Category Archives: Life is Art

These posts will be showcasing a piece of artwork and a special message about the piece and how it can relate to life in general.

Art is Life

Art is a songHave you ever been so moved by the words of a song that you had to play it over again because it spoke to you?  That is art.

Have you ever read a poem that put into words all you wanted to ever say but did not know how? That is art.

Have  you ever looked at a painting or a photograph and could see a story  or a message within that image?
If someone came behind you and they saw a different story relating to their own life? That is art.

Art to me comes from deep within. It’s highly personal and it is also very subjective. What it means to me may not mean the same to you but that is the beauty of art.

I have had a lot going on in my life lately and most of it is great and then there were some bumps in the road but nonetheless, I have been creating art and that brings me much joy.

I had two pieces hanging at the Art Center in June. I am preparing myself to enter a couple of other shows and that takes much planning.

I am also hoping to be selling my artwork at this upcoming Artwalk so we will see.

Oh and I just recently launched my very own website!

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This is a place to check out my original artwork available for sale and there are pages devoted to how you can commission me for a piece of art and also how to schedule a photo shoot for you or your loved ones.

More to come.

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This piece will be hanging in the Member’s Gallery at the Art Center here in Corpus Christi,  from now until early September.
Stop by so you can check it out!

All Life is ART if you look close enough…

Brigitte Cadena

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The first heartbreak hurts, but it will be ok

Okay,  now I know I am dating myself here but I want to talk about something special to me.

When I was a young girl, I don’t even remember how old I was when I saw this short film. It was titled “The Red Balloon”. Have you seen it?

If you have, you will remember the story vividly. If you have never seen it, you are still a young one and that’s okay, this is for you as well.

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There was this little boy who came across this big, bright, beautiful red balloon. Everywhere he went, it followed him. He came to depend on it being outside of wherever he was at, waiting patiently for him until one day it wasn’t.

He started to search for it and search all around town but could not find it. Sometimes he would spot it high in the sky (if I remember it correctly). He would try to reach out to it but to no avail, this beautiful, red balloon always seemed out of his reach.

I think eventually the balloon burst and it was no more. The sad boy walked away, head down for he had lost this big, bouncy, red balloon.

I happened to see this movie once again when I joined Netflix a few years back. It was then that I spent a lot of time drawing in charcoal. I was experimenting and I came up with this concept.

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I call it “First Heartbreak”. It’s a simple sketch, not a lot of detail but I loved how it came out and to my surprise many people have liked it. At one time I had it listed and it was the second most viewed image I had on a p.o.d. site.

I could not understand why that was so.

When I look at this piece, I see the innocence in the little girl’s eyes. When you are young and your heart is broken, it can be a shock to your system. You don’t know what hit you. You fall in love for the first time and like Sheryl Crow sings, “The first cut is the deepest”,  It’s a pain that is indescribable.

I think she is referring to that first heartbreak.  You don’t have any experience of what it feels like but it feels like someone slashed through your heart and you feel, you really feel like the hurt is never going to stop.

Looking back to my past, thinking back to that first time I thought I was in love. I remember what that first heartbreak felt like years ago.  I can certainly relate to the expression of the little girl holding her torn red heart balloon, floating at half-mast. Tha represents that a part of you, that trusting and innocent part of you, that openness of your heart that died.

You are no longer innocent in love.

Looking back to that time and all the time in between, I realize that yes, that first heartbreak hurts the most.  As you grow up and learn from your experiences, you become wiser, stronger and better prepared to handle all kinds of heartbreaks that may cross your path.

No one wants to feel heartbreak, I know I don’t but life has those, along with all the other good stuff. And for me? It is the good stuff I choose to focus on.

After many years of living and loving, I can look back on that first heart break and realize the hurt did not last forever and a day.

Like the body recovering from a wound or a broken bone, it hurts so much when it happens. After some time and healing, the pain become less and less.

You may have a little scar like the red balloon but the balloon is still floating. And it’s going to be okay.

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A world without art

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Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. -George Bernard Shaw

I cannot imagine a world without art.

Can you?

Can you imagine living in a world where all we had were the harsh realities of our current existence?

A world with war and no voice?

A word with rush-hour traffic noise and no songs to make it bearable?

A world with breaking newbut no moie to live vicariously through even if for a couple of
hours?
A world of celebrations but no dance?

A world of status quo but no imagination?
A world of logistics but no vision or creativity?

A world oblivious to the beauty of a sunset, a flower, love or a cloud in the sky?

A world numb to emotion and human experience?

I can only imagine this a dull and empty, colorless world to live in.

I imagine a world suffering from failure to thrive and I imagine a world that would cease to exist.

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If you can’t fly, then run!

Martin Luther King

The Ladder of Life

Struggle.

What can you do?

