After our funny hail storm in June, these little yellow sun flowers bloomed on the terrace all at once.
I took out my easel and oil paints onto the terrace and started to paint the mini sun flowers early morning.
I mix my own colors with natural pigment bound with linseed oil. The colors are: cadmium lemon yellow, yellow chrome, transparent gold ochre, cadmium orange, magnesium blue, intense crimson, tierra sombra and cadmium red.
I usually start with my favorite part and build around it.
I just try to paint what I see.
I put the exact color and shape on the canvas as quickly and accurately as possible.
Here again the next morning in the hot sun.
Here I started putting in the skyline.
Since all the colors influence each other, I try to find all them as quickly as possible before the light changes.
The background colors are established, so now I start with more detail in the foreground.
I felt as if I had finished the painting at this point and then I couldn’t resist putting a scumble on it to push the back ground into the distance.
So little by little I started building up the foreground, leaving the back ground alone.
Summer June Flowers 2017.
This is the largest plein air watercolor I have done so far. It was quite an adventure.
The fountain was dry when I got there. I asked the gardener if it would have water soon.
The gardener told me that they were cleaning it but that he would turn it on the following morning so I could paint it with water.
The next morning the fountain had its beautiful cascade!
There was a heat wave in Madrid and the sky turned a dark, almost purple color that I didn’t want to paint. I was waiting for the sky to turn light blue again.
Finally the sky was blue like the first day and once I got everything in place, I stopped painting.
Painting the Lds Temple was a really nice experience. I made two new friends A and J. They told me a lot of interesting things about the Temple and gave me a beautiful book related to the Temple.
There’s nothing like painting in Madrid
I realised that I had to focus. First I got a body of watercolors together 2014 to 2016.
Here’s a short clip of the watercolors in the show and a few pictures.
When I got together around 50 watercolors, I started matting them.
This is the style I used for presentation – A beige mat with plexi-glass and swiss clips.
Once it was all set up, the show looked really nice. I Saw a lot of family and friends I hadn’t seen for a long time as well as meeting new friends.
Although it was very hard work, it was something I wanted to do and I’m glad it happened.
The light in Madrid, Spain is always inspiring.
This spring I was only able to paint one watercolor of the white almond blossoms. They bloomed, it rained, it was windy and they were gone.
These are some of the steps taken.
I started out by putting the vase and the flowers on the paper first.
Then I start working around the paper putting in the colors and shapes I see.
Here I start looking for contrast.
Looking for depth.
Looking for atmosphere.
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.
Just finished this illustration of Canto IV, Limbo inspired by Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy.
Tempera and resin-oils on canvas.