Will you BE MINE? I’ve been published!

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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

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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.

To see art about life, go to bricadena.com

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

Gallery Spotlight: Architecture and Structures as Art

Years ago I lived in Chicago. It was a great time in my life because I loved the culture and diversity. I also loved the architecture there as well. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of images from that time in my life but that love for the lines and geometric shapes that images of architecture can offer has always stayed with me.

Here are some artistic photography images of architecture and structures that I happen to love here in Corpus Christi,  Texas where I now reside.

Corpus Christi is known more for the beach and marina but I am happy to say I have found some buildings and structures that I could utilize to photograph images I think are beautiful.

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Reflection of a building in Corpus Christi, Texas

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Other Side Of The Harbor Bridge In Corpus Christi Texas

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Top Of Corpus Christi Cathedral In Black And White

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High In The Sky Corpus Christi Cathedral

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Harbor Bridge In The Coastal Bend In Black And White

(All images can be viewed on a larger scale by clicking on said images, prints are also available in canvas print, metal print and more.)

I hope you like them

Brigitte Cadena
All Life is ART if you look close enough

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

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.

 

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

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

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

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Love (Click on image to see in greater detail)

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

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

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

Art that makes you want to reach out and touch-Texture in Art

Texture in Art and Photography is a favorite theme for me. To me it shows depth and it almost seems to be begging you to reach out and touch, reach out and feel. (Okay, Don’t do this at a museum. I don’t think they would like for you to touch their paintings from the Masters).

Anyway, there are some images I like to create that are full of texture. It may be an abstract of some sort with no real theme, but it does have something special about it. The texture is rich. These are two photographs I took when I was out and about looking for interesting subjects to photograph and I came across this old building. The colors of the brown and blue attracted me and I ended up with this.

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Onto another place, I was a little disappointed I could not find any cute flowers to shoot. This one part of town had a lot of construction going on and I saw this pile of concrete pieces and I thought, “Hey, this could make for an interesting piece of art. This is what I got out of that.

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In art, oil paintings that seem the most beautiful to me are those with a lot of texture, where the paint is piled on thickly but with that comes a beautiful image rich in texture. I mostly work with acrylics and I am still working on achieving that thick textured look but here are a couple of pieces that I think go nicely with this blog.

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I hope you enjoy. (All images here are available for purchase, just click on the images and it will take you to my site.

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What are your thoughts about texture in art?

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:

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

All life is ART if you look close enough

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