La Gran Via from the Rooftop of Callao 2021

Pen and Ink with watercolor wash from the Rooftop of Callao winter of 2021

This is one of my favorite small watercolors. It is my favorite because I had a fun time while I was drawing and painting it. It was right after the crazy snowfall we had here in Madrid. It was freezing cold outside and hardly anyone was outside because of the Pandemic. I was sitting in a cafe on the rooftop of Callao with my one and only art student who was brave enough to go out once a week and paint Madrid with me. I think this kept us sane in an insane time of confinement and uncertainty. I remember our conversation that day as if it were yesterday. That is what is so special about painting the moment. Watercolor is like a long photograph and you remember everything.

I have a little clip of the moment when I finished the painting. You can see it if you click here.

Thank you for reading my little story.

Victoria

In April and May, there are a lot of flowers that I love to Paint. I am going to share a few of the Spring watercolors that I painted. They are on exhibition at the Plaza de los Pintores in the heart of Madrid.

Rosas Rojas en Botella de Hierba Buena 10 de Mayo 2022

I named this painting Red Roses in a Glass Herb Liquor Bottle. I like this glass bottle because it has smooth edges and it is transparent. The roses are from my terrace. I have had this rose bush for many years. I take such good care of it so I can paint the beautiful red roses.

Irises in Pickle Jar April 21st, 2022

These flowers just showed up on my terrace one day. I didn’t plant them, but one day to my surprise a bunch of irises bloomed. I painted them as soon as I found the time.

Sapphire Bombay Gin Bottle with Red Roses and Sea Shells May 13th, 2022

Sometimes I use flowers as an excuse to paint my favorite bottles. I still remember the day I laid eyes on this beautiful blue bottle. It was in my grandma and grandpa’s liquor cabinet. I asked if I could have it and I’ve been painting it ever since.

Iris en Botella de Whisky Vintage Abril 16 2022

This one is called Iris in Red Vintage Whisky Bottle. I have had this bottle for years. It has a deep red color that looks so pretty in the light. I don’t have this one anymore. A nice couple came to the plaza and got it for themselves.

Irises with Yellow Daisies in Gooseneck Coffee Pot April 20th 2022

I got this vintage coffee pot at a street fair. When I got it, I could imagine red roses, almond blossoms, red poppies, and all kinds of colorful flowers inside. When those irises popped up on my terrace, they went right into this old gooseneck coffee pot.

Red Roses with Bottles and Vintage Pink Flower Shape Depression Gass Ashtray May 13th, 2022

I went on to make a few more watercolors. Here my sapphire bottle is with a depression pink flower-shaped ashtray with a few scattered seashells. I like to put them in front of the window to let the light go through them.

Red Roses in Blue Gin Bottle May 13th 2022

In this watercolor I had a coral tea rose in the blue gin bottle and red roses in the clear liquor de hierba bottle. I love to paint these beautiful bottles with different backgrounds and the flowers I have on my terrace.

Rosas en Anfora de Talavera de la Reina Abril 29 2022

This ceramic vase is a Talavera vase. My grandmother rescued it and glued it back together. I am so glad because this is my favorite vase. I put a branch of roses inside and painted them.

Rosas en Jarron de Cristal Abril 28 2022

Here is another one of my favorite vases. I like to paint the facets on the crystal. I painted a lot of roses because there are a lot of roses on the terrace.

At my Stand at the Plaza de los Pintores

Here is another one of my favorite vases in the watercolor behind me. My watercolor found a new home with this nice couple. You can find me at my stand at the Plaza de los Pintores located in Madrid at Plaza Conde de Barajas. I am there every Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Come by and see me when you are in Madrid.

Plaza de los Pintores

What? The Plaza de los Pintores (An Outdoor Art Market) When? Every Sunday from 10am to 3pm Where? Plaza Conde de Barajas – In Madrid.

Hope to see you there:), Victoria Olson

PS I will be there tomorrow.

