina Art Workshop
Dallas Arboretum


October 8, 2011
9 am to 3 pm
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
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Featured painting:
Wayfarer White Roses
18X14
Oil on Canvas
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Heart's Harmony Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Heart's Harmony Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
11X14
Oil on Canvas Panel
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Heart's Harmony Hydrangeas is a new work in Flower Mound Studio, and it's another hot day in Dallas, Texas. I didn't have time to buy any fresh flowers this afternoon after work, so I pushed my paints in an abstract way to intensify some temperature changes and have fun with color. My hydrangeas are from a photo taken in Carmel, California a few months ago, a trip I now remember with great nostalgia, since we had to layer our clothing and wear jackets in the evenings. I do think that if Global warming is on its way, I'd like to be stuck on the part of Earth that freezes, rather than the part that broils.

Monday, August 22, 2011

A New Sunflower Painting and Tales of Texting With Mom by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Sunflowers and Blue Agapanthus
by Nancy Medina

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12X12
Oil on Canvas Panel

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Sunflowers and Blue Agapanthus is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, as the assistants nap in strategic locations around the base of the easel. I called mom yesterday to share the great news about my blue ribbon in the art show. "I know," she said, "I saw it on The Facebook." I'm not sure why that surprised me. I first realized mom would always be one step ahead of us around the time I was five years old and discovered that she really could see the four of us girls fighting in the back seat of the Carmen Ghia while she was driving. Thus, she had to be telling the truth about having eyes in the back of her head.

Mom sent me a text message a few days ago. My Aunt Bitsy, who stays with my mom (Elsie), texted me a few seconds in advance.

Aunt Bitsy's text said,
"Els is texting. Get ready."

I wrote back:
"Standing by!"

Three minutes later I received this text from my mother:
"Have a seat."

I wrote back:
"I'm sitting - what r u doing?"

Mom wrote back:
"Breathing. Bye"



The studio models at rest after a hard day in the office

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sleepy Sunday Hydrangeas and an Art Show Honor in Flower Mound Studio

Sleepy Sunday Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina
12X12
Oil on Canvas Panel
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My sleepy Sunday yesterday got a bit of a wake up call when I learned I had won first place in the 2011 Annual Judged Show of the Mid Cities Fine Arts group in Hurst, Texas. Silent Serendipity White Poppies took first in the Works on Canvas Category. I was tickled pink to hear that my friend and art mentor Fran Chausse White won an honorable mention in the same category for her beautiful poppy painting.

On a sad note, the white studio hydrangeas lost the gloss on their bloom, their beauty faded, their youthful perkiness was no more, and alas, withered and alone, they found themselves tossed into the bin heap of life, forgotten and unappreciated in Flower Mound Studio. Old age is a cruel, cruel thing.



Silent Serendipity White Poppies

First Place Winner
2011 Open Judged Show
Mid Cities Fine Arts

16X20
Oil on Linen Board


Market Mix Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Market Mix Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina
8X10
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Market Mix Hydrangeas is a small painting I completed after a series of large hydrangea paintings. A sensible painter would do the small study first, learn something important, and apply that to a new, large painter. Me, I like to make my mistakes on big canvases. I think it has something to do with me being a shopaholic. My sister said I really need to acquire the habit of checking price tags before I get to the register at some point. I'm not sure how one of those goes with the other, but somehow there is a subliminal connection.

Market Mix basking in the glow of
the fading studio models

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Time Passages Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Time Passages Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina

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Time Passages Hydrangeas is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio while that old song floats around in my head. My sister told me today that mom is starting to get a bit confused, and when you tell her something, she cannot always repeat back to you exactly what you said. Mom is end-stage COPD, a lifetime smoker with asthma. Her last two hospital stays were frightening, and her doctor, an extraordinary man with six children who runs a free clinic on weekends in a low income area for the poor, told us to prepare ourselves. She has been sleeping more lately, but still makes an occasional excursion to the grocery store with her portable oxygen.

