A small line and wash watercolor of wild flowers in a yellow glass bottle.

Three Small Line & Wash Watercolors

In the spring, there are plenty of flowers to paint.  This is a line & wash.  First you draw with ink and then just lay a wash over the line leaving any white for light.  

A small postcard size line and wash watercolor with a few wildflowers. An orange poppy in the foreground with a crimson flower on the right top corner and small violet flowers on the bottom right. Blue background

Wildflowers in Yellow Bottle with blue curtain 2016

A small line and wash watercolor of wild flowers in a yellow glass bottle.

Wildflowers in Yellow Bottle 2016

A small line and wash watercolor of wild flowers from a top view. It's a bit abstract. You can see a pink petal flower and part of a California poppy as well as the color blue and purple of other flowers.

Wildflowers in Yellow Bottle Top View 2016

These are very quick watercolors that I don’t have any more.  I send them as postcards.

La Fuente del Fauno de la Rosaleda in the Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid, Spain

The Dolphin Fountain Madrid, Spain 2017
Fuente del Faunito en la Rosaleda Madrid, Spain

La Fuente del Fauno is the name of this classic style fountain of mythological motif. I focused on the base of the fountain so I could paint the roses with the dolphins.  I’ve read that the origin of the fountain is unknown.  Below is the painting process or sessions.

The Dolphine Fountain

Session 8

Each session is more or less three to four hours.

Session 7

Session 7

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The Dolphine Fountain 6

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Session 5

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Session 4

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Session 3

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Session 2

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Session 1

 

Summer June Flowers 2017

After our funny hail storm in June, these little yellow sun flowers bloomed on the terrace all at once.

Painting outdoors

I took out my easel and oil paints onto the terrace and started to paint the mini sun flowers early morning.

My Colors

I mix my own colors with natural pigment bound with linseed oil.  The colors are: cadmium lemon yellow, yellow chrome, transparent gold ochre, cadmium orange, magnesium blue, intense crimson, tierra sombra and cadmium red.

Sunny June Flowers in Process

I usually start with my favorite part and build around it.

I just try to paint what I see.

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I put the exact color and shape on the canvas as quickly and accurately as possible.

The Following Morning

Here again the next morning in the hot sun.

Sunny June Flowers 2017

Here I started putting in the skyline.

Sunny June Flowers 2017

Since all the colors influence each other, I try to find all them as quickly as possible before the light changes.

Sunny June Flowers 2017

The background colors are established, so now I start with more detail in the foreground.

Sunny June Flowers 2017

I felt as if I had finished the painting at this point and then I couldn’t resist putting a scumble on it to push the back ground into the distance.

 

 

Egg Tempera Scumble over Oils

So little by little I started building up the foreground, leaving the back ground alone.

 

Sunny June Flowers 2017

Summer June Flowers 2017.

 

Open Air Painting of The Lds Temple in June 2017 Madrid, Spain

 

This is the largest plein air watercolor I have done so far.   It was quite an adventure.

First Day

The fountain was dry when I got there.  I asked the gardener if it would have water soon.

The gardener told me that they were cleaning  it but that he would turn it on the following morning so I could paint it with water.

Fuente del Jardin de las Novias

  The next morning the fountain had its beautiful cascade!

In process

There was a heat wave in Madrid and the sky turned a dark, almost purple color that I didn’t want to paint.  I was waiting for the sky to turn light blue again.

Just finished

 

Finally the sky was blue like the first day and once I got everything in place, I stopped painting.

 

My friends with Painting 2017

Painting the Lds Temple was a really nice experience. I made two new friends A and J.  They told me a lot of interesting things about the Temple and gave me a beautiful book related to the Temple.

There’s nothing like painting in Madrid

 

 

 

 

My Watercolor Exhibition Experience at Arte Studio in Madrid May-June 2017

I realised that I had to focus.  First I got a body of watercolors together 2014 to 2016.

 

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Here’s a short clip of the watercolors in the show and a few pictures.

 

Paseo del Prado August 2016

A street view of the Paseo del Prado in August 2016

Three Glass Bottles with Pear 2014

When I got together around 50 watercolors, I started matting them.

