Spring Blossom Explosion Painting 2021

The Flowers in this painting are almond tree blossoms, Japanese scarlet quince and yellow broom retama in a pickle jar.

Oil Painting of Spring Blossoms in 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.

Thank you for taking the time,

Victoria

El Palacio de Cristal in the Buen Retiro Historic Park of Madrid, Spain

Palacio de Cristal Madrid, Spain 2021

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.

Painting The Crystal Palace in Madrid, Spain

Palacio de Cristal Autumn of 2020

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.

Fuente del Àngel Caìdo September 2019

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. 

Watercolor of the Fallen Angel Fountain. There are red flowers around the fountain

Fuente del Angel Caìdo September 2019

I’ve painted parts of this fountain a few times, but this is the first time I painted the whole fountain.

 

A watercolor of poppies and daisies with little purple or violet flowers in a pickle jar.

Poppies and Daisies in Pickle Jar 2019

In the spring I like to paint the wild flowers since they are so colorful and my favorite painting theme.

A picture of a watercolor in process. You can see a light grid, pencil drawing and red watercolor paint of poppies.

I started off with a grid and a light drawing, then I started putting in the poppies.

Since I’m painting from life, I put in the poppies first before they wilt.

A watercolor of red poppies, daisies and a glass jar in the process of making.

The next step I take is painting all over the paper since all the shapes and colors influence each other.

Then I start putting in other flowers, not forgetting about the equally important background which includes the glass pickle jar.

A picture of a watercolor almost finished. You can see red poppies, white daisies with a touch of purple or violet flowers in a 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.

A watercolor of poppies and daisies with little purple or violet flowers in a pickle jar.
Here it is finished. Poppies and Daisies in Pickle Jar 2019 Watercolor on Arches 300gsm 19×28 cm – 7.5×11 in

This year the wild flower season was brief.  Less rain, less flowers…

 

Art stands in the fall in Madrid. People walking around looking at the art exhibition in the little plaza

La Plaza de Pintores – A Collective Painting Exhibition at the Auditorio Y Sala De Exposiciones Paco De Lucia / La Plaza de Pintores – Una exposición de pintura colectiva en el Auditorio y Sala de Exposiciones de Paco De Lucia

-There are 39 Painters at the Plaza-

Inauguration day at Sala Paco de Lucia.

-Hay 39 pintores en la Plaza-
Día de inauguración en la Sala Paco de Lucía.

Six women getting ready to celebrate a painting inauguration

A small group of painters just before the opening.

Oh another picture, more of us are here.

Painters from the Plaza posing for a picture

The Group started getting bigger

16 of the 39 painters presented a piece at the Sala.  Hopefully next time they will all participate.

16 de los 39 pintores presentaron una pieza en la Sala. Esperemos que la próxima vez todos participen.

four women looking at the camera.

Here we are again.

That would be super fun.

Eso sería super divertido.

A few people in front of the camera saying hello

The Inauguration begins

I don’t have pictures of everybody or the other’s paintings.

No tengo fotos de todos ni de sus pinturas

Woman standing in front of her paintings

While Setting up

But these are the paintings I presented at the exhibition.

Pero estas son las pinturas que presento en la exposición.

An Art Exhibition at Sala Paco de Lucia

Painters and Friends

You would have to come to the exhibition to see the rest of the pieces. Although here is a clip.

Tendrías que venir a la exposición para ver el resto de las piezas. Aunque aquí hay un corto.

At the exhibition

Checking out the exhibition

The art work presented here is quite amazing.

El trabajo de arte presentado aquí es bastante sorprendente.

Visitors at the Sala Paco de Lucia

Sala Paco de Lucia

as amazing as my buddies at the Plaza.

Tan asombroso como mis amigos en la Plaza.

VOlson

At the Plaza

The Art exhibition is up through the 27th of February.

La exposición de arte – solo hasta el 27 de febrero.