Category Archives: About the Artist

These posts will reflect me in a more personal way. It can be about just anything related to me as a person as well as an artist and my journey on this Art Trip.

Busy creating, busy thinking and planning

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. -Henri Matisse

I’ve been quite busy as of late. Busy creating, busy thinking and busy planning. I am working on several pieces right now to complete a series I’ve had in mind for some time now.

All this is in preparation to submit these pieces somewhere.

It is far too easy to get caught up on the internet with social media and all the other great things the internet has to offer.

I have had to step back for a bit to clear my mind as I work towards finishing these works. This way, I know it is all mine.

Abstract art is so much more than throwing some random paint colors onto a canvas and it has been challenging but rewarding at the same time.

Pretty soon I will be ready to put these works online and start sending these out to see if they can be shown somewhere. I hope you artists that read my blog have a day filled with creativity and imagination.

Until my next update.

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Back to the drawing board

Life is funny sometimes. Just when you think you have it all figured out, something happens to throw you in a spin and leaves you dizzy, confused of your surroundings and has you wondering, “What just happened?”

I have been thinking and thinking about art and my part in it trying to figure out what is the best use of my time.

What can I do to get my art seen by others and how best to promote my art. At the same time, I am working hard to keep my creative juices flowing as I delve into new projects and mediums.

I have to tell you, it has been a challenge.

I think many artists struggle with this at one time or another. I’m not well known as an artist at this point in time and I’m also still trying to work out my niche. The questions can be daunting at times.

What does my art mean for me? What can it mean for others? Why would anyone want to buy this piece of art? What can I do to make my art unique and stand out?

I think all artists have these questions nagging  in the back of their minds at some point.

Given the competition out there, these are questions every artist should ask, wouldn’t you agree?

I have taken a few weeks to think about these issues and to reflect and as I am doing that I am working on several new pieces.

I just wanted to touch base with those of you who read me now, to say I’m still here, just busy creating.

I hope all is well with you and like Arnold says, in the movie Terminator, “I’ll be back…”

All Life is ART if you look close enough- Brigitte Cadena

I’ve been featured in the Artpromotivate site!

You can find the interview here.

http://tinyurl.com/lalbb3v

I have been ill last couple of days but I woke up to this great news. Artpromotivate.com is a wonderful site for artists who are starting out and offers great tips and advice. It also showcases emerging artists and their works for collectors, art lovers and buyers to get to know more about the artist they are interested in.

Thank you Artpromotivate for including me in your artist spotlight!

Will you BE MINE? I’ve been published!

Photography Prints

I submitted this image to a contest last month. It was for  inclusion in the “Eye on Fine Art Photography” magazine.

I was very happy to be chosen for the inside full page back cover of this contest. The theme for the month of February was of course, Love. So here it is.

This image is a compilation of many photos I have taken with the theme of hearts. It’s amazing to realize that when your eyes are open you can see hearts everywhere.

Here is a link to my gallery with images of hearts,

Gallery: All I see are Hearts

To view this image in the magazine that published it.

This magazine is available here .

Have a happy HEART-Filled weekend!

Brigitte Cadena

All Life is ART if you look close enough

I LIVE to paint. An Artist’s Creed

When I want to cry

When I want to laugh

When I’m screaming mad

When I’m filled with joy

I paint

When I feel pain

When I need to heal

When I feel hope

When it’s all I can do to cope

I paint

When I feel strongly about something

When I want to remember

When I need to forget

When I have something I want to say

And when I can’t find the words

I paint

I LIVE to paint.

For art about life go to bricadena.com

Like a perfect cup of Joe, it takes time to brew

Yes, I will admit this proudly. I love coffee. All flavors and it’s the perfect beverage well for me just about any time of the day or night.

For the coffee lovers out there, you know what I mean. The tantalizing aroma of a pot brewing is something that has me looking forward to hearing that beeping sound of my coffee pot telling me that it is ready and just right.

Sometimes creating art for me is a lot like brewing a pot of coffee. That is what I call my process of the middle stages of a piece of art I am working on.

I have the idea or inspiration in mind. I gather my materials and I get started. Somewhere in this process I need to stop for a bit. It could last an hour or a day or more. It really all depends on the piece.

I must take a step back, not really because I am stuck but I need to brew this concept for a bit longer before I can finish it.

So I go and do something else, I tackle on another task, we artists never run out of things “to do”. 

I take a drive, a nap, read or just something that is not the major focus on the art.

I think about a lot of things however, that is inevitable.

