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I think I’ve exhausted the Alhambra for now but couldn’t wrap up without indulging in some window views.
All painters like a good composition and a window framing a beautiful view is always a winner.
The Alhambra will give you a swore neck from craning to catch all the views from all the window frames!
I’d love to paint more of these and do a little series of them.
But for now I’ll leave you with this one which really captures it all in one shot.
This pavilion is the oldest building in the Alhambra.
During the period of my life when I was busy bringing up toddlers but still had a heart to paint (which wasn’t happening) I saw an artist tackle a similar scene and it was so inspiring it stayed with me.
Her name is Jean Martin and I think this is the painting I saw propped up on a gallery floor waiting to be framed.
I had to work hard to take inspiration without copying or loosing my own authenticity – I chose to turn up the colours as The Fauves would have.
Back in time again to our visit to Granada last Summer and I wanted to show you the wonderful Alhambra.
Set high up on a hill overlooking all of Granada is this exquisite place.
It’s made up of several buildings which have become the Alhambra but its first building dates back to C9th.
Improvements were made and destructions too by various rulers along the way and then in C18th it was abandoned with restoration beginning in C19th.
Despite all that chequered history, it’s amazing that so much of its beauty remains.
And it is simply really beautiful with craftsmanship of the highest degree and wonderful gardens and it’s kept a mood of the past about it too.
Most of my painting from Spain has centred on this building partly because visiting it been on my wish-list so I was determined to make the most of it and partly because it appeals to the designer in me (all those patterns) and the painter in me (all that scenery and foliage).
I’ve saved all the tiles for a special blog-post of their own!
This collage sums up the mood of this place for me – old textured building materials, light and shade, the smell of oranges and perfumed flowers and the welcome cool of a trickling water fountain.
Thanks for all the comments and likes on the last piece – I made a Flip-a-gram over on Instagram if you fancy a look head over (link at the side).
I have a thing for rooftops – love the patchwork look to them.
I also really love the process of painting overlapping geometric shapes and breaking them up with the swipe of a paintbrush to depict a tree.
It was hard to find colour in this scene and after I’d painted it quite brightly I decided to give this a chalky white wash.
I can see a pattern repeat crying out to be made from some of these little sections.
Thanks for visiting today x
Just before we went away to Dorset we had been in a garden centre shopping for boring hard-landscaping things we needed, but we also left with some Spring plants that were calling me to take them home.
I didn’t really have clear idea of what I wanted to do with them but some plants just can’t be left behind.
I am a sucker for candelabra anything but particularly these with lollipop flower heads.
And I adore painting Bellis daisies – they are just so cheering.
When we came home from our break, the good weather here had brought everything on in the garden and there were daffodils and forget-me-nots to cut and bring in.
So what with listening to the Archers taking the cows out onto grass for the first time this year (I’m an old biddy now, aren’t I?!) and with the wonderful rolling hills of Dorset fresh in my mind, I pieced together this landscape with a hedgerow of Springs finest.
Bit of a new direction for me and I’ve really enjoyed it.