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Pearls For You:
A look back, present and future.

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Immediately following high school, I decided to opt-out of my first and long awaited summer vacation in order to begin collage. I would attend the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, located in South Eastern Florida, USA. This decision would prove to be a proud moment in my life, as a beginning artist.


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A moment in life that ones self-esteem is held in high regards by displaying his excellence, either of body or mind. A man proud of his person, of his talent, of his accomplishment or his achievement.


Being anxious to start my career studies in the arts right after high school had been a wise choice to make in order to fast track my art career. Summer classes at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale were very small, which in turn allowed teachers to spend more time with each student. This comfort setting effect would cause a better student to teacher relationship to emerge and provide a better communication process to learn academic courses easier.

The advantage obtained in a fast track education could not have served me any better. I was learning art and design in a totally relaxed environment, in a school that was right across the street from a South Florida prime beach. I would also repeat opting out of school for the following summer vacation period. This decision speedup the graduation time even more, and in two years I would complete my studies and graduate. A commitment that to this day I am very proud of for doing.

My seriousness in learning translated into over achieving with all my art studies and projects. A great example in this of moment time is "Pearls For You Painting." The art project filled me up with pure excitement and a heart-filled challenge. Never had I ever airbrush painted an original concept in surrealism before. I had only done test projects using shapes with colors, and one other airbrush painting prior that was the first complete art project of realism depicting a close-up of the front side of a popular European car at the time and which would be titled, "BMW Auto Painting" (view artwork).

Let me be even more honest with you, I was still a pure armature in regular brush painting. Yes, this was a nerve racking experience for me in many levels. Yet, it was so much fun and it still is in thinking back on exciting times. As youth has one feel, I was invincible...with any art medium!

This would be my first scheduled 'airbrush painting' class to which I had great interest in and anticipation with, since entering the school. My artistic skills would be tested, as would my mind in order to come up with the next surrealistic metaphysical art. Then while looking for reference images and resource information the idea for the painting concept and theme unfolded in my mind, and "Pearls For You" was envisioned.

Anyone that grew up in the 1970s will tell you that the 'art of airbrushing' was a very popular thing back in American pop culture at that time. From canvas, to clothing to autos and especially vans! Creating art onto these things were cutting-edge, not to mention a lucrative business for the artist that had the touch. So, I was really looking forward into learning the new skill in class.

In no time at all, I found it more scary of mind than of actual process in achieving its mastery. My God given talents in the arts was no match for the art form, and I soon became quite good at airbrushing. By late 1981, after airbrush and painting basics skills had been taught, the teachers let students loose to create whatever we wanted. Just like my good fortune in high school, I was able to have this unique 'freedom to create,' once again and I would take full advantage of this precious opportunity to become a proficient artist in airbrush painting.

Using the knowledge obtained in airbrushing with the use of colored pencils, thanks to my other mastered skill of drawing, along with some brush painting in which high school had engaged me with, I was able to incorporate all these skills with temporal messaging to create several art pieces that made me feel blessed and even more driven with purpose than before.

The moment I picked up the airbrush and crossed the fear barrier of the unknown, it was as this is too easy. Their was a feeling of, that mountain I just climbed was not tall enough ... give me a taller one! Afterwards, in the years to follow, my desire to airbrush would wind down. It just felt as if I was cheating the fact of being an artist. My goal was to be a "true artist" and even if at the time it was not fully making sense to me, the heart and mind was unfolding the value of being this type of artist.

Other areas of learning were also being adapted by my curiosity, such as, the advertising and marketing aspects in the world of art. My learning curve in the early 1980s was quite steep and the advantage of a young heart and mind was ripe for the task. Taking in all the new education from other classes was riveting for me as well. I seem to really enjoy anatomy for some strange reason. Learning about the human body fascinated me ... and I did not even like whatsoever biology in high school.

The art school course of Anatomy turned my attention to a couple of important areas in life, "mind-body wellness" and "being inspired" which would in later years have a huge effect in my journey of discovery and my mission in life. This is something I will discuss in my upcoming blog posts.

