De Cerca y al Tocar Su Piel

(“De Oro Es” de FBC, foto de FBC, Derechos Resevados)

La prefiero ver de lejos

Aunque sé,

Que de cerca,

y al tocar su piel

seré,

como un verbo entre los astros,

que al pasar no deja rastros,

destruyendo las barreras

que me impiden proceder.

No se cual es su color,

pero se que en el calor

de entre sus brazos,

lo he de encontrar.

Y la dibujaré en un petalo que va,

flotando sobre los vientos

y sera,

un beso de primavera,

que me arranca como fiera,

la malicia con caricias

que sabe dar

La prefiero en un suspiro

que en el mar,

Y en el aire que respiro,

debe estar.

Se trasluce en el espacio,

Y al amor lo hará despacio,

Y en un atomo me enseña

que hay mil mundos por andar.

Y su olor y su humedad

Que en mi cuerpo dejará quizá mañana

Azul sera,

como la eternidad.

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 12 de febrero de 2020, Valencia

(Cuadro “De Oro Es”, obra de Francisco Bravo Cabrera, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

JaZzArt en Valencia: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

Jazz de piano con mi grupo AJA: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

Abstract Jazz Arrangement (AJA), Bodo y Bakero…

(foto propiedad de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Menudo enredo…primero Bodo Vespaciano, ahora Francisco…pero C’est la vie, las cosas cambian, la gente igual y todos vamos madurando y mutando mientras vamos creciendo y desarrollando nuestro arte y talento. Al fin y al cabo, el talento es el resultado de horas y horas de dura faena artística.

Quisiera que conocieras la música que tocabamos cuando hicimos AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement, que significa “arreglos de jazz abstractos” o “arreglos abstractos de jazz” como quieras). El siguiente enlace te lleva a un website donde podrás escuchar piezas de piano y contrabajo:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

Ese CD lo grabamos en el 2004 un gran pianista y yo en el bajo.

Y aquí te dejo el vídeo “Aranaki” con la canción “Yerushalahaim” de fondo. Y preparate porque durante esa etapa me llamaba Bakero. Toco la guitarra y el bajo en la grabación:

(Música original de FBC, cuadros y fotos de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Te invito a suscribirte a mi canal YouTube donde todos mís vídeos contienen mís cuadros y fotos igual que la música que he compuesto con AJA y solo.

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

JaZzArt en Valencia: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

Grupo AJA: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja2

gracias…

JaZz Art continues in 2020

(“The Irreversible” ink and graphite on paper, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Every year one tries to plan what one is going to do throughout the year, at least on a professional level and I am doing just that right now. Most of the year is uncertain but one thing I am certain of already is that I will do my yearly, November/December Expo in Valencia, this year as well.

BUT…

I am open to suggestions and invitations to do expos anywhere in Europe or America.

These are some of the paintings I will include in the 2020 expo, that I’ve not exhibited although they were finished in late 2019…

“Las Flores” Collection/series Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia

I greatly appreciate the support I’ve received throughout this year. I invite all of you back so we all can continue the journey. This year 2020 will be even better, as it should be. One must always move forward and not take a single step backward, not even for impulse! And I hope and look forward to doing many more expos and other events, artistic and literary, before the November expo in Valencia. I would love to have you with me so we can all share it together and together grow.

Art is a dynamic, a language, a weapon, to be used to grow as human beings, connect and dialogue, transmit ideas and to fight the most virulent of evils, which is intolerance, bigotry, racism and injustice. I, as an artist, refuse to sit quietly by while evil takes hold of more and more people and things of this, our world. Politicians are not the only ones with a duty to the “people”, and I truly believe that artists…of all genres and fields…should and must take part in making our world a better world. After all, our countries do not belong to the ruling party in power at the moment, our countries belong to us, the people.

Once again, I truly appreciate the support of this, my blogging community, which has shown me many beautiful lessons in humanity, in art, in science and in current events. I have learned from all of you many valuable lessons and I appreciate, wholeheartedly the incredibly wonderful articles and posts I have seen and enjoyed throughout my time on this blog. I am humbled by the acceptance I’ve received and the beautiful words which you have rendered me and I humbly accept them, perhaps undeserved but greatly appreciated because I know they all came from the heart. To all of you go my sincere wishes for happiness, peace and love in 2020 and forever.

Shalom,

Francisco

(“Next to the Sea, where I love to be…” foto/digital art by FBC, OCS Valencia)

I would like to invite you to follow me on Instagram where I post my paintings as I finish them (yes, I know, I have not finished one in a couple of monts): @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

AND

You can access and see my 2019 “JaZzArt en Valencia” collection by visiting my online gallery: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

AND

If you like piano jazz, check out this CD I did with a great German pianist back in Miami, Florida in 2004. The pieces are created through jazz improvisation and I accompany Stu on the bass. Lots of people have said that the music is very spiritual and sensuous and that they can think of many things that they would like to do while this music plays in the background: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

AND

thanks…

The Blue Aegean Sea…

(Aegean Coast of Turkey, photo property of FBC, All Rights Reserved)

I’ve never seen a bluer sea, and I’ve seen many, because if there is one thing that I love is the water…I was born near the water and I’ve always lived in a coastal city or town…but the Aegean Sea is incredibly beautiful.

