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…

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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…

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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.

Flamenco en Sevilla…

(foto de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Lo recomiendo situado en: Calle Matemáticos Rey Pastor y Castro, 4, 41092 Sevilla, con: Teléfono: 954 53 47 20

(foto de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Todos profesionales y con mucha arte…

(foto de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Y…Sevilla tiene un color especial…

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

YouTube: Francisco Bravo Cabrera

(Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

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

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

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JaZzArt en Miami 2017 en los Tiempos de Bodo Vespaciano

(Nuestro jardín junto al Océano Atlántico en Miami Beach, foto de FBC, C.2019, Derechos Reservados, All Rights Reserved)

Bodo Vespaciano fue mi nom d’artist de 2003 al 2018 cuando di por terminado ese proyecto. Pero el arte de esos tiempos tiene vigencia y continuidad y no piede ni ha perdido valor…

JaZzArt comenzó en Omnia Caelum Studios of Art Miami y bajo el sello de Bodo Vespaciano…estos son algunos de esos dibujos que ahora forman parte de Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia. Espero que os guste…

Música original que compuse en 2008 en Miami Beach…

Todos los cuadros y dibujos en el vídeo son originales y muchos siguen disponibles en Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia (OCSV)…

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While My Guitar…

(Image property of FBC, All Rights Reserved, Derechos Reservados, C.2019)

Slipping quickly by,

abstract as water falling into a shallow pond…

The music in your hands is passing as quickly as the minutes…

The music in your head remains for eternity…

Going as fast as the notes will take her,

she dances upon a ballroom of five lines with sharps and pauses,

for a moment capturing your thoughts and your imagination,

then as quickly as a sound you heard behind your head,

she disappears…

While my guitar…

While my fingers touch the strings and shape the essence of a chord

you drink a harmony with tea

and proudly say,

I’ve created a symphony…

But you’re slipping quickly by,

As a figure made by clouds in the endless sky,

And music travels through you like the gentle rain,

and on and on, you start again, you start again…

(C.2019 All Rights Reserved)

Painting, “Guitarra Azul” acrylic on canvas, by Francisco Bravo Cabrera, Private Collection, Miami, Florida, USA

Cienfuegos, Cuba, The Pearl of the South, Punta Gorda

(The Bay of Cienfuegos, photo by FBC)

There is something about Cuba that is certainly worth talking…and blogging…about, the natural beauty of the island. For instance, the Bay of Cienfuegos…

Cienfuegos, situated in the south shore of Cuba, somewhat near the centre of the island, was founded in 1819 by immigrants from France, under the leadership of founder Mr. Luis De Clouet.

I had the opportunity to spend fifteen days in Cienfuegos. I stayed at a “casa particular”, which is the Cuban equivalency of a bed and breakfast. I chose a particular area of the city, a little peninsula…or a spit…that juts out into the bay and which is called “Punta Gorda”.

The Paseo del Prado is the main street that runs through this small neighbourhood after it crosses the Malecon de Cienfuegos, (The seawall), and from then on until the point at the end of the spit. I referred to it as the strip. Punta Gorda has a rather suburban feel, not unlike many places in Miami, Florida…

Punta Gorda must have been a beautiful neighbourhood back in the fifties. The area was developed much earlier, even as far back as the XIXth Century. But in the thirties, forties and fifties Punta Gorda enjoyed its best years. You can see huge mansions with large yards with fruit trees and all the houses, on one side of the main street or the other, are on the water…

The lovely green and white building above was the Yacht Club. Next to it you can see the Cienfuegos seawall, called the “Malecon”…

I stayed for a few nights at the Hotel Jagua, located at the end of the Punta Gorda strip. It was built in 1958, before the revolution, and it has that old 1950’s charm. It is on the water, with a little beach and with nice bars and restaurants. At night they have a Jazz club, and well, you know how I feel about Jazz…

The old Covadonga Restaurant is also on the water, across from the hotel. It certainly looks like a 1950’s building, although now it is rather run down. I was told by old timers that in the late 50’s it was a hopping place. People would crowd the tables on the waterside and drink their daiquiris and their mojitos under the shade and enjoying the Caribbean breezes…

When you leave Downtown Cienfuegos on the Paseo del Prado, basically Cienfuego’s main street, you are en route to Punta Gorda. At the very end of the strip is a rotunda, where there is a metal statue of dancers. Across is the De Valle palace. This was once a private home and now a museum and sometimes a banquet hall as well as a popular tourist attraction.

