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“Drawing” is one of the most creative and an expressive form of visual art as it has the ability to convey different sets of meanings, concepts and perspectives to the viewer. This is the one of the prime reasons why even though it is the simplest it is considered one of the most efficient means of communication for visual ideas. Drawing was the earliest method to represent visual phenomena.

A form of communication

Throughout history, the popularity of drawing as a medium of human expression, communication and recording of historical events has been all-too obvious because of its ‘nature of permanence’. The evidence to support the theory that in the evolution of humankind drawing preceded written communication is available plentifully in the cave and rock paintings from 40,000 years ago. These paintings and rough sketches are known as ‘pictograms’ as they convey messages of events and occasions in the lives of our ancestors. Drawing can be done temporarily, as in a teaching environment, on a blackboard or paper to convey information for the purpose of learning. It is an art-skill that is supported by many surfaces – e.g. blackboard, cardboard, canvas, fabric, glass, and leather, plastic and so on. In addition, the availability of a wide range of instruments for drawing easily makes it one of the most common and sought after artistic activities.

Drawing in prehistoric times became engravings for the recording of history and was regarded as the ‘foundational aspect’ of artistic practice. Until paper and parchment became available in the 14th century, metal, wood and other materials were ideally used for drawing.

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The content writer

“I am a content writer” is a frequently heard job profile comment and one that is increasingly making many people around the world independent of a 9 to 5 routine or a fixed working location. A professional content writer creates written content, mostly for online requirements on a wide range of topics for a variety of companies engaged in many industry segments – manufacturing, engineering, technical, scientific, educational etc.

However, the bottom line of professional content writing is that it is a profession or job that is centered on the writing abilities of an individual and helps him or her to turn an activity that they thoroughly enjoy into a professional one. With experience and exposure in writing different kinds of content comes the freedom to work from a home-office or remotely.

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The Secret Life Of Atlantic WolfFish

Although WolfFish are found mostly in the North Atlantic Ocean they are commonly referred to as Atlantic WolfFish as their habitat extends to the eastern and western coasts of the Atlantic. Found from as far north as Nunavut, a Canadian territory towards Greenland and Nova Scotia to Cape Cod, the densest populations of WolfFish are along the Great South Channel.

Also referred to as Atlantic Catfish, Devil Fish, Ocean Catfish, Seawolf, Wolf Eel and some others, another distinguishable genetic feature is the WolfFish’s ability to keep the blood flowing freely by means of the natural anti-freeze produced in their bodies! The WolfFish’s natural prey comprises green crabs and sea urchins which, if left unchecked, can destroy prime marine habitats. The large presence of WolfFish in the oceans is a target indicator of the health of several other ocean bottom-dwellers like Cod, for instance.

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Why Saving the Oceans Is Imperative

All life on our planet began in the oceans. Planet Earth is not simply referred to as the Blue Planet without adequate reason. The oceans cover nearly 70% of the surface of the earth, the waters cloak the planet in vibrant shades of blue as can be seen from space. Hence, the metaphor!

The oceans are not only a vast expanse of water as we see on the surface; its diversity and uniqueness is like none other. In fact, as a yardstick of comparison, we have undertaken more visits to the moon for exploration than the deepest parts of the ocean, which have still not been seen or understood fully. Less than 10% of the world’s oceans have been studied and recent scientific estimates put the number of as yet undiscovered marine species at a staggering 5 million! Algae forests as tall as redwood trees, coral reefs that stretch for thousands of kilometers and underwater caves and volcanic mountains provide shelter to thousands of marine species.

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What Is Music? – A Complete Guide

Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do…….. Who can ever forget the refrain from the evergreen Hollywood movie, “The Sound of Music” that was a hallmark film and listed among the top all-time classics in the movies section? The film reflects the life of an Austrian Naval officer who brings up his family of seven motherless children in a strict, military-like atmosphere at home devoid of any love or emotion. When music enters their lives through the nanny hired to look after them, their lives are enriched with love, compassion and emotion.

Such is the power of music. And that gives rise to the inevitable question, “What is music?”

