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Baby Carrots

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Chattel House in Barbados

This is a sketch of a Chattel house in Barbados. Quaint, small, beautiful houses which remind me of houses in Gonzales – Port of Spain and Belmont, Trinidad. While in Barbados I could not stop taking photos of them. I find them very appealing, neat, beautiful, and bookmarks of the country’s history. Chattel means ‘moveable property’ and years ago, plantation workers (slaves) built and owned these small timber dwellings. These houses were built on coral, cinder blocks, etc. so they could be easily moved from one place to another as the land did not belong to the slaves, but to the estate. Plantation owners refused to sell building plots to former slaves, therefore, one section at a time, the house was lifted onto a cart and moved to a new estate.

Houses were single units, or joined multiple units. The design was always symmetrical, reflecting the formality of Barbados larger Georgian buildings. Early houses had hipped roofs, but later gable roofs allowed a high-level louvered vent. Sash or side-hung windows often featured ‘bell’ awnings. Small porches protected the entry, often a front verandah was added. Additional units were wider than the front unit, allowing the installation of a breeze collecting corner window. Some large houses have ornate surrounding verandahs.

References:

Caribbean Heritage: Architecture of the Islands by Robert Douglas

Barbados: British Empire in Miniature by Graham Norton

Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation Slavery byJohn Michael Vlach

Barbados: The Lord’s Song by Henry Chase

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The Chattel House was originally the design of the plantation workers home. They were modest wooden buildings set on blocks so that they could be easily moved from one lease holding to another. In early settlement days, home owners were not necessarily landowners, but part of a tenantry system of the plantations. The houses were constructed to be transportable in the event of landlord and tenant disputes. The name chattel referred to the fact that they were movable property. The steep gable roof, constructed of corrugated iron, were adapted to suit the climate of heavy rains and winds. The roofs angle deflect the wind rather than provide a platform for it to lift off. The fretwork around the windows and openings were placed there to provide shade and a filter against the rain. Over the years fretwork has became an attractive architectural feature in its own right. Many chattel homes have distinctive jalousie windows, with tree sets of hinges – Two vertical and one horizontal, that allows maximum flexibility against the wind and sun.

Reference: http://www.barbados.org/chattel.htm

Click here for more photos of Chattel Houses in Barbados

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You can't please everyone

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Sailing in Barbados

When I woke up that Sunday morning and looked outside, there was boat racing with colorful sails bellowing in the wind. It looked beautiful and this is a sketch of that moment. Fresh air, blue seas, cool breezes, wonderful views, glistening sun, and brightly colored sails… Bellissimo!!!!

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
John D. Rockefeller

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Bridgetown Waterfront, Barbados

This is a sketch of the historic Parliament Buildings on the Bridgetown Wharf in Barbados. The west wing of the House of Assembly building was completed in 1872 and the east wing in 1874. There was a large clock tower in the east wing which had to be demolished in 1884, when its foundations started to sink. In 1886, the two towers of the west wing were remodeled and the clock installed in one of these. Material for the buildings is coral limestone, easily obtainable from Barbados quarries and used extensively in Bridgetown buildings. In the Public Buildings, Gothic-revival style is apparent in the pointed arches, the octagonal tower, and the machicolations on the parapets of both wings. The Gothic windows in the chamber of the Parliament building are paned with stained-glass portraits of the kings and queens of England. “Coolers” added to the exterior fit uncomfortably on the pointed-arch windows.

Reference: Historic Architecture in the Caribbean Islands by Edward E. Crain

My friend and I had lunch at the Waterfront Cafe across from it. We had fish cakes, flying fish, potato wedges, salad, and I can’t remember what else, but it was all delicious!! The service was great too. They had a delicious pepper-sauce. It was like a dipping sauce … it had body and was divine…just divine. I love boats a lot, and while I ate, talked, and laughed, I enjoyed examining them all. I love the Bridgetown Wharf! The water enters the city and one of the things I love most about Barbados is that I felt like I was really on an island. The scale of the buildings, the many views of the sea, waters oh so blue, the Jolly Rogers, people partying on boats. It felt free and wide. After my scrumptious meal and drinks I did this sketch.

History of Bridgetown
Bridgetown is the capital and commercial center and has a population of about 80 000. Bridgetown was originally named “Indian Bridge” for the rude bridge which had been constructed over the river (now known as the Careenage) by the Indians. It was later called the “town of St. Michael” in official documents, before finally being named Bridgetown. The Chamberlain Bridge was opened in 1872 and was a manually operated swing bridge allowing entry into the inner basin of the Careenage. In 2006 the Chamberlain Bridge was replaced with a modern lift bridge. In previous times, the careenage was an important hub of activity for inter-island trading vessels. Nowadays the careenage is mainly utilized by pleasure craft (catamarans, yachts, fishing boats, etc).

