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Art after the invention of writing started to become more abstract. Modern rock art is a rare place where people continue to use symbols that can be understood without written explanation. It is also one of the few places in modern culture where it is possible for an artist to make a living from what he or she does, not from the sale of someone else’s work.

The oldest known paintings are in Africa, Australia and Europe. The paintings are a form of art which is considered as the most ancient. These paintings were made on the walls of caves and also on rocks, various parts of the body, sea shells, stones, wood and animal skins.

The earliest known paintings are found in the El Castillo cave of Spain that date back to 32,000 years ago. Other examples include the Cave of Chauvet in France which date back to 36,000 years ago. The famous Lascaux caves have prehistoric rock paintings that date back 15,000 years ago.

Tasmanian Aboriginal people were living isolated from mainland Australia until they were discovered by Europeans in 1642. They live in small groups around the coast of Tasmania and other areas of Australia. Ancient aboriginal people used ochre for painting on rocks as well as on their bodies. The patterns painted on rocks can be recognized by their geometric shapes such as circles, arcs and lines. Dots were also painted to represent human figures and animals such as kangaroos and fish.

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The term “rock art,” or “petroglyphs” is used here to encompass all forms of incised, painted, or ground images on stone. Rock art is found on all inhabited continents except Antarctica. It occurs in numerous styles, in diverse locations and contexts, and has been created by many cultures spanning the last 50,000 years or more.

Various types of image are found among rock art images: anthropomorphic (human), zoomorphic (animal), abstract and geometric, and features of the natural environment. Anthropomorphic images show both actual and mythical people, human remains are often depicted as well. Zoomorphic representations include a wide range of animals: mammals (e.g., horses, cattle), birds (e.g., vultures), reptiles and amphibians (e.g., lizards) fish (e.g., tuna) and insects and arachnids (e.g., spiders). Abstract motifs include elements such as negative handprints, cupules (cup-shaped depressions), dots and concentric circles. Geometric designs include spirals, diamonds and chevrons (chevrons or ‘V’-shapes). The meaning of these motifs is often obscure; however some modern commentators suggest that they may

Art is what gives you the power to create. Sensitivity, attention and the ability to see beauty in the simplest things. Your art can be anything. It can be a picture, a song, a piece of cloth or a poem you write yourself. You can share your art with others in many different ways and still get something back from it yourself.

The real thing about art is that every single one of us has an artist inside us waiting to come out. It might take a little practice but if you try, you’ll find your own unique voice and style.

My name is Laura (a.k.a Lolo) and I hope that these paintings will inspire you to create your own art! Please comment and share any art of your own! Have fun!

The images were created by a variety of techniques including painting, carving and engraving. The most common painting technique was to apply pigment to the rock surface. Pigments were derived from clays, charcoal and minerals such as iron oxides. These pigments were not made for the purpose of creating artworks but created during the normal course of living and working.

The images are mainly geometric in design and most commonly found in the form of circles, spirals, arcs and lines. However other designs such as concentric circles (sunbursts or eyes), boomerangs, kangaroos, humans, hands and feet have also been identified. The geographical distribution of these images suggests that they were used by a number of different language groups who lived across large areas of Australia prior to European settlement.*

Truly unique pieces only come from the heart. A work of art is always a collaboration between the artist and the viewer. The piece that moves someone to tears will not move everyone else. In fact, it is likely to move most people away from tears and into anger or confusion.

The role of the artist is not to make something that everyone likes but rather to make something that provokes an emotional response in at least one person.

While there are certain techniques that can help create strong emotional responses, they are certainly not required. And they are often not enough by themselves. The only real requirement is passion. If your work shows no passion, it will have no power.

Passion can be hard to manage, especially if you feel it should be hidden. But if you don’t allow your passion out into the open somehow, it will find other ways to show itself… usually in destructive ways.”

In the 19th century, the majority of Europe’s population was illiterate. They were also hungry. The inability to read and write meant that most people had no way to learn about new technologies or understand how society worked. This left them open to being exploited by the few who did understand these things, and also meant that they lacked knowledge necessary for organizing effectively against their exploitation.

This situation began to change in the 1800s, as literacy rates rose throughout Western Europe and Latin America. People still didn’t have much access to education or information, but at least they could read about social conditions, or about technologies like the steam engine that might improve their lives.

Summary: As literacy rates rise in a region, there is a growing public sphere where people can debate political questions and exchange ideas.

This expansion of public debate led to political reforms and contributed to rising living standards in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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