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.


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.


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.


The light started changing here.

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


The Retiro Park in Autumn 2016

This is how it turned out.

Bustarviejo Forest. There are trees along a creek and a little bridge in the distance. The sky is covered by the trees.

Out Door Painting in Bustarviejo (Madrid) with the Agrupacion de Acuarelistas de España

It was a cold grey day, Friday the 3rd of March 2017.  The Agrupaciòn de Acuarelistas de España of Madrid did some Plen Air Painting at Bustarviejo.

Bustarviejo Forest. There are trees along a creek and a little bridge in the distance. The sky is covered by the trees.

It started raining just about now…


So I went in for lunch and then it started pouring cats and dogs!  


After lunch, I painted from the windows.


Then it started snowing so I started a new watercolor of the snow covered hills. 


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


Araceli C. Hamilton

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


Carmen Duran

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


Grupo Becerril Watercolor Show

Here is another  view of Carmen Duran’s  Watercolors.


Manuel Alpañés

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


Antonio Arcones

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



Javier Fuentes

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


Javier Fuentes’ wall of paintings

Here are some more of  Javier Fuentes’ paintings.


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!

Exhibition of Small Format Watercolor in Madrid, Spain Presented by the Agrupacion de Acuarelistas de España en Madrid.


Expocisiòn de Acuarela de Formato Pequeño de la Agrupacion de Acuarelistas de España en Madrid 2016


Some of the watercolors presented by the Agrupacion de Acuarelistas de Madrid.


The Exhibition of Small Format Watercolors in Madrid, 2016


Watercolor Small Format Show 2016


This is the Fountain of the Plaza de Marmol at the Retiro Park.


I presented this watercolor of La Fuente de la Plaza de Marmol 2015


I also presented Poppies, Daisies and Red Roses 2016

Open Air Watercolor on Fosston Minnesota Farmland

In 2012 I was visiting family in Fosston Minnesota.

A Summer's Day in July 2012

A Summer’s Day in July 2012

 Here, I was sitting under a tree in the shade looking at those hay bales.

Kathy's Place 2012

Kathy’s Place 2012

Every day there was something new in the scenery.   This green tractor was perfect for a farmland watercolor.

A View of Kathy's House 2012

A View of Kathy’s House 2012

I saw the tractor again the next day with some sort of red rake-like piece.

Karen Weeding the Corn 2012

Karen Weeding the Corn 2012

Here, my cousin Karen was pulling weeds, so I got the chance to paint her in the field with her prized corn.

After the Rain 2012

After the Rain 2012

 Suddenly, there was a heavy shower that didn’t last long.  When it stopped raining, the sky opened up to an intense blue with big fluffy violet clouds.

Sunrise on the Farm 2012

Sunrise on the Farm 2012

I woke up early to paint the sunrise.

A View from across the Farm 2012

A View from across the Farm 2012

 Swallows were flying around in circles in the early morning and disappeared as soon as it got a bit warmer with the rising sun.


Stone Painting 2012

In between painting, root beer floats, great food and company, we all did some stone painting and had an open air painting session too. We enjoyed every second.







Cantalojas open air painting

Open air Painting in Cantalojas was an awesome experience; just being there under the starlit sky at night.

Camino al Pradera August 2016

Camino al Pradera August 2016

One day I was sitting here on this stone wall painting the Prado when suddenly it started to rain hard and we had to run to shelter.  This painting is unfinished.

La Fuente del Pinarejo

La Fuente del Pinarejo August 2016

We went down to town to paint the fountain.  It was a rainy day so no one was around, but a small van parked in front of my view and luckily left after about half an hour so I could continue.

Barranco de la Canal

Baranco de la Canal 1,420

This place is up in the mountain in the forest.  I just didn’t know which tree to start with. There were flying insects everywhere but I didn’t see any spiders in this area this time.  Last time they were crawling all over the place.

Barranco de la Canal August 2016

Barranco de la Canal August 2016

So this is the watercolor I was able to make, so many trees.

Paco's Yard 2016

Paco’s Yard 2016

The next day we just hung around in Paco and Rosa’s yard



The picture below is a watercolor of the view from their yard.

Cerro del Campo August 2016

Cerro del Campo August 2016

I just got back to the City and I already want to return to Cantalojas.








Open Air Painting of Neptune Fountain on the Paseo del Prado in Madrid, Spain August 2016

I’ve done two watercolors of this fountain from opposite stand points.  This is the first one.  It was a really hot day.  When I say hot, I mean hot.

Fuente de Neptuno 00

First two and a half hours

I was standing in a sliver of shade next to the bus shelter. painting Neptune Fountain.  I had the perfect spot but it was really hot. I stopped painting after two and a half hours and went back to finish the next day.

Fuente de Neptuno 01

The second day Painting

I was painting there again the next day for almost three more hours.

Fuente de Neptuno 02

Here it is finished.

I went back to the Paseo del Prado last week and painted the same fountain from the other side of the fountain, but from a street view.

Fuente de Nuptuno en el Paseo del Prado

Someone from Florida took this picture

He also sent me this picture of me painting.

Painting in Ritz Parking Lot 2016

Someone from Florida took this picture

Again I had a perfect place in the Ritz parking lot.  The space was so small, only a mini, mini car would fit.

Paseo del Prado August 2016

A street view of the Paseo del Prado in August 2016

This is the second watercolor of Neptune Fountain.  It was a lot of fun painting there.  I’m glad someone showed me and took me to this spot to paint.  It’s not easy finding a good place to paint in the middle of a  fast-moving busy city.