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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!

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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!


All Life is ART if you look close enough!

Gallery Spotlight: Can you read Between the Lines?

This is a new Gallery I put up on my site, bricadena.com

Just go to my site and you should see an icon and title of gallery, “Line Art” Or if you want to go straight to this gallery just click on this link , Line Artwork by Brigitte Cadena

I learned this technique in a design class a few years ago. It’s simply lines.

It serves as a wonderful practice exercise and also  is very calming for me to do this type of art.

It’s been a favorite way to draw or doodle while I am watching television. It is also very therapeutic for me when I have a lot going on in my personal life and it helps me think more clearly.

When I start on a drawing like this, I start with a pencil. I make the initial lines as the skeleton of the piece. As I am adding the other lines between the spaces, more often than not, an image appears before me. I am usually not sure what will come out of it but something always does. I have experimented and planned on certain images I wanted to show up but the best pieces to me are the ones where I see the image later on.

I like to draw like this as a way of stretching my creative muscles.

An art teacher once said that usually images are not supposed to be apparent but somehow they most always do.

Can you read between the lines of this art piece?

What does it say to you?

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Time Flies Away

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Yesterday is history

Tomorrow is another day

Today is all we really have

So make each minute count

because Time Flies Away…

by Brigitte Cadena

The greatest gift an Artist can give you…

A friend of mine who is an art teacher said this to me once.

“The point of all art is creation. It is a creation of the artist. If the creation can express something to those that look at it, then it becomes good art to those who are looking at it. That is the perception of the people who consider it good.

Now if the artist can create the expression of what they want the people to precieve then the artist considers it good art. However, if the creation, by all who percieve it, becomes an expression that they can relate to and be moved by, then that art is a masterpiece.”

That is what I want to do. If you can see my art and perceive what I do, relate to it or become moved by it, then I will have done my job as an artist.

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. – Henry Miller

I have been doing photography for many years. It was one of my favorite classes in high school. I still remember when I got my very own first 35 mm camera. It was my most prized possession, (before I had my kids). I took pictures of everything.  The possibilities were limitless.

I didn’t realize over the years that the lens would lend itself to train my eyes to see the world differently, to see life differently.

Everyone loves the saying, “Slow down to smell the roses” but how often do we really do that? How often do we stop and look, stop and reflect at just how wondrous our world is.

It’s easy to take for granted the beautiful blue sky when you are running late for work and your stuck in a traffic jam and road rage is all around. Why don’t you look up next time you go outside and just look at the beautiful formations in the clouds. You never know what you might see if you lift your eyes to the sky.

This was taken back in 2008 and I was at the park with my daughter. Luckily I had my camera and the moment I saw this, I grabbed up my camera and took this shot. This is exactly what I saw. Minimal post processing done on this image, just a bit enhancement of the colorful sky other than that no photo manipulation at all. What are the chances I will see love in the air this way again?

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After many years, I finally decided to take my love of photography to a different level. I decided I wanted to do this professionally and artistically. I just wanted to share with others what I see.

When I made that decision and started stepping out with my camera again, it was like these blinders were lifted from my eyes. It was like this fog that obsurred my vision vanished and everything my eyes fixated on became art to me. I had taken pictures of everything I could find interesting in the city. And when I couldn’t find something outside, I created images in my head and arranged my subject matter to fill the frame and clicked.

This image of this leaf is the size of my thumb. It’s tiny. And I would have missed this beautiful testament of love in this leaf by this heart shaped design that could only have been created by God himself, had my eyes been closed to it.

Art Prints

At some art shows I have been asked, where I travel to, for the photos I have showcased. I simply reply that I don’t travel, it’s all taken here, with the exception of some favorites in Chicago. I started trying to figure out what else I could take pictures of, (of course there are still so many things I could use for a subject). I decided to look closer, dig deeper and realized a valuable truth. It is true to me at least.

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

As I am venturing into other forms of art, using different mediums to express myself I realize that all life really is art to me.

It all depends on how you look at it. What do you see when you look at a piece of my art? What do you see when you look at art from any artists? I can tell you there are two things among others and that is their(artists) heart and soul that you will see.

The lyrics to a famous Christmas song comes to mind, “Do you see what I see?”

And this is to me is the greatest gift I can give to you, the viewer is a vehicle or way to look at the world and life in a different way than you did before you came across one of my art pieces.

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Any image you see in my blog is available at bricadena.com

Here is wishing you a wonderful holiday and Marry Christmas.

I hope you liked the gift I gave you today.

Brigitte Cadena

If a flower gets kissed by the sun, then I’ll be fine

Right around the corner, Christmas is upon us. Another year, nearly finished and high expectations for the new upcoming year. I have been asking my friends on my social media sites, “How has shopping been for you”. I stopped into a store that is notorious for promoting a lot of savings during Black Friday and I was surprised to see it rather empty. It was not on Black Friday or Thursday that I went. I did not want to deal with the crowds. It was Sunday right after the Thanksgiving holiday. I must say I was not prepared for this scene. It looked like any other normal day at this mega-store.

I remember during years past, the shelves were emptied out, the toy section was in a disarray, it would take more than a few days to tidy up. It was not so this time. Were people not shopping like before?

