Volume 2, Number 3
Recent SegPlay™ Patterns
We've cut, teased, brushed, layered, detangled, straightened, and sprayed our hair this month for the latest SegPlay™ patterns on Hair Styles. Visit our on-line SegPlay activity for these and more fun patterns.
New SegPlayPC™ Patterns
There are two more SegPlayPC™ pattern collection this month as we close in on over 1000 available patterns. These new sets include "Diego Velázquez - The Great Spanish Master".
and "Sisterly Angels", a wonderful set of designs from our good friends at Snickerdoodle Dreams.
We made a small update to the ChromaBlend 2 pattern set to correct a few small problems some of our devoted users found when painting the patterns. Feel free to download ChromaBlend 2 again.
As always, if you find a problem with a problem or have a question or comment, please drop us an email.
It's always fun to try something new. We recently developed some interesting technology, involving.. well, dots!.. Lots of them!!.. Thousands of them!!, In all different sizes and colors, all in a single abstract design. When you stand back a bit, you can actually make out what the desired image is. We though it would be interesting to if we could create paint by number patterns with these designs.
We're not sure if the technique is ready for the masses, so we're inviting you on a limited basis to download this unpublicized SegPlayPC™ pattern set and try your hand at DOT painting!!. Let us know what you think! Are the designs too abstract? Are they fun to color?
There's a recent update to popular SegPlayPC™ software, which is made free to all current users. Version 1.6 can be downloaded here.
You can download and install this version without uninstalling your current version. Also, you won't have to re-authorize your software.
You find a number of bug fixes and new features. There's a super new pattern selection dialog which makes it a snap to find and load all of your downloaded patterns. Also for those users with mouses with wheels on them, you find the new zooming capability a much better way to quickly zoom in and out while you are painting your patterns.
Our previous newsletters are always available to read. You can find them here on our web site.
We're starting to add some informative artist descriptions to our pattern set pages (e.g. Renoir pattern set contents). If you have interest art-related articles, papers, or rantings and ravings, let us know what they are, and we'll consider publishing them on our site.
Also be sure to stop and check out our Segmation Video Gallery where we've compiled a bunch of nicely done YouTube movies relating to painting and fine art. There are a few new categories including Camille Pissarro , Alfred Sisley, John Constable and James McNeill Whistler. You'll definitely get inspired when you watch the "Painting with Food" videos!!
As always if you have suggestions for new features, want to report bugs, or tell us how you are using our paint by number patterns (work, school or at home), drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're always looking for more appealing art pieces for our SegPlay™ online paint by number collection. If you are an aspiring artist and am interested in setting up a free personal category on SegPlay to showcase some of your work in our fun paint by number world, drop us an email email@example.com
We hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter. Please feel free to pass it on to a friend or colleague. If you have any comments or suggestions about this newsletter, please drop us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Mark & Beth
Artist Of The Month: Anthony van Dyck
Anthony Van Dyck - Flemish Portrait Painter
Sir Anthony van Dyck (March 22, 1599 – December 9, 1641) was a Flemish artist who became the leading portrait painter to the English court. He portrayed his royal subjects in an elegantly relaxed style that would influence English portrait painting until the end of the 18th century. He was an outstanding draftsman and a master of etching and watercolors.
Van Dyck was born in Antwerp to a wealthy family. His talent for painting was clear still very young, and his parents apprenticed him to a local artist when he was just 10 years old. By the time he was 15 Van Dyck was already a highly accomplished independent painter, sharing a studio with his friend Jan Brueghel the Younger. At the age of 19 he became a master of the Antwerp painters’ guild.
Peter Paul Rubens soon learned of the young Van Dyck’s talent and took him on as his chief assistant. Rubens had a huge influence on Van Dyck, especially in composition, but because Rubens dominated the small Antwerp art market Van Dyck made his career outside of Flanders. In 1620, he went to England to paint the portrait of King James I and it was in London that Van Dyck became exposed to works by Titian, whose use of color he adopted.
