The Flowers in this painting are almond tree blossoms, Japanese scarlet quince and yellow broom retama in a pickle jar.
Every spring, I go out and get a few of these flowers to paint them in glass jars.
I really like the light refraction of the stems in the water.
This detail is the pickle jar reflected in the mirror with the beveled mirror edge with a few almond blossoms in the foreground.
I have blue curtains that I got in the Rastro. I like it that they show up in the mirror and complement the Japanese scarlet quince in the foreground.
Each little petal that fell off of the almond branch had a little reflection on the table.
The white almond blossom floating on the waterline in the pickle jar was my favorite detail in the still life.
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Everybody goes to see the Crystal Palace in November because even though it was freezing cold the day I was painting outdoors, I would almost say that this area crowded. I was painting in the area for two weeks and the colors were amazing. The leaves really looked like gold at times. This studio painting is part of a series called Momentos en Madrid.
When you come to Madrid, make sure you get the row boat experience in the Estanque at the Retiro Park in Madrid.
The Crystal Palace in the Retiro Park is so colorful and beautiful in November that it attracts so many visitors.
The experience of painting this amazing sight was absolutely fulfilling, Here’s a little clip of the day painting the Crystal Palace in Madrid, Spain.
I like to put my hand near the painting to have a reference size of the watercolor. Also, the natural wood is what looks best when framing one of my watercolors.
It is a lot of fun to paint out doors even though it’s chilly, brrrr.
The spring is so beautiful in Madrid. I’m glad I was able to make a few paintings before the quarantine. I haven’t gone outside to look at the flowers since March 8th.
If you come to Madrid, don’t miss out on seeing this impressive fountain.
This is the Fallen Angel Fountain. If you’ve ever read John Milton’s epic ‘Paradise Lost’ The first page comes to life when you see this awesome statue.
I’ve painted parts of this fountain a few times, but this is the first time I painted the whole fountain.
In the spring I like to paint the wild flowers since they are so colorful and my favorite painting theme.
Since I’m painting from life, I put in the poppies first before they wilt.
Then I start putting in other flowers, not forgetting about the equally important background which includes the glass pickle jar.
Here I am almost finished. Just putting in the finishing touches. Not too many.
The watercolor is almost finished here. I paint what I see and leave a lot of the white of the paper.
This year the wild flower season was brief. Less rain, less flowers…
A spring painting of bougainvillea and wild daisies in a crystal vase. This oil painting has a candied look to it and the paint is quite thick.
This is a new painting of bougainvillea and Poppies in a pickle jar. I painted it in the Spring. Colorful spring flowers and glass is something I can’t resist painting. This painting is made with think paint and loose brush strokes.
Bougainvillea and Poppies in a Pickle Jar 2019 Oil on Canvas