Bat Symbolism and Meaning


Bats are among the most misunderstood animals. Many stories, movies and myths described them as dangerous and harmful creatures that can suck people’s blood and transform themselves as Dracula. Because of this, bats began to have a bad reputation. Although feared by some people, bats are beneficial to the humans and environment.

The Native American recognized the bat as an animal that is highly sensitive to its surrounding and therefore consider this animal as a symbol of intuition, dreaming and vision. When special energy was needed, the spirit of the bat would often be invoked, like the “night-sight” which what they called the ability to see through illusion. To the Native Americans, it is also the symbol of communication because they observed the bats to be a highly social creature. People believe that if you have a bat as your totem, you will be extremely aware of your surroundings and sometimes can be overly sensitive to the feeling of others.

In China, bats represent good luck, prosperity and bring happiness or peace. In Japan, bats symbolize chaos, unrest and unhappiness. Scottish people believed that when flying bats rise and descend, they does so by a witch’s house. It was also believed by Finnish people that when one is asleep, the soul will take the shape of a bat. Early Christians believed that the devil transformed into a bat in order to harass people. An Australian tribe also believes that killing bats will shorten your life. Some people even believe that carrying the right eye of a bat will make them become invisible.

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Art Journey – Abstract Painting: A Celebration of Contemporary Art

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An Inspired Collection of the Best of Abstract Art!

Abstract art is a visual language–a riot of color, a profound explosion of texture and shape, a quiet collision of forms. Dynamic works of art can showcase pastel painting, showcase watercolor flowers, or even build off pen and ink drawings. Abstract artists are limited only by their imagination. And through instinct, composition and an inspired color palette, they translate emotions, ideas or experiences into immersive images you want to explore again and again.

This book is a stunning volume of more than 100 award-winning abstract works showcasing the colorful and expressive nature of contemporary abstract art. Pieces have been hand-selected from the Pastel Journal‘s Pastel 100 competitions and The Artist’s Magazine‘s annual competitions, hard-bound to provide years of beauty and enjoyment.

Each painting is accompanied by an insightful critique from the artist. You may discover oil painting tips, watercolor techniques, details about creative process, artistic inspiration, and revelations on why abstraction is an important art form.

“You need passion and dedication to do abstract work and that is really my best advice to aspiring artists. You have to let your heart and emotion lead you to where you want to go.” –Denise Athanas, page 11

“For me abstract art can teach us about the beauty that lies deep within all our experience, often unseen until we change our perspective, remove our usual filters and allow our hearts and minds to open to the wonders of life.” –Patricia Bevan, page 15

Art Journey Abstract Painting A Celebration of Contemporary Art



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The Photograph as Contemporary Art (World of Art)

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“Essential reading for anyone who wishes to make sense of the complex . . . world of contemporary art photography.” ―Picture Professional

In the 21st century photography has come of age as a contemporary art form. Nearly two centuries after photographic technology was first invented, the art world has fully embraced it as a legitimate medium, equal in status to painting and sculpture. This book provides an introduction to contemporary art-photography, identifying its most important features and themes and celebrating its exciting pluralism through an overview of its most important and innovative practitioners. The work of nearly 250 photographers is reproduced, from established artists such as Isa Genzken, Jeff Wall, Sophie Calle, Thomas Demand, Nan Goldin, and Sherrie Levine to emerging talents such Walead Beshty, Jason Evans, Lucas Blalock, Sara VanDerBeek, and Viviane Sassen.

This new edition brings the story of contemporary art photography up to date with a revised introduction outlining the evolution of photography from documentary tool to art form, and an updated final chapter focusing on the younger generation of artists who emphasize the technical and material properties of photography, employ it as part of a wider pan-media practice, or respond to evolving new modes of dissemination in the digital age.

249 illustrations, 212 in colorThames Hudson



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Tattoo Shading – Master Black and Grey Tattoo Shading


Black and grey tattoo shading techniques have been around for years, but are recently becoming more and more popular. Just about everyone has at least one tattoo, and those who don’t have any secretly wish they did. While it is highly suggested that you become a certified professional before applying tattoos, you certainly don’t need a license to take tattoo shading lessons.

