Sometimes you just need to know that you can only go up from where you are.

Here is a very quick acrylic painting on fabric that I made the other day.

by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

I was only five when my dad told me I’d die
I cried as he said son, was nothing could be done
No all the fists I thrown just tryin to prove him wrong
After all the blood I spilled just tryin to get killed

Cuz I’ve already suffered I want you to know God
I’m ridin on hell’s hot flames comin up from below

Herowind and rain blowing out my window pain
Drugs drugs drug me down killin light killin sound

But now I’ve already suffered I want you to know God
Im ridin on Hell’s hot flames comin up from below
Yes I’ve already suffered I want you to know God
I’m riding on Heaven’s flames coming up from below

Far from below – how high can we go

To all the love I lost – hey just tryin to play boss
To all those friends I hurt – I treated em like dirt
And all those words I spewed – Nothin sacred nothing true!
To all these Ghosts I turn – I’m ready now to Burn!

Cuz I’ve already suffered I want you to know God
I’m ridin on hell’s hot flames coming up from below
Yes I’ve already suffered I want you to know God
I’m ridin of heaven’s flames coming up from below

Far – From below – how high can we go.

-Oro Continua

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Do you have the courage to live in the future?

The other night while was cleaning up and listening to music, This image of Aliens dancing on a warm field came to mind. I knew I had to paint them, or they would never come back. I did not question my urge to do so. Nope… Did not question it one bit.

So here you have an image straight from the most random corner of my mind:

LIVING IN THE FUTURE

Oh yes people! We live in the future! This is a discovery I seem to come a cross over and over again, and yes, I meant to write discovery, because it is something I tend to forget; and every time I am reminded of it, I get the same feeling I had the first time I thought about it, as f I just peeled another layer off the entire concept, and every new layer is always just as amusing as the last one.

It usually happens when I am by myself… wait… that’s almost always. I guess it does happen a lot… Which is sort of weird to think of… you know? Me and myself, consecutively discovering that I am presently living in the future… hmm, yes, it is quite overwhelming.

Sometimes it is the small things, like trying to wrap my mind into using a plastic rectangle to pay for things, specifically wondering how the whole process happens, even when I am on the other side of planet earth.

Other times it is things that are more complex and a bit embarrassing to my human-being capability of being intelligent… Just like when I buy spray stuff to put on the cake mold so things don’t stick when baking. But you might ask, how is that discovering that you live in the future?

<insert my marketing professor’s amusement “ahhh” here (with a Latin American accent) >

I realize that everyone and their grandmother uses non-stick spray when baking, but I ask, does anyone have a clue what is in that stuff???? For all we know it could have the cause to some disease or something harmful to our bodies… But no one asks because we put our trust into people we don’t know… which may I say, is something we don’t do on a daily basis. Isn’t “Don’t trust strangers” one of the many lessons that first stick to you as a child?? 50 years ago, no one would have trusted a stranger to feed them anything related with non-stick substance from a spray can. Maybe this says I have trust issues… But I think this is just part of the living in the future. In the future <a.k.a. now> trust is one of the scariest things.

What do you guys think?

Do I have trust issues? or perhaps I am just 21 yrs old, and am just now discovering about how your life can actually be affected if you put your trust in the wrong people.

I guess I could go in a circle when writing about trust… or in a sphere, as my art professor used to say.

I do mean it though. As I have gotten older ( since I have had wwaaayy too many experiences with how crappy the idea of a government can be) I have lost 100% of trust in anyone running an office that’s supposed to make the best decisions for a country. I know I am no politico to start this whole rant. But I just bring this idea into the picture, because I think I still have that trust I used to have for presidents and leaders, towards many other things. Like the company who makes the non-stick spray!

I don’t know that I really like the idea of leaving my trust into all these people. No I don’t care about their degrees in lab-chemist-food whatever it is they are. I am trying to get a degree myself right now and I am learning nothing. I’m just part of a 4 year monthly payment plan to get a diploma to be taken seriously by the world. So people can have the same trust in my abilities, as they have with the people who make the non-stick spray; who have convinced everyone that eating non-stick spray out of a metal can is fine. Really!!! Isn’t having no one question your product, anyone’s dream come true?

Don’t get me wrong. I love Non-stick spray! I used it yesterday! I just use that example because it is what came to mind first. I could go on and on about many other products that I also love and use.

Regardless of my bittersweet relationship with non-stick spray and how it makes me feel, I find that what is so amazing about my chronic journey with discovering that I am in the future, is staring at this futuristic concept, and trying to figure out the many branches that make it be what it is. Just like picking up non-stick spray at the grocery store has brought me to the idea of trust. But most certainly how all of these daily discoveries can teach me about why I am the way I am.

I live in the future. I am a fashion lover. One who sometimes hates to love fashion. I am addicted to several products. By that I mean, things I consider vital for my daily life… Neither of them including food or water. I get cranky when I haven’t had enough caffeine. I am forever thankful with God, for I believe art is the most generous gift He could have ever given us. I believe in God and faith. But He and I also know my actions do not always show it. I guess I just don’t have enough courage to always do what I know is right. Which reminds me of many conversations I had in college with my friend Mike… When we used to ponder on the idea that if we stopped going to school, then we could use that money to feed the poor. Here my friends, is where I am always left speechless.

Perhaps the reason for me to stumble over the modern technology of non-stick spray from a can was necessary, just so I could ask myself…

Where is my trust?

 

This is the Future!

Welcome to the future!

It’s a beautiful yet scary place to live!

 

-Oro Continua

True words Señora Celia.

Life is a carnival – by the fantastic Celia Cruz

All those who think that life is unfair,
Have got to know that is not the case,
For life is beautiful and one must live it!
Anyone thinking they’re alone, and that everything’s  bad,
Have got to know that’s not the case,
That in life, no one is alone, there is always someone.

Oh, there’s no need to cry, because life is a carnival,
It is more beautiful to live singing.
Oh, there’s no need to cry,
For life is a carnival
And your pains go away by singing.

Anyone thinking that life is cruel,
Have got to know that’s not the case,
That there are just bad times, and everything just goes on.
Anyone thinking that things will never change,
Have got to know that’s not the case,
smile to the hard times, and they too, will go on.

Oh, there’s no need to cry, because life is a carnival,
It is more beautiful to live singing.
Oh, there’s no need to cry,
For life is a carnival
And your pains go away by singing.

For those that complain a lot.
For those that only criticize.
For those that use weapons.
For those that pollute us.
For those that make war.
For those that live in sin.
For those that mistreat us.
For those that make us sick.

All those who thinks life is cruel,
Thy will never be alone.
For God is always with them.

-Oro Continua

Feeling leafy I guess…

Soon, I will hopefully be making an appropiate post of the final product for the photos below.
If you are a frequent reader/viewer, you’ll know my art 90% of the time is followed by the thoughts that provoked it; and although I made these paintings a few months back, there was a lot on my mind at the time ( but let’s face it, when does anyone not have lots on their mind now days?). I guess what I am trying to say is that it took a lot of effort to try to make sense of what I was feeling when I painted them. They are definitely not “a big deal”, simply because I am not the best painter at all; but because of the time in my life when they were made and the emotional condition I was under, when they were created, they mean a lot to me.
So cross your fingers with me so I can finally get my final thoughts together to be able to make it a post that’s truly worth it.

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-Oro Continua