An early cold morning is a good time to paint in the park.
I went to the plaza de Marmol because I was there the day before. The previous day, this beautiful little plaza was full of bright red geraniums. When I got there the next day, the gardeners had pulled all the flowers and I had a completely different scene to paint.
Although I was really looking forward to painting this fountain with red flowers, I decided that the Retiro Park gardeners would be fun to paint. While I was painting, it started drizzling more and more. I hurriedly finished the watercolor with pen and ink and decided I would come back another day.
Capricho park in Madrid is a gorgeous historic park. I signed up for this fast-painting competition because I like to paint in the parks here in Madrid and this one is fabulous.
I set up in front of a fountain. Painting fountains are my favorite subject matter in the park. I like to hear the water trickling and try to capture the look of it as it falls. The water sparkles and glitters as it falls and this is what I like. Here is a picture of the fountain. It’s a simple, yet beautiful fountain.
The photograph doesn’t even come close to the stunning variety of green colors.
The painting competition was from 9 to 2. Usually, I can never finish a painting in such a short time. I tried really hard to finish this time or a least to make it look finished. Below is a photo of my painting.
I turned in the painting on time and although I didn’t win any prizes, I am happy to say that my painting was selected for the exhibition.
I was number 40.
Here it is hanging on the wall at Cultural Center Gloria Fuertes in Madrid. It will be hanging there until the 25th of November 2022.
Here is a little clip so you can see the ambiance of the Capricho Park Fast Painting Competition.
I have a lot of fun painting the Crystal Palace. I paint it often. In July it was granted World Heritage status. I am really happy about that.
This is a small format. Small format is great because I can finish in one session.
Here is my set up. I got this picture thanks to someone who sent me the picture. Thank you Javier!
I try to paint in the shade, since I am standing in the same spot for three or four hours. It’s either shade or wear a hat. I brushed off a few spiders from my shoulder that were dropping down from the shady tree.
I was so stoked to see water falling from the fountain dishes in the first week of June. They had been off for a full year and counting as well as the drinking fountains that are all over Madrid.
I was lucky enough to hear the Orquesta Atipica Del Retrio while I was painting the Artichoke Fountain. It was a lot of fun to paint them too.
This young couple started dancing to the tune of the band and it was so sweet. It only lasted a few moments until they were off to something else.
Here is a little Video of the ambience with the quint playing at the Retiro Park. Click on the photo above or Click here.
Here is a size reference photograph of the line and wash called “A Beautiful Day in June 2021” in full sunlight.
It was such of a beautiful day in June; I painted this line and wash too. The artificial lake with the blue row boats is called Lago Estanque. The monument that you can see in the background with the equestrian statue is called Monumento a Alfonso XII.
Here is a size reference photograph of the line and wash called “El Estanque en Junio 2021” in full sunlight.
It was a really special day here in the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain. Thank you for reading my little story, enjoy the sunny weather.
The Temple of Debod is an ancient building constructed in the early 2nd century BC dedicated to the goddess Isis. This is one of the few works of ancient Egyptian architecture that can be seen outside Egypt and one of its kind in Spain.
El Templo de Debod plein air painting
It is located in the Parque del Oeste in Madrid, Spain. It was donated to Spain in 1968 by Egypt as a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel. Temples which were going to be lost forever due to the construction of the Great Dam of built across the Nile River.
La Fuente de Narciso in Aranjuez is a beautiful fountain hidden away in the Parque del Príncipe. I’ve been there many times to paint on site.
Fuente de Narciso June 2018 Small watercolor 14x19cm 5.5×7.5 in
Mythology: Narciso was a very attractive young man who had all the attention of all the girls, but he ignored them all. One, The nimph Eco, came out of the forest with her open arms, he cruelly shunned her so she hid away in a cave until all that was left of her was the eco of her voice.
The goddess of vengeance, Nemesis, punished Narciso by making him fall in love with his own image reflecting in a fountain. Unable to separate from his reflection, he threw himself into the water. And from the very place he fell a beautiful flower grew to honor him.
Here you can see the size. It’s a small watercolor.
Yes, indeed, this fountain is amazing to paint. That day the fountain was off. It’s even more amazing when it’s on.