Friday, September 13, 2013

SOLD ~ Day 13 ~ Angels Among Us, Pink Rose Solo and a Note of Thanks by Floral Artist Nancy Medina

 Angels Among Us, Pink Rose Solo
Oil on Archival Panel

I had an angel on my shoulder as I painted tonight. It's great to have elves to help with cleanup, little pugs to snore and make me laugh while I work, and a dear husband who tells me he loves me every day. But to have an angel with you is an immeasurable gift, and one I have no idea how to repay. Years ago, a woman named Emily Leland contacted me out of the blue. She wanted to help me get into a gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, called The Good Art Company. She invited me to visit, and encouraged me to bring my art, and introduced me to the gallery owner, providing a ringing endorsement. I remember sitting with her at one of the outdoor tables at Rather Sweet, eating the best homemade cheese danish I had ever had, and watching as she greeted everyone who came into the shop that morning. Everyone in town knew her. I could tell, everyone who knew her, liked Emily. She told me about her cat, Paco, and her studio in her loft, and her landscape paintings, and her love of color.

Last November, I received my last email from Emily. We were supposed to get together when I was in town to drop off work for the gallery that week. She had been battling cancer, and said she would not be able to make it to our meeting. I learned through a mutual friend she had lost her battle. When I was told Emily was gone, I was at a dinner table filled with art students, from a class I had taught that day. The news hit me so hard. It was so difficult to keep smiling, to keep talking, to keep visiting and sharing the excitement of the day with these wonderful ladies who had joined me to paint. 

How many of us have angels who reach out to help, for no return whatsoever, in our lives. As artists, we are sometimes competitive, working so hard to make ends meet, we forget to reach out and lend a hand to someone else. Even a total stranger. Emily chose me. I do not know why, but I do know one thing. When an angel knocks, you open the door, and you give thanks. Thanks Emily, I dedicate this tiny rose to the biggest heart in Texas, the most beautiful landscape painter I ever had the privilege of knowing in Fredericksburg, Texas. May the angels hold you close, until the day you are with Paco Kitty and your dear husband Mitch again.

Found during my trip to Utah with girlfriends recently,
a little heart rock, proof once again,
there are no accidents in life....


Adlib said...

What a wonderful tribute. The rose is gorgeous!

Nancy Medina said...

Thank you so much Adlib, you are so kind!

CrimsonLeaves said...

What a gorgeous rose and a beautiful testament to your friend Emily.

Nancy Medina said...

Thanks Sherry! Howie sends hugs!

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald said...

What a delicate and beautiful painting Nancy! Such a heat warming story as well. Thanks so much for sharing. Sorry for your loss, but I am so happy you had the priviledge of acquiring such a kind angel!

Nancy Medina said...

Thanks Debbie, I appreciate that!