Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SOLD ~ Open Sky Poppy Field and How to Reinvigorate Hydrangeas by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Open Sky Poppy Field
by Nancy Medina

Oil on Archival Panel

 Open Sky Poppy Field is the newest work in the studio. I'm preparing prints and favorite scenes from the Dallas Arboretum for my landscape workshop on Friday - I can hardly wait to create floralscapes with my students!

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Yesterday I promised to share a new tip I discovered on the Internet that shows how to reinvigorate tired, droopy hydrangeas. I have buckets of these cut beauties who were feeling the effects of the spotlight after spending the weekend serving as models for my students in Irving, Texas. I wanted to paint these expensive blossoms again, but they were so wilted I had my doubts that the instructions I found would really work. Taking a serrated knife, I sliced down the side of the stem of each flower, cutting until the interior portion of the stem was showing through. I filled up a pitcher with very hot to the touch tap water, and placed the flowers into the water. About three hours later, I was thrilled to see both flowers looking fresh as well - daisies! Here are the photos below. If you have a favorite way to preserve flowers, I would love to hear about it!

 Tired Hydrangea No. 1

Tired Hydrangea No. 2

Ta-da!!! Looking perky again!


CrimsonLeaves said...

I'm really amazed by the hydrangeas snapping back to life! And of course, the poppy field and path makes me wish I was on it!

Mellowood Gallery said...

Great tip about the flowers. do you know if it will work for other flowers. I always enjoy seeing your posts here and on Facebook

Nancy Medina said...

Sherry you would want to bring your bear repellant - we actually had a visitor while I was painting there that weekend, fortunately she was a Brown Bear, not a grizzly!

Nancy Medina said...

Thanks Mellowood - I have not heard of other flowers, but it sure would be worth experimenting!

Cindy said...

What a beautiful place!! Very inviting.