Monday, August 27, 2012

First Bloom Sunflower by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

First Bloom Sunflower
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Our first sunflower of the season bloomed in our back yard today. It's a pretty little thing, and I've shared it with you below here on my blog. It has long, finger-shaped petals and a necklace of bright yellow and brown spotted pearls around its belly. The petals are all different shapes and some are long and some are short and some are missing and others line up nicely. This is exactly how I like to paint sunflowers. 

Tomorrow I will be driving to East Texas to spend some time with my Mom, who is not doing well. Her health has been deteriorating for some time, and the doctor today she may now be in congestive heart failure. After a lifetime of smoking, asthma, and allergies, her lungs are having a tough time. She will have an echocardiogram on Wednesday and we'll know more then. When she was taking her breathing treatments yesterday morning, my Aunt said she was nodding off to sleep instead of inhaling the medicine as she should have been. Mom sat up and suddenly was alert and said, "I miss Nan...." 

My aunt said that Mom went on to say I was very busy now, and my art was going so well. My art is going well, but nothing will stand in the way of being with my mom, and nothing is more important to me in this world. I'm taking chicken spaghetti that Carlos made from scratch and a batch of chili for her, too. We'll stay up late and watch true crime TV and she can show me all the shows she taped that she saved for me to watch because they were so good. It will be absolutely wonderful.

A new blossom making its debut!


CrimsonLeaves said...

Beautiful sunny sunflower, Nancy! It brings delight and joy without the heat and humidity - my way of enjoying a bit of sunshine. I so hope and pray that your mom goes on the mend again and regains some of her stamina. I know you will have a fabulous time with her! Hugs to you, my friend. Maybe Howie would bring a smile to your mom too?

Kim Davison said...

Thanks for sharing about your mom, Nancy. Each day is precious, so enjoy your time with her. (Love the sunflower!!)