A small watercolor of the Royal Palace with evergreens on each side flanking a pool with three square fountains in the middle. A big blue sky and bright green grass.

Sabatini Gardens Madrid, Spain

Plein Air Painting in the Sabatini Gardens

These are the Sabatini Gardens in Madrid, Spain. Click on picture to see a short clip of the Gardens.

A photo of the Royal Palace from the Sabatini Gardens. Can see the Royal Palace with a little dome on top and tall evergreens in the foreground, four trees are visible. The pond has three square fountains with water shooting up.

Sabatini Gardens Madrid, Spain June 2018

This is a little ink & Pen of the Palace from the Sabatini Gardens.

A photo of a white paper taped down with a pen and ink drawing.

Pen and Ink of Royal Palace from the Sabatini Gardens 2018

 

When I finish the pen and ink, I put a watercolor wash over it and paint a bit more.

A small watercolor of the Royal Palace with evergreens on each side flanking a pool with three square fountains in the middle. A big blue sky and bright green grass.

The Royal Palace seen from the Sabatini Gardens 2018

I want to go back to this spot and look at other views of the Sabatini Gardens.

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A photograph of me sitting on the edge of the Narciso fountain with a watercolor of the fountain in my hand.

Fuente de Narciso in Parque del Príncipe. A small watercolor in Aranjuez, Spain.

La Fuente de Narciso in Aranjuez is a beautiful fountain hidden away in the Parque del Príncipe.  I’ve been there many times to paint on site.

A watercolor of the Fuente de Narciso in Aranjuez, Spain. The fountain is of mythological motif. Four figures of Atlas holds up the dish. On top of the dish is a statue of Narciso. He is looking down at the pond below. In the pond are creatures like frogs and crocodile heads that are not clear in the watercolor. The fountain is dry. There are trees in the background against a clear blue sky.

Fuente de Narciso June 2018 Small watercolor 14x19cm 5.5×7.5 in

Mythology:   Narciso was a very attractive young man who had all the attention of all the girls, but he ignored them all.  One, The nimph Eco, came out of the forest with her open arms, he cruelly shunned her so she hid away in a cave until all that was left of her was the eco of her voice.

The goddess of vengeance,  Nemesis, punished Narciso by making him fall in love with his own image reflecting in a fountain.  Unable to separate from his reflection, he threw himself  into the water.  And from the very place he fell a beautiful flower grew to honor him.

The watercolor of Fuente de Narciso held in my hand to see the size.

Here you can see the size. It’s a small watercolor.

Yes, indeed, this fountain is amazing to paint.  That day the fountain was off. It’s even more amazing when it’s on.

 

A small line and wash watercolor of wild flowers in a yellow glass bottle.

Three Small Line & Wash Watercolors

In the spring, there are plenty of flowers to paint.  This is a line & wash.  First you draw with ink and then just lay a wash over the line leaving any white for light.  

A small postcard size line and wash watercolor with a few wildflowers. An orange poppy in the foreground with a crimson flower on the right top corner and small violet flowers on the bottom right. Blue background

Wildflowers in Yellow Bottle with blue curtain 2016

A small line and wash watercolor of wild flowers in a yellow glass bottle.

Wildflowers in Yellow Bottle 2016

A small line and wash watercolor of wild flowers from a top view. It's a bit abstract. You can see a pink petal flower and part of a California poppy as well as the color blue and purple of other flowers.

Wildflowers in Yellow Bottle Top View 2016

These are very quick watercolors that I don’t have any more.  I send them as postcards.

Flower Gardens

Flower Gardens

La Rosaleda Rose Garden Retiro Park Madrid, Spain

An oil painting of the Rosaleda in September. A large stone vase with fruit in the garden of red roses with a path leading to the park.

Rose Garden in September Madrid 2006 Oil on stretched canvas 41×61 cm 18×24 in €350 Euros

I remember this being a really hot day.  I wanted to paint two paintings in different lights north and west.

This one was painted in the west light and I like the blue light on the leaves.

Red and Pink Roses painted in west light of the Retrio Park Rose Garden

Roses West light September 2006 Oil on stretched canvas 40×50 cm 16×20 in €260 Euros

This is the North light.

Red roses painted on the red rose bushes in the Retiro Rose Garden

Roses North light September 2006 Oil on stretched canvas 40×50 cm 16×20 in €260 Euros

June Flowers 2017

Bright Yellow Flowers with Red spalshed in the middle in a Garden Pot

Sunny June Flowers 2017 Plein Air Painting Oil on Canvas 33×41 cm 13×16 in €170

There was a funny plant growing on the terrace all winter long and something unexpected and unusual happen in June. Suddenly it got really cold and we had a hail storm. The next morning all these yellow flowers bloomed and it was really hot.

unbearably hot…

An oil painting of Saint Juan's Night. A dark vivid blue sky with buildings in the background, a light blue railing, a short retention clay clolred wall and pink and crimson flowers against the background.

La Noche de San Juan 2002 Oil on Canvas 46×55 cm 18 x21.6 in €315

Pink bell like flowers and little blue bell like flowers growing in San Francisco Oil Painting

San Francisco Wild flowers 1993 Oil on Canvas 51x 41cm 20x 16 in €185 Euros

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A picture of a watercolor in process in the Rose Garden. Easel and paper in front of the fountain.

Plein Air Watercolor: Fuente del Faunito Rose Garden 2015

Fuente de Faunito en la Rosaleda Madrid 

Esta fuente española situada en el parque del Retiro de Madrid España se llama Fuente del Faunito. Recuerdo este día perfectamente bien. El jardín estaba lleno de rosas y había visitantes por todos lados, caminando y tomando fotos. El jardín de rosas solía estar abierto a todas horas. Solía ir temprano en la mañana cuando no había nadie alrededor. Ahora tiene una hora de apertura y una de cierre, por lo que es difícil pintar aquí ahora.

A watercolor of a Spainish Rose Garden with a fountain called La Fuente del Faunito. Pink and Red Roses under a cloudy sky.

Fuente del Faunito Rose Garden 2015

This Spanish fountain located in the Retiro park of Madrid Spain is called Fuente del Faunito.  I remember this day perfectly well.  The garden was full of roses and there were visitors everywhere, walking around and taking pictures.  The rose garden used to be open at all hours.  I used to go early in the morning when there wasn’t anybody around.  Now it has an opening and closing hour, so it’s hard to paint here now.

small watercolor of Fuente de los Galapagos. Can see a stone fountain in the winter with bare trees in the background. There is a light post in the foreground.

Fuente de los Galápagos en El Parque del Buen Retiro Madrid

small watercolor of Fuente de los Galapagos. Can see a stone fountain in the winter with bare trees in the background. There is a light post in the foreground.

Fuente de los Galápagos Madrid Spain 2015 Watercolor on Arches 300 gsm – 14 x19 cm 7.5 x5.5 inches Matted 8×10 inch mat-

Fuente Isabel II, popularly called, Galapagos Fountain was designed by Francisco Javier de Marietegui and sculpted by Jose Tomas. The stone and granite fountain was inaugurated in 1832 to celebrate the birth of the princess, later Queen Isabel II. This beautiful fountain is located in Plaza Nicaragua in the Retiro Park of Madrid, Spain.

Painting a fountain isn’t just getting it on paper for me.  I just like to be there, listening to the water and watching the light pass over the stone until it’s gone.