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  • Reincarnation & Karma – 4 Reasons People Think They Lived Past lives as Famous Historical Figures

    Article by Scott Petullo & Stephen Petullo

    Too often, there are reports of people claiming to have been
    glorified historical figures in past lives.

    It’s a frequent misconception, perhaps encouraged in part by
    somewhat unscrupulous psychics who tell clients how important
    they were in their past lives. When people are regressed and
    see their own past lives, it’s common to perceive experiences as
    being both rich and poor, male and female, powerful and powerless,
    productive and unproductive, and so on. If people perceive
    themselves as a famous historic figure such as Cleopatra,
    Joan of Arc, one of the Disciples of Jesus, or even as Jesus
    himself, there are four possible explanations for this:

    1. The person really was the historic figure in a past life.

    2. The person is identifying with personality patterns
    associated with the historic individual to such an extent that
    the person believes he or she was that individual.

    3. The person’s ego is adding to the session. For example,
    perhaps he or she perceives through regression the ancient
    civilization of Egypt and a woman who looked like Cleopatra,
    or they may have been associated with Cleopatra, but the
    regressed person wasn’t actually Cleopatra.

    4. The person is somehow connecting to the energy or
    consciousness that was once part of the historic figure.

    Regarding those who consider people who believe in reincarnation
    and past lives to be escapists and cowards, it actually takes
    more courage to accept and live within the ideals of reincarnation
    and karma because it means you have to take responsibility for
    everything you do, say, intend, and feel for all that happens to
    you. There is no such thing as a victim, you can’t blame anyone for
    anything, and you “get away with” nothing.

    Furthermore, physical death may be the end of our body, but
    we are far more than just a body. Our soul consists of energy
    or life force. Science has proven that energy never dies and
    can’t be destroyed; it just takes a different form.

    Past life regression can be used for entertainment purposes,
    but more importantly, even if you don’t believe in past lives,
    it can be a very useful and therapeutic tool.

    Finally, it doesn’t really matter if the theories of reincarnation
    and karma are valid or not, but if we all acted as if they were,
    our world would be a much better place.


  • Is Yoda a Zen Master? New book “The Dharma of Star Wars” Offers a Refreshing Take on the Famous Film Saga

    Somerville, MA (PRWEB) April 8, 2005

    Imagine: a new way to appreciate all of the Star Wars movies—even the almost universally-detested Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones! Movie-goers may have their fingers crossed that Lucas’s final installment this Spring is a return to form, but Matthew Bortolin, author of the Dharma of Star Wars (April 2005) will be happy whatever the outcome—and he thinks that we should be, too.

    A full fledged, Jedi robe-wearing Star Wars fanatic, Bortolin has made peace with the inconsistency of the franchise, and in fact, boldly defends every episode! His book, The Dharma of Star Wars, asks the sorts of question that even the most casual fans might wonder about: Is Yoda supposed to be some kind of Zen Master? What would it be like to train as a Jedi? Why is it that the story of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader feels so epic, so universal? In the answering, Bortolin reveals surprising and satisfying depths of all of the Star Wars films, even those that critics and fans found disappointing. Bortolin’s enthusiasm and unique point of view will be a hit with anyone, from old-schoolers whose kids came of age during the first wave of Star Wars-mania, to the young fans of today.

    Bortolin has begun to do press in advance of The Dharma of Star Wars’ arrival in stores mid-April —just in time for fans to re-familiarize themselves with the arc of the entire Star Wars saga!

    To learn more about this fun new take on Star Wars, visit the book’s web-page at, or contact Rod Meade Sperry at 617–776-7416, ext 29.

    Book Specs

    Title: The Dharma of Star Wars * AUTHOR: Matthew Bortolin

    Price: $ 14.95 * SIZE: 6×9, 224 pages

    ISBN 0-86171-497-0

    Publication: April 2005

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  • For the First Time: Andrew Wyeth, In His Own Words, On the Famous Helga Paintings – Just Published – “Wyeth on Helga”

    Naples, FL (PRWEB) April 28, 2006

    Andrew Wyeth finally breaks his silence – talking at length about his famous Helga paintings in an exclusive interview with Thomas Hoving, art scholar and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The interview is being published in a new monograph, “Wyeth on Helga,” available now from the Naples Museum of Art.

    Since they were first shown at Washington’s National Gallery of Art two decades ago, “The Helga Pictures” have been the subject of considerable interest, debate and gossip. But Wyeth himself has never talked at length on the subject – with one exception. In 2002, Wyeth sat down with Thomas Hoving and discussed the origins and evolution of the Helga series. In the spring of 2006, Hoving agreed to allow the Naples Museum of Art to publish this interview for the first time, as a companion to the exhibition “Andrew Wyeth & Family.”

    Secretly created over a 15-year period, the 240 works that make up “The Helga Pictures” provide an intimate, unprecedented look at a major American artist exploring a single subject, Wyeth’s Pennsylvania neighbor Helga Testorf.

    In this candid interview, Wyeth reveals how he met Helga, how the series – and his relationship with Helga – grew and the fact that he never intended to show these works publicly. “My intention was to keep ’em hidden away until I died,” he says. “Then they could be revealed.”

    “Wyeth on Helga” is an important addition to the literature on Andrew Wyeth and to the literature on American art.

    For more information about this historic, limited-edition monograph, please call Myra Janco Daniels at (239) 597-1111.

