This summer in Madrid, on one of those hot afternoons where the temperature is around 40 degrees, I visited for the first time in my life the Botanical Garden. The garden is arrounded by traffic and is located in the center of town. Inside it is an oasis of calm and freshness.
I made a serie of photographs of plants, which surprised me by their structure. From here on, I could start working, I made small studies, as inspiration to paint surfaces such as the skin of a cat, or the wings of a bird.
Each time when I am in Madrid, I want to go back. Each season will be very different. The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is also surprisingly nice.
Photos: Angeles Nieto