Friday, February 15, 2013

Daisy Chain Daisies and a Valentine's Workshop by Texas Artist Nancy Medina


 Daisy Chain Daisies and Larkspur
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
16X20
Oil on Archival Panel


Daisy Chain Daisies and Larkspur was my class demonstration this morning for my Valentine's Weekend Workshop in Irving, Texas. We had such a fun painting session today and this talented group of ladies produced some of the prettiest blue hydrangeas I have ever seen! I was also very proud that even though we were a small group, they assisted me in putting an admirable dent in the box of double glazed chocolate covered donuts without complaint or hesitation whatsoever.

There was not a single sunflower to be found at Central Market *sound of harps* when I went flower shopping for this workshop a few days ago. Granted it was Valentine's week. Granted the well trained husbands were all lined up with their smart phones and business casual attire, queuing politely and awaiting each of their hand picked bouquets for their honeys. As I silently saluted these wonderful guys for not stopping at the gas station for their sweetheart's gifts, I also wondered which was the culprit who scarfed up all the sunflowers! No worries, once I spotted those bright yellow daisies, all was well in the flower world again, and the balance and order of all things colorful was restored.

I am often asked very cogent questions in my workshops. Things that make me think and remind me that my students are ever on their toes and ready to make sure I've had my coffee. How to tell if a paint is transparent, if the tube is not clearly marked. Where does one find the best cadmium colors at the lowest prices. How do you ship wet paintings home in your suitcase without mussing your pretty clothes. The question that stopped me cold today, however, was one that I really did not want to answer. Where on earth do I find these double glazed donuts, one of my students asked, looking absolutely innocent as she did so. With beads of sweat trickling down my wrinkly noggin, I wondered, if I divulge the actual location of the BEST donut shop in Flower Mound, how long before the line will be out the door? If I just blatantly blab the address will I end up once again behind the guy who ordered 12 different types of donuts this morning, and had to discuss the merits of each with the cashier before settling upon each acquisition? Hmmmmmm....





Betty, Patty, Lou and Mitzi sure know how
to paint a dazzling blue hydrangea or two!
If I didn't know better, I'd say these ladies
were Secret Shopper Workshop Attendees,
there to show the teacher a thing or 2!
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