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  • A Selection Of Famous Paintings Of Flowers

    Throughout history, artists have used paintings of flowers to express emotion. From full, vibrant flowers that express joy and optimism to the wilted single flower that hints at sorrow, flowers are a great subject to put on the canvas. The type of flower, its stage of life, the number of them in the picture, the surrounding scenery and many other factors can deeply impact the mood of the painting.

    There are many artists who were able to use flowers in their artwork to successfully convey their thoughts and feelings. Even people who do not consider themselves to be “into art” have heard of these famous painters and many are even familiar with certain pieces.

    Vincent Van Gogh is a name that just about everyone knows. He has several famous works, several of which centered on flowers. “Sunflowers” (originally named in French “Tournesols”) is perhaps his most work on flowers. These flowers were the subject of two series of still life paintings. The earlier series (1887) portrays the flowers lying on the ground and the second series (1888) shows them in bouquets in a vase. No Van Gogh exhibit would ever willingly exclude Sunflowers from display.

    “Irises” is another Van Gogh work, painted during the last year of his life and while he resided at an asylum. He referred to the work as “the lightning conductor for my illness” believing that he could keep his sanity if he continued to paint. The oil painting “Almond Blossom” is another of his later works.

    Edgar Degas is also a name you may recognize. This French artist is credited as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he preferred to be called a realist. While more than half of his work includes dancers and he is also known for several female nudes, Degas also has flower paintings on his resume. Woman with Chrysanthemums is among the best known. Like his other work, it is emotionally charged and points to the human isolation.

    Chrysanthemums have shown up on the canvases of several artists as well. Vase of Chrysanthemums by Pierre-August Renoir and Vase of Chrysanthemums by Claude Monet are among the favorites for those seeking to decorate their homes with reprints. “Chrysanthemums” by Paul Cezanne is also a popular reprint that would be a nice addition to any home.

    Monet is also known for his series on Water Lilies. Water Lilies were a subject for Monet throughout his life. Early lilies were completed in 1906, while still more lilies were created into the late 1920s. The series also includes paintings entitled “Water Lilies, ” “Water-Lily Pond, ” and “Water-Lily and Weeping Willow” as well as others.

    Many artists have been compelled to include at least one, if not several, depiction of flowers in their work. Perhaps it is because of how fully they can capture and convey emotions. These few mentioned here are just a small selection of a huge genre of art. Other paintings of flowers include Cezanne’s “Bouquet in a Blue Vase” and “Bouquet in Rococo Style, ” and Renoir’s “Bouquet” and “Roses.” If you are looking for nice reprints, also consider Johann Baptist Drechsler, an Austrian painter whose work in the late 1700s into early 1800s includes many pictures of flowers.

    Al Smitty is a writer who loves to discuss many topics ranging from botanical arts to American football. Thanks for reading!

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  • Andrew Wyeth – Famous American Artist

    Article by George Baxter

    Born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in 1917, Andrew Newell Wyeth is famous as a realist painter and portrait artist of the 20th century. He is the son of the famous artist and illustrator Newell Convers Wyeth, and the youngest in the seven member family. His eldest daughter Henriette Wyeth Hurd is also an artist.

    Due to his physical weakness in childhood, Andrew’s parents decided to teach him at home and gave him tuition on every subject including art. Andrew showed his passion for painting portraits on canvas and drawing at an early age and his artistic skills were nourished by his father N.C. Wyeth through proper guidance. Andrew mastered figure study and creation of portraits in watercolour and also learned egg tempera from his brother-in-law Peter Hurd.

    Wyeth’s career was launched in 1937, with his solo exhibition at Macbeth Gallery in New York. The exhibition was a success and all his canvases found takers.

    In 1940, he married Besty James and had two sons Nicholas and James, both of whom later became associated with arts. His father’s accidental death in 1945 was an emotional event in his life which influenced his career in a big way. It was after his father’s death that Andrew’s art saw a more mature style with more realistic renderings on canvas and more symbolic objects incorporated in drawings.

    Andrew’s style involves experimenting subjects in pencil or loosely brushed watercolour before being executed to finished painting on the canvas. Being a realist portraitist, his favourite subjects include the land and inhabitants of his hometown Chadds Ford. Andrew’s neighbours Anna and Karl Kuerner influenced him so much that both of them along with Kuerner’s farm remained one of his most important portrait subjects for years. ‘Christina’s World’ is one of Wyeth’s famous paintings portraying crippled Christina Olsen hankering for her home.

    Andrew’s first solo museum exhibition was in 1951 at Farnsworth Art Museum. Today, his collection of portraits can be seen in almost all major American museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A large collection of his art can also be found in Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

    As a portraitist, Andrew Wyeth received a number of honours and awards which include the 2007 National Medal of Arts. The first recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President John F. Kennedy in 1963, Wyeth was also the first American artist to be elected to the Royal Academy of Britain. In 1987 he received a D.F.A. from Bates College. In 1988, Wyeth was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, which is the highest civilian honour given by the United States legislature.

    For canvases to suite all artists from the expert artist to the beginner it’s worth taking a look at what have on offer. This site is also a good place to see many well written articles about famous artists. This article originally comes from In the world of art there are many art resources that are hard to find using search engines alone. To help you find art based websites visit this Free Art Directory List.

    About the Author

    George Baxter is a retired art teacher who takes great interest in learning and teaching traditional art skills and techniques specifically in relation to oil painting, abstract art and fine arts.

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  • Why have famous Renaissance artists depicted angels as having wings?

    The only place in the Bible depicting human-like beings with wings was Ezekiel’s vision of 4 aliens that came from ‘Heaven’. He did not call these beings angels, but rather creatures.

    Today, it’s very common for Christians to depict an angel as a human-like winged being.

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