Volume 3, Number 1
New SegPlayPC™ Patterns
There's three new SegPlayPC™ pattern collections available this month.
The first set is Pink Flamingo. Flamingos are the gregarious wading birds which symbolize the tropical world. These birds are characterized with long thin legs, webbed feet, a plump midsection, downward oriented beak, and of course a marvelous pink tint throughout their bodies.
The second new SegPlayPC™ set available this month is Berthe Morisot - Female Impressionist.
Berthe Morisot was a 19th century French painter in a talented group known as the Impressionists.
Berthe Morisot - Female Impressionist
The third new SegPlayPC™ set available this month is Be My Valentine.
Valentine's Day is celebrated around the world on February 14th. It’s a magical day where lovers express their love for one other in many traditional and untraditional ways. In today's time, candy, chocolates, flowers, and heart filled cards are usually given as gifts in many cultures around the globe.
Be My Valentine
Starting with the recent Edward Banniser set, we've upgraded our pattern set install software. There were a number of reported bugs involving false messages about insufficent disk space when installing the sets. Hopefully this change will fix that problem.
Our new SegPlay™ version based on Adobe's Flash technology has been released to a number of online game sites. You can check it out here on the Kongregate web site. We hope it have it live shortly on the Segmation web site in just a week or so.
We're in the process on redesigning our website a bit to make it easier to navigate. Like an overstuffed closet, we've added a bunch of pages over the past 7 years and need to do a bit of cleaning up. If you'd like to help comment on the new web design before we make it live, drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
One other thing. We're working on a fun survey form so that we can get a better understanding of really who our devoted web site vistors and kind customers are, and what brings them back to our site and products. If you get asked, please (pretty please!) take a minute or two and fill it out.
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.
Happy Painting (and have a Happy Valentines Day!!)
-Mark & Beth
Artist Of The Month: Berthe Morisot
Berthe Morisot - Female Impressionist
Berthe Morisot (January 14, 1841 – March 2, 1895) was the first woman French Impressionist painter and was known for her loose brushwork and revolutionary use of color in a variety of media. Together with Mary Cassat, she is considered to be one of the most important female artists of the period and her paintings are rated among the leading works of Impressionism.
Berthe Morisot was born in the town of Bourges, France into a family that was wealthy, cultured and, above all firmly rooted in the arts. She was the granddaughter of Fragonard, the famous French Rococco painter. Her father was a high-ranking civil servant and the family actively developed the education of their daughters by bringing them private tutors for literature, languages and painting.
Berthe and her sister Edma, who had begun painting and drawing as young girls, soon became accomplished artists and regularly copied masterpieces at the Louvre after the family moved to Paris in 1852. Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot was one of the art tutors of the Morisot sisters and he encouraged the girls to paint out of doors. Corot’s light-filled landscapes were later to be one of the main influences on the Impressionist movement.
Morisot had befriended painter Henri Fantin-Latour and through him came to know Edouard Manet in 1868. It was to be a friendship that would change her life, for not only did Manet introduce Morisot to the circle of Parisian Impressionist painters but in 1874, when she was 33 years old, Berthe married Manet’s younger brother, Eugene. The couple had one daughter, Julie.
Manet and Morisot had a tremendous influence on each other. The two artists regularly exchanged ideas about art and posed for each other’s paintings. Indeed, she appears in eleven of Manet’s paintings, including a striking portrait of Morisot dressed in black after she was widowed. Under Manet’s influence, Morisot distanced herself from Corot’s style and adopted a freer approach to form and color.
Although marriage gave Morisot the social stability women in those days needed, she did not stop painting as her sister Edma had done. By 1874 she was a well-established member of the Impressionists. Although as a woman she was not able to participate in the café discussions on art, the group declared that her paintings, with their light daubs of pure color and unfinished backgrounds, embodied the spirit of Impressionism. She was good friends with Degas and Bazille and, in 1874 she shunned the official Salon and agreed, instead, to join her fellow Impressionists at their first independent exhibition, the “Salon des Refusés” (the Salon of the Rejected). There, Morisot showed paintings drawing on her domestic life, such as The Cradle and Reading as well as some impressionistic landscapes like The Harbor at Cherbourg.
Eugene Manet died in 1892, leaving Berthe a rather young and heartbroken widow. She confided her feelings to her daughter Julie who became her constant companion and even painted alongside her mother, like Edma had done in the past.
Berthe Morisot died of pneumonia in 1895. She was 54 years old. Her first solo exhibition had taken place a few years earlier in 1892. In her lifetime she thought her work had no importance, but after her mother’s death, Julie took care of promoting Morisot’s works by lending them out to exhibitions, starting with a huge memorial exhibition of 300 works in Paris in 1895, and ensuring that Morisot’ contribution to the Impressionist movement would achieve the recognition it deserved.
You can find a large collection of Berthe Morisot patterns to use with SegPlayPC™  here.
Art in the News:
Turner Banned from Leaving Britain
British Minister of Culture Barbara Follet has temporarily banned a painting by J.M.W. Turner from being exported from the country. The export ban is a last ditch attempt to raise enough money to keep the masterpiece in Britain.
The painting, Pope’s Villa at Twickenham, was sold in July to a foreign buyer at a Sotheby’s auction for $8 million. But Culture Minister Follet claims that "the painting is so closely connected with our history and national life that its departure would be a misfortune” and has placed a ban on its export from the country until a review in February.
Turner, who was a great admirer of poet Alexander Pope painted Pope’s Villa at Twickenham in 1808 to express his distress at the destruction of the villa. Pope had built the villa in 1719, but a later owner, Lady Howe, demolished it in the 19th century, claiming that she was being bothered by the frequent visitors to the landmark site. Turner was outraged at what he saw as an act of vandalism and actively campaigned to have the house preserved as a national monument.
According to the chairman of the Reviewing Committee handling the effort to keep the painting in Britain “it is this literary association which makes Turner's painting exceptional.
"Its call to prevent the senseless destruction of our heritage resonates down the centuries to our own time, and is as relevant now as it was then."
Painter Plans to Sell First Work for $1 million
Source: Art Daily
Australian artist Greg Gillespie plans to set a record. He’s selling his very first abstract painting on e-Bay with a price tag of 1 million Australian Dollars. The artist is completely unknown and has never sold a painting before.
The painting, called Balancing Act is described by the artist as being a “once in a lifetime” painting, meaning he does not intend to ever paint another abstract work like it. Gillespie also refuses to disclose information on the painting such as its size, saying that “the work has been created by the abstract expressionist method of 'automatism' and it's entire value lies within what it is saying to me, to everyone, about restoring balance to a world in turmoil”.
Gillespie refers to the sale as the “Younique Project” and he plans to donate all the proceeds to charity, except for one dollar, which he will keep for himself. He has been an active member of the children’s charity Compassion International for the past 20 years.
He plans to keep relisting the painting on eBay until somebody pays the million dollar price tag.
Outside the Lines
Art Trivia – French Artists
Henri Rousseau only started to paint at the age of 40. He taught himself painting and never had any formal training in art.
Henri Matisse worked as a clerk in a law office before deciding to study art in Paris. The rest, of course, is history.
Auguste Rodin’s famous statue, The Thinker, was originally meant to be a representation of Dante Alighieri. However, its popular conception of representing a man deep in thought stuck.
Art Nouveau was originally the name of a Parisian shop. The name was later coined to describe the art movement of the same name.