Buscar la felicitat i la llibertat, això és viure…Buscar la felicidad y la libertad, eso es vivir…(valencià/castellà)

(En las costas griegas del Mar Egeo. Foto propiedad de FBC. Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia. Derechos Reservados)

Vull dir-ho, no amb les meues paraules, però amb les d’un dels nostres, un gran valencià…

Quiero decirlo, no con mis palabras, pero con las de uno de los nuestros, un gran valenciano…

«Hui soc feliç, hui soc feliç i cant així, siguem com a germans en viure…»

«Hoy soy feliz, hoy soy feliz y canto así, seamos como hermanos al vivir…»

«Bandegem la maldat per a formar el nostre idea…»

«Desterremos la maldad para formar nuestro idea…»

i «arribarà la llibertat…»

y «llegará la libertad…»

«Lliure, com el sol quan comença el dia…com l’ocell que va escapar de la seua presó i pot a la fi volar…»

«Libre, como el sol cuando amanece…como el ave que escapó de su prisión y puede al fin volar…»

Per a viure cal ser lliure, cal tindre il·lusió de viure sentint lliurement el que és la felicitat que tots ens mereixem. Ens mereixem l’oportunitat per a buscar la felicitat i la independència…

Para vivir hay que ser libre, hay que tener ilusión de vivir sintiendo libremente lo que es la felicidad que todos nos merecemos. Nos merecemos la oportunidad para buscar la felicidad y la independencia…

I concloc amb aquesta cançó que ho resumeix tot. Cal pensar en el passat, cal parlar amb un mateix, i especialment somiar que entre els homes hi ha amor, perquè això és viure. Cal tindre fe, esperança i sobretot sentir, sentir-ho tot, encara que siguen *lagrimas, però cal estimar, patir, lluitar, viure!

Y concluyo con esta canción que lo resume todo. Hay que pensar en el pasado, hay que hablar con uno mismo, y especialmente soñar que entre los hombres hay amor, pues eso es vivir. Hay que tener fe, esperanza y sobre todo sentir, sentirlo todo, aunque sean lagrimas, pero hay que amar, sufrir, luchar, vivir!

«Caminar sempre avance encara que hages de patir…això és viure.»

«Caminar siempre adelante aunque tengas que sufrir…eso es vivir.»

*Ademas, com *tambien soc *conquence, per part de la meua àvia materna, *aqui us done un dels nostres *tambien:

Ademas, como tambien soy conquence, por parte de mi abuela materna, aqui os doy uno de los nuestros tambien:

Per favor comentar i moltes gràcies…

Por favor comentar y muchas gracias…

Talking About Art, and Other Things…

(Sitting on the sands of Greece. Image property of FBC. Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia. All Rights Reserved)

I have asked many times before what is art? Everybody has an answer and all answers are more or less similar. Most people concede that art is a human endeavour, i.e. something that a human does to enhance his world, to decorate his salon, to collect or to express a thought, an emotion or an idea. But most people do not remember that art is also an academic pursuit. It is a profession and a course of study. Granted, I would be the first to say that you don’t need an academic education, or to go to the uni to be an artist, but you do have to train, you do need instructors, even if they are virtual. No one is auto didactic, we are all taught by someone.

I have also said…ad infinitum…that to me art is the search. I can tell you that a painting begins with a question, (What do I want to say?), and answering the question is where the process of creating art comes into play. As the idea for the composition comes into focus, problems begin to arise that the artist must resolve. These are: 1) The composition itself. How am I going to lay it out, how am I going to use the canvas (and what size); 2) The palette. Most important as this is what gives life to the composition. The choice of colour and which colours to mix is crucial; 3) How am I going to paint this? What style am I going to use? How am I going to transmit my message.

Of course, there are many styles of art and there is always the possibility that the search can lead you to developing a new one. An artist does not have to stick to one style alone, there are endless possibilities. And canvases can be of any size and colours are infinite. So, since these are the «problems» you will face, you must know how to begin to solve them. Buying a canvas already stretched or stretching your own. Choosing the style requires a little knowledge of Art History, but all of it is available (even in my YouTube channel, see below). Colours are all readily available in tubes. But to mix you must know colour theory. And remember, these problems are faced by all artists, even abstract artists, as abstract art is not just paint splattered on a canvas, it has to answer all those questions and also have a reference.

So, in conclusion, art requires thought and intention, preparation and knowledge. It is not intuitive as intuition is not a path that leads to artistic creation, just like raw emotion is not art. And there are no such people as auto didactic ones, we all learn from someone or something…

Here is a little bit of Art History, a popular movement I am sure you will agree. You can search for more in my channel:




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How to Paint…

(«Angela» Expressionist painting by Francisco Bravo Cabrera. Image property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia. All Rights Reserved)

How to paint? I really never asked myself that question and I do not know any artist that has either, but…

You paint with your brush on a canvas, with your fingers, with a palette knife, with your toes, or with your entire body. You use paints, either from a tube that you bought at the art store or from ones you have mixed yourself at home. But you can also use anything and everything that would stick to a canvas and can express whatever it is that you want to say to the world.

