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.
I realised that I had to focus. First I got a body of watercolors together 2014 to 2016.
Here’s a short clip of the watercolors in the show and a few pictures.
When I got together around 50 watercolors, I started matting them.
This is the style I used for presentation – A beige mat with plexi-glass and swiss clips.
Once it was all set up, the show looked really nice. I Saw a lot of family and friends I hadn’t seen for a long time as well as meeting new friends.
Although it was very hard work, it was something I wanted to do and I’m glad it happened.
The light in Madrid, Spain is always inspiring.
Vibrant color and immediacy is what I like the most about the watercolor medium. consistent practice is important whether inspired or not.
I use a grid here to keep my parallel lines parallel. I paint little pieces at a time so I can transfer the color and shape exactly as I see it.
I want the painting to have balance, so work on different areas going to opposite places on the paper and touching the corners as well.
I was happy with how it turned out, so I did two more water colors the same day.
Even though I wanted to use the same exact technique, I didn’t. I painted larger areas and didn’t work around the paper. The left side is too heavy for starting off.
Since it was too heavy on the left side, I automatically tried to balance it out by making the right side heavy too. I finished quickly to start again.
I focused on the flower and built around it, trying not to fill in large areas to start with.
I wanted to give the same importance to every object but I got hung up on the white rose and gave it too much attention neglecting the glass work.
No matter how many times I paint this motif, there is always something new and different in each flower and reflection.
I like to paint small watercolors of colorful flowers and transparent glass filled with water.
These small still-life paintings date back from the 90’s to the present 2016.
They are all post card size 5.5”x 7.5”or smaller. I started off making this size in the mid-eighties to send as post cards.
Almond Blossoms are really nice to paint. In the spring there are a lot of these trees in Madrid. I sent this watercolor to my Mom. When I go to California I see it on the wall.
I remember visiting someone who had sweet peas growing in their vegetable garden, I couldn’t resist taking some home to paint them. I’m going to have to get some sweet pea seeds.
The Red Bottle is one of my favorites. I bought it in the mid-eighties at the Salvation Army in the Gaslamp Quarter when I was living in sunny San Diego. I’m always on the look out for beautiful glass bottles and vases.
This watercolor is wet on wet with my favorite red bottle.
What I like the most about glass are the reflections; especially clear glass with water in it.
I paint a lot; not everything turns out. It doesn’t matter. I like to include everything I see around my model.
I go to California often, almost every year. I like to paint the flowers in my Mother’s garden. Bougainvillea is so fun to paint.
Sometimes I paint the motif twice. Here I changed the vase. I like this vase; I like the fact that you can see the stems and leaves in the water.
Here is the vase again with my Mom’s beautiful roses.
I like colored glass. They have everything I like, color, shape, transparency and reflection.
Someone gave me this vase. I think it’s beautiful with the vertical grooves imitating a greek column. This one got sent off in the mail.
I like to do more than one painting to try a different view.
When the spring comes around, I go a little crazy. I can’t stop painting. Spring is such a bright season full of color and warmth.
You can really see the difference of the light in the spring.
These are California Poppies and wild flowers. I brought the seeds from California and planted them here in Madrid. I recently sent this one to my Dad.
I wanted to paint my model with the reflection in the mirror and on the table.
This is the latest small watercolor. A friend told me that the color of this bottle is chartreuse.
I’m glad she told me. I had never heard of that color. Thanks to her the title isn’t yellow bottle with wild flowers, but Chartreuse Bottle with California Wild Flowers. 🙂
My Favorite Bottles is the first watercolor I painted of this series with the same name.
This series was about painting the bottles in different places in the house.
The technique I used here was wet on wet.
I no longer have this painting.
This painting is from a series called My Favorite Bottles.
I started this series in 2015. I painted the bottles in a different place in the house everyday.
The purpose of this blog is to remember the steps in making the painting.
I planted some California wild flowers in May, so I’ve been painting them. They are small delicate flowers. So I put them in a small vase.