Why I live next to the Sea…

(Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, photo by FBC, C.2019 USA Derechos Reservados)

I don’t know if we all do but I definitely identify with the fact that I was born next to the sea and I’ve always lived, somewhere, next to the sea. I love the mountains, the valleys, the rivers and the woods…even deserts…but I would not want to live anywhere where I cannot see, hear and smell the sea, or the ocean…

(my back yard in the Florida Keys, photo by FBC, C.2019 USA Derechos Reservados)

I think it has greatly influenced my life as an artist…

Of course, speaking only for myself, I get energy from the breeze blowing over the surface of the salty waters that bring to land those very benefitial negative ions from the sea which are also healthy and inspiring. Although I do not believe in inspiration, I feel a certain impetus whenever I am near the water and it usually leads me towards artistic creation of some sort.

I saw a movie once that dealt with a mental hospital. The patients were very upset most of the time, they were restless and even violent. The staff and doctors were rather corrupt and did very little to pacify them. Basically they would just lock the patients up in a cage outside and leave them there, even during rain storms.

Then a therapist was sent to assist and he happened to be an artist. He painted an enormous canvas and placed it in the main resting hall where the patients were allowed to congregate. Little by little all the patients came forward and started staring at the painting. They were quiet, relaxed, at peace and tranquility reigned. So much so that the staff came to see what was going on. Then they saw the painting, and the camera panned the canvas.

What did the artist paint that caused such a psychological change in the patients of this institution? He painted the sea. Just the sea, no ships, no shoreline, nothing other than the waves in the middle of the ocean…

(Miami Beach during Hurricane Frances in 2002, photo by FBC, C.2019 Derechos Reservados)

I think that we all, regardless of our state of mental health, can gain much by looking at the ocean. Looking at water, having water nearby, even if it is a river, is relaxing and a major stress reliever…

(From my days in the Florida Keys. C.2019 USA Derechos Reservados)

I want to know if people that were born in the mountains feel the same way. I want to know if they have the same attachments to their environment as I do to mine. And does your mountains, your valleys, your plains, deserts, forests or rivers give you the same intense energy that the sea gives to me. I would like to know.

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Els pingüins

Els pingüins

HAIKÚS…

Ombra verd aigües gelades,
gossos a la cantonada van,
la llavor creix lentament...
sobre l'aigua viu sota d'ella neix,
l'au sense volar no arriba a el cel,
la veu de la tempesta és el riure
sota un gra d'arròs hi ha un gra de sorra,
el soldat no fa pactes amb les seves armes,
no hi ha llum que il·lumini quan el sol brilla...
(“Els pingüins” private collection Miami, C.2019 USA, Derechos Reservados)

Els pingüins són l’obra que m’inspira sempre a explorar…l’he pintat el 2018 per a una amiga a Miami. (Derechos Reservados, C.2019 USA)

Moltes gràcies!

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¿Que nos hace falta para construir un mundo mejor?

¿Que necesitamos para hacer un mundo mejor? ¿Que nos falta? ¿Como comenzar? Pues primero pienso que nos hace falta tener mas tolerancia…

La tolerancia creo que es un ingrediente principal para construir un mundo mejor…

Estoy harto de las intolerancias…un rojo no soporta a uno que no lo es y por eso le dice facha, lo increpa, lo rechaza, lo convierte en el demonio y así lo hace el del otro lado con el que supone rojo, y esto, ojo, es solo un ejemplo…no se tolera al negro, al chino, al del medio oriente, y vice versa, por supuesto…no se toleran a immigrantes, a refugiados o a los extranjeros…esto no puede seguir así…

La política, que debería ser cosa que une, pues es el poder del “polis” o sea del pueblo, resulta ser que nos desune, nos separa, crea enormes diferencias entre la gente y grandes problemas y no nos sirve para crear un mundo mejor, al contrario, nos está destruyendo el que tenemos…hay que superar este atrazo y desarrollar algo nuevo, algo que sirva y no cueste tanto…

Pues venga, la tolerancia la coloco en primer lugar, y ¿que más?

