Miami Beach…in the Winter

(Pelican over the Atlantic Ocean, photo property of FBC, All Rights Reserved)

Miami Beach is an island on the other side of Biscayne Bay from the City of Miami…it is a barrier island with approximately 90.000 residents. Of course, during the high tourist season the number of people in Miami Beach rises to a couple of million, at least…

There is no such thing as a winter in South Florida…

And the sun sets over Miami Beach. Photo property of FBC, All Rights Reserved

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Miami Sunsets & Flowers and Misty Sky video…

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Miami is a beautiful city on the east coast, at the end of Florida and almost at the end of the continent of North America, the only thing further south are the Florida Keys and Key West. The sunsets are extraordinary as seen from where I usually saw them, which was Miami Beach.

The clouds are like mountains that form shapes that merge into each other that float along the vastness of the skies…

And the flowers that such abundant sunshine creates is just as awesome…

And so, as the day ends and we all return to our balconies to watch the incredible presence of Mother Nature, we see this as we look to the west…

I always looked towards the west from my flat on the island of Miami Beach to make sure I never missed the sunsets. These are mostly from November and December and in the back you can see the high rises of Downtown Miami…

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Miami Beach era un encanto

(Mirando hacia South Beach, foto de FBC, Derechos Reservados)

Miami Beach es un municipio de un lugar que años atras le llamaban el Gran Miami y que ahora ya no, ahora simplemente es del condado Miami-Dade, Florida. Tiene aproximadamente noventa mil habitantes, pero cuando llegan los turistas, en la temporada alta, digamos de noviembre a abril, puede tener Miami Beach mas de dos millones de almas diambulando por sus calles y viviendo es sus grandes hoteles…

Esto no es un relato turístico, sino un relato particular…

Yo viví en Miami Beach más de treinta años. La conozco bien pues he vivido en varios de sus barrios y os digo que al principio me encantaba. Me imaginaba que estaba en unas vacaciones perpetuas. Después me di cuenta que las vacaciones se acaban, pero me seguía gustando mucho vivir en esa isla…o mejor dicho esa serie de islas…a unos trece kilometros del centro de la ciudad de Miami.

(MIrando hacia el sur por Collins Avenue, foto de FBC, Derechos Reservados)

Pero al cabo de unos veinte años de vivir y de ser además propietario, ya se me acabó el enamoramiento con Miami Beach. Me empezaron a irritar las mil y una cosas que andan tan mal con esta ciudad. Las calles no las barren, las aceras estan rajadas, las obras públicas no se terminan jamas y hay multitudes de gente que viven sin casa y que duermen el los zaguanes, incluyendo en el mío…

(La playa de Miami Beach y el gran océano Atlántico, foto de FBC, Derechos Reservados)

Al fin, después de tantos años decidí irme…aunque el océano Atlántico me encanta…a mi me priva vivir cerca del mar…y el hecho de vivir en una isla también me fascina, llegó el momento de la partida y os digo que no echo de menos a esa ciudad, pues vivo en Valencia, donde el mar es el Mediterraneo y estoy encantado de la vida. Valencia es un paraiso para todos los manchegos…

13 de diciembre, de 2019, Valencia, España, Francisco Bravo Cabrera

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I Did Live in Miami Beach…Viví en Miami Beach

Looking to the west, towards Biscayne Bay and the City of Miami. Mirando hacia el oeste, hacia la Bahía de Biscayne y la ciudad de Miami. Images C.2019 All Rights Reserved. Imágenes protegidas, Derechos Reservados)

I saw Miami Beach from many angles, from many points of view and through many changes…

He visto a Miami Beach de muchos ángulos y de muchos lugares y del punto de vista de muchos y además vi muchos cambios…

The skies over Miami Beach are a canvas…

Sometimes they are filled with white mountains…the clouds…

Sometimes the clouds are filled with rain. Then it storms and you think the world is coming to an end but in less than twenty minutes, the sun comes back, the sidewalks dry and you totally forgot the rain…

This is Miami Beach…

Los cielos de Miami Beach son un lienzo…

A veces se llenan de montañas blancas…las nubes y los celajes…

A veces las nubes se llenan de agua y llueve torrencialmente y nos parece que se va acabar el mundo, pero en veinte minutos escampa y sale el sol, las aceras se secan y se nos olvida que ha llovido…

Así es Miami Beach…

(“Pájaros de este lugar”. “The Birds of this place”. All images protected by C.2019 All Rights Reserved, Derechos Reservados)

A simple island that grew and grew under the most dramatic skies and the clouds looked down upon her…

A witness to the lightning shows over the Atlantic Ocean and a piece of land that hoped that the storms would never reach her shores…

A place where nothing grows old and everything wishes to be new…

This is Miami Beach…

Una islita que fue creciendo y creciendo bajo un cielo donde el drama de las nubes la contempla…

Isla que es testigo de las grandes tormentas, de miles de centellas, truenos y enormes relámpagos que sobre el océano Atlántico existen y que espera que jamás lleguen a su orilla…

