CERCA PLAZA DE VILLE 20X16 1999

Generic to Madrid and specific to this painting is the promenade. Spanish families like to walk in large family groups. Small parades of three to four generations promenade around the squares, plazas, and market places. This takes place early evening until late morning. I would see grandmothers out at 2 in the morning. I couldn't figure out when they slept. They appeared tireless. I was on the ground, lap open, covered in paint, when a little boy, beautifully dressed in linen and lace sat in my lap. He looked like someone from a Velazquez painting. Surrounded by his family, they were unconcerned he would ruin his clothes or that he was sitting in a strangers lap. They approved of my painting and took many photos. If I had to guess, that little angel is an artist today.