Struggle is a funny thing. You are trying to climb up this ladder because there is something up there at the top you want. But the ladder you are climbing up is unsteady and worn . At any moment you feel like a rung will just snap and throw you to the ground.

How do you keep on going up?

One step at a time. Yes there are chances and risks involved. It would be so much easier if you had a ladder that was brand new and sturdy, but that is not your case. You can tape up the parts of the ladder that are weak but that is a temporary fix and still may not solve your problem.

You could be tired from the climb especially if you have been climbing up this ladder for a long time.

Disappointment and discouragement are the weak parts of your ladder that try to keep you on an uneven keel but if you look at the ladder with really open eyes, you could probably find other parts to it that are still strong and hold onto to those parts that are strong until you get to the top.

Drive and determination are the strong parts of the ladder and the strong parts that are inside you. If you are afraid of heights, the last thing you should do is look down. Especially if you are closer to the top because if you do look down, you could lose ground and slip. The thing you fear most, is the long fall.

But if you just keep looking up and stay focused on what you wanted up there at the top. Stay really focused and climb up this ladder just one rung at a time, you will see yourself getting closer and closer to the top.

Each time you reach out for a higher rung you have to let go of the the one below or you won’t get anywhere.

Every time you see yourself “one step up”, you can feed on that accomplishment to give you the energy and enthusiasm to keep on. Before you know it, you will be exactly where you want to be at the top because of the effort and hard work you put in first.

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Thank  you Martin Luther King for your words of wisdom and inspiration.

Until next time.

Brigitte Cadena

All Life is ART if you look close enough

Masquerade

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“And then when the world never finds you, remember you are the one who was hiding in the first place.” Brigitte Cadena

Masquerade
Hide my face..
Put up the blinds
I won’t let you see
who I am
I refuse to let myself shine
Why?
Because I am afraid.

Afraid that if I let you in
to see me with blinds open wide
You will turn and walk away
That is why Why I hide

I will paint on my smile
and hide away my pain
And never risk the sunlight
to blind me again into believing
that it is okay to let myself shine

Would you look at me
and see that I am more or less
than what I claim to be?
Would you take my heart
and love me until I am free?
or hate me for all that you see?

Masquerade, Masquerade
I am almost late for the ball
When midnight strikes
I have to leave before I surely fall
I wish
I wish
I could show you all that I truly am
and I wish you would open your eyes
and just understand

That I put on this mask
and dance around when I am dying inside
But can’t make a sound
Because If I did
then you would see
just how much I wish
I so wish, I could be free.

Copywright 2007

Why do people wear a mask or hide who they are? Whoever you are, you are unique and perfectly you.
When will you decide to rip that mask off and throw caution to the wind.

You never know, you might find out that there was no reason to hide in the first place.

Here’s to letting your light shine brightly for all the world to see and love.

What kind of lens do you see life through?

If you were to take a group of people, let’s say five to keep this simple. You take this group out into a large park or piece of land and hand each of them a camera.

You say, “Go out and shoot pictures of whatever interests you for an hour”. What do you think you will see when they get back?

Each person would bring back pictures or images they found interesting to them.

Each person would bring back their own perspective of beauty, life, nature, animals, inanimate objects and all sorts of different images unique to their own tastes and idea of what is interesting or beautiful.

It was the same place, the same area, same piece of land but each person’s images would differ greatly.

It is lot to do with how people see life, what their past experiences are and how they see life in general.

Some may show beautiful landscapes depicting the wondrous glory of nature.

Some may show animals or birds showing goofy behavior.

Some may focus on shadows or reflections.

It will all be different based on their unique views on life.

So my question for you is, What kind of lens do you see life through?

Is it one that is happy and cheerful? Is it one that is serious or dark and brooding? Maybe it is one that is curious or humorous?

We all have our views on life and some are positive and some are not.  But this is more than just looking at the glass half-empty or full.

It’s about images that make us see things differently than we did before.

We are such a visual society, with quick access to a camera on our phone, any time of the day we can record life.  We have this innate need to share our vision with others, hence social media sites like Facebook, Google+ and all the others.

Anytime I take a picture, it means something special to me.

When I share it with you, I hope you can see what I see.

So tell me, what kind of lens do you see life through?

 

Do you see things in mostly black and white?

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Do you see things full of color?

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(This was published in The best of College Photography 2010) by Photographer’s Forum)

 

Does your vision lend itself to strength and sustenance?

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(This was published in the Best of Photography 2011, by Photographer’s Forum)

Or do you view life with a slice of goofy humor?

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Whatever way you see life will draw in others who see life the way you do. And that’s a good thing.

Until tomorrow!