The first year in school was going great and was serving as important technical and philosophical processes that were activated within me. I was learning to define and gradually perfect this process in all my art pieces to contain a metaphysical construct in various states (minimal, mid & maximum) in layering of messaging, symbolism and meaning, which at times could not be fully comprehended, but eventually each artwork would reveal itself by a 3D construct of philosophical art messaging.

The newly created art piece "Pearls For You," at its minimal state-of-being in metaphysical construct, would be my first airbrush painting with a serious complex tone for the philosophical art messaging (view chart) in my art creation.

After creating, "Man's Own World Drawing" (visit featured art), and having reached such a euphoric feeling after its completion, I wanted to reach the same peak of glory again with this airbrush painting. Also, to bring another complex art messaging into another art piece with a representation to obtain one of the pearls of wisdom in life–the act of giving love from the heart by sharing. This happy metaphor would be incorporated with nature, and who does not love nature.

  Artwork Drawing- Man's Own World
Pearls For You Painting, Copyright © 1982, Carlos Pijeira. All rights reserved.
Pearls for You
by Carlos Pijeira

The act of giving love from the heart by sharing, is for those who choose to accept and give the pearls of wisdom. Both an internal and eternal reward shall be received from the loving God Himself, toward those with such intent.

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As you take some time to view "Pearls For You" at its mid state-of-being construct, you will notice; the tall tree has a perspective pointing upwards toward the sky (symbolism: heavenly God and grand purpose of self). Also, notice; the two birds in which one awaits for a gift (symbolism: act of giving love from the hearth by sharing). Plus, notice: the pear necklace being depicted (symbolism: pearls of wisdom with water drops represents the effort of sweat and tears it takes to provide the pure act of giving love). Finally, notice; the perspective of from the big center foreground pearl to the small background pearls (symbolism: to view bigger picture to smaller picture of life). All of which represents the next metaphysical layering of 3D construct of philosophical art messaging.

The art piece "Pears For You," at its maximum state-of-being in metaphysical construct, is a representation of the pearls of wisdom in life that has the act of giving love from the heart by sharing, superseding materialism and greed. This dedication if practiced throughout life is so powerful that it provides a vibrancy to one's soul that is easily detected by a feeling of serenity and gratitude. This was final layering in the 3D construct of philosophical art messaging.

A belief of mine is when one is very young, the act giving love from the heart by sharing is normal. Especially when playing and having fun. Kids that shun from this act of love and selflessness are normally reprimanded by a parent and told to be nice to others and share. The ones that have a tough time learning this lesson in sharing are usually the kids that turn out to be society's 'tough ones' to deal with. Usually when this is the case, trouble is never far from this typical type of selfish individual.

It is my view that when we grow older in life and eventually move on from the safe confines of being young and innocent, evolving into who we will become later in life, that we leave behind the fine quality in childhood that connects the human potentiality with freedom from sin and moral wrong doing. Eventually, one begins to realize that the good nature within us all starts an eroding process, as with everything in life. With it, the act of giving love from the heart by sharing begins to fade somewhat along the way. This natural tendency of life is the bond that keeps the heart from spiraling out of control and becoming cold. It is this bond of love itself that makes each one of us warm with the representation of our Creator.

With love, our faith is strengthened and is extended towards God and family. This bond also plays a major role in keeping one's vibrancy of freedom strong and spreading outward towards neighbor, friend and fellow traveler (for country).

Also, as a self observation, If one happens to live away from the countryside, in a populated area such as a big city, one is likely to quickly learn that being a good Samaritan and decent loving individual might have to be toned down just a bit at certain times, for cautionary purpose. The dilemma warrants high moral gamble that might leave one having to be in a protective state with people that are unknown. As a wise action in keeping a vigilant constant guard in order to protect oneself and one's family from harms way, by opening oneself from strangers in a big city.

