Watercolor Sketches of Spain – Painting number 4. Barren places.

50 Watercolor Sketches of Spain. Painting Number 4. Barren Places.

The Spanish countryside is often very barren.

There is a semi-desert feeling.

However, I love the variety of textures you get.

In this painting I’m trying to capture that variety of textures.

At first when I looked at the photograph of this place I couldn’t recall where it was.

But then it suddenly clicked.

This was a very memorable day.

I and the family went to a Spanish castle.

We actually drove up the hill in the painting along a very narrow road.

At one point, a car came in the opposite direction.

I moved the car over to the side of the road to let the other car pass.

I saw a bush by the side of the road.

But I thought: It’s only a bush.

And then I heard a dreadful screeching noise against the side of the car.

That bush had huge thorns on it.

The car was rented.

I did a super clean up job on that car but you could still see the scratches.

When I returned it to the car hire place I even parked the scratched side in the shade in order to hide the scratches.

And when the car was checked it passed the inspection test.

I could have just walked away.


But I am an idiot.

I told the guy about the scratches.

After looking the guy said it was just superficial damage and not to worry about it.

The relief I felt cannot be described.

So when driving in Spain be careful of the bushes.


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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