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Segmation: The Art of Pieceful Imaging
February 2010
Volume 4, Number 2

New SegPlay® PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay® PC pattern collections available this month. The first set is Bee Happy . Bees are flying insects best known for their roles in pollinating flowers and producing honey. They feed on nectar and pollen and have a long tongue to obtain the nectar from flowers. They have two sets of wings and have a fuzzy body. They live in social colonies with a distinctive queen bee and worker bees. Our set of bee patterns contains many illustrations of bees in a cartoon-like form. You'll find bees smiling, pollinating flowers, and in various poses.
Bee Happy

The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is Pieter Bruegel the Elder - Netherlandish Renaissance Painter . Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525 - 1569) was a Netherlandish Renaissance painter who was best known for his detailed landscapes and peasant scenes. He earned the nickname "Peasant Bruegel” for his alleged practice of dressing as a peasant to mingle at weddings and other community celebrations, just to gain an insight for creating details in his paintings. In his landscapes he created stories of peasants engaging in the rituals of village life including agriculture, hunts, meals, festivals, dances, and games. Our set of patterns includes all of his most well known pieces including "Fall of Icarus", "Netherlandish Proverbs", "The Tower of Babel", "The Peasant Wedding", and "The Peasant Dance".
Pieter Bruegel the Elder - Netherlandish Renaissance Painter

Segmation News

We still have our fingers crossed that the website problems database problems have gone away. We're going to start looking at updating the technology we use (our database format is over 9 years old - "ancient" in the Internet age)..

Our Facebook fan page is gaining fans...Close to 400 have now joined in the first two months! It will allow our SegPlay and SegPlayPC users a chance to communicate with us and themselves, and help guide our future plans. If you're a Facebook member, please feel free to join our new fan page ( You can also search for Segmation in Facebook. Feel free to particate in our discussions and introduce Segmation to your friends.

In conjunction with the Facebook fan page, we also introduced a Segmation blog that will be posting frequent fun, entertaining, and informative articles that will feed on to the fan page as well. The blog, titled "Outside the Lines", can be found at

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

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Happy painting
-Mark & Beth


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Artist Of The Month:
Pieter Breugel the Elder - Netherlandish Renaissance Painter

Pieter Breugel the Elder image

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525/30-1569) was one of the most significant painters of the 16th century Flemish Northern Renaissance. He was given the nickname “Peasant Bruegel” because he chose to depict peasant life and genre scenes. Through his two sons he was the founder of a dynasty of painters that stretched across four generations.

Not much is known about Pieter Bruegel’s life. He didn’t wrote letters and there are few surviving records. Even the date and place of his birth are uncertain and the little that is known comes from the writings of art historians. It is thought that he was born around 1525-1530 in Breda, a town which today is on the border between Belgium and Holland. After 1559 he changed the spelling of his name from “Brueghel” to “Bruegel”. The reason for this change is not known but his sons kept the former spelling.

Bruegel was apprenticed to Pieter Coeck van Aelst, a successful Flemish painter and sculptor who had a large workshop in Brussels. Later, he would marry Pieter Coeck’s daughter.

In 1551 Bruegel became a Master of the Antwerp painters’ guild and the following year went on a long journey to Italy that lasted until 1554. He traveled through France and visited the the region of Naples and Palermo. In 1553 he went to Rome where he met Giulio Clovio, a famous painter of miniatures at the time, and later patron to El Greco. Bruegel’s earliest dated painting is from his Rome period, and he and Clovio even painted a picture together. The sketches of the Alps, drawn during this period, would later form the basis of a series of landscape engravings and oil paintings.

Once back in Flanders towards 1555, Pieter Bruegel settled in Antwerp and went to work for Hieronymus Cock, an Antwerp printer and publisher of engravings. He worked for Cock almost until the end of his life. Cock published Bruegel’s Alpine sketches as a series of elaborate landscapes—the engraving for these works was not done by Bruegel but by other artists—and under Cock, Bruegel also produced satirical figure compositions in the style of Hieronymus Bosch. Bruegel’s style was so similar to Bosch’s that he was even referred to at the time as “this new Hieronymus Bosch”. The most well known of these works are The Seven Deadly Sins series and Big Fish Eat Little Fish produced in 1557.

