Viernes creativos: Arte y poesía… “Nubes”

(Foto propiedad de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Si fui una gota del océano que pisaste,

subí hacia el cielo y a una nube hice crecer,

el agua no se pierde ni se cansa,

se va ajustando,

se va escurriendo,

y transformándose

en aguacero,

un día acariciará tu piel.

Si fui un grano de arena que tuviste entre tus manos,

seré el recuerdo que esa tarde te encantó,

cada granito sirve para crear un verano

que cambie tu vida,

cambie todo lo que ves.

Seré la sangre que en tu cuerpo hierve y busca

llenarte de pasión y de ansiedad,

robándote el aliento te perfora,

y tres clavos como Cristo has de guardar.

El amor,

el sufrimiento,

ahora lo añoras,

en una nube no se logra conquistar,

yo seré el agua,

que sin piedad ahora te ahoga,

dejándote un trocito de mi sal.

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 10 de julio de 2020, Valencia, España 🇪🇸

Friday: Omnia Caelum Art: “Elektra in the Garden”

(Original artwork by FBC, “Electra in the Garden”, acrylics on canvas, 70 cm x 50 cm, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia collection)

“Electra in the Garden” is my latest painting right now…as there is another one in progress…and now forms part of the Omnia Caelum collection for sale here in Valencia or across the globe. Like I mention above, I painted in in layers of acrylic on a white canvas.

The significance of the painting is up to you. Of course, I gave it a name that evokes Greek antiquity and as well theatre (Sophocles) and perhaps some religious connotations, i.e. the garden. Is it the Garden of Eden? But what does Electra, daughter of Agamemnon, the one who with her brother Orestes, plots to revenge his death and takes revenge upon her mother Clytemnestra, yes, this Electra, what does she have to do with the Garden of Eden? Nothing…

So, this is not the Garden of Eden, represented here with five flowers growing on a vine, represented by a black like with black leaves. The female figure to the left is full of colour and she has a green-ish background. Yet, the garden, to the right, has a background which is grey and faded and resembles more a wall whose paint has been withered, damaged and faded. The female…Electra…may well represent an ancient Greek heroine who avenged her murdered father, but she may represent any female. A woman who reflects, on her skin, the colours of her world, her world views, her interior life and perhaps even her external surroundings.

The five flowers in the garden represents perhaps the five fingers of the hand, the five Graces of God, the number five as the untouchable number, the number of appendages on starfish, the atomic number of Boron, the symbol of the five senses, the god Shiva has five faces, the five wounds of Christ, the Five Pillars of Islam, the five books of the Torah, the Khamsa has four fingers and one thumb, ergo, five digits, Aristotle thought the universe is composed of five elements, the pentagram, the perfect fifth, the five interlocked rings of the Olympic symbol, or the five families of the Italian Mafia

(“Electra in the Garden” while in progress)

So the painting is purely decorative. It could be, there is nothing wrong with that, because one of the qualities of art is that art is decorative. I mean, don’t you think that Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel to decorate it? Of course. there is nothing wrong with art as decoration as decoration is something beautiful that engages the eye and pleases the mind of the spectator. It is a valuable quality.

But my art is not purely decorative. In those symbols there is a message and a meaning and the meaning is transferred as language. That is another attribute of art, that it is a language…

Thank you. I would like to present items of my Omnia Caelum Collection that are chosen for sale. If you are interested please contact us via my Instagram, @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera and there you can see just about everything the collection has (or had as many have been sold and are getting sold continuously).

I leave you with a short video clip of some of my work in black and white, illustrations made with graphite and ink on paper of different size, but mostly 37,5 cm x 29 cm, some matted, some not…and please do not forget to hit that like button, follow, subscribe to my YouTube channel and re-blog.

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It’s Thursday, the Middle of the Week! Classic Rock Thursday: Charlie Daniels (RIP)

Charlie Daniels' fans speak out on confederate flag controversy ...

For all those who have a complex or attribute different meanings to the Flag of the Confederate States of America, I will reproduce here, with the greatest respect, what a great American like Charlie Daniels had to say about the Rebel flag:

“The Confederate battle flag was a sign of defiance, a sign of pride, a declaration of a geographical area that you were proud to be from. That’s all it is to me and all it has ever been to me.”

I always admired Charlie Daniels and forever considered him one of the best American musicians and a symbol of the great American South from which he came and from where he gained his soul, his strength and inspiration.

So we have lost another one of the “classics”, perhaps one of the best.

Murió Charlie Daniels, la leyenda de la música country |

Definitely the death of a legend…

I remember, as many of you probably do too, listening to “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, as the first song that turned me on to Charlie Daniels, but I also loved his “Uneasy Rider” which came out in 1973. A great tune that he later updated into “Uneasy Rider ’88”, released, guess when? 1988…

Charlie Daniels rockero y violinista country pierde la vida tras ...

