Tree on a Hill with a Bird

Significance of Bats in a Dream

To see a bat in your dream, symbolizes uncleanness, demons, and annoyances. Alternatively, bats represent rebirth and unrealized potential. You need to let go of old habits. Your current path is not compatible with your new growth and new goals. It may also mean some unknown situation and how you are blindly entering into a situation or deal. You need to evaluate the facts more carefully. The dream may also been a pun on feeling "batty" or feeling crazy.

To dream of a white bat, signifies death of a family member. To dream of a black bat, signifies personal disaster.

To see a vampire bat in your dream, represents that a person in your life may be draining your of self-confidence and/or your resources.

According to Chinese folklore, if you see five bats in your dream, then it symbolizes good health, longevity, pace, wealth, and happiness.
The bat being referred to is the bat in the background behind the tree and the bird. The faded bat in the background seems as though it is being dreamed or conjured in the mind of the artist, almost like a subconscious thought. Interpretted as a dream the bat singnifies rebirth, such as a tree being reborn in the springtime year after year. The bird is also reborn yearly in the spring when it nestles down to hatch a new set of chicks. I believe the bat in the background was placed there by the artist to signify a sort of artistic rebirth that he (Ben Timpson) has created in the form of stone encircled art, that even though it may be lost in time, the art will be reborn throughout history as each new generation discovers the art inside this timeless stone. -Nate Silvestri


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This picture has some of the same qualities as Ben Timpson's 'Tree on a Hill with a Bird'. The trees are fading under the white mist in this picture, just as the background to the work is. This piece shows peacefulness. The tree is alone, but it doesnt have to be. it's companions could always come back. This is like any person; it is their choice to be alone. there is always someone in the background.
-Ana Lanier

To me, this work shows something like the picture "Co-Exist" in another way. The tree and the bird are one by not only the bird using the tree as a source of food, but also using it as a shelter. The tree is not alone and neither is the bird. They rely on each other. The dense forest around it looks threatening, but as you move in deeper you see life. This reminds me of a rain forest. People constantly chop parts of the rain forest down, and they don't think there could possibly be something in the deeper parts of it. If they went back there they would find millions of living things thriving off one another.
- T.J. Peterson

Significance- Sam Jones
I believe that Ben Timpson intended the viewer of this piece to have to look past the major details of this piece to see what is truely beautiful about it. At first glance, you just see a solitary tree. When you look closer at this work, you can see a giant bird in the background that is in great detail and the faint outline of a forest. This shows that when you are observing anything, you should look deeper into it, rather than what you see upon first glance.

Nature at it's Finest

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Throughout most of Ben Timpson's artwork, he depicts people, but this peice of artwork stood out to me because it was different. It puts nature as the main subject of the painting, instead of humans. The tree in the artwork reminded me of the scraggly old oak trees i see all around my neighborhood, and this picture seemed to capture that perfectly. The tree is lonely, just like the tree on the hill. The sun is setting behind it, which is similar to the illusion the peice of art gives. This peice may be different from his others, but it is just as impressive.
Written by Ellison Brown

Definition of "Hill"

  • a local and well-defined elevation of the land; "they loved to roam the hills of West Virginia"
  • mound: structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones; "they built small mounds to hide behind"
  • United States railroad tycoon (1838-1916)
  • risque English comedian (1925-1992)
  • form into a hill
  • mound: (baseball) the slight elevation on which the pitcher stands
It is interesting that Ben named this piece "Tree on a Hill with a Bird" because if looked at closely it becomes apparent that his tree is not sitting on a "local and well-defined elevation of the land" or a "structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones." Perhaps this image reminded Ben of a time from his childhood involving a tree that actually existed on a hill and thus inspired his artistic title.
By John McGue

Relation to Imago

Ben Timpson described the inspiration for this piece as a tree in his neighborhood that he and his brother coveted while growing up. This relates to one of the definitions of imago: (psychoanalysis) an idealized image of someone (usually a parent) formed in childhood. Timpson recreates his idealized image of the tree that he developed in childhood.
~Chad Gallati