Reference: http://www.barbados.org/btown.htm

“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.”

~C. Malesherbes

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Main Building of Codrington College, Barbados

This is a sketch of one of the oldest educational institutions in the Caribbean, Codrington College in St. James Parish,  Barbados. It was founded by Christopher Codrington in the early 18th century. The main building was largely finished in the 18th century. It was gutted by fire in 1926, but its main lines survive, reminding us of the contemporary collegiate buildings in England at Oxford and Cambridge. In his 1710 will, Christopher Codrington III, once governor general of the island, left £10,000 for founding this school, which was to promote the study of religion and medicine. The Principal’s Lodge, its most historically significant building, was built before 1700. Approached through an avenue of Sabal palms, the building has a restrained Italian Renaissance–style balustraded parapet and porch.

Click here for photos from Barbados on Flickr.

References:
Historic Architecture of the Caribbean by David Buisseret

Historic Architecture in the Caribbean Islands by Edward E. Crain

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Floor Plan & Elevations of Codrington College in Barbados

Additional reading:
A Historical Overview of Codrington College  >>>

Codrington College – A brief history by John W. Holder 

Unless you’re willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won’t happen.”
Phillip Adams

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Steppa's studio in Barbados

This week I will be posting some of the sketches I did while in the BEAUTIFUL island of Barbados, so look out for them.  I did the sketch above the Friday morning after getting in on Thursday night. On Thursday night I stayed outside on the hotel porch until 5am. I could not stop listening to the waves. If this is what heaven sounds like… it is a wonderful thing. I  sat on a chair and… listened. Enjoying every swish, every crash, every boojoong, every howl and hiss of the wind. By a few minutes after 5am, I decided I should get some shut-eye if I wanted to be perky later on. I left my balcony door open and slept on the couch in the living room… I could NOT let these waves have all the fun without me. So my waves and I went to sleep together.

Later on my friend Malika picked me up and carried me to the studio where she was working on her songs for this year. She is an extremely talented singer, with a great voice. I met great guys like Steppa, Tito, and Frank. What a bunch!! I laughed so much… Frank was golden! He lost it when someone bought him not just vanilla milk (which he dislikes), but VERY vanilla milk. I was rolling laughing. I want to thank Malika, Steppa, Tito, and Frank for such a great time. Keep up the great work guys, and see you soon. Have a great Crop Over!

Click here for photos from Barbados on Flickr.

I also want to say Happy 2nd Anniversary to

Architecture Caribbean

Keep up the great work!

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Flight to Barbados

I did this sketch while en route to Barbados last week. Did I tell you what a great trip it was?!! I sat in the second row and had my drawing tools with me as usual. I was looking forward to this trip just so I could draw this illustration too…

I have added a few photos from my trip.. and may add more as time goes by (I have soooooooo many photos). You are more than welcome to look at them on Flickr.

St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Beach at St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados

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Codrington College, Barbados

To my friend AH who took the time to drive me all around the island, I say thank you!

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Bowen-Marine in Chaguaramas, Trinidad

I am still in Barbados… Today is the day of finals. My team got knocked out yesterday afternoon…was a great game though. After the game, the ole talk and recaps we went down to the beach. It was my first time going into the sea at night…actually bathing I mean. It always seemed scary to me… like JAWS. But it was awesome…warm waters, moon glistening off of the water…the sounds of the waves… Could this be any better?!! Well after that we went into the pool – the water was soooo warm. And from talk to talk to laughter…to game recaps all being down while wading, relaxing, sitting and so much more. After that I went and took a nap because we had to go out later. Everyone was pooped (tired) but didn’t want to stay in…so they snuck a nap in where they could. One of my brothers had me cracking up he was so tired, but so determined. My other brother held down the fort and stayed in, he was just too tired… but the remaining 11 of us headed out.

We left the hotel after midnight and headed down to St. Lawrence Gap! We hung out at Mc Bride’s…man that place was sweltering, but the DJ was great. From Katie Perry to Machel Montano to Biggie Smalls… Pop to reggae to soca to …. wonderful! They closed at 3am, we hunted around for stuff to eat then went back to the hotel. The other crew also just came in from where they went and the stories I tell you… LMAO.. These guys are the funniest ever! I decided to take a dip in the pool… After which I showered, hung out a bit more, then went to bed… All of this to explain why I am posting so late… 😉

Have a fantastic Monday!!

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Dr. Precise's prescription was rather imprecise

Just came in from the endless white sands, blue waters of the beach, and the warm waters of the pool in Barbados… I ate…and now I am posting… Ahhhhh.. wonderful! I saw a lot yesterday…going back to see more today. I see the clouds showing up… I hope it doesn’t dampen the great photo and sketch-ops. I am here for a football tournament (not to play), but I haven’t seen a game yet…Lol! I will be sure to share photos when I return.

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