Blue Fire Sunflowers

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Blue Fire Sunflowers
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Blue Fire Sunflowers celebrates a fresh bouquet of sunnies I found at the market a few days ago, in the middle of an ice storm here in Flower Mound, Texas. I love applying a vibrant, loose mix of warm colors in thick, textured paint on a large format canvas. Something about the large size seems to really set the brush free. Sunflowers are just about the best anti-freeze flower there is!

 

 

The studio models take a bow!

The studio models take a bow!


My New Poppy-Pansy DVD Double Feature

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Poppy Garden
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Click here to order my Pansy-Poppy double feature DVD

I'm super excited to announce my new double feature DVD has arrived! With two full-length lessons on poppies and pansies, you’ll want to stock up on Milk Duds and popcorn, and maybe get a nice little four footed helper to sit in your lap during the show. Tomorrow morning I’ll be shipping out all the pre-orders to flower friends in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and across the US. No worries, though, I’m saving a poppy with your name on it! Here’s where you can order your copy….

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A new DVD - brought to you by my extra fancy $2 brushes!

Hidden Hydrangea Garden

Hidden Hydrangea Garden
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Hidden Hydrangea Garden is dedicated to the memory of my great-grandmother's house in Palestine, Texas, a house that has wonderful childhood memories for me. The shaded verandas, the haunted peacock bedroom upstairs, the large claw-foot bathtub, and the shed in the back yard with so many shadows and places to hide...all of these places still play a starring role in my dreams sometimes. 

Do you have places you return to again and again in your dreams?

 

Pink Azaleas & My Great-Grandmother's Home

Pink Azalea Cottage
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Pink Azalea Cottage is a scene that might seem familiar to anyone who has grown up in East Texas and seen the azaleas in full bloom. The cottage is a memory of my great-grandmother's home in Palestine, Texas, where she raised a family and had a garden and did all the cooking and housekeeping even though she was blind. Nanny used to be able to tell which plants were which by smell, touch and taste. My mother spent every summer of her childhood with her grandmother. Mom said she would take the train down from St. Louis to Palestine after school let out for the year, and the summers she spent in Palestine were the happiest times for her growing up.

If you walk down the path and open the back porch screen door, you'll enter Nanny's big kitchen, with the formica table. Beyond the kitchen, through a large arched doorway, you will find her formal living room, with a collection of plates from around the world along the walls, and her favorite rocker next to the radio just under the windows by the cuckoo clock. This is where Nanny spent every afternoon listening to her favorite gospel show. I imagine there were many, many days my mother was in her lap, being rocked to sleep, with the sound of birds outside the open screen windows, the clock chiming the hour and half hour, and the sound of the voice on the radio. What a dream come true it would be to be able to travel back in time and see this tableau, and my mother's golden curls, as she lay sleeping in her grandmother's arms.

 

Vanishing Violet Irises

Vanishing Violet Irises
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First thing this morning after checking in at the studio/office with the bosses/pugs, I set out in my business casual bathrobe to the back yard post haste with a pair of scissors. My mission, not to frighten the neighbors (although this is sometimes the result of these types of excursions), but to rescue my purple irises from the impending ice storm. Apologizing profusely as I snipped their bright stems as low to the ground as I dared without damaging the mama plants, I hastily rushed these four beauties indoors to fresh water resuscitation in a glass vase. Tonight they held up quite well under my hot studio lights, just long enough to inspire a bit of color, flare, and fun purple splash onto a nearby canvas. Stay tuned, tomorrow we could be in for more violet, if these ladies do not vanish overnight.

Lavender at First Sight~Tuscany in June

Lavender at First Sight
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Click Here for some Tuscany Video Highlights!

Lavender at First Sight is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, I'm warming up my brushes for Tuscany in June. Pink clouds and cerulean skies seem absolutely appropriate for purple fields, don't you agree? One thing is for certain, I can never resist color....and chocolate.... You are invited to join me for a painting dream getaway June 6-13, to visit the Chianti region and tour some of the most beautiful villages of Italy. Prepare to be pampered in poppy fields in full bloom - Learn more...

The view from Italy!

Confectioners Sugar Pink Tulips

Confectioners Sugar Pink Tulips 14x14 Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Confectioners Sugar Pink Tulips
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The large parrot tulips that spent a weekend partying with us in my North Texas Valentine's workshop lost their perk today. All that chocolate and too many donuts clearly took their toll, as they drooped and lost their petals, and were consigned, sadly, to the waste bin shortly after this painting was completed. Thank you so much, valiant bloomers, for staying up! Wait, that didn't sound quite like I had intended.... 

The tulip models bid us adieu!

Hothouse Sunnies - Sunflowers & Delphs

 


Class Demonstration
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Hothouse Sunnies was one of my six class demonstrations during my flower and landscape painting workshop in North Texas this weekend. The tulips we painted are still blooming, the gift that keeps on giving and my house is filled with fresh flowers - one of the fringe benefits of being a flower painting teacher! I love my job.... Another great perk, besides helpers who are cute and furry and four-footed, is getting to travel and teach - my next European destination is coming up in June and you are invited! Painters and non-painters alike are welcome - I'm saving a poppy with your name on it! 

Painting Under the Tuscan Sun

June 6-13, 2015
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Visit Tuscany with me during the height of poppy bloom!

Visit Tuscany with me during the height of poppy bloom!


Hidden Hearts French Garden

Hidden Hearts French Garden by Nancy Medina
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 Hidden Hearts French Garden was my class demonstration in North Texas today, and, as you can see from the class photos, there was a fashion theme afoot, or rather, ahead, or rather, on top of Le Head! Adorned in pink berets, these gals produced so many beautiful French vistas, I was brought to tears at one point. Or perhaps it was the sight of the chocolate covered donuts! Next stop is Shreveport, Louisiana and before you know it, Tuscany, Italy! I love my job!