I think about past experiences, other people’s experiences that I know about, life in general, what is happening in the world.

And just like that beeping sound of my coffee pot telling me my coffee is ready, I hear that in my head and I know I am ready to complete this piece.

When I go back to the art piece I am working on, it flows smoothly and I really don’t stop until I am finished. I don’t stop until I am satisfied and know this is what it was meant to be.

Here are some examples of when there was some “brewing time” needed before I felt it was complete.

 

Sell Art Online

Monday Morning Rush (Click on image to see in greater detail)

Art Prints

All is Fair… (Click on image to see in greater detail)

Art Prints

Shattered Silence (Click on image to see in greater detail)

Sell Art Online

Love (Click on image to see in greater detail)

Ok, now I am off to drink me a Cup o’Joe!

Photography Prints

Okay, maybe it’s going to be more than just one. Happy Sunday!

One of my art pieces is now featured!

Sorry for the double blog for today but I had to share!

Cat and Bear Studios has featured one of my images on her website. Check it out!

Cat and Bear Studios

This is exciting when others see value in your work. It just solidifies that I am doing right by my art!

Have a Happy Creative Day!

Brigitte

All Life is ART if you look close enough!

Do you have what it takes to be an ARTIST?

Let me rephrase that, do you have what it takes to be a successful artist? That is a definition that is going to be different for many artists. I have my definition, what is yours?

This post is for artists, like me, it is also for those who love and collect art because there is a lot involved in creating a piece of art.

I was asking myself this when I was making my pot of coffee and thinking about the long night I had working and working on this endeavor and I have to be honest, I didn’t even paint last night.

Here is a list of things that came to mind, forgive me it could get quite long.

First of all you need skill-back in the day, if someone wanted to be an artist, he/she would go and live with  an artist/teacher and would eat, drink and breathe art all day and night.

In this day and age with the internet, one can do the same as they eat their meals or drink their beverage of choice right behind the screen. (ME!)

Some go to school for years and then there are self-taught artists like myself. I spend my days and nights seeking out whatever information I can find to learn all the how-to’s from established artist’s around the world. I have a nice collection of books on famous artists and I study them all the time.

It takes a lot of practice and learn the skills necessary to create a work of art. I don’t remember where I saw this but I think it was on Twitter, someone asked an artist, “How long did it take you to create this piece?” The artist answered something like, “A few hours and 20+ years”. To the artist who wrote this, email me and I will offer the quote because it really stuck with me.

Okay back to the list, One needs knowledge. About what you may ask, “Just about everything under the sun” If you draw, paint or sculpt figurative work, you need a basic sense of anatomy. It makes me wonder where we might be had it not been for the contributions of artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, carving and cutting through cadavers (dead bodies to be dissected). There is so much to learn, you need to have some knowledge in math and measuring like if you paint from photos, you have to calculate the size of a small photograph as it would be on  a much larger scale piece so it doesn’t look off balance or distorted. And they say that artists use only the right side of the brain? Right…

If your subject matter is flowers, some knowledge on botany is required. If you like abstracts, then a good knowledge of color theory, color psychology, form, space, composition is also necessary.

If you are a photographer, you will need to know how to use a camera with all it’s many functions and features. Post processing can be daunting for those not familiar with photo editing programs. I am talking about Photoshop or how to create HDR photos. The list is endless. 

If you draw or are a painter, you need to know how to use the materials needed to create art. That includes, paints, brushes, pencils, charcoal, watercolors, pastels, oils, papers, canvases, the list can go on and on.

When I first started out drawing back in 2008, I used to get coupons to the arts and crafts store and I would use them to buy all different kinds of mediums. I didn’t even know what they were for or how to use them but I have a nice stock of supplies that my family don’t know what to get me for my birthday because they say “I have everything!”

What else? One needs patience, painting a piece of art can take time, waiting for it to sell can take even longer. If you are a photographer, post processing one image can take anywhere from thirty minutes to more to get that image just right. There are photographers who will get up super early in the morning to get that beautiful sunrise or travel to all distances to get that gorgeous shot. If you photograph people you know it takes patience. Try photographing a child who is too young to follow instruction and likes to wiggle after you pose them right when you are going to take that shot.

For the painter it could be several tries of drawing, painting and many thrown out pieces to get that one piece they are satisfied with.

In this age of technology and the internet, it makes it seem easier to put your art out into the public eye but don’t be fooled.  There is work to do in order to just get seen. There is SEO, keywords to add, networking to do. You need to create titles that not only define the piece but is also searchable by Google and other search engines if you are going to be found in the large mass of other artists out there doing the same thing you are doing. So there is also some writing skills to have.