There are various types of tattoo shading styles you might be interested in. Quite a few individuals have colored tattoos. However, if you can learn the art of black and grey tattoo shading techniques, you’ll have the potential to become the best in your field. People who provide tattoos know that it’s all about your clientele. When you’re a great artist, the word about your business can spread like wildfire. Likewise, if you don’t know a lot of different tattoo shading styles, that word can spread just as quickly as well.

Taking some tattoo shading tips into account can do wonders for your business, even if you’ve been doing this your whole life. The essence and style of body art is always taking new twists and turns. What was in style last year may not necessarily be what’s in style this year.

Every artist benefits from learning black and grey shading techniques. Not only does the artist benefit, but so does the client. The beauty of it all is that the entire situation is purely give and take. You take the time to learn new tattoo shading styles and ultimately, provide much better services to your clientele as they give back to you by spreading the word about how great of an artist you are.

There is a lot of money to be made in the tattoo industry. Tattoos have been around for a long time and are no longer popular amongst foreign cultures. Now everyone in almost every country displays tattoos as a way of expressing their individuality.

All people, both young and old sincerely adore tattoos as a form of body art.

You can now perfect your art by learning black and grey tattoo shading techniques. Given below are a few pointers that you need to know for tattoo shading.

1. Three types of outlines?

= Typical outline

= Grey line

= Blood line

= Sculpted lines

= (Beginner shaky lines)

2. Your outlines is very important.

The outline is the basis of the tattoo, like a foundation for a building. Once you have finished your outline, clean up and go over for any faint lines, missed spots etc.. and touch up until it looks solid and if your happy then move on to shading.

3. Methods can you use for tattoo shading (Two Methods Sweep & Brush)

Stick to sweep shading for a beginner, basically its like a scooping motion. Go slowly and don’t overwork an area, if your diluting your own inks make sure its not too light as you will have to go over the same area many times to get the desired tone. Also its easier to darken so start light and add more ink if your not happy with the tone.

Once you have finished, you’ll notice that the tattoo appears much more professional and has a lot of artistic flare. Applying black and grey shading techniques to tattoos will always make them stand out more.

Without shading, tattoos are still great, but just not as good as they could be it gives it that three dimensional look which is so cool to look at. But there is so much more to know about shading.

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6 Marimo Moss Ball Variety Pack – 4 Different Sizes of Premium Quality Marimo from Giant 2.5 Inch to Small 1 Inch – World’s Easiest Live Aquarium Plant – Sustainably Harvested and All-Natural

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Included in this pack are 1 Giant 2.5 inch, 2 Large 2 inch, 2 Medium 1.5 inch, and 2 Small 1 inch Marimo Moss Balls. These are one of the most popular aquatic plants on Amazon and they are extremely easy to take care of! Ideal for both aquarium hobbyists and anyone looking for unique home decor pieces. Keep them in jars as pets, use them in terrarium kits, or more! The moss balls generate oxygen and remove nitrates, improving water quality for your aquariums. If you wish, you can cut the moss balls into smaller pieces and the individual pieces will grow into separate moss balls. Marimo balls are regarded as good luck charms in Japan, and since they have been known to live to 200 years and beyond, they are often kept as family heirlooms. They are thought to symbolize close bonds between family members or close-knit friends, and are often passed down to children and grandchildren or nieces and nephews. By the time future generations receive the marimo balls, they will be larger in size and will continue to grow with each generation. Additionally, marimo balls are sometimes given to young children as “pets,” since the only care they require is occasional water changes. Marimo balls are also thought to represent everlasting love; thus, they are often used as wedding table ornaments or even gifted at weddings. They are appropriate as a gift to the bride and groom, and smaller marimo balls make wonderful take-home gifts for the guests that will serve as mementos of the newly-weds’ special day.100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: We are so sure that you’ll be impressed by the quality and value of our Marimo pack that we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied with your moss balls for any reason whatsoever, we offer a no questions asked refund policy.
HIGHEST RATED MARIMO ON AMAZON: Unlike other Marimo, our moss balls go through a 3-step quality control process where we quarantine and treat the Marimo to eradicate potential pests and parasites, carefully grade each Marimo to remove low quality specimens, and then each moss ball is gently hand washed to remove most sand and silt. This ensures our Marimo are free of all the common contaminants and pests included with most Marimo on the market. Our Marimo are sustainably harvested in Europe and are 100% natural with no dye, pesticides, or other contaminants.
MORE MARIMO FOR YOUR MONEY: Since Marimo are a spherical object, a small difference in diameter actually makes a big difference in size. The 2 to 2.5 inch Marimo included in this pack are 2 to 3 times as large as the 1.5 inch Marimo commonly sold as “giant”. For example, the the 2.5 inch Marimo in this pack is nearly 3 times the size of a 1.5 inch moss ball. This means our 6 pack provides more than double the amount of Marimo than a 4 pack of 1.5 inch Marimo (about 65 inches of surface area vs 28 inches).
THE EASIEST LIVE AQUARIUM PLANT: Marimo Moss Balls are without a doubt the easiest live aquarium plant; they require no special aquarium light, CO2 system, or aquarium plant fertilizer. Marimo also remove nitrogen and phosphate from the aquarium, increasing water quality and removing algae by competing with algae for nutrients. Marimo can be kept in nearly any freshwater aquarium that has a temperature of 78f or less. They are particularly useful in shrimp and snail tanks, as the shrimp and snails love grazing on them for biofilm.
BEAUTIFUL AQUARIUM DECORATION: With their deep green color, spherical shape, and easy level of care, Marimo are the perfect live aquarium decoration. Their unique appearance makes them a centerpiece aquarium ornament in any small aquarium, and a wonderful addition to aquarium driftwood, aquarium rocks, and other natural decor of a large aquarium. Marimo are also widely popular for use in terarriums, jars, vases, and other containers. Marimo are a unique wedding gift idea, and they are traditionally given as gifts in Japan to signify love and commitment to a partner.



