Plein Air Painting in Madrid

An early cold morning is a good time to paint in the park.

I went to the plaza de Marmol because I was there the day before. The previous day, this beautiful little plaza was full of bright red geraniums. When I got there the next day, the gardeners had pulled all the flowers and I had a completely different scene to paint.

Watercolor of Fuente en la Plaza del Marmol

Although I was really looking forward to painting this fountain with red flowers, I decided that the Retiro Park gardeners would be fun to paint. While I was painting, it started drizzling more and more. I hurriedly finished the watercolor with pen and ink and decided I would come back another day.

Thank you for reading my little story.

Victoria

XVIII Certamen Nacional de Pintura Rápida de El Capricho en Otoño 2022

Capricho park in Madrid is a gorgeous historic park. I signed up for this fast-painting competition because I like to paint in the parks here in Madrid and this one is fabulous.

I set up in front of a fountain. Painting fountains are my favorite subject matter in the park. I like to hear the water trickling and try to capture the look of it as it falls. The water sparkles and glitters as it falls and this is what I like. Here is a picture of the fountain. It’s a simple, yet beautiful fountain.

The photograph doesn’t even come close to the stunning variety of green colors.

The painting competition was from 9 to 2. Usually, I can never finish a painting in such a short time. I tried really hard to finish this time or a least to make it look finished. Below is a photo of my painting.

I turned in the painting on time and although I didn’t win any prizes, I am happy to say that my painting was selected for the exhibition.

I was number 40.

Here it is hanging on the wall at Cultural Center Gloria Fuertes in Madrid. It will be hanging there until the 25th of November 2022.

Here is a little clip so you can see the ambiance of the Capricho Park Fast Painting Competition.

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Plaza Conde de Barajas, Madrid de los Austrias, Spain

Today was especially fun. I was able to get a photo with N in front of the same street where it was painted. Thank you for supporting the Arts N.

Plaza Conde de Barajas Madrid, Spain 2021

Here is a closer picture of the line and wash watercolor.

I painted this in the spring after the unusually big snowfall we had and during the pandemic.

There was hardly anyone outside, another rarity for the happening city of Madrid. There’s nothing like painting Madrid.

Thank you for reading my little story, Victoria

La Gran Via from the Rooftop of Callao 2021

Pen and Ink with watercolor wash from the Rooftop of Callao winter of 2021

This is one of my favorite small watercolors. It is my favorite because I had a fun time while I was drawing and painting it. It was right after the crazy snowfall we had here in Madrid. It was freezing cold outside and hardly anyone was outside because of the Pandemic. I was sitting in a cafe on the rooftop of Callao with my one and only art student who was brave enough to go out once a week and paint Madrid with me. I think this kept us sane in an insane time of confinement and uncertainty. I remember our conversation that day as if it were yesterday. That is what is so special about painting the moment. Watercolor is like a long photograph and you remember everything.

I have a little clip of the moment when I finished the painting. You can see it if you click here.

Thank you for reading my little story.

Victoria

Watercolors of Madrid

When: June 5th from 10am to 3pm

Where: Plaza del Conde de Barajas, Madrid

What: Watercolors of Madrid

Who: Victoria Olson

Madrid June Exhibition

I have a little stand at the Plaza de Los Pintores in the heart of Madrid.

Here are some of the Paintings I will be showing of Madrid.

Monumento to Alfonso XII

Arco de los Cuchilleros
Monumento al Angel Caido
La Gran Via
El Templo de Dobod
Fuente de Neptuno
Atocha Station
la Almudena
Travesia de los Nuncios
Plaza de Cascorro
At my stand at Plaza de los Pintores

I will have these watercolors at my stand in June. I invite you to come by and see me.

Travesía del Nuncio March 2021

Painting outdoors is a lot of fun. I get up early and go to the spot I want to paint.

Travesía-del-Nuncio March 2021

This is medieval Madrid and it is a very popular spot.

Painting in Madrid

This is an iconic place in Madrid that you don’t want to miss when you are here.

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Painting the Crystal Palace of Madrid, Plein Air -Landscape of Light – World Heritage Autumn 2021

I started the pencil drawing on the 18th of September 2021.

I returned the next day on the 19th of September and added a little color in the sky.

I returned again September 26th. It had been raining in between sessions and the landscape became more beautiful.

September 28th

October 7th

Thanks for the photo Nuria
Thanks for the photos, everybody.

It was a lot of fun painting the Crystal Palace. I met a lot of nice people.

Thanks for the photos Equipo Ardilla

The Crystal Palace was granted World Heritage on the 25th of July 2021.

Thank you for reading my little story,

Victoria

My Painting Adventure 2020-2021 in Madrid, Spain

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.

On-site Painting 2020 to 2021

I’d like to thank everybody for taking these pictures and sending them to me.

2020 through 2021

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.

Plein Air Painting

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.

Plein Air Watercolor Painting of Monumento a Los Héroes de Cascorro in El Rastro November 4th Madrid, Spain

Plaza de Cascorro Watercolor November 4th, 2021 Madrid, Spain

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.

Eloy Gonzolo, alias Cascorro November 4th 2021 Madrid, Spain

The bronze statue represents Eloy Gonzolo and it was created by Aniceto Marinas. It was placed here in the Rastro in 1902.

A couple at an outdoor terrace

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.

A couple

I love painting couples.

Gaslamp at Plaza de Cascorro

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.

A photo in the daylight shade

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

A Plein Air Painting and a Studio Painting of Arco de Cuchilleros in Madrid, Spain in the Winter of 2020

Plaza Mayor Arco de Cuchilleros Winter of 2020

It was a bit cold when I painted this, but it was fun anyway.

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There are a bunch of good restaurants down those stairs. People come from all around to eat good food here.

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This is what the watercolor looked like when I finished.

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This is what the watercolor looks like outside against the brick wall. My hand serves as a reference of size.

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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.

My painting and I

I like to take photos of my paintings outside to see the true colors. Thank you for reading about my little painting adventures.

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If you would like more information about this painting, you can contact me by clicking here.