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.

You can follow me on Instagram where I place all my most recent artwork, both drawings and paintings. I am at @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera and you can see my 2019 “JaZzArt en Valencia” collection by visiting http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155


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  1. ourcrossings · November 13, 2019

    Beautiful post and beautiful photos and I can pretty much say the same about me! Living in a town where I am just minutes away from the ocean has changed my life completely! But as much as I love being next to the beautiful shores, I tend to find the same happiness and attachment as being in the mountains and if I had to really choose one day it would be 50/50. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · November 14, 2019

      Aiva, thank you so much! I agree, I too would love a 50/50 situation. Here in the Comunitat Valenciana, in the Mediterranean coast of Spain, where I live there are places that give you that option for the mountains are next to the sea, I like to think of them as coming into the water for a dip…You too, have a lovely day and all the best to you!

  2. Sheree · November 13, 2019

    I love living near the sea, it’s very calming. Plus, the weather’s always better along the littoral.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · November 14, 2019

      Absolutely! I agree! Thank you so much Sheree!

    • DougInNC · November 19, 2019

      A new word (for me); thank you. Like fbc, I literally live littorally.

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · November 19, 2019

        It is better than living figuratively, I reckon…always a pleasure and I look forward to your future posts! All the best!

      • Sheree · November 19, 2019


  3. pam@ichoosethis · November 14, 2019

    The ocean is amazing…the mountains pull me in. I can be the most stressed human…which I am more often then I’d like….the minute I drive I to the mountains….it all melts away. It’s an incredible feeling. “Nature is my church”. I’m glad the sea does this for you!!!

  4. DosViajando · November 14, 2019

    Un post precioso 👌

  5. Nurul Fitri Lubis · November 14, 2019

    Interesting post, Francisco. I was born in the city, where mountain and sea are quite far. I love to be in the mountain, listen to the river passing in between, and listen to the sound of night animals in the same time. However, I found that I prefer sea to mountain. Once I lived next to the sea for a year, in Indonesia. It was an amazing feeling when I woke up in the morning, opened my window and felt the smell of the sea at first. Moreover, the sound of the wave gave me the best therapy ever. You are lucky to have many chances living near the sea.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · November 14, 2019

      Yes, Nurul, I could not imagine living far from the sea…I don’t see the water from my house anymore like I used to before, but the beach is only a few kilometres away and I can walk there and just look at the Mediterranean all day long…I too love the mountains, the rivers and valleys but for me there is only one thing for living and it has to be close to the sea…Thank you so much! Take good care and all the best…

  6. Freddiemercuryonline · November 14, 2019

    Beautiful post I love the sea

  7. charlypriest · November 14, 2019

    A wonderful story.
    I’m quite weird, I’m constantly bombarded by words, phrases, ideas to write about and it can be even while I’m in the bathroom…. I’m always walking with a notebook, a bit freaky, if something comes to mind I have to write it down before I forget it, and if I forget it is pisses me off. People must be looking at me weird seeing a guy stop in the middle of the street and taking out my little notebook to write a word or two sometimes.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · November 14, 2019

      Eso es muy importante porque a mi me pasa lo mismo, pienso en algo brutal y luego, si no lo escribo, se me olvida…joder, tio, es una frustracion…venga, gracias y un saludo

  8. annj49 · November 17, 2019

    I grew up by the sea in the UK, and moved to Canada in 1972, where I found the sea on the west coast AND beautiful mountains and trees cascading and dripping down right into the very edge of the sea.
    Such WILD untouched beauty!!!!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · November 17, 2019

      Yes! Absolutely! Besides Alaska, I greatly enjoyed the beauty, the serenity and majesty of the mountains, the lakes and the rivers of the west coast of Canada, especially in the north and I also fell in love with the city of Victoria! Thanks so much! Cheers!

      • annj49 · November 17, 2019

        I live on Vancouver Island, so I get to enjoy all of this natural beauty whenever I want…..
        It’s good for my soul!

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