An Egyptian Temple in Madrid Spain, A cloudy colorful sky ond orange leaves on the trees. A winter day

El Templo de Dobod Plein Air Watercolor

The Temple of Debod is an ancient building constructed in the early 2nd century BC dedicated to the goddess Isis. This is one of the few works of ancient Egyptian architecture that can be seen outside Egypt and one of its kind in Spain.  

This is a picture of a person painting a watercolor of the Temple of Debod. You can see the hand painting and the model which is Debod Temple.

El Templo de Debod plein air painting

It is located in the Parque del Oeste in Madrid, Spain. It was donated to Spain in 1968 by Egypt as a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel. Temples which were going to be lost forever due to the construction of the Great Dam of built across the Nile River.

An Egyptian Temple in Madrid Spain, A cloudy colorful sky ond orange leaves on the trees. A winter day

Templo de Debod, Madrid Spain 2014

 

Advertisements
Watercolor of Mormon Temple. A white temple with a cloudy carmen and blue sky with puffy clouds. Cypress trees in front of a red brick wall and leaves falling in the foreground on the left.

Temple LDS in Madrid, Spain – Small Plein Air Watercolor.

I went out to see the LDS Temple in person to do a few quick watercolors to see which one I wanted to paint on a full size sheet.  The facade is beautiful and angel Moroni is on top blowing a trumpet. I painted this before going into the courtyard.

Watercolor of Mormon Temple. A white temple with a cloudy carmen and blue sky with puffy clouds. Cypress trees in front of a red brick wall and leaves falling in the foreground on the left.

Templo LDS 2016 

 Inside the courtyard the Garden, El Jardín de las Novias, is symmetrical. There is a beautiful flower garden with white, pink and red flowers flanking a double dish water fountain with a round pond.  That side of the Temple contrasts with this serious solemn side with inviting cypress trees.

 

A line and watercolor wash over pen and ink of the Crystal Palace.

Line and Wash Watercolor of El Palacio de Cristal in the Retiro Park.

 The Crystal Palace was invented by Ricardo Velazquez Bosco, built in 1887.  It has a high dome in the center which is almost 23 meters high.  Since 1990 it has been an annex of the Reina Sofia Museum of Contemporary Art.  It is located in the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain.

A line drawing of the Crystal Palace in the Retiro Park. You can see the palace with water in front and lots of trees.

Palacio de Cristal 2018

A line and watercolor wash over pen and ink of the Crystal Palace.

Palacio de Cristal 2018

While I was painting, lots of different tourist groups came to see this beautiful metallic building from my same view-point.  I once overheard an old man talking about this being the best spot to see the Crystal Palace so I came here to paint this line and wash watercolor.There’s nothing like painting in Madrid.

 

A large watercolor of a popular street in Madrid in Plaza del Conde de Barajas.

2º concurso de pintura rápida al aire libre Taller Abierto, en pleno Madrid de los Austrias En la Plaza del Conde de Barajas.

Now this is a rapid painting competition, in Plaza del Conde de Barajas also called Plaza de los Pintores in Madrid, Spain. I’ve always had my eye on this plaza.

A photograph of me with a pen and ink drawing on an easel in Madrid's Plaza del Conde de Barajas.

Plaza del Conde de Barajas,

I’ve been doing line and wash lately so I thought I would try it here at the fast painting competition sponsored by Taller Abierto; really nice people by the way.

A photo of a woman painting a street in Madrid on site.

Line and Wash

After about three hours the light completely changed.

A woman standing next to an easel with the start of a watercolor.

The light creeping in.

And the sun started creeping in until I had to leave.

Woman standing in front of easel with started watercolor wearing watercolor gear, hat, scarf and long sleeve white shirt and tinted glasses.

2º concurso de pintura rápida al aire libre Taller Abierto

Here in Madrid the Sun is hot, really hot. You got to be careful and always try to stay in the shade to avoid heat related mishaps. You don’t want one of those.

Two people looking into the camera lense with a smile.

Emilio and I

This is Emilio, he took all the pictures. Thanks Emilio!

The next day I went back and finished the painting as best I could.

A large watercolor of a popular street in Madrid in Plaza del Conde de Barajas.

Plaza Del Conde de Barajas July 1st 2018

This watercolor is going to be in Semana de Arte en la Calle street exhibition at Plaza del Conde de Barajas every Sunday of July. 10-13:00.  Come visit us if you are in Madrid this summer.

A small watercolor of the Almudena Cathedral. Blue sky with a bit of crimson. The Almudena has a huge evergreen growing in front of the gate. There are a few street lamps with the black latern from days of old. The view is from accross the street.

A small Watercolor of The Almudena Cathedral Madrid, Spain.

I like to start a watercolor with a light grid to keep my parallel lines parallel.  I start with a pencil sketch and then go on to pen and ink.

A photo of a pen and ink drawing of the Almudena Cathedral taped down to the drawing board.

Pen & Ink La Almudena Cathedral 

I tape down all of my watercolors to get the white edge of the paper.  Don’t think you need anything expensive.  I use carpenter’s tape, but it’s only there for a couple of hours.  I wouldn’t leave it there for more than a day.

A small watercolor of the Almudena taped down to a drawing board. There is a big evergreen in front of the gate. The Almudena is seen from accross the street.

A small watercolor taped down to the drawing board.

This is the white edge I’m talking about.  When the tape is taken off, you have a white border.

A small watercolor of the Almudena in my hand to see the size. You can see a thumb holding a corner of the watercolor. The watercolor is a line and wash of the Almudena Cathedral with a big evergreen in front of the main gate. You can also see some old time street gas lamps.

Small Watercolor of Almudena Cathedral June 24th 2018

Click Here is a really short video of the painting site.

Madrid is great!

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.

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.