Lugar donde nada envejece y todo desea ser algo joven y nuevo…

Esta es Miami Beach…

(Las aves de las arenas. Birds of the sands. Image protected, C.2019 All Rithts Reserved, Derechos Reservados)

And after many years went by, some slow, some very fast, just like the birds, I left Miami Beach and came home…

And that too is Miami Beach…

Y los años pasaron, unos lentos otros a mil y yo, como las aves de paso, me fui de Miami Beach y regresé a casa…

Y eso también es Miami Beach…

(Indian Creek Lagoon. Laguna de Indian Creek. Image protected by C.2019, All Rights Reserved, Derechos Reservados)

The End

Fin

Goodbye…

Agur

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Why I live next to the Sea…

(Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, photo by FBC, C.2019 USA Derechos Reservados)

I don’t know if we all do but I definitely identify with the fact that I was born next to the sea and I’ve always lived, somewhere, next to the sea. I love the mountains, the valleys, the rivers and the woods…even deserts…but I would not want to live anywhere where I cannot see, hear and smell the sea, or the ocean…

(my back yard in the Florida Keys, photo by FBC, C.2019 USA Derechos Reservados)

I think it has greatly influenced my life as an artist…

Of course, speaking only for myself, I get energy from the breeze blowing over the surface of the salty waters that bring to land those very benefitial negative ions from the sea which are also healthy and inspiring. Although I do not believe in inspiration, I feel a certain impetus whenever I am near the water and it usually leads me towards artistic creation of some sort.

I saw a movie once that dealt with a mental hospital. The patients were very upset most of the time, they were restless and even violent. The staff and doctors were rather corrupt and did very little to pacify them. Basically they would just lock the patients up in a cage outside and leave them there, even during rain storms.

Then a therapist was sent to assist and he happened to be an artist. He painted an enormous canvas and placed it in the main resting hall where the patients were allowed to congregate. Little by little all the patients came forward and started staring at the painting. They were quiet, relaxed, at peace and tranquility reigned. So much so that the staff came to see what was going on. Then they saw the painting, and the camera panned the canvas.

What did the artist paint that caused such a psychological change in the patients of this institution? He painted the sea. Just the sea, no ships, no shoreline, nothing other than the waves in the middle of the ocean…

(Miami Beach during Hurricane Frances in 2002, photo by FBC, C.2019 Derechos Reservados)

I think that we all, regardless of our state of mental health, can gain much by looking at the ocean. Looking at water, having water nearby, even if it is a river, is relaxing and a major stress reliever…

(From my days in the Florida Keys. C.2019 USA Derechos Reservados)

I want to know if people that were born in the mountains feel the same way. I want to know if they have the same attachments to their environment as I do to mine. And does your mountains, your valleys, your plains, deserts, forests or rivers give you the same intense energy that the sea gives to me. I would like to know.

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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?

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Miami Beach…What Can I say…

(Sailing on the Atlantic Ocean, Florida coast, photo by FBC)

Miami Beach, what can I say? Well…

I lived there for over thirty years. The best were the first fifteen, in many ways and for many personal reasons. The last few, not to say that they were bad, because I never regret anything I do, but they were not as good, for many personal reasons as well and because the city changed so much…towards what I would say negative progress…that I could not wait to leave.

Miami Beach, as I have previously written, was a great little city. During the 1950’s it was all gold and glitter. Frank Sinatra was singing at the Roney Palace, Jackie Gleason did The Honeymooners at the Miami Beach Theater of the Performing Arts, later renamed in his honour and most of the rich and famous partied there. Later, after the 1960’s it was virtually abandoned. Most of the great hotels, all oceanfront, became dilapidated, ugly, dirty and cheap and no one wanted to even pass by Ocean Drive. Then towards the end of the 1980’s the “Beach” resurfaced again and called itself “South Beach” and once again bars, restaurants and hotels began to pop up, the old Art Deco buildings began too look as good as they once were and the streets were once again filled with tourists and with those who wanted to live there and be a part of the history that was being done there at the time.

I was one of them…

I loved the galleries, the live music venues, the jazz clubs, the blues clubs, the rock clubs, the sushi bars, the Thai restaurants and everything else that suddenly made its way to South Beach that was not there before…

But it is not there anymore. When “South Beach” became “SoBe”, everything changed. No one could afford to have small businesses there or many to even live. The galleries all evaporated. The clubs and music venues, disappeared. In their place are now large dance clubs with electronic music. The small restaurants and bars, vanished in the haze. Now corporate America rules and runs the show with their Nike stores, and all of their symbols of affluence. No one else could afford Miami Beach, not even Crate & Barrel could afford the rents on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

Since everything I liked and admired about Miami Beach left, there was no other alternative for me than to leave as well…

