Monday, December 19, 2011

Babys Got Back Rooster and a Container Garden in Progress by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina - SOLD

Babys Got Back - Rooster
by Nancy Medina

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8X10
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Babys Got Back - Rooster, is the newest little addition to the barnyard in Flower Mound Studio today. I made more progress on the commissioned 30X40 still life painting, and have shared another step with you below. I added lemons and white daisies, the same daisies from my blog study yesterday. I want the whole painting to feel like morning light is bouncing around on a tabletop, just inside a sunny window, when it is done. Stay tuned as I complete it this week. I promise to share more pictures.


Container Garden - In Progress, 30X40

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sun Kissed Daisies by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Sun Kissed Daisies
by Nancy Medina
10X10
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Sun Kissed Daisies is a small study for the 40 inch still life taking shape in the studio this week. This was a busy weekend, with a quick trip to the Hill Country to drop off nine new paintings at The Good Art Company Gallery, a drive back the same day (with AnnieBee along for the ride, of course!), and packing and shipping paintings heading to California, Alabama, South Texas and Connecticut. I'll be curious on Monday to see if UPS will actually get these items delivered before Christmas, since their rates are higher for the holidays! The UPS truck came through our neighborhood the other evening with a U-Haul trailer in tow. Kind of like the modern version of Santa Claus and his sleigh...



Sun Kissed on the easel

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Blues and Lemons Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Blues and Lemons Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
11X14
Oil on Linen Board
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Blues and Lemons is a new small work in the studio. It was a short day today at the easel, I had to spend most of the day at the dermatologist's office for surgery to remove a skin cancer from my left temple. The doctor said I had clean margins and sent me home with a big bandage, and a warning that I may have a black eye tomorrow. He said it would be perfectly acceptable to wear an eye patch and speak like a pirate, under the circumstances. Thank you to the friends who sent prayers and good wishes for me. Instead of taking it easy, keeping a cold compress to reduce swelling, and not doing anything strenuous as I was instructed, here I am in the studio. There has got to be a medication for this obsessive compulsive painting condition...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Star Bright White Pansies and a Table Garden Grows by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Star Bright White Pansies
by Nancy Medina
6X8
Oil on Linen Board
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Star Bright White Pansies is a new painting in the studio, drying a few feet away from the large still life commission pictured below. The new garden is 30X40 in size and will include a wicker basket of white daises, a green apple or two, and a few sunflowers fading into the background. I'm making all the containers glass, to give the piece an indoor table garden feel. It's fun to bring a little summer in to the studio on a chilly, wet winter night in Flower Mound. The babies are all sound asleep, the dishes are washed, the laundry put away, and the only thing left to close out the evening will be to wash my paint brushes. I've got a great new scary book on my IPad, so I'll treat myself to a few pages before sleep.

Very early tomorrow morning I am going to have a small skin cancer removed, so please think positive thoughts for me! I've decided to look at the day as a vacation away from the day job, and a chance to spend the entire afternoon with my little ones in the studio, once the procedure is done. Maybe I'll even treat myself to donuts...


Table Garden under construction...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Summers Child Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Summers Child Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Summers Child Hydrangeas is a new study on the easel, as I lay the groundwork for the new 30X40 still life of blue hydrangeas and red geraniums. These are my two most favorite flowers to paint. The client who ordered the painting came to my show at the Dallas Arboretum two years ago, and has been preparing in her mind the elements of the still life that would be a perfect fit for her home. She and her husband paid a visit to the studio about a week ago.

She took a look at a number of other paintings here, and found flowers and tabletop elements in each she liked. She picked the glass vase in one, the green apple in another, the variety of blue hydrangeas in a third, and a nice tan, neutral background color in a fourth, and voila! She created the elements of her custom painting. The tricky part is this painting will not have the feel of a container garden, but will have the more planned feel of an indoor still life, a tabletop bathed in sunlight. As soon as I get a bit more in place, I'll share some pictures with you. Stay tuned and wherever you are, stay warm!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hand Picked Hydrangea Painting and Christmas Pug Posers by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina - SOLD

Hand Picked Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina

SOLD


10X10
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Hand Picked Hydrangeas is a new painting after a very busy weekend in Flower Mound Studio. Annie is snoozing on the big pillow, after visiting Grandma's house, and then the annual Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue Christmas party today. Tomorrow I start work on the next commission, a large still life with blue hydrangeas. Hand Picked is a study for the new work to come. Stay tuned for images in the next few days. In the meantime, AnnieBee will be catching up on her beauty rest.


AnnieBee

Fields Aflame Sunflower Painting by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Fields Aflame Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
48X36
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Custom Commission



Fields Aflame in Progress

Fields Aflame Sunflowers reached their peak last week, and after the painting was varnished and dried, it was wrapped in paper with a large red bow. The hubby did the hardest work, gift wrapping the painting, and he left the back open so the wrapped painting could be hung safely on the wall for storage. My client wanted the final unveiling to be a surprise for his wife on Christmas Day.

