Sorolla Photos Below!
I just came back from Spain yesterday and I'm excited to share some photos that I took from the trip and talk about my experience. But first, I need to thank Cristina and Alex for having my girlfriend and I stay with you; I will never forget your hospitality and kindness.
I was in Spain for 7 days and I packed as much into them as I could. I visited several places, including the city of Toledo and Valle De Los Caidos (the Valley of the Fallen), but we spent a majority of time in Madrid, which is where the Prado, Thyssen and Sorolla Museums are.
I wasn't allowed to take photos inside the Prado, but I can tell you that it was an amazing place filled with beautiful art. For me, the main draw of the Prado is the large collection of Velazquez paintings, including his large masterpiece Las Meninas. I'm a big fan of Velazquez because he's basically the godfather of all the other painters I love, including Sargent and Sorolla.
I took a ton of photos from my trip, but I want to share some photos from the Sorolla Museum for everyone to enjoy because it's the most wonderful place I've ever been in my whole life.
I've been doing a lot of watercolor sketches lately in a small watercolor Moleskine that I picked up from Dick Blick. I'm really falling in love with watercolors. I love the way you can capture reflections with watercolor in a different way than oil painting. Oil painting allows a lot more manipulation of the paint; watercolor painting is more fragile and doesn't allow as much messing around. I think watercolors have a more poetic and transient feel to them, which I also am constantly trying to understand.
I'm very proud to begin work on a new commission. This commission is for a patron who chose my painting from the Ridgewood Art Institute's annual sponsor show. I get to paint a very cute dog named Elvis. I love pet portraits and I can't wait to get more work done on this commission!
I love the whole process of creating a work of art, but I also love the other processes involved with painting. I love framing and hanging the piece because it really gives me a sense of accomplishment when I sketch my ideas out and then they become a reality. I've made my own frames in the past, which is also something I enjoy doing. This painting wasn't made as a commission, but it was a painting that I'd been wanting to do for a long time. I painted it over the course of two mornings and let it dry before I varnished it with Gamvar and framed it.
Today, I sketched out where I wanted to hang it and measured out the space. I love working with my hands and using tools so it's all part of the fun. I guess there's an aspect of interior design also. Now, the painting is hanging across the room, on the same side from where the original clock hangs. I love the way it looks and I'm going to enjoy looking at it for a long time.