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.

Painting The Crystal Palace in Madrid, Spain

Palacio de Cristal Autumn of 2020

The Crystal Palace in the Retiro Park is so colorful and beautiful in November that it attracts so many visitors.

The experience of painting this amazing sight was absolutely fulfilling, Here’s a little clip of the day painting the Crystal Palace in Madrid, Spain.

I like to put my hand near the painting to have a reference size of the watercolor. Also, the natural wood is what looks best when framing one of my watercolors.

It is a lot of fun to paint out doors even though it’s chilly, brrrr.

Autumn in El Parque del Moro

Autumn in El Parque del Moro 2020

It was a really cold day when I was out there painting, but the only time to catch these colors in nature is in the months of November and December. Lots of big beautiful birds and ducks came to visit me. I’m going back again on Sunday. I hope it’s not so cold.

Some people have asked me about framing. I think the color of the natural wood is a nice color combination.

Size Reference Autumn in El Parque del Moro 2020

Monumento a Alfonso XII, Madrid

This is a small studio painting of the artificial lake in the Retiro Park. I can’t wait to be able to walk in the Retiro Park again.

Monumento a Alfonso XII Retiro Park Madrid 2020

The marble and bronze Monument to Alfonso XII, designed by Josè Grases Riera is located in the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid. It is 30 meters high, 86 meters long, and 58 meters wide. At its center is the equestrian statue of King Alfonso XII, cast in Bronze, which was created by Benlliure in 1904.

Fuente del Àngel Caìdo September 2019

If you come to Madrid, don’t miss out on seeing this impressive fountain.

This is the Fallen Angel Fountain.  If you’ve ever read John Milton’s epic ‘Paradise Lost’  The first page comes to life when you see this awesome statue. 

Watercolor of the Fallen Angel Fountain. There are red flowers around the fountain

Fuente del Angel Caìdo September 2019

I’ve painted parts of this fountain a few times, but this is the first time I painted the whole fountain.