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

16X12
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!

14 comments:

Helen Moreda said...

Thank you, thank you. What a great posting. I will bookmark it as it is such a good reminder of what we all know and forget, know and forget.....
And it is a gorgeous painting!

Nancy Medina said...

Thank you Helen, I appreciate that so very much, and love what you do with color!

martinealison said...

Bonjour,

Comme prévu, après mes longues semaines éloignées des blogs, me revoici parmi vous ! Vous m'avez beaucoup manqué...
Je suis heureuse d'ouvrir aujourd'hui la page de votre dernière publication.

Une merveilleuse peinture que celle de vos coquelicots... Le coquelicot cache bien des secrets, mais il n'en a plus pour vous !
Il symbolise : "aimons-nous bien vite" !... Tout a fait ce que se dégage cette peintre !

Gros bisous

CrimsonLeaves said...

Alas, financial needs outweigh bliss for me. And my art provides no source of income whatsoever! LOL Love the poppies, Nancy.

Cathy Engberg said...

Beautiful! Love love these poppies!
Great post also. Thank you!

Nancy Medina said...

Merci beaucoup Martine, il est merveilleux d'entendre mon ami de tout le monde! Je ne savais pas que près de coquelicots, je vous remercie d'avoir partagé avec moi, ce qui les rend encore plus spéciale. Vous envoyer des câlins de loin!
Nancy

Nancy Medina said...

Sherry I am very lucky to be able to paint for a living, I count that as a blessing every single day. Wishing you all the best from me and your biggest fan, Howie Pugpants!

Nancy Medina said...

Thanks so much Cathy for your kind words, I'm so glad to hear from you!

Egretta Wells blog said...

Amen!

Julie Ford Oliver said...

Hi Nancy - I was just painting some poppies so this was a great little
tutorial... thanks so much. Your painting is gorgeous. All of them are.

Nancy Medina said...

Thanks for that Amen, Egretta! :)

Nancy Medina said...

Julie they are so fun to paint, I can't wait to see what you create!

yvonne said...

Thanks for the post. Not only is it beautiful but it helps me keep up with what I learned. Have fun on the 30 day challenge!

Nancy Medina said...

Yvonne it is wonderful to hear from you! I'm so glad this was helpful.

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