Monday, November 28, 2011

Ice Cream Sundae White Rose Painting by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Ice Cream Sundae White Roses
by Nancy Medina

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Ice Cream Sundae Roses is a new painting in Flower Mound Studio, it was a little holiday project away from the large rooster painting that is under construction. I was in the mood for something lite! As promised, here is another step from the rooster painting I shared with you step by step in my last blog post. This is step three - and I am going to call this one Aperitif. This is a scene straight out of my childhood on the farm. My parents grew giant sunflowers to attract the insects off the vegetable crops. We also raised our own chickens and pigs. Guess whose job it was to feed the pigs? I'll give you one guess...



Step three - Aperitif - Rooster Painting
Under Construction
24X30

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunrise Sunflowers and a Rooster Painting Step by Step by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Sunrise Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
11X14
Oil on Linen Board
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It's been a busy weekend in Flower Mound Studio, with one large sunflower commission finished, a hydrangea commission under construction, and a call from a gallery requesting a new garden painting in some holiday colors. If you've been following the bloggy, you've seen I got sidetracked by some chickens this week. All these chicken and rooster paintings have reminded me so much of my childhood. I started a new one this morning (I usually have two or three paintings going at the same time...I'm sure there is a medication for this condition), and here is the little guy under construction, below. I promise I'm aware he has no feet, this guy is standing almost knee deep in grass and weeds. Stay tuned for more!



Rooster step one


Rooster step 2

Friday, November 25, 2011

Farm Queen - Chicken Painting by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Farm Queen by Nancy Medina
12X12
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Farm Queen is a companion painting to Little Man - Rooster. I'm on a chicken roll this week, I think the holidays are bringing back memories of my childhood. When I was driving home from Mom's yesterday, I saw a highway sign not far from her house that said This 2 Miles Adopted by the FFA. The Future Farmers of America. When I was in school, the girls took Future Homemakers of America, the boys took Future Farmers of America classes. Are these classes still offered? I wonder.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Little Man ~ Rooster Painting and Growing Up on an Organic Farm by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Little Man ~ Rooster by Nancy Medina
12X12
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Little Man ~ Rooster, is a new painting drying on the easel in Flower Mound Studio. I've been wanting to paint chickens for weeks, they are as colorful as flowers and just as unpredictable. We had fresh eggs from the chickens we raised growing up. My Dad named our little farm The Briar Patch and each of us girls was assigned certain chores, and each had a different animal to take care of. The chickens lived in a little A-framed coop surrounded (aptly) by a pen of chicken wire. Every morning we would gather warm brown eggs from the coop, they were large and sometimes there would be double yolkers. The egg yolks were a deep yellow color, nothing like the watery yellow of store-bought eggs. I'd like to tell you that life on the farm was glamorous and chickens were cuddly, but neither of those statements were true. What was true was that I would not change my childhood for anything, growing up out in the country, away from the city, was a beautiful way to develop imagination and wonder. Most of all, it was a great way to learn to love nature and the creatures of this earth. I am thankful for that time in my life, it was so unspoiled. The pugs and I wish every one of you a happy Thanksgiving holiday. I am thankful for your friendship and for the comments and thoughts you share. I hope you have loved ones nearby today!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sunflower Fields in Progress in Flower Mound Studio


Sunflower Field Commission in Progress
by Nancy Medina

48X36
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

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A sunflower commission in progress in the studio is about half finished this evening. My rapt audience lapsed into snores as they lay in a warm pile on their bed nearby, helped along by a nice bedtime snack. I love painting sunflowers, and was delighted when my client ordered this new painting for his wife for Christmas. Their beautiful Texas stone fireplace has a golden color, so I'm hoping this will be beautiful in their living room over the stone mantel. Stay tuned, I hope to post the final painting here very soon! nodp

Monday, November 21, 2011

Brushfire Sunflowers by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina


Brush Fire Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


Brushfire Sunflowers is a small study for a four foot sunflower commission under way in the studio today. When we were young and growing up on the farm, every weekend there was a potential adventure when the "city folk" came to visit their various properties around the area. Every once in a great while someone would fail to properly put out a fire and the smell of burning oak would fill the air. My parents would grab brooms, blankets, and buckets of water and run toward the smoke. The volunteer fire department would show up with their old tanker truck and the flames would be put out, thanks to a lot of very determined farmers.

