Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts - artworks, expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art.

The oldest documented forms of art are visual arts, which include creation of images or objects in fields including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and other visual media. Architecture is often included as one of the visual arts; however, like the decorative arts, it involves the creation of objects where the practical considerations of use are essential - in a way that they usually are not in a painting.

Until the 17th century, art referred to any skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or sciences. In modern usage after the 17th century, where aesthetic considerations are paramount, the fine arts are separated and distinguished from acquired skills in general, such as the decorative or applied arts.

Art may be characterized in terms of mimesis (its representation of reality), expression, communication of emotion, or other qualities. During the Romantic period, art came to be seen as "a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science". Though the definition of what constitutes art is disputed and has changed over time, general descriptions mention an idea of imaginative or technical skill stemming from human agency and creation. The nature of art, and related concepts such as creativity and interpretation, are explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics. Read more




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Earliest Depiction of Jesus Christ in Israel Discovered   Live Science - November 27, 2018

The iconography of Christ with short hair was common throughout the east of the Byzantine Empire, Maayan-Fanar explained, especially in Egypt and the Syria-Palestine region. But it was eventually displaced by Byzantine images of Christ with long hair, which remains a common portrayal today. Christ was also shown as a very young man, she said, because his baptism in the Jordan symbolized a "new birth." For the same reason, the painting shows a larger figure of John the Baptist, who is said to have presided at Christ's baptism, according to the Christian Gospels.




Prehistoric cave art reveals ancient use of complex astronomy   Live Science - November 27, 2018


Some of the world's oldest cave paintings have revealed how ancient people had relatively advanced knowledge of astronomy. The artworks, at sites across Europe, are not simply depictions of wild animals, as was previously thought. Instead, the animal symbols represent star constellations in the night sky, and are used to represent dates and mark events such as comet strikes, analysis suggests. They reveal that, perhaps as far back as 40,000 years ago, humans kept track of time using knowledge of how the position of the stars slowly changes over thousands of years.

The findings suggest that ancient people understood an effect caused by the gradual shift of Earth's rotational axis. Discovery of this phenomenon, called precession of the equinoxes, was previously credited to the ancient Greeks. Around the time that Neanderthals became extinct, and perhaps before mankind settled in Western Europe, people could define dates to within 250 years, the study shows. The findings indicate that the astronomical insights of ancient people were far greater than previously believed. Their knowledge may have aided navigation of the open seas, with implications for our understanding of prehistoric human migration.

Researchers studied details of Paleolithic and Neolithic art featuring animal symbols at sites in Turkey, Spain, France and Germany. They found all the sites used the same method of date-keeping based on sophisticated astronomy, even though the art was separated in time by tens of thousands of years. They clarified earlier findings from a study of stone carvings at one of these sites - Gobekli Tepe in modern-day Turkey - which is interpreted as a memorial to a devastating comet strike around 11,000 BC. This strike was thought to have initiated a mini ice-age known as the Younger Dryas period.

They also decoded what is probably the best known ancient artwork - the Lascaux Shaft Scene in France. The work, which features a dying man and several animals, may commemorate another comet strike around 15,200 BC, researchers suggest. The team confirmed their findings by comparing the age of many examples of cave art - known from chemically dating the paints used - with the positions of stars in ancient times as predicted by sophisticated software.




The earliest known painting of an animal has been identified in a cave on the island of Borneo.   BBC - November 7, 2018

The artwork, which is at least 40,000 years old, is thought to be the oldest example of figurative painting - where real objects are depicted rather than abstract shapes. The researchers aren't certain what animal it represents, but their hunch is that it's a banteng, a type of wild cow that lives in the area today. The painting was found in a system of caves in the remote and rugged mountains of East Kalimantan, an Indonesian province on Borneo. The caves contain thousands of other prehistoric paintings, drawings and other imagery, including hand stencils, animals, abstract signs and symbols.

World's Oldest Animal Drawing, Discovered in Borneo Cave, Is a Weird Cow Beast   Live Science - November 7, 2018

A VERY old master: Cave art created in Borneo 40,000 years ago is the world's oldest figurative art, scientists reveal   Daily Mail - November 7, 2018


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Banksy


Who is Bansky?   Wikipedia

Banksy publishes video detailing auction stunt plan  
The Guardian - October 8, 2018

Banksy artwork Girl With a Balloon self-destructs after selling at auction for 1m  
The Guardian - October 8, 2018




Sand Formations That Look Like Crop Circles

The story behind these mysterious sand murals on Britain's beaches   CNN - October 8, 2018

If you've been frequenting the sandy beaches along the rugged, Welsh Pembrokeshire Coast in Britain, you might have noticed some mysterious shapes appearing in the sand. These intricate murals are beach-based works of art created by local sand muralist Marc Treanor. Inspired by crop circles, the enigmatic formations that occasionally appear in corn and wheat fields, Treanor forges stunningly intricate patterns and pictures by raking wet sand.

