Volume 4, Number 6
New SegPlay®PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay®PC pattern collections available this month.
The first set is Soccer Shots
Soccer aka Association Football is a team sport which is assumed to be the most popular game in the world. The eleven man team plays on a grass field and attempts to shot a soccer ball into a large netted goal positioned on opposite sides of the field. The team with the most goals at the end of the timed game period is declared the winner. Our pattern set of soccer shots contains a fun set of Soccer-themed illustrations including players, soccer balls, referees and fans. Players (both male and female) are depicted in various action poses including kicking the ball, heading the ball, and defending the goal.
The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is Joseph Mallord William Turner - Painter of Light.
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 - 1851) was a controversial English landscape painter. His eccentric style matched his subjects - shipwrecks, fires, natural catastrophes, as well as natural phenomena such as sunlight, storms, rain, and fog. The significance of light to Turner resembled God's sprit. In his later paintings he concentrated on the play of light on water and the radiances of skies and fires, almost to an Impressionistic style. Our collection of Joseph Mallord William Turner patterns includes many examples of his style including The Fighting Temeraire, The Shipwreck of the Minotaur, Snow Storm, The Grand Canal, Peace - Burial at Sea, and Rain, Steam and Speed .
Joseph Mallord William Turner - Painter of Light
We're a bit late with June's newsletter. Sorry 'bout that, but there's lots going on with our summer activities - hopefully your's too!
New product development continues and we hope to have a revamped line of mobile products late this summer. We should have some versions ready for beta testing in a few weeks. We'll keep you posted on our progress.
We recently hit some impression milestones.. After about 4 years of hard work, we've created our 100th pattern set and 2500th pattern for SegPlay®PC!
We're looking for suggestions for future artists of the month. If you think we've overlooked one of your favorites, let us know. Likewise if there's a theme that you think would work well in our pattern collection, let us know and we'll make it happen!
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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-Mark & Beth
Artist Of The Month:|
Joseph Mallord William Turne - Painter of Light
Joseph Mallord William Turner (April 23, 1775 – December 19, 1851) was an English 19th century landscape painter of the Romantic school. He was one of the greatest, most talented and most successful landscape painters of his day, but also the most controversial. Turner was an innovator who influenced the Impressionists and is today regarded as the predecessor of modern abstract painting.
Turner was born in London, England. His father was a barber and wigmaker. His mother was committed to a mental asylum where she died in 1804. Turner had a younger sister who died in early childhood. As a result of all this family upheaval, the young Turner was sent to live with an uncle in a small town in the country. It was here that Turner first started painting. He had very little formal schooling and was taught how to read by his father, but he was constantly drawing and by the time he was 13 he was selling his work in his father's shop.
At the age of 14 Turner was accepted to the Royal Academy Schools and a year later, one of his watercolors was accepted at the Royal Academy's prestigious Summer Exhibition. He was made an associate of the Academy in the same year and he became a full member in 1802, when he was just 27 years old. The panel that accepted him was presided by Sir Joshua Reynolds, then president of the Academy. In 1796 Turner exhibited Fishermen at Sea, his first oil painting, at the Royal Academy and from then on he exhibited there almost every year until he died. When he was thirty he was nominated a Professor at the Academy and was briefly its acting President in 1845. Turner was a highly productive artist and enormously successful early in his lifetime. He already had his own studio at the age of 18 and by the time he was 20, his drawings were being snapped up by print sellers eager to reproduce his works for mass sale. Contemporary critics recognized him as an artistic genius and his financial success gave him the freedom to experiment and innovate.
Turner traveled extensively across Europe and in 1802 he studied the Old Masters in the Louvre in Paris. Visits to Venice provided the inspiration for some of his finest landscapes. During trips to Italy between 1819 and 1829 his style evolved: his paintings were no longer faithful renderings of the landscape before him, but instead became an atmospheric abstraction of light and movement that transcend the mundane and veer towards the visionary. However, his works were always based on observation and during the course of his travels he sketched scenes of the countries he toured, filling hundreds of sketchbooks which he later used to produce his oils, watercolors and prints. In true Romantic tradition, he believed that landscape and natural forces could become expressions of the most powerful emotions. He viewed himself as the heir to the traditions of Raphael and the Roman Renaissance. His fascination with portraying nature in its wildest form was such that when the Houses of Parliament caught fire in 1834 Turner went out on a boat on the River Thames to record the scene in watercolors.
As Turner aged he started becoming eccentric. He had almost no friends apart from his father, with whom he lived for 30 years and when his father died in 1829 Turner was so deeply bereaved that he began to suffer from periods of depression. He stopped going to meetings of the Royal Academy's board, he would refuse to sell his paintings and, if he did sell one, he would suffer for several days. His last exhibition was held in 1850.
Turner never married, but he did have a mistress, Sophia Caroline Booth. After a long illness, Turner died in her London house in 1851. He was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral, next to Sir Joshua Reynolds. He left 300 oil paintings and more than 20,000 drawings and watercolors which he bequeathed to the nation.
You can find a large collection of Joseph Mallord William Turner patterns to use with SegPlay®PC  here.
Art in the News:
Botticelli Masterpiece Suggestive of Sex and Drugs
Source: The Times
Sex and drugs are nothing new, if the latest study by Renaissance expert David Bellingham, program director at Sotheby's is to be believed. Mr. Bellingham believes that Botticelli's Venus and Mars,, long thought to be an allegory of the power of love is, in fact, nothing of the kind. Instead, it is a warning about the power of hallucinogenic drugs and unrestrained sex.
The new theory is based on a small section at the bottom right of the painting, where a satyr is depicted holding a fruit. Mr. Bellingham showed the painting to experts at Kew Gardens, the British horticultural institute, who identified the fruit as belonging to Datura stramonium, commonly known as thorn apple, or Devil's trumpet, a highly hallucinogenic plant used in ancient times as an aphrodisiac and a poison. Its effects send people mad and cause them to strip off their clothes.
Five Masterpieces go Missing from Paris Museum of Modern Art
Burglars made off with paintings by Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Braque and Leger by simply climbing through a broken side window at the Museum of Modern Art. The French police are still hunting for the thieves. The intrusion was captured by the security cameras, but this did not stop the masked intruders from making of with their booty thought to be worth $123 million, because the Museum's alarm system failed to function. The burglars broke into the museum on May 20 at 4:00 a.m. Paris time and left fifteen minutes later, having removed five priceless paintings from their frames, undetected by the three security guards on duty that night.
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe called the theft "an intolerable attack on the universal cultural heritage in Paris", while admitting that the museum's alarm system had not been functioning properly since the end of March.
Outside the Lines
British landscape artist Turner once had himself tied to the mast of a ship in order to experience the drama of a storm at sea.
Henri Matisse played the violin for two hours every day in order to make his fingers supple before painting.
The Dada school of art, which attacked conventional behavior by highlighting the absurd, has its roots in the work of Romanian poet Tristan Tzara and the disillusion following World War I.