Thursday, July 31, 2014

Daisy Hearts and Delphs - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

Daisy Hearts and Delphs
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas

My new hydrangea DVD

Daisy Hearts and Delphs is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, another large canvas after weeks of small paintings. I felt the need to stretch those brushes! I couldn't decide whether to subdue the pinks on this one, or keep them full blast. Thanks to my Facebook friends who made some great suggestions and - the vote to keep the pinks strong was unanimous! I carried the orange around by moving it into the belly buttons of the daisies, and then scattered pink petals on the tabletop corners, too. I like to think of this part as getting my chicken out, strapping his boots on, and letting him walk that color around the canvas. That's my farm girl roots showing a bit...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Original White Iris Still Life Watercolor Painting "Putting on a Show" by Georgia Artist Deanna Jaugstetter


 These white irises are especially beautiful when fully unfurled! My desire is to capture the way their edges ruffle and to show off their graceful curves. Watercolor and a good quality paper are perfect tools to describe this showy plant! The blooms begin in mid April in my garden.

 18 3/4"x 13 1/4"/Available

 Original White Iris Still Life Watercolor Painting

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Summer Bliss Video Demo by Pamela Blaies

Summer Bliss
14" x 11"
oil on linen

I've had a great summer filled with vacations and hanging out with the family. Travelling is fun, but I'm always glad to get home. Getting back into the studio after some refreshing time off was pure bliss. This week I filmed the creation of one of my newest pieces which I title Summer Bliss.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

"Bright Morning" Original Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media Still Life Flower Art Painting by Contemporary Arizona Artist Pat Stacy

A bright, happy painting, with fantasy flowers in a vase that appears etched, sitting on a "table" stamped with my hand made stamps. The descending squares are foiled, and the spiral is done in gold paint. The design on the outside edges is raised and foiled with an 18K gold foil pen. The sides are painted with metallic gold paint tinted with green to complete the frame effect.

 Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media Still Life Flower Art Painting

 40"x30" Mixed Media on Canvas/Available

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Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Flower Painting, Floral Still Life "Hydrangea and Goldenrod" 8x6" SOLD

Another of my "chunky" floral still life.  The idea on these is to keep detail to a minimum with color, brushstrokes and shape catching you eye.


I quickly sketched in very basic shapes, not being fussy but trying to capture enough of the flower shape to be recognizable.  I massed in dark under colors and then worked a little with local color.  Of course, I  pumped it up.

I worked with big strokes and lots of paint.

Thank you for viewing my art today.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Blue Door 3" Contemporary Still Life Oil Painting by Arrizona Artist Mary Opat

"Blue Door 3" Contemporary Still Life Oil Painting by
Arizona Artist Mary Opat
5" x 7" Oil on Linen Panel $85
This small painting is one in a series of rustic blue
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Small Floral Still Life, "Rose of Sharon with Back Lighting" by Carol Schiff, 6x8" Oil SOLD

A small floral still life of blooms from my garden in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.  I set them on the window sill with natural light streaming in from behind.


These pinks, blues, purples and greens are really my favorite colors.  I think they give a very soothing feeling to this small floral still life.

New Day Blue Hydrangeas - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

New Day Blue Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel


My new hydrangea DVD

New Day Blue Hydrangeas is a new take on a favorite subject, celebrating the arrival of my hydrangea DVDs this week. While most of my hydrangeas are in green hibernation for the summer, and their blossoms are faded to a neutral gray green, one plant produced a new, tiny blue flower cluster yesterday. It seems a very optimistic prospect for a mild summer and considering how hard it was to coax that plant to give me blue instead of pink blossoms, I've decided it is a sign of good things to come!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bottle Still Life | Small Oil Painting | Daily Painting Beach Treasure by Carol Schiff | 8x10 Oil | SOLD

This was the result of a request from a client.  The client's friend found this crusty old bottle in the surf of the Virgin Islands.  She wanted to surprise him with a gift and thought a little painting of a special day would be perfect.

I panted from a photo she supplied.  The main challenge was to achieve the crusty appearance of the bottle.

Both the client and her friend were happy with the results.

A New Louisiana Workshop and Shining Through Sunflowers - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

Shining Through Sunflowers and Lilacs
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
Oil on Deep Gallery Wrap Canvas
Shining Through Sunflowers was my class demonstration this morning in Flower Mound Studio. We had an exciting day, hosting a student who flew down from Delaware for a private lesson. The pugs especially were delighted with Judith's visit, since this lovely lady has a bulldog and spent a great deal of time lavishing affection and words of praise and adoration upon my little snuffle nosed helpers.