I must say that I did truly enjoy those days in Punta Gorda. Every day I would walk the Malecon strip and then the Paseo del Prado and enter into the downtown Cienfuegos neighbourhood. It was a lovely time, especially in March, when I went because the weather was not as hot as it gets in the summers.

Cienfuegos, on the whole, was a beautiful French city. A perfect grid of streets, all straight, all logical…

You can still see the majesty of most of the houses in the Downtown neighbourhood even though, because of lack of maintenance, many of the facades look rather run down. However, with a little paint and a little tender love and care, these structures will resurface again with the strength and beauty they originally possessed when they were built back in the late XIXth Century and early XXth.

Finally I just wanted to include a little side trip I made to Rancho Luna, the beach town, very close by, that Cienfuegos people call their beach. It has lovely beachfront homes on the side of a hill and of course, all those were the beach houses of “Cienfuegueros” (the folk of Cienfuegos), where they went to spend their summer holidays. The Cuban government appropriated these properties when the owners abandoned Cuba and sought political exile in Spain or in the US. Presently the house you see above is being used by the government as a “rest home” for patients convalescing from AIDS and HIV disease.

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All is Heaven…

(Photo by FBC, C.2019 Derechos Reservados)

ALL IS HEAVEN…ALL IS WATER…ALL IS IN MY IMAGINATION…

I have been born with imagination,
in a simple tree branch, a thriving nation,
I see a million clouds that form the shapes of dreams and hopes
in a cloudless sky.
And many times I wonder if we are fragments of a storybook
recited to a child in Heaven...

I called my studio of art, Omnia Caelum Studios, because of certain verses in Ovid which I always found interesting:

“…ante mare et terras et quod tegit omnia caelum
unus erat toto naturae vultus in orbe,
quem dixere chaos: rudis indigestaque moles
nec quicquam nisi pondus iners congestaque eodem
non bene iunctarum discordia semina rerum.”

I liked the significance which translated roughly means:

Before the sea and the lands and (which covers all things) the sky,
one form was in the whole sphere of nature,
which they called Chaos, a raw undigested mass,
and nothing but an inert mass, and heaped up in the same [place],
the discordant seeds of things not well joined
.”

Not well joined until touched by the hands of the artist who can redistribute, reshape and create something beautiful out of an undigested mass…

I was attracted to the order from chaos idea which in many ways describes the way I approach art. But mostly I was attracted to the line “omnia caelum”, which I know to really mean…at least really to me…that “all is Heaven”. All starts from Heaven and ends as well for Heaven is still there for us to look up and smile and wonder. After all in the skies…Heaven…we see so many incredible things…

From the source, Heaven, I can create the first line on my canvas that will inspire my improvisation that will ultimately create Jazz Art right here on the plane of Earth.

And not just my paintings, I have also created music using the same idea of Jazz. I formed the “Abstract Jazz Arrangement” (AJA) in 1999, withing Omnia Caelum Studios. I use the “Arrangement” to collaborate with jazz musicians, or others who like the idea of creating from short lines and forming complete tunes…

I like to work with the certainty that there is something before and something after. To me the concept of Heaven is many things, for example, the place…the horizon on the sea…where you see the union of sky and water…

I want my studio to be what I think art is, therefore it is conceptual, that way I do not lose my place and I can continue to work within the structure that I have created for myself. It is not a limitation, it is simply a border, a reminder. After all just because your elbow does not bend outward, are you limited?

I chose “jazz” as my style not just because I love that musical genre but because it creates something pure, organic and complete out of randomness. I wanted to unite with music in the spirit of the abstract, after all what can be more abstract than music?

If you would like to see more of my artwork, paintings and drawings, please follow me on Instagram as there I post them as I paint them, just go to @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera and if you would like to see the 2019 “JaZzArt en Valencia” series, please access my online galleries at http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

For my music with AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement), samples can be heard at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

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Poco Fa, ho avuto una visita gradita

(“Ganso Dorado #3” acrylic on canvas 20x50cm Private collection Valencia)

When I created AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement) I wanted to explore as much as I could the music and the sounds that I loved and as well sing in whatever language I chose, from Castilian to Latin…

For more, please listen to the other video clips on my You Tube channel and you can check out AJA on http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja2 for more…

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