Van Dyck remained in England for around four months after which he returned to Flanders. But he did not stay for long; the following year he traveled to Italy to study the Italian masters and spent six years there as a successful portrait painter. He received commissions to paint the portraits of the Genoese nobility and he soon gained a reputation as a talented painter of aristocratic portraits who represented his sitters with refinement, elegance and dignity. Indeed, his fellow artists considered him to be more like a member of the aristocracy than an artist. He dressed in silks and feathers and was completely at ease in the company of nobility and royalty.
In 1627 Van Dyck left Italy and returned to Antwerp, where his ease in mixing with the aristocracy helped gain him more important commissions. He was so successful that by 1630 he rivaled Rubens in popularity. During this period he began to make etchings and he painted a series of religious paintings.
Van Dyck’s reputation soon spread outside Flanders and King Charles I of England, a great lover of art, invited Van Dyck to England as portrait painter to the royal court in 1632. The king was very short -- under five feet tall -- but Van Dyck rose to the challenge, portraying him with so much majesty and dignity that the king immediately gave him a knighthood and a fine house with a studio.
In England, Van Dyck’s style combined the authority of his subjects with the relaxed elegance of his Italian years. Many of his sitters were portrayed against the backdrop of a landscape to give emphasis to the informal style of portraiture he had developed.
English citizenship was granted to Van Dyck in 1638 and the following year he married Mary, the daughter of a Lord and one of the Queen’s Ladies-in-Waiting. Van Dyck left England for a short time in 1640-41 as Civil War loomed. He went to Flanders and then to France, but in the summer of 1641 he fell ill in Paris and returned to his house in London where he died shortly after.
Anthony Van Dyck, who in life had lived more like a prince than a painter, was buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral. The King was so stricken with grief that he erected a monument in his memory.
You can find a great collection of Anthony van Dyck patterns to use with SegPlayPC ™ here: http://www.segmation.com/products_pc_patternsets.asp#AVD
Art in the News:
Rolling Stone Ronnie Raises Money Through His Painting
Ronnie Wood, a member of British rock band The Rolling Stones, is also a talented painter and is selling one of his works in a charity auction to raise money for the Royal Academy of Arts.
The painting is a sketch of Royal Ballet stars Carlos Acosta and Darcey Bussel. Wood, who claims that as an artist and art-lover is devoted to the human form, said that he was honored to have been asked to donate his sketch. "I have had the privilege and excitement of standing in the wings of the Royal Ballet and sketching Britain's premiere ballet dancers. The precision of physical movement of these dancers is mesmerizing," says Wood.
Wood has been exhibiting his paintings publicly since the 1980s and has had many exhibitions around the world.
Museum Treasures Become A Burden
British museums lack the space to exhibit their entire collections and are now being instructed by the Museums Association of Britain to offload art treasures that are not on show or used for research. Otherwise, says the Association, they could become a “burden”.
In what is a major policy change, the organization, which has banned the sale of art works by its member museums, is now telling its 1,500 members to either give unused works to other museums, or to sell them.
Museums Association director Mark Taylor says that "Museums typically collect 1,000 times as many things as they get rid of. Wonderful collections can become a burden unless they are cleared of unused objects."
The Museums Association hopes that the policy will lead to many un-exhibited art works going on public display. They also expect a small amount of treasures to go on sale commercially.
Outside the Lines
The color “Van Dyck Brown”, is named after Sir Anthony Van Dyck.
There was once a color called Mummy which was originally made from ground up Egyptian mummies. Once the gruesome facts about Mummy became known publicly, “Van Dyke Brown” was created to replace it.
Ready mixed paints weren’t available until 1880. Before that, colors were mixed from base materials by the artist’s studio assistants.
It was once thought that the color blue could ward off evil spirits since blue is the color of heaven. And since baby boys were highly valued, their parents started dressing them in blue.
Baby girls started to be dressed in pink during the Middle Ages.