The Fallen Angel Fountain is located in the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain. Ricardo Bellver first created the sculpture in plaster in 1877. The figure is mannerist in style and is inspired by verses of Paradise Lost by John Milton. If you have ever read Paradise Lost by John Milton, you can tell that this sculpture depicts the beginning of the epic which starts in the midst of things as epics typically do.
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When you come to Madrid, make sure you get the row boat experience in the Estanque at the Retiro Park in Madrid.
I really like this fountain a lot. It is incredibly beautiful with the Nymphs holding up the dish with dolphin-like sea creatures at their feet. This fountain has always had water shooting out of the spouts as far as I remember. I was looking forward to painting the doves that bathe on the rim of the dish. When I got there, the water had been turned off for so long that a family of feral cats was hanging around in the pond and there was a recent litter of kittens. I’m almost afraid to see what it looks like now.
I really like to paint from real life. It’s very similar to meditating. Concentrating and thinking about shapes and colors is a pleasure. I’m going to do it while I can.
This is a miniature painting of a view I saw when I was walking on the Paseo del Prado with my pal.
I like painting small paintings as well as very large paintings. I put my hand next to the painting as a size reference.
The Crystal Palace in the Retiro Park is so colorful and beautiful in November that it attracts so many visitors.
The experience of painting this amazing sight was absolutely fulfilling, Here’s a little clip of the day painting the Crystal Palace in Madrid, Spain.
I like to put my hand near the painting to have a reference size of the watercolor. Also, the natural wood is what looks best when framing one of my watercolors.
It is a lot of fun to paint out doors even though it’s chilly, brrrr.
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It was a really cold day when I was out there painting, but the only time to catch these colors in nature is in the months of November and December. Lots of big beautiful birds and ducks came to visit me. I’m going back again on Sunday. I hope it’s not so cold.
Some people have asked me about framing. I think the color of the natural wood is a nice color combination.