Unfortunately, closing up love towards fellow man can be difficult as times, at least for me. This act prevents one from being the good-natured person that one would like to be or should be at times. Which can be understood, and is why I would rather live outside a big city. Being born and living in New York City, New York, I can speak from experience (more on this subject in a later post).

In my opinion, extending kindness, especially when living outside an urban area, is a normal and natural good thing to do, and very different from the big city life. It warrants a non-moral gamble. Chances are this act of giving love from the heart by sharing usually turns out well. Areas in society where darkness dwell are places where people taking advantage of others, highly exists.

Once someone is grown up, it is very important to keep one's 'age of innocence' the closest to being intact as possible. Humanity over time seems to slowly decay morally, with 'the bad' slow creeping into 'the good.' One can easily arrive to the conclusion that, life has a better aspect of quality when it is preserved and maintained by living to one's full potential, while closely guarding against potential vulnerabilities.


Referring to the USA, less crime and corruption exists in areas called the 'heartland of America' or as shamefully the liberals/leftists (and/or Godless) like to refer to this less populated areas as, 'fly-over country.' At these geographical areas a higher quality of life exists, with better moral values and principles that are taught and assimilated by people. Call it a less darkness of culture with a wholesome life towards God, family, country and freedom seems to manifest in suburban areas or small towns.

The era in which one is born is also important in determining the act of giving love from the heart by sharing, and should be taken into notice when referring to matters from the heart. I was fortunate to have been a transplant from the North East down to South Eastern peninsula of Florida in 1970. My parents recognized the need to move the family away from the dangers of big city life early in my childhood. So, my sister and I were sparred the real effects of city crime and government indoctrination that was to take over all major cities during the seventies and beyond.

What one decides in doing in life also has consequences in the act of giving love from the heart by sharing. Choosing a career or employment that makes one happy and satisfied with life is of up most importance, and it reflects in the act of love of giving love from the heart by sharing one's blessings with others. This positive feeling is something enjoyed spreading to others. The guidance given to one in a good school early on in life is an important component to forming one's clarity in choosing the right move into a career opportunity or employment.

When one is happy and healthy is a solid base for the act of giving love from the heart by sharing, and it becomes an instrument of advancing one's purpose, or soul's mission in life. Whether one shares quality of time inside a serious relationship with friends, family, oneself, or most importantly with God. Having this understanding creates a cycle of perpetual euphoria in one's heart and mind, which only makes one a better human being, easily detectable with a bright spiritual glow.

As I hit my midlife years, clarity started settling in and I began realizing that the 'pears of wisdom' that one has gathered throughout life are what takes in most value. I liked calling it, 'the metaphysical grand or grander purpose in life.' Material things are nice to have, but they do not provide any long term gratification. My epiphany was to leave a mark upon Earth using all my art that other generations will look upon even maybe take direction from, that would be a worthy act of giving love from the heart by sharing. I had always been a person that had this kindness and grandness feeling within my heart and the "Pearls For You" painting had become one of my favorite art piece in expressing that message.

In looking ahead to my remaining years of being a true artist, I would develop a deep sense of desire and devotion to have my art mean more than just a visualization of my life experience. The "CP" art brand needed to look at the big picture of life–as well as represent the smaller picture in life. My art needed to relate and captivate future generation's interest while expressing a deep meaning of art messaging.

The perplexing part that tormented my mind was that I wanted 'quantity' in production artwork to make up for lost years that I did not create fine art. While also, having time-consuming/high standard 'quality' in all my art creation. This meant much praying upon what was expected of me in continuing with this important task at hand. In the back of my mind I wondered how many remaining physically able years in life I had left to accomplish this task. I just knew to make the best with what I had each and every day with my art. The future would find my art an important source for learning about real and not altered history. It would wake up others and inform them of both the world's good and evil.

In conclusion, if one can find a peace and calm from within one's soul with the act of giving love from the heart and sharing these blessings, one will find in doing so the pearls of wisdom in life. This modern time only make it harder for the good folks to spread goodwill to others, but we must make the effort. Find your pearls as I found mine and your life will have greater meaning!

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