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Segmation: The Art of Pieceful Imaging
March 2011
Volume 5, Number 3

New SegPlay®PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay®PC pattern collections available this month. The first set is Saint Patrick's Day. Saint Patrick's Day is originally a Catholic holiday which is celebrated annually on March 17. The day has evolved to become a secular celebration of Irish culture. Saint Patrick was a real person who joined the Church in Britain around the year 432, and among other legends, used the shamrock to teach the Christine doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people. Today many participate in this event by wearing green clothing and other items. Our pattern set contains many elements of this holiday including leprechauns, pots of gold, rainbows, clovers, large green hats, and of course drinking green beer.
Saint Patrick's Day

The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is Thomas Cole - Founder of the Hudson River School. Thomas Cole (1801-1848) was an American artist who is regarded as the Founder of the Hudson River School. This school represented an art movement that emphasized realistic and detailed portraits of the American landscape with themes of romanticism and naturalism. Thomas Cole was born in England, but moved to the United States as a youth. His talents for painting were soon discovered and his works focused on landscapes. He also painted allegorical works including his famous "The Course of Empire" series.
Thomas Cole - Founder of the Hudson River School

Segmation News

We're continuing to work on a next generation version of SegPlay®PC. Printing was the focus of these last few weeks including some new innovative options including printing the patterns out poster size. Suggestions for new and improved features are always welcome. We're still not able to target an exact release date for this improved product, but we're hoping for sometime in the fall.

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. Pay us a visit, become our friend, and feel free to follow us there.

Our website has still been going through a few changes - mostly improving the messaging, fixing broken links, and sprucing up its look in a few places.

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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Artist Of The Month:
Thomas Cole - Founder of the Hudson River School

Thomas Cole - Founder of the Hudson River School

Thomas Cole (February 1, 1801 – February 11, 1848) was an American artist and a founder of the Hudson River School of Art. He is widely regarded as being the most important American landscape painter of the early 19th century.

Cole was born in Bolton, Lancashire in Northwestern England. His family emigrated to the United States in 1818, settling in Steubenville, Ohio before moving to Pittsburg, Philadelphia and finally New York in 1825.

In England young Thomas had trained as a woodblock engraver for printing calico and in Steubenville he designed wallpaper patterns. He is said to have learned oil painting from a wandering portrait painter called John Stein and took lessons at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts where he also exhibited some of his works.

It was in New York though, that his artistic interest shifted to landscape. He had started drawing from nature while in Pittsburgh and in the summer of 1825 took a long sketching trip up the Hudson River and into the Catskill mountains. He produced some hauntingly beautiful landscapes of the American wilderness and exhibited them in New York in late October 1825. The following year he became a founding member of the National Academy of Design and his works were in great demand. Other artists began to paint landscapes in that area and they became known collectively as the Hudson River School. Through their paintings, they brought to the world’s attention the unique beauty of American scenery.

By 1829 Cole was firmly established as America’s leading landscape painter. Although he had many commissions, he wanted to create a landscape style that would transcend the visual and express religious or moral meanings. In June 1829 he sailed for Englandwhere he met with John Constable and Joseph Mallord William Turner, visited museums and art galleries and began to develop his artistic ideas. His stay in Britain was followed by travels in France and Italy.

Cole returned to the United States in November 1832 with ideas for a grand landscape series tracing the rise and fall of an ancient civilization. He managed to convince a New York art dealer to support the project and the Course of Empire, consisting of five large canvases, was exhibited in 1836 to good reviews.

Cole, who had established a studio in the Catskills, was critical of industrial development, concerned that industrialization and the railroad would negatively impact the simplicity and wild beauty of the American landscape.

In November 1836 Cole married Maria Bartow, whose uncle was the owner of the studio he rented. They had five children and settled on a farm called Cedar Grove in Catskill, New York.

In 1839 Cole began work on a large commission for Samuel Ward, a wealthy art patron and banker. The series of four paintings was an allegorical work called The Voyage of Life, but Ward died in late 1839 and did not live to see the completed work, which Cole finished a year later.

Thomas Cole made a second European voyage in 1841, traveling to France, Italy, Switzerland and England, where he visited relatives. While in Italy, he visited Sicily and painted Mount Etna. He returned to New York in 1842.

In 1846 Cole began work on The Cross and the World, a five-canvas series portraying the quest for salvation, but in February 1848 he was taken ill. His condition worsened and he developed a lung infection from which he died. He was 47 years old. Cole’s untimely death shocked the New York art world and his admirers organized a memorial exhibition of his works. His lasting legacy was the American School of landscape painting, which developed out of his unique vision and love of the American wilderness.

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

Art in the News:
Painting by Jack the Ripper Discovered
Source: Daily Telegraphy

An undiscovered painting by artist Walter Sickert, whom crime novelist Patricia Cornwall believed to be Jack the Ripper, has surfaced after being held for 80 years in a private collection. The painting, The Blind Sea Captain, is estimated to be worth around $100,000 and will be sold at auction.

Sickert was better known for painting lurid nudes and he drew Cornwell’s attention with a series of gruesome paintings of a well-known murder victim. The controversial series, called The Camden Town Murder, depicts a prostitute whose throat had been slit in a 1907 murder.

There was no real evidence linking Sickert to Jack the Ripper. Cornwell based her theory on Sickert’s paintings and his boasting that he had once lodged with Jack the Ripper.

Italian Government Denies Export License for Plundered Painting
Source: LA Times

The painting, St. Catherine of Alexandria, by Bernardo Strozzi dating from the early 17th century had been acquired by art collector Philippa Calnan’s grandfather. But the Italian government has refused her request for an export license to the U.S. saying that the painting was looted by the Nazis.

Ms Calnan’s grandfather, Charles A. Loeser, was a New Yorker who studied art history at Harvard and an avid collector. Mr. Loeser died in 1928. He bequeathed much of his collection to the White House and to the Fogg Museum, but his villa in Florence was seized by the Fascist Italian government in 1942 under the “racial laws”. The Strozzi painting was one of the many works of art in the villa and it was later included in Italian art historian Rodolfo Siviero’s book of artworks plundered by the Nazis.

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Art Trivia

Renaissance master Raphael died on his birthday in 1520. He was 37 years old.

Famous sculpture The Bronco Buster by Frederic Remington shows the cowboy wearing his spurs upside down.

In addition to being King Henry VIII of England’s official court painter, Hans Holbein was also the King’s fashion designer and designed his stately robes.

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