A watercolor of poppies and daisies with little purple or violet flowers in a pickle jar.

Poppies and Daisies in Pickle Jar 2019

In the spring I like to paint the wild flowers since they are so colorful and my favorite painting theme.

A picture of a watercolor in process. You can see a light grid, pencil drawing and red watercolor paint of poppies.

I started off with a grid and a light drawing, then I started putting in the poppies.

Since I’m painting from life, I put in the poppies first before they wilt.

A watercolor of red poppies, daisies and a glass jar in the process of making.

The next step I take is painting all over the paper since all the shapes and colors influence each other.

Then I start putting in other flowers, not forgetting about the equally important background which includes the glass pickle jar.

A picture of a watercolor almost finished. You can see red poppies, white daisies with a touch of purple or violet flowers in a glass pickle jar.

Here I am almost finished. Just putting in the finishing touches. Not too many.

The watercolor is almost finished here.  I paint what I see and leave a lot of the white of the paper.

A watercolor of poppies and daisies with little purple or violet flowers in a pickle jar.
Here it is finished. Poppies and Daisies in Pickle Jar 2019 Watercolor on Arches 300gsm 19×28 cm – 7.5×11 in

This year the wild flower season was brief.  Less rain, less flowers…

 

A large watercolor of a popular street in Madrid in Plaza del Conde de Barajas.

2º concurso de pintura rápida al aire libre Taller Abierto, en pleno Madrid de los Austrias En la Plaza del Conde de Barajas.

Now this is a rapid painting competition, in Plaza del Conde de Barajas also called Plaza de los Pintores in Madrid, Spain. I’ve always had my eye on this plaza.

A photograph of me with a pen and ink drawing on an easel in Madrid's Plaza del Conde de Barajas.

Plaza del Conde de Barajas,

I’ve been doing line and wash lately so I thought I would try it here at the fast painting competition sponsored by Taller Abierto; really nice people by the way.

A photo of a woman painting a street in Madrid on site.

Line and Wash

After about three hours the light completely changed.

A woman standing next to an easel with the start of a watercolor.

The light creeping in.

And the sun started creeping in until I had to leave.

Woman standing in front of easel with started watercolor wearing watercolor gear, hat, scarf and long sleeve white shirt and tinted glasses.

2º concurso de pintura rápida al aire libre Taller Abierto

Here in Madrid the Sun is hot, really hot. You got to be careful and always try to stay in the shade to avoid heat related mishaps. You don’t want one of those.

Two people looking into the camera lense with a smile.

Emilio and I

This is Emilio, he took all the pictures. Thanks Emilio!

The next day I went back and finished the painting as best I could.

A large watercolor of a popular street in Madrid in Plaza del Conde de Barajas.

Plaza Del Conde de Barajas July 1st 2018

This watercolor is going to be in Semana de Arte en la Calle street exhibition at Plaza del Conde de Barajas every Sunday of July. 10-13:00.  Come visit us if you are in Madrid this summer.

Line & Wash of September Roses 2016

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September Roses and Silk Scarf 2016 on Arches 300 gsm

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.

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Sketch with grid

Pencil on Arches 300 gsm

Pencil on Arches 300 gsm

Line &Wash

Line and Wash

September Roses with Silk Scarf 2016

September Roses with Silk Scarf 2016

Yellow Melon with Red Bottle Summer 2016

Melon with Red Bottle Summer 2016

Melon with Red Bottle and California Wild Flowers Summer 2016

When I saw this melon come into the room, I just knew I had to paint it.

Red Bottle with Melon Summer 2016

Yellow Melon with Red Bottle and California Wild Flowers Summer 2016

The most interesting thing about this yellow melon was the way it reflected color.  I was interested in capturing the reflection.

California Wild Flowers in Red Bottle with Melon Summer 2016

California Wild Flowers in Red Bottle with Summer Melon 2016

Here it is finished.

Open Air Watercolor Painting – Paseo del Prado Madrid, August 2016

I had been thinking about painting in the City Center for a while now, but …all that traffic.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Paseo del Prado 0

Starting out with a quick drawing; trying to block everything in.

Paseo del Prado 1

Light colors ’cause I’m not sure about anything yet.

Paseo del Prado 2

As soon as I think I know where everything goes, I start using final colors and shapes.

Paseo del Prado 3

Here it’s finished.

Paseo del Prado August 2016

Paseo del Prado August Madrid, Spain 2016

Glass Bottles on Table

This is a watercolor from the series ‘My Favorite Bottles’. Here are a some painting stages.

Paper with Model

Paper with Model

I’m using Arches 300 GMS watercolor paper.  The model is on the table in back to the right.

Starting with the area I like the most.

Starting with the area I like the most.

I wet the paper first.  I didn’t start with a drawing, so I start on my favorite part and build up around the first object I put on the paper.

Still putting everything where it belongs

Still putting everything where it belongs

At this point, I’m still placing everything on the paper, trying to imagine how it will look at the end.

Developing the background and foreground

Developing the background and foreground

After I know where the bottles belong on the format, I continue with a la prima and try to get the shapes and colors in one shot.

Glass Bottles on Table 2014

Glass Bottles on Table 2014

The painting is finished. I try not to go back into the painting once the surface of the paper is covered.

Glass Bottles on Table 2014 (framed)

Glass Bottles on Table 2014 (framed)

I no longer have this painting.  I like the way they framed it with a 3-4 inch mat around the picture, giving it plenty of room between the painted area and the frame.

Glass Bottles on Table 2014, framed and on the wall

Glass Bottles on Table 2014, framed and on the wall

The frame goes well with the furniture and curtain and the colorful bottles add an accent of color to the living room.  I love to see my painting in this home.

 

Spanish Poppies in front of Window 2016

Spanish poppies are very large and vivid in color which is why they are so fun to paint.

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I started with the poppies, keeping in mind what else I wanted to put in the painting
SettingVase

I set in the vase very lightly in case I had to move something.

BuildingUp

When everything was where it belonged on the picture plane, I started painting a la prima.

Background

The metallic bar across the window was white, so I respected it and painted around it.

Spanish Poppies infront of Terrace Door

This is the final result.

 

Red Roses in Blue Glass Vase 2015

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.

Starting out lightly

First, I look at what I’m going to paint and think about fitting it in the picture plane. I’m starting out lightly directly with paint.

Light Wash

Here, I continue lightly, making sure everything fits in the picture plane since  I didn’t start with a preliminary drawing.

Painting around the Paper

After I figure out where the model goes on the picture plane, I start building up more color and shape around it, only painting what I see.

Building up Detail

Here I start building up detail around what has already been painted. I don’t re-paint or put more layers where it has already been painted. I just keep on working around the paper to keep balance in check.

Contrasting

At this point, I’m looking for contrasting colors, but still, I’m only painting the colors, shapes and forms that I see.

Finishing up

I’m finishing up here, looking for more contrast so that the glass vase reflected in the mirror doesn’t get lost in the printed material in the background.

Red Roses in Blue Vase 2015

Red Roses in Blue Vase 2015 – Watercolor on Arches 640 GMS – 22″ x 16″ – 56 cm x 58 cm

Model for Red Roses in Blue Vase 2015

Here is the model for Red Roses in Blue Glass Vase 2015