I’ve done two watercolors of this fountain from opposite stand points. This is the first one. It was a really hot day. When I say hot, I mean hot.
I was standing in a sliver of shade next to the bus shelter. painting Neptune Fountain. I had the perfect spot but it was really hot. I stopped painting after two and a half hours and went back to finish the next day.
I was painting there again the next day for almost three more hours.
I went back to the Paseo del Prado last week and painted the same fountain from the other side of the fountain, but from a street view.
He also sent me this picture of me painting.
Again I had a perfect place in the Ritz parking lot. The space was so small, only a mini, mini car would fit.
This is the second watercolor of Neptune Fountain. It was a lot of fun painting there. I’m glad someone showed me and took me to this spot to paint. It’s not easy finding a good place to paint in the middle of a fast-moving busy city.
I had been thinking about painting in the City Center for a while now, but …all that traffic. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
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.
I had been planning to paint the Almudena Cathedral for a while. I had a perfect view of it from where I was sitting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I like to get a picture of the painting in process with the model; it’s fun to see them together.
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.
I really liked this tree. Here I’m sitting in the shade of the tree across the street from the sanctuary.
There are Lagoons all over Alameda, so I couldn’t go home without painting one or two.
Alameda is a beautiful place to visit.
I’m catching up on posting. This is an open air watercolor I did in the winter of 2015. The fountain of the Galapagos is located in the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain. It is from the series of Retiro Park Fountains.