As I said before, I was stopped in my tracks in March 2020, unable to finish this painting of Plaza Conde de Barajas. I decided to leave it unfinished.
I started painting again in August of 2020 and continued all through 2021.
I’d like to thank everybody for taking these pictures and sending them to me.
As you can see in the photos, there were not a lot of people out and about. It was weird to see Madrid so empty.
I returned to Plaza Conde de Barajas to make a watercolor in the spring of 2021.
This story wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my student who was with me in almost every outdoor painting adventure rain or shine. It was a lot of fun!
I am sharing a 3 minute video of some of my watercolors during this strange period and I invite you to see it here.
Thank you for reading my little painting story.
Today was a sunny day with some big clouds and a bit chilly. I really enjoy painting the monuments in Madrid.
The history behind them is really interesting.
The bronze statue represents Eloy Gonzolo and it was created by Aniceto Marinas. It was placed here in the Rastro in 1902.
While I was painting there was a couple having breakfast at an outdoor terrace. This is a typical scene here in Madrid, so I just had to include it in the painting.
I love painting couples.
The gaslamps are all over Madrid and remind me of a long ago time when they lit the streets with a warm light at night.
I like to take a photo of my watercolors outside to show the true colors. My hand also serves as a size reference. I have a little clip of the watercolor on site. Click here to see it. If you would like more information about this watercolor you can contact me here.
Thank you for reading about my little art adventure, Victoria
It was a bit cold when I painted this, but it was fun anyway.
There are a bunch of good restaurants down those stairs. People come from all around to eat good food here.
This is what the watercolor looked like when I finished.
This is what the watercolor looks like outside against the brick wall. My hand serves as a reference of size.
This is a studio painting of the other side of Arco de Cuchilleros. When you go downstairs, this is what the outside of the building looks like. This building is iconic.
I like to take photos of my paintings outside to see the true colors. Thank you for reading about my little painting adventures.
If you would like more information about this painting, you can contact me by clicking here.
I just added this watercolor to my Art Shop. You can see it there if you click here.
Retiro Park here in Madrid, Spain really is beautiful and special. Little did I know, a year after painting this watercolor, Paseo de las Estatuas would be granted world heritage status by UNESCO.
I took this picture on a cloudy day. I find that cloudy days are good to take photos of my artwork. I can capture the true colors with my camera. My hand also serves as a size reference.
Thank you for looking at my artwork. Have a lovely day, Victoria
I made this watercolor of Plaza del Parterre in the early morning of August 2020. I got to my painting spot at 7:30 in the morning. The morning light was glorious. We had been confined in our houses the whole spring. In the month of August we were ‘allowed’ to go out if we were working. I considered myself to be working because I was painting with my student.
It was still somewhat dark outside because it was early morning.
A starling came by to visit a few times during the morning.
Here it is in natural daylight.
The Plein Air watercolor served me to make this studio painting later.
I am so happy to say Plaza del Parterre was granted World Heritage status July 25th, 2021 by UNESCO. The Spanish collection is called Paisaje de la Luz, in English it’s Landscape of Light.
Thank you for reading my little story. Enjoy your day, Victoria
Almost a year has gone by since I painted this watercolor in Retiro park. I made quite a few watercolors of the autumn of 2020.
This other watercolor is one that I made in December. The autumn colors are still there. In the photo below, I had just finished the watercolor.
The different shades of green and ocher are amazingly beautiful. Retiro Park is a painter’s paradise. I have a short video of the watercolor below. Click here to see it.
I like to take a photo of the paintings in the daylight to see the true colors.
Taking a photo with my hand also serves as a size reference. Thank you for reading my little story.
Have a lovely day,
When you purchase a print from me, I can buy more paint, more brushes and it boosts my morale 🙂 Thanks again, Victoria
We had a really cold winter in Madrid in 2020, so this is one of the interiors that I painted to get out of the cold.
There wasn’t anybody in the building except for the workers and us two that were painting. All the comfy sofas had been taken out.
The usual people who hang out in this building were not here because there was nothing to see, nothing to do and nowhere to sit.
This is what this beautiful building looks like on the outside. Thank you for reading my little story.