Open Air Watercolor – La Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain

Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena is the Catholic Cathedral of Madrid, simply called, La Almudena.  It is dedicated to the Virgin Almudena, the patron Saint of Madrid, Spain.  I went to an outdoor terrace to paint it.

Las Vistillas Madrid 2015

I was sitting outdoors painting in a terrace in the area called Las Vistillas which means the Views.

I had  been planning to paint the Almudena Cathedral for a while.  I had a perfect view of it from where I was sitting.

Open Air Painting

Here you can see part of the Almudena Cathedral.

When you are painting outdoors, you never know what might interfere with painting.  Well, it was a really hot day in September so the waiters put out the terrace tarp for all of us who were sitting outside in the sun and the tarp blocked half of my view.  I had to stop right there.

Almudena Cathedral 2015

Almudena Cathedral September 2015

That’s alright though, I got something like a ghost image. Since then I found a shady spot to paint the Almudena again from a street view.  So I’ll go back one day and paint it again.

 

Watercolor of Fountains in the Retiro Rose Garden in Madrid, Spain

The Buen Retiro in Madrid, Spain is my favorite park.  Here are a few open air watercolors from the collection of Fountains in the Retiro Park.

Dolphin Fountain 2007

The Faun Fountain in the Buen Retiro Park Rose Garden – Madrid, Spain  2007

This fountain is called the fuente del Fauno. It’s located in the Rose Garden at the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain.

 The sculptures integrated in the fountains are fascinating!  I should have included the Faun above the dish but I usually focus on the Dolphins.

 The mythological creatures on the same fountain have opposite poles, angelic and demonic.

 

Rose Garden June 2009

Fuente de Amorcillo or de Cupido

 This one is called Fuente de Amorcillo or Fuente de Cupido.  Again, I didn’t paint the top and ommited cupid from my watercolor.  I was more interested in the base.  Next time, I’ll paint the whole fountain.

RoseGarden2005

Fuente del Faunito, Rose Garden in the Retiro Park – Madrid, Spain 2005

There are only two fountains with figures in the Rose Garden, so I paint the same figures over and over again.  I just love to paint them.

The Rose Garden 2010

Fuente del Faunito in the Rose Garden at the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain 2010

Here is the Faun Fountain at the Rose Garden again; a frontal view.

The Rose Garden June 2015

Fuente del Cupido in the Rose Garden at the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid Spain 2015

This is a view of The Cupid Fountain from an angle.  Painting outdoors is a great experience; those of you who do open air painting know this and those who haven’t done it yet must put it on the bucket list.

Open Air Painting

Open Air Painting at the Rose Garden in El Buen Retiro in Madrid, Spain

I like to get a picture of the painting in process with the model; it’s fun to see them together.

Open Air Painting in Alameda

Last summer I was in Alameda.  I did some open air painting by the shoreline. I was painting near the Elsie B. Roemer Bird Sanctuary.  Here are the watercolors I did while I was there.

The Bay Area 2015

Elsie B. Roemer Bird Sanctuary

Alameda Shoreline 2015

Bird Sanctuary

I really liked this tree.  Here I’m sitting in the shade of the tree across the street from the sanctuary.

Alameda Lagoon 2015

Lagoon in Alameda

There are Lagoons all over Alameda, so I couldn’t go home without painting one or two.

Lagoon in Alameda 2015

Another Lagoon

Alameda is a beautiful place to visit.

 

Open Air Painting in Olmeda de las Fuentes June, 2016

The Agrupaciòn Española de Acuarelistas (Spanish Watercolor Society) in Madrid went to the beautiful village called Olmeda de las Fuentes to do some open air watercolor painting.  There were more than 40 of us painting out doors in this small pueblo.

easel

A view at the edge of town

The morning was overcast.  I walked to the top of the hill with two others, a couple, and looked for a nice shady place, ready for a hot day.

first hour

Afternoon

The morning was overcast, no shadows. I waited til the sun came out to paint the cast shadows on the ground.

When I got to this point in the painting, a man who lives in the village pulled up in his car…  It was obvious that I was in his parking place; the only shady place left :).

He was so nice. Before I could say anything he said that I didn’t have to move.

Olmeda de las Fuentes 2016

Hazy June Morning in Olmeda de las Fuentes 2016

 He Parked his car in the sun and asked us if it would bother us.  ‘If it would bother us?’ I mean how nice can you get.

Any way, this is how this painting called ‘Hazy June Morning in Olmeda de las Fuentes’ turned out.  We all got together for lunch.

Lunch Time

Lunch Time

 The food was delicious.

We showed each other our drawings.

Participante

Argentina with her watercolor

Argentina found a beautiful little corner to paint in the village.

Jose Maria Ysmer 2016

Jose Maria Ysmer

Jose Maria Ysmer always picks the perfect place to paint and his watercolors turn out so picturesque and painterly.

Olmeda de las Fuentes 2016

Olmeda de las Fuentes 2016

After lunch, we painted for another three hours and then returned to Madrid. It was a lot of fun, just like in April.  We all went to Trillo to paint outdoors.

 

Watercolor of a waterfall running down the middle of the town in Trillo, lots of green and emphasis on waterfall in foreground.

Open Air Painting in Trillo, Spain

Unbelievable!  In Trillo, Spain, there is a waterfall flowing through the middle of town.  I went there on Saturday with the Watercolor Group of Madrid.

There is a small village in Spain called Trillo.  There is a waterfall going through the middle of the town,

There is a small village in Spain called Trillo. There is a waterfall going through the middle of the town,

This was my set up and perspective.  We were a group of 28 watercolor painters.  It was so much fun.

This was my set up and perspective. We were a group of 28 watercolor painters. It was so much fun.

Watercolor exhibition at the Cultural Center in Trillo

After our painting session, we all had lunch at a restaurant called Casa de David. The food was absolutely delicious! Then the City Hall of Trillo invited us to hang our paintings in the Cultural Center. It was a fun day. I can’t wait for the next out-door painting excursion!

 

Fountain in Retiro Park - Madrid, Spain

Open Air Watercolor in the Retiro Park – Madrid, Spain

It’s almost Spring and the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain is full of Color.

I went to the Retiro in the first week of March to paint a specific fountain near the old zoo, called Antigua Casa de Fieras.   I couldn’t go into the area because it was taped off, but I could still see it, so I was able to make the watercolor I wanted.

Fuente cerca de Antigua Casa de Fieras

This is one of the many beautiful fountains in the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain

Fuente cerca de Antigua Casa de Fieras

The Retiro is one of my favorite places to paint.

Fountain in Retiro Park - Madrid, Spain

Fountain by Antigua Casa de Fieras 2015
Watercolor on Arches 300 GSM – 5.5 in x 7.5 in – 14 cm x 19 cm