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Segmation: The Art of Pieceful Imaging
August 2011
Volume 5, Number 8

New SegPlay®PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay®PC pattern collections available this month. The first set is Snug as a Bug. Bugs are miniature marvels that are quite diverse. Entomology, a specialty in the field of biology, is the study of insects and includes more than two thirds of all known organisms. These creatures include bees, beetles, flies, moths, butterflies, ants, grasshoppers, crickets, dragonflies, earthworms, snails, slugs, arachnids, and centipedes. We've put together a fun collection of colorful bug illustrations in this set. You'll find a worm in an apple, a smiling snail, a grinning spider, a busy bee, a whimsical spider, a lady bug on a green leaf, a snail in its shell, and a moth showing off its colorful wings.
Snug as a Bug

The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - Spanish Baroque Painter. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682) was a Spanish Baroque painter who painted scenes of everyday life in seventeenth century Seville, Spain. He also painted many religious themes including the Annunciation, Madonna and Child, and the Immaculate Conception. In the centuries after his death, he had a great reputation in Europe (even more so than Velázquez) and considered the last great painter of the Spanish Golden Age. Murillo's paintings bridge the dark simplicity of Spain's early Baroque artists and the sensuality of the approaching Rococo era. Our collection of patterns includes a wide selection of his art including A Girl and Her Duenna, Beggar Boys eating Grapes and Melon, The Flower Girl, St. Lesmes, The Little Fruit Seller, Young Boys Playing Dice, and a self portrait.
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - Spanish Baroque Painter

Segmation News

Our new store has been working out quite well - there have been no hickups when we switched over about a month ago. We're hoping to offer some new pattern set bundles in the coming months. The new store can be found here.

Work on the next generation version of SegPlay®PC had a few bumps this month. We're redoing some design work on several key new features and a new looking interface. Thanks for all the feature suggestions which we're trying to add in. Hopefully Beta testing will begin now in October. We'll make sure all SegPlayPC pattern sets will work and be transferable.

We've been posting many art related articles on our blog ( and also on our Facebook page ( Updated stories and comments are being made on a nearly daily basis now. We're also throwing in some hints about upcoming pattern sets. Pay us a visit, become our friend, and feel free to follow us there. Thanks to those of you who leave those kind comments. They're greatly appreciated!

Once again our website is being revamped - a new look and easier to use navigation. Should be on-line in the fall.

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...hope everyone's getting into that "Back to School" excitement!
-Mark & Beth


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From our Outside the Lines™ Blog:

Optical Illusions Create Art and Provoke Thought

Art is subjective. Individuals find themselves attracted to a certain artist, style, or theme when looking for art to inspire positive thought and decor. Upon finding the piece they consider, “just right,” one may seek to understand more about the particular picture or genre of art. However, they contrive their thoughts from a combination of what they already know, research, and see with their own two eyes....

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Artist Of The Month:
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - Spanish Baroque Painter

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (December 31,1617- April 3,1682) was a Spanish Baroque painter best known for his religious work. His oeuvre though also included realistic portraits of flower girls, street children and beggars.

Born in Seville, Spain, Murillo was the youngest of fourteen children. His father was a barber and a surgeon. His father died when Murillo was just ten and his mother followed the next year, leaving him to be raised by his aunt who was married to a wealthy local doctor.

Murillo’s art career began with an apprenticeship to the painter Juan del Castillo. In 1639 however, when he left for Cadiz, Murillo chose not to enter a workshop for further training but to make sargas, low-priced paintings sold at country fairs and shipped to America. At some point in the 1640s he moved to Madrid where he is believed to have met Velazquez and studied the works of Titian, Rubens and Van Dyck then housed in the city’s royal collection.

By 1645, he was back in Seville where his earliest dated works were created for the Franciscan Monastery. One of the eleven paintings showing the lives of the Franciscan saints is dated 1646 but it was possible that work began earlier. The paintings were executed in different styles with some subjects showing the influence of Rivera, others the effect of Velazquez, and the Death of St. Clara revealing familiarity with Van Dyck.

In February 1645, Murillo married Beatrice Sotomajor-i-Cabrera, and he began making a name for himself as a painter of Madonnas, usually for home altars. He also started to develop a line of “genre scenes.” The Beggar Boy was painted in 1650, the same year as Grape and Melon Eaters. Together with his Madonnas, the paintings helped to establish Murillo’s name, win him portrait commissions and bring in wealth which he invested in a trading company.

After a short stay in Madrid between 1658 and 1660, he returned to Seville. His wife though died in 1664 and Murillo moved, with his five surviving children, into the Convent of Capuchins. Over the remaining twenty years of his life, Murillo would paint two-thirds of his work, including altarpieces for the Augustinian monastery and paintings for Santa Maria la Blanca. He helped to found the Acadamia de Bellas Artes, directing its work with the architect Francisco Herrera the Younger.

In 1682, while working on the Marriage of St. Catherine for the Capuchin church in Cadiz, Murillo fell from the scaffolding and died shortly afterwards. His works continued to influence Spanish painting and helped to pave the way for European Rococo.

You can find a large collection of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo patterns to use with SegPlay®PC  here.

Art in the News:
Da Vinci Works to Be Shown Together
Source: The Guardian

The National Gallery in London and the Louvre in Paris have announced a unique collaboration. Each institution will lend the other one of its Da Vinci paintings so that it can be shown alongside a different version held by the other gallery.

The Louvre will send its version of Virgin of the Rocks to hang next to the version housed in London; the National Gallery will ship to Paris the Burlington House Cartoon, a painting of the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and John the Baptist. The picture will be exhibited in France next to the Louvre’s Da Vinci’s The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne.

America’s Most Collected Living Painter Releases New Disney Dream
Source: SFGate

Thomas Kinkade, described as America’s most collected living painter, is to release the sixth painting in his twelve-part Disney Dreams Collection.

The painting, entitled “Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love” shows the moment in the fairy story when the Beast falls in love with the beautiful Belle. The painting also includes many other characters from both the film and the story, including Belle’s father Maurice, an eccentric inventor, and the evil Gaston who leads a mob in search of the Beast.

The painting will be available in limited editions from World Wide Art, Inc.

Outside the Lines
Art Trivia

Picasso learned to draw before he could walk. His first word in Spanish was the word for pencil.

All of Dali’s paintings are said to include a self-portrait, at least in silhouette.

The Louvre was built in 1190, and was intended for use as a fortress.

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