That was back when most of the property in rural Kaufman County, Texas was undeveloped. I wish I had been smart enough to catalog the wildlife back then, especially the birds. At that time I was more focused on insects, since I had decided with utmost certainty I was going to be an entomologist. My grandmother bought me the illustrated "Bug Encyclopedia" and I still have it here in the studio today, with my rather rounded script signature on the inside cover written in number two pencil. It all seems like a million years ago now, although I do paint an occasional bug into my flower gardens.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fleeting Moments Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Fleeting Moments Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina
16X20
Oil on Linen Board
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Fleeting Moments Hydrangeas is a new take on an old painting, that got a bit of holiday polish this evening in Flower Mound Studio. I boosted the greens and added some purple and blue petals to a previously rather flat looking set of white hydrangeas. I also added some tiny black seeds to my watermelon, because, for some reason, black seeds just look better on a red watermelon than white seeds.

The house is all clean and ready for Thanksgiving festivities next week, and I just got back from a visit to mom's house last night. She is doing well on her new medication for her breathing, and seemed really happy. She pulled a chair up to me at the kitchen table and put her arms around me and told me she "loved her Nan." This time last year, we were gathered around her hospital bed, and Dr. Glick had told us things did not look good. She pulled through. My mom is one stubborn gal! I am going to cherish every moment with her on Thanksgiving Day next week, her favorite holiday. I have so much to be thankful for this year.

Friday, November 18, 2011

End of Bloom Poppies and Dallas Arboretum Winter Workshops by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina


End of Bloom Poppies by Nancy Medina

End of Bloom Poppies is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio. I couldn't resist painting more poppies even though I have a new four foot sunflower field commission I need to start. These are more of the large Utah poppies I featured in yesterday's blog post. I got some great news this week, I'll be teaching classes at the Dallas Arboretum again in January and in April, so stay tuned if you'd like to take a one day workshop with me in the most beautiful gardens in North Texas. We'll be painting winter blossoms in holiday hues in January.

I spent most of this week searching for a radio station that is playing Christmas music, with no luck so far. Maybe Sirius radio has something, which would certainly make it tempting to subscribe! This is my favorite time of year - then again, Texas doesn't get the brutal winters my friends in the Northern states get. We break out the jackets when it's 60 degrees outside!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Purple Heart Poppy Painting and Watching a Poppy Hatch by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Purple Heart Poppies by Nancy Medina
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Purple Heart Poppies is a new work in Flower Mound Studio, while the cold weather puts down roots in earnest in North Texas. Pansies are on sale at the local nursery, and if I have one spare moment this weekend I am going to take my coupon and pick up a batch of purple and yellow to put in pots around the front door. Today I took a trip down memory lane to fields of red poppies the size of dinner plates that grow wild around my friend's cabin in Utah. We carried our easels out into the woods and painted the blossoms as they blew in the breeze under the aspens.

Some of you are saying "oh dear, she's telling that artist meets bear story again where surprisingly, she is not eaten by the bear," but no, I promise not to bore you with that part of the tale. Instead, that weekend, I found out why poppies are called poppies. While we were blissfully painting them, we heard a loud POP noise, and a gorgeous large poppy unfurled right before our eyes. The pop noise was caused by the green egg-shaped casing that had burst open, releasing the red bloom in a matter of seconds. Here's the poppy egg, in the photo below. Now you know the rest of the story, poppies bloom, but they also hatch.



The inspiration for Purple Heart Poppies



A fresh poppy egg casing!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Deep Purple Stargazer Lily by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Deep Purple Stargazer by Nancy Medina

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Deep Purple Stargazer is a new little blossom in the studio. I found a bunch of lovely deep purple blossoms at the store, and am rushing to capture them before they fade. I want to paint red and white poinsettias, red rose hips, red roses, anything that will help me capture the holiday spirit. I can't wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas, my favorite time of year. These stargazers are the closest I've gotten to holiday paintings so far, with a list in my imagination of more holiday hues waiting to hop onto canvases between now and the end of the year.

Even Howard Pee Pugpants has been getting into the mood, and laid claim to a new red throw in the living room today. He has decided this uber-soft blankey is perfect for her favorite football afternoon passtime, perch napping. Please don't try this at home - Howard is a professional perch napper, and has been practicing for years; he makes it look easy!





Howie perch nappin'

Friday, November 11, 2011

Winter Peace - Stargazer Lilies and Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Winter Peace Stargazer Lilies and Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
24X20
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Winter Peace is the newest painting in the studio, and was the demo for my class today here in Flower Mound. With a vase full of fragrant stargazers I could not resist pulling out the purples and greens and seeing what happened next. My student did a beautiful job on her hydrangea painting, a large one she just about finished despite having to step over my studio helpers. This student insisted the helpers participate in class today, much to their delight.


