During my recent painting trip through the centre of Spain (October 2013), I went to the town of Alcazar de San Juan, with the intention of seeing its lagoons and birds. Well, somehow, I didn't find the lagoons, perhaps they were dry, something which happens quite often in Spain. But at least I saw a flamingo in the form of a wonderful, giant metal sculpture in the centre of a round-about at the entrance of the town. This painting is inspired by the sculpture. The trees in the background belong to the spacious and beautiful town park.
Alcázar de San Juan (often called simply Alcázar or Alcázar de Consuegra) is a town and municipality in the province of Ciudad Real, part of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha, Spain. It is located in the plain of La Mancha.
Its name is taken from an old moorish fortress, which was afterwards garrisoned by the knights of St John (San Juan in Spanish language).
Much of the action of Cervantes' Don Quixote takes place around Alcazar.
October 27th, 2013
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