Figure Painting

Dante’s Inferno Canto IV in process – Mixed Technique:  Tempera Under-painting and Resin-Oil Finish.

ILLustration in Process of Canto IV, Limbo

Almost finished…(Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s  The Divine Comedy)

Canto IV Session 17

Canto IV Session 20

The mixed technique is oil paint and egg tempera. The resin-oil drying time is more than a few days.

When drying a painting with this kind of mixture make sure the painting is isolated for a few days since all varnishes are volatile and harmful.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri is as Divine as Epic Poetry gets.  There’s nothing pretty about the poem to paint and art has never been about painting a pretty pictures.

I’ve posted three sessions, the other sessions in between were mistakes taken off of the canvas.  ;).

 

 

 

 

unfinished

Session 19

 

Canto IV Limbo

Canto IV Limbo Session 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Exhibiton in Madrid: Small Format

La Agrupación Española de Acuarelistas de Madrid celebra una exposición colectiva de acuarelas de pequeño formato.

Se inaugura el día 12 de diciembre de 2016 y permanecerá abierta hasta el 22 de diciembre de 2016.

Horario de Inauguración:  17:00 a 20:00 horas.

C / Benito Castro 12 Madrid, España.  

Telf. 91 409 65 11

Personalmente estaré allí el día 12; esperamos que asistas a esta invitación.

Victoria

Poppies, Daisies and Red Roses 2016

Poppies, Daisies and Red Roses 2016

The Spanish Watercolor Society in Madrid is going to have a group watercolor show of small format paintings  December 12th – 22nd.

Opening Day:  December 12th, 2016  5:00 to 8:00 pm  

C/ Benito Castro 12 Madrid, Spain

I’ll be there on the 12th; hope to see you there if you’re in Madrid.

Phone number:  91 409 65 11 

Victoria

Cantalojas open air painting

Open air Painting in Cantalojas was an awesome experience; just being there under the starlit sky at night.

Camino al Pradera August 2016

Camino al Pradera August 2016

One day I was sitting here on this stone wall painting the Prado when suddenly it started to rain hard and we had to run to shelter.  This painting is unfinished.

La Fuente del Pinarejo

La Fuente del Pinarejo August 2016

We went down to town to paint the fountain.  It was a rainy day so no one was around, but a small van parked in front of my view and luckily left after about half an hour so I could continue.

Barranco de la Canal

Baranco de la Canal 1,420

This place is up in the mountain in the forest.  I just didn’t know which tree to start with. There were flying insects everywhere but I didn’t see any spiders in this area this time.  Last time they were crawling all over the place.

Barranco de la Canal August 2016

Barranco de la Canal August 2016

So this is the watercolor I was able to make, so many trees.

Paco's Yard 2016

Paco’s Yard 2016

The next day we just hung around in Paco and Rosa’s yard

Rosa

Rosa

The picture below is a watercolor of the view from their yard.

Cerro del Campo August 2016

Cerro del Campo August 2016

I just got back to the City and I already want to return to Cantalojas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Melon with Red Bottle Summer 2016

Melon with Red Bottle Summer 2016

Melon with Red Bottle and California Wild Flowers Summer 2016

When I saw this melon come into the room, I just knew I had to paint it.

Red Bottle with Melon Summer 2016

Yellow Melon with Red Bottle and California Wild Flowers Summer 2016

The most interesting thing about this yellow melon was the way it reflected color.  I was interested in capturing the reflection.

California Wild Flowers in Red Bottle with Melon Summer 2016

California Wild Flowers in Red Bottle with Summer Melon 2016

Here it is finished.

White Rose with Crystal Vase Spring 2016

White Rose with Crystal Vase Spring 2016

White Rose with Crystal Vase Spring 2016

 

White Rose

White Rose

I decided to develop the rose thinking it was going to wilt too fast.

White Rose with Crystal Vase

White Rose with Crystal Vase

Then I started drawing the crystal vase with a paintbrush, the same way I drew the rose.

Crystal Vase and Rose

Crystal Vase with White Rose

Then I started developing the crystal vase trying to give it the same attention as I did to the rose.

Whte Rose with Crystal Vase and Books Spring 2016

White Rose with Crystal Vase and Books Spring 2016

The books and the crystal vase are competing too much.  Thinking back, I should have stopped in the previous step or developed the books more.