Volume 5, Number 6
New SegPlay®PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay®PC pattern collections available this month.
The first set is European Flags.
Europe is one of the world's seven continents with a population of 731 million. Its border is somewhat arbitrary, defined by convention, historical references, cultural and political elements. There are 50 internationally recognized European sovereign states which we have included in our European Flags set. These colorful and graphic flags contain coats of arms, shields, crosses, maps, animals, buildings, artwork, stars, stripes, and other symbols of which interpretations have historical and symbolic meanings.
The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is Camille Corot - French Landscape Artist.
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875) was a French Landscape painter who had a strong influence on Impressionism. Corot was the leading painter of the Barbizon school of France in the mid-nineteenth century and his landscape style referenced a neo-classical style with a muted color palette. Many forgeries of Corot were created in the period 1870-1939, mostly because of his easy to imitate style. Our pattern set includes many examples of landscapes and portraits. You'll find "Woman with a Pear", "The Bridge at Narmi", "Meditation", "Orpheus Leading Eurydice", "Interrupted Reading", "Recollections of Mortefontaine", "A Windmill in Montmartre ", "The Letter", " Aqueducts in the Roman Campagna ", "Temple of Minerva Medica ", "Agostina", and "Castel Gandolfo". There are also several self portraits.
Camille Corot - French Landscape Artist
Getting closer to finishing our next generation version of SegPlay®PC. Plenty of new features and a great looking interface. Thanks for all the suggestions which we're trying to add in...we expect to share some of its features in the next month or so. Hopefully Beta testing will begin in late August. We'll make sure all SegPlayPC pattern sets will work and be transferable.
We've been posting many art related articles on our blog (segmation.wordpress.com) and also on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Segmation). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Happy painting...hope all are enjoying their summers!
-Mark & Beth
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From our Outside the Lines™ Blog:
Discover the Artist in You
When did you discover the artist in you? Was it the first time you held a paint brush? Or the time you received praise for an art project?
Whenever it was, Segmation wants to know because Segmation allows artists of all kinds to reach their fullest potential.
Discovering the artist in you and encouraging art in others is important because art is an integral part of culture. As an individual, it showcases who you are, where youíve come from and what you represent. Not to mention, your creativity spurs creativity in other people, allowing all forms of art to expand.
Artist Of The Month:|
Camille Corot - French Landscape Artist
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (July 17, 1796 Ė February 22, 1875) was the leading landscape painter of the 19th century French Barbizon School. His fresh, spontaneous approach to landscape broke the academic tradition and opened the doors to Impressionism.
Corot was born in Paris, the second of three children. His mother was a milliner and his father, a draper, managed her shop. Corot's father wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, but after a short stint as an apprentice, and at the age of 25, he informed his parents that he wanted to become a full-time painter. His father didnít approve, but was supportive and gave the young Corot a small annual allowance that had been destined for his youngest sister who had died in 1821.
The young Corot studied first in the studio of neo-classical landscape painter Achille-Etna Michallon then, in 1822, under Jean-Victor Bertin, Michallonís teacher. Corot, however, preferred sketching outdoors from nature and made extensive studies of the forests near Paris and the Normandy seaports.
Following the tradition of most young French painters, Corot traveled to Italy in 1825 to study the Italian masters. His parents financed the trip on condition that he paint a self-portrait for them. He stayed in Italy for three formative and productive years: he produced over 200 drawings and 150 paintings. He painted historical monuments and scenery from nature. Under the intensity of the Italian sun, he learned to master the pictorial rendition of light. Corot visited Italy again in 1834 where he sketched Florence, Venice and the northern cities and he made another trip in the summer of 1843.
It was not only the Italian scenery and light that had Corot entranced. He was quite captivated by Italian women whom he painted in their regional costumes. Yet Corot never married. In 1826 he wrote to a friend that he wished to devote his entire being to painting and that he would never marry. He never formed a long-term relationship with a woman and remained close to his parents well into his fifties.
