I woke up early, went for a walk, and came back with some Almond branches.
These flowers are really fun to paint because I love to look at them. The petals brighten up everthing around them.
I like painting this crystal vase too; it is in a lot of my paintings.
Here is the watercolor still on the drawing board with the model.
Here is the watercolor outside on a sunny day, in full shade to see the true colors.
Thank you for checking out my post. I have a few more spring paintings coming up. Enjoy your day, Victoria.
The painting above is a pen & ink with a watercolor wash and the painting below is pure watercolor.
Here a a picture of the watercolor in my hands to show a size reference and the true colors.
Have a lovely day,
I like painting flowering branches in watercolor because watercolor is a medium that allows me to paint quickly enough to try to capture the feeling.
These are the branch blossoms that bloom in February here in Madrid. The first three flowers I see after the cold winter are almond blossoms, Japanese quince and yellow retama.
Here is a closer view of the Japanese quince and yellow retama in pickle jar half filled with water.
These three early bloomers grow on twisting branches reaching out in every direction, so that’s why I like to put them in a pickle jar. I want to be able to paint the submerged flowers on the branches.
The blue curtains are in the background. I opened them up and the light came in illuminating the yellow retama.
Here is a picture of the watercolor in full shade. My hands serve as a size reference. Thank you for reading my little watercolor adventure report. Victoria
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.
When I go to the grocery, I pick the fruit not only to eat, but also to paint.
I selected this pear because it has a beautiful transition from yellow to red on one side.
I like to paint common objects because just like any other skill, you have to practice all the time. Use it or lose it.
If you like to paint and you want to keep improving, just paint things around you.
Firefighters have been on Paseo de la Castellana many times, putting out challengingly dangerous fires in the tall emblematic buildings on this main street in Madrid.
A decisive moment bound by time.
This red fire truck is so impressive.
Here is another truck coming into the scene on a side street.
This view in the background is Puerta de Europe, also known as Torres KIO. This is the Financial District of Madrid.
I like to hold the watercolor up in the sunlight to see the true colors. My hands serve as a size reference.
Thank you for taking the time to read my little story.
I like to paint the things that are around me and these are typical Mediterranean wildflowers that grow in a field near my home in Madrid, Spain.