Happy Days Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel
Happy Days Sunflowers was my demonstration for the Trinity Arts Guild in North Texas yesterday evening, one of the oldest art clubs in the state. What an honor to paint for a group of master painters and teachers, and the nicest group of artists you could meet, including one of my favorite instructors and friends, Fran Chausse White! I named Happy Days tonight in honor of what I really think should be happening in terms of life today. Am I the only person who wonders about this new age which finds death and sadness and horror in movies, television, and film entertaining? There are not enough happy days in our lives, and I am determined to keep right on swimming against this awful tide.
I believe there is hope, and there are good people out there, doing amazing things for others for absolutely no reward or recognition whatsoever. Some of these real life stories of heroism have been shared by the tornado survivors in Missouri and Oklahoma recently. In every sadness, in real life, in every tragedy, you will see the angels among us, real people who care, and give for others. Those who make it possible to remember there are going to be Happy Days again, even if now is a time for tears. When my father died tragically, a few days after my 30th birthday, the women and men in our community came together to find ways to help my mother and our family, bringing food, sitting with my Mom, repairing the air conditioner, fixing the front gate, mowing our pastures for years after his death. None of these people became famous for what they gave our family. Their reward was much richer, and always will be. Happy Days are here, they are around us, because of who we are. Happy Days are here because of what we are and what we give for others.
The studio models take a bow!