Although this Sunday, the 9th, the Art in the Street show is cancelled due to the heat wave, We’ll back back on Sunday the 19th of August.
Aunque este domingo, día 9, el espectáculo Art in the Street se canceló debido a la ola de calor, regresaremos el domingo 19 de agosto.
The Plaza de los Pintores is located in the heart of Madrid, right around the corner from el Mercado San Miguel. It’s a quiet Plaza even though it’s surrounded by busy streets.
Here at the Plaza, I painted a few street scenes like this one that leads towards las cuevas de Luis Candelas.
This is calle de la Pasa which leads to the quiet little plaza.
This is the well-known Paseo del Prado with Neptune fountain in the middle of the round-about. The Retiro Park is nearby.
This is the Cristal Palace in the Retiro Park.
The Sabatini Gardens are exquisite to contemplate.
The Almudena Cathedral is right next to the Royal Palace.
There’s a heat wave in Madrid, so…tomorrow’s show is cancelled. Hope to see you next Sunday from 10-2 the 19th of August if the weather allows.
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.
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.
After about three hours the light completely changed.
And the sun started creeping in until I had to leave.
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.
This is Emilio, he took all the pictures. Thanks Emilio!
The next day I went back and finished the painting as best I could.
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.
I like to start a watercolor with a light grid to keep my parallel lines parallel. I start with a pencil sketch and then go on to pen and ink.
I tape down all of my watercolors to get the white edge of the paper. Don’t think you need anything expensive. I use carpenter’s tape, but it’s only there for a couple of hours. I wouldn’t leave it there for more than a day.
This is the white edge I’m talking about. When the tape is taken off, you have a white border.
Click Here is a really short video of the painting site.
Madrid is great!
In the spring, there are plenty of flowers to paint. This is a line & wash. First you draw with ink and then just lay a wash over the line leaving any white for light.
These are very quick watercolors that I don’t have any more. I send them as postcards.
Esta fuente española situada en el parque del Retiro de Madrid España se llama Fuente del Faunito. Recuerdo este día perfectamente bien. El jardín estaba lleno de rosas y había visitantes por todos lados, caminando y tomando fotos. El jardín de rosas solía estar abierto a todas horas. Solía ir temprano en la mañana cuando no había nadie alrededor. Ahora tiene una hora de apertura y una de cierre, por lo que es difícil pintar aquí ahora.
This Spanish fountain located in the Retiro park of Madrid Spain is called Fuente del Faunito. I remember this day perfectly well. The garden was full of roses and there were visitors everywhere, walking around and taking pictures. The rose garden used to be open at all hours. I used to go early in the morning when there wasn’t anybody around. Now it has an opening and closing hour, so it’s hard to paint here now.
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.