Claro, estan los valores mas fuertes, típicamente relacionados con valores cristianos, pero muy importantes que son, cosas como el amor, la caridad, la hermandad, la idea del prójimo et cetera et cetera…

¿Que pensaís de estos?

Hay que separarse un poco de uno mísmo y considerar que hay otros a nuestro derredor que necesitan, no solo currar, comer y vivir decentemente, pero también ser considerados como seres humanos, son el prójimo que merecen nuestra comprensión y aceptación…

La sociedad no es nuestra…

La nación tampoco…

El mundo, la orbe donde vivímos no nos pertenece ni la hemos creado…es para todos…las fronteras son barreras, un mal necesario para, supuestamente, mantener el orden, pero no podemos dejar que se interpongan cuando nos tratamos entre nos, entre humanos…

Acordad que llueve sobre todos, buenos y malos, ciudadanos y extranjeros, conocidos y forasteros y…

No hay gente en el mundo ilegal…

¿Que pensaís vosotros?

Dejadme vuestros comentarios…seguid el blog…compartidlo también y mil gracias…

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Arte y Dibujos…La Línea Negra…

(“Domine Caritas Dei Nostris” Derechos Reservados dibujo en colección privada, EEUU)

El dibujo comienza cuando pones un lápiz sobre el papel y comienzas a mover la mano y sigues hasta que hayas trazado algo, aunque sea un garabato, no importa, es arte. Total, si los museos y las galerías de “arte” (moderno) están llenos de cosas peores que tus garabatos…

Yo me uno a la línea negra y no dejándome llevar, sino guiando, comienzo y solo cuando ya tengo formada la primera parte de la composición, dejo que la espontaneida intrínsica de su forma siga componiendo y yo improvisando para seguirle el paso, para seguirle el ritmo…

La pintura es otra forma de usar el arma que es el arte y os digo que hay que usarla para tratar de combatir la ignorancia, la xenofobia, la intolerancia, el racismo, la violencia machista y todas las demás estupideces que padecemos como especie que no nos permite formar una comunidad de hombres y mujeres libres, satisfechos y felices que sepan y puedan vivir en paz…

Agur

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Arte, Esos Cuadros y esas cosas…

(“Toro Verde” acrílico sobre tela 30x60cm colección privada

Estos son algunos de los cuadros de Omnia Caelum Miami…

He mezclado lapices, tinta y pluma y colores acrílicos sobre cartulina para lograr otro mundo, otro lenguage, otra forma de comunicar ideas…

Viviendo en Miami, o sea, en una ciudad tropical donde brilla el sol todos los días del año, a uno le da por pintar cosas muy soleadas…

Pero el arte, arma…

El artísta, guerrillero…

El cuadro, subterfugio…

La interpretación de la obra se la dejo a los que la vean y la quieran analizar y a los que la rebuscan para ver cosas que nunca pintó el pintor…

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Cienfuegos, Cuba, The Pearl of the South, Punta Gorda

(The Bay of Cienfuegos, photo by FBC)

There is something about Cuba that is certainly worth talking…and blogging…about, the natural beauty of the island. For instance, the Bay of Cienfuegos…

Cienfuegos, situated in the south shore of Cuba, somewhat near the centre of the island, was founded in 1819 by immigrants from France, under the leadership of founder Mr. Luis De Clouet.

I had the opportunity to spend fifteen days in Cienfuegos. I stayed at a “casa particular”, which is the Cuban equivalency of a bed and breakfast. I chose a particular area of the city, a little peninsula…or a spit…that juts out into the bay and which is called “Punta Gorda”.

