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When Two Worlds Collide-sometimes they mesh, sometimes they don’t

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People like to say that opposites attract when referring to a relationship.

Have you ever noticed those couples out there in your world that have you scratching your head, thinking, “HUH?”

She is a morning person, He is a night owl.

She loves to go out and about the town. He prefers to stay home and watch TV.

She loves the ballet. He loves Monday Night Football.

Her favorite meal of the day is breakfast. He can’t put anything in his stomach earlier than noon.

She likes soups and salads. He loves Junk Food.

These two people for whatever reason couldn’t be more wrong for each other.

It looks like a completely mismatched pair.

For some the two will never see eye to eye on anything.

Their union is a heartbreak just waiting to happen.

And then there are some, after some pushing and pulling, they decide that the differences between them is what is special about them. Their common respect for the other allows the freedom for each of them to be who they truly are and the love grows from that.

This painting is a reflection of that idea.

At the top of the painting you can see the clash between the colors on each opposite side. The colors do not mesh, they do not come together in any way. There is a definite dividing line between them, but as your eyes travel down the middle of the painting you will see two hearts who truly want to become one.

When two people come together and decide that the differences among them is okay, you can see underneath the two hearts, a blending of colors.

What was once red, black, white and yellow clashing against each other now blend into a pinkish color meshed together to make a new color. Or you see a crossing over of colors that represents the compromise some couples will take to appreciate the differences between them and still keep their own individuality.

When two worlds collide, sometimes it does not work out.

But sometimes it can.

 

All LIFE is art if you look close enough -Brigitte Cadena

 

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Corpus Christi, Downtown Artwalk is here again!

Friday is Corpus Christi’s monthly Artwalk and I plan on setting up a table and sharing my art with you.

I will be at Supreme Lending, it is located at

509 Lawrence, Suite 201
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

It is just down the street from the main hub of the Artwalk at La Retama Park.

If you stop by, I will have Black and White Photography prints, Color Photography Prints, Ink Drawings,Paintings, Pencil drawings,  Watercolors, Jewelry and more.

I may even have some very new work hanging up inside Supreme Lending. But we will see.

I have spent the last few months, painting, organizing, packaging and preparing to show my work and share my love of art with others and all this hard work is finally showing me that this is what I was meant to do.

Why? Because I love doing this and it makes me happy.

I feel so fortunate that I have this opportunity to do something I really love to do and I know that regardless of what happens, I will always love creating art.

So this Friday if you are looking for something fun and interesting to do, go to  Downtown  Corpus Christi and see some great artwork and come and say hi! It will be worth your while.

On another note, I am featured on a blog by

http://featuredartists.weebly.com/blog/brigitte-cadena-fine-art-and-photography

It has a sample of some of my new art pieces. These will be available at the Artwalk on Friday so I hope to see you there!

For Fine Art Prints you can go to bricadena.com

To know more about me and my original artwork, Art Commissions or to schedule a photo shoot you can go to my new website.

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All Life is Art, if you look close enough-Brigitte Cadena

 

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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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

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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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!

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

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

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.

Hello world!

Welcome to my Art blog.

Here  you will find ME.

That’s right. This is about my journey. I have loved art since a very young age. I recently started exploring art in a different way than I ever imagined I would and it has enlightened me. I hope you will see that the art I do is a lot like life, there is happiness, joy, saddness, ups and downs but that is life right?

I specialize in photography with a focus on themed, black and white and fine art photography, drawings in pencil, charcoal and ink, acrylic and watercolor paintings.
You will find a wide range of subject matters within my art from figurative work to abstract, from flowers and nature to cityscapes, seascapes, skyscapes and landscapes. I also create art that tells a story, has a central theme and focuses on social issues and all the encompasses. It is how I view the world around me.

I will be sharing with you what art means to me, current projects I am working on as well as how I see my world around me.

Maybe you will see things differently at the very least I hope this walk with me will inspire, encourage and move you.

Isn’t that what art is about?