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First Painting of 2021 – La Puerta del Sol
On January 1st 2021, I painted the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Spain because I knew everyone would be sleeping at the time I went there. On any other day it would be impossible to paint there. The Puerta del Sol is a very busy Plaza.
This is a very small watercolor as you can see. I wanted to make sure I could finish it in one day. It’s not easy painting at the Puerta del Sol.
I do as much open air painting as I can. It’s important to me to see the colors as they are so that when I make a large watercolor or oil painting, I remember the colors from real life.
Happy New Year Everybody! Let’s make 2021 as good as it can possibly get.
Temple LDS in Madrid, Spain – Small Plein Air Watercolor.
I went out to see the LDS Temple in person to do a few quick watercolors to see which one I wanted to paint on a full size sheet. The facade is beautiful and angel Moroni is on top blowing a trumpet. I painted this before going into the courtyard.
Inside the courtyard the Garden, El Jardín de las Novias, is symmetrical. There is a beautiful flower garden with white, pink and red flowers flanking a double dish water fountain with a round pond. That side of the Temple contrasts with this serious solemn side with inviting cypress trees.
Line and Wash Watercolor of El Palacio de Cristal in the Retiro Park.
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.
A small Watercolor of The Almudena Cathedral Madrid, Spain.
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!
Sabatini Gardens Madrid, Spain
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.
Summer June Flowers 2017
After our funny hail storm in June, these little yellow sun flowers bloomed on the terrace all at once.
I took out my easel and oil paints onto the terrace and started to paint the mini sun flowers early morning.
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.
I usually start with my favorite part and build around it.
I just try to paint what I see.
I put the exact color and shape on the canvas as quickly and accurately as possible.
Here again the next morning in the hot sun.
Here I started putting in the skyline.
Since all the colors influence each other, I try to find all them as quickly as possible before the light changes.
The background colors are established, so now I start with more detail in the foreground.
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.
So little by little I started building up the foreground, leaving the back ground alone.
Summer June Flowers 2017.
Cantalojas open air painting
Open air Painting in Cantalojas was an awesome experience; just being there under the starlit sky at night.
One day I was sitting here on this stone wall painting the Prado when suddenly it started to rain hard and we had to run to shelter. This painting is unfinished.
We went down to town to paint the fountain. It was a rainy day so no one was around, but a small van parked in front of my view and luckily left after about half an hour so I could continue.
This place is up in the mountain in the forest. I just didn’t know which tree to start with. There were flying insects everywhere but I didn’t see any spiders in this area this time. Last time they were crawling all over the place.
So this is the watercolor I was able to make, so many trees.
The next day we just hung around in Paco and Rosa’s yard
The picture below is a watercolor of the view from their yard.
I just got back to the City and I already want to return to Cantalojas.