A Stroll Through Dallas Blooms

pink hat tulips
Pink Hat Tulips, detail, 16X12, oil

Do you ever have trouble finding inspiration or ideas about what to paint next? In the past, resources like Pinterest really fired up my muse and gave me ideas not only about subjects, but cool techniques, painting surfaces and tools, and important new art supplies I did not yet own which needed to be acquired post-haste because one can never have too many of those! These days, I’ve found that scheduling intentional appointments for flower field trips fills my painting repertoire with great images for years to come. Being one of those lucky business owners whose spouse works with me full time, I have access to my own personal chef/chauffeur/business manager and best friend, all rolled into one. Carlos makes sure I don’t skip those key dates – The Dallas Blooms Festival at the Arboretum; Tulipalooza at Poston Gardens in Waxahachie, Texas; and our annual spring pilgrimage to Fredericksburg, Texas, for wildflower bloom. I’m pleased to report wildflower bloom cooperated fully this year, thanks to a wet spring in the Hill Country, and I’ll be sharing images of the famous Texas bluebonnets with you soon!

It’s super important to pace yourself and train in advance for these career goals. True, I’ve been accused of shopping fanatically early for geraniums at the local nursery. Even the gal behind the register cast a few doubtful looks my way when I insisted the gazillion blossoms I was squeezing into the car surely would not freeze just because it was early March. (I got lucky – no  freeze, and they’re still blooming!) If it’s beginning to sound like I won the flower lottery, you’re quite right. In fact, it’s a dream come true to have a job as an artist, painter, teacher and full-time encourager for the flower friends who have joined me on this journey. When I left corporate, I traded panty hose for pots of pansies and Jimmy Chus for tennis shoes, and never looked back!

Tonight we fill the car with easels and brushes and all the accoutrements of a floral workshop, and head off for another blooming adventure to the birthplace of the wildflower seeding program created by the late Ladybird Johnson, aka “Wildflower Central”. I visit these same gardens and rolling hills covered in Indian paintbrush, poppies and bluebonnets, every year, but always find something new and exciting to reignite my color joy. I’ll share new images with you from Wildflower Central soon, so stay tuned!

Now that I’ve wet your whistle for bloomers, here’s a stroll through the Dallas Arboretum Blooms fest last week, starring the springtime garden queens – tulips – in all their splendiferous glory! Enjoy!

The Dallas Arboretum Blooms Festival


PS: Here’s your first peek at my new online class, Painting Monet’s Garden!


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This week, we shared the first peek at my new online class, Painting Monet’s Garden. I’ve never been more excited to share an online destination with you – with flowers, water gardens, green shutters and trellises loaded with bloomers, what more could our hearts desire? You are invited to spend the summer with me in Monet’s garden. Pack your sun hat, your muse, and your dreams of Monet, Painting Monet’s Garden is coming!


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  1. What fantastic photos you’ve shared with us from the gardens down there in Dallas…….what a great way to start one’s day. Thanks, Nancy!

    • You are so welcome Laurel, it’s such a zen place to hang out, with blossoms everywhere, and the best time of year for the Arboretum. I’m so glad there’s a way to share it with everyone. The Dallas Arboretum is a hidden jewel, so many people aren’t even aware it exists!

  2. HI Nancy,
    I loved this blog edition. The flowers are gorgeous and it inspired me to go over to our Botanical Gardens and take some more pictures–especially the glorious tulips, when they arrive. However, that is where it ends for me. I get stumped on how to turn the photo into an INTERESTING composition—what do you leave in to paint, take out, and creatively add.
    I have a idea suggestion possibly for a Sunday tip. or a Q and A.
    My dilemma is that I can take beautiful floral pictures from my phone.
    However, I do not know how to crop them and SEE the canvas possibilities. Maybe other students have the problem also.
    Painting from photos can be exciting if one can get the composition correct.
    I would like to see you do it—-similarly to when we have Q and Z.

    • Lynnda that is a great suggestion! We actually talked about this, with some images as examples in our live Q&A and Critique for The Joyful Brush monthly petal perks class last month. You can catch that video under the “Live” tab at the top of your classroom page. But I think this deserves even more, I will plan to include this as a special presentation for the TJB members. We all have so many great botanical photos, especially this time of year, so turning them into great paintings is at the top of the spring agenda!

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