Mom is still solidly in charge of her kitchen, ensuring her 40 plus year old daughters pour up the iced tea properly, and do not overcook the dinner rolls. But the fire is beginning to fade a tiny bit, and this fills my heart with such sorrow. I bought a book last year called Conversations With Your Mother. Over time I would bring it over and when she was in the mood, she'd answer some of the questions for me. When I brought it to her house last weekend, she only had one word answers for most of the questions. I am hoping she will be feeling better next weekend when I visit again. How I wish I could go back 10 years in time, and be given back those days and days with her. For now, I am very thankful, though, for the time we have.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Black Grapes and Purple Lilacs and a Special Studio Visitor


Black Grapes and Purple Lilacs by Nancy Medina
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Black Grapes and Purple Lilacs is an old favorite getting a moment in the blog spotlight, after a fun day in the studio teaching a workshop. J'Lynn, my student, did a brilliant job on her hydrangeas today, and was extremely patient with the little troop of helpers that never left her side. I think J'Lynn did such a great job, especially considering she has never painted in oils before! The pugs were so happy to have visitors, I am sure they thought the entire day had been planned for their enjoyment.

There is nothing better than spending a day in the studio with a friend and having happy puggies snoring contentedly in the evening. I hope you had a nice Friday, and to think - there are two more whole days to the weekend ahead! Have a great one!

J'Lynn's hydrangeas

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Glass Jar Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina


Glass Jar Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina

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11X14
Oil on Canvas Panel
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Glass Jar Hydrangeas will probably be the last painting I can coax from this lovely bunch of hydrangeas I found at the grocery store two days ago. The flower selection in the stores has never been so thin, and today I even tried several other stores, and could find no more hydrangeas, and no sunflowers. Instead there were several varieties of roses, so it looks like I'll be spending time with roses for the next few days!

Tomorrow I teach a class here in the studio and my assistants have promised to be on their best behavior. The boys will be locked up in the kitchen, however, since four pugs underfoot is a challenge even for the most intrepid of artistic souls. Carlos has made a wonderful homemade quiche for us, and cut up fresh watermelon, so lunch will be quite the occasion! I know I should be saying sage things about painting, but for some reason that warm quiche is distracting me....

Have a wonderful weekend, my painting friends, and may your next canvas be a masterpiece!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Heavenly Blossoms Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Heavenly Blossoms Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Heavenly Blossoms Hydrangeas hopped onto the canvas pretty quickly today, and I have no real explanation for that. I had been wanting to paint white hydrangeas again for quite some time and went flower shopping tonight, for sunflowers. Not a single sunflower was available in the grocery store. But to my delight, one last solitary white hydrangea bundle was saying "Come hither...." and so I hithered on over there and bought the expensive thing!

The helpers are snoozing, evening temperatures are cooling off, and all is well in Flower Mound Studio. How are you surviving the summer? I hope you are not getting the heat we are! These hydrangeas are not fans of the heat, and I'll be interested to see if they are still fresh tomorrow for another modeling session. They were not cheap, and they have to earn their keep!




Monday, August 15, 2011

Sweet Temptations Sunflowers and Daisies by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina


Sweet Temptations Sunflowers & Daisies
by Nancy Medina
16X20
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Sweet Temptations Sunflowers may look familiar - it is based on many of the same studio stars who posed for me last night. My models are starting to fade, drooping here, sagging there, needing an injection of some plumping formulas in certain areas. My mind is traveling down this road because I had to make a dermatology appointment today. A little mole on my temple has changed and so it's time for the doctor to take a peek. The last time I saw her she tried to talk me into some magical injections for my lips, and some excellent rejuvenating elixirs for the areas around my eyes. Something tells me that moles are losing their fascination for her.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Gardens Bounty Sunflowers by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina


Garden's Bounty Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
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Garden's Bounty Sunflowers is drying on the easel as I finish up a new pet portrait commission of two little pugs. I've shared one of the stages of the painting below, and will provide the step by step progression for you as soon as this one is finished. We are so thankful for cooler weather, and even a bit of rain in North Texas this week. I am dreaming of fall! How about you?



Handsome Wheezer, a Man of Mystery....

Friday, August 12, 2011

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

Moonstruck Stargazer Lily
by Nancy Medina
10X10
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

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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

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