As the sun started going down yesterday, the colors got really vibrant. I also got these new blue curtains. I wanted to see what they’d look like in a watercolor.
I’ve done two watercolors of this fountain from opposite stand points. This is the first one. It was a really hot day. When I say hot, I mean hot.
I was standing in a sliver of shade next to the bus shelter. painting Neptune Fountain. I had the perfect spot but it was really hot. I stopped painting after two and a half hours and went back to finish the next day.
I was painting there again the next day for almost three more hours.
I went back to the Paseo del Prado last week and painted the same fountain from the other side of the fountain, but from a street view.
He also sent me this picture of me painting.
Again I had a perfect place in the Ritz parking lot. The space was so small, only a mini, mini car would fit.
This is the second watercolor of Neptune Fountain. It was a lot of fun painting there. I’m glad someone showed me and took me to this spot to paint. It’s not easy finding a good place to paint in the middle of a fast-moving busy city.
Vibrant color and immediacy is what I like the most about the watercolor medium. consistent practice is important whether inspired or not.
I use a grid here to keep my parallel lines parallel. I paint little pieces at a time so I can transfer the color and shape exactly as I see it.
I want the painting to have balance, so work on different areas going to opposite places on the paper and touching the corners as well.
I was happy with how it turned out, so I did two more water colors the same day.
Even though I wanted to use the same exact technique, I didn’t. I painted larger areas and didn’t work around the paper. The left side is too heavy for starting off.
Since it was too heavy on the left side, I automatically tried to balance it out by making the right side heavy too. I finished quickly to start again.
I focused on the flower and built around it, trying not to fill in large areas to start with.
I wanted to give the same importance to every object but I got hung up on the white rose and gave it too much attention neglecting the glass work.
No matter how many times I paint this motif, there is always something new and different in each flower and reflection.
I had been thinking about painting in the City Center for a while now, but …all that traffic. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena is the Catholic Cathedral of Madrid, simply called, La Almudena. It is dedicated to the Virgin Almudena, the patron Saint of Madrid, Spain. I went to an outdoor terrace to paint it.
I had been planning to paint the Almudena Cathedral for a while. I had a perfect view of it from where I was sitting.
When you are painting outdoors, you never know what might interfere with painting. Well, it was a really hot day in September so the waiters put out the terrace tarp for all of us who were sitting outside in the sun and the tarp blocked half of my view. I had to stop right there.
That’s alright though, I got something like a ghost image. Since then I found a shady spot to paint the Almudena again from a street view. So I’ll go back one day and paint it again.
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. 🙂