Summer Rain Peonies
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel
Summer Rain Peonies was my class demonstration this morning at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, Illinois. Students from Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri converged to paint bright, loose color and also to help tackle two boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts and a batch of fresh made from scratch lemon blueberry scones. Did I mention the scones had creme cheese icing drizzled on top? (note to self -- invite Susan the pastry chef to ALL future workshops!)
We had a nice thunderstorm pay a visit right after lunch, just long enough to water the plants and cool off the afternoon a bit. Tomorrow we finish up our peonies and our next big project - white hydrangeas in a cobalt blue vase. Here's a picture from the garden of the home where I'm staying, the haunted house, Windswept - remember that from last year? This is the historic home built in the 1800s by a riverboat captain. It has a friendly ghost, whom the owner suspects may be the wife of the captain. Last night I did hear some creaky footsteps outside my bedroom door on the old hardwood floors. And since I was the only one upstairs, I had a little trouble falling back to sleep after that! Stay tuned for more pictures to come!
The studio models take a bow!
A beautiful historic facility for flower painting, and a room
filled with super talented peony painters!
Windswept lilies! Luscious!
Windswept - Former home of a riverboat captain