We are very happy to host a new guest post&interview to our friend Caridad Barragan.
Caridad is a professional painter originally from Southern California, now living and working in Umbria.
tell us where are you from and why you “dropped” in Umbria
originally from Anaheim in Southern California, which is where
Disneyland is. Like the majority of Americans, my parents are
immigrants. My father is from Mexico City and my mother is from
been living in Italy since 1991. Initially I was living in Veneto,
but after 15 years in that cold, damp and foggy Italian province I
needed a change of scenery. A dear sculpture friend of mine from Los
Angeles was visiting me in the summer of 2005 and invited me down to
Porchiano del Monte, a small medieval hamlet perched on a hill
overlooking the Tiber Valley. It was love at first sight: the
endless views unto the Tuscan and Lazio hills, the peace and
tranquillity of the landscape and people living there. And don’t
get me talking about the food and wine!So
basically after my daughter had finished her elementary school we
packed our things into a nice big van and made the trip south.
us more about your work. What’s it like being a professional
painter in Umbria?
is a creative person’s dream! I have friends that are writers,
journalists, singers and musicians that have all chosen to live here
year round or for some months at a time. There’s a genuineness to
the people, landscape and even the air that you breathe that sets the
region apart. I often say to my foreign friends that I live in a
place that doesn’t exist anymore. It seems as if time has stopped.
It’s a place where people actually have the time for the simple
and essential things such as cultivating the veggie patch, producing
ones own wine & extra virgin olive oil or simply chatting with
your neighbor. And
ohhh, the landscape! When the weather warms up, Umbria is a plein air
painter’s heaven. The light itself is so particular as are the
colors of the ever-changing seasons.
there anything you found particularly challenging in your profession
|"Vineyards" by C.Barragan|
I decided to move down here from the north, I immediately realized
that job opportunities would be a challenge. I knew internet was
going to play a fundamental role in creating my livelihood. After
having settled down, I decided to begin selling my still life &
Umbrian landscape paintings online through Etsy. It has been a learning
experience and professional challenge but I find it fascinating to be
living in such a tiny town and selling my Umbrian wares in countries
such as Japan, Australia & the US.
you have any advice for tourists who want to visit Umbria?
is so rich in history, art, architecture, culinary traditions and
natural beauty. It’s got something for everybody.
It’s not very well known to the masses which means they’ll be
able to take it in slowly and thoroughly. I advise to spend at least
10 days in the region. Why not make Todi your homebase? It’s
conveniently located smack in the middle of the region and close to
the major cities like Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi and Montefalco but
also surrounded by small charming hamlets that come to life during
various local summer festivals.
you had to paint your last painting on Umbria, what would you choose?
think I would paint a late summer sunset from the walls of Porchiano
del Monte. It’s an absolutely breathtaking view and each sunset
has its own beauty. The elderly in town always gravitate toward the
walls when the sun starts going down. I personally prefer to take a
nice fresh Grechetto and sip it as I watch this daily miracle pass.
You’ve got to come and see it for yourself. Better yet, let me
What are your future plans here?
besides organizing my cool Travel Sketchbook Workshops in Todi where
we can have fun sketching and discovering corners and niches of the
town, this year I’m launching an innovative service in Italy: Live
Event Painting for luxury destination weddings and celebrations.
I’m really looking forward to capturing the magic and feel of a
wedding celebration on canvas right before the public’s eyes. 2016
is going to be awesome!
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