A painting is a philosophical statement as much as it is a decorative piece. And yes, all art is decorative and there is nothing wrong with that. But all art must have meaning, must bear a message and must follow the rules of art. Of course, if you decide to break the rules, well, that is your prerogative as an artist and, of course, it implies that you know and are well aware of the rules.

So when you approach a canvas with the intent to paint, you must start with a reference. The reference can be right in front of you, like a model, or it can be within your head, as when you are creating an abstract piece. But a reference is the first step. The second step is deciding on how you want to express your message, your philosophy. You must decide on the size and the style you are going to use to paint. Then comes the idea for the composition. The rules of composition come in very handy at this time and you must know them to paint a successful canvas. Once you have all of this, then you may start to either select your palette of colours, or you can start to sketch with a pencil or charcoal.

Your palette must be carefully thought out as you will be mixing colours in an attempt to work your canvas into something interesting, yet, you can still use the paint straight from the tube. If you are an abstract artist then your choice of colours is extremely important because they will guide the composition and will tell your story. Abstract art…the good one…requires much thought and much work and you will face the same problems as with figurative art. You still have to work on the composition, the size, the style and the palette.

So, how do you paint? I’ve no idea how you will paint…

All I can say is that to create a painting you must follow some clear and well defined steps and follow certain rules. A painting is not just paint on a canvas or on a piece of paper. A painting requires much more than that…

And I would say, especially to student artists, not to worry too much about a style. Follow your ideas and look for more. Art is the search and the creative process begins way before you ever put paint on canvas. It begins with a thought that you develop, that you «paint» inside your head until you are quite certain that you can bring it out on a canvas and that it would be true to the image or idea in your mind. Of course, if you are going to paint a «still life» or a portrait or from a model, then you don’t really need to worry about the reference, what you have to concern yourself with is the expression, the intention, the soul within the model you are painting. You can express much with shadows, with the use of black paint, which is very dramatic, and with ways you can use to alter a bit the reality before you to make it expressive and more unique.


Sandro Botticelli…The Greatest Master of the Renaissance

(Sandro Botticelli, 1445-1510)

He lived in Florence during one of the most glorious times for art, during the reign of Lorenzo the Magnificent, the Medici lord who served as patron of the art of many…

And for me, he was the best of the best of the Early and High Renaissance. He painted what I consider to be the greatest painting in Art History: The Birth of Venus. He was not like Leonardo da Vinci. He wasn’t a spoiled rich kid who left most projects behind and abandoned. Botticelli worked hard and his body of work proves it.

(Birth of Venus 1484-1486)

Here is a little more about him and some of his greatest works:



Poema: «Nuestra prisión»

(Art Digital by FBC, Image property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia. All Rights Reserved)

La vida pasa con tanta velocidad,
no te pares a pensar
ni a pestañar,
porque si te duermes vas a despertar,
y tantas cosas han debido de pasar…
Los niños, que una vez te abrazaban,
ahora tus consejos despreciaban
ya no te quieren a su lado,
el amor quedo aburrido y olvidado y muy en el pasado…
Pero los años pasan, nosotros también pasamos,
¿Me extrañaran? ¿Te extrañaran?
Nadie lo sabe,
lo que sabemos es que duramos un instante,
bajo la luz del cielo fuimos regios caminantes.
La vida pasa corriendo y ya sin contemplar
las cosas que te harán reír, te harán llorar,
el tiempo es implacable, burdo, cruel traidor,
y en el se siente el filo de la incomprensión,
la vida va a lo suyo y tú y yo
vamos bajo la tierra,
a adornar nuestra prisión.

C.2022, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 26 de mayo de 2022, Miami Beach, Florida, EEUU.

What is Abstract Art?

(«Black in Deep Red» Rothko)

Abstract art is not what many think it is…



THE DOOR by Francisco Bravo Cabrera — MasticadoresUsa // Editora: Gabriela Marie Milton

Image provided by the author THE DOOR by Francisco Bravo Cabrerasite: https://paintinginvalencia.wordpress.com/ I saw the lights, I heard your voice,I recognized the song you sangand thought I still belonged…But I didn’t really mean to knock,guess I forgot how late it was,I wouldn’t want to interrupt,I just wanted the song you sang to last,I’ve not forgotten, […]

THE DOOR by Francisco Bravo Cabrera — MasticadoresUsa // Editora: Gabriela Marie Milton

Art Digital as Fine Art Prints

(Art Digital «Thinking of Spain» by FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia. All Rights Reserved)

This was one of my first efforts at digital art and now I think it should do smashing well as a fine art print…

Look for it here at Pixels.com

And here is some more…



«Venom» Art Digital as a Fine Art Print

(«Venom» by FBC, Image property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia. All Rights Reserved)

«Venom» is also one of my first efforts at «Art Digital» back a few years ago, and now I really think it can flourish as a fine art print.

Check this one…and others…out here at Pixels.com

And, as usual, here is more: