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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After about three hours the light completely changed.
And the sun started creeping in until I had to leave.
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.
This is Emilio, he took all the pictures. Thanks Emilio!
The next day I went back and finished the painting as best I could.
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.
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.
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.
This is the white edge I’m talking about. When the tape is taken off, you have a white border.
Click Here is a really short video of the painting site.
Madrid is great!
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.
This is a little ink & Pen of the Palace from the Sabatini Gardens.
When I finish the pen and ink, I put a watercolor wash over it and paint a bit more.
I want to go back to this spot and look at other views of the Sabatini Gardens.
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.
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.
Yes, indeed, this fountain is amazing to paint. That day the fountain was off. It’s even more amazing when it’s on.