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.

First Painting of 2021 – La Puerta del Sol

On January 1st 2021, I painted the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Spain because I knew everyone would be sleeping at the time I went there. On any other day it would be impossible to paint there. The Puerta del Sol is a very busy Plaza.

Puerta del Sol New Years Day 2021

This is a very small watercolor as you can see. I wanted to make sure I could finish it in one day. It’s not easy painting at the Puerta del Sol.

Puerta del Sol New Years Day 2021
Open Air Painting at La Puerta del Sol Madrid, Spain January 1st 2021

I do as much open air painting as I can. It’s important to me to see the colors as they are so that when I make a large watercolor or oil painting, I remember the colors from real life.

Victoria January 1st 2021

Happy New Year Everybody! Let’s make 2021 as good as it can possibly get.

La Fuente de los Tritones

This is the fountain of the Tritons (fish-tailed sea gods.) It’s a very large fountain with a double dish and a large pond. The Almudena Cathedral can faintly be seen in the background.

The fountain of the Tritons was made for the Renaissance garden of the Island of Aranjuez, where it was located in 1657. Since then it was moved to the Gardens of Campo del Moro and has remained there to this day. The Fountain of the Tritans is considered the oldest monumental fountain preserved in the capital of Spain.

Fuente de los Tritones 2020

One of the things that I love about Madrid is painting outdoors. Everywhere you look is something I want to paint.

Normally the Triton Fountain is much more beautiful with the water shooting and spraying up into the sky. There is no water shooting up into the sky, there isn’t even water in the pond. Most of the fountains in the city of Madrid are turned off. I’m hoping to see them on again in 2021

Fuente de los Tritones 2020

I like to to show the watercolor next to my hand as a size reference. Also I like to show it against wood to bring out some of the colors. I have a little clip of the painting Click Here.

The Gardens of El Campo del Moro in Madrid, Spain

The Garden El Campo del Moro 2020

Here is a little clip of the watercolor and the garden CLICK HERE.

This picture that somebody took of me from above kind of shows the immensity of the garden.

There are lots of Peacocks in this garden.

Its curious name is due to the fact that in 1109 the Muslim leader Ali Ben Yusuf camped his Moorish army in this place. The story is much longer, but I’m going to keep it short.

Have a great day,

Victoria.