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Abraham Maslow created a very famous hierarchy of needs for human beings. At the bottom of these needs are our basic needs, these are very common. We need food, we need sex, we need security, the basics. But as you go higher in the needs hierarchy, our needs become complicated. Our needs need more energy and more focus to achieve and fulfill. At the top of the needs hierarchy, however, is transcendence. In other words, this is the point in our lives where we achieve some sense of purpose or some sense of meaning. This may seem like highfalutin pop psychology talk, or even philosophical abstractions, but deep down we all know that this...

Posted by in Art News on Feb 20, 2014 .

Haunting. Serene. Introspective. Soul-searching. These are just some of the words that immediately come to mind when most people look at pictures of lighthouses mounted on canvas or lighthouse paintings on canvas. There is just something emotionally attractive about a lighthouse set against a backdrop looking over a landscape. It is very easy to place one's self in the place of the lighthouse. One can easily understand the emotional power of standing alone in front of one's destiny. There is a sense of honesty with lighthouse images. There are no fancy distractions one can hide behind. You just see a solid figure against a clear...

Animals aren't exactly strangers to art. After all, some of the earliest cave art depict animals on cave ceilings and walls. There is something about animals that make them some of the most historically popular subjects of art. While we have evolved quite a bit from cave wall or ceiling paintings to paint on canvas to photo prints on canvas, our fascination with animal art continues to the digital age. This shouldn't be surprising, after all, cultures throughout history have often placed lots of importance on certain animal traits. For many cultures, these animal traits reflected their highest ideals or their most taboo fears....

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