Sunday, February 12, 2012

Blue Jungle Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Blue Jungle Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


Nancy Medina Web Site

Blue Jungle is a new painting in Flower Mound Studio, the end of a birthday weekend. If someone had told me when I was 18 that I would be a serious artist (at least my intentions are serious!) by the time I turned 50, I probably would not have been a bit surprised. I was pretty sure I wanted to be an artist even at that early age, but my parents talked me out of it. They told me if I were an artist I would starve, and I really think they believed they were doing me favor by telling me this. So I took their advice and chose another career. I became a journalist. (Journalists out there, I hear you laughing...)

Though now my journalism career has turned into something more lucrative, there was a decade of newspaper jobs that barely paid the bills, and small town newspapers where I would come to work and have to sweep the mouse droppings off the top of my desk before starting my stories for the day. I lived on bologna and cheese with mustard on white bread for 12 months at one paper and could not afford to turn on the air conditioning, even when it was 100 degrees outside. But the good news is I had illustrious titles to share with friends and family. Editor, managing editor, executive editor, it all sounded so very important.

The best news of all, is my career does give me the time I need to have two full time jobs, and the second one, being an artist, makes it all worthwhile. Someday that will be the only hat I wear, but for now, the day job sure helps pay for the art supplies!
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