Retiro Park World Heritage

The Crystal Palace here in Retiro Park has been granted status of world heritage in July 2021.

This is the first of a series of paintings that I plan on making of Paisaje de la Luz. In English, Landscape of Light. Here is a little clip of the painting and the Landscape.

As I was painting, someone I had just met that day gave me the perfect name for my series and named it ‘Landscape of Light’. Nice idea Carmen, Thanks.

I got up really early this morning to continue with my series of paintings. Monument to Alfonso XII has also been granted the status of world heritage. It is not surprising at all; the monument is so magnificent. Here is a little clip of the painting with the monument.

I’m not finished yet, so I’ll be going back tomorrow.

Ozzy, thank you for this cute clip!

Enjoy the summer everyone,

Victoria

La Plaza de la Paja Madrid de los Austrias 2021

This is a watercolor of la Plaza de la Paja. (The Plaza of Straw). The name, Plaza of Straw, comes from the 15th Century, a time when straw was sold at the Plaza.

La Plaza de la Paja is located in an area known as Madrid de los Austrias, in the historic center, within the neighborhood of La Latina. It was an important market in the 13th and 14th Century. Nowadays, it is a great place to have a bite to eat or to just hang out.

Overlooking the Plaza, is Sacramento Church. Since 1980, it is the Military Cathedral of Spain known as Catedral de las Fuerzas Armadas.

These 19th Century constructions are either painted or covered with exposed brick. The narrow wrought iron balconies accentuate the buildings in this neighborhood so beautifully.

The antique gas street lamps that once lit the neighborhood with soft glowing lights are so picturesque.

Can you see a door on the back wall? This jewel is one of Madrid’s secrets.

Through this door, are the Gardens of the Prince of Anglona, one of the few examples of the noble gardens from the 18th Century of Madrid. If you are ever in Madrid, do not miss this hidden garden.

It was an overcast grey day, and the tree branches were still nude. Even so, anyday in Madrid is a good day to paint.

Here is the finished watercolor in the light of day, shown against the brick color so typical in many parts of Madrid.

Thank you for reading this little story about Madrid de los Austrias.

Los Bomberos en el Paseo de la Castellana

Los Bomberos de la Comunidad de Madrid

Firefighters have been on Paseo de la Castellana many times, putting out challengingly dangerous fires in the tall emblematic buildings on this main street in Madrid.

A decisive moment bound by time.

This red fire truck is so impressive.

Here is another truck coming into the scene on a side street.

This view in the background is Puerta de Europe, also known as Torres KIO. This is the Financial District of Madrid.

I like to hold the watercolor up in the sunlight to see the true colors. My hands serve as a size reference.

Thank you for taking the time to read my little story.

Victoria

Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain

La Almudena Visto desde el Puente del Rey 2021 Watercolor on Arches 300 gms 28.5×38.5 cm / 11.5×15 in $85

Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena is popularly known as the Almudena Cathedral. The Virgin Mary from the Almudena avocation is the patroness of Madrid, Spain. A major festival in the city celebrates Madrid’s Patroness on the 9th of November. This is the view I caught from a distance when walking from Casa de Campo swimming pool into the city on a hot summer day.

Fountain of the Fallen Angel (Fuente del Ángel Caído) Madrid, Spain

Fuente del Angel Caido

The Fallen Angel Fountain is located in the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain. Ricardo Bellver first created the sculpture in plaster in 1877. The figure is mannerist in style and is inspired by verses of Paradise Lost by John Milton. If you have ever read Paradise Lost by John Milton, you can tell that this sculpture depicts the beginning of the epic which starts in the midst of things as epics typically do.

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A moment in time in Madrid, Spain

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Everywhere you look there is something to paint here in Madrid. The fountains in Spain are captivating. Atocha Station has a beautiful tropical garden inside.

Atocha 2020

This is the Puerta del Sol. The monumental Tio Pepe sign is an icon here in Madrid. I love the design of the Metro.

Tio Pepe 2020

I know why the Madrilenians say “From Madrid to Heaven“.