 

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Summer Melon with Red Bottle 2016 – Watercolor on Arches 640 GMS – 20 x 16 inch ( 50.8 x 40.6 cm) – Swiss Clip Frameless Frame with Plexi-glass Ready to Hang

This is the style I used for presentation – A beige mat with plexi-glass and swiss clips.

 

Inauguration 2017

 

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.

 

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Flor, Victoria and Cani

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Almond Blossoms in Talavera Vase Watercolor March 2017

This spring I was only able to paint one watercolor of the white almond blossoms. They bloomed, it rained, it was windy and they were gone.

Talavera Vase 2017

These are some of the steps taken.

Starting out with the vase and flowers

I started out by putting the vase and the flowers on the paper first.

Focusing only on what I see

Then I start working around the paper putting in the colors and shapes I see.

Looking for contrast

Here I start looking for contrast.

Looking for depth

Looking for depth.

Looking for Atmosphere

Looking for atmosphere too.

 

Open Air Painting in the Retiro Park, Madrid Spain December 2016

It was a nice sunny day in early December, just as autumn was leaving and winter was coming in.

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Open air painting in the Retiro Park in December of 2016

So I was painting at the Retiro Park and someone stopped to see the painting.  Suddenly we discovered that we had met in San Francisco around 20 years ago.

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I hadn’t seen Maria Jesus for a long time. We had lost contact long ago and we ran into each other at the park; small world as they repeatedly say.

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The light started changing here.

The light started to change quickly, so I hurried up and finished.

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The Retiro Park in Autumn 2016

This is how it turned out.

Figure Painting

Dante’s Inferno Canto IV in process – Mixed Technique:  Tempera Under-painting and Resin-Oil Finish.

ILLustration in Process of Canto IV, Limbo

Almost finished…(Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s  The Divine Comedy)

Canto IV Session 17

Canto IV Session 20

The mixed technique is oil paint and egg tempera. The resin-oil drying time is more than a few days.

When drying a painting with this kind of mixture make sure the painting is isolated for a few days since all varnishes are volatile and harmful.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri is as Divine as Epic Poetry gets.  There’s nothing pretty about the poem to paint and art has never been about painting a pretty pictures.

I’ve posted three sessions, the other sessions in between were mistakes taken off of the canvas.  ;).

 

 

 

 

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Session 19

 

Canto IV Limbo

Canto IV Limbo Session 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exposición del Grupo Becerril Acuarelas

Watercolor Exhibition in Madrid

Today I went to a watercolor exhibition in Madrid at the Sala de Exposiciónes Esteve Botey de AEDA.  (Agrupación Española de Acuarelistas).

You can click here to find out where it is if you would like to go; it was excellent!

Here are a few pictures of the Artists

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Araceli C. Hamilton

Aracili Hamilton in front of some of  her watercolors. Her colors and line are very natural.

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Carmen Duran

Carmen Duran in front of her paintings, this body of work represented different seasons of the year.

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Grupo Becerril Watercolor Show

Here is another  view of Carmen Duran’s  Watercolors.

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Manuel Alpañés

Manuel Alpañés showed beautiful paintings of Andalucía as you can see behind him.

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Antonio Arcones

Antonio Arcones in front of  his magical looking paintings; they have a special kind of light that draws you in.

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Javier Fuentes

Javier Fuentes in front of one of his paintings.  He had a variety of colorful paintings of different themes and sizes.

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Javier Fuentes’ wall of paintings

Here are some more of  Javier Fuentes’ paintings.

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This wall has a painting of José Benito Orduña; it’s the painting of the harbor.

I’m missing one Artist here, José Benito Orduña.  I wasn’t able to get a picture of him next to his pieces; however, you can see his work here by clicking on his name.

Excellent Exhibition!

Figure Painting

Dante’s Inferno Canto IV in process – Mixed Technique: Tempera Underpainting and Resin-Oil Finish.

Illustration in Process of Canto IV Limbo.

Canto IV Limbo

Canto IV Limbo Last Session

Canto IV Session 8a

Canto IV Session 12

Canto IV Session 8b

Canto IV Session 11

Canto IV Session 8c

Canto IV Session 10

Canto IV 8d

Canto IV Session 9

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Canto IV Session 8

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Canto IV Session 7

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Canto IV Session 6

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Canto IV Session 5

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Canto IV Session 4

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Canto IV Session 3

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Canto IV Session 2

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Canto IV Session 1