Tuesday, December 3, 2019

That time of year again...soon.

So, in keeping with the coming Season, I thought I'd post this piece. Small, simple, and direct to the point. The model I used for the Virgin was the daughter of some friends and I had painted her portrait when she was about 4. At the time of this sitting, earlier this year, she was 16.
Oil on linen, 46 x 30. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

New available pieces

I've updated my "Available Work" page and added a few pieces that I think might be of interest to some collectors out there. Have a look, who knows?--there might be something you fancy...
I've also changed the status on some that have already found new homes. To those out there that have supported my work and purchased these pieces: my sincere gratitude goes out to you as well as my hope that you will have many years of enjoyment and proud ownership!

Here's a shot of a corner of my little studio and how it looks as of today... 

Friday, June 14, 2019

New website!


Had one ages ago, or so it seems, and couldn't get around to building a new one after I had decided to discontinue that first one. Till today...!

Monday, April 8, 2019


... Spanish for "tavern", what else?...which is pretty much a public locale where a wide range of beverages and sometimes food are served. Madrid has its share of typical tabernas, many of them beautifully adorned with ceramic tiles and polished hardwood bar counters. In the touristy center, these establishments usually start teeming with activity at around midday, when those tending bar will serve the quick caña or vino or vermouth along with a tapa before the clients sit down for the lunch service. 

I've always wanted to depict an interior scene in one of these dives, ideally painting on location, but that would not have been logistically feasible, so I've had to resort to multiple photographic references along with years of quick sketches of people at bars, cafés, etc...The first two images below are quick compositional studies in color, playing around with  placing the elements and establishing light and shade and, of course, working out some basic color schemes. 
The last image is the completed painting, a small piece, on canvas mounted on panel, 23 x 17 cms, or about 9 x 7 inches.

...and here are some of the initial ideas in pencil and wash...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Looking towards the Plaza Puerta Cerrada

Still very grateful for some of the time I have right now to produce some personal stuff, this time another watercolor. I've been focusing on the old section of Madrid and yesterday I finished this small piece of a section of the Calle Segovia going up towards the Plaza Puerta Cerrada. The base of the granite cross that was installed there in the 19th C (apparently to conceal a water tank) can be seen in the top half of the painting, at the foot of the buildings. The plaza has this interesting name owing to the fact that the gates of the ancient Christian wall surrounding Madrid were usually kept closed and locked in this area to prevent thieves from victimizing travellers going in and out of the city.

Monday, January 28, 2019

More outdoor sketching

This time, one in watercolor and the other in oil. One in the city and the other in the hills.

I´ve been trying to exploit the old section of Madrid--aside from its rich history and old-world appeal, its numerous squares, labyrinthne streets, and typical architecture all lend themselves well as painting subject matter, whether one's goal is a finished work with a new appraoch or simply just an exercise in observation. This watercolor was more of the latter. The old Puente de Toledo over the Manzanares river in the recently refurbished Madrid Rio area...

Then there's the landscape of the north-northwestern section of the province of Madrid with its hills and valleys, dotted with bushes and juniper trees and holm oaks, all on a vast granite bedrock. This small oil (29 x 32 cms) on mounted canvas I was able to complete in about three hours and am quite pleased with.

...some progress shots of the work that day...

Friday, January 4, 2019

Sketching in Madrid

Had the opportunity to do a quick watercolor sketch today in the city. I found myself in the Retiro park area and decided on a view of a street (Alfonso XII) looking down towards the Puerta de Alcalá. It was a relativley quiet afternoon with not too many passersby. I did have a family with two little girls and a young architecture student from Serbia stop by and chat me up, which is always nice...

...and this is the little preliminary sketch in a smaller notebook...