Brigitte Cadena

All Life is ART if you look close enough

Night and Day-The two are not so different after all

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This is a piece I collaborated with my daughter. It was a fun project. I did this painting with my daughter during one of the many debt ceiling wars that have been going on here in the United States. I don’t usually focus on anything political in my art but as this piece of art took form, I immediately could see the significance of this piece.

As individuals we all have different viewpoints on every issue imaginable.

We are either “for something” or totally “against it”. But I beg to differ.

Many people claim to be “black and white” with little grey in between. I, myself feel I am like that at times.
We define ourselves by the stance we take on hot issues regarding life, love, religion and well politics.

In this piece you see two opposing sides each depicting very opposite characteristics in color and form. The dividing line that fuses the two together can be clear as day or hazy as the night but even with that idea, there still remains bits and pieces from the other side that we adopt, believe in or subscribe to even if we are unwilling to admit this.

What do you think? What are some issues in your life that you are for or against?

Can you see the small allowances you make that show a small compromise in your stance?

Is it really so bad that there are some grey areas?

There are different interpretations for this piece. This is only one of them.

I title is “Night and Day” because of the differences between the two sides but you can look at it as an expression of “Maturity and Innocence”.

Considering I did this with my young daughter. She painted the lighter side depicting her innocence and openness to the world where I painted the darker side that shows more experience in life.

PASSION-It is something you CAN NOT ignore

It’s been cold all over. I live in South Texas and we are feeling the freeze here too. I know it’s not as cold as other part are but we are not used to degrees in the 37 range so we are COLD!

I was I driving my daughter to school this morning when I saw a man jogging. He had on long sleeves and gloves and long jogging wear but not much else. I could see the cold chilly smoke that comes out of one’s mouth when exhaling and all I could think of was, “Wow, this guy is running in this cold weather? He must really be passionate about it.”

This got me thinking about passion.

Dictionary.com describes passion as being an intense emotional feeling for an object or thing. It also talks about passion of the other sorts but I want to stick with the first description.

Passion to me is a driving force inside oneself that pushes that person towards or for something he/she cares deeply about.

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
–Oprah Winfrey

I have been fortunate enough to have always had jobs that I could feel passionate about.

I know it may not be so for others but for me, it has kept me going. I feel lucky in that respect.

A little over a year ago, I was not really living my passion, I went on a long hiatus and was not creating art, I was not seeking out really anything. I was not very happy either.

I still remember when it occurred to me that I needed to get back into this art journey I have been back on for a few months.

It was like this nagging itch that I could not reach, you know the kind, it’s right there somewhere on your back or you wiggle and worm your way trying to reach it but it can keep you moving like a nut until that itch is scratched.

Nothing else in my  life has changed much. The only thing that has changed is I feel more energetic and alive than I did about a year ago.

We all have something in life that we care deeply about or have strong feelings for. For me it is art and creating art. I still remember back in 2008 when I took my first stab at drawing. I really didn’t even know I could draw. I thought the best I could do was draw stick figures, but even the stick figures I used to draw in 2005 were very illustrative of emotion and so I had a feeling I had it in me. So there I was, buying pencils and charcoal and I didn’t even know how to use things like the blending tool. But I learned and before I knew it, I was not content UNLESS I had four or five drawing done by the end of the day.

You see, when you are passionate about something, you do it regardless. Like that man jogging in the cold. He could have pulled the covers up over his head and said, “Too cold today, I’ll try again tomorrow”. But he didn’t.

Just a couple of days ago, I took off to the bayfront near the ocean to try and shoot some pictures. I had my daughter with me, her friend and my dog.

It was not long before my dog wanted to get home, the kids were having fun even in the cold but after a while, as I was holding my camera, I could feel my fingers go numb, like I could not open my hand andclose them quickly.

I knew it was time to go but while I was shooting pictures I didn’t even notice this happening to my hand.

I know of some photographers who will travel miles and miles to get that “Shot”

A friend of mine told me once he walked up the Harbor Bridge JUST to get this one night shot of the city.

If these don’t show you what passion is, I don’t know what else will.

Does this mean that living your passion is easy?

No, it does not. It does require work, time, energy but if it is something you love, it won’t seem like work.

I have found that since I started back up on this art journey, I get up earlier in the morning, I go to bed later yet I feel more rested when I do get some sleep.

Passion for something is a feeling you just can’t ignore.

Like that itch I was talking about earlier. Nothing will ease you, satisfy you or give you that “Aahhh” feeling until it is scratched.

So here is my question for you?

What are you passionate about?

What do you care most deeply about?

If you know the answer to this question, are you doing something with it?

If not, we are in a brand new year and this could be your year to live your passion! What are  you waiting for?

Here is my offering today.

It’s an image that I created with my heart and soul. I wanted to find an interesting way to photograph the Harbor Bridge and here it is.

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Here is a picture of the Harbor Bridge in it’s entirety.

