Journal Entry #7: “Dear Diary…”

(Detail from RFB’s “White-Black Oval #2”, photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

So today is Sunday, the end of the week and the end of the month of February. Once again time is rushing by. Perhaps because 2020 was, in many ways, a lost year, it seems like déjà vu…

But it isn’t the same. In today’s morning news there were news that again there was a night of violence in Barcelona. I cannot believe that the police cannot control the situation. Last night they set fire to a police transport van with an agent inside. The rioters set fire to automatic teller machines, broke more and more windows and burned many more rubbish containers. And all of this demanding “freedom” for a man who was lawfully tried, convicted and sentenced. Well, if I may, I would advise the journalists and reporters covering this news item not to call the people involved in this mayhem as protesters, call them what they are, criminals. Yes, that is all they are, vulgar, run of the mill street thugs. They demand “freedom of expression” when they have not even the decency to act like civilised people. Freedom has to be earned and then respected.

Another topic I wanted to mention is that the COVID numbers for Spain, my country, are going down, down and down. That is a good thing. Many of out autonomous communities are lessening the restrictions they have placed upon their citizens. However, we here at the Comunitat Valenciana, are still under some of the most severe restrictions although our numbers have dropped significantly, meaning 600 cases less than last week. So why is President Ximo Puig still not letting us enjoy our bars and restaurants? Yes, he decided that as of 01 MAR the bars and terraces can open, outside only and only until 1800 hours. Why such a limited schedule? He has also allowed stores…not the essential ones…to stay open until 2000 hours but we cannot gather at home with anyone that does not live with us. Isn’t that a bit arbitrary? Are we supposed to allow ourselves to be practically fully restricted so that we can now appreciate and be grateful that we are being thrown these crumbles?

At the risk of having my diary resemble a complaint section only, I will say that in my studio things are going great. I have almost finished my commission (and it was a big one, four relatively large paintings all following a single, pre-determined theme) but I am taking my time with the last one as it is the most important and most difficult one. Another thing is that I finally decided to start trying to make some money from my work. I mean others do, why not me. So my approach was a Patreon page. There I will be posting Great Artists Series, Art Lessons, Poetry projects as well as continuing to develop JaZzArt. I thank in advance any one of you who decides to join me in this venture. Another thing is that I will still produce Weekend Artists Series here but instead of writing out my post, I will simply put everything on a specially made YouTube video. And I would really appreciate it if you would visit the YouTube site and hit that like button. It is imperative to accumulate likes in YouTube so that the videos can be placed in better and better positions on their search engine. At least that is what others have told me. I would also appreciate your input on this.

All for now, signing off, this Sunday morning, 28 February 2021 in Valencia, Spain

CHEERS!

Great Artists Series, Part 1: Diego Velázquez

Diego Velázquez - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre
(Diego Velázquez, Sevilla, 1599 – Madrid 1660)

This is certainly one of the heavyweights of European art…

Please feel free to visit and if you are interested in the story, please follow the prompts to JazzyArts.

You can also watch our video of some of the greatest works of Diego Velázquez here:

(This is an original video created at Omnia Caelum Studios. Please don’t forget to like, share and subscribe to our YouTube channel, thank you!)

CHEERS!

Weekend Artists Series, Part 1: Michaelina Wautier

Michaelina Woutiers – Wikipedia

This will be my new format for bringing to you the Weekend Artists Series. If you are interested in art history and in particular this artist, please watch the video which highlights the important aspects of the artist as well as a good representation of their work. As we really need to grow my subscribers as well as increase the visitors to our YouTube channel, we have decided to proceed in this manner. Hope you enjoy, comment but most importantly like the video and share it.

Thank you!

(Please don’t forget to like, share and subscribe to your YouTube channel, thank you!)

CHEERS!

Teaching and Learning Art…Part 1

(“Composition in Green and Yellows No.1”, acrylic on canvas 40x50cm, original artwork by FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

For all those that may be interested. We here at Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia have decided to proceed in a new and different manner. Our intention is to spread the love of art, the ability to create art and the knowledge of art as far and as wide as we can. We cannot do that without the help of our new Patreon page. We produce well researched articles and videos on art and we need them to reach as many people as possible but we also have to cover expenses. Our page is called “Jazzy Arts” and you can check it out here. There will be free articles but the gist of the material will be for those who would like to make a commitment and become patrons. For those I promise to expand upon theories of art, creativity and more. I will also post more research and investigation of the artists who have made a name in art history. And as well I will share with you the developments within the body of my own artwork and I will share with you how I do it and how you can also develop your own.

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Let’s begin what I know to be a marvellous journey.
And believe me, the principles I will present, discus, and teach here are valuable for anything in life, not just art.

