La Gran Via from the Rooftop of Callao 2021

Pen and Ink with watercolor wash from the Rooftop of Callao winter of 2021

This is one of my favorite small watercolors. It is my favorite because I had a fun time while I was drawing and painting it. It was right after the crazy snowfall we had here in Madrid. It was freezing cold outside and hardly anyone was outside because of the Pandemic. I was sitting in a cafe on the rooftop of Callao with my one and only art student who was brave enough to go out once a week and paint Madrid with me. I think this kept us sane in an insane time of confinement and uncertainty. I remember our conversation that day as if it were yesterday. That is what is so special about painting the moment. Watercolor is like a long photograph and you remember everything.

I have a little clip of the moment when I finished the painting. You can see it if you click here.

Thank you for reading my little story.

Victoria

Watercolors of Madrid

When: June 5th from 10am to 3pm

Where: Plaza del Conde de Barajas, Madrid

What: Watercolors of Madrid

Who: Victoria Olson

Madrid June Exhibition

I have a little stand at the Plaza de Los Pintores in the heart of Madrid.

Here are some of the Paintings I will be showing of Madrid.

Monumento to Alfonso XII

Arco de los Cuchilleros
Monumento al Angel Caido
La Gran Villa
El Templo de Dobod
Fuente de Neptuno
Atocha Station
la Almudena
Travesia de los Nupcios
Plaza de Cascorro
At my stand at Plaza de los Pintores

I will have these watercolors at my stand in June. I invite you to come by and see me.

Travesía del Nuncio March 2021

Painting outdoors is a lot of fun. I get up early and go to the spot I want to paint.

Travesía-del-Nuncio March 2021

This is medieval Madrid and it is a very popular spot.

Painting in Madrid

This is an iconic place in Madrid that you don’t want to miss when you are here.

Thank you for reading my little story.

My Painting Adventure 2020-2021 in Madrid, Spain

As I said before, I was stopped in my tracks in March 2020, unable to finish this painting of Plaza Conde de Barajas. I decided to leave it unfinished.

I started painting again in August of 2020 and continued all through 2021.

On-site Painting 2020 to 2021

I’d like to thank everybody for taking these pictures and sending them to me.

2020 through 2021

As you can see in the photos, there were not a lot of people out and about. It was weird to see Madrid so empty.

I returned to Plaza Conde de Barajas to make a watercolor in the spring of 2021.

Plein Air Painting

This story wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my student who was with me in almost every outdoor painting adventure rain or shine. It was a lot of fun!

I am sharing a 3 minute video of some of my watercolors during this strange period and I invite you to see it here.

Thank you for reading my little painting story.

Plein Air Watercolor Painting of Monumento a Los Héroes de Cascorro in El Rastro November 4th Madrid, Spain

Plaza de Cascorro Watercolor November 4th, 2021 Madrid, Spain

Today was a sunny day with some big clouds and a bit chilly. I really enjoy painting the monuments in Madrid.

The history behind them is really interesting.

Eloy Gonzolo, alias Cascorro November 4th 2021 Madrid, Spain

The bronze statue represents Eloy Gonzolo and it was created by Aniceto Marinas. It was placed here in the Rastro in 1902.

A couple at an outdoor terrace

While I was painting there was a couple having breakfast at an outdoor terrace. This is a typical scene here in Madrid, so I just had to include it in the painting.

A couple

I love painting couples.

Gaslamp at Plaza de Cascorro

The gaslamps are all over Madrid and remind me of a long ago time when they lit the streets with a warm light at night.

A photo in the daylight shade

I like to take a photo of my watercolors outside to show the true colors. My hand also serves as a size reference. I have a little clip of the watercolor on site. Click here to see it. If you would like more information about this watercolor you can contact me here.

Thank you for reading about my little art adventure, Victoria

A Plein Air Painting and a Studio Painting of Arco de Cuchilleros in Madrid, Spain in the Winter of 2020

Plaza Mayor Arco de Cuchilleros Winter of 2020

It was a bit cold when I painted this, but it was fun anyway.

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There are a bunch of good restaurants down those stairs. People come from all around to eat good food here.

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This is what the watercolor looked like when I finished.

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This is what the watercolor looks like outside against the brick wall. My hand serves as a reference of size.

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This is a studio painting of the other side of Arco de Cuchilleros. When you go downstairs, this is what the outside of the building looks like. This building is iconic.

My painting and I

I like to take photos of my paintings outside to see the true colors. Thank you for reading about my little painting adventures.

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If you would like more information about this painting, you can contact me by clicking here.

Paseo de las Estatuas in the Retiro Park became World Heritage on July 25th 2021.

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Paseo de las Estatuas en el Buen Retiro 2020 Watercolor

I just added this watercolor to my Art Shop. You can see it there if you click here.

Retiro Park here in Madrid, Spain really is beautiful and special. Little did I know, a year after painting this watercolor, Paseo de las Estatuas would be granted world heritage status by UNESCO.

Outside on a cloudy day.

I took this picture on a cloudy day. I find that cloudy days are good to take photos of my artwork. I can capture the true colors with my camera. My hand also serves as a size reference.

Thank you for looking at my artwork. Have a lovely day, Victoria

Plaza del Parterre August 2020 Madrid, Spain World Heritage Art

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I made this watercolor of Plaza del Parterre in the early morning of August 2020. I got to my painting spot at 7:30 in the morning. The morning light was glorious. We had been confined in our houses the whole spring. In the month of August we were ‘allowed’ to go out if we were working. I considered myself to be working because I was painting with my student.

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It was still somewhat dark outside because it was early morning.

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A starling came by to visit a few times during the morning.

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Here it is in natural daylight.

Outside View

The Plein Air watercolor served me to make this studio painting later.

Plaza del Parterre 2020

I am so happy to say Plaza del Parterre was granted World Heritage status July 25th, 2021 by UNESCO. The Spanish collection is called Paisaje de la Luz, in English it’s Landscape of Light.

Thank you for reading my little story. Enjoy your day, Victoria

Autumn Morning Watercolors in Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain 2020

Retiro Park November 15th 2020

Almost a year has gone by since I painted this watercolor in Retiro park. I made quite a few watercolors of the autumn of 2020.

Autumn Leaves in the Retiro Park 2020

This other watercolor is one that I made in December. The autumn colors are still there. In the photo below, I had just finished the watercolor.

Plein Air in Retiro Park

The different shades of green and ocher are amazingly beautiful. Retiro Park is a painter’s paradise. I have a short video of the watercolor below. Click here to see it.

Retiro Park November 15th 2020

I like to take a photo of the paintings in the daylight to see the true colors.

Taking a photo with my hand also serves as a size reference. Thank you for reading my little story.

Have a lovely day,

Victoria

Palacio de Cibeles Madrid, Spain

We had a really cold winter in Madrid in 2020, so this is one of the interiors that I painted to get out of the cold.

Palacio de Cibeles Interior 2020

There wasn’t anybody in the building except for the workers and us two that were painting. All the comfy sofas had been taken out.

The usual people who hang out in this building were not here because there was nothing to see, nothing to do and nowhere to sit.

Palacio de Cibeles

This is what this beautiful building looks like on the outside. Thank you for reading my little story.

Victoria