I love painting sunflowers, and this new painting is designed to hang above a beautiful floor to ceiling Texas stone fireplace. This is the largest single panel sunflower I've ever painted, and it was fast work, as if the blossoms were waiting to hop onto the canvas. I love when a painting happens so quickly, like it's been waiting in the wings for its moment to shine.




Serenity Garden Poppies

Happy holidays from my family to yours.
May your Christmas be filled
with beautiful moments
and flowers that never fade!

Nancy Medina






Friday, December 9, 2011

Angel Wings Pansies by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Angel Wings Pansies by Nancy Medina
10X10
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Angel Wings Pansies is a new small work in the studio. It's been a busy week! I finished two large commissions, and start a third one tomorrow. I'll also be squeezing in a trip to mom's house, attendance at the annual Pug Rescue Christmas party (with AnnieBee in tow, of course), and plans to bake two Gooey Butter Cakes. If you have tasted Gooey Butter cake, you won't be surprised to see that I have gained 10 pounds next time we bump into one another at the market. I'll be the gal on the chip and candy aisle because that tends to be my meal of choice. Speaking of which, have you ever noticed in the grocery store, that men are always hanging out on that aisle?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wild at Heart Poppy Fields Painting and My Most Embarrassing Moment by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Wild at Heart Poppy Fields
Part 1 of 3
by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Nancy Medina Web Site

Wild at Heart Poppy Fields is a new 3-part painting blooming in Flower Mound Studio this evening. It is a Christmas commission for a Dallas family that is almost complete. What a great excuse to continue my recent infatuation with red! Sometimes I feel very guilty about being paid to paint flowers. Imagine being paid to do something you love doing. It's one of the reasons that even teaching my first large art class at the Dallas Arboretum, I wasn't a bit nervous. Me, the gal who had stage fright all her life! I used to sit as small and still as possible in class praying the teacher would not call on me, and no one would notice I was there! Now, however, put a paint brush in my hand, and a canvas in front of me, and just step out of the way lest I splatter a bit of blue on your shoe, swinging my arms and exclaiming with joy.

When I say this is unusual for me, I need to tell you the backup story to put it all in perspective. When I graduated from high school, I was the salutatorian of the my class, and required to give a speech. I was told by the senior advisor to give my speech to the principal before graduation, and he would make sure it was on the podium. I did. And you can imagine what happened next. I remember staring out at a sea of faces, hundreds of faces, my family from St. Louis, my church youth group and pastor, and having nothing but a bare podium in front of me. Everything, every word of my speech had flown out of my mind. Ever since that night, I have had a morbid fear of public speaking. It was the last class I took to graduate College, and I took it as a summer course so it would only last four weeks. I'm not sure why painting takes away my fear. Maybe it is because I am following my bliss, to quote a very, very wise soul.



Two parts of the three part painting under construction

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hearts Wing Red Poppies and Answered Prayers by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Hearts Wing Poppies
by Nancy Medina
8X10
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Hearts Wing Poppies is a new work in Flower Mound Studio, and hopped onto the canvas after an evening spent painting a poppy triptych for a client. I've mixed red paint, orange paint, lipstick pink, copper, and every warm color in that family to give these blossoms a nice variety of hues. My heart is happy today, because of a text image I received from my sister Julie. Julie is my closest sister in age. Our birthdays are two days apart, so we grew up sharing a birthday cake. We've been through happy single times together, we've been through tragedy together, and we almost speak in code we understand each other so completely.

Today, my single, crazy, fun, life of the party sister sent me a picture of her left hand adorned with a beautiful diamond ring. I've prayed for more than a decade she would find someone to cherish her, to adore her, and to love her as she truly deserves. It just goes to show, even at her age (which is, you will recall, also my age!) one can find true love. Perhaps when our dual birthdays roll around next February, and it is time for me to leave her my annual message noting that she is incredibly old and AARP called me by mistake, thinking they were calling her, she will be a Mrs. Most importantly, Julie has found love. That's the best thing of all.



New poppy triptych in progress...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Memories Red Gerbera Daisy Painting and AnnieBee the Pug in the Pillows by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Christmas Memories Red Gerbera Daisies
by Nancy Medina
8X8
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Christmas Memories Red Gerberas is drying on the easel, as the prep work has begun on a new three part poppy painting for a client who confided he has a "history of giving crappy presents" to his wife at Christmas. This year, he said, will be different! I'm excited to be a small part of the surprise, creating something she will unwrap and hopefully love. This is the great part about being an artist, maybe one of the very best parts, when your artwork makes someone happy. Here is another thing that makes me happy, my little helper. Not only does AnnieBee assist in the studio, she also loves to lend a paw when it's time to make the bed.


