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Segmation: The Art of Pieceful Imaging
October 2011
Volume 5, Number 10


New SegPlay®PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay®PC pattern collections available this month. The first set is Monster Mash. Monsters are fictional characters usually shown as ugly creatures with a few man-like attributes. They behave in an evil, horrible, and menacing manner while attempting to scare and harm the viewer. Our Segmation set of monsters are depict a bit more friendly and colorful set of characters which you'll enjoy coloring during the Halloween season and throughout the year. In this set we've included a few Frankenstein, devils, aliens, mummies, lizards, and "things".
Monster Mash



The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is Henry Ossawa Tanner - Influential Black American Artist. Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859 - 1937) was an African American artist who was influential around the world with his art style. He was born in Philadelphia and schooled in fine arts. Although he first tried to set up a photography studio in Atlanta, he subsequently left the US and moved to Paris where he attempted to gain artistic acceptance. He was quickly introduced to new artworks and artists, and studied under renowned artists. While his early works, such as were concerned with everyday life as an African American, his later paintings focused mainly on the religious subjects for which he is now best known. Our pattern collection includes many of his most recognized pieces including "The Banjo Lesson", "The Annunciation", "Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City", "Gateway, Tangier", "Booker T. Washington", "Flight into Egypt", and "The Resurrection of Lazarus".
Henry Ossawa Tanner - Influential Black American Artist



Segmation News

Back on track with our next generation version of SegPlay®PC . We're targeting to release it before the end of the year. Looking to show off some pretty cool features, so stay tuned. 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. We'll make sure all SegPlayPC pattern sets will work and be transferable.


We're working on list of new artists and themes for next years pattern sets. Any suggestions?


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 submit@segmation.com


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-Mark & Beth

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From our Outside the Lines™ Blog:

Glass Art
Glass art

Many beautiful art sculptures are not found in marble or formed from clay; glass blowing is an art technique that creates three-dimensional masterpieces all its own...

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Artist Of The Month:
Henry Ossawa Tanner - Influential Black American Artist

Henry Ossawa Tanner - Influential Black American Artist

Henry Ossawa Tanner - Influential Black American Artist

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) was not promised the life of success he longed for. As the son of a former slave, it's hard to imagine how he ever dreamt of becoming a world renowned artist. However, this did not stop young Tanner from pursuing his desire to paint.

Even at the height of the abolitionist movement in America, when he was just 13-years-old, this young man from Pittsburg knew he wanted to be an artist. His mother, freed from slavery through a daring escape on the Underground Railroad, and his father, an African Methodist Episcopalian Bishop, discouraged their son's drive towards this end. Instead, in 1864 after settling in Philadelphia, they arranged for him to take an apprenticeship at a local flour mill. Unfortunately, the labor intensive work was too challenging for Tanner's permanent state of poor health. From then on, his parents encouraged painting as a form of therapeutic recovery.

In 1880, after many years of interest in art, Tanner enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. This was the first time the budding artist received any professional training. He was lucky to study with Thomas Eakins, who greatly influenced Tanner's early style.

Henry Ossawa Tanner did not, however, graduate from the art school. Instead, he decided to try his hand at merging art and business. He moved to Atlanta in 1888, where he set up a small art gallery to sell his drawings and photographs. In addition, he supplicated his modest income by teaching art classes at Clark College.

As luck would have it, Tanner also met the Hartzell's – a white Georgian couple who were eager to offer him financial support. In 1890, they sponsored an exhibit of his work in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sadly none of his paintings were sold – but that didn't stop the Hartzell's from buying all of Tanner's artwork.

This large earning allowed Tanner to venture overseas for the first time. He was in route to Rome but never made it there because he became enthralled with the art and culture that existed in the capital of France.

Shortly after settling in Paris, in 1981, the eager artist enrolled in the Academie Julian. Two of his elite teachers, among many, were Jean Paul Laurens and Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant. It was during this time and training that Tanner was able to cultivate his own style by depicting African-American characters. Some of his well-known paintings include The Banjo Lesson of 1893 and The Thankful Poor in 1894.

During the summers he would holiday in rural Brittany. This allowed the painter necessary solitude to hone his craft and a new environment to broaden his subject matter. Tanner began merging a European countryside with the Appalachian mountains of his youth; he did the same with French peasantry and African American heritage. Beyond this, Tanner applied his creative style to age old Biblical stories, like Daniel in the Lion's Den and The Resurrection of Lazarus. (The latter piece was purchased by the French government for exhibition in the Luxembourg Gallery and eventually became property of the Louvre).

As Tanner climbed new peaks of international success, he returned to Philadelphia for a few months. After visiting the home of his young adulthood, he decided not stay permanently because he did not want to fight racial prejudice with his influence. He returned to France and continued painting works inspired by his Christian faith.

His decision to do this was rewarded in more ways than one: In France, Tanner married a white Opera singer (from San Francisco), reared a daughter, and continued to receive accolades for his popular artwork. For instance, in 1908, the first one-man exhibit of religious paintings was held in New York and highlighted Tanner's work. Also, in 1923 he was awarded France's highest honor, the Order of the Legion of Honor.

This and more attributed to Tanner's legacy in art and culture around the world. The determined artist became a symbol of hope for the African American community. Even though he lived the rest of his days in France, before passing away in 1937, young artists and leaders would visit him often. Henry Ossawa Tanner was their inspiration, just as African American heritage was his.


You can find a large collection of Henry Ossawa Tanner patterns to use with SegPlay®PC  here.



Art in the News:
The Pitmen Painters returns to London
Source: BBC News

Reopening in London is a play called, "The Pitmen Painters." Playwright Lee Hall presents the story about a group of miners who became accomplished painters in the 1930's. These hard-working men lived outside Newcastle in a mining community called Ashington. At night, they were given the opportunity to learn art history from a professor of art at Newcastle University. Even though they'd never even seen popular artwork before, they became quite good at drawing and painting. Despite the recognition they received, the miners refused to cash-in on their new found celebritism. They chose to remain proud miners instead. The highly anticipated play just announced it will return to London soon.


André Kertész
Source: Art Daily

A traveling art exhibit pays tribute to photographer, André Kertész (1894-1985). The Jeu de Paume exhibition features many prints and original photographs that exemplify the creativity and acuity of Kertész. The collection is complete with accounts of his humble beginning in Hungary, as well as his professional life in Paris, (he was a dynamic figure in the avant-garde photography era of 1925-1936), and onto New York where he lived for about fifty years. He moved to America with hopes that he'd gain appreciation and recognition, but sadly, he received none. Today, however, André Kertész is famous for his contribution to the language of photography that grew immensely in the 20th century.

Outside the Lines
Art Trivia

At the turn of the 20th century, French artist Edgar Degas said, "'I really have a lot of stuff in my head; if only there were insurance companies for that as there are for so many things."

An oil painting should never be left to dry in the dark because a thin film of oil may rise to the surface, yellowing it.

Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime.

The man who coined the term, "cubism," Louis Vauxelles, was not an artist but rather an art critic.

Painting outdoors is also called, plein-air painting.

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