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.
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.
These are very quick watercolors that I don’t have any more. I send them as postcards.
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.
Each session is more or less three to four hours.
After our funny hail storm in June, these little yellow sun flowers bloomed on the terrace all at once.
I took out my easel and oil paints onto the terrace and started to paint the mini sun flowers early morning.
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.
I usually start with my favorite part and build around it.
I just try to paint what I see.
I put the exact color and shape on the canvas as quickly and accurately as possible.
Here again the next morning in the hot sun.
Here I started putting in the skyline.
Since all the colors influence each other, I try to find all them as quickly as possible before the light changes.
The background colors are established, so now I start with more detail in the foreground.
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.
So little by little I started building up the foreground, leaving the back ground alone.
Summer June Flowers 2017.
This is the largest plein air watercolor I have done so far. It was quite an adventure.
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.
The next morning the fountain had its beautiful cascade!
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.
Finally the sky was blue like the first day and once I got everything in place, I stopped painting.
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