These are early February branch flowers. They are the first to bloom in Madrid after our cold winter. Shortly after painting this small painting, we were all confined to our homes during the entire spring.
I have a lot of fun painting the Crystal Palace. I paint it often. In July it was granted World Heritage status. I am really happy about that.
This is a small format. Small format is great because I can finish in one session.
Here is my set up. I got this picture thanks to someone who sent me the picture. Thank you Javier!
I try to paint in the shade, since I am standing in the same spot for three or four hours. It’s either shade or wear a hat. I brushed off a few spiders from my shoulder that were dropping down from the shady tree.
This painting is called Fuente del Ángel Caído. I painted it on site in August, a verrrrry hot month here in Madrid, haha.
Here you can see the statue in the background. I also have a short clip here if you click on ‘clip‘.
This unique statue, created by Ricardo Bellver is incredibly beautiful. It represents the moment that Lucifer falls from heaven as described by John Milton in the first pages of his epic, Paradise Lost. The statue has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in July 2021.
Here is a shot of the painting on site, when I finished. If you come to Madrid, don’t forget to visit the Glorieta del Ángel Caído. Thank you for reading my short story. Enjoy your day, Victoria
Pinto en el Parque del Buen Retiro a menudo. Uno de mis edificios favoritos es el Palacio de Cristal. Lo he pintado muchas veces porque se ve diferente durante todo el año. El Palacio de Cristal fue declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO el 25 de Julio 2021. Volví a pintar este hermoso Palacio de Cristal en Agosto de 2021.
Mientras estaba pintando, alguien me dijo que se vería hermoso si lo dejaba los cantos sin terminar. De hecho, dos personas me dijeron eso el mismo día.
La selección del Parque del Buen Retiro y el Paseo del Prado, patrimonio de la humanidad, se llama Paisaje de la Luz, por lo que el borde blanco que se deja sin pintar sirve como un halo de luz. Es muy apropiado y una buena idea para la serie que estoy pintando con el mismo nombre. Estoy feliz de haberlas escuchado.
Palacio de Cristal, el primer cuadro de la serie, Paisaje de la Luz, está en muy buenas manos.
Ya está en la pared junto a una gran obra de arte. Hoy mi cuadro tiene casa. Gracias por apoyar las artes.
Y ya tiene marco blanco con paspartú. Me encanta! Victoria
The Crystal Palace here in Retiro Park has been granted status of world heritage in July 2021.
This is the first of a series of paintings that I plan on making of Paisaje de la Luz. In English, Landscape of Light. Here is a little clip of the painting and the Landscape.
As I was painting, someone I had just met that day gave me the perfect name for my series and named it ‘Landscape of Light’. Nice idea Carmen, Thanks.
I got up really early this morning to continue with my series of paintings. Monument to Alfonso XII has also been granted the status of world heritage. It is not surprising at all; the monument is so magnificent. Here is a little clip of the painting with the monument.
I’m not finished yet, so I’ll be going back tomorrow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a closer view of the Japanese quince and yellow retama in pickle jar half filled with water.
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 curtains are in the background. I opened them up and the light came in illuminating the yellow retama.
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
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 eator 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 colorso typical in many parts of Madrid.
Thank you for reading this little story about Madrid de los Austrias.
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”.
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.
The Retiro Park is a family favorite. The Estanque (Artificial Lake) is a great place to spend an afternoon all year round. It is most popular in the spring and the hot summers of Madrid. You can see couples, friends and family on the lake splashing, laughing and enjoying themselves in the blue row boats.
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.
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.
The Plaza Parterre is one of the most visited gardens in the Retiro Park. The entrance is Felipe IV Gate. The skyline in the background includes the Casón del Buen Retiro. The main enjoyment I get from painting in the park is looking at the beautiful scenery in Madrid.
This is a postcard size watercolor which goes back in time to 1997. When I heard about this park, I went to visit it right away with my watercolors. I wanted to paint a piece of the wall. I walk by this park once and a while and the fountain itself looks the same.
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.
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.
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.
Happy New Year Everybody! Let’s make 2021 as good as it can possibly get.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.