Vintage Gooseneck Coffee Pot with Branch Blossoms

Vintage Gooseneck Coffeepot with Branch Blossoms 2021

I picked up this gooseneck coffee pot at a design fair here in Madrid and this is the first time it appears in one of my paintings.

Just Finished

Here is a picture of the watercolor when I finished. I like to take a picture of it outdoors to see the colors in the light. I always put my hand in the picture as a size reference.

Framed and hung

Now my friend has it hanging on her wall. She sent this picture to me. It looks great in that white frame. This is the perfect comfy corner.

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Have a lovely day,

Victoria

Watercolor of a day in the Retiro Park with a band playing and a couple dancing.

And the Lovers Danced to La Orquesta Atipica Del Retrio with the Sound of the Newly Trickling Waterfall of the Artichoke Fountain in the Retiro Park One Early June Afternoon.

I was so stoked to see water falling from the fountain dishes in the first week of June. They had been off for a full year and counting as well as the drinking fountains that are all over Madrid.

I was lucky enough to hear the Orquesta Atipica Del Retrio while I was painting the Artichoke Fountain. It was a lot of fun to paint them too.

This young couple started dancing to the tune of the band and it was so sweet. It only lasted a few moments until they were off to something else.

Here is a little Video of the ambience with the quint playing at the Retiro Park. Click on the photo above or Click here.

Here is a size reference photograph of the line and wash called “A Beautiful Day in June 2021” in full sunlight.

It was such of a beautiful day in June; I painted this line and wash too. The artificial lake with the blue row boats is called Lago Estanque. The monument that you can see in the background with the equestrian statue is called Monumento a Alfonso XII.

Here is a size reference photograph of the line and wash called “El Estanque en Junio 2021” in full sunlight.

It was a really special day here in the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain. Thank you for reading my little story, enjoy the sunny weather.

Victoria

February Almond Branch Flowers 2021

february almond branch flowers in criystal vase 2021

I woke up early, went for a walk, and came back with some Almond branches.

These flowers are really fun to paint because I love to look at them. The petals brighten up everthing around them.

february almond branch flowers in criystal vase 2021

I like painting this crystal vase too; it is in a lot of my paintings.

Here is the watercolor still on the drawing board with the model.

Here is the watercolor outside on a sunny day, in full shade to see the true colors.

Thank you for checking out my post. I have a few more spring paintings coming up. Enjoy your day, Victoria.

Thank you for Supporting the Arts! These house portraits were a lot of fun to make and I love to paint almond trees.

“Got it! Beautiful thanks so much really special” Shira

The painting above is a pen & ink with a watercolor wash and the painting below is pure watercolor.

A house portrait in a watercolor technique

Here a a picture of the watercolor in my hands to show a size reference and the true colors.

Have a lovely day,

Victoria

Line and Wash at the Retiro Park

There was a big blue sky over the Retiro Park and long shadows on the ground. It is really hard to see the beautiful Nymph fountain because the usual glittering water spilling off the dishes is just not happening.

A pair of line and wash of the Nymph Fountain

I made two line and wash paintings. They are a lot of fun to do and the time goes by so quickly.

It’s nice to have two.

I like to take a photo of the watercolor with the model.

I can’t wait until the fountains are turned on again. At least there is water in the pond, so that is nice.

Click here to see a short clip.

Thank you for reading my little story, enjoy the pleasant weather,

Victoria

Early Branch Blossoms Watercolor Painting

Early Bloomers in Pickle Jar 2021

I like painting flowering branches in watercolor because watercolor is a medium that allows me to paint quickly enough to try to capture the feeling.

Almond Blossoms, Japaneses Scarlet Quince and Yellow Retama

These are the branch blossoms that bloom in February here in Madrid. The first three flowers I see after the cold winter are almond blossoms, Japanese quince and yellow retama.

Japanese quince and yellow retama

Here is a closer view of the Japanese quince and yellow retama in pickle jar half filled with water.

Pickle Jar with branches

These three early bloomers grow on twisting branches reaching out in every direction, so that’s why I like to put them in a pickle jar. I want to be able to paint the submerged flowers on the branches.

The Blue Curtain

The blue curtains are in the background. I opened them up and the light came in illuminating the yellow retama.

Size Reference

Here is a picture of the watercolor in full shade. My hands serve as a size reference. Thank you for reading my little watercolor adventure report. Victoria

La Plaza de la Paja Madrid de los Austrias 2021

This is a watercolor of la Plaza de la Paja. (The Plaza of Straw). The name, Plaza of Straw, comes from the 15th Century, a time when straw was sold at the Plaza.

La Plaza de la Paja is located in an area known as Madrid de los Austrias, in the historic center, within the neighborhood of La Latina. It was an important market in the 13th and 14th Century. Nowadays, it is a great place to have a bite to eat or to just hang out.

Overlooking the Plaza, is Sacramento Church. Since 1980, it is the Military Cathedral of Spain known as Catedral de las Fuerzas Armadas.