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Street Fighting Moves – How Norm Bettencourt Went From Black Belt Martial Artist to Street Fighter


If you ever have the chance to train with Sensei Norm Bettencourt of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, consider yourself one of the luckiest persons on earth because you will have indeed found one of the best reality-based street combat instructors in the world. His system is real-world intensive in that his studio is made to look like real street environments. You do not wear any gis or exotic and ancient Oriental garb. You are not asked to go bear feet. You train there with your shoes and/or boots. Your training environment are stairwells, alley ways, small tight spaced rooms with furniture and areas that look like street curbs. This is the real deal here! You get the look and feel of real life–where all of the violence takes place–not in the romantic musings of learning endless katas and forms, and having to memorize all of the moves and strikes–even having to learn them in the original Chinese or Japanese language. (I guess when you say “punch” or “kick” in Chinese or Japanese rather than in English, you do it better.)

Sensei Bettencourt can train almost anyone, male or female, to be combat-ready in only two days of 8 hours each day of intensive reality based situations and encounters.

Norm Bettencourt doesn’t believe in belts. As he laughingly likes to quip to me, “A belt is only good for holding up your pants or choking someone out who has taken a weapon to you.”

But Norm Bettencourt’s story started out like most of us with the romance of becoming a “martial artist”–usually right after seeing the latest Jackie Chan or Jet Li movie.

Norm Bettencourt’s turning point happened on one cold night in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He had at this time already earned his black belt, and had learned scores of moves, techniques and counters. He was waiting for a bus at a stop. An individual approaches him and bumps into his shoulder in a rude and intentional way.

“You got some kind of a problem, dude?” replies Norm when shoved by this guy, knowing that he was a black belt and could take him out with all of the techniques that he knew.

“Hey, buddy, I’m sorry I pushed you…” Pow! The guy cold cocks and punches Norm viciously in the jaw. Norm tries to respond, but this crazy continues to punch and punch, thus knocking Norm back on top of a hard concrete bus seat. Norm loses his balance completely. The assailant moves in for the kill. He begins to viciously kick Norm in the head knocking him unconscious.

When Norm comes too, he realizes that a bus driver had gotten out of a bus to help him on.

As Sensei Bettencourt told me, “This was a blessing in disguise and a turning point for me as I asked myself what had happened to have caused a guy off the street to get the best of me–a black belt–and knock me out! Then the answer hit me like a lightning bolt. This guy was street saavy when it came to fighting. He knew how to “sucker punch”. He knew only a few moves, but he knew how to execute them well and he was not afraid to follow through with continuous strikes until I was completely knocked out. He had the street fighter mentality while I had the martial artist mentality.” This was the birth of Norm Bettencourt–Street Fighter!