You must have thick skin. You must be open to criticism or even rejection because not every person will “get you” and your art.

You also need to know how to market your work, to find your niche, to know who your audience is and what they truly want.

You also need to have a commitment to your goals. Van Gogh is a good example having 900+ paintings behind him and having only sold one painting while he was alive. Vincent Van Gogh. He was committed.

You have to believe in your art to market it, if you don’t believe your art is good, how can you expect others to think differently?

I think I could spend all day here listing this and that for what it takes to be an artist but I have some painting to do. Thinking back on all this I realize that regardless of what it takes, I am up for the challenge. I know who I am and when I fall down, I just get right back up. Because at the end of the day, this is what I have to do. It is a drive, a passion that I can not ignore, it is so ingrained in me that come what may, I will spend all my living days creating art because it is something I just have to do.

I can’t explain it any other way. It is just a huge part of who I am.  An Artist.

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.

Charles Horton Cooley

My offering for today:

Art Prints

What do you think it takes to be an artist? Comments and discussion here is welcome!

How did it all start? With eyes wide open.

Art through the ages as I have learned in my Art History Classes clearly show man’s need to express oneself, to communicate even at a time when language did not even exist. From carved out pieces of rock to paintings on the cave walls.

Human nature has a distinct need to share something with others or so it seems to me. When was the last time you logged onto your facebook? It could be what they see or how they feel or what they believe. It is amazing to me that even back then as early as 25,000 years ago we were created with a desire, a drive or a passion to express something about us or something around us.

For some it is not as apparent as with others. The Artist is not limited to only certain people. I don’t believe that. We are all wired differently than others, we are all gifted with special gifts and talents unique to ourselves but I do believe we all have an artist in us even if it is to appreciate the art of someone else.

When did it start for me?

It’s hard to say. I always believed my very first love was writing. As a teenager I would have my little journals and write poetry. I loved to put words down, (hence this blog) 😉

However in high school I was so fortunate to take a photography class and it really swept me away.

I saw that I could tell a story with one picture sometimes even better than any words I would lay down on paper. Photography is the one thing that has stayed with me throughout my life even to this day. Writing came and went as life distracted me with work, kids and the likes.

I always had my camera ready to capture a moment whether it was happy, joyous or trying. I captured it all.

I never even considered myself a PHOTOGRAPHER, an amateur at best. It was not until a few years ago when I was looking through my old photographs I realized, “Hey this is a good shot”. I wanted to do something with it professionally and this move has taken me to an entirely new level with art.

I now work at a job doing what I LOVE to do, I take pictures and I also have the liberty and flexibility to explore other areas of art such as drawing, painting and now back to writing again.

This makes me me smile.

Here is an early piece of my first pieces of photography, where it all started for me.

Taken in Chicago early 90

These were taken around the early nineties and even though I am surely dating myself. I still have that desire in me to see something and want to capture what I see through the lens.

It’s been enlightening and hopefully by sharing it with you, I can enlighten you as well.

Here is my offering for today.

Photography Prints

Art prints are available by clicking on image links like this one above.

Happy Friday!

On the road to self

Photography Prints

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I started this journey many years ago. I started appreciating art and photography and writing. I was a fan of many artists, writers and photographers. Like a baby, unable to support myself to even stand, I fed myself everything I could get my hands on. I remember years ago, I lived in Chicago and had a place in East Pilsen, an older neighborhood that was on the road to revitalization. Many artists took up residence in this run down area and spruced it up with their creativity. I will never forget how ecstatic I was to live among artists. Each year they would have an Art walk. They would welcome passerby’s into their lofts and it was…awesome!

I have always enjoyed writing and photography. But in my mind’s eye, I was a hobbyist. Like a young child crawling from here to there, exploring everything within my sight with pure joy and amazement at all the beauty around me. My heart grew and my legs got stronger enough to lift myself up from crawling to a sort of clumsy walk, stumbling into new experiences, some good, some not so much but it was my learning curve. That path that would ultimately lead me to where I am right now.

Many years later, I walked. I walked through my writing, I walked through my photography and now my drawings and paintings.

I have learned so much in this journey, yet I know I still have so much more to learn. And here I am and with nervous excitement and creative energy just bursting at the seams I am running. Strong, determined and confident.

There is one thing I know for certain with all the passion brewing inside of me.

I know that I am on the right path.