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The impasto technique of painting means that the paint is typically laid onto the canvas thickly. This thick globbing allows every stroke of the brush to be seen in the paint itself. This also allows the artist to mix colors right on the canvas. Vincent Van Gogh is an artist that used the impasto technique often in his later paintings.

The word “impasto” comes from the Italian word “pasta”, to paste. This is the heart of the technique. The paint is pasted onto the canvas, and then spread with the brush or the painting-knife. It creates a texture and look that no other technique can create, leading to its widespread use to get unique feelings to paintings that can’t be see in reproductions.

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To be introspective means to look inward. Introspection is often used as a way to better oneself, to find ways that one could be better. When introspection occurs, one is often examining themselves as a response to some tragic event. It involves not only examining how the event will impact oneself, it involves looking at your mental processes and how you handle emotions.

In the most heart-wrenching introspection, one pretty much tears everything down to the base and starts over. It is often used in psychology to help diagnose issues and help people overcome mental health blocks. No one calls it introspection in the field, but that’s what it is. Interviews, surveys, etc. can all be defined as introspection if done in the right setting.

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Rectilinear means that something is defined by or made up of straight lines. These straight lines are what really make it rectilinear. This is a general definition, and there are more specific definitions for photographers. In photography, rectilinear has two meanings. The first is that something relates to straight lines in some way, shape, or form. The second one refers to a lens correction.

This basically means that the lens corrected the photo so that straight lines on the subject would be straight in the picture. That’s all there really is to rectilinear in photography, and in general. This is a word that not many people would know, in either context. Isn’t it such a cool word to simply say that something is made up of or constrained by straight lines?

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The definition of synesthesia is “the experience when something should stimulate one sense, but it stimulates another”. This is often experienced with color and text more often than anything else. People with synesthesia will see the text as anyone else would, but the letters or numbers will be colored differently for them. This is simply the most reported experience of synesthesia.

However, there are various kinds of synesthesia that could be provoked. One is colors and sound, where each color on the color wheel evokes a different sound for the person. Someone might see a map of numbers when thinking of numbers instead of a number line; this is another form of synesthesia. Simply put, there are many forms this can take, and no one is quite sure how it develops.

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The term is actually spelt “orisha”. It is of southern Nigerian origin. The word can be used in reference to any of the minor deities in the area. The word has travelled quite a bit, too. It’s not confined to southern Nigeria. It has been used in South America and in the Caribbean in many of those nations for the same meaning.

The word gets around in cultures that have multiple gods and goddesses. It originally was a Yoruba word, part of the Yoruba language of the people of the same name. In the Yoruba culture, there are 401 orisha. This number varies by culture, though, so 401 isn’t the number in all the cultures that use the word “orisha”.

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The word “ukiyo” is a Japanese term that means “floating world”. This specific term refers to the time period between 1600 and 1867. This is a time period in Japan where the people wanted to seek pleasure. It mainly flourished in the city of Yoshiwara. Other cities did pick up the idea too - mainly Kyoto and Osaka. The idea of ukiyo was to seek pleasure and to live comfortably.

It flourished in Yoshiwara for two reasons. It’s the red-light district of Edo (which is now called Tokyo). This means it was the home of brothels and things of that nature. The second reason is that these brothels and other places were frequented by the growing middle class of the time period.

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The drawing and writing instrument that uses ink is the pen. There is a saying about this instrument: the pen is mightier than the sword. This is often said because words can do as much damage, or more than, a sword or weapon of some kind. The power of the pen can also transport us to new places and new times, or back in time.

Whether this is because of a book written in the past, or a painting that shows us a peek of the future, there is plenty of reason for the pen to take us places. Pens have been used since the medieval times by the wealthiest of people, and as things have become cheaper and more efficient to produce, pens are open to everyone with a couple dollars to spare.

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During puberty, boys experience a lot of growing. Literally everything gets bigger. Boys will get much taller as they go through puberty. Often, this means that they need new clothes every three or four months - a strain on the budget, for sure. Their voice will get deeper during this time, too. Often, a boy’s voice will crack when they speak during this time period.

This isn’t something to be embarrassed about; it’s natural and happens as the body gets used to having a deeper voice. These aren’t the only changes a boy will go through during puberty, however. Some boys will get much taller than they were before; others, not so much. It all depends on the environment they grow up in, as well as what their parents passed on.

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A fresco painting is a type of painting done on wet plaster. This is one of the hardest art forms to correct if a mistake is made. Instead of being able to add more paint easily or being able to cover it out with white paint when it’s dry, a mistake in fresco has to be chiseled out. Often, the painter will have an idea of what they want to draw before they start on a fresco.

One of the most famous fresco paintings is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. It was done by Michelangelo. The process took a long time, because the builders couldn’t plaster more than Michelangelo could paint in a day. Today, it’s admired by tourists around the world.

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A petroglyph is a rock drawing that has been carved into the rock or created by weathering the rock away. Either way, it is a carving of some kind on a rock. The word comes from a French word that was spelled pretty much exactly the same way, but the French word comes from the Greek for “stone” and “carving”.

This is one of the few times that a word can literally be translated at the roots to what it really is. It can be carved in various kind of stones, and there’s another kind of petroglyph. It’s called a living petroglyph. This is when the picture is carved into a rock that is attached to other rock - such as the face of a cliff or part of a cave wall.

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