Monday, September 2, 2013

Step by Step Poppy Painting - Queen for a Day Red Poppies, Day Two of the 30 in 30 Challenge by Floral Artist Nancy Medina

Queen for a Day Red Poppies
by Nancy Medina

Oil on Archival Panel

I love the randomness of plants and flowers, the way the leaves and stems intersect into negative shapes of light and dark and create patterns that are always elegant, always symmetrical. Mother Nature is the most gifted artist, and she invites us to emulate her comfort with earth and dirt colors, with broken leaves and faded petals. So often we choose to paint perfection, feel compelled to make every stroke a masterwork. I ended Queen for a Day Poppies just shy of overworking, I wanted this painting to say I Am a Work in Progress, just like the artist, just like we all are. My art journey, though it has been ongoing for years, feels as if it is always just beginning, when I pick up the brush each day and approach a blank canvas. Each morning when I wake up I feel my heart surge with happiness, knowing that I have a job, a sole pursuit, and a gift that allows me to create color and shape and form. I love being an artist and I count every moment in the studio as precious. I'm so glad for the friends I have found along the way. Life is too short not to follow your bliss.

 Lay in pure color notes.

 Find a pattern, 
a path that will lead the eye.

 Make it rain in your garden.

Don't be afraid to make a
bold statement!
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