When he's done, Treanor watches as his hard work is consumed by the crashing waves, but he says that's all part of the experience. It's completely part of it, it's totally integral to the work and the fact it is impermanent and it is temporary. That said, he usually has chance to capture his creations on camera for posterity. These intricate murals are beach-based works of art created by local sand muralist Marc Treanor. Inspired by crop circles, the enigmatic formations that occasionally appear in corn and wheat fields, Treanor forges stunningly intricate patterns and pictures by raking wet sand. When he's done, Treanor watches as his hard work is consumed by the crashing waves, but he says that's all part of the experience.

Treanor says there are three key steps to creating the perfect sand mural.
Phase 1: sketching out the pattern at home, on paper.
Phase 2: Heading down to the beach, rake in hand, and getting started on the creation process.
Phase 3: This is the sort of contemplative side, so ideally there's a nice viewpoint and whoever's been involved, we can all go up to the clifftop and gaze down upon the beach and watch the creation being reabsorbed by the sea ...




Discovery of the earliest drawing   Science Daily - September 13, 2018
The oldest known abstract drawing has been found in South Africa's Blombos Cave -- on the face of a flake of siliceous rock retrieved from archaeological strata dated to 73,000 years before the present. The work is at least 30,000 years older than the earliest previously known abstract and figurative drawings.




The World's Oldest Known Drawing Is a 73,000-Year-Old Hashtag   Live Science - September 13, 2018
A small rock flake no larger than a house key is covered with a colossal surprise: the first known drawing ever made by a human. Some human or humans (Homo sapiens) used a red-ochre crayon to draw a hashtag-like design on a rock flake in what is now South Africa about 73,000 years ago, said the researchers who analyzed the doodle.




Photos: Oldest Known Drawing Was Made with a Red Crayon   Live Science - September 13, 2018




Discovery of the earliest drawing has been found in South Africa's Blombos Cave   Science Daily - September 12, 2018
The oldest known abstract drawing has been found in South Africa's Blombos Cave -- on the face of a flake of siliceous rock retrieved from archaeological strata dated to 73,000 years before the present. The work is at least 30,000 years older than the earliest previously known abstract and figurative drawings.




Drawing on a piece of silcrete found in Blombos Cave predates previous human-made drawings by at least 30,000 years   PhysOrg - September 12, 2018
The drawing, which consists of three red lines cross-hatched with six separate lines, was intentionally drawn on a smooth silcrete flake about 73 000 years ago. This predates previous drawing from Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia by at least 30 000 years. The drawing on the silcrete flake was a surprising find by archaeologist Dr. Luca Pollarolo, an honorary research fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), while he painstakingly sifted through thousands of similar flakes that were excavated from Blombos Cave at the Wits University satellite laboratory in Cape Town. Blombos Cave has been excavated by Professor Christopher Henshilwood and Dr. Karen van Niekerk since 1991. It contains material dating from 100 000 - 70 000 years ago, a time period referred to as the Middle Stone Age, as well as younger, Later Stone Age material dating from 2000-300 years ago.




Pablo Picasso


Hidden painting under Picasso masterpiece   BBC - February 17, 2018

Hidden Artwork Found Beneath Picasso 'Blue Period' Masterpiece   Live Science - February 17, 2018

Unprecedented study of Picasso's bronzes uncovers new details   PhysOrg - February 18, 2018




"Salvador Mundi"


History of the Painting   Wikipedia

Note that Jesus is holding a crystal ball. There is also a strong feminine energy here.

  'Leonardo da Vinci artwork' sells for record $450m   BBC - November 16, 2017
A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record $450m (341m). The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World). It is the highest auction price for any work of art and brought cheers and applause at the packed Christie's auction room. Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 and there are fewer than 20 of his paintings in existence.




38,000 year-old engravings confirm ancient origins of technique used by Seurat, Van Gogh   PhysOrg - February 24, 2017
A newly discovered trove of 16 engraved and otherwise modified limestone blocks, created 38,000 years ago, confirms the ancient origins of the pointillist techniques later adopted by 19th and 20th century artists such as Georges Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, and Roy Lichtenstein. Pointillism, a painting technique in which small dots are used to create the illusion of a larger image, was developed in the 1880s. However, archaeologists have now found evidence of this technique thousands of years earlier - dating back more than 35,000 years.