On another exciting note, I'm delighted to announce registration has opened for my Shreveport, Louisiana workshop! If you think Texas has a lot of talented artists, I highly recommend you take a peek at the talent pool in Louisiana, too. It is striking how many accomplished painters these two states have between them. My next goal is to join some of these ladies for their plein air outings in an effort to become as immune to the heat in the name of chasing the light, and art in its truest form. Stay tuned for that journey to come! (Now that it's 100 degrees out each day, it might be a few months, but stay tuned...!)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Flower Painting | Floral Still Life | Small Oil Painting | Rhododendron by Carol Schiff 6x8 Oil

Still painting flowers!  Hope you have not tired of them yet.  I will try to break up the flower posts with other subject matter, just to keep you awake.

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This petite bouquet of rhododendron blossoms grew next to my house in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I snipped a few and placed them in a jelly jar on my kitchen window sill.  I love the effect of the darkened flowers with the bright light flowing in behind them.

My goal with these little works is to keep strong basic shapes and let the viewer's eye fill in missing pieces.  As you can see from this photo, the paint is thick and the strokes are few.

Happy Morning to you!

My First DVD and Summer Musical Tulips - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

 Summer Musical Tulips - Detail
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

My new video

 A new four-foot tulip painting is under construction in Flower Mound studio, where we are celebrating the arrival of *cue trumpets* my first DVD! The big ole box arrived today. I thought it was just another canvas order until it occurred to me, today was the big delivery date. I love having all these beautifully packaged DVDs all lined up. They look so neat and well organized, unlike other parts of my studio! Tomorrow the winner of a full day private lesson arrives from Delaware, so the pugs and I will be entertaining and one of us will actually be teaching.

As soon as I can figure out how to set up my paypal for international shipping, I'll be sharing information on how to purchase my DVDs. In the meantime, if you are interested in one, just send me a note to with your email and I'll send you more details on the new DVD.

My new DVDs, all shiny and sparkly!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tropical Landscape Painting | Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | Palette Knife Art | Tropical Glow by Carol Schiff | 6x12" Oil

I was down at the inter-coastal one evening in late November, just as the sun started it's journey below the horizon.

When the sunlight hit the trunks of  palms, they seemed to glow, almost like they were on fire.

Some times, I like to display my paintings on a shelf instead of framing and hanging on the wall.

This painting has been licensed and reproduced as a hand-distressed solid wood plank wall decor.  You may have seen it on, or

Thanks for viewing my daily paintings.  Have a great weekend everybody!

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Reflections on the Art Journey - Pocket Full of Dreams Geraniums - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

Pocket Full of Dreams Geraniums
by Nancy Medina 
Oil on Archival Panel

My new video

The geranium obsession continues in Flower Mound Studio, as the only flowers blooming well in my garden after all these rains are my pink and red geraniums. I've been home for a few weeks in a row, a rarity in my schedule, and have been thinking a lot about this art journey. I still have those times I get very worried and scared about just being an artist and trying to make ends meet. But I am still glad I left my job as a magazine editor to become a full time artist. One year ago, I was trapped on the corporate treadmill, and said to myself, Life is so very short. I knew I was taking a huge risk and I know every day is a risk, but I just had to go with what my heart and soul were telling me to do - paint and teach. I don't know where this journey ends, but I do know I will never be someone who lays on their deathbed wondering, "what if...." I'll always be glad I took this leap. Even if I do end up living in a cardboard box under the interstate! At least my little cardboard sign asking for chocolate, handouts, and dogfood for the pugs will be really, really pretty with flowers on it. :0) Ha!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flower Painting | Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | Floral Still Life | Peony in Glass by Carol Schiff | 6x8" Oil

I was painting with my friend, Donna, and we wanted to do a simple, loose floral.  We both enjoyed our paintings that day.

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  I like the coral color and the free brushwork in my version.  I also like using a black frame to make the colors really pop.

Garden Covenant Red Geraniums - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

 Garden Covenant Red Geraniums
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

My new video

 Garden Covenant Red Geraniums is the daily newbie in Flower Mound Studio, as I begin work on a similar painting for a very special client for her beautiful cottage home. I received a note today from one of my students, Paul Duda, who has just had a major work installed in downtown Cleveland, you can see his painting on my blog today. If any one thing could tell me I've made the right choice to become a full time artist and teacher, this is it. Congratulations Paul, for taking color to a whole new level, Bravo!

Nancy, this is the first painting I sold using your methods. 
Thank you for the knowledge! It benefited me greatly.
- Paul Duda

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Floral Still Life Painting, Daily Painting, "A Rose is a Rose" by Carol Schiff, 9x12x1.5"

I was in the zone of this one and able to complete it very quickly.  My palette knife was slinging paint.....maybe it had to do with the music I was playing.