Later in 1989 he released another great tune, “Simple Man”, a song that narrates the reality of us, simple people, honest and hard working, and how we have to put up with the corruption of judges, and of politicians willing to be easy on criminals and drug dealers, when we would prefer to handle them ourselves and give them the punishment they deserve…

Another one of my favourite Charlie Daniels songs is this one:

Charlie Daniels was born in North Carolina on the 23rd of October 1936 in Wilmington. He died at 83 years of age on the 6th day of July 2020 from a brain haemorrhage at the Summit Medical Centre in Nashville, USA.

Of course, Charlie Daniels has been in the public eye, performing, recording and being a country, rock, bluegrass et al musician since the sixties when he wrote a song for Elvis Presley (1964, “It Hurts Me”) and played guitar and electric bass for Bob Dylan. He recorded his first album in 1971.

His last album was released in October of 2018. He put his new band together with Charlie Hayward, James Stroud, and Billy Crain, and called the band the Beau Weevils. He also wrote a book, which he released on the 6th of November 2018 titled “Let’s All Make the Day Count: The Everyday Wisdom of Charlie Daniels”.

I think the music world is getting thinner and smaller. The titans are leaving or getting perhaps too old, yet great ones, like Paul McCartney (Macca) and Ringo Starr, who just turned 80 are still in great shape and going strong, but I do lament the loss of those whom I always admired and whose music I loved and still love. So, I leave you with a classic tune which I hope you will like:


#Poemas del miercoles: “A Los que beben para olvidar”

(Obra original de FBC, dibujo a lápiz sobre cartulina de JaZzArT en Valencia, C.2020, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Un rayo de sol

se asomó hoy en el bar

y a nadie le molestó,

lo vieron así, como un saxofón

que se arrima al triste son.

El son de aquellos que,

buscando olvidar,

beben para no saber,

que podrá pasar,

quien podrá ocupar

el lugar de quien se fue…

La milonga que se suele cantar

cuando vamos a beber,

el lamento del que ella abandonó

que nunca va a comprender…

No cierres jamás queremos estar

en el bar de seis a tres,

Ponme un trago más,

No me hagas callar

ponme un whiskey no un café.

El que bebe así

busca el corazón donde nunca se escurrió,

va de bar en bar con un acordeón

aunque olvida la canción,

y el rayo de sol

se sentó en el bar

y ha pedido su coctel

a ver si en lugar de su resplandor

comenzará aquí a llover,

y en el bar andan los tragos,

bailando al ritmo del son,

de los que han bebido más que un rato,

a los que el amor cuesta barato,

al que piensa que olvidando puede

calmar para siempre la sed…

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 08 de julio de 2020, Valencia, España 🇪🇸

#Poems for a Wednesday: “A Fish in the City”

(Original artwork by FBC, C.2020 Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

A line that stretches deep into the city,

a fish that swims in rivers filled with streets,

and streets where one can walk along and dream

and never understand that streams

are filled with magic and with truth,

that’s where I find the right approach to you…

That’s where my fishbowl ends and yours begins,

where nature laughs at all our whims,

the sacred spot, the sacred sin,

but even in our sins we stop,

we look about…

It seems that we can’t find our way through doubt,

and in this crazy maze of flowers in the sun,

the dance that we’ve begun

is far from pure,

a pirouette in space,

an arabesque,

the human race grows scales

and swims in place,

and cities,

wet with oceans,

moist with love and pure devotion

to a soul that lives for motion

and defines our daily life,

is where I search for ocean’s blue

for this is my approach to you.

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 08 JUL 2020, Valencia, Spain


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“El crítico”, a painting from the Omnia Caelum Valencia Collection…

(Obra original de FBC, “El crítico”)

Konstantin Stanislavski describes his transformation from a theatre student to a character he called “the Critic” in his book Building a Character. He says he smeared his face and his hair with theatre make-up cream, put on a black, old overcoat and suddenly a dry, sardonic personality began to emerge. The “monster” comes out from within, from the actor’s inner life, from his memories and his experiences. He then becomes the critic and the critic had become that featureless actor who had applied make-up and worn an old coat…

I’ve never forgotten this part of the book which I read when I started at the School of Theatre Arts of Florida International University. Stanislavski and Uta Hagen were the first theatre writers I ever read and I learned most of what I was to eventually learn at the university from their books. Stanislavski’s transformation into that critic impressed me so much that I’ve never forgotten it. I knew it would end up being part of my life, one way or another. And finally, after all those years, I found “the Critic”, I painted him.

El crítico” (The Critic) started out as a portrait, in the usual, classical manner but a little voice inside my head kept saying “I don’t believe you, you’re not convincing me…” and I realised it was the voice of the critic. I put the board, it is painted on a board, back on the easel and I started to let it develop from within…

The painting is done in acrylics on a board and measures 42,5 cm by 32 cm. It is part of the collection here at Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia. I painted it during the days of Omnia Caelum Studios Miami, back on the 22nd of April of 2017.

(Of course, El crítico is for sale, along with all the other paintings, drawings and digital art of the Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia. Sales are done through my agent and contact can be made via my Instagram @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera and there you can see almost everything, although not everything might be available, but you can inquire.)

Here is a short video montage of some of my paintings in the Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia collection which can be purchased. I would greatly appreciate it if you would subscribe to my YouTube channel. Thank you!

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