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Caridad Barragan on Verni.io

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Verni.io is a different artist website.  Up until now, art platforms worked like virtual art galleries where artists could showcase their work and the platform would take a fee from any sales made through them.  These platforms have gotten big, clogged up and well, it’s difficult to get found.

Verni.io has other ambitions.  It seeks to connect collectors and artists not just virtually but having potential collectors visit the artist’s studio and buy directly from them.  So let’s say you’re visiting a major city or perhaps a farm town (us artists like the boonies!).  You can log on to verni.io, enter your location to see which artists are near you, contact them and ask to visit they’re studio.  It’s as easy as that.

I find this approach humanizing and a great way to meet local artists or international artists like me in their own personal creative space.  So if you’re an artist and you’d like to connect with potential collectors, I suggest you join this fun platform.

I’m on Verni as Caridad Barragan  so if you’re passing through Umbria on your way to Rome or Florence, I’m just 15 minutes away from the nearest autostrada exit, get in touch with me through the platform and come up for a cuppa coffee or tea and visit my studio.

Looking forward to meeting you!

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Custom Italian Profile Portraits

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If you’ve ever visited central Italy, then I’m sure you’ve been to the Duomo in Orvieto.  If you haven’t, you should!  It has some of the most beautiful painted Renaissance chapels in Italy which have been cleaned in recent years.  You can find such masters as Gentile da Fabriano, Ugolino, Beato Angelico just to name a few.

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I went there recently one morning to accompany friends and as I was slowly walking along the side of the central nave and admiring the beauty of it, I noticed these little square paintings on a decorated wall and border.  They were small portraits of patrons who had comissioned the work of a side chapel.  They were simple and beautifully done using the ‘grisaille’ technique which consists in a painting of a figure painted in grey or neutral tones so as to imitate sculpture and had a gold leaf backgroud that shone warmly.  The profile view which was favored in ancient coins was also frequently used in the 15th century Renaissance Italy.  It struck me that these would make lovely contemporary portraits to paint for weddings, anniversaries, grandparents day, father’s & mother’s day or birthdays.

So I quickly took out my camera and snaped a photo, went home and drew out my first prototypes and voila: my Custom Profile Portraits for Couples!  Do you like this couple portrait painting idea?  You can order yours in time for the holidays HERE.

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Read below to find out HOW THESE PORTRAITS ARE DONE:
– I carefully draw your portrait onto a finely prepared Italian canvas board.
– Your portrait is painted using the “grisaille” technique (a technique executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish colour.)
– Once dry, I apply a yellow ochre acrylic background and let dry. Afterwards the gilding glue and let dry, then eventually the faux gold leaf.
– Once the entire painting is dry, I protect it by brushing it over with natural lacquer which seals the surface making it easy to clean and gives it a semi-matte finish.
Total production & drying time: 1 week.  Shipping time from Italy 5-10 working days.

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Lesbian Wedding or Anniversary Paintings

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Let’s celebrate same sex marriage rights!

Think how sweet it would be to give a custom Lesbian Weddding or Anniversary Painting to your wife or to a couple of friends.   I paint my custom paintings from a photograph of your choice with fine professional grade Italian oil paints and supports.

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The back of your painting is just as important as the front.  in order to make it even more special, I apply a delicate paper cornice that I embellish with faux gold accents.  If you’d like, I can write a handwritten message on it.

I pride myself in packaging your painting with simple but elegant brown Italian packaging paper with string.  I always include a little surprise fruit or flower card.

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Once your painting is nicely packaged, I ship it via Poste Italiane Priority Registered Mail which includes a tracking number.  Your painting will arrive to you within 10 working days.

A custom wedding painting is a romantic way of capturing your special day.  It’s a little jewel that will last for generations.