These 19th Century constructions are either painted or covered with exposed brick. The narrow wrought iron balconies accentuate the buildings in this neighborhood so beautifully.

The antique gas street lamps that once lit the neighborhood with soft glowing lights are so picturesque.

Can you see a door on the back wall? This jewel is one of Madrid’s secrets.

Through this door, are the Gardens of the Prince of Anglona, one of the few examples of the noble gardens from the 18th Century of Madrid. If you are ever in Madrid, do not miss this hidden garden.

It was an overcast grey day, and the tree branches were still nude. Even so, anyday in Madrid is a good day to paint.

Here is the finished watercolor in the light of day, shown against the brick color so typical in many parts of Madrid.

Thank you for reading this little story about Madrid de los Austrias.

Fruit in Ceramic Bowl

When I go to the grocery, I pick the fruit not only to eat, but also to paint.

I selected this pear because it has a beautiful transition from yellow to red on one side.

I like to paint common objects because just like any other skill, you have to practice all the time. Use it or lose it.

If you like to paint and you want to keep improving, just paint things around you.

Los Bomberos en el Paseo de la Castellana

Los Bomberos de la Comunidad de Madrid

Firefighters have been on Paseo de la Castellana many times, putting out challengingly dangerous fires in the tall emblematic buildings on this main street in Madrid.

A decisive moment bound by time.

This red fire truck is so impressive.

Here is another truck coming into the scene on a side street.

This view in the background is Puerta de Europe, also known as Torres KIO. This is the Financial District of Madrid.

I like to hold the watercolor up in the sunlight to see the true colors. My hands serve as a size reference.

Thank you for taking the time to read my little story.

Victoria

Spring Blossom Explosion Painting 2021

The Flowers in this painting are almond tree blossoms, Japanese scarlet quince and yellow broom retama in a pickle jar.

Oil Painting of Spring Blossoms in Pickle Jar

Every spring, I go out and get a few of these flowers to paint them in glass jars.

I really like the light refraction of the stems in the water.

This detail is the pickle jar reflected in the mirror with the beveled mirror edge with a few almond blossoms in the foreground.

I have blue curtains that I got in the Rastro. I like it that they show up in the mirror and complement the Japanese scarlet quince in the foreground.

Each little petal that fell off of the almond branch had a little reflection on the table.

The white almond blossom floating on the waterline in the pickle jar was my favorite detail in the still life.

Thank you for taking the time,

Victoria

Glasswork with Early February Almond Blossoms Watercolor

Glasswork with Early February Almond Blossoms 2021

Spring flowers are blooming all around!

I took a few notes about the process. It’s really fun to paint with watercolors. I’m using 640 gsm.

I start out with a real model. Glass objects with flowers is my all time favorite thing to paint. I like color, a lot.

I work around the paper trying to give the same importance to everything in the foreground and the background.

When I finish, I carefully take the tape off and let it dry. Then I put the paper under a stack of books to flatten it. It looks so much nicer when it’s flattened.

I like to take a picture of the watercolor and the model together.

Glasswork with Early February Almond Blossoms 2021

I also take a picture of the watercolor in natural light or in full shade to show the true colors.

These two watercolors go very well together.

Glasswork with Early February Almond Blossoms 2021
Portuguese Botijo with Early Spring Blossoms 2021

Thank you for taking the time. Enjoy the spring,

Victoria

A watercolor of Cathedral Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena from the French Bridge

La Almudena desde el Puente de los Franceses 2021 Watercolor on Arches 300 gms 38.5×28.5 cm / 15×11.5 in $85

The Cathedral Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena is simply called la Almudena. The Virgin of the Almudena is the Patron Saint of Madrid, Spain. The Almudena in this watercolor is portrayed in Autumn. In Madrid, Autumn is spectacular. The leaves at a certain time of day look like gold. These colors resonate with the lapis lazuli blue domes of the Almudena Cathedral. The rusty and golden colors of the foliage also reflect in the water and complement the color of the cobalt blue sky reflected in the water. The bridge that crosses the Manzanares River is called the Puente de los Franceses. The name of the bridge came about because most of the engineers who directed its construction were French. The Madrilenians began to refer to it as “The Bridge of the French”.

Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain

La Almudena Visto desde el Puente del Rey 2021 Watercolor on Arches 300 gms 28.5×38.5 cm / 11.5×15 in $85

Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena is popularly known as the Almudena Cathedral. The Virgin Mary from the Almudena avocation is the patroness of Madrid, Spain. A major festival in the city celebrates Madrid’s Patroness on the 9th of November. This is the view I caught from a distance when walking from Casa de Campo swimming pool into the city on a hot summer day.

El Palacio de Cristal in the Buen Retiro Historic Park of Madrid, Spain

Palacio de Cristal Madrid, Spain 2021

Everybody goes to see the Crystal Palace in November because even though it was freezing cold the day I was painting outdoors, I would almost say that this area crowded. I was painting in the area for two weeks and the colors were amazing. The leaves really looked like gold at times. This studio painting is part of a series called Momentos en Madrid.

