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Torre del Oro Painting

The Torre del Oro in Seville, Spain, is a remnant of the Moorish history that is intertwined into southern Spain. Built in the year 1220 with lime and straw mortar, along the the Guadalquivir River, it served to protect Seville from attacks. After Fernando III of Castile conquered the city in 1248, the tower was abandoned for a long time. In 1755, the Lisbon earthquake caused serious damage to the structure and plans were made to take it down a few years later, but it was saved due to inhabitants of the city protesting against its removal. Again it faced demolition during the Spanish Revolution of 1868, but was saved another time by city inhabitants. Today it serves as a nautical museum.

Aside from it’s 800 year history, it’s a beautifully impressive landmark that glimmers along the river, and is an excellent meeting place to enjoy a bocadillo sitting along the steps that lead down to the Guadalquivir!

Prints of this oil paintings are available for purchase here.

Torre del Oro Oil Painting
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Beauty in Formentera Watercolor Painting

I surprised my wife on New Year’s Eve with this watercolor painting, which is of her sitting in the water almost 12 years ago in Formentera. Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands, which are a part of Spain.

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Beauty in Formentera
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Oranges on a Sunny Street in Sevilla, Spain – Watercolor Painting

Sevilla Oranges Watercolor

As I’ve written about before, the oranges on the streets in Sevilla, Spain, are one of the magical things I love about the city. Ever since the first time I went there almost 11 years ago, in February 2004, I always think of the scent of oranges by the time February rolls around here in the United States. Every time I eat an orange, the smell reminds me of Sevilla. It’s just a beautiful thing to have fruit trees planted all over a city!

This watercolor painting is of a sunny street full of oranges in Sevilla:

Sevilla Oranges Watercolor
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Spanish Flamenco Dress Art – Charcoal Drawing

Spanish Flamenco Dress Art

When my wife and I were on vacation in Sevilla, Spain, a few weeks ago, we saw several boutique shops full of colorful flamenco dresses. I imagine they all do a great business during the time leading up to La Feria de Abril (April Fair)! La Feria de Abril is a huge annual event held in Sevilla, known for its music, dancing, food, men dressed in suits and women dressed in flamenco dresses.

Here is a charcoal and red ink drawing of a Spanish Flamenco dress that I recently created. Art Prints are available here.

Click here to view more Spanish influenced art!

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Spanish Flamenco Dress – Charcoal Drawing

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Mediterranean Sea Spanish Painting – Nerja, Spain

If you ever travel to southern Spain and want to go to the renowned Costa del Sol beaches, may I suggest an alternative to the bustling areas around Málaga?

Nerja:

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Nerja Mediterranean View – 12″ x 9″ Oil Painting on Canvas – SOLD

Nerja is nestled into the east end of the Costa del Sol.

Beautiful cliffs, turquoise sea, Spanish cuisine, beaches, what more could you want?

When my wife and I were there, we stayed in a very small village next to Nerja named Maro, and took day trips to the beaches of Nerja.

 

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Mediterranean Painting Previews

This week I’ve been working on a couple paintings of photos I took in Spain and Portugal.

Here are a couple sneak peak previews.

The first is a sea view from beautiful Nerja, Spain:

Nerja Preview

The second is a tree growing up against a whitewashed wall in the Algarve province of Portugal:

Tree Preview

What’s your favorite place in the Mediterranean?

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Sunny Red Balcony – Spanish Painting

I’d been thinking I wanted to paint something with a pop of red color in it.

So I went through some photos I have, and came across one that I took in Ibiza, Spain. The shutter and door colors in the original photo are green, so I decided to switch them to red in the painting.

Voila!

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Beautifully Red & Sunny Balcony

Red Window Balcony Side

Red Window Balcony Side 2

 

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Ibiza, Spain – Mediterranean Seascape Painting

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Ibiza Mediterranean Seascape – SOLD

Deeply colored turquoise waters, arid cliffs, famous nightlife, a lush and hilly countryside, beautiful beaches, and orange and olive groves.

The Mediterranean island of Ibiza is a gathering place where one can enjoy any or all of these possibilities.

 

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Oil Painting of Tenerife, Canary Islands

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Tenerife Sea View Landscape Painting – SOLD

This oil painting is of a beautiful view along the coast in Puerto de La Cruz, on the north shore of Tenerife.

Tenerife is the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands, which pertain to Spain and are located in the Atlantic Ocean across from southern Morocco.

Feel as if you are right there, walking high along the coast amidst the flowers and late afternoon sun!