The Paseo del Prado is the main street that runs through this small neighbourhood after it crosses the Malecon de Cienfuegos, (The seawall), and from then on until the point at the end of the spit. I referred to it as the strip. Punta Gorda has a rather suburban feel, not unlike many places in Miami, Florida…

Punta Gorda must have been a beautiful neighbourhood back in the fifties. The area was developed much earlier, even as far back as the XIXth Century. But in the thirties, forties and fifties Punta Gorda enjoyed its best years. You can see huge mansions with large yards with fruit trees and all the houses, on one side of the main street or the other, are on the water…

The lovely green and white building above was the Yacht Club. Next to it you can see the Cienfuegos seawall, called the “Malecon”…

I stayed for a few nights at the Hotel Jagua, located at the end of the Punta Gorda strip. It was built in 1958, before the revolution, and it has that old 1950’s charm. It is on the water, with a little beach and with nice bars and restaurants. At night they have a Jazz club, and well, you know how I feel about Jazz…

The old Covadonga Restaurant is also on the water, across from the hotel. It certainly looks like a 1950’s building, although now it is rather run down. I was told by old timers that in the late 50’s it was a hopping place. People would crowd the tables on the waterside and drink their daiquiris and their mojitos under the shade and enjoying the Caribbean breezes…

When you leave Downtown Cienfuegos on the Paseo del Prado, basically Cienfuego’s main street, you are en route to Punta Gorda. At the very end of the strip is a rotunda, where there is a metal statue of dancers. Across is the De Valle palace. This was once a private home and now a museum and sometimes a banquet hall as well as a popular tourist attraction.

I must say that I did truly enjoy those days in Punta Gorda. Every day I would walk the Malecon strip and then the Paseo del Prado and enter into the downtown Cienfuegos neighbourhood. It was a lovely time, especially in March, when I went because the weather was not as hot as it gets in the summers.

Cienfuegos, on the whole, was a beautiful French city. A perfect grid of streets, all straight, all logical…

You can still see the majesty of most of the houses in the Downtown neighbourhood even though, because of lack of maintenance, many of the facades look rather run down. However, with a little paint and a little tender love and care, these structures will resurface again with the strength and beauty they originally possessed when they were built back in the late XIXth Century and early XXth.

Finally I just wanted to include a little side trip I made to Rancho Luna, the beach town, very close by, that Cienfuegos people call their beach. It has lovely beachfront homes on the side of a hill and of course, all those were the beach houses of “Cienfuegueros” (the folk of Cienfuegos), where they went to spend their summer holidays. The Cuban government appropriated these properties when the owners abandoned Cuba and sought political exile in Spain or in the US. Presently the house you see above is being used by the government as a “rest home” for patients convalescing from AIDS and HIV disease.

If you have liked what you have seen and read, please hit that like button, share and follow and as always, your comments are encouraged and always welcome. What do you think about travelling to Cuba? What do you know about Cuba? Let’s discuss these topics…

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Mephitidae, o Las Mofetas

[“Mofeta #11” Dibujo digital, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia (OCS), Derechos Reservados (D. R.)]

En el 2010, más o menos, hice una serie de cuadros digitales, partiendo de dibujos originales hechos con tinta y lapices de colores, y les llamé “Las Morfetas”, aunque debio haberse llamado las mofetas, como esos animalitos tan lindos y tan cariñosos. Aquí algunuas de la serie…

Dibujé solo una mitad de cada cara con lapices o con tinta, algunas las pinté con aquarelas. En el ordenador hice que la cara se reflejara sobre sí misma para completarla y luego le fui dando los efectos que quería que tuvieran…

Como pienso que el arte no es otra cosa que un lenguaje, o una forma de comunicar ideas, aunque con mucha estética y buen gusto, tiene que tener sentido de humor. Si no nos podemos reír de nosotros mismos no podremos reírnos de los demás y hay que reírse de ellos y de uno también …

Para mi, Las Mofertas o Las Mofetas son la forma de expresar algo de humor, algo diferente, algo ligerito, pero vamos, ni de coña las cambiaria por algo supuestamente serio, venga, que se que hay que divertirse, pero Las Mofetas tienen tela por donde cortar, si no, estudiadlas para que veáis. Recordad que lo que hago es “JazzArt” y el Jazz fue música para bailar y para que se divierta la gente, pero seguía siendo Jazz.

Más Mofetas…

Vale, ahí tenéis para escoger. Si os ha gustado, dadle al like, seguidme y comentad, pues me gustaría saber cual Mofeta es la que más os gusta…

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