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Here are some cool quotes about passion I would like to share with you.

“If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.”
–Mia Hamm

“Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.”
–Jon Bon Jovi

“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.”
–Wanda Sykes

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”
–Hebbel

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
–Nelson Mandela

“Our passions are the winds that propel our vessel. Our reason is the pilot that steers her. Without winds the vessel would not move and without a pilot she would be lost.” 

–Proverb

Your decision today defines your tomorrow

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Imagine this for a moment.

You are walking down this road and it’s breezy and sunny. You feel fine with life as it is. Things are looking quite alright. Then something changes on your path.

You arrive at this fork in the road. You may not have even seen it up ahead because you were enjoying the blue sky or maybe some birds singing in the distance.

Yet here it is.

You must make a choice.

Do you go left? Do you go right? How do you decide?

You can’t see far enough ahead to determine where each of these paths lead. You can’t cut  yourself in half to take both roads simultaneously.

That reminds me when I am at the grocery store and the lines are all so crowded. When I am lucky, my daughter is with me and can stand in another line, that way I have an alternative line to jump into if it proves to be moving faster.

But that is not how this is. You must choose one path unless you deem it better to set up  camp right there at the fork of the road.

The only thing wrong with that is you will never get to where you wanted to go in the first place.

The only thing to know right now about this fork in the road, is that this crossroad is there and it’s waiting for you to decide.

The question is, “Which path will YOU take?”

The choice you make can define you.

It’s called a defining moment. It’s a moment that takes into consideration where you have been, your perspective on life and where you really want to go in your life.

The decisions you made yesterday define who you are today and what you decide on today will define your tomorrow.

It could be about anything really in life, like a relationship you are in, a career choice, or something as simple as actions you take today that could determine your health tomorrow.

I’ve always been a sort of “Black and White” type of person. It seems to show through in some of my art, and I will admit that, yes there are grey areas.

There are times when it seem to tasking to see something just one way or another. I have had my own moments when it was easier to just not decide, to stay put but I remembered a poem I wrote many years ago that goes well with this concept.

Indecision

It’s not holding on
It’s not letting go
It’s no longer hoping
yet it’s not giving up
It’s not pressing on
It’s not going backwards
It’s not pushing toward
It’s not retreating back
It’s not taking a step forward
Or, taking a step backward
It’s not accepting,
or denying the truth

Indecision, is standing still
It’s doing nothing
and one thing for sure
It is still
making a decision

Brigitte Cadena
May 2007

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Do what Dory says, “Just keep Swimming!”

Dory: Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?
Marlin: No I don’t wanna know.
Dory: [singing] Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.

This is taken from the wonderful movie, “Finding Nemo”. I was drinking my coffee this morning and looking back over the last few weeks since I set some pretty hefty goals to share my art with others for the new year.

I have been extremely busy as of late, working on my images, creating new art, building my website up, networking with others, reading and researching everything about what it takes to be successful as an artist in this day and age.

I have been very fortunate to come across people who are showing so much support and sharing my work with people they know. And I am thinking inside, “Things are falling into place.” Things are working out. I also realized that part of the reason that things are running smoothly is because I started moving.

I started taking action.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas Jefferson

I have always been one with a lot of drive. I just could not sit still. I remember back in my early twenties, I lived in Chicago and it was really impractical to have a vehicle at that time in my life.

So I did what thousands of other people did, I rode the bus or the El Train to get around. Even then, I remember when I would have to wait for a bus to show up and even though they would come around every 15 minutes or so, I would walk myself to the next block until a bus arrived.

I just could not see myself sitting there, waiting for the bus to come pick me up.

I find I am most productive when I am consistently in motion. It really does work in my favor.

At times in the past I had made the mistake of avoiding putting my work out there for fear of rejection or a feeling that I could not compete with other artists out there.

It was not until I pushed those thoughts away that I realized “Hey, people do love my work!”.

I would never have known that had I not took a risk and put my work out there.

“You can’t hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can’t catch fish unless you put your line in the water. You can’t reach your goals if you don’t try.” Kathy Seligman

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”Wayne Gretzky

I look at other successful artists and photographers out there who are doing it.  I see them selling their work and being successful in such a competitive field and I think to myself, “How can I be just like him or her?”

The only answer that comes to mind is that I must believe. I must believe in my art, my work and my message.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”Theodore Roosevelt

And no matter what comes my way I have to do  like Dory says, “Just keep swimming”

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”Lao Tzu

This art piece is what inspired this blog for today. I always like the fluid motion in this piece but it goes very well with this blog because it shows, balance, harmony with the movement between the colors and shapes.

It reminds me of exactly how these last few months have been for me.

As long as I keep moving, doing what I can, take one step after another, things will fall into place harmoniously as they should.

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