Volume 3, Number 12
New SegPlay® PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay® PC pattern collections available this month.
The first set is Animals at Play.
Our good friends at Drawshop.com have provided us with a number of colorful, unique, illustrations of animals at play and in various poses with different articles of clothing. You'll fully enjoy coloring these patterns including Sandy the Duck, Bob the Beaver, Ali the Gator, Barry the Baboon, Magic the Rabbit, Lucy the Lion, and many, many more.
Animals at Play
The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is Ingres - French Neoclassical and Portrait Painter.
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) was a French Neoclassical Painter who was also a master of painting portraits. His self view was that of a guardian and conservator of the past style of art forms. In reality, his art style which utilized distortions of form and style, particularly with his numerous portraits, serve as a precursor to modern art.
Ingres - French Neoclassical and Portrait Painter
This month we're introducing our new Facebook fan page! It will allow our SegPlay and SegPlayPC users a chance to communicate with us and help guide our future plans. If you're a Facebook member, please feel free to join our new fan page (or search for Segmation in Facebook). Feel free to particate in our discussions and introduce Segmation to your friends.
We're now hard at work on a future product architecture that will allow us to do a number of requests including supporting Macs as well as PCs, and various Mobile platforms, better graphical effects, and improvements to existing features like printing, and saving. Way too early to figure out when we might have it available for testing, but lets us know of any suggestions that would make the product more fun and usable. We hope to use our new Facebook fan page as a way to solicite input on some new features.
Sometime in January 2010 we hope to launch our new blog where we can talk about various art topics in a fun, entertaining, and informative way.
We're looking for suggestions for future artists of the month. If you think we've overlooked one of your favorites, let us know.
We're always looking for more appealing art pieces for our SegPlay®PC paint by number collection. If you are an aspiring artist, illustrator, or photographer and am interested in collaborating on a pattern set, drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Have a happy and prosperous New Years!
-Mark & Beth
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Ingres - French Neoclassical and Portrait Painter
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (29 August 1780 - 14 January 1867) was a French painter of the Neoclassical school. He considered himself a painter in the grand historical tradition, but it was his portraits and his signature calligraphic style that were to influence the work of artists such as Picasso, Degas and Renoir.
Ingres was born in Montauban, a small town in southwest France, the eldest of seven brothers and sisters. His father was a moderately successful painter, sculptor and musician who, recognizing his young son's talent, encouraged him to draw and play the violin. Although Ingres eventually became a painter, he would continue to play the violin throughout his life.
In 1791 the young Ingres enrolled in the Royal Academy of Arts in Toulouse where, under the influence of his tutors, he came to admire the works of Raphael. He was also tutored in music and was second violinist in the Toulouse orchestra.
Ingres went to Paris in 1797 to continue his art training in the studio of Jacques-Louis David. He remained there for four years and was considered David's best student, winning a national competition in 1801. His success entitled him to study in Rome, but because France was in a poor financial state after the Revolution, he had to wait until 1806 for the government to find the funds. In the meantime, he started painting portraits, which were notable for their sensuous beauty and use of contour.
Ingres did not like to see brushstrokes on the surface of his canvasses. He was an outstanding draftsman and developed a style based on flat colors and half tones, reminiscent of the Renaissance masters he so admired. His critics did not understand his approach and would deliver harsh judgments on his works throughout his career. In 1802 Ingres had his first painting exhibited at the Salon. It was a portrait (now lost), but opened the doors to a prestigious commission to paint a full length portrait of the Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte.
Four years later, Ingres became engaged to Julie Forestier before leaving shortly afterwards for Rome. The Salon opened a few days later, displaying Ingres's portrait of Napoleon I. The painting's style shocked visitors. David, his former tutor, declared it antiquated and the condemnation was almost universal. Ingres vowed never to exhibit at the Salon again, nor to return to France. He stayed in Rome until 1820, producing large, classical works that were not well-received in France. His absence led to the break-off of his engagement.
