Hydepark and a new look

 

2015-05-07-hydepark-001When in London last year we took a walk in Hydepark and came across a lot of official looking horses running in formation, riders too, but I focused on the horses. I was lucky to get a couple shots, and they are some of my favorites from the trip.

In other news, cmbarbera.wordpress.com has a new look! I thought this was a more intuitive way to access my portfolio, and I love the simplicity. You can find this image and more from the UK trip altogether now here. More soon…

The Shores of Mull

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Three interesting facts about Mull:
1. Sheep have right of way
2. Bus shelters are really just for sheep
3. Fences aren’t to keep sheep in, but to keep them out

I want to give a shout out to our bus driver through Mull. He was one of the best (and most hilarious) tour guides I have ever experienced. Mull is absolutely beautiful, everything you imagine about the highlands on one small island. There is a history of many a highland squabbles as well, even fake deaths. There’s also a thriving wildlife on Mull including otters (!), eagles, and deer, not to mention (the aforementioned) domestic life of sheep (they’re everywhere), highland cows (coos), and various birds. The above photograph shows the shores on the west side of the island, adjacent to we picked up the boat to Staffa.

Hiding a Horcrux?

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So, this tiny island was named by Vikings who thought the rock formations were reminiscent of staffs, thus we have Staffa. Also, get ready for a pop culture reference, Staffa’s character, including Fingal’s Caves, was used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, where Dumbledore and Harry… well I won’t spoil it. I know some people do not know the story [you should!]. It was a really bright day when we traveled to the isles, we were really lucky, because… Scotland. Above, you’ll find rocks that seemed to freeze mid-motion, and below the cave’s entrance.

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Sea prospect

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Welcome to Staffa. It is a very small island off the west coast of Scotland. The view above is the top of the island but it has the most beautiful rock formations below the pillow soft grasses… Really, the grass was daring you to nap there and miss the boat, or maybe years could go by like Brigadoon. Volcanic eruption formed the island, and it is home to a large colony of Puffins! Unfortunately they were too busy taking a swim to say hi to us, but I saw one sun bathing seal! Much more on this beautiful island soon…

Long time, no see!

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Hello hello hello!
I have totally dropped the ball and failed to post for far too long. This does not mean I haven’t been up to fun and creative things, but I hope to be posting more regularly starting NOW. What is better than starting off with a trip? I just got back from SCOTLAND and have lots of photos to share, and lots of drawings in my head yet to hit the page. Above is an Instax of me in front of Edinburgh Castle, and below is Shawn (left), with our wonderful hosts, Dave & Alex (right, center), in Pollock Park. Much more to come, so pleased stay tuned.

Also, I post a lot on my Artist Page on Facebook – many works in progress or quick drawings.

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Canal

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A little over a year ago, I visited Amsterdam with my friends and fellow artists, Eva and Brendan. There, we went wild hiding in plain sight, and I met some more amazing and talented people, including a visit to the studio of Louis Reith, who’s art I fell in love with. Seriously, I need to do more. Above is a photo of one of Amsterdam’s famous canal views.

Kanazawa

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In honor of the first day of Summer, I give you Spring in Kanazawa! Commence cherry blossoms. This was the first day we had a lot of sunshine in Japan, and I took advantage with my Fuji Instax. We only had one day to explore, and in that day we toured a castle and strolled through a breathtaking garden, which being at a high point, gave beautiful view of the city.

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Shy fish

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This instant pic was taken in Shirakawa-go. The town has a system of drainage woven throughout the town leading both to the river and to rice paddies. When the snow from the mountains melts, it waters the farms, quite ingenious. There are fish in some of the mini-canals along the streets, and they tend to gather under little overpasses for pedestrians. In the photo above you can see the shy-guys all gathered together.