Here are some shots I took while sailing in Turkish waters…

And areas along the coast heading south from Bodrum, and Bodrum is more or less in the middle of the Turkish Aegean coast, about a one hour flight from Istanbul.

It’s a very relaxing time, the time you spend on the water, and since most of the coastline is composed of coves and small bays, you can anchor and jump in any time of the day or the night that you like…

(Our saiboat, we rented it with friends, for one week, photo property of FBC, All Rights Reserved)

When you hire a boat, it comes with a captain, a chef and a first mate. You then purchase everything and anything you wish to eat along the voyage as well as everything and anything you would like to drink. We had a great chef and ate gourmet quality food throughout the seven days of sailing the Turkish Aegean.

It is a very relaxing and refreshing time, a most enjoyable experience. You eat, you drink, you take in the sunshine and the gorgeous waters of that blue, blue Aegean Sea…

I leave you with a little video clip that I made of my trips and journeys in Turkey, a country I know very well, although I should say that I know the western, Aegean coast, because Turkey is a huge country and I know very little of all points east, north or further south…

Turkey, at least some of it…

If you liked this post, please hit that like button, share and comment. I greatly encourage comments as it is a great way to communicate ideas and experiences.

You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel as well as follow me on Instagram, @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

THANKS!

Raw Emotion is not Art

(“Botitas” acrylic on canvas, 70x80cm Private Collection United States, foto property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios, All Rights Reserved)

In the theatre, or in films or in anything where an actor performs, there is a transmission of ideas, emotions and dynamics. The dynamics are the ups and downs and the inevitable way they lead…or they should…to the climax. It’s what we see, feel and identify as energy. But the emotions, the feelings, the exchanges of dialogue, whether it is spoken or non-verbal, are all contrived.

In other words, the emotions are an artistic recreation that the actor, through his training, talent and ability, transmits. The great Theatre Director Konstantin Stanislavski, Director of the Moscow Art Theatre and writer of several books on one of the most popular acting forms, the Method, said, and I paraphrase, that raw emotion is not art.

Therefore it may be wise to apply this very important lesson, this idea, this profound statement, to all forms of art, because all art must be a means of expression and the expression is in the form of emotions.

I realised that when I was a Theatre student in university. I thought about that phrase for a very long time until it sank deep into my brain and I was able to make it a motto for myself and my work in art, in every form of art that I’ve been involved in, namely music, painting and poetry. Funny thing is that I did theatre work, writing, directing and producing but never acting…well, only once…as I never aspired to be an actor, instead I wanted to be a playwright.

In any event, I ended up painting and trying to express emotions with acrylics, oils, watercolours, pencils and pens, on paper, on canvas or on wood…

In conclusion I just wanted to state that all art is contrived and serves an artistic purpose, which is either to express an idea, a thought or an emotion but keeping in mind that it must also entertain…

(Francisco, by FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios)

If you liked this post, please do not forget to hit that like button, comment…as it is always good to share ideas and to start valid and civilised discussions on art…and share, that is always appreciated.

To see most of my artwork…at least the ones I’ve remembered to post…please follow me on Instagram @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

AND…

To see my JaZzArt en Valencia (2019) collection, please visit http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

FINALLY…

To hear some of my piano Jazz tunes, please go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

THANKS!

Oh, I almost forgot, I am also on YouTube…my channel bears my name and you can find it like this:

(if you liked this, please subscribe, like and share, THANKS!)

2 mins…Cuadros y Dibujos/Drawings & Paintings

(foto de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia, Derechos Reservados)
Un nuevo esfuerzo por llevar mis cuadros y mis obras por el mundo entero

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

JaZzArt en Valencia: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

Jazz by AJA: Piano Jazz, http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

Gracias…no olvides de darle al me gusta, compartir y comentar…

THANKS! Don’t forget to hit that like button, comment and share…

DIS OR D ER…The “Toxicity” of our Social Order…

(Polluted Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, foto property of FBC, All Rights Reserved)

SHOUT THIS:

“You, what do you own the world?
How do you own disorder, disorder…”

These are lyrics from the song “Toxicity” from the album Toxicity by System of a Down, released in 2001. I will leave the link to the video clip of the song. It was written by Serj Tankian, (lyrics), and the music by Daron Malakian and Shavo Odadjian. The song reached number 14 in VH1’s top 40.

Malakian said the song dealt with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), however…

I think, after hearing it again after all these years…and believe me, I always loved this song and had the CD Toxicity when in came out…that the song deals with much more than that.

“You, what do you own the world?”

