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Esta fuente española situada en el parque del Retiro de Madrid España se llama Fuente del Faunito. Recuerdo este día perfectamente bien. El jardín estaba lleno de rosas y había visitantes por todos lados, caminando y tomando fotos. El jardín de rosas solía estar abierto a todas horas. Solía ir temprano en la mañana cuando no había nadie alrededor. Ahora tiene una hora de apertura y una de cierre, por lo que es difícil pintar aquí ahora.
This Spanish fountain located in the Retiro park of Madrid Spain is called Fuente del Faunito. I remember this day perfectly well. The garden was full of roses and there were visitors everywhere, walking around and taking pictures. The rose garden used to be open at all hours. I used to go early in the morning when there wasn’t anybody around. Now it has an opening and closing hour, so it’s hard to paint here now.
La Fuente del Fauno is the name of this classic style fountain of mythological motif. I focused on the base of the fountain so I could paint the roses with the dolphins. I’ve read that the origin of the fountain is unknown. Below is the painting process or sessions.
Each session is more or less three to four hours.
I realised that I had to focus. First I got a body of watercolors together 2014 to 2016.
Here’s a short clip of the watercolors in the show and a few pictures.
When I got together around 50 watercolors, I started matting them.
This is the style I used for presentation – A beige mat with plexi-glass and swiss clips.
Once it was all set up, the show looked really nice. I Saw a lot of family and friends I hadn’t seen for a long time as well as meeting new friends.
Although it was very hard work, it was something I wanted to do and I’m glad it happened.
The light in Madrid, Spain is always inspiring.
I thought that watercolor season was over since we’re already in September, but not yet. There are a bunch of orange roses blooming on the terrace.
Vibrant color and immediacy is what I like the most about the watercolor medium. consistent practice is important whether inspired or not.
I use a grid here to keep my parallel lines parallel. I paint little pieces at a time so I can transfer the color and shape exactly as I see it.
I want the painting to have balance, so work on different areas going to opposite places on the paper and touching the corners as well.
I was happy with how it turned out, so I did two more water colors the same day.
Even though I wanted to use the same exact technique, I didn’t. I painted larger areas and didn’t work around the paper. The left side is too heavy for starting off.
Since it was too heavy on the left side, I automatically tried to balance it out by making the right side heavy too. I finished quickly to start again.
I focused on the flower and built around it, trying not to fill in large areas to start with.
I wanted to give the same importance to every object but I got hung up on the white rose and gave it too much attention neglecting the glass work.
No matter how many times I paint this motif, there is always something new and different in each flower and reflection.
I like to paint small watercolors of colorful flowers and transparent glass filled with water.
These small still-life paintings date back from the 90’s to the present 2016.
They are all post card size 5.5”x 7.5”or smaller. I started off making this size in the mid-eighties to send as post cards.
Almond Blossoms are really nice to paint. In the spring there are a lot of these trees in Madrid. I sent this watercolor to my Mom. When I go to California I see it on the wall.
I remember visiting someone who had sweet peas growing in their vegetable garden, I couldn’t resist taking some home to paint them. I’m going to have to get some sweet pea seeds.
The Red Bottle is one of my favorites. I bought it in the mid-eighties at the Salvation Army in the Gaslamp Quarter when I was living in sunny San Diego. I’m always on the look out for beautiful glass bottles and vases.
This watercolor is wet on wet with my favorite red bottle.
What I like the most about glass are the reflections; especially clear glass with water in it.
I paint a lot; not everything turns out. It doesn’t matter. I like to include everything I see around my model.
I go to California often, almost every year. I like to paint the flowers in my Mother’s garden. Bougainvillea is so fun to paint.
Sometimes I paint the motif twice. Here I changed the vase. I like this vase; I like the fact that you can see the stems and leaves in the water.
Here is the vase again with my Mom’s beautiful roses.
I like colored glass. They have everything I like, color, shape, transparency and reflection.
Someone gave me this vase. I think it’s beautiful with the vertical grooves imitating a greek column. This one got sent off in the mail.
I like to do more than one painting to try a different view.
When the spring comes around, I go a little crazy. I can’t stop painting. Spring is such a bright season full of color and warmth.
You can really see the difference of the light in the spring.
These are California Poppies and wild flowers. I brought the seeds from California and planted them here in Madrid. I recently sent this one to my Dad.
I wanted to paint my model with the reflection in the mirror and on the table.
This is the latest small watercolor. A friend told me that the color of this bottle is chartreuse.
I’m glad she told me. I had never heard of that color. Thanks to her the title isn’t yellow bottle with wild flowers, but Chartreuse Bottle with California Wild Flowers. 🙂
The Buen Retiro in Madrid, Spain is my favorite park. Here are a few open air watercolors from the collection of Fountains in the Retiro Park.
This fountain is called the fuente del Fauno. It’s located in the Rose Garden at the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain.
The sculptures integrated in the fountains are fascinating! I should have included the Faun above the dish but I usually focus on the Dolphins.
The mythological creatures on the same fountain have opposite poles, angelic and demonic.
This one is called Fuente de Amorcillo or Fuente de Cupido. Again, I didn’t paint the top and ommited cupid from my watercolor. I was more interested in the base. Next time, I’ll paint the whole fountain.
There are only two fountains with figures in the Rose Garden, so I paint the same figures over and over again. I just love to paint them.
Fuente del Faunito in the Rose Garden at the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain 2010
Here is the Faun Fountain at the Rose Garden again; a frontal view.
This is a view of The Cupid Fountain from an angle. Painting outdoors is a great experience; those of you who do open air painting know this and those who haven’t done it yet must put it on the bucket list.
I like to get a picture of the painting in process with the model; it’s fun to see them together.
This blue glass vase is one of my favorite glass works to paint. I got it at a second-hand store for five dollars. Maybe the previous owner will see it in a watercolor one day. In this post, I’m going to show the phases in making Red Roses in Blue Glass Vase.