Ingres was at a low point in his career and in poor shape financially. To earn a living, he produced pencil portraits of tourists, works that are today considered among his best pieces. Despite his poverty, in 1813 he entered into a marriage with a young lady from Montauban, arranged for him by friends. Ingres proposed to Madeleine Chapelle by correspondence without having ever met her. Nevertheless, their marriage was happy and successful.
The couple moved to Florence in 1820 in the hopes of improving their finances. Ingres received a few commissions: a childhood friend from his hometown requested the Entry of Charles V into Paris (which was finished in 1821); and he painted the Vow of Louis XIII for the Cathedral of Montauban, which took him four years to complete. Mostly though, he was forced to rely on his portrait drawings for income.
Despite swearing never to exhibit at the Salon again, the Vow of Louis XIII was shown at the Salon of 1824, and Ingres travelled to Paris with his canvas. The painting was a great success. Ingres was elected to the Academy in 1825 and awarded the Legion d'Honneur by the Emperor. He was declared the guardian of classical values and became the standard bearer of classisicm against the Romantic movement lead by Delacroix.
From 1826 to 1834 Ingres ran the most successful studio in Paris. After another work submitted to the Salon was criticized though, he went back to Rome as Director of the French Academy of Arts. He held this position until 1841, and proved to be an excellent administrator, returning to Paris to great acclaim. The king himself invited Ingres to his palace at Versailles. Tragedy struck in 1849 when Ingres lost his wife but he remarried a year later to Delphine Ramel who at 43 was 28 years his junior. Despite the age difference, this marriage was also happy and over the next ten years Ingres produced some of his best-known and best-loved works, including The Turkish Bath, which was completed when Ingres was 82 years old. Ingres died of pneumonia at the age of 87, leaving his violin, some 4,000 drawings and some of his best-known historical works to the museum of Montauban.
Art in the News:
Boy, 7, Sells His Paintings for $28,000
Source: Daily Mail
Kieron Williamson, a 7-year-old boy from Holt in the UK, has sold 16 of his Norfolk landscapes in an auction that lasted just 14 minutes. The sale raised £17,000, around $28,000, from buyers in countries as far afield as Japan and Canada.
The auction follows a sale which took place this summer in which 19 of Keiron's works were sold for £14,000, about $23,000.
Kieron, whose father is an art dealer, only took up painting a year ago, during a family vacation to the southwestern counties of Devon and Cornwall. His use of color, tone and light has been described has “beyond his years.”
Adrian Hill, whose Picturecraft gallery held the sale told the Mail on Sunday: 'He is red-hot. The last child artist in this bracket was Picasso.'
Painting May Be Lost Hogarth
Source: The Age
A painting in the Maryborough Museum in Queensland, Australia, may turn out to be a lost work by the British artist William Hogarth.
The small, unsigned oil on board shows an artist sitting in front of a painting, holding a palette and brush. Local resident Minnie Hull donated the painting to the museum in the 1970s. The work, she said, had been in her family since 1881 but is believed to date from 1731, the period when Hogarth was painting. Five years ago, the painting was moved from a safe, where it had been stored, to a glass cabinet, where museum worker Fiona Mohr spotted it.
"It does not appear to be a copy," she told Australian newspaper The Age.
Tate curator and Hogarth expert Christine Riding will help to establish whether the work is indeed a lost Hogarth worth up to $1 million.
Outside the Lines
Art Trivia - Painting by Numbers
According to Artprice, in 2007, 15 of the 35 most expensive contemporary artists in the world were Chinese.
The value of the illicit trade in art and antiquities is said to be around $6 billion.
The world's most expensive painting is Jackson Pollock's No. 5, 1948, which was sold by movie producer David Geffen in 2006 for $140 million.
The world's biggest art bargains can be found in the Vatican. The Papal See's entire collection of works by Giotto, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael among others, as well the Vatican's buildings and rare books are officially valued at one Euro. It's the Vatican's way of saying "priceless."