It may be difficult to put together a standard definition for music which may seem too technical or mechanical leaving out the more gentle qualities that music possesses. It is broadly an art form and for many people, music is to them what they believe or think is music. What is music to one set of ears may just be sound to another! The ‘sound of music’ is what defines it ultimately. In ordinary terms, what constitutes noise can be converted into music using a set of rhythmic beats or melodies to create a harmonious pattern. To create such music, there isn’t the need for complex musical instruments; even everyday items like spoons, pans or ladles can contribute to producing lilting music if a pattern of rhythmic beats are followed.

qualities of music

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The Art of Providing Feedback

Providing valuable feedback is a critical leadership skill. In most areas and situations where humans are at work and interaction, a ‘development conversation’ ensues. This focuses on the attitudes, capacities and skills of individuals and teams and the most challenging aspect is feedback. Feedback essentially implies a sense of evaluation and giving directions.

However giving feedback can be a challenging and difficult task for many because it isn’t easy; at many times emotions and personalization creep into it. But it is nevertheless a critical step in the developmental conversation process because it exposes people’s blind spots and the impact that it can have on others around in eventual achievement of goals.

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What Do Fish Eat?

“What do fish eat?” is a question most children ask.

Home aquariums have found a place in many homes and fish have come to be considered as pets. But the breeds and types of fish for aquarium breeding differ greatly from those found in the wild.

Diets of fish vary from species to species; some are plant eating (herbivorous), some are flesh eating (carnivorous) while others eat both (omnivorous). Fish in the oceans depend for food dictated by the habitat they live in and weather conditions. While some swim long distances to find food, others are found in deeper waters feeding on seaweed and tiny ocean creatures that live on the ocean floor. Herbivorous fish especially those found on reefs have a variety of food to feed on – plant matter, different kinds of algae etc. This in turn helps the ecological system of a particular location as it prevents overabundance of algae growth which negatively affects coral reefs. Omnivorous fish feed on crustaceans, smaller fish and worms besides feeding off plant material like algae and the marine animals that inhabit the algae while carnivores feed mainly on other fish and marine animals.

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Pontoon Boats – Are They Versatile for Fishing?

The popularity of pontoon boats is rapidly increasing and their usability as fishing vessels are being tested more and more. A seasoned angler may not agree that a pontoon boat can serve as a hard-core, dedicated fishing boat but the pontoon boat’s versatility in function and usage makes it a serious contender.

Pontoon boats serve as wakeboard, sunning platform, cruiser, water-ski boat and gives specialized fishing boats a run for their money. Of course, for custom-purposes such as lake and river fishing or salt-water fishing, any one will bet on a Center Console fishing boat or a Bass Boat or a Convertible Boat along with the all-purpose aluminum boats that are ever popular.

A look at the factors necessary for fishing boats to be ideal for the purpose can reveal many aspects where pontoon boats can or cannot meet the requirement.

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Are Float Tubes Ideal for Fishing?

A Float Tube is also referred to as a ‘kick-boat’ or ‘belly-boat’. An essentially lightweight fishing boat designed originally like a raft, float tubes of today are more dynamic and user-friendly for inflating and using in any small water body. The earliest float tubes were round in shape like doughnuts with a seat in the hole that allowed anglers to seat themselves waist down in water and catch the best fish. Modern float tubes have U-shaped or V-shaped pontoons with seats raised above the water level so only the legs of the anglers are below water level. Customized float tubes with reserve air compartments and storage space for electronic fish finders, lights and rod holders.

Float tubes in various designs have been around for many years but it has been only in the recent past that design changes and variety have been added considering that angling and fishing are fast becoming much liked leisure sport activities. Although the element of discomfort prevented many from using float tubes because of being practically partially submerged in water for many hours, float tubes afforded the boat-less class of fishermen and novice anglers to indulge in their pastime without worrying about running up huge expenditure. Besides these, float tubes allowed anglers to reach places and spots that regular fishing boats cannot, allowing greater reach and ability for wider water coverage.

whether to buy a float tube

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Pet Grooming Promotes Healthy Pets

Pet grooming is serious business and every pet deserves it!

In the case of a pet dog, getting hold of basic dog-grooming equipment is essential to do the right job. It need not also be an expensive proposition; most equipment and supplies can be got without incurring huge expenditure. While many pet owners depend on professional help, it’s not a difficult proposition; grooming a pet dog at home is a most relaxing and enjoyable experience for both owner and pet.

Choosing the tools and equipment depend largely on the breed of dog. A poodle is different from a hound and a sheepdog is vastly different from the former two breeds. Some equipment can ‘make-do’ but some may not be optional taking into account the dog breed.

hold of basic dog-grooming

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