But there are things that I do remember and that can never leave…

It is a shame, in many ways. Most of my previous Miami Beach friends have left as well. The ones that still live there complain that the City no longer cares about the permanent residents and is only concerned with the tourists and visitors. The City of Miami Beach is also quite interested in their best residents, the great hotels that line Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and other areas. They city does not even allow Air BnB to operate and they will fine you $20,000 if they catch you renting your flat to a tourist! Hotels seem to be the only establishments to get the full attention of the city government, for in residential areas, right on Collins Avenue, construction has torn up the streets and for more than two and a half years, the city has not bothered to complete it. Why? There are no big hotels there so they want to pressure people to sell and leave so that hotels could be built there and the politicians could be happy…

But…I wonder what the Ocean actually thinks about all these atrocious aspects of progress…

In conclusion, the best and only imperishable and immutable aspects of the city of Miami Beach is the great Atlantic Ocean, the perfect climate and the bluest of skies…so glad the city’s politicians cannot change that, so I will keep those memories always…

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JaZzArt en RuZaFa 2019

Pen and Ink drawing on paper, 28x35cm

Now it is all JaZzArt en Valencia as well as Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia.

Ruzafa/Russafa is a neighbourhood of Valencia. It’s quite a lovely place with many corner cafes, nice little shops, great restaurants and many, many artists…

This is now my favourite place to exhibit as well as to create. Here I have created the “JaZzArt en Valencia” collection for 2019. However, what I have called “Jazz Art” started long before, when Omnia Caelum Studios was in Miami Beach, Florida…

Here are some of the paintings of the present Valencia collection…

As well as some of the paintings of previous “JazzArt” collections…

And these are the black and white, pencil and ink drawings of the JazzArt collections throughout the years…

So, we left behind Omnia Caelum Studios Miami, we looked forward to Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia. Miami was a wonderful experience where I created much of my collection but I missed life in Europe…

A Miami Beach sunset as seen through the window of Omnia Caelum Studios Miami, 2018 (Photograph property of FBC)

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Cuando Bailamos con una Abuela que no Conociamos…

Fue en Miami, específicamente en el barrio conocido como La Pequeña Habana, donde disfrutábamos de muchas noches españolas en una pequeña tasca llamada Casa Panza, cuyo dueño se llamaba Jesús…

Pero una noche conocimos una señora veterana, entradita en años , que se puso a hablar con nosotros. Resulta que fue profesora en Cuba y que vivía en Miami desde el comienzo del exilio cubano en la década de los sesenta, inmediatamente después del triumfo de los comunistas.

Muy alegre que era, nos pidió un cigarrillo y que le compraramos un whyskey sour…luego se puso a bailar y a pasar un buen rato con nosotros, fue una noche inolvidable…

Aunque brotaba en ella la alegria, la espontaneidad y el deseo de disfrutar de las cosas de la vida, más tarde nos dijo que el año anterior había perdido a su hijo mayor y que él mismo la había hecho prometerle que seguiría viviendo y disfrutando de todo en la vida que le diera felicidad, lo que el ya no podía hacer…

Nos dijo también que había perdido a su marido cinco años antes y que su vida habia sido bastante trágica y triste, especialmente en Cuba cuando los comunistas le quitaron todo, como a la mayoría de los cubanos, y que por eso, a su edad, salía todas las noches a beber, a bailar y a conocer a gente buena y divertida…

Vivía sola…

Y le encantaba la vida, la música, el baile, fumar cigarrillos, darse unos tragos…hasta unas copas de más…y reunirse con la gente guay, gente joven que molan, que les gusta la fiesta, el ruido, y muy en particular, el flamenco…pues claro, como casi todos los cubanos, era de sangre española, ella, en particular, era asturiana, los andaluces del norte…

Leonardo era el tocaor…y las sevillanas las bailaoras y comenzó el guateque…

Esa noche la pasamos bomba. Jesús nos traía vino y nosotros le hacíamos las palmas a Leonardo y las bailaoras zapateando con tremenda arte. Fue todo un lujo…

Gente así nunca se olvidan y gracias a Dios que de cuando en cuando nos las encontramos en el camino y con ellas podemos bailar…

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Near the Ocean…

(The Atlantic Ocean as seen from the Florida coast. Photo by FBC, all rights reserved)
I walk along the sands of time,
near the ocean,
far from home.
I never knew what things I did,
when I was just a learning soul.
And I threw away time,
I know it,
I was just a wayward child.
Now I am leaves that flutter in the winds,
I'm just a brush that lives in sand,
but I am...

I am a purging sinner, lost
in pictures that someone placed
within a long forgotten box.
I am a fragment,
I am not whole,
I'm but a whisper that hovers
far above the skies at night,
just a trace of someone's lonely thoughts,
I'm a stranger in a foreign land,

And I am near the ocean,
yet I am far, so far from the sea...

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Sometimes, when one is close to the ocean…or the sea…one’s mind opens up to thoughts that are hard to think of in other places. I know that there are many wonderful places on earth where one can meditate among extreme beauty, and although I love such places, my favourite places are next to the sea…

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