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Wedding Painting for Your Next Anniversary

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Are you looking for an original idea for your next anniversary gift?

An anniversary painting can really be about anything you loved about your special day. Perhaps it’s the location that you fell in love with,  the sunset as you were strolling down a country road or perhaps a silhouette of the both of you in the landscape.

Whatever your idea, I’d love to hear all about it and create a personal keepsake painting for you.

How a painting commission works?

  • We email regarding what to paint. If you’d like we can also meet on Skype if you prefer.
  • Once we’ve decided on what to paint, I will email you a sketch just so you can have an idea of what your painting will look like.
  • After you’ve approved the sketch, you can make a 50% payment via Paypal.
  • Normally it takes about 3 weeks to complete an oil painting due to drying times between layers of paint.
  • Once I’ve finished your painting, I’ll send you images of it for your approval.
  • Your painting will dry and once it’s ready I’ll ship it to you and send you a shipping notice with tracking number.


As a professional artist I use only the finest Italian & English oil paints and supports in order to guarantee that your artwork will last for generations.  I will provide a Certificate of Authenticity and simple guidelines to care for your painting.

My studio is in Umbria, Italy and I ship all my paintings using International Priority Registered Mail which includes a tracking number. Shipping time is 7-18 days depending upon location.

If your painting is urgent I can also ship it express so it will arrive in 4-5 days.

If you have any questions, you can leave a comment below or send me an email here:

You can also visit my shop here: Barragan Paintings su  and view view my feedback here: Barragan Paintings Feedback

Thank you!



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Painting in the Studio this Morning

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One of the things that I like about Autumn and the changes of the season are the shorter days and low laying light.  Sure, this means I have less time to paint using this light but it also means that I can intensify the time I spend painting.  So I bundle up and open my studio windows to get lots of fresh air since I’m using oil paints.

This morning I’m working on a wedding commission for a client in the US.  I’ll be able to show it to you later as it’s a surprise for their spouse.

Have you got any questions about painting commissions or my event painting services here in Italy? Go ahead and leave a comment below, I’ll get back to you soon.

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Caridad Barragan on

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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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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

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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:

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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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Tips for the Traveling Pleinair Painter

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I’m currently visiting California this summer and would like to share my traveling tips for pleinair oil painters.

  • Pack light – Bring the essentials: paints, brushes and supports.  Canvas boards or prepared masonite boards are flat, lightweight and easy to pack into a suitcase.
  • Put your oil paints into a double zip-lock bag in your suitcase.
  • Use a throw away palette or preferably a cigar box.
  • Pack a light aluminum travel easel or a wooden one.
  • Bring along metal clamps to clamp your paint box or board.
  • Don’t bother transporting turpentine or mediums, it’s prohibited and besides you can surely find them on site.

What if my paintings are still wet? 

A great way to pack wet or damp paintings shown to me by my friend and fellow painter, Bruce Katz, is to use a wine bottle cork.

  1. Slice the cork evenly and place one disk in each corner of a damp painting.
  2. Place another damp painting face down on the bottom painting.
  3. Wrap them in large rubber bands.
  4. Wrap in paper.

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Do you have any tips to share?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Barragan Paintings at Archeoflora 2015 in Montegabbione, Umbria

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I’m happy to announce that I’ll be participating in “ArcheoFlora” in Castel di Fiori in Umbria, tuesday June 2, 2015.

Castel di Fiori is an enchanting hamlet of Montegabbione and each year ArcheoFlora organizes a wonderful flea market and flower gardening event.

Local nurseries from throughout the are will exhibit their products including: garden plants, herbs, succulents and other varieties.

In addition to the trade show during the day there will be a series of side events including: talks about roses, painting exhibitions, tours around the area, a concert and numerous food stands.

I hope you’ll join me!


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Barragan Paintings Auctions on Ebay this Week

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This week I’m auctioning off a series of recent oil paintings on Ebay.  You can find a few Umbrian Italian Landscapes and vegetable still lifes.  Have a look!




About me
I’m a Painter.
I feel very lucky to have chosen to live in this
little hill town in Central Umbria and to make it my home. It’s
peaceful and is known for its endless landscapes of hills, olive trees,
vines and sunsets. This is also the land of Saint Francis, Catherine
and Benedict. I honestly can’t think of a better place to paint!

Just like you, I enjoy finding and marveling at apparently insignificant
things such as wildflowers picked on a morning walk, a local fruit
right out of an orchard, or an Italian landscape especially at sunset
when the colors warm up.

I love simplicity & quality and I
embed these values in my paintings by using only the finest Italian oil
paints and supports. When you purchase a Barragan Painting you’re
buying a timeless original that will last for generations. Each
painting is signed on the front & back and sold with a Certificate
of Authenticity.


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