Painting the Imperfections

Growing Wild Poppies
Growing Wild Poppies, detail, 16X16, oil


I am just back from a week in the Texas Hill Country, flower peepin’, wine sippin’, and painting up a storm of colors. In our whirlwind 3-day workshop, we painted Texas poppies, home grown irises freshly transported from our host’s garden, hummingbirds, and Texas delphiniums. We took a field trip to Wild Seed Farms and got bunches of photos of fields of poppies, larkspur, buttercups, and bluebonnets. In addition to gals from across the US, several ladies from my France trip joined the workshop in Fredericksburg, Texas, an impromptu reunion, sans berets, but with plenty of joie de vivre!

Excitement like that is a big part of the experience of being an artist. If someone is painting a subject they love, their brush strokes are purposeful and energetic. People are drawn to art that speaks to them on an emotional level. They may not be able to explain why they love your painting, but they will love it, regardless, if your own excitement is there. They will sense your joy, and respond in kind. I choose flowers because they inspire and excite me – especially when I can paint them from life.

A fresh flower is vivid, its shadows are not altered or lost in the translation of a camera lens, and a real flower is imperfect. Real flowers are tattered and torn, faded and missing petals and other parts and pieces. Embracing these imperfections – and amplifying them rather than disguising them – gives our paintings authenticity.

Mother Nature does not make perfect flowers, and I love her for that. I like my flowers imperfect and I like paintings that are impressionistic. I feel exactly the same about my girlfriends, a little imperfection is so much more fun, it’s relatable! It also makes life feel just a bit kinder, and let’s us realize, also, to forgive ourselves for those instances when we, too, fall from grace.

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen


New Aprons Are Here!

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I’m so excited to announce a whole crop of colorful aprons is now blooming in Flower Mound Studio. Add a bold statement to your studio wardrobe with flowers! These are beautiful gifts, and are perfect for crafting, kitchen work, and – of course – painting time. In bright, fun colors, with front pockets and machine washable, gather a bouquet of them for yourself! Choose your favorite colors from six designs.

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A Painting Prize Giveaway!


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As a bonus especially for you, spring is the perfect time to give away a new $100 gift certificate for art supplies! Tubes of joy, boxes from on the doorstep, brushes in pristine clear wrappers, all the things that make an artists’ heart to go pitty pat! To be entered to win, leave a comment on this blog, easy as pie. And please, if you’re already signed up for my upcoming Fredericksburg workshop, don’t bring the artist pie. She has already converted all her jeans to stretchy! I’ll announce the gift certificate winner on July 12, just in time for the Birds and the Bees in the studio!


Pizza on the patio in Italy – with a priceless view!

Join me for a VIP painting dream getaway to Italy during the National Truffle Festival in Le Marche region in October 2018.

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Nancy Medina

Nancy is a master signature artist and instructor with over 1800 online students from around the world. She has worked with Disney, served on the art faculty of the Dallas Arboretum, and teaches workshops in France, Italy and across the US. More about Nancy

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  1. It was so much fun Nancy, and it was great to solve some of the things I’ve struggled with. Made my monthly video courses even better.

    • Cheryl they were wonderful, I’m hoping for the same next spring when we return – 🙂

    • Thanks Kim, it was so fun painting with you, too – I’m excited to see you again next year!

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