We can lift 3 little recognized facts from this story of Sensei Bettecourt.

Fact #1 – A Martial Artist Is Like A Fine Painter Or Graceful Dancer – The martial artist too often is concerned with style, form, grace and beauty which does not work well on the streets.

Fact #2 – The Street Fighter Is Like The Guy Who Cleans Up After The Painting Or Dancing Is Done – The street fighter has a serious job to do and he is not concerned about looking pretty, but rather on just getting the dirty job done as quickly and efficiently as possible–so that he is the last man standing.

Fact #3 – There Is No Such Thing As A Dirty Fighter, Only An Educated One – The guy who attacked Sensei Bettencourt knew how to “sucker punch” and he was not afraid nor did he care about causing serious damage by continuing the attack until Sensei was unconscious. As a street fighter you must be an educated fighter, that is, you must fight down and dirty until you are the last man standing and you are the one who walks through that door to kiss your daughter good night.

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FIFA 17 – Xbox One

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Powered by Frostbite: One of the industry’s leading game engines, Frostbite delivers authentic, true-to-life action, takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion in FIFA 17.

·         New Football Worlds: Frostbite injects even more detail into the worlds of FIFA 17. Experience all new environments like tunnels, locker rooms, the manager’s office, and the team plane.

·         Authentic True-To-Life Action: Frostbite powers a truly immersive, story-driven experience that embeds you in football and lets you live through all of the emotions of the sport on and off the pitch.

·         Characters Full of Depth & Emotion: Frostbite delivers heightened realism for characters on and off the pitch. This leap in fidelity unlocks exciting new opportunities for telling stories and delivering engaging experiences for every player.

 

The Journey: For the first time ever in FIFA, live your story on and off the pitch as the Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter. Play on any club in the premier league, for authentic managers and alongside some of the best players on the planet. Experience brand new worlds in FIFA 17, all while navigating your way through the emotional highs and lows of The Journey.

·         Introducing Alex Hunter: A touted prospect, Alex Hunter is on a journey to make his mark in the Premier League. Emerging as one of the best young prospects in the academy, the expectations are high and the opportunity is there for Alex to perform on the world’s biggest stage. Will you deliver?

·         Your Performance. Your Decisions. Your Unique Story.: In The Journey, Alex Hunter’s Premier League career is impacted by your performance on the pitch, and the decisions you make off of it. Make critical decisions throughout the game that will change what happens next and how other characters react to you. Will you put your team first before your own success? The choice is yours.

·         Authentic Storylines: The Journey will pull you through a true-to-life experience in the Premier League. It’s a cinematic world informed and influenced by real players, personalities, locations, and events that take you places you’ve never been and bring you experiences only available in FIFA 17.

 

Own Every Moment: Complete innovation in the way players think and move, physically interact with opponents, and execute in attack puts you in complete control of every moment on the pitch.

·         Set Piece Rewrite: From free kicks to penalties to corner kicks, inject personality and experience control from every dead ball situation.

·         Physical Play Overhaul: A transformation in the way players physically interact in all areas of the pitch. Control is now in your hands as you battle for space and possession.

·         Active Intelligence System: A brand new system introduces constant spatial analysis, increases activity off the ball, and changes the way players move, read, and react.

·         New Attacking Techniques: New options in attack give players more ways to create chances and finish in front of goal.

 

FROSTBITE GAME ENGINE TECHNOLOGY, THE JOURNEY AND FUT CHAMPIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON XBOX ONE, PLAYSTATION 4 AND PC PLATFORM VERSIONS ONLY. 

Internet connection and an EA Account required.  Must be 13+ to create an account. Powered by Frostbite: One of the industry’s leading game engines, Frostbite delivers authentic, true-to-life action, takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion in FIFA 17.
The Journey: For the first time ever in FIFA, live your story on and off the pitch as the Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter. Play on any club in the premier league, for authentic managers and alongside some of the best players on the planet. Experience brand new worlds in FIFA 17, all while navigating your way through the emotional highs and lows of The Journey.
Own Every Moment: Complete innovation in the way players think and move, physically interact with opponents, and execute in attack puts you in complete control of every moment on the pitch.



