small watercolor of Fuente de los Galapagos. Can see a stone fountain in the winter with bare trees in the background. There is a light post in the foreground.

Fuente de los Galápagos en El Parque del Buen Retiro Madrid

small watercolor of Fuente de los Galapagos. Can see a stone fountain in the winter with bare trees in the background. There is a light post in the foreground.

Fuente de los Galápagos Madrid Spain 2015 Watercolor on Arches 300 gsm – 14 x19 cm 7.5 x5.5 inches Matted 8×10 inch mat-

Fuente Isabel II, popularly called, Galapagos Fountain was designed by Francisco Javier de Marietegui and sculpted by Jose Tomas. The stone and granite fountain was inaugurated in 1832 to celebrate the birth of the princess, later Queen Isabel II. This beautiful fountain is located in Plaza Nicaragua in the Retiro Park of Madrid, Spain.

Painting a fountain isn’t just getting it on paper for me.  I just like to be there, listening to the water and watching the light pass over the stone until it’s gone.

A small watercolor of spanish poppies with little purple wildflowers and daisies.

Spanish Wildflowers Watercolor

Spanish Wild flowers

A small watercolor of spanish poppies with little purple wildflowers and daisies.
Poppies and Wild Flowers May 2015 Watercolor on Arches 300 gsm – Painted Area 6.4×4.7 in – 12×16.5 cm Matted on 8×10 inch ivory colored museum board – €65 Euros)

I like to paint Spanish wild flowers in watercolor because they are colorful, lively and fun to paint.  

Happy Spring

A small watercolor of California Wildflowers Yellow orange, blue, violet and pink small flowers

California Wild Flowers

California Wild Flowers 2014

A small watercolor of California Wildflowers Yellow orange, blue, violet and pink small flowers

California Wild Flowers 2014 Watercolor on Arches 300 gsm 16.5×12 cm “6.4×4.7”

The last time I was in California, I got a sack of wild flower seeds and planted them on my terrace.  It took a couple of months and these dainty little yellow, blue, pink, violet and white flowers all started blooming at once. I like to paint them.  

Plein air painting of a small village by the sea near Malaga, Spain.

Plein Air Painting

I love plein air painting because it’s like keeping a memory on paper.  I was at my cousin’s place and had an amazing time.

A watercolor of the Medeterranean sea with a cloudy sky and calm blue water the village below

The Medeterranean Sea March 2018

Both of these views are from my Cousin’s Place. 

A watercolor of a porch with white stone railing overlooking the Medeterranean Sea.

Martina’s Porch March 2018

We also went to El Chorro in Malaga.

Watercolor of El Chorro and the background sky and mountain.

El Chorro March 2018

I had been to El Chorro before, but this time I came prepared to paint it.  It was a bit cloudy and was raining here and there. It was a fantastic Family reunion.

La Fuente del Fauno de la Rosaleda in the Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid, Spain

The Dolphin Fountain Madrid, Spain 2017
Fuente del Faunito en la Rosaleda Madrid, Spain

La Fuente del Fauno is the name of this classic style fountain of mythological motif. I focused on the base of the fountain so I could paint the roses with the dolphins.  I’ve read that the origin of the fountain is unknown.  Below is the painting process or sessions.

The Dolphine Fountain

Session 8

Each session is more or less three to four hours.

Session 7

Session 7

The Dolphine Fountain6

The Dolphine Fountain 6

The Dolphine Fountain5

Session 5

The Dolphine Fountain4

Session 4

The Dolphine Fountain3

Session 3

The Dolphine Fountain2

Session 2

The Dolphine Fountain1

Session 1

 

The Retiro Rose Garden, la Rosalera.

The Dolphine Fountain
The Dolphin Fountain at the Retiro Park in Madrid.
I just started this painting last weekend.  I’m still working on it.  I take photos of the process of painting to have a look at later…
The Dolphine Fountain

The same fountain as above around five hours later.

I only paint with natural light.  On Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  I turn off all devises, disconnect for the weekend and paint all day.

La Rosalera del Buen Retiro 2017

Madrid, is where I always wanted to paint, especially in the June light.  This fountain below, Fuente del Faunito, is one of my fountain favorites for painting.
The Retiro Rose Garden 2017
La Rosalera del Buen Retiro 2017 – Egg tempera on stretched linen canvas – 33 x 41 cm 

I started this painting last week. It belongs to a new series of Madrilenian cityscapes I’ve been putting together.

