Monuments, Fountains, Rose Gardens and Flowers

The Retiro Park

This is a small open air watercolor   of the Monument to Alofonso XII.  It is from a series of  plein air fountains and monuments at the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain 

A Monument with a water pond little blue boats under a blue sky in the autumn. The leaves are turning yellow and orange

Monument to Alfonso XII, October Madrid, Spain 2019 Watercolor on Arches 460 gsm – 19×28 cm 7.5 x 11.25 in €35

Fuente Isabel II, popularly called, Galapagos Fountain was designed by Francisco Javier de Marietegui and sculpted by Jose Tomas. The stone and granite fountain was inaugurated in 1832 to celebrate the birth of the princess, later Queen Isabel II. This beautiful fountain is located in Plaza Nicaragua in the Retiro Park of Madrid, Spain.

small watercolor of Fuente de los Galapagos. Can see a stone fountain in the winter with bare trees in the background. There is a light post in the foreground.

Fuente de los Galapagos Madrid Spain 2015 Watercolor on Arches 300 gsm – 14 x19 cm 7.5 x5.5 ” Matted in 8×10 ”  ivory colored museum board – €70

This small plein air watercolor of The Monument to the Fallen Angel is one of the paintings within a series of fountains located in the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain. The statue, El Angel Caido was made by Ricardo Bellver in 1877.  In 1885 it was placed in the Glorieta del Angel Caido in the Retiro Park. Everyone says that it is the only monument in the world which is dedicated to Lucifer.  Curiously enough, the official topographic altitude of this monument is 666 meters above sea level from Alicante, Spain.

Watercolor of the Fallen Angel Fountain in the Retiro Park in Madrid Spain. The sky is blue with a few clouds and the leaves are turning a golden orcher color

Fuente El Angel Caido in November Madrid, Spain 2019 Watercolor on Arches 300 gsm – 19×28 cm 7.5 x 11.25 in €35

Here is a closer view of the statue

Watercolor of Fuente del Angel Caido. A monument to the Fallen Angel in the Retiro Park, Madrid in the fall.

Fuente El Angel Caido Madrid, Spain 2014 Watercolor on Arches 300 gsm – 14 x19 cm  5.5×7.5 ” Matted 8×10″  ivory colored museum board –  €70

This is the Fuente en la Plaza del Màrmol.

I was at the retiro on a rainy day.  I thought it would stop raining; it did, but it was drizzling the whole time I was there and to boot, the gardeners were changing the flower garden that surrounds the pond.  It was a new experience.

A pen and ink with watercolor wash of a double dish fountain in a loose style.

Fuente en la Plaza del Mármol October Madrid, Spain 2019 Watercolor on Arches 300 gsm – 19×28 cm 7.5 x 11.25 in €35

El Jardín de Rosas – The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden in the Retiro Park is a beautiful place to be in the early morning.  I paint there whenever I can.

Watercolor of Retiro Park Rose Garden. A stone fountain of Faunito.

Fuente del Faunito El Buen Retiro 2005 Watercolor on Arches 300 GSM – Painted Area 16.5 cm x 24 cm Matted”   11×14 ”  museum board –  €65 Euros

Here is the same fountain on a different day.

Watercolor of Spring in Retiro Rose Garden. There is a blue sky with white clouds and a stone mythological fountain.

Fuente del Faunito El Buen Retiro Rose Garden 2010 Painted area 17cmx26 cm Matted in 11×14″ museum board –  €65

As you can see, I like painting this fountain.  Every spring it looks different.

Watercolor of the Fuente del Faunito in the Retiro Park Rose Garden.

Fuente del Faunito Rose Garden 2015 Watercolor on Arches 300 GMS – Matted in 16×20 ” Museum board (40.6×50.8 cm)  –  €110

Neptune Fountain

Neptune Fountain is a round-about on the Paseo de la Castellana.  This is a view from  the central bus stop behind the bus shelter wall  in the shade.  It is really hot in Madrid in the summer.  You always have to find the shade.

Watercolor of Neptune Fountain in Madid close to the Prado Museum. A fountain with water shooting up in the air between trees a a faint view of buildings in the distance. Nepturn Fountain is a stone fountain with Neputne standing in the middle riding on top of Horses drawing him as he rides the waves.

Neptune Fountain Madrid, Spain August 2016 28×38 cm 11×15″ Watercolor on Arches 300 gms Matted in 16×20 inch ivory colored museum board – €110

The Temple of Debod

The Temple of Debod is an ancient building constructed in the early 2nd century BC dedicated to the goddess Isis. This is one of the few works of ancient Egyptian architecture that can be seen outside Egypt and one of its kind in Spain. It is located in the Parque del Oeste in Madrid, Spain. It was donated to Spain in 1968 by Egypt as a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel. Temples which were going to be lost forever due to the construction of the Great Dam of built across the Nile River.

Watercolor of the Debod Temple in the autumn with trees with orange leaves in the background. ancient Egyptian architecture

Templo de Debod Madrid Spain 2014 Watercolor on Arches 300 gsm – 14 x19 cm 7.5 x5. 5 ” Matted in 8×10 ”  ivory colored museum board – €70


Fuente de Narciso

This was quite a chilly day in December, but the wind wasn’t blowing and it was sunny and clear with little white clouds in a celeste blue sky.

Watercolor of Aranjuez El Parque del Principe Late summer, Most of the trees are bare. A beautiful stone statue in the middle.

Parque del Principe Aranjuez 1998 Watercolor on Arches 25.4×20.3 cm 10×8 ”  Matted €65

Fuente de Narciso

A watercolor of the Fuente de Narciso in Aranjuez Spain. It's a beautiful single dish fountain with a large pond holding a three statues of Altas holding up the superior dish with thier strong backs and palms. Narciso is on the top of the fountain and there is water shooting out everywhere and really high up. There are geese like large birds flanked around the statues in the pond, There are also Aligator like heads shooting out water into the pond.

Fuente de Narciso en el Parque del Principe de Aranjuez, Spain 1998 44×34 cm 17 x13″ (Framed) €110

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  1. Pingback: Plein Air Watercolor: Fuente del Faunito Rose Garden 2015 | Victoria Olson Art - Watercolor, Egg Tempera & Oil

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