You’re the Smile that Peels Back Space

(“Mujer de Fierro” acrylics on canvas, 100×110 cm Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia, art of FBC)

I dreamed I saw a flower
that was left between the yellowed,
musty pages of a book ancient and faded,
but it wasn’t you…
Because in many dreams I’ve seen you,
you’re the fragrance,
not the petals left asleep, withered by time.
No! You’re the eyes that will seduce me,
you’re the smile that peels back space,
and your body, which will stretch across the oceans,
becomes part of loving things I can’t replace.
In a house that’s made of plasticine and heartbeats,
on a bed of chamomile and Freixenet,
in a kiss that rips away my lips like lightning,
I have dreamed you flew to me from far away.
So I know you’re not that lonely faded flower,
that was left behind forever to remain,
but a symbol of someone’s romance, not ours,
or of the suffering that comes when lovers stray.
You can never be a symbol, you’re too vibrant,
you’re the quintessential love that rips my flesh,
that in ecstasy consumes eternal hours,
that in dreams I feel a thousand hours awake.

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 18 FEB 2020, Valencia, Spain

INSTAGRAM (for all my artwork): @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

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

Jazz with my group AJA, playing funky world beat rhythms: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja2

THANKS!

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…

Un Manchego en la Luna

Obra de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia
Derechos Reservados

Dicen que una sombra vieron y no sabían de quien era…

Hay un manchego en la luna,

que es hincha del Osasuna,

medio entretenido, medio loco y quizá tonto.

Anda siempre con bastón de caminar y con su boina,

Y no pienses que lo que te cuento es coña,

bebe whiskey en los bares y en terrazas frente al mar,

y en Sevilla anda buscando a quien amar…

Hay un hombre que le dice al conductor del autobús,

“Tomame por las narices que yo soy de otro planeta y me muero

por volver, y no lo se hacer.”

Y lo mira el conductor y lo complace

Y le agarra la nariz, lo satisface,

Cuando nota que una nube verde, roja, gris y azul

Llena el omnibús y cuando habría pasado,

Ve que el hombre ya no estaba allí a su lado…

Una chica sale a prisas de su casa,

y atraviesa por los campos, las arenas,

suena con aquel chaval de las castañas,

de las rías, de las montañas gallegas.

Pero un sueño no es lo mísmo que un abrazo,

y en Doñana ella recuerda el castañazo,

de las noches andaluzas acostada bajo el sol,

y esas cosas también eran solo sueños,

su imaginación tejiendo así su empeño,

y el gallego ni se acuerda de esa gitana de luz

ni del sol de aquel verano andaluz…

Dicen que una sombra vieron

Dicen que miraron bien,

Pero no supieron identificarla,

Pues hay cosas que sí existen,

Aunque las quieran negar,

Y a veces si nos dejan sin palabras.

Un manchego de Osasuna y un marciano en autobús,

Y una chica que soñaba con su gran principe azul,

Y  habrán muchos otros casos, no lo vayas a dudar,

Nuestra vida es como un cuento de misterio,

Y quizá  encuentres duendes, ángeles o algunos más,

Antes que te lleven tiezo al cementerio.

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…

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:

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Urban Legend

(“Leyenda” acrylic on canvas by Francisco Bravo Cabrera, All Rights Reserved)

I’ve lived camouflaged in a dreary existence

away from the rays of the sun.

I’ve been a ghost,

I’ve been a vision,

and my words, are the voices you heard

when your spirit yearned for a trace of lost sanity.

And you joined me in the shadows.

My presence was the poltergeist,

that disappeared from sight

when she turned on the lights,

and sat upon her Persian rug

and lit her pipe and smoked.

I’ve always faded far into these dark, dark places,

And she, who always loved the light,

refused to see

both you and me.

Then one day our shadows crossed,

and our faces were exposed

then both did burned,

as rays of yellow light turned this darkened castle bright,

and we became the things that were.

I, the ghost that was,

you, the story told,

and us, the urban legend…

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 23 JAN 2020, Valencia, Spain

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

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

My group, AJA: “YaYa for New Orleans”: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja2

THANKS!