A watercolor of Spanish red poppies and little purple and yellow flowers in a glass pickle jar.

Plaza Conde de Barajas, La Plaza de los Pintores in August 2018

Although this Sunday, the 9th, the Art in the Street show is cancelled due to the heat wave, We’ll back back on Sunday the 19th of August.

Aunque este domingo, día 9, el espectáculo Art in the Street se canceló debido a la ola de calor, regresaremos el domingo 19 de agosto.

A large watercolor of a popular street in Madrid in Plaza del Conde de Barajas.

Plaza Del Conde de Barajas July 1st 2018

The Plaza de los Pintores is located in the heart of Madrid, right around the corner from el Mercado San Miguel.  It’s a quiet Plaza even though it’s surrounded by busy streets.

A watercolor of a small stree in Madrid

Plaza Conde de Barajas July 2018

Here at the Plaza, I painted a few street scenes like this one that leads towards las cuevas de Luis Candelas.

watercolor of a small street in Madrid.

Calle de la Pasa Madrid 2018

This is calle de la Pasa which leads to the quiet little plaza.

The Paseo del Prado with Neptune fountain in the center.

Paseo del Prado Madrid, Spain August 2016

This is the well-known Paseo del Prado with Neptune fountain in the middle of the round-about. The Retiro Park is nearby.

A line and watercolor wash over pen and ink of the Crystal Palace.

Palacio de Cristal 2018

This is the Cristal Palace in the Retiro Park.  

A small watercolor of the Royal Palace with evergreens on each side flanking a pool with three square fountains in the middle. A big blue sky and bright green grass.

The Royal Palace seen from the Sabatini Gardens 2018

The Sabatini Gardens are exquisite to contemplate.  

A watercolor pen and ink of the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid Spain. Big tree in front of gates with cathedral in the back.

La Almudena June 24th 2018

The Almudena Cathedral  is right next to the Royal Palace. 

There’s a heat wave in Madrid, so…tomorrow’s show is cancelled. Hope to see you next Sunday from 10-2 the 19th of August if the weather allows.

A small line and wash watercolor of wild flowers in a yellow glass bottle.

Three Small Line & Wash Watercolors

In the spring, there are plenty of flowers to paint.  This is a line & wash.  First you draw with ink and then just lay a wash over the line leaving any white for light.  

A small postcard size line and wash watercolor with a few wildflowers. An orange poppy in the foreground with a crimson flower on the right top corner and small violet flowers on the bottom right. Blue background

Wildflowers in Yellow Bottle with blue curtain 2016

A small line and wash watercolor of wild flowers in a yellow glass bottle.

Wildflowers in Yellow Bottle 2016

A small line and wash watercolor of wild flowers from a top view. It's a bit abstract. You can see a pink petal flower and part of a California poppy as well as the color blue and purple of other flowers.

Wildflowers in Yellow Bottle Top View 2016

These are very quick watercolors that I don’t have any more.  I send them as postcards.

A small watercolor of California Wildflowers Yellow orange, blue, violet and pink small flowers

California Wild Flowers

California Wild Flowers 2014

A small watercolor of California Wildflowers Yellow orange, blue, violet and pink small flowers

California Wild Flowers 2014 Watercolor on Arches 300 gsm 16.5×12 cm “6.4×4.7”

The last time I was in California, I got a sack of wild flower seeds and planted them on my terrace.  It took a couple of months and these dainty little yellow, blue, pink, violet and white flowers all started blooming at once. I like to paint them.  

Summer June Flowers 2017

After our funny hail storm in June, these little yellow sun flowers bloomed on the terrace all at once.

Painting outdoors

I took out my easel and oil paints onto the terrace and started to paint the mini sun flowers early morning.

My Colors

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.

Sunny June Flowers in Process

I usually start with my favorite part and build around it.

I just try to paint what I see.

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I put the exact color and shape on the canvas as quickly and accurately as possible.

The Following Morning

Here again the next morning in the hot sun.

Sunny June Flowers 2017

Here I started putting in the skyline.

Sunny June Flowers 2017

Since all the colors influence each other, I try to find all them as quickly as possible before the light changes.

Sunny June Flowers 2017

The background colors are established, so now I start with more detail in the foreground.

Sunny June Flowers 2017

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.

 

 

Egg Tempera Scumble over Oils

So little by little I started building up the foreground, leaving the back ground alone.

 

Sunny June Flowers 2017

Summer June Flowers 2017.