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.
I went out to see the LDS Temple in person to do a few quick watercolors to see which one I wanted to paint on a full size sheet. The facade is beautiful and angel Moroni is on top blowing a trumpet. I painted this before going into the courtyard.
Inside the courtyard the Garden, El Jardín de las Novias, is symmetrical. There is a beautiful flower garden with white, pink and red flowers flanking a double dish water fountain with a round pond. That side of the Temple contrasts with this serious solemn side with inviting cypress trees.
Now this is a rapid painting competition, in Plaza del Conde de Barajas also called Plaza de los Pintores in Madrid, Spain. I’ve always had my eye on this plaza.
I’ve been doing line and wash lately so I thought I would try it here at the fast painting competition sponsored by Taller Abierto; really nice people by the way.
After about three hours the light completely changed.
And the sun started creeping in until I had to leave.
Here in Madrid the Sun is hot, really hot. You got to be careful and always try to stay in the shade to avoid heat related mishaps. You don’t want one of those.
This is Emilio, he took all the pictures. Thanks Emilio!
The next day I went back and finished the painting as best I could.
This watercolor is going to be in Semana de Arte en la Calle street exhibition at Plaza del Conde de Barajas every Sunday of July. 10-13:00. Come visit us if you are in Madrid this summer.
I like to start a watercolor with a light grid to keep my parallel lines parallel. I start with a pencil sketch and then go on to pen and ink.
I tape down all of my watercolors to get the white edge of the paper. Don’t think you need anything expensive. I use carpenter’s tape, but it’s only there for a couple of hours. I wouldn’t leave it there for more than a day.
This is the white edge I’m talking about. When the tape is taken off, you have a white border.
Click Here is a really short video of the painting site.
Madrid is great!
After our funny hail storm in June, these little yellow sun flowers bloomed on the terrace all at once.
I took out my easel and oil paints onto the terrace and started to paint the mini sun flowers early morning.
I mix my own colors with natural pigment bound with linseed oil. The colors are: cadmium lemon yellow, yellow chrome, transparent gold ochre, cadmium orange, magnesium blue, intense crimson, tierra sombra and cadmium red.
I usually start with my favorite part and build around it.
I just try to paint what I see.
I put the exact color and shape on the canvas as quickly and accurately as possible.
Here again the next morning in the hot sun.
Here I started putting in the skyline.
Since all the colors influence each other, I try to find all them as quickly as possible before the light changes.
The background colors are established, so now I start with more detail in the foreground.
I felt as if I had finished the painting at this point and then I couldn’t resist putting a scumble on it to push the back ground into the distance.
So little by little I started building up the foreground, leaving the back ground alone.
Summer June Flowers 2017.