Upon his return to France, Corot concentrated on exhibiting at the official Salon, adapting and reworking some of his Italian paintings. One of these, The Bridge at Narni, was accepted to the 1827 Salon while Corot was still in Italy. For the next six years Corot would spend the spring and summer painting out of doors. In winter he would rework these outdoor sketches in his studio into large landscapes for exhibition at the Salon.
Corot was now a regular exhibitor at the Salon. In 1833, when he was in his late thirties, the Salon jury accepted a large landscape of the Fontainebleau forest and even awarded the painting a second-class medal. This meant that Corot now had the right to exhibit his works without approval by the jury. In 1835 Corot exhibited another important work, a biblical scene of Hagar in the Wilderness. It was a success with the critics, but his other biblical paintings did not meet with the same triumph.
Throughout the 1840s the critics were ambivalent about Corotís paintings. Recognition came slowly and, although the state purchased one of his works in 1840 he did not sell many paintings. Nevertheless, Corotís popularity was growing and after the 1848 Revolution his treatment by the critics improved. The French government awarded Corot the Legion of Honor medal in 1846 and in 1848 he was awarded another second-class medal by the Salon. In that same year Corot was a member of the Salon Jury and the state bought a few more of his paintings for French museums.
Corot was close to the Barbizon group and, after his parentsí death, he felt free to take on students. A constant stream of friends, collectors and visitors passed through his studio. His students included future Impressionists Berthe Morisot and Camille Pissarro.
Corot died in Paris of a stomach disorder at the age of 78 and was buried at the PŤre Lachaise cemetery.
You can find a large collection of Camille Corot patterns to use with SegPlay®PC  here.
Art in the News:
Can Paintings Cure Physical Disorders?
Source: New York Times
Russian-born artist Alexander Melamid is the brain behind something he calls the Art Healing Ministry, a rather unusual clinic, even for New York. Here, you can be treated by being exposed to paintings. You can also buy art-healing tokens such as Picasso prayer cards (the patron saint of motorists), or Seurat prayer cards (the patron saint of youthful, radiant skin). Viewing Claude Monets can cure you of hay fever. And if you want to purge your home of all those bad vibes, you can have a little robot scurry around with Andy Warhol or van Gogh reproductions.
Mr. Melamid explains that he was always told art was good for him and that everyone knows that art has the power to stimulate, soothe, enlighten and rouse the senses. He adds that "What is good in the USA is health and health products." He believes that the art-healing process works using invisible particles called "creatons" that find their way into the human body.
One of the clinicís first patients was told that he had not seen enough masterpieces, despite having viewed a lot of Whistlers. He was told that he needed a dose of correct exposure to art for his stress-related anxiety. Mr. Melamid then beamed a Modigliani reclining nude onto the patientís forehead, adding that she would not arouse his passions because she is elongated.
1951 Kansas Flood Painting Fetches $1.9 Million
Source: Sacramento Bee
American artist Thomas Hart Bentonís painting of the 1951 flood that devastated Kansas and Missouri was sold in New York by Sothebyís. Benton painted Flood Disaster, in order to draw attention to the devastation caused by the floods caused by the Kansas and Missouri rivers swelling to 70 times their normal size. The disaster killed 17 people and made more than 518,000 homeless. Benton produced lithograph prints of the painting and sent one to each member of Congress with a plea for a flood relief bill. It did not work and many of the prints ended up in the trash.
The painting, which shows a family looking at their wrecked house, mangled washing machine and car covered in mud, went to an undisclosed buyer for $1.9 million.
Outside the Lines
French landscape painter Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot once exclaimed "I hope with all my heart there will be painting in heaven."
Mary Cassat was just 20 years old when her friend, Edgar Degas, invited her to exhibit with the Impressionists. She was the only American member of the group.
French painter Edouard Manet used to tell critics "I paint what I see, not what others like to see!"