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Segmation Art Newsletter

December 2012

Dogs in Chairs

Flos Vingerhosts, a talented illustrator and cartoonist, has contributed these adorable pictures which depict various breeds of dogs sitting in colored contemporary designed chairs. A very original theme for patterns!

Cat Purrfection

These cuddly, calm, curious, finicky, and playful cats are just waiting to be painted. Based on well taken photographs, these pattern will come to life after being colored.


Get your motor running and head out on the SegPlayMobile highway with these cool patterns of chrome finished motorcycles! Different colors and styles.

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A Snowman is a popular snow sculpture created by rolling three large snowballs and assembling them vertically to form a base, body, and head. Design elements are then added including branches for arms, a carrot for a nose, rocks and charcoal for buttons and eyes, and even a hat, scarf, gloves or jacket as warm clothing. Snowman are popular in modern culture and traditional character in many Holiday stories and songs, including everyone's favorite 'Frosty the Snowman'. Our Snowman pattern set includes many illustrations of Snowman designs with scarves, hats, flags, and branches. Children are shown building snowman. The Snowman are standing still, ice skating, holding stars, birds, candy canes, and brooms, and even throwing an snow ball.

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Juan Gris - Spanish Cubist Artist

Juan Gris (1887-1927) was a Spanish painter and sculptor who is most commonly associated with the Cubist movement of the early 20th century. In Cubism, art pieces are broken up into pieces and then reassembled in an abstracted form to allow them to be viewed from multiple viewports. Juan was close friends with another Cubist painter, Pablo Picasso, but instead focused on synthetic cubism where objects were no longer recognizable in their original form, but took on new forms. Juan experimented with different materials as well adapting a collage technique in numerous works. Our collection of patterns includes a broad sampling of his cubism style including Guitar and Pipe, Portrait of Picasso, Harlequin with Guitar, The Packet of Cigars, Violin and Checkerboard, the Bull Fighter, Landscape with Houses at Ceret, and A Man in a Café.

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Van Gogh's Letter to be Auctioned

Source: Yahoo News

An American collector will soon be auctioning off hundreds of historical documents, one being a letter written by Vincent van Gogh. Also among the documents are letters written by George Washington and John Lennon. These documents will be auctioned via phone and Internet through Profiles in History.

The Van Gogh letter was written in 1890 and is signed by the artist himself. It is addressed to Joseph and Marie Ginoux, who were friends of Van Gogh.

Through the contents of his letter, Van Gogh voiced his desire for a "speedy recovery" for Madame Ginoux, who was obviously ill. Van Gogh wrote, "Illnesses are there to make us remember again that we are not made of wood…that's what seems the good side of all this to me."

The items in the document collection will go on auction in December and will continue to be sold over a two-year time span. It's likely that each letter will bring about $200,000-$300,000.

A Branch of the Louvre Museum to be Built in Abu Dhabi

Source: Yahoo News

Plans for the building of a branch of the Louvre Museum are being carried out in Abu Dhabi. The Louvre branch will reportedly begin being built early in 2013. The "emirates tourism arm" is responsible for this project.

The Louvre project will do much to add to the rich culture of Abu Dhabi. The museum will be built beside prestigious housing developments and a golf course and will cost an estimated $27 billion to complete. Saadiyat Island will be home to the new branch of the Louvre.

A branch of New York's Guggenheim museum as well as New York University will also be built on Saadiyat Island. This development of the island is being called "one of the largest cultural projects in the Middle East." However, due to a reported exploitation of foreign workers, over a hundred artists have threatened to boycott the Guggenheim museum.

1) In what year was the Louvre Museum and Art Gallery built?

  1. 1190
  2. 1210
  3. 1514
  4. 1325

2) What painting was Vincent Van Gogh working on when he committed suicide?

  1. Starry Night
  2. Wheat Field with Crows
  3. Sunflowers
  4. Blossoming Almond Tree

3) In what country was the pencil invented?

  1. Germany
  2. Austria
  3. Hungary
  4. England

4) How old was painter Grandma Moses when she died?

