Watercolor of a day in the Retiro Park with a band playing and a couple dancing.

And the Lovers Danced to La Orquesta Atipica Del Retrio with the Sound of the Newly Trickling Waterfall of the Artichoke Fountain in the Retiro Park One Early June Afternoon.

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.

Victoria

Line and Wash at the Retiro Park

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.

A pair of line and wash of the Nymph Fountain

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.

Click here to see a short clip.

Thank you for reading my little story, enjoy the pleasant weather,

Victoria

Thanks for Supporting the Arts!

Everywhere you look there is something to paint here in Madrid. The fountains in Spain are captivating. Atocha Station has a beautiful tropical garden inside.

Atocha 2020

This is the Puerta del Sol. The monumental Tio Pepe sign is an icon here in Madrid. I love the design of the Metro.

Tio Pepe 2020

I know why the Madrilenians say “From Madrid to Heaven“.

First Painting of 2021 – La Puerta del Sol

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.

Puerta del Sol New Years Day 2021

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.

Puerta del Sol New Years Day 2021
Open Air Painting at La Puerta del Sol Madrid, Spain January 1st 2021

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.

Victoria January 1st 2021

Happy New Year Everybody! Let’s make 2021 as good as it can possibly get.

La Fuente de los Tritones

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.

Fuente de los Tritones 2020

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

Fuente de los Tritones 2020

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.

The Fountain of the Nymphs

Fountain of the Nymphs 2019

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.

Monumento a Alfonso XII, Madrid

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.

Monumento a Alfonso XII Retiro Park Madrid 2020

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.

A Watercolor of the Fallen Angel Fountain in the autumn. The watercolor is on an easel and the fountain is in the background

Fuente del Àngel Caìdo November 2019

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.

Watercolor of the Fallen Angel Fountain. There are red flowers around the fountain

Fuente del Angel Caìdo September 2019

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.

 

Watercolor of the Fallen Angel Fountain in the Retiro Park in Madrid Spain. The sky is blue with a few clouds and the leaves are turning a golden orcher color

Fuente del Angel Caido November 2019

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.