Volume 2, Number 5
Recent SegPlay™ Patterns
To get you into the summertime spirit, we've added some fun Beach Scenes to color!
New SegPlayPC™ Patterns
There are two more SegPlayPC™ pattern collection this month as we continue adding to our large collection. These new sets include "Cat Purrfection", an assortment of adoreable Cat patterns.
and "Frédéric Bazille - French Impressionist".
Frédéric Bazille - French Impressionist
Our popular online SegPlay paint by number activity is going to get a make-over. The six year-old Java applet that we've named SegPlay has been enjoyed by many thousands of vistors young and old. However it's showing its age and we wanted to add a few new features and be able to showcase it on various game sites.
We're definitely going to make the screen larger (a very frequent request!), make the zooming in and out a bit easy, and we'll be porting the program to Adobe's Flash format so that the game can have more animated effects.
If you have any comments about new features you'd like to see in it, this would be a great time to let us know. Please drop us an email at email@example.com.
A recent addition to our website has been a few Art Mosaics that we've designed using the images from our SegPlayPC™ collection.
What makes these Art Mosaics so special is that they're optimally designed for viewing on our website. The resolution is small enough that you don't have to view them at poster size to get the full visual effect, and large enough so that you can easily recognize the individual tiles.
Also the square tiles in these Art Mosaics are hyper-linked to SegPlayPC™ pattern set pages, so as you explore the mosaics, you can simply select any tile with your mouse, and be taken to the appropriate pattern set page. This linking also makes for a fun art educational exercise in seeing how many masterpieces (and their artists) you can recognize and name. Let us know what you think of them..
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: Jean Frédéric Bazille
Frédéric Bazille - French Impressionist
Jean Frédéric Bazille (December 6, 1841–November 28, 1870) was a highly talented young painter associated with the French Impressionists. He died tragically at a young age, his promising career cut short by the Franco-Prussian war.
The Bazille family was wealthy and cultured. They lived in Montpellier in the south of France and it was at the home of a local art collector in that city that the young Bazille was inspired to paint after seeing two paintings by Eugene Delacroix.
When Bazille was 18, he asked his parents permission to study painting; they agreed on condition that he also study medicine at the same time. In 1859 Bazille began his medical studies and in 1862 moved to Paris to study painting at the Paris art academy under Charles Gleyre, where he met Alfred Sisley, Renoir and Claude Monet. The four young men became good friends and, under the influence of Gleyre, started painting out of doors. This was to be one of the founding principles of the Impressionist movement that would later revolutionize the French art scene.
In 1864, Bazille failed his medical exams after which his parents agreed to let him study painting full time.
At the tender age of 23, Bazille was already producing masterpieces such as The Pink Dress, which depicts a young woman seen from the back silhouetted against a sunlit landscape. Indeed, one of Bazille’s major fascinations was the relationship between the colors found in nature and the delicate tones of flesh tints. Like his fellow Impressionists, Bazille painted the familiar, the everyday, even the banal; an approach that went totally against the established current of the day as set by the official Salon. Bazille’s paintings are dramatic, his brushwork is powerful and his figures are depicted with energy and boldness. Despite his artistic career being so short, Bazille did succeed in winning early recognition. In 1868, the Salon accepted his best-known painting Family Reunion.
Bazille was financially secure and he was also generous; he often helped to support his friends Renoir and Monet, who struggled to make ends meet. He shared his studio with them and even bought one of Monet’s paintings, Women in the Garden, when Monet was in financial difficulty. Indeed, Bazille’s studio became a favorite meeting place for leading artists and writers, including Emile Zola, Manet, Monet and Renoir. Bazille went to the Café Guerbois, a favorite meeting place for intellectuals and artists of the day. Alfred Sisley was a regular patron of the Café and it is recounted that Bazille was among the few artists able to hold his own in the heated discussions with Edgar Degas, who was considered to be both knowledgeable and cutting in his remarks.
In 1870 the Franco-Prussian war broke out. Frederic Bazille volunteered for service in the Zouaves, an elite infantry regiment of the French army formed during the conquest of Algeria. He was killed during the battle of Beaune-la-Rolande. Showing great leadership, he courageously took command when the unit’s commanding officer was injured. He mounted an assault on a German position but the attack failed. Bazille was mortally wounded and died on the battlefield. He was just 29 years old.
As was customary in those days, his bereaved father went to collect Bazille’s body from the battlefield.
Bazille was buried in his native Montpellier. He left behind a collection of work that is moving and powerful, leading the painter Pissarro to describe him as “one of the most gifted among us.”
You can find a great collection of Jean Frédéric Bazille patterns to use with SegPlayPC ™ here: http://www.segmation.com/products_pc_patternsets.asp#BAZ
Art in the News:
Sunset Painting By Winston Churchill Sells For $420,000
Reuters reports that Sunset Over the Atlas Mountains, one of Sir Winston Churchill’s oil paintings, was sold recently in New York to an anonymous collector for $420,000. Churchill painted the scene in 1935 from the balcony of his Marrakech hotel room.
Churchill took up painting in 1915 as a way of relieving stress and bouts of depression. He used bright colors, often straight from the tube.
He also loved the sunset over the Moroccan mountains, and even invited President Franklin D. Roosevelt to come and see it.
Masterpiece Worth Millions Found In Gift Shop
An oil painting of Queen Elizabeth I found in a North Carolina gift shop is being examined by experts and – if it’s real, it’s worth millions.
According to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, the unflattering portrait depicts the ageing queen at around the age of 60. A professor of English at Auburn University believes that the queen probably never saw the painting because she used to order that any unflattering portraits be destroyed.
Outside the Lines
Frederic Bazille was one of the models for Monet’s unfinished life-size painting Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe.
Cubist painter Fernand Leger was mockingly called a “Tubist” because his works looked like a tangle of colored tubes.
Claude Monet painted Rouen Cathedral over 50 different times in all different conditions.
Maurice de Vlaminck refused ever to enter the Louvre Museum as a matter of principle.