Dante’s Inferno Canto IV Modern Language Version. Written by Jim Belton and Illustrated by Victoria Olson.

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The next day, we came to the foot of a noble castle, circled seven times by high walls. A fair creek encircled the walls, but we crossed it as if it was hard ground. I went in through the seven gates with the sages, and we came to a healthy green meadow.

Jim Belton’s modern language version of Canto II by Dante Alighieri. Click here to read Canto IV.

 

Open Air Painting in the Retiro Park, Madrid Spain December 2016

It was a nice sunny day in early December, just as autumn was leaving and winter was coming in.

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Open air painting in the Retiro Park in December of 2016

So I was painting at the Retiro Park and someone stopped to see the painting.  Suddenly we discovered that we had met in San Francisco around 20 years ago.

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I hadn’t seen Maria Jesus for a long time. We had lost contact long ago and we ran into each other at the park; small world as they repeatedly say.

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The light started changing here.

The light started to change quickly, so I hurried up and finished.

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The Retiro Park in Autumn 2016

This is how it turned out.

Out Door Painting in Bustarviejo (Madrid) with the Agrupacion de Acuarelistas de España

It was a cold grey day, Friday the 3rd of March 2017.  The Agrupaciòn de Acuarelistas de España of Madrid did some Plen Air Painting at Bustarviejo.

 

It was a cold grey day, but that didn't take away from the sheer beauty of the natural surroundings.

Jose Luis Cano with his watercolor; he carried out the colors  beautifully.

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Trabajo conjunto de calidad de Pilar Balsa y M Àngeles. The water is just amazing, look at the reflection!

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After lunch, it started pouring, raining cats and dogs!  (These two little watercolors are mine by the way)

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Then it started snowing so everyone started painting in front of the windows.

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Argentina March 2017

Argentina made misty-looking watercolors  with accents of color that captured the atmosphere outside.  Here’s her painting below.

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Argentina’s Marzo 3, 2017 en Bustarviejo.

I was busy looking out the window painting and when I turned around, Ricardo de Arce had already finished a large watercolor.  It seemed like he painted it in a blink of an eye.

Ricardo de Arce and his watercolor

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Ricardo de Arce con su acuarela

Manuel Alpañes is another amazing watercolor artist and an incredible portrait painter.

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Manuel Alpañes Pintando

I don’t have the name of the person who did the drawings below, but they are really nice gesture drawings with background included.

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There’s nothing like outdoor painting.  And better yet painting with the Watercolor Society of Madrid (Agrupacion de Acuarelistas de España).

ps…I would have taken more pictures but my phone ran out of batteries. Gracias a todos por pasarme las fotos.:)

 

 

 

 

 

Figure Painting

Dante’s Inferno Canto IV in process – Mixed Technique:  Tempera Under-painting and Resin-Oil Finish.

ILLustration in Process of Canto IV, Limbo

Almost finished…(Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s  The Divine Comedy)

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The mixed technique is oil paint and egg tempera. The resin-oil drying time is more than a few days.

When drying a painting with this kind of mixture make sure the painting is isolated for a few days since all varnishes are volatile and harmful.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri is as Divine as Epic Poetry gets.  There’s nothing pretty about the poem to paint and art has never been about painting a pretty pictures.

I’ve posted three sessions, the other sessions in between were mistakes taken off of the canvas.  ;).

 

 

 

 

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Session 19

 

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Exposición del Grupo Becerril Acuarelas

Watercolor Exhibition in Madrid

Today I went to a watercolor exhibition in Madrid at the Sala de Exposiciónes Esteve Botey de AEDA.  (Agrupación Española de Acuarelistas).

You can click here to find out where it is if you would like to go; it was excellent!

Here are a few pictures of the Artists

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Araceli C. Hamilton

Aracili Hamilton in front of some of  her watercolors. Her colors and line are very natural.

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Carmen Duran

Carmen Duran in front of her paintings, this body of work represented different seasons of the year.

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Grupo Becerril Watercolor Show

Here is another  view of Carmen Duran’s  Watercolors.

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Manuel Alpañés

Manuel Alpañés showed beautiful paintings of Andalucía as you can see behind him.

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Antonio Arcones

Antonio Arcones in front of  his magical looking paintings; they have a special kind of light that draws you in.

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Javier Fuentes

Javier Fuentes in front of one of his paintings.  He had a variety of colorful paintings of different themes and sizes.

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Javier Fuentes’ wall of paintings

Here are some more of  Javier Fuentes’ paintings.

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This wall has a painting of José Benito Orduña; it’s the painting of the harbor.

I’m missing one Artist here, José Benito Orduña.  I wasn’t able to get a picture of him next to his pieces; however, you can see his work here by clicking on his name.

Excellent Exhibition!

Figure Painting

Dante’s Inferno Canto IV in process – Mixed Technique: Tempera Underpainting and Resin-Oil Finish.

Illustration in Process of Canto IV Limbo.

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Canto IV Session 8

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Canto IV Session 7

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Canto IV Session 6

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Canto IV Session 5

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Canto IV Session 4

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Canto IV Session 3

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Canto IV Session 2

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Canto IV Session 1