This is a small studio painting of the artificial lake in the Retiro Park. I can’t wait to be able to walk in the Retiro Park again.
The marble and bronze Monument to Alfonso XII, designed by Josè Grases Riera is located in the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid. It is 30 meters high, 86 meters long, and 58 meters wide. At its center is the equestrian statue of King Alfonso XII, cast in Bronze, which was created by Benlliure in 1904.
The days are still quite short here in Madrid. Almond blossoms are one of my favorites. Yesterday we got a a hard wind so maybe they have all been blown off the trees. Almond blossoms aren’t on the trees for long.
These colorful flowers tell me that the cold winter here in Madrid is getting ready to leave and the warm weather is coming soon. I run out and cut the flowers and paint them as fast as possible before they wilt.
This painting is a resin-oil painting.
I mix the dry pigments with essential oils and paint with a pallet knife and brushes. The gloss is in the paint not on the surface.
Here is a little Painting Setup clip of some of the process. You can see this new painting at Plaza de los Pintores on Sunday from 10-2. We are located at Plaza Conde de Barajas in Madrid, Spain. Hope to see you there.
This autumn watercolor painting is of the Fallen Angel Fountain in the Retiro Park located in Madrid, Spain. In this September painting the flowers that surround the fountain are bright red geraniums.
I no longer have this September watercolor with the red geraniums so I went back to the Retiro last weekend to paint it again. To my surprise the flowers had been pulled up and replaced with red, yellow, white and purple pansies…quite a change from the bold red color.
This watercolor is from a collection of watercolors of the fountains in the Retiro Park. The Fallen Angel Fountain is pretty interesting when you look into its history. It’s one of a kind.
If you come to Madrid, don’t miss out on seeing this impressive fountain.
This is the Fallen Angel Fountain. If you’ve ever read John Milton’s epic ‘Paradise Lost’ The first page comes to life when you see this awesome statue.
I’ve painted parts of this fountain a few times, but this is the first time I painted the whole fountain.
In the spring I like to paint the wild flowers since they are so colorful and my favorite painting theme.
Since I’m painting from life, I put in the poppies first before they wilt.
Then I start putting in other flowers, not forgetting about the equally important background which includes the glass pickle jar.
Here I am almost finished. Just putting in the finishing touches. Not too many.
The watercolor is almost finished here. I paint what I see and leave a lot of the white of the paper.
This year the wild flower season was brief. Less rain, less flowers…