Ronda, Spain
watercolor on clayboard
$600 CND
This is another painting done on clayboard. I started this one the same way that I started the Cordoba painting in my previous post. I first saved the whites (using masking fluid) then I wet the board poured liquid watercolor across the surface. After it dried, I saved my light values and did the process all over again. After a couple of pours, I lifted the masking fluid and painted in the darker values.
This is a process that I have not used on the clayboard before. What I discovered is that my pencil lines are lost very easily and it is hard to redraw them on the clay. I ended up having to draw with the paint trying to figure out some of the areas on the right hand side. That is really not much different than drawing with a pencil. It is just in color.
The clayboard has a wonderful pebbly texture that lends itself well to the texture of the buildings.
Painting into the clay is similar to painting a fresco.
The best part is that I seal it with an acrylic varnish and it isn’t framed under glass.
To purchase, please contact Madrona Gallery in Victoria.
Leslie Lambert

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  • Hi Leslie,
    I just love your two recent paintings of Spain. Ronda and Cordoba Spain. As always your quality of light is just beautiful. You feel like you're right there in the street.

  • AK says:

    Lovely serene atmosphere captured in lovely colors. Brilliant.

  • Thank you for your kind comments. I am glad you like them.

  • Ronda Today says:

    I agree, that is a lovely painting in Ronda, and for anyone who would like to know the precise location, the painting shows the entrance to Calle Tenorio, which is one of the oldest streets in Ronda and leads to the Casa Don Bosco, Plaza Maria Auxiliadora, and then the Mondragon Palace.

    You've captured the scene beautifully, and I'd love to see more Ronda paintings from you.


  • Thank you Andy for your comment and the valuable information. I only had one day in Ronda and fell in love with the place! I am determined to return. Until then, I have many photos that will keep me happily painting away.

  • Ronda Todayq says:

    Leslie if you ever need more photos of Ronda or the surrounding area, either for yourself, or any of your students, just ask me, I'd be happy to put a small collection together for you. You can email me to keep in touch. The next time you're in Ronda I'd love to meet you.

    Cheers, Andy