AnnieBee in the Pillows

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Red Gerbera Daisies and White Hydrangea Painting by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina



Red Gerberas and White Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
20X20
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Red Gerberas and White Hydrangeas is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, after an absolutely packed weekend that started with an all-day private lesson in my studio, and ended today with a pug party. The Medina Foster Home for Wayward Pugs hosted seven four-footed partiers today, including three visitors who were all little cute black female pugs. There was much running and playing and the shortest guests got to watch the two footed guests eating home made quiche and other goodies they were not allowed to taste.

Tomorrow I start work on the first to two large commissions, both of which are Christmas presents from husbands for their wives. In my dining room a 4-foot wide gift-wrapped sunflower landscape commission is ensconced in a red bow and ready for pickup. Another gift for someone's wife! One of the clients confided he has a history of "giving crappy gifts" to his wife at Christmas, and this year he was determined to change that. I have a hunch at least three husbands are going to earn lots of brownie points this holiday season! I hope you have something exciting to look forward to, as the big day approaches. I'm very thankful to have another Christmas with my mom, to have two weeks off work coming up, and more time to be home and in the studio with my indispensable helpers underfoot! Happy holidays!




The studio models take a bow!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ruby Red Gerbera Daisies and an Art Workshop in the Studio by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Ruby Red Gerbera Daisies
by Nancy Medina

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10X10
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Ruby Red Gerberas are drying in the studio, after a productive day spent painting with my friend Deanna. AnnieBee and Hannah the pug were on hand to make sure Deanna and I never had a dull moment, so it was a bona fide girls' day here! Deanna brought donuts and honey buns and all kinds of delectable treats, which we did not share with the pugs, although Annie was quite eloquent in pleading her case for a nibble.

I arranged some red gerberas and white hydrangeas picked up from the market this morning, and Deanna whipped out a large painting in just a few hours, with some gorgeous red daisies and colorful hydrangeas. She finished up her flower vignette with a khaki toned background, perfect to set off the bright colors. For photos of our big day in the studio, see below! The pug helpers were also there, I promise, just a bit lower than the camera lens.



Ruby Red Gerbera models take a bow



Deanna and her floral vignette

Friday, December 2, 2011

Poppy Ballet Flower Fields by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Poppy Ballet Flower Fields
by Nancy Medina

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14X14
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Poppy Ballet is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, and is a study for a 72-inch-wide triptych commission that I will begin painting soon. It has been a while since I've painted a field of poppies in this abstracted, loose format, so I have to build up my courage to the big paintings to come! Even after years of painting, sometimes I freeze in front of the blank canvas, afraid of starting a new painting. I am usually able to shake it off by pretending that what I am painting is just a practice piece, nothing that has to be judged or hung in a gallery, but something that is simply for the enjoyment of placing wet, vibrant color on a blank surface. The weekend is ahead, with nothing but painting, friends, a much anticipated pug meet-up, and a chance to watch some movies in front of the fireplace with the hubby on the agenda. I hope wherever you are, you have something to look forward to, and some cute little critter friend nearby to keep you smiling.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Aperitif - Rooster and Sunflower Painting by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Le Aperitif - Rooster and Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina

24X36
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Aperitif is almost fini - my new rooster painting has been growing leaf by leaf, petal by petal, and feather by feather over the past few weeks. Take a peek at my previous blog posts to see it step by step. Aperitif is a scene straight out of my childhood, a small 20 acre organic farm in East Texas. Dad called our property The Briar Patch, and he and mom grew vegetable crops.

Back in the early 1970s, organic gardening did not have the marketing pizzazz it does today. The small 8X6 paper magazine, The Organic Gardener, would arrive in the mail every week, and my parents would thumb through the pages for all the latest tips on how to make your own mulch pile, the best way to fertilize your crops, how to baby your strawberries in order to get the sweetest fruit. Along with the crops, we raised chickens, pigs, and a few cows. I remember biting into fresh uncooked green beans, standing barefoot in sandy soil beneath seven foot tall sunflowers, and the cool dusk of fall harvest. My sisters and I never wore shoes in the summer, and the little house we grew up in was patched with tarpaper. You could see the sky through the holes in the roof, and when it rained we had to grab every pot in the kitchen to catch all the leaks.

We did not have video games, DVDs, CD players, or cell phones. We had each other, our family pets, books, and our imaginations to fill our days. We never went on family vacations, and we ate out at restaurants about twice a year. We were not wealthy and wore hand-me-down clothes, but I would not trade my childhood for anything. It was where my love of animals, of flowers, and of mother nature took root. It was the perfect setting for big dreams, and some of those dreams have come true. Most of all, this is where my art journey began.


Detail: Aperitif - Rooster and Sunflowers

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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8X10
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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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
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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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
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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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

Nancy Medina Web Site

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.

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