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Interpretation No.20: The Albayzín from the Generalife, Granada

After 3 years of on and off painting, I have arrived at no. 20 of my Interpretation series, the gouache landscapes which concentrate on how human built and nature made landscapes interact, signified by simplified flat colour planes. Upon arrival in Granada, I knew I would have to paint a landscape. As cliché as it may be, how could I help but be inspired by the green and auburn rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada over which the historical, magnificent city of Granada presides? From a first glimpse up at the Alhambra, sitting proudly on the uppermost hills of the city, it was pretty much decided in my head that there lay the protagonist of my Granada painting. That was until I got into the Alhambra itself.

From the gardens of the Generalife l was not only able to enjoy the most mystifying maze-like rose gardens straight out of Lewis Carroll, and fountains redolent of a thousand and one nights. I was also greeted by a view so beautiful that it stopped me in my step. The vista across the valley of the Darro river in Granada, looking over to the ancient Muslim quarter of the city, the Albayzín, arrested my senses. With its sprawl of mostly white little houses nestled in amongst church towers and cypress trees, all gracing a peaceful mountainous landscape, I knew that this was the one. Interpretation 20 was born. I hope you like it.

Granada Interpretation

Interpretation No.20: The Albayzín from the Generalife, Granada (2016 ©Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, gouache on paper)

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  1. What a beautiful sketch! I’ve lived in Spain off and on for many years (now living in California) and visited Granada many times. You’ve really captured the feel of the place. Well done! Check out our wine country blog at and follow us if you like what you see.

    September 1, 2016
    • So kind of you to say so thank you! It’s not an easy place to capture so I am doubly grateful for your comments. I adore wine, so will check out your blog for sure!

      September 6, 2016
  2. I do like your gouaches so much! This one is just wonderful. The way the colors evolve along the landscape, the composition of the shapes… everything!

    September 2, 2016
    • Ah, you’re comments are so encouraging, so very inspiring… I am so happy that you continue to like my gouaches! I always think of you when I paint them! Thank you so much and best wishes!

      September 6, 2016

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