Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sisterhood Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Sisterhood Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
11X14
Oil on Linen Board
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Sisterhood Hydrangeas is a new painting, one that I wasn't at all sure I could complete tonight but I'm really glad I did. Thank you to everyone who sent prayers, good thoughts, and words of encouragement - my breast biopsy today went fine. I was really fortunate to have a great doctor, and she was fast and did everything she could to make sure it was painless as possible. As soon as I arrived, the Nurse gave me a warm blanket because she thought I looked cold. I carried it around like security blanket as they shuffled me from room to room, and then when it was time for the procedure, the tech held my hand through the whole thing. She was a young gal, very smart, I could tell, and probably half my age.

The doctor was very professional, but she had a great bedside manner. She had short, spiky red hair, cute glasses, and an intellect that had me convinced I was in the absolute best hands. She kept insisting that if I needed more of the anesthetic, to be sure and let her know. (and I did at least once!). We watched the whole procedure on a screen and she took four tissue samples. When she was done, she inserted a marker that looked like a tiny comb with three titanium teeth. This will guide them for any future surgeries. I should have results by Monday, since their lab is right there in the same hospital.

I thought I had made a big mistake not asking for anesthesia so I would sleep through the procedure, but I'm glad I just went with the local and stayed awake. It was not as painful as I had feared, and I also feel like I achieved something today. I was terrified, but I did it and I did okay! As I lay there, I thought about every one of you and what you said, and the experiences and good thoughts and prayers that I knew were coming my way. I cannot tell you how much that helped, and how much it still and always will mean to me. As one dear friend said tonight, our social media has allowed the friend and sister circle to be large and embracing. Thank you to each of you for that embrace. It carried me.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Circle of Friends Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Circle of Friends Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina

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11X14
Oil on Linen Board

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Circle of Friends Hydrangeas is a new painting drying in Flower Mound Studio. It is dedicated to everyone who has sent notes of support and thoughts of strength and good wishes for my breast biopsy tomorrow.

My procedure is just a little blip on the radar of what many of you have been through, some of you multiple times. I am embarrassed to think how frightened I am, but I am also absolutely certain I will be fine. I will not shriek when they stick the needle in. I will not run screaming from the room when they start laying out the giant syringes on the metal tray next to my left ear. (Can you tell my imagination has been running away with me?) And I will stop kicking myself for choosing the procedure sans anesthesia.

I am going to be brave! It didn't help, though, when the surgeon's nurse called today and after asking me if I had suffered any major traumatic injuries this year such as being struck by a car, she followed up by asking me which breast they would be operating on tomorrow. I pretended I didn't know, because I wanted to be sure she looked it up. If they start prepping the wrong breast, however, I am out of there. Please think positive thoughts for your wimpy friend. And while I'm counting down the minutes, I've added a funny photo below. We all need to laugh sometimes, yes?



A peek at the studio models in situ...



This little fellow
was at the Project Pugway Fashion
Show recently for DFW Pug Rescue. And this
was my favorite photo of the event!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Tick Tock White Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Tick Tock White Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina

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11X14
Oil on Linen Board

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Tick Tock White Hydrangeas is drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, where it is nice and quiet except for the contented snores of the studio assistants, who, in this frigid 85 degree weather, were forced to pile into one big heap in the big bed. (Illustration provided below). I was delighted today to find white hydrangeas for sale at the grocery store, and of course I grabbed a fresh bunch of sunflowers while I was there. I wonder if there is any person on earth who spends more on sunflowers than I do. Surely there is a Guinness designation I could shoot for here...



The click is ticking for these fragile studio models!





Pugs have a proclivity for piling...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Trick of the Light White Roses by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Trick of the Light White Roses
by Nancy Medina

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11X14
Oil on Linen Board

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Trick of the Light White Roses is drying on the easel, named for a book by one of my favorite authors, Louise Penny. Trick of the Light is her newest book in her Detective Armand Gamache series. If you've never read her, you are so lucky because there are half a dozen books just waiting that you are going to love. Louise is a four time winner of the Agatha Award for best mystery. I do my "reading" on CD when I'm driving to and from work. It's the only spare time I've got. And I have to confess, I'm such a rabid fan, I even follow her on Facebook. No worries though, I haven't any nursing background and I've never been arrested for kidnapping or holding an author hostage before.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

White Hydrangea Solo by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

White Hydrangea Solo by Nancy Medina

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6X8
Oil on Linen Board

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White Hydrangea Solo is a new small work in Flower Mound Studio, finished after an afternoon of packing up paintings. I could not find any white hydrangeas at the market, so I had the pinks stand in for their white cousins on the studio table tonight. Would you believe these pinks are the same bunch I bought last weekend and - thanks to my refrigerator - they are still perky and fresh? I wonder if maybe I should start sleeping in the refrigerator every night. Then I could wake up perky and fresh and dewy eyed every morning!


Shh, don't tell, I painted the
pink ones in white!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Farm Girl Sunflowers by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Farm Girl Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina

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11X14
Oil on Linen Board

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Farm Girl Sunflowers was painted last night after finishing the larger hydrangea painting. Farm Girls hopped onto the canvas and immediately made me think of the flowers that grew on mom's and dad's farm when I was little. The sunflowers were not for show. In fact, I never once recall mom bringing any of them into the house and putting them in a vase. They were never admired by my parents, I think I was the only one in the family who ever loved the giant sunflowers that were planted between the rows of vegetables on our organic farm. The flowers were used to attract insects off of the food crops. They served a very utilitarian purpose. Nowadays I spend tons of money on them and pay grocery store prices, with usually at least two varieties in vases in the studio at one time. I have to make up for all those years on the farm these beauties went to waste!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Azure and Pink Larkspur and Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Azure and Pink Larkspur and Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina

24X30
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Azure and Pink Larkspur and Hydrangeas is the newest painting in the studio, and likely would not have been possible if I hadn't learned some great tips on how to keep hydrangeas fresh. The gal at the supermarket who works in the flower department (yes, the one who gets a big grin on her face every time I enter the store), told me some very common sense ways to keep hydrangeas fresh.

She said they are based on the word "hydrate," thus they love water - she said to spritz them with water a few times a day. I noticed as I was browsing her lovely selection that her best bouquets were in the back in a refrigerated section of shelving. So last night, before I went to bed, I nestled my pink hydrangeas right next to the iced tea inside the fridge. This morning they were fresh as daisies! With all these cool tips, maybe they will last me a whole week! Just think of all the paintings I can do if they hang on that long. Then these $8 per flower beauties may actually earn their keep, instead of fading away much too soon.


A studio peek at the models as they pose




Keep them refrigerated overnight!



Spritz your hydrangeas with cool water!

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
Oil on Linen Board


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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
Oil on Linen Panel

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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
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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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

Donated to STARS in 2011 to
support the Arts in North Texas


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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
Oil on Canvas Panel

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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
Oil on Canvas Panel

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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
Available through
The Good Art Company Gallery

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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
www.dallasarboretum.org

Contact Megan - 214-515-6539


Featured painting:
Wayfarer White Roses
18X14
Oil on Canvas
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

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.

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