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.
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.
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.
This little square in the Retiro Park is called Plaza del Màrmol. There is a limestone fountain in the middle of the square. Four young Tritons sustain the main dish. At one time this fountain was completely hidden by overgrown bushes. Since then the bushes have been cut and the little plaza is in plain sight.
The day I went there to paint the little square, the gardeners had just finished pulling all the flowers to replace them with new flowers. I will have to go back soon to paint the fountain with flowers around the pond.