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The Art of Japanese Cloisonne Enamel: History, Techniques and Artists, 1600 to the Present

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This book provides a detailed history of Japanese cloisonne enamel and the development of its many technical varieties. Part One presents the 400-year history and context of Japanese enamels from their beginnings around 1600, covering the crucial decades of the late 19th and early 20th centuries extensively. Part Two is organized by individual technique and categorizes and discusses the many variations of cloisonne enamel developed in Japan. Integrated into both parts are biographies of many cloisonne masters along with discussions of the technical and scientific underpinnings of the craft. The work is complemented by 32 color plates with 128 images, an extensive glossary, several appendices, an extensive bibliography and a full index.



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Portrait Painting Techniques – How to Paint Hair


Painting Hair

Painting portraits is a great hobby that gives both the artist and the model much pleasure. It is better for both however if the texture, color and flow of the hair closely matches the model. Follow these steps to obtain more realistic colors in your next portrait.

Before painting hair, you should always have the rest of the face finished first. The flesh color extend into the hairline. This is so that the flesh color shows through and the hair does not look unnatural. Remember that hair is much more than one layer, therefore, you need to paint it in layers. There are also hundreds of shades of hair color. To keep it as simple as possible try to base each portrait with, blonde, brown (this includes red), black or gray.

Under paint the entire hair area with a very light mixture of one of these colors. These are called undertones. This under painting will actually be the highlights because as you work you will not cover all of this. Notice where the dark or shadowed areas are and paint them in. Now use a darker color and start stroking in hair strands. Black is the opposite. Start with the darkest as the undertones, then add lighter layers. Continue until you are satisfied with the results. It is very easy to overdo hair. Know when to stop!

Here are the colors you will use for any hair tone. Remember to apply the undertones first

Blonde (Reds) Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium, (Alizarin Crimson)

Use Burnt Umber to darken blonde and red hair

Brown Titanium White, Burnt Umber

Use Cadmium Red or Ivory Black for red or blackish tones

Black Ivory Black Undertones

Warm Black – Ivory Black & touch of Brown

Cool Black – Ivory Black & touch of Blue

Gray Titanium White, Ivory Black for a Gray Undertone

Warm Gray – Ivory Black & touch of Brown

Cool Gray – Ivory Black & touch of Blue

Start the first layer, or undertones with a very watery mixture of paint. Use a medium to large brush because you are not painting details. Don’t try to paint in individual hair strands at this stage. Start adding more paint color to your brush and add some more layers. Pull the brush in the direction of the flow of hair. Use a liner brush to add some indications of individual strands. Add any deep pockets of color to really give the portrait depth. I added some deep shadow on the side of the neck.

Congratulations! You should be well on your way to being your own master portrait painter. As always, don’t forget to sign your painting.

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Royal and Langnickel Pink Art Acrylic Painting Artist Set for Beginners, Pink

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The beginner art sets have everything you need to start creating what you have always dreamed. This set includes a how to guide with step-by-step instructions, teaching you how to apply your new found skills. Once you have established the basics, let your creativity flow. Set includes 10 acrylic paint tubes (12-ml), 6 natural hair brushes (round 1, 4, 7, flat 2, 5, 8), 1 graphite pencil, 1 eraser, 1 sharpener, 1 six-well palette, 1 palette knife, 1 acrylic pad (5-inch by 7-inch), 1 watercolor beginner guide and 1 pink storage box measuring 13-inch by 6-1/4-inch by 2-inch. Imported.Artist sets by royal and langnickel are great for any level artist, regardless of age or experience
Art set features all the essential tools to start experimenting and painting, all supplies are stored in a convenient wooden storage box with handle for ease of use, travel and storage
Includes 10 acrylic paint tubes, 1 eraser, 1 double pencil sharpener, 1 six-well plastic palette, 1 plastic palette knife, 1 drawing pencil, 6 brushes, 2 canvas boards and one beginners painter guide
Wood box measures 13-inch by 6-1/4-inch by 2-inch
Contents conform to ASTM D4236



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