The Temple of Debod is an ancient building constructed in the early 2nd century BC dedicated to the goddess Isis. This is one of the few works of ancient Egyptian architecture that can be seen outside Egypt and one of its kind in Spain.
I went out to see the LDS Temple in person to do a few quick watercolors to see which one I wanted to paint on a full size sheet. The facade is beautiful and angel Moroni is on top blowing a trumpet. I painted this before going into the courtyard.
Inside the courtyard the Garden, El Jardín de las Novias, is symmetrical. There is a beautiful flower garden with white, pink and red flowers flanking a double dish water fountain with a round pond. That side of the Temple contrasts with this serious solemn side with inviting cypress trees.
The Crystal Palace was invented by Ricardo Velazquez Bosco, built in 1887. It has a high dome in the center which is almost 23 meters high. Since 1990 it has been an annex of the Reina Sofia Museum of Contemporary Art. It is located in the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain.
While I was painting, lots of different tourist groups came to see this beautiful metallic building from my same view-point. I once overheard an old man talking about this being the best spot to see the Crystal Palace so I came here to paint this line and wash watercolor.There’s nothing like painting in Madrid.
Plein Air Painting in the Sabatini Gardens
These are the Sabatini Gardens in Madrid, Spain. Click on picture to see a short clip of the Gardens.
This is a little ink & Pen of the Palace from the Sabatini Gardens.
When I finish the pen and ink, I put a watercolor wash over it and paint a bit more.
I want to go back to this spot and look at other views of the Sabatini Gardens.
Esta fuente española situada en el parque del Retiro de Madrid España se llama Fuente del Faunito. Recuerdo este día perfectamente bien. El jardín estaba lleno de rosas y había visitantes por todos lados, caminando y tomando fotos. El jardín de rosas solía estar abierto a todas horas. Solía ir temprano en la mañana cuando no había nadie alrededor. Ahora tiene una hora de apertura y una de cierre, por lo que es difícil pintar aquí ahora.
This Spanish fountain located in the Retiro park of Madrid Spain is called Fuente del Faunito. I remember this day perfectly well. The garden was full of roses and there were visitors everywhere, walking around and taking pictures. The rose garden used to be open at all hours. I used to go early in the morning when there wasn’t anybody around. Now it has an opening and closing hour, so it’s hard to paint here now.
Fuente Isabel II, popularly called, Galapagos Fountain was designed by Francisco Javier de Marietegui and sculpted by Jose Tomas. The stone and granite fountain was inaugurated in 1832 to celebrate the birth of the princess, later Queen Isabel II. This beautiful fountain is located in Plaza Nicaragua in the Retiro Park of Madrid, Spain.
Painting a fountain isn’t just getting it on paper for me. I just like to be there, listening to the water and watching the light pass over the stone until it’s gone.