Sunday, December 29, 2013

White Rose Medallions and an Exercise in Freedom by Floral Artist Nancy Medina

White Rose Medallions and Ranunculus
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel
White Rose Medallions was a celebration, a class demonstration and an exercise in color freedom. The year is almost done, 2014 is right around the corner, and it's amazing how quickly time is going by now. I can remember when I was a child writing the year 1976 with my number 2 pencil in cursive on a lined notebook page for school. And feeling that that date was important, significant, the bicentennial of our country. The year 2013 was the half century celebration of my life. I am officially in my 50s, and in 2013 made the biggest decision of my life other than when I said my wedding vows. I turned away from corporate America and sought a new path. I chose art over security and predictability. I chose creating with color, teaching others to express their own style on canvas, over the mind numbing monotony of a chair at an office desk day after day. 

Despite all my constant worrying, (it's a special gift of mine, the worrying...!) my first year as a full time artist has been more successful than I had ever dreamed or expected. I no longer measure success just by numbers on a page. As an art teacher, my greatest achievement is to see the changes I can make in the lives of other artists, and in the ways I can encourage and help my students. Thank you to each of you who has walked with me on this path. Your encouragement and support, your friendship, has been such an inspiration. Happy almost New Year to you and your loved ones! Here's to another year of dreams come true in 2014!

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