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195 + 13

You may recognize this set up as I have painted it before.  Last time it looked like this:

I enjoy painting the same object or scene in different styles.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Original Still Life Floral Painting "Sunflowers in Pink" by Western Colorado Artist Barbara Churchley


 16"x8" Oil On Canvas/SOLD

 Original Still Life Floral Oil Painting

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Original Still Life Lily Painting by "Lilies on the Windowsill" Colorado Artist Nancee Jean Busse

When I buy fresh flowers I place them into a clear vase of some kind and photograph them in a variety of settings. i love the way the stems look through the glass and water. I love to discover where the light refracts, and how the light streams through the delicate petals. When I looked at the photos of this arrangement, I was pleased to see all of the purples and magentas and how the light shafted through the bouquet in places.

 Acrylic on Cradleboard, 18×24x2/Available

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Small Oil Still Life | Daily Painting | Art Sale | Fruit Still Life | Small Oil Painting | Reflecting Pear by Carol Schiff

Yes, this small oil still life is on sale today!  This pear still life is 6x8" on canvas panel.  A red pear, a green drape and a mirror make it special.

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This has always been a favorite of mine.  I like the colors, the contrast and the chunky brushwork.  Today, it can be yours, for only $65.  Here's how............

Follow the link above and purchase the painting.  You will be charged $90 plus shipping.  You must write on the order ART SALE.  That is my clue to send you a $25 rebate to your credit card or PayPal account.  That is all you have to do.  I will send you the rebate and contact you with shipment tracking information.

This offer expires at 12:01 a.m. PDT Friday July 11, 2014.

Thank you for viewing my art sale.  I will be back Friday morning with a new daily painting for you.

Citrus White Tulip Bouquet - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

 Citrus White Tulip Bouquet
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel

Citrus White Tulip Bouquet is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio. I've been admiring the pinkish color of Texas Grapefruit lately, and went on a quest tonight to find a tablecloth in that color, or even a scrap of clothing. After going through all the closets and storage bins, nothing, but then I saw a carton of scrapbook paper and there it was! After distributing several sheets artistically around the base of my vase, I found just the streaky lightened salmon type color I wanted. Sometimes it's not the flowers that call to me, it's another color I want to play against them. Do you ever find that to be the case? If so, I hope you are able to control your obsessive compulsive search a bit more than I am...maybe a glass of wine would have calmed me down a bit!

Detail from Citrus White Tulips

Take Your Color as Far as You Want it to Go - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

Hothouse Sunflowers by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Step by Step on the Art Blog Today

Taking that old adage, what would you do if you only had one more day to live, I started thinking about my art and what a wild journey it's been these past few years. Granted there have been dips  and peaks and thrills and lows, but always it has been forward, thanks to you, my flower friends and my collectors. What would you say to your fellow artists, if you only had one thing left to share? I know what my message would be. Read more....

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pinkberry Daisies - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

Pinkberry Daisies by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel

Pinkberry Daisies is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio, actually the fifth in a series of paintings begun yesterday afternoon and ending right about now, (this evening). You could say I've been binge painting, covering every subject that has been tickling the muses. Sunflowers, blue and white irises, white daisies and pink stock, and more sunflowers, because one can never have too many sunflowers.... Almost always, I begin a painting based more on a color I want to play with, than a flower that represents the mix. What have you been painting lately? Are you driven more by subject, or by color?  Enquiring minds want to know!

Challenging Perspective by Pamela Blaies

Ivy Plein Air
7" x 7"

Hope everyone had a Happy 4th!  I feel blessed to live in such an amazing country, where so many patriots have fought to establish and maintain the most unique country in history which is based on equal liberty for all it's citizens.  May God continue to bless America.

I heard an interesting quote yesterday from an artist, Mian Situ, that goes something like this, "I don't want to just paint beautiful things, I want to paint things beautifully." ​  It was interesting to think about and it kind of forced me to shift my way of thinking.  I've been on vacation this past week at a beautiful resort. There are tons of gorgeous, show-stopping flowers to enjoy. Beautiful colors all around me to take in and possibly paint.  But sitting by the pool, I noticed some ivy growing in the shade of a big tree, where light barely filters in. As I looked more carefully at them, I began to see more and more colors, subtle nuances and interesting edges. So, instead of painting the brilliant, red hibiscus near the doorway, or the cheery, orange daisy and colorful fruit sitting by my coffee this morning, I painted a tiny trail of ivy today! 

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