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Compassion: This incredible photo marks the end of Matador Torero Alvaro Munera’s career. He collapsed in remorse mid-fight when he realized he was having to prompt this otherwise gentle beast to fight. He went on to become an avid opponent of bullfights. Even grievously wounded, the bull did not attack Munera. May we all support the welfare of non-human species.

I never underestimate the power of great photography. – Robert


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I’m pleased to announce my new series from Death Valley.  After a week in 103 degree “balmy-ness”, I’ve returned with a series of new images, and a video, that let you join me in Death Valley, USA.

The digital painting, above, is titled “Facing Death Valley” and speaks to our lives as individuals, mortals, living on a finite world.  It’s the first in a new series I’m calling “Facing the Future”.  I hope it evokes contemplation and introspection in all those who view it. The larger version in the gallery reveals the detail and texture of the complete the image.

To view the new works and to view my short 6 minute video titled “Death Valley Run” – visit and spend some time exploring new works and ones you might have forgotten.  There is lots to see.

All my best,

Robert Barnes


Thanks to Enzo Dal Verme for creating this short video.

Thanks to John S. for bringing it to our attention.


Over the past twenty three years I’ve used Photoshop as an essential design tool.  I started with version 1.0 and have enjoyed its evolution over the years.

During that time, I was fortunate to be asked to serve as Technical Editor on five separate Photoshop books.

I’ve been a personal coach and trainer for dozens of professional photographers, taught two semesters of Photoshop 101 in Santa Fe and conducted full day seminars for advanced users.  Along the way I’d create little videos that showed a tip or feature to my students.

Each version of Photoshop has variations on the tools and new features have been added continually. Whether you have “Elements”, Version 7 or CS 6 Extended, many features remain the same.  I recently created a new web site to inspire intermediate photoshop users with some of my older videos.  Most are just a few minutes long but they introduce you to the concepts and push you to explore and experiment on your own.  There is no charge and I hope you’ll find value, as well as a bit of entertainment, by visiting my new site.

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pensmoke handslqScience student Hugo Germain (aka. Graphonaute) is just 18 years old, but crates animations and visual effects that seem well beyond his years. Though animation is not his primary focus, Germain spends his spare time mixing live action footage with various 3D tools to create quirky visual effects and experiments. You can see more over on Graphonaute.

Thanks to Jim J. for passing this along to us.

The Rijksmuseum in Holland wanted to bring art to the people and hopefully, they would come see more.  They took one Rembrandt painting from 1642, Night Watch, and did the following in a busy mall.


Thanks to Susie B. for passing this link along to us.


Every piece of art, music and photography I create, passes through a Macintosh on its way to realization.  Here’s to 30 years of innovation. – Robert

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First broadcast: 06 Nov 2013.
Episode 6/7 Edmund de Waal is widely known as the author of bestselling family memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes. He is also an internationally acclaimed artist. He trained as a potter, studying ceramics in Japan and his works are in the collections of over forty international museums. Filmed mainly in de Waal’s South London studio, this film gives a fascinating insight into his working methods, following him prepare eleven ceramic installations for 2012’s exhibition A Thousand Hours.

Thanks to Andrew Long for passing this along to us.


Happy New Year to all regular subscribers and new visitors to Barnes Gallery Blog. Here’s hoping that 2014 is a better year for everyone and that it is filled with gratitude, a renewed sense of wonder, and an appreciation for every single day that you are fortunate enough to have living here, on planet Earth.

New Years Eve is my 11th Anniversary of marriage to my wonderful partner, best friend and wife, Cathy Berkley.  Without her love, intelligence, inspiration and patience, I’m sure that life would lack much of what I  find essential for a life well lived.

My one man art show, “Crescendo”, has been extended at the Performing Arts Center in Reno, Nevada for an extra 2 months – for which I am both proud and grateful.

My photograph of the valley above, prompts a shout out of thanks to Tim Swihart. He was my gracious host at his vacation home outside Yosemite.  I shot the  image while he and I sat on the bank of the Merced River on the Yosemite Valley floor.  We passed a couple of hours with quiet conversation as we watched and waited for the sunset on a beautiful, clear day.  There is nothing like having a friend who knows the terrain to guide you and share the moments of splendor in this glorious National Park.

Happy New Year to you and your family. – Robert Barnes

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Jacob Frey created these wonderful little pieces that remind us how fragile our planet really is. He described the short film this way:  “Instead of creating a single 60 sec. spot, I came up with the idea of a bunch of little 20 sec. clips.”

My hat is off to Jacob for creating true art, with a message. – Robert

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