FAQ – HOW A CUSTOM ORDER WORKS:

HOW A CUSTOM ORDER WORKS:
– Send me a high quality image(s) of the landscape or garden photos
– We convo about the details including which photo to paint.
– You make a 50% non refundable deposit (I will send you a link to make payment)
– I paint your landscape from the photograph and ship it to you once it dries.
– You make final payment after I send you photos of your finished painting.
– Drying time 2-3 weeks
– Shipping time 5-10 working days (shipping from Italy)

WOULD YOU LIKE ANOTHER SIZE? Here are my most popular sizes:
5 x 7 in. / 13 x 18 cm. COST €78 – 8 x 10 in. / 20 x 25 cm. COST €150 – 11.75 x 9.5 in. / 29 x 24 cm. COST €175

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Guess What I Painted this Morning

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Guess what I’m painting today?   Some people have asked me if I know what I’m going to paint when I sit down at the easel.  Well honestly, I don’t always have a set idea.  If I’m painting a still life, I prefer to do fruits, veggies or flowers so I simply look around to see what I have in the house.  Sure, sometimes I’ll gather something on a walk in the countryside because it has a particular beauty or simplicity and therefore it may end up in a painting.

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Today’s painting was inspired by my neighbor, Mona’s vegetable garden bounty.  She’s quite a buzy-bee and produces all sorts of vegetables of which she brings the seeds down from Denmark.  So when I saw her collection of tomatoes, I couldn’t resist.

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I gathered them up and dashed off to my studio up the street in the small borgo were I live in Umbria.  I lined them up as if they were marching and went at them.  The first thing to do is decide upon a composition, then proceed to draw it quickly.  Just add color after that!  Sounds easy doesn’t it?  It is if you have a daily practice and have been doing it for many years.

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You can view more still life paintings by visiting my shop: Barragan Paintings on Etsy.com

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Custom Wedding Anniversary Paintings from Photo

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Looking for a fun and romantic wedding anniversary gift?  A custom wedding anniversary painting is the perfect gift.

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I take great pride and joy in painting a couples most important date together.  As I observe your photo, I try to capture the essence and happiness of that day in order to create a one of a kind painting for you and your family to enjoy.
I create your painting using natural lighting in my studio in Umbria, Italy.

 

 

 

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I carefully pack my paintings and always ship them via priority international registered mail from Italy to ensure they arrive safely at your doorstep.

Details are important to me, that’s why I always giftwrap my paintings so they’re ready to be given to your loved one.
I also include a little surprise card in the packaging.

 

 

 

Read here to find out HOW A CUSTOM ORDER WORKS:
Contact me through my Etsy Shop.
– Send me a high quality image(s)
– We convo about the details including which photo to paint.
– You make a 50% non refundable deposit (I will send you a link to make payment)
– I paint your painting from the photograph and ship it to you once it dries.
– You make final payment after I send you photos of your finished painting.
– Drying time 2-3 weeks
– Shipping time 5-10 working days (shipping from Italy)

Please contact me to discuss details before purchasing. Thanks!

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B&B Barragan in Southern Umbria

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Porchiano del Monte is a small medieval hamlet perched atop a hill overlooking the Tiber Valley.  On a clear day, you can see for at least 100 kilometers: Monte Amiata in Tuscany, Montefiascone near Lake Bolsena in Lazio as well as Monte Soratte near Rome.

It’s a walled town about 800 meters in diameter which makes it easy to walk around its perimeter.  However what makes Porchian del Monte so special is not just the countryside and the spectacular views.  It’s the way of life of its inhabitants: life just seems to go by at a much slower, liveable, human pace.  It’s no wonder I’ve chosen to live & paint here.

What will strike you first is the silence all around.  You can hear the wind blow in the trees, the birds singing at dawn and your neighbor walking slowly in one of the vicolo.

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If you’re looking for a place to relax, walk in the countryside, have a picnic in the forest or paint the countryside, then come stay at B&B Barragan.

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Have a look at my Instagram feed to see the beauty of the area: https://instagram.com/barragan_paintings/

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Plein Air Painting in Umbria

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You can paint at any time of day but I prefer to paint outdoors in the early morning or late afternoon.  I love the warm glow that hits the side of a tree or a field in Umbria.

I like getting up very early, before dawn.  I’m a slow riser and love to have a fresh squeezed orange juice, then coffee and something solid before gathering my materials: easel, paints & brushes, turpentine, paper towels and heading to the car and a quick drive down the hill and into the countryside.

