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.
The Crystal Palace was invented by Ricardo Velazquez Bosco, built in 1887. It has a high dome in the center which is almost 23 meters high. Since 1990 it has been an annex of the Reina Sofia Museum of Contemporary Art. It is located in the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain.
While I was painting, lots of different tourist groups came to see this beautiful metallic building from my same view-point. I once overheard an old man talking about this being the best spot to see the Crystal Palace so I came here to paint this line and wash watercolor.There’s nothing like painting in Madrid.
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!
Plein Air Painting in the Sabatini Gardens
These are the Sabatini Gardens in Madrid, Spain. Click on picture to see a short clip of the Gardens.
This is a little ink & Pen of the Palace from the Sabatini Gardens.
When I finish the pen and ink, I put a watercolor wash over it and paint a bit more.
I want to go back to this spot and look at other views of the Sabatini Gardens.
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.