This is one of my favorite vases; it’s from the old Talavera factory. I never get tired of painting it in different kinds of lights. Here, I’ve painted it at night under electric light.
The days are still quite short here in Madrid. Almond blossoms are one of my favorites. Yesterday we got a a hard wind so maybe they have all been blown off the trees. Almond blossoms aren’t on the trees for long.
These colorful flowers tell me that the cold winter here in Madrid is getting ready to leave and the warm weather is coming soon. I run out and cut the flowers and paint them as fast as possible before they wilt.
This painting is a resin-oil painting.
I mix the dry pigments with essential oils and paint with a pallet knife and brushes. The gloss is in the paint not on the surface.
Here is a little Painting Setup clip of some of the process. You can see this new painting at Plaza de los Pintores on Sunday from 10-2. We are located at Plaza Conde de Barajas in Madrid, Spain. Hope to see you there.
This autumn watercolor painting is of the Fallen Angel Fountain in the Retiro Park located in Madrid, Spain. In this September painting the flowers that surround the fountain are bright red geraniums.
I no longer have this September watercolor with the red geraniums so I went back to the Retiro last weekend to paint it again. To my surprise the flowers had been pulled up and replaced with red, yellow, white and purple pansies…quite a change from the bold red color.
This watercolor is from a collection of watercolors of the fountains in the Retiro Park. The Fallen Angel Fountain is pretty interesting when you look into its history. It’s one of a kind.
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.
I’ve painted parts of this fountain a few times, but this is the first time I painted the whole fountain.
This little square in the Retiro Park is called Plaza del Màrmol. There is a limestone fountain in the middle of the square. Four young Tritons sustain the main dish. At one time this fountain was completely hidden by overgrown bushes. Since then the bushes have been cut and the little plaza is in plain sight.
The day I went there to paint the little square, the gardeners had just finished pulling all the flowers to replace them with new flowers. I will have to go back soon to paint the fountain with flowers around the pond.
In the spring I like to paint the wild flowers since they are so colorful and my favorite painting theme.
Since I’m painting from life, I put in the poppies first before they wilt.
Then I start putting in other flowers, not forgetting about the equally important background which includes the 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.
This year the wild flower season was brief. Less rain, less flowers…