This blog is not about the actual sales figures this store made in sales for this year’s Christmas holiday. This blog is about the stress people feel when it comes to the holidays.

This economy has see it’s share of hits lately. There are a lot of people out there that just do not have the extra cash to go on a shopping spree when there are bills to pay and mouths to feed. People have lost jobs or had other life-changing events that lead people to feel worry or even anxiety over the future.

Well there is a scripture in the Bible.

It is Matthew 6:25-27. 25″For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26″Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27″And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

This painting I just did reminds me of that scripture. I mean if the heaven’s above, God can lean down and kiss the flower with the nurturing light of the Sun, then I have nothing to fear. I know I am going to be okay.

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Here is wishing you an amazing rest of the week.

Five things you can do to beat the “Monday Morning Rush”

5 things to do to beat your Monday Morning Rush

Ever have one of those mornings where you feel just overwhelmed with the start of a new week but you feel like you haven’t even finished off last week?

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I know the feeling. As an Artist who works from home, I can tell you that it’s not a 9-5 type of job.

Working from home whether you are an artist, writer or practically any job that gives you the freedom to work from home can be a challenge.

Your workload doesn’t really have a quitting time, nor are you afforded the luxury of a day off. Your hours can start very early like 5 am and last on through the wee hours of the night.

At least for me there are blogs to write, images to edit, art pieces to finish off, networking and more promoting of my work. Sometimes these efforts won’t see a result until some time has passed but I do it anyway.  I know eventually there will be someone who sees my art and loves it enough to want it in their home. So I keep on keeping on.

Here are 5 things I do to help me stay on top of the Monday Morning Rush and I thought I would share them with you.

1. Keep a daily log of tasks accomplished and a reminder of what I still need to do.

I will be doing one thing when a task pops into my head. “I could do this…” or a mental reminder of something I want to do. “Don’t forget to do that…”

Whatever it is, I jot it down on a small note pad that I call my “Daily Planner”. It’s a simple small notepad with lines and three columns.

First column is rather narrow and is listed as Priority Ref: I just jot down A for Urgent, B for important and C for Reminder.

Throughout the day as I am going about my business, I look at the list and tackle the urgent ones first. The second column is wider and allows enough space to write a few words of the task at hand.

The last column is narrow like the first one and is listed as DONE, narrow enough for me to just put a check mark. And believe me, it feels great when I see all those check marks down my list.

It gives me a sense of accomplishment.

“DO is the First part of DONE” taken from the cover of my Daily Planner.

2. Tackle the things you have the least desire to do first.

It would be just grand if I could spend my entire work days and hours just creating. It’s what I love to do. However in this day and age especially for creative people like me, I know that just isn’t feasible. I need to spend as much time promoting my work as I do in creating it. No one will toot my horn, so I know I have to do it.  I will do the work that I least like to do early in the day so I can breathe and relax while doing the things I most want to do.

3. Break up projects into smaller tasks so as not to get overwhelmed.

Just last week, I took over an art group on Fine Art America. It had approximately 100 members. My responsibilities include growing the group, reviewing images to be added to the group, holding contests for the group members to participate in and create discussions for members to participate in for networking, support and resource sharing.

It’s proving to be a big job. Since last Thursday when I first took over this group, we had about 104 members. Since then it has grown to 188 members just this weekend. That means a lot of images to review and add to the group. So what I have decided to do is every time I go to Fine Art America to do some work, I check for the latest images to review. I would much rather spend a few minutes reviewing 10-15 new images several times a day than spend an hour or more reviewing say 80 or 90 images.

4. Streamline your work/promotion efforts. I have several ways in which I am trying to get my work out in front of people. Here is my list.

This blog where I write about my art and other things.

Here is my facebook page:
Bricadena Art

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This is where I am involved in other groups such as:

Artsy Fartsy International (Click below to view)

Artsy Fartsy International

and Commission me-Where Artists and Buyers meet.  (Click below to view)

COMMISSION ME – A group where Artists and Buyers meet

Pinterest account where I have my art pinned to show others what they could have decorating their homes. (Click below to view)

My Pinterest profile

Google+ is not yet set up but is in my Daily Planner List as A-for Urgent to set up this week.

These sites are where I can create links and combine my efforts to involve 2 or more of these vehicles, and I do that regularly.

I also want to make sure that all my efforts to network and promote come directly from me, so I do spend a lot of time behind my laptop, but I know in the end it will be worth it.

5. Get to sleep EARLY on Sunday.

This is very important as it really helped me this weekend. I make sure to get to get a good nights sleep on Sunday Night. I went to bed early last night and I can just feel the difference it has made for me in terms of alertness and feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of this week.

6. Know that Monday is your chance to start fresh.

Okay, I was going to give you just 5 but I had to throw in one more. Realize that today is a NEW day.
You can pick up where you left off and don’t beat yourself up for what you did not finish last week.

It is now time to start up again and do the best you can.

By doing the best you can, you can feel rest assured that you are on the right track.

Until Next time and HAPPY MONDAY!

Brigitte Cadena

“All Life is ART, if you look closely”

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