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.
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.
The Agrupaciòn Española de Acuarelistas (Spanish Watercolor Society) in Madrid went to the beautiful village called Olmeda de las Fuentes to do some open air watercolor painting. There were more than 40 of us painting out doors in this small pueblo.
The morning was overcast. I walked to the top of the hill with two others, a couple, and looked for a nice shady place, ready for a hot day.
The morning was overcast, no shadows. I waited til the sun came out to paint the cast shadows on the ground.
When I got to this point in the painting, a man who lives in the village pulled up in his car… It was obvious that I was in his parking place; the only shady place left :).
He was so nice. Before I could say anything he said that I didn’t have to move.
He Parked his car in the sun and asked us if it would bother us. ‘If it would bother us?’ I mean how nice can you get.
Any way, this is how this painting called ‘Hazy June Morning in Olmeda de las Fuentes’ turned out. We all got together for lunch.
The food was delicious.
We showed each other our drawings.
Argentina found a beautiful little corner to paint in the village.
Jose Maria Ysmer always picks the perfect place to paint and his watercolors turn out so picturesque and painterly.
After lunch, we painted for another three hours and then returned to Madrid. It was a lot of fun, just like in April. We all went to Trillo to paint outdoors.
This watercolor belongs to the series of My Favorite Bottles.
Here are a few steps in the painting and a tip for watercolor painters at the end about sending watercolors through the post.
There is something that I’ve learned about sending watercolors through the post and would like to share with other painters.
Recently I’ve sent some large watercolors in the post, so I had to protect them with sturdy cartons to ensure they didn’t get damaged. I realised that I could mat them myself for a bit more and send them through the post protected with a professional finished presentation.
I have a blog which explains how to mat a watercolor; the finishing touch is to cover it with a plexiglass. I’ve also learned that before you mat, the watercolor should be flattened by spraying the back with water, rubbing it down and putting it between two pieces of matting board with weight on top (books). Let it dry over night.
I’d love to hear your comments and questions. If you have better advice, I’d like to hear that too; one never stops learning.
This painting is from a series called My Favorite Bottles.
I started this series in 2015. I painted the bottles in a different place in the house everyday.
The purpose of this blog is to remember the steps in making the painting.
Spanish Poppies are one of my favorite wild flowers. They are of a deep saturated cadmium red in the shade and bright orange in the transparency of the light. The wind blows the fragile petals back and forth, contrasting bright orange with ruby-red, flickering so vividly beautiful under the sun.
My favorite Bottles
This is part of a series of twelve watercolors that I’m making in different parts of the house. Today they are on top of the closet. In the winter, the light changes quickly, so it took three days to finish it.
Bottles in the Rain
I am working on a series called ‘My Favorite Bottles’. Every time I paint them, I put them in a different place in the house so I can study the light, colors and reflections. It was raining and I thought that this was the perfect opportunity to paint reflections of the bottles on a wet floor.