Autumn Morning Watercolors in Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain 2020

Retiro Park November 15th 2020

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.

Autumn Leaves in the Retiro Park 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.

Plein Air in Retiro Park

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.

Retiro Park November 15th 2020

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,

Victoria

Palacio de Cibeles Madrid, Spain

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.

Palacio de Cibeles Interior 2020

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.

Palacio de Cibeles

This is what this beautiful building looks like on the outside. Thank you for reading my little story.

Victoria

El Palacio de Cristal del Buen Retiro en Madrid, España

Pinto en el Parque del Buen Retiro a menudo. Uno de mis edificios favoritos es el Palacio de Cristal. Lo he pintado muchas veces porque se ve diferente durante todo el año. El Palacio de Cristal fue declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO el 25 de Julio 2021. Volví a pintar este hermoso Palacio de Cristal en Agosto de 2021.

Mientras estaba pintando, alguien me dijo que se vería hermoso si lo dejaba los cantos sin terminar. De hecho, dos personas me dijeron eso el mismo día.

Cristal Palace Agosto 2021

La selección del Parque del Buen Retiro y el Paseo del Prado, patrimonio de la humanidad, se llama Paisaje de la Luz, por lo que el borde blanco que se deja sin pintar sirve como un halo de luz. Es muy apropiado y una buena idea para la serie que estoy pintando con el mismo nombre. Estoy feliz de haberlas escuchado.

Palacio de Cristal, el primer cuadro de la serie, Paisaje de la Luz, está en muy buenas manos.

Ya está en la pared junto a una gran obra de arte. Hoy mi cuadro tiene casa. Gracias por apoyar las artes.

Marco Blanco

Y ya tiene marco blanco con paspartú. Me encanta! Victoria

Thank you for Supporting the Arts! These house portraits were a lot of fun to make and I love to paint almond trees.

“Got it! Beautiful thanks so much really special” Shira

The painting above is a pen & ink with a watercolor wash and the painting below is pure watercolor.

A house portrait in a watercolor technique

Here a a picture of the watercolor in my hands to show a size reference and the true colors.

Have a lovely day,

Victoria

La Plaza de la Paja Madrid de los Austrias 2021

This is a watercolor of la Plaza de la Paja. (The Plaza of Straw). The name, Plaza of Straw, comes from the 15th Century, a time when straw was sold at the Plaza.

La Plaza de la Paja is located in an area known as Madrid de los Austrias, in the historic center, within the neighborhood of La Latina. It was an important market in the 13th and 14th Century. Nowadays, it is a great place to have a bite to eat or to just hang out.

Overlooking the Plaza, is Sacramento Church. Since 1980, it is the Military Cathedral of Spain known as Catedral de las Fuerzas Armadas.

These 19th Century constructions are either painted or covered with exposed brick. The narrow wrought iron balconies accentuate the buildings in this neighborhood so beautifully.

The antique gas street lamps that once lit the neighborhood with soft glowing lights are so picturesque.

Can you see a door on the back wall? This jewel is one of Madrid’s secrets.

Through this door, are the Gardens of the Prince of Anglona, one of the few examples of the noble gardens from the 18th Century of Madrid. If you are ever in Madrid, do not miss this hidden garden.

It was an overcast grey day, and the tree branches were still nude. Even so, anyday in Madrid is a good day to paint.

Here is the finished watercolor in the light of day, shown against the brick color so typical in many parts of Madrid.

Thank you for reading this little story about Madrid de los Austrias.

Spring Blossom Explosion Painting 2021

The Flowers in this painting are almond tree blossoms, Japanese scarlet quince and yellow broom retama in a pickle jar.

Oil Painting of Spring Blossoms in Pickle Jar

Every spring, I go out and get a few of these flowers to paint them in glass jars.

I really like the light refraction of the stems in the water.

This detail is the pickle jar reflected in the mirror with the beveled mirror edge with a few almond blossoms in the foreground.

I have blue curtains that I got in the Rastro. I like it that they show up in the mirror and complement the Japanese scarlet quince in the foreground.

Each little petal that fell off of the almond branch had a little reflection on the table.

The white almond blossom floating on the waterline in the pickle jar was my favorite detail in the still life.

Thank you for taking the time,

Victoria

A watercolor of Cathedral Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena from the French Bridge

La Almudena desde el Puente de los Franceses 2021 Watercolor on Arches 300 gms 38.5×28.5 cm / 15×11.5 in $85

The Cathedral Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena is simply called la Almudena. The Virgin of the Almudena is the Patron Saint of Madrid, Spain. The Almudena in this watercolor is portrayed in Autumn. In Madrid, Autumn is spectacular. The leaves at a certain time of day look like gold. These colors resonate with the lapis lazuli blue domes of the Almudena Cathedral. The rusty and golden colors of the foliage also reflect in the water and complement the color of the cobalt blue sky reflected in the water. The bridge that crosses the Manzanares River is called the Puente de los Franceses. The name of the bridge came about because most of the engineers who directed its construction were French. The Madrilenians began to refer to it as “The Bridge of the French”.

Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain

La Almudena Visto desde el Puente del Rey 2021 Watercolor on Arches 300 gms 28.5×38.5 cm / 11.5×15 in $85

Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena is popularly known as the Almudena Cathedral. The Virgin Mary from the Almudena avocation is the patroness of Madrid, Spain. A major festival in the city celebrates Madrid’s Patroness on the 9th of November. This is the view I caught from a distance when walking from Casa de Campo swimming pool into the city on a hot summer day.