Fountain of the Fallen Angel (Fuente del Ángel Caído) Madrid, Spain

Fuente del Angel Caido

The Fallen Angel Fountain is located in the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain. Ricardo Bellver first created the sculpture in plaster in 1877. The figure is mannerist in style and is inspired by verses of Paradise Lost by John Milton. If you have ever read Paradise Lost by John Milton, you can tell that this sculpture depicts the beginning of the epic which starts in the midst of things as epics typically do.

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A moment in time in Madrid, Spain

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Everywhere you look there is something to paint here in Madrid. The fountains in Spain are captivating. Atocha Station has a beautiful tropical garden inside.

Atocha 2020

This is the Puerta del Sol. The monumental Tio Pepe sign is an icon here in Madrid. I love the design of the Metro.

Tio Pepe 2020

I know why the Madrilenians say “From Madrid to Heaven“.

First Painting of 2021 – La Puerta del Sol

On January 1st 2021, I painted the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Spain because I knew everyone would be sleeping at the time I went there. On any other day it would be impossible to paint there. The Puerta del Sol is a very busy Plaza.

Puerta del Sol New Years Day 2021

This is a very small watercolor as you can see. I wanted to make sure I could finish it in one day. It’s not easy painting at the Puerta del Sol.

Puerta del Sol New Years Day 2021
Open Air Painting at La Puerta del Sol Madrid, Spain January 1st 2021

I do as much open air painting as I can. It’s important to me to see the colors as they are so that when I make a large watercolor or oil painting, I remember the colors from real life.

Victoria January 1st 2021

Happy New Year Everybody! Let’s make 2021 as good as it can possibly get.

La Fuente de los Tritones

This is the fountain of the Tritons (fish-tailed sea gods.) It’s a very large fountain with a double dish and a large pond. The Almudena Cathedral can faintly be seen in the background.

The fountain of the Tritons was made for the Renaissance garden of the Island of Aranjuez, where it was located in 1657. Since then it was moved to the Gardens of Campo del Moro and has remained there to this day. The Fountain of the Tritans is considered the oldest monumental fountain preserved in the capital of Spain.

Fuente de los Tritones 2020

One of the things that I love about Madrid is painting outdoors. Everywhere you look is something I want to paint.

Normally the Triton Fountain is much more beautiful with the water shooting and spraying up into the sky. There is no water shooting up into the sky, there isn’t even water in the pond. Most of the fountains in the city of Madrid are turned off. I’m hoping to see them on again in 2021

Fuente de los Tritones 2020

I like to to show the watercolor next to my hand as a size reference. Also I like to show it against wood to bring out some of the colors. I have a little clip of the painting Click Here.

The Gardens of El Campo del Moro in Madrid, Spain

The Garden El Campo del Moro 2020

Here is a little clip of the watercolor and the garden CLICK HERE.

This picture that somebody took of me from above kind of shows the immensity of the garden.

There are lots of Peacocks in this garden.

Its curious name is due to the fact that in 1109 the Muslim leader Ali Ben Yusuf camped his Moorish army in this place. The story is much longer, but I’m going to keep it short.

Have a great day,

Victoria.

The Fountain of the Nymphs

Fountain of the Nymphs 2019

I really like this fountain a lot. It is incredibly beautiful with the Nymphs holding up the dish with dolphin-like sea creatures at their feet. This fountain has always had water shooting out of the spouts as far as I remember. I was looking forward to painting the doves that bathe on the rim of the dish. When I got there, the water had been turned off for so long that a family of feral cats was hanging around in the pond and there was a recent litter of kittens. I’m almost afraid to see what it looks like now.

Painting The Crystal Palace in Madrid, Spain

Palacio de Cristal Autumn of 2020

The Crystal Palace in the Retiro Park is so colorful and beautiful in November that it attracts so many visitors.

The experience of painting this amazing sight was absolutely fulfilling, Here’s a little clip of the day painting the Crystal Palace in Madrid, Spain.

I like to put my hand near the painting to have a reference size of the watercolor. Also, the natural wood is what looks best when framing one of my watercolors.

It is a lot of fun to paint out doors even though it’s chilly, brrrr.

Autumn in El Parque del Moro

Autumn in El Parque del Moro 2020

It was a really cold day when I was out there painting, but the only time to catch these colors in nature is in the months of November and December. Lots of big beautiful birds and ducks came to visit me. I’m going back again on Sunday. I hope it’s not so cold.

Some people have asked me about framing. I think the color of the natural wood is a nice color combination.

Size Reference Autumn in El Parque del Moro 2020

Monumento a Alfonso XII, Madrid

This is a small studio painting of the artificial lake in the Retiro Park. I can’t wait to be able to walk in the Retiro Park again.

Monumento a Alfonso XII Retiro Park Madrid 2020

The marble and bronze Monument to Alfonso XII, designed by Josè Grases Riera is located in the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid. It is 30 meters high, 86 meters long, and 58 meters wide. At its center is the equestrian statue of King Alfonso XII, cast in Bronze, which was created by Benlliure in 1904.