Having the whole family participate does lend a few comedic moments, when all four helpers lay side by side like overstuffed sausages in front of the easel, or the Boss decides to place three of her stuffed toys directly in the path of the palette table. And then there were the moments we promised we would never speak of again, when one of the helpers had a bit of flatulence. It takes a special student to want all the babies in the studio during a lesson, so this wonderful gal earned double gold stars! Tonight I have four exhausted, happy pugs, and a new holiday painting to share with you. Winter peace to you and all of your loved ones, from my home to yours!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sunchild Sunflowers by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Sunchild Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
11X14
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The studio is sparkling clean and all my little nicknacks have been dusted, pug hair removed from all surfaces, paints are set out, and we are ready to teach a class in Flower Mound Studio tomorrow. Fresh homemade quiche (made by the hubby) is cooling in the kitchen, and I've diced up fresh fruit for a salad for our lunch. Okay, I admit I bought the fruit already diced up, but I WILL have to pour it into a little bowl before it is eaten.

This lovely lady who is taking a lesson likes to have all of the studio helpers underfoot for her classes, so the pugs are going to be in for a treat, since they adore visitors almost as much as they love snacks. I picked out stargazer lilies, red roses, and sunflowers and hydrangeas, so we'll have lots of choices when the caffeine wakes up the muses tomorrow and we decide what we will spend our day painting. After he finished whipping up the quiche, Carlos played with is new IPhone, and made a photo of Studio Director AnnieBee for my screensaver. I've shared it with you below, my little snow queen. I should note this is not her happy face, since she is a bit of a tomboy and does not care for clothing at all.


AnnieBee - The Little Snow Queen

Monday, November 7, 2011

Holiday Hydrangeas and Rose Hips and The Boss in Her New Ducky Jammies by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Holiday Hydrangeas and Rose Hips
by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Holiday Hydrangeas and Rose Hips is the newest painting in the studio, the fruit of my latest sojourn to Central Market's bountiful flower market *sound of trumpets*. I was on my way to the cash register with my arms loaded with lovely blossoms when I caught sight of a bundle of white hydrangeas and red rose hips a customer had created. My heart was going pitty pat as I quickly exchanged a few selections for my very own bundle of lovely white hydrangeas and red rose hips, with greenery, of course, as holiday backup. I also found some perky sunflowers and bundles of blue and purple larkspur.

With all this excitement over flowers, it took me a day or two to unveil the most important new studio accoutrement, The Boss's new PJs. Here she is, ready for the cold front - AnnieBee in her new ducky jammies. Her brothers were running around naked like wild animals, while she was looking all stylish. I promise I only made her wear them for a minute. Okay make that five minutes, for her photo shoot.


Holiday Hydrangeas studio peek



Annie (aka The Boss) in her new ducky jammies

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Darling Diva Sunflowers by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Darling Diva Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina

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Darling Diva Sunflowers is a new painting completed during a workshop in Flower Mound Studio. I made a special trip to my fav new flower store, Central Market (sound of trumpets), and came home with precious blossoms. The nice cheeses, the special organic chicken, the fresh loaf of bread, all meant so little compared to the wonderful flowers I held carefully in my lap all the way home. This trip I found rose hips, white hydrangeas, crisp decorative greenery, and some nice shaggy sunflowers. I'm spritzing my new blossoms like crazy to keep them fresh as long as possible, so stay tuned for new paintings right here in the next few days!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sundance Sunflower by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina


Sundance Sunflower by Nancy Medina
6X8
Oil on Linen Board


Sundance Sunflower is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio and is a small study based on my flagging, fading, drooping sunflowers. They are the last of the Mohicans, the last fresh flowers left. The hydrangeas finally lost their sparkle, so I put each of them in the ground with high hopes and a nice drink of water that we would meet again next spring. I think tomorrow I'll have to sweep up the yellow petals and toss these in the bin.

AnnieBee is also a little pooped, but still has enough energy to kibitz. Her majesty had a big weekend - Sunday was the 15th Annual PugOWeen for Dallas Ft Worth Pug Rescue. She selected her lifeguard outfit for her parade before the judges. Despite her perfect figure and form fitting outfit, Annie did not take home a ribbon. With 800 peeps and their pugs competing, you could say competition was fierce! Fortunately, a little bite of hotdog was enough to assuage any hurt feelings...



AnnieBee as LifeGuard Puggy

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