50 Watercolors of Spain. Painting no. 7. Plaza Mayor Archway.


Plaza Mayor Archway. Version 1.

This is a large plaza in Madrid.

The name is Plaza Mayor and it means the Main Square.

Above is the first painting that I did.

I didn’t think this would turn into a good painting but I was pleased with the result.

Below is my second version. This was a quick watercolor sketch.

Plaza Mayor Archway. Version 2.

It was mostly an experiment in doing much lighter washes than I normally do and not making such a dark mix for shadows. 

I also used purer colors for the dark shadows and mixed them on the paper rather than on the palette in order to get more colorful, vibrant and translucent shadows. 

I have to practice doing this more. 

I got the inspiration for this by seeing another artist’s work.

Below is my final painting.

Plaza Mayor Archway. Version 3.

I’m really happy with it because I think it is much better than the first one.

Normally this is not the case.

I added some titanium white on the arch area. 

Normally I love adding titanium white, but I think this time it doesn’t look so nice. 

I think next time it would be better to keep the area super white by using masking fluid or to try and wipe out the paint with pure water.

Note:

This square is a very nice place.

But don’t accept anything.

One woman offered to give me a massage.

I politely refused.

But as I was walking away I was suddenly surprised by a pair of hands on the back of my shoulders, squeezing them rather vigorously.

It was the massage woman trying to convince me to buy a massage.

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I am an Englishman living and painting in Japan. I have now been here for over 17 years and have been painting for all that time. I love to travel around the Japanese countryside and find beautiful places to paint.

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