Winter Sun Sunflowers and Larkspur
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel
Summer Sun Sunflowers is the newest painting on the easel in Flower Mound Studio, and incorporates some of my favorite watercolor techniques into an impressionistic oil still life. I used wet washes of color in the highlight areas, gently blending where they touched the elements along their edges, but not losing those bright spots. This sunflower painting is designed to add some cheer to a sunny breakfast nook or kitchen. The hydrangeas are still fresh and perky here, so I added a few of those blossoms, too, because one can never have too many hydrangeas in any painting, don't you agree?
Tomorrow morning Studio Director AnnieBee and I will head back to East Texas to spend some time with Mom. She loves her new hospice nurse's aid, and I love seeing the two of them together. For those who have not worked with Hospice before, just a heads up - you do not get a 24 hour nurse, or even a regular nurse, who stays with your loved one. The aid comes a few times a week just long enough to bathe or assist with immediate needs, and the nurse in charge stops in occasionally to check medication levels and provide moral support to the family.
Hospice gave us a little handbook when they first visited that explained some of the things to expect in the next part of Mom's journey. Touch becomes more important than words, according to the book. When I see Mom, I try to spend time giving her neck rubs and hugs and kisses, though Mom is still very verbal and active and refuses to rest or sleep for more than a few minutes at a time. The only time she sits down is when she's taking a breathing treatment, and that's 15 minutes a few times a day. This can be very hard on my sister and my Aunt, and I've spent so many nights following her about, feeling I'm about to fall over from fatigue at 2 am or 4 am, but having to stay by her side, nonetheless. At some point we will need to bring a professional nurse in to stay a few nights and give us a break. But each decision is a step, and we are taking those steps one at a time.
Summer Sun Sunflowers
on the easel