My Watercolor Exhibition Experience at Arte Studio in Madrid May-June 2017

I realised that I had to focus.  First I got a body of watercolors together 2014 to 2016.

 

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Here’s a short clip of the watercolors in the show and a few pictures.

 

Paseo del Prado August 2016

A street view of the Paseo del Prado in August 2016

Three Glass Bottles with Pear 2014

When I got together around 50 watercolors, I started matting them.

 

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Summer Melon with Red Bottle 2016 – Watercolor on Arches 640 GMS – 20 x 16 inch ( 50.8 x 40.6 cm) – Swiss Clip Frameless Frame with Plexi-glass Ready to Hang

This is the style I used for presentation – A beige mat with plexi-glass and swiss clips.

 

Inauguration 2017

 

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.

 

Flor, Victoria and Cani

Flor, Victoria and Cani

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Almond Blossoms in Talavera Vase Watercolor March 2017

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.

Talavera Vase 2017

These are some of the steps taken.

 

Starting out with the vase and flowers

I started out by putting the vase and the flowers on the paper first.

Focusing only on what I see

Then I start working around the paper putting in the colors and shapes I see.

Looking for contrast

Here I start looking for contrast.

Looking for depth

Looking for depth.

Looking for Atmosphere

Looking for atmosphere.

 

Dante’s Inferno Canto IV Modern Language Version. Written by Jim Belton and Illustrated by Victoria Olson.

Canto IV Limbo 2017

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.

 

Open Air Painting in the Retiro Park, Madrid Spain December 2016

It was a nice sunny day in early December, just as autumn was leaving and winter was coming in.

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Open air painting in the Retiro Park in December of 2016

So I was painting at the Retiro Park and someone stopped to see the painting.  Suddenly we discovered that we had met in San Francisco around 20 years ago.

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I hadn’t seen Maria Jesus for a long time. We had lost contact long ago and we ran into each other at the park; small world as they repeatedly say.

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The light started changing here.

The light started to change quickly, so I hurried up and finished.

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The Retiro Park in Autumn 2016

This is how it turned out.

Out Door Painting in Bustarviejo (Madrid) with the Agrupacion de Acuarelistas de España

It was a cold grey day, Friday the 3rd of March 2017.  The Agrupaciòn de Acuarelistas de España of Madrid did some Plen Air Painting at Bustarviejo.

 

It was a cold grey day, but that didn't take away from the sheer beauty of the natural surroundings.

Jose Luis Cano with his watercolor; he carried out the colors  beautifully.

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Trabajo conjunto de calidad de Pilar Balsa y M Àngeles. The water is just amazing, look at the reflection!

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After lunch, it started pouring, raining cats and dogs!  (These two little watercolors are mine by the way)

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Then it started snowing so everyone started painting in front of the windows.

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Argentina March 2017

Argentina made misty-looking watercolors  with accents of color that captured the atmosphere outside.  Here’s her painting below.

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Argentina’s Marzo 3, 2017 en Bustarviejo.

I was busy looking out the window painting and when I turned around, Ricardo de Arce had already finished a large watercolor.  It seemed like he painted it in a blink of an eye.

Ricardo de Arce and his watercolor

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Ricardo de Arce con su acuarela

Manuel Alpañes is another amazing watercolor artist and an incredible portrait painter.

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Manuel Alpañes Pintando

I don’t have the name of the person who did the drawings below, but they are really nice gesture drawings with background included.

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There’s nothing like outdoor painting.  And better yet painting with the Watercolor Society of Madrid (Agrupacion de Acuarelistas de España).

ps…I would have taken more pictures but my phone ran out of batteries. Gracias a todos por pasarme las fotos.:)

 

 

 

 

 

Figure Painting

Dante’s Inferno Canto IV in process – Mixed Technique:  Tempera Under-painting and Resin-Oil Finish.

ILLustration in Process of Canto IV, Limbo

Almost finished…(Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s  The Divine Comedy)

Canto IV Session 17

Canto IV Session 20

The mixed technique is oil paint and egg tempera. The resin-oil drying time is more than a few days.

When drying a painting with this kind of mixture make sure the painting is isolated for a few days since all varnishes are volatile and harmful.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri is as Divine as Epic Poetry gets.  There’s nothing pretty about the poem to paint and art has never been about painting a pretty pictures.

I’ve posted three sessions, the other sessions in between were mistakes taken off of the canvas.  ;).

 

 

 

 

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Session 19

 

Canto IV Limbo

Canto IV Limbo Session 10