Can that line be a question? I hear it as an affirmation, an accusation perhaps, filled with anger, ire, desperation. Isn’t it fitting that we ask that to some of our present world leaders?

Some of these leaders really are fascinated by their own personalities, or by their own perceived wisdom…

Some really think they can change the course of history…

One thinks he owns the world…

“How do you own disorder, disorder…”

But the world is not the property of a politician, of a dictator or of a supposed elected president. The country he or she represents is unimportant because in the great scheme of things countries are not important. The world does not belong to the leader of a nation no matter how strong (militarily) or powerful (economically) or ancient (cultured and wise) that nation or group of nations or states may be.

But the world is in a state of disorder…

No! They’ve created disorder! Order from chaos…but first create chaos…and we shall rule! This is the theology of those who think they are above all else and want to own the world, rule the world, and they’re only creating disorder!

Here is what the world looks like in the dawn of 2020:

Refugees are walking thousands of kilometres to get to safety and peace…fanatics are killing people that disagree with their strange ideologies or contrived religions…other refugees…they’re just people…are risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean looking for a better life in Europe, and Europe’s “leaders” don’t want them. What! They own the world?

In the industrialised countries of the West, there is a growing number of people without homes, without means, without food…In countries in America there are people suffering insurgencies and guerrilla wars because their governments are corrupt and have not the moral high ground to stand firm against the armies of liberation fighting in their hills, mountains and jungles. Violence rules, from drug cartels, from gangs, from dissatisfied lunatics running rampant in the streets.

There is unchecked political persecution, dictatorships stealing the life blood of the people, depriving entire nations the items they need for daily life, mainly their daily bread.

Throughout the world, industrilised, Third World, whatever, children are being exploited, stolen, sold, prostituted. Young women are kidnapped and trafficked and turned into addicts and used as sex slaves. Everywhere people are getting poorer, the middle class is quickly vanishing…

There is a growing gap, a chasm, between the rich, the very very rich, and the poor who are now the ultra poor…the unequal and unfair distribution of richness is destroying the fabrics of Western society and changing the values of the people…and the Western World continues to rape the so-called Third World, while those poorer nations, in their lack of abilities, are polluting the oceans, the air and the green lands…

People are struggling to be heard, to be recognised and respected, yet there is much anger and hatred towards those who are perceived as being different from the norm. What is the norm?

Women are still being abused, harassed and treated as inferior…hatred and violence against the female gender is at an all time high and yet there are those from some political parties that do not want children to be sensitised to gender violence and be taught about diversity, and be taught that we are all equal and that women are to be respected and not used…

There is a growing right wing, ultra-right wing, whose sentiment is being fueled by those who hate and destroy and who want to rule the world, rule disorder…

And even if those who insist on continuing to use fossil fuels, who resist the proliferation of electric cars, reusable energy and a simpler life that leaves behind a much smaller carbon footprint, do not want to acknowledge it, the Earth is a living organism and it is rebelling against their atrocities.

This last decade has been the hottest on record and every decade since the beginning of record keeping has been hotter than the one before. There are enormous hurricanes, record breaking tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic explosions, enormous, almost unstoppable forest fires. What more proof do we need that those that are in positions of authority are destroying the world?

I know the song “Toxicity” does not talk about most of the things I’ve ranted and raved about but I hope you find something relevant or akin to today’s reality, either here in Europe or in America or in the East, or in Africa or Australia.

One thing that is true is that the name “Toxicity” does describe the world today…

If you liked what you read, please hit that like button, share and comment. I would really like to know what you think, especially if you have more examples or if you disagree, as long as we all remain civilised…

I am a poet of the brushes, canvas and paints and you can see my artwork on INSTAGRAM @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

You can also see my “JaZzArt en Valencia” collection (2019, 2020 coming soon): http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

and…as I am a musician and with my group AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement) made some pretty good music, you can listen to my piano jazz at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

THANKS!

Bahía de Cienfuegos, Cuba

(Bahía de Cienfuegos, foto de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia, Derechos Reservados/All Rights Reserved)

Una bahía de bolsa y una belleza de la naturaleza…

Cienfuegos es conocida en Cuba como la Perla del Sur. Tercera ciudad en importancia y fundada por franceses de Burdeos en 1819. Don Luis De Clouet y Favrot es considerado el fundador.

Cienfuegos tiene acerca de 180.000 habitantes. Su centro histórico fue declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por UNESCO en 2005.

Realmente se merece que la llamen La Perla del Sur…

Si te ha gustado, darle al me gusta, comparte y comenta…

Te invito a seguirme en Instagram, @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera y a visitar mis galerias de arte online, http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155.

El Piano Jazz de AJA: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

Y mi canal de YouTube:

Puedes ver la primera parte en mi canal de YouTube. Derechos Reservados

Todas las fotos son propiedad de Francisco Bravo Cabrera y de Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia y no se permite su uso ni que se copien sin permiso por escrito. Gracias.