But in our case we are artists, we are wanting to be artists, we are studying art and we are developing our ideas, our imagination and our creativity. That’s the key. We are becoming something else, something that not everyone is. We will also do something that not everyone can do. That means we have started on the road to becoming an artist.

Here is the first chapter:

“How I Teach Art”

A Poem for a Friday Morning in Valencia: “Prologue to ‘Capricious Vagrants'”

(Photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia, “The Blossoming of the Almond Trees in Valencia”)

KINDNESS IS A WAY TO FIND
CAPRICIOUS VAGRANTS
THAT THROUGH TIME
HAVE WONDERED THROUGH THESE STREETS.

UNKIND AND CRUEL IMPLACABLE
THE FATE THAT RULES
THE ROPES THAT BIND
CAPRICIOUS VAGRANTS
THAT THROUGH TIME
THROUGH RAINBOWS
AND THROUGH WARS
HAVE PLAGUED THE STREETS
HAVE FANCIED BARS
AND EVEN THOUGH THEY HIDE THEIR SHAME
WITHIN THE CRACKS THEY WILL REMAIN.

KINDNESS IS A WAY TO LOSE
CAPRICIOUS VAGRANTS
DRESSED IN WOOL
THAT FOLLOWED ME ONE DAY.

UNKIND AND ANGRY
RAGING MAD
DESTINY
THE DAYS WE HAD
WITH CHANCES TO REDEEM OUR SOUL
SAVING THOSE WITHERED AND OLD
THE HELPLESS MASS
UNFORTUNATES
THAT ALL FORGOT
THAT NO ONE NAMES
HAVE PASSED

CAPRICIOUS VAGRANTS IN THE RAIN

WITH SADDENED HEARTS THEY WILL REMAIN.

C.2021, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 26 FEB 2021, Valencia, Spain

It’s Thursday! The Middle of the Week: Classic Rock Album for Today is “Deja Vu” by CSN&Y

Deja Vu : Crosby, Still: Amazon.es: Música
(Released 1970)

I remember buying this album (the vinyl) back in High School. Loved it, still do. One of the best of that classic rock era I must say. This group, one of the favourites of the hippies of the late sixties, early seventies, had already released one prior album, Crosby, Stills & Nash on Atlantic Records in May of 1969. And that’s how I got to know them, by their singles “Marrakesh Express” and especially “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, which I learned to play on the guitar, although to play it right I had to re-tune it to EEEEBE.

Then in 1970, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash brought in Neil Young, and thus CSN became CSN&Y. Neil Young and the lads went on tour at the end of the summer of 1969, and on the 17th of August, they played the Auditorium Theatre of Chicago, with Joni Mitchell opening the show. It was during this concert that they mentioned that on the following day they would be going to a place called Woodstock, but they didn’t know where that was, and they clarified things by beginning their second set, with the same statement they made in Woodstock: “This is only the second time we play in front of people, we’re scared shitless”. Then they played “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” followed by a version of The Beatles “Blackbird”.

So Deja Vu was a super album by a super group. It made it to number one in the US Billboard top 200 and three singles were released: “Woodstock”, “Teach Your Children” and “Our House”. All of them were top 40 hits in the US. In 2020 the album was placed in the 220th spot on the best 500 albums of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine. Actually there was a fourth single launched from the album, “Carry On”, unfortunately, that song did not reach the top 40.

A couple of interesting things about this album is that it included the participation of Jerry Garcia playing pedal steel guitar on “Teach Your Children” and John Sebastian doing the harmonica work on “Déjà Vu”.

In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine placed Déjà Vu on the list of the best 500 albums of all times, putting it as number 148, but then on 2012, they revised the list, placing it as number 147.

It seems like each one of the lads, Stills, Crosby, Nash and Young all contributed two songs to the album and there is one final one, “Everybody I Love You” that was co-authored by Stephen Stills and Neil Young.

Got to say that my favourite cut…and they are all great tunes…of the album is David Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair”. A real anthem of the generation.

Déjà Vu Live was released by the band in 2008. It served as the soundtrack for a documentary film about the careers of the members of the band. It included many CSN&Y songs as well as one called “Let’s Impeach the President” by Neil Young. This live recording has virtually nothing to do with the Déjà Vu of 1970.

Hope you like it and I really hope you let me know what you think.

CHEERS!

Creo … I believe

(Photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios València)

Creo que hay que ponerle freno a esto. Estos actos de vandalismo no son más que ataques a la propiedad pública y privada y no debe permitirse … I believe this should be stopped. These acts of vandalism are attacks on public and private property and should not be allowed …

(Photo property of El Periódico)

Pues de aquellos polvos vienen estos lodos. Si no se acaba con las indisciplinas se convierten en actos anárquicos … Those acts of vandalism mature into street violence. If indiscipline is not stopped it matures into anarchy …