In 1563 Pieter Bruegel moved to Brussels and married Mayken, the daughter of his former tutor. The couple settled in Brussels and had two children, both of whom would become painters. Their first son, Pieter Brueghel the Younger was born in 1564 and in 1568 they had a second son, Jan Brueghel the Elder.

The marriage to Mayken was significant for several reasons: Mayken’s mother was a well-known painter in her home town and it is thought that Bruegel’s first introduction to the allegorical and peasant themes that ran through his works was through his mother-in-law. After Bruegel’s death, Mayken’s mother would become painting tutor to her grandchildren, Pieter and Jan.

Those years in Brussels were highly productive: he was established as a successful painter, he belonged to a group of humanists and he painted his greatest works during this period. Bruegel was now producing fewer prints and concentrating more on painting, particularly satirical views of peasant life portrayed in the manner of Giotto, using large, flat areas of color. He even had a patron, a wealthy Antwerp merchant by the name of Nicolaes Jonghelinck who by 1666 had bought sixteen of Bruegel’s paintings and commissioned a series of depictions of the months of the year. Only five of the twelve paintings produced have survived.

Towards his later years, Bruegel became influenced by Renaissance art, as can be seen in his later works such as The Peasant Wedding Feast and The Peasant Dance. But in parallel, he still painted in his earlier style.

Pieter Bruegel died in Brussels in 1569 while he was still in his early forties. He was buried in Notre Dame de la Chapelle, the same church in which he had been married. Mayken had died a year earlier and the two orphaned children were brought up by their grandmother.

You can find a large collection of Pieter Bruegel the Elder patterns to use with SegPlayPC™  here.

Art in the News:
Priceless Picasso Ripped by Falling Woman
Source: Bloomberg

One of Pablo Picasso’s most important Rose Period paintings was accidentally damaged when a woman attending an art class at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art lost her balance and fell on the artwork, ripping the canvas.

Luckily the focal point of the painting was not damaged. According to a museum spokesman The Actor sustained a vertical tear about six inches long on the lower right hand side of the canvas and is expected to be repaired in time for a major Picasso retrospective in April.

Painted in 1904-05, The Actor depicts an elongated male figure on stage in tones of dusty pink and is valued at more than $130 million. It was donated to the Met in 1952 by automobile heiress Thelma Chrysler Foy.

Mona Lisa Believed to be Portrait of Bearded Man
Source: Daily Mirror

Yes, the scientists are at it again. This time, a team of experts believe they have uncovered the true identity of the Mona Lisa. Forget all the speculation – she is really a bearded man!

American art expert Lillian Schwartz, who produced a computer-generated comparison between Leonardo’s features and those of the Mona Lisa, believes that Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting is, in fact, a self-portrait in disguise. And, in order to test her theory, Silvano Vincenti, head of the scientific team, wants permission to exhume the Master’s remains in order to study his skull.

But Leonardo is buried in France, where he died in 1519, so the Italian team need to get permission from the French cultural authorities and not all scholars agree with Mr. Vincenti. Nicholas Turner, formely of the Getty Museum said "We know Mona Lisa was a specific person, she existed and it's her portrait. If Leonardo heard about all this, he would have a good chuckle."

Outside the Lines
Art Trivia

Titian was a noted miser. Even though he was successful and wealthy, he was always pleading poverty.

Fellow artist Jacopo Bassano made fun of Titian by portraying him as a moneylender in his work Purification of the Temple.

While Michelangelo was studying art his genius as a sculptor was so impressive that it made his fellow students angry. One particularly jealous rival, Torregiano, struck him with a mallet and crushed his nose. Michelangelo was disfigured for life, but his genius remained unscathed.

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