The technique is egg tempera on stretched linen canvas 33 x 41 cm

 

 

Mythology

Canto VII (67-96) Fortune in the fourth circle with the hoarders and the wasters 2017 Illustrating Epic Poetry.

Epic poetry is my favorite read, here in particular is Fortune in Canto VII, passing out chances, fate and the like.  She’s mentioned in Inferno by Alighieri. I paint Fortune holding a wheel, 
keeping in pace with modern atrocities such as the Pripyat Wasteland. 
Remember the yellow ferris wheel  that was never used because every single person in the city of Pripyat city had to run away as fast as they could leaving everything behind, and you would think…but, no, “they” keep making them.
Mythology
Canto VII The Wheel of Fortune with The Hoarders and the Wasters 2017
Canto VII  Inferno by Dante Alighieri 
This book reveals a lot of things about humanity.  It’s called a comedy; Yeah, maybe their punishment is humorous.  The hoarders rolling huge rocks and slamming them into the squanderers, shouting “Why do you waste?”, and they, in turn, shout “Why do you hoard?” 
They are unrecognisable nudes covered in dark slime shouting with twisted angry faces. If the punishments suits the sin, could it be wasting time on meaningless activities?
Today there’s a new sets of hoarders and wasters.  Where do they plan on keeping all the hoarded nuclear fuel rod waste and what are they going to do about the already wasted land; keep adding to it? I ask my self. There is a plan on how to let people living in the far future know that the stuff that’s burried deep below is not valuable like a treasure to dig up; but, an invisible killer.  Our society finds things they’ve dug up every day, so why wouldn’t our distant future dig things up to find out about pre-existing societies like we do?  Could it be that “they”  don’t care because they won’t be here.
The Divine Comedy

Dante’s Inferno Canto VI (13-15) Cerberus 2016 – Oil on canvas –

Canto VI Cerberus 2016

The Divine Comedy (Illustration)

Dante awakens in the 3rd circle.

Cold dirty rain-fall, mixing with heavy hailstones, pounding down, finally, streaking the nude bodies of the condemned souls lying supine in the filthy mud.  (epic poetry of Dante Alighieri)

Cerberus, the three-headed, dog-like worm beast stands over the souls clawing at the slightest movement made by the supine lying in the filth.

The process of the painting is below.

 

 

Drawing for Canto VI

Drawing for Canto VI

 I did a few drawings like this one above and a watercolor.

 

Canto VI Cerberus 2015

Canto VI Cerberus 2015

Next, I painted a similar version on a canvas with egg tempera to start with.

On Canvas

On Canvas

I started building up shape and color

Egg tempera

Egg tempera

 Then I changed my mind about something

 

Building up the shapes

Building up the shapes

I wanted a frontal view of the mouth

Almost finished

I put everything more or less where I wanted it

The Divine Comedy

Canto VI (13-15) Cerberus 2016

And then I changed my mind again

That’s what I like about art

 

Summer June Flowers 2017

After our funny hail storm in June, these little yellow sun flowers bloomed on the terrace all at once.

Painting outdoors

I took out my easel and oil paints onto the terrace and started to paint the mini sun flowers early morning.

My Colors

I mix my own colors with natural pigment bound with linseed oil.  The colors are: cadmium lemon yellow, yellow chrome, transparent gold ochre, cadmium orange, magnesium blue, intense crimson, tierra sombra and cadmium red.

Sunny June Flowers in Process

I usually start with my favorite part and build around it.

I just try to paint what I see.

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I put the exact color and shape on the canvas as quickly and accurately as possible.

The Following Morning

Here again the next morning in the hot sun.

Sunny June Flowers 2017

Here I started putting in the skyline.

Sunny June Flowers 2017

Since all the colors influence each other, I try to find all them as quickly as possible before the light changes.

Sunny June Flowers 2017

The background colors are established, so now I start with more detail in the foreground.

Sunny June Flowers 2017

I felt as if I had finished the painting at this point and then I couldn’t resist putting a scumble on it to push the back ground into the distance.

 

 

Egg Tempera Scumble over Oils

So little by little I started building up the foreground, leaving the back ground alone.

 

Sunny June Flowers 2017

Summer June Flowers 2017.