Bustarviejo Forest. There are trees along a creek and a little bridge in the distance. The sky is covered by the trees.

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.

Bustarviejo Forest. There are trees along a creek and a little bridge in the distance. The sky is covered by the trees.

It started raining just about now…


So I went in for lunch and then it started pouring cats and dogs!  


After lunch, I painted from the windows.


Then it started snowing so I started a new watercolor of the snow covered hills. 


Exposición del Grupo Becerril Acuarelas

Watercolor Exhibition in Madrid

Today I went to a watercolor exhibition in Madrid at the Sala de Exposiciónes Esteve Botey de AEDA.  (Agrupación Española de Acuarelistas).

You can click here to find out where it is if you would like to go; it was excellent!

Here are a few pictures of the Artists


Araceli C. Hamilton

Aracili Hamilton in front of some of  her watercolors. Her colors and line are very natural.


Carmen Duran

Carmen Duran in front of her paintings, this body of work represented different seasons of the year.


Grupo Becerril Watercolor Show

Here is another  view of Carmen Duran’s  Watercolors.


Manuel Alpañés

Manuel Alpañés showed beautiful paintings of Andalucía as you can see behind him.


Antonio Arcones

Antonio Arcones in front of  his magical looking paintings; they have a special kind of light that draws you in.



Javier Fuentes

Javier Fuentes in front of one of his paintings.  He had a variety of colorful paintings of different themes and sizes.


Javier Fuentes’ wall of paintings

Here are some more of  Javier Fuentes’ paintings.


This wall has a painting of José Benito Orduña; it’s the painting of the harbor.

I’m missing one Artist here, José Benito Orduña.  I wasn’t able to get a picture of him next to his pieces; however, you can see his work here by clicking on his name.

Excellent Exhibition!

Exhibition of Small Format Watercolor in Madrid, Spain Presented by the Agrupacion de Acuarelistas de España en Madrid.


Expocisiòn de Acuarela de Formato Pequeño de la Agrupacion de Acuarelistas de España en Madrid 2016


Some of the watercolors presented by the Agrupacion de Acuarelistas de Madrid.


The Exhibition of Small Format Watercolors in Madrid, 2016


Watercolor Small Format Show 2016


This is the Fountain of the Plaza de Marmol at the Retiro Park.


I presented this watercolor of La Fuente de la Plaza de Marmol 2015


I also presented Poppies, Daisies and Red Roses 2016

Open Air Painting in Olmeda de las Fuentes June, 2016

The Agrupaciòn Española de Acuarelistas (Spanish Watercolor Society) in Madrid went to the beautiful village called Olmeda de las Fuentes to do some open air watercolor painting.  There were more than 40 of us painting out doors in this small pueblo.


A view at the edge of town

The morning was overcast.  I walked to the top of the hill with two others, a couple, and looked for a nice shady place, ready for a hot day.

first hour


The morning was overcast, no shadows. I waited til the sun came out to paint the cast shadows on the ground.

When I got to this point in the painting, a man who lives in the village pulled up in his car…  It was obvious that I was in his parking place; the only shady place left :).

He was so nice. Before I could say anything he said that I didn’t have to move.

Olmeda de las Fuentes 2016

Hazy June Morning in Olmeda de las Fuentes 2016

 He Parked his car in the sun and asked us if it would bother us.  ‘If it would bother us?’ I mean how nice can you get.

Any way, this is how this painting called ‘Hazy June Morning in Olmeda de las Fuentes’ turned out.  We all got together for lunch.

Lunch Time

Lunch Time

 The food was delicious.

We showed each other our drawings.


Argentina with her watercolor

Argentina found a beautiful little corner to paint in the village.

Jose Maria Ysmer 2016

Jose Maria Ysmer

Jose Maria Ysmer always picks the perfect place to paint and his watercolors turn out so picturesque and painterly.

Olmeda de las Fuentes 2016

Olmeda de las Fuentes 2016

After lunch, we painted for another three hours and then returned to Madrid. It was a lot of fun, just like in April.  We all went to Trillo to paint outdoors.


A painting of Spanish wild flowers in an exhibition at La Casa del Reloj del Matadero in Madrid, Spain

Spanish wild flowers are so colorful, ideal in watercolor.

In this post, I’m going to show a few steps in the making of a painting which was presented and accepted in The  Salòn de Primavera 2016 of Madrid, Spain.


I started with my favorite part and visualised the finished composition in my mind without a preliminary drawing.

Spanish Wild Flowers

Here, I continued by using the first flower as a measurement for the rest of the painting.

The watercolor making process

I continued  building around the first flower while observing shapes, colors, linear directions and placement in the picture plane carefully. In watercolor, you only have one shot.

Red Poppies in Blue Vase

This is the finished watercolor, called Spanish Wild Flowers in Blue Vase 2015

Casa del Reloj Madrid, Spain

The exhibition was held in the Casa del Reloj at the Matadero in the Arganzuela district of Madrid, Spain

Salón de Primavera 2016

Here is my painting exhibited in the Salón de Primavera 2016 in La Lonja Sala of Casa del Reloj in Madrid, Spain.

Watercolor of a waterfall running down the middle of the town in Trillo, lots of green and emphasis on waterfall in foreground.

Open Air Painting in Trillo, Spain

Unbelievable!  In Trillo, Spain, there is a waterfall flowing through the middle of town.  I went there on Saturday with the Watercolor Group of Madrid.

There is a small village in Spain called Trillo.  There is a waterfall going through the middle of the town,

There is a small village in Spain called Trillo. There is a waterfall going through the middle of the town,

This was my set up and perspective.  We were a group of 28 watercolor painters.  It was so much fun.

This was my set up and perspective. We were a group of 28 watercolor painters. It was so much fun.

Watercolor exhibition at the Cultural Center in Trillo

After our painting session, we all had lunch at a restaurant called Casa de David. The food was absolutely delicious! Then the City Hall of Trillo invited us to hang our paintings in the Cultural Center. It was a fun day. I can’t wait for the next out-door painting excursion!