Dante’s Inferno Canto IV (103-106) Limbo

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The Divine Comedy Canto IV (103-106) The Castle in Limbo 2016

As Dante and Virgil are walking through the woods in the First Circle, they come upon a luminous castle emanating a hemisphere of light against the dark sky.

Dante’s Inferno Canto III (106-108) Unmade Souls 2015

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The Divine Comedy Canto 3 (106-108) Unmade Souls (Painting in Process)

Virgil and Dante start on their journey through the ante-inferno where those who looked the other way and the cowardly mingle with the neutral angels on the Acheron riverside desiring to cross over. Charon sees Dante and Virgil and tells them to find another way across the Acheron River.

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.