Neuroscience study supports 200-year old art theory   Medical Express - September 19, 2016
A pilot study from a group of Dutch scientists implies that being told that an image is an artwork automatically changes our response, both on a neural and behavioral level. This may mean that our brains automatically up- or down-regulate emotional response according to the whether a work should be understood at face value, or whether it should be interpreted as art. This tends to lend support to an over 200-year-old theory of art, first put forward by the philosopher Immanuel Kant in his "Critique of Judgement."




X-Rays Reveal Lost Portrait by Edgar Degas Behind 19th-Century Painting   Live Science - August 4, 2016
A hidden portrait of a mysterious woman has been found under a painting by the French artist Edgar Degas, according to a new study. Researchers used X-rays to peer through the layers of one of Degas' paintings, uncovering the "lost" work, which the artist later covered with another painting. The researchers made the discovery by scanning the painting with X-rays to map metallic elements in the pigments on the canvas. Data from the scan were used to build a 31-megapixel image of the hidden portrait in almost photographic detail.


Hidden Degas portrait revealed   BBC - August 4, 2016
A hidden portrait by the French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas has been revealed by scientists. Researchers in Australia used powerful X-rays to bring to light the painting of a young woman concealed beneath a work called Portrait of a Woman. The researchers believe the subject is Emma Dobigny, who appeared in other Degas paintings. t had long been known that Degas' portrait of a woman wearing a black bonnet and dress, which he painted in the late 1870s, covered an earlier painting. A ghostly impression of the composition appears as a dark stain on the sitter's face, and over the years has become more prominent as the oil paint thinned. Conventional X-rays revealed the outline of another image was lurking beneath, but without scraping away the outer painting, the researchers required a much more powerful technique to show any detail.




Loving Vincent


May 8, 2016

Loving Vincent is a 2017 animated biographical drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. The film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, is a Polish production, funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign. First conceived as a 7 minute short movie in 2008, Loving Vincent was idealized by Dorota Kobiela, a painter herself, after studying the techniques and the artist's story through his letters. Each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters.[ The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It won Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.




Ellie Visits the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) March 29, 2016




Channeling Art

Visionary art purports to transcend the physical world and portray a wider vision of awareness including spiritual or mystical themes, or is based in such experiences. It is about the expression of a soul through a form of art by creating themes and messages brought forth in a manner one can perceive as channeling. Many famous masterpieces were created this way.

Channeled art can used in therapy. Much of what is created is a reflection of the artist's emotions, challenges, personal transformation, or the collective changes going on within the universe that call to us and need to be expressed and shared. The finished work should not be judged on merit, but interpreted personally and universally - archetypes and symbolism. Creating many unfinished works of art, also defines the person's emotional state.

With all art, most people know if they are gifted, or if they are not, even while taking lessons. With channeled art, one allows something other than their consciousness mind to guide their project. This can include another aspect of their soul, another entity, or the consciousness grids that create reality. For some channeled art comes easily as they have probably done it in the past unaware that they were channeling, while for others, nothing happens. Some people are naturals at Mediumship, while others find another way to connect with the other side.

Channeled art is an extension of automatic writing practiced by many people, who say, "The idea just came to me and I began to create."

I believe that all art is channeled to some degree as it expresses the essence of the person channeling. People need to express their creative side one way or another as it allows them to access the right side (intuitive side) of the brain, part of increasing one's psychic abilities.


Channeling a message to the artist - As above - So Below

Art by Josephine Wall




Let's Channel ...


Get something to work with. Chose a medium that flows for you - sketching, painting, collage, sculpture, sand painting, graphic arts, mobiles, computers, weaving, sewing, other.


Sit somewhere that is comfortable and free of distractions.

Listen to music if it inspires you.

Though I don't recommend it, many visionary artists gain inspiration from hallucinogens, marijuana, or drinking.


Relax your body ... your mind.

Take a deep breath ...

Begin your project by allowing your hand (hands) to simple create as guided by your subconscious. The goal is to see beyond your current experience here.

There are no judgments. Start your project and keep going. No need to rush.


Take another deep breath ... Relax ... See it ... Feel it ... Be it ...

You may want to close your eyes and see what you create.


Try a suggestive word like "Home" ... "Family" ... "Love" ...

Relax your body ... your mind ... then let it flow ...


Colors are frequencies and reflect our inner emotions. Check for their definitions when your project is complete.


To test for another entity vs. your higher consciousness, you could ask the entity to draw in a manner that is beyond your capabilities and see what happens.

If you think the entity is an extraterrestrial, telepathically suggest art work reflective of other worlds and themes, especially their own.

Entities can create at their own pace combined with your energies. This can move slowly taking days, weeks or even month to complete an art work, or can be finished within minutes.

Be patient. It may take a while before you are comfortable enough to allow another energy to come through you.


If it feels right, then it is right.

All things channeled should flow EZ and from the soul.

If you were guided to this file, an aspect of your soul wants to try this form of mediumship.




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