Watercolor Sketch in The Alcázar Seville Spain

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It’s been a busy week,  I’m in the process of finishing Gate of Reverence, and am brainstorming and designing a painting for a special project which I will talk about when it’s a bit further along.  Plus doing a lot of general life stuff, doctors appointments, grocery shopping, you know the stuff that still needs doing while we try to squeeze in painting time!

Today I’m posting another watercolor sketch from my travels.  I love Spain, even though,  sadly I speak no Spanish.  I have probably seen more there than in any other country in Europe.  I have been to southern Spain a few times and this sketch was done on one of those occasions in the Alcázar in Seville.

After sketching in many places oddly there are those select few where you find out after the fact,  it is forbidden to sketch there!  This is one. My husband and I settled down to do our sketches.  We split up, he a few yards away from where I was. We were probably about 45 minutes into the process, just about finishing up and we were approached by a guard asking us to stop.  Mind you if we were painting oils, I could see there might be some issue painting in the garden.  There were no signs posted, nothing in the literature we received when we paid our entrance fees.  You were allowed to take as many photographs as you like. The guard gave us no explanation. Needless to say we were a bit stumped. However, we came away feeling like we had gotten away with something, a nice memory painting in the Alcázar and some pretty decent sketches.

 

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Watercolor Sketch of the Alcázar in Córdoba Spain

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I love that my husband is also an artist.  When we travel I can sketch and not feel guilty because he is usually right there beside me! Sometimes though we don’t always want to paint the same view, but he is usually in the vicinity. This sketch has a fond memory for me, because I remember us sitting on a low wall, side by side, sketching the Alcázar of Córdoba, in Spain.

This site  and fortress dates back to medieval times.  It was used by Ferdinand and Isabella as one of  the main tribunals during the Spanish Inquisition. In 1492 these monarchs met Christopher Columbus here before he took his first voyage to the Americas.  And in the early 19th century, it was a garrison for Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops.  Since the 1950’s, it has been a national monument and tourist attraction.  It is well worth the visit if you happen to be in Cordoba to see the Grand Mosque!

 

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