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I never know exactly where or what I’m going to paint.  I do have a couple of favorite spots around Porchiano del Monte where I live.  I just leave the decision to my mood and nature!

This last summer I really fell in love with hay bales and their round symetrical form and the way that contrasts with the irregular landscape.

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One of the treats of painting en plein air in Umbria at dawn is that you get to witness the countryside as it wakes up.  You can hear different birds take off and start singing, the local fauna stirring about you (just hope it’s not a wild boar!) and a car slowly driving on a gravel path in the distance.

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I try to paint the peace and tranquility that surrounds me in the Umbrian countryside.  Have a look at all my recent landscape paintings here in my Etsy shop.

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Plein Air Painting at Roccafiore in Umbria

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The countryside around Todi is surrounded by endless rolling hills and Roccafiore Wines is cradled among them.  It’s a sweet and slow 5 minute drive up the hill to the winery and you can even catch a glimpse of Todi just across the motor way.

As a painter, you can’t just trample on someone’s property, and especially not a vineyard in full harvest.  I planned ahead and wrote Laura Ferrucci the Hospitality Manager who basically rolled out a little red carpet for me.  She set up an appointment to show me the cantina, tell me a little bit about the philosophy behind it and greeted me with warmth and enthusiasm.  I had the chance to explore the grounds and find a couple painting places for the next day.  Umbria is always beautiful but it’s particularly magical if you can experience it during one of its harvests and see the transformation of olives or grapes into prime quality products.

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What really caught my eye about this place was its aesthetic and design, its architecture and landscaping fused together.  Nothing is left to chance and everything is absolutely beautiful, from the hanging grapes, to the logo, to the farmers harvesting Grecchetto.

I woke up very early to get to the vineyards and be “in the field” by 7:30 a.m.  The morning light is the best and it moves real quick in the autumn.  I really liked the perspective that the vines offered so I set up my easel making sure I wasn’t in anyones way, especially the tractor dude that would come by every so often and pick up the harvested grapes.

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The pickers, which are local farmers that live in the area and work seasonally for the cantina were really amused by my presence as was I by theirs.  They had never seen a painter in their field before and were pretty happy to catch a glimps of my painting while it was developing.

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I really enjoyed painting en plein air in these Umbrian vineyards, the cool morning breeze, the sweetness of the farmers and knowing that I too was contributing to the harvest (in my own little way of course!).

Would you like to paint a wine harvest or olive harvest in Umbria, Italy?  Contact me below.

 

A special thanks to Alessandra at Discovering Umbria Tours in Todi for having introduced me to Laura Ferrucci at Roccafiore Wines.

 

Download your FREE Roccafiore Vineyard Painting Print that I painted that morning. I suggest you print your painting on 200 or 300 gm. cardstock for best results:

 

 

 

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Monday is Paintbrush Day

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Good morning, it’s Monday the paintbrush day!  NEVER throw out a paintbrush.  Eventhough it’s old and frayed, it may still be useful for some other job.  I like to use mine for spreading glue, applying primer to rough surfaces or to add a particular texture.  Besides, old paintbrushes are indicators of time, like the rings of a tree trunk.  I remember one of my professor Joachim Smith at Cal. State Fullerton once told us, “your brushes are your best friends, treat them well and they will last a lifetime”.  This is exactly what I do.

What do you do with your old brushes?  Leave me a comment below.

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Pomegranate Postcards to Wish Loved Ones Well

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Pomegranates are my favorite fruit, I love their reds and their tangy taste.  These postcards were printed from my original oil paintings that I painted various mornings last year in Umbria, Italy.

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I painted these pomegranates from direct observation over the course of various mornings in my studio in Umbria, Italy.  One of my neighnors was so kind as to leave me a series of fruits on my doorstep for me to paint.

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Each postcard:
– measures 5 x 6 inches – 10×15 cm.
– is printed on quality, textured heavy 300 gr paper
– the set is nicely gift wrapped.

These cards are available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.

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