I like to paint small watercolors of colorful flowers and transparent glass filled with water.
These small still-life paintings date back from the 90’s to the present 2016.
They are all post card size 5.5”x 7.5”or smaller. I started off making this size in the mid-eighties to send as post cards.
Almond Blossoms are really nice to paint. In the spring there are a lot of these trees in Madrid. I sent this watercolor to my Mom. When I go to California I see it on the wall.
I remember visiting someone who had sweet peas growing in their vegetable garden, I couldn’t resist taking some home to paint them. I’m going to have to get some sweet pea seeds.
The Red Bottle is one of my favorites. I bought it in the mid-eighties at the Salvation Army in the Gaslamp Quarter when I was living in sunny San Diego. I’m always on the look out for beautiful glass bottles and vases.
This watercolor is wet on wet with my favorite red bottle.
What I like the most about glass are the reflections; especially clear glass with water in it.
I paint a lot; not everything turns out. It doesn’t matter. I like to include everything I see around my model.
I go to California often, almost every year. I like to paint the flowers in my Mother’s garden. Bougainvillea is so fun to paint.
Sometimes I paint the motif twice. Here I changed the vase. I like this vase; I like the fact that you can see the stems and leaves in the water.
Here is the vase again with my Mom’s beautiful roses.
I like colored glass. They have everything I like, color, shape, transparency and reflection.
Someone gave me this vase. I think it’s beautiful with the vertical grooves imitating a greek column. This one got sent off in the mail.
I like to do more than one painting to try a different view.
When the spring comes around, I go a little crazy. I can’t stop painting. Spring is such a bright season full of color and warmth.
You can really see the difference of the light in the spring.
These are California Poppies and wild flowers. I brought the seeds from California and planted them here in Madrid. I recently sent this one to my Dad.
I wanted to paint my model with the reflection in the mirror and on the table.
This is the latest small watercolor. A friend told me that the color of this bottle is chartreuse.
I’m glad she told me. I had never heard of that color. Thanks to her the title isn’t yellow bottle with wild flowers, but Chartreuse Bottle with California Wild Flowers. 🙂
Spanish wild flowers are so colorful, ideal in watercolor.
In this post, I’m going to show a few steps in the making of a painting which was presented and accepted in The Salòn de Primavera 2016 of Madrid, Spain.
From the Series of Spring Flowers –
These are three small watercolors 5.5 x 7.5 inches. I started painting this size to send in the mail to friends and family.
This is the same still-life that I recently posted, but in the evening. Wet on wet technique.
This watercolor is from the month of April. I was painting as fast and as much as possible in April and May because the wild flower season is short-lived. I always want to capture a still-life in one session which is about six hours. That’s about as much time I can paint before the light is totally different. Also, I never know if I can paint at the same time the next day.
As usual, I start with an area that I like a lot.
I built the watercolor around the poppy that I put on the picture plane first; everything else was measured against it. I’m not looking for perfection. I like to paint from nature in direct because the moment stays with me.