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Segmation: The Art of Pieceful Imaging
July 2009
Volume 3, Number 7


New SegPlay® PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay® PC pattern collections available this month. The first set is Castles around the World. Castles are defensive structures built primarily in the Middle Ages. Rather than being strictly military in use, castles were the prime residence ofnobles and monarchs. Castles had various uses including being prisons, and socializing places. They also had some offensive uses including the storage of weapons and serving as a military camp. Our collection of castle patterns contains picturesque images of castles throughout the world. The castles are shown in the natural beauty reflecting in water, backdropped by clear and cloudy skies, and surrounded by trees and other vegetation.

Castles around the World



The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is George Catlin - Painter of American Indians. George Catlin (1796-1872) was an American painter who traveled throughout the Americas and painted many portraits of American Indians. At the beginning of his career after a stint as a lawyer, he traveled with William Clark into Native American territory. He eventually visited up to 50 different tribes at a time when they were untouched by European civilization. His lifetime collection of art works totally over 500 accompanied by over 700 sketches. Our collection of patterns contains a great many of his portraits of male and female Indian chiefs, warriors, braves, medicine men, and ball players. There are also patterns with buffalos, horses, and a river landscape.

George Catlin - Painter of American Indians


Segmation News

We're beginning work on a couple of new products that will bring SegPlay to more handheld devices including the iPhone. Hopefully they'll be ready in the fall, but we've gotten off to a slow start! We should have some prototype screens to share with you in the next month or so.


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 submit@segmation.com


On a personal note, Segmation is moving! Segmation founders, Beth and Mark have completed a move from Walnut Creek, California to San Diego, California. Thanks to our virtual Segmation team, we're able to continue developing new products, provide support and of course create our never-ending sets of patterns.

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: comments@segmation.com.


Happy Painting!!
-Mark & Beth

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Artist Of The Month:
George Catlin - Painter of American Indians

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George Catlin (July 26, 1796 – December 23, 1872) was an American artist and author who travelled the Wild West and painted Native Americans. His paintings and books recorded their appearance, customs and culture.

Catlin was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the fifth of fourteen brothers and sisters. His father was a lawyer who wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, and in 1817 sent him to study law in Litchfield, Connecticut. But Catlin was more interested in art than law and, after practicing for a couple of years moved to Philadelphia where he began painting portraits. Catlin never formally studied art; he was entirely self-taught but still won commissions, including a request to paint the portrait of Governor DeWitt Clinton of Albany, N.Y.. It was on one of his visits to the Governor’s mansion he met his future wife, Clara Bartlett Gregory. The couple were married in 1828 and had three daughters and a son.

In 1830 Catlin set out on his great quest to record the Native American way of life. For the next eight years he traveled up the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and painted Native American tribes at the borders of the great frontier. Painting under harsh conditions, his portraits faithfully recorded the rituals, dress, dances and hunting skills of tribes like the Sioux, Cree, Omaha, Blackfeet and Pawnee. His renderings were so faithful that ornaments, beads and headdresses worn by his subjects were reproduced down to the smallest detail. He took written notes and made frequent sketches. By the end of this first journey, he had produced 520 oil paintings and had amassed an important collection of Native American artifacts.

Catlin returned to the east coast in 1837 where he gathered together his paintings, sketches, artifacts and costumes into a traveling show he called his “Indian Gallery”. He took the show to New York, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, giving lectures and telling stories of his life among the Indian tribes. He also went to Washington where he hoped to sell the Indian Gallery to the United States government; his life’s ambition was to have the works become part of a museum collection. But Congress did not approve the purchase and the exhibition did not do well in Boston and Philadelphia. The second show in New York also had poor attendance.

Following these disappointments, Catlin decided to take the Indian Gallery to Europe and in 1839 set sail for England. The exhibition opened in London in 1840 with much publicity. Catlin gave lectures and demonstrations of Native American hunting practices. In addition to the splendid portraits, visitors to the exhibition could view weapons and costumes – there were even live performances by Native American dancers. The show was a huge success and Catlin’s family came over to join him in London. In 1845, Catlin took the Indian Gallery to Paris, where his wife and son both died.

Catlin stayed on in Europe after his wife’s death, living there until 1852 when bankruptcy forced him to hand over the Indian Gallery to Joseph Harrison, a Philadelphia businessman. Harrison stored the works in his factory in Philadelphia and Catlin spent the next 20 years trying to recreate the Indian Gallery from his notes and sketches.

Following his bankruptcy, Catlin went back to his roots, returning to the USA and traveling to South America where he spent the next six years traveling and painting the Indian peoples. He traveled up America’s Pacific coast all the way up to Alaska. In 1860 Catlin returned to Brussels, Belgium, where he lived for ten years before returning to New York in 1870 where he died in 1872. After his death, Joseph Harrison’s widow donated the Indian Gallery to the Smithsonian Institution.

You can find a large collection of George Catlin patterns to use with SegPlay®PC here.



Art in the News:
Collector Steals the Show at Art Fair
Source: AP

This year’s contemporary art fair in Basel featured a surprising star turn: Hollywood actor Brad Pitt.

The Associated Press reports that Pitt, an enthusiastic art collector, purchased a work by Neo Rauch, a contemporary German artist. He paid almost one million dollars for a painting of a multi-colored Formula One race track scene entitled “Etappe”.

Pitt surveyed the work for a few minutes, but was convinced to make the purchase by another Los Angeles collector.


Yale Embroiled in Van Gogh Law Suit
Source: Wall Street Journal

Van Gogh’s 1888 painting “The Night Café” has become the subject of a lawsuit. A descendant of the painting’s original owner is trying to recover the work from Yale.

Pierre Konowaloff, who lives in France, claims that “The Night Café” was confiscated from his grandfather, a Russian aristocrat, shortly after the Communist Revolution. The Soviet government sold the painting to a European gallery from where it made its way to New York. In the early 1930s it was purchased by a Yale alumnus, Stephen Carlton Clark, who donated it to the college in 1961.

Konowaloff accused Yale of engaging in “art laundering”, while Yale claims that the Soviet seizure and subsequent sale of the painting does not violate international law.

Outside the Lines
Art Trivia – American Artists

Some historians believe George Catlin had two families; the first from his marriage to Clara Bartlett Gregory and the second with a Native American woman.

Charles Wilson Peale had 17 children and he named them after famous painters, including Rubens, Raphael and Rembrandt.

Artist Marc Chagall and his wife were given the money necessary to buy their freedom from the Nazis by Helena Rubinstein, the famous cosmetics diva and art collector.

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