  1. 101
  2. 99
  3. 82
  4. 85

5) In what year was the Mona Lisa stolen from the Louvre?

  1. 1800
  2. 1812
  3. 1717
  4. 1912

Answer Key:

  1. A
  2. B
  3. D
  4. A
  5. D

Juan Gris' Art Testifies to the Power of Novelty

José Victoriano (Carmelo Carlos) González-Pérez, known as Juan Gris, was born on March 23, 1887, in Madrid, Spain. At his birth, neither Gris' Andalusian mother nor his Castlian father knew he would mature to become a highly influential leader in the art world. However, when Gris was between six and seven years old, his sister noticed his artistic abilities.

Juan Gris was educated at the School of Arts and Crafts in Madrid after receiving a "general education" earlier in life. Around this time Gris' family experienced severe financial hardship. This was a blessing in disguise to Gris, who was catapulted into being a working artist as he sold his artwork to provide for his family. Soon after this, Gris began painting professionally.

Spanish painter Moreno Carbonero later became Gris' primary teacher in painting. While in Carbonero's studio, Gris immersed himself in artistic culture by actually living in community with writers and painters. This atmosphere was perfect for Gris' maturation as an artist.

During the time that Juan Gris was in Moreno Carbonero's studio, modern art began to become more prevalent in Spain. This was due in part to the infiltration of German art reviews and publications. Gris would later become a leader in "Modern-Style" art, namely Cubism.

In 1906 Juan Gris relocated to Paris to further pursue art. Magazines and newspapers bought Gris' satirical drawings, enabling him to reside in Paris. While living in Paris, Gris befriended Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, and Fernand Léger.

Gris developed his personal style for several years, and then exhibited his work for the first time at Salon des Indépendants in 1912. Later that year he exhibited in Rouen, Barcelona, and Section d'Or (Paris). Growing in his personal cubist style and public popularity, Juan Gris sold works to individuals such as Gertrude Stein, Alfred Flechtheim, and Léonce Rosenberg.

As is the case with most artists, Juan Gris' style evolved over time. Analytic cubism was the first style Gris acquired, but synthetic cubism became his focus around 1913. He created much collage art during this phase of his career.

Like Matisse, Gris used bright colors in his paintings. Though bold, Juan Gris' paintings were and are clear and orderly. This order and clarity of style can be seen in the art of Amédée Ozenfan and Charles Edouard Jeanneret, whose works were inspired by Gris.

Gris demonstrated the breadth of his artistic abilities when he began designing sets and costumes for ballets under the watch of Sergei Diaghilev in 1924. Between 1924 and 1925, Gris gave a notable lecture, Des possibilités de la peinture, which expounded on his personal style. Around this time major art galleries in Berlin, Paris, and Düsseldorf exhibited Gris' works. Without a doubt, Juan Gris had made his mark on the art world as a cubist painter.

Illness became a regular occurrence in Juan Gris' life after the year 1925. Gris often suffered uremia and had cardiac problems. On May 11, 1927, Gris died in Paris. Renal failure was the cause of Gris' death at the relatively young age of 40. Gris was survived by his wife, Josette, and his son, Georges.

Juan Gris was a man of extraordinary talent. The world took notice of Gris' talent and embraced it, which moved Gris forward into fame and artistic prestige. With Gris' art pieces selling for tens of millions of dollars, the art world is still acknowledging today the value of his work.

Cubist artist Juan Gris got a chance to live out what most artists only dream of. His life is one that continues to speak to generations about the power art holds when it is presented in a unique, organic form.

Childhood Stories of Paint by Number

Do you recall your favorite childhood pastime? For many people, art making was perhaps their most loved activity. Some individuals have fond memories of drawing, molding play dough, and finger painting. More specifically, creating amazing paintings using paint by number kits ranks high on the list of favorite childhood activities for scores of people. Are you one of those individuals who has cherished memories of paint by number?

How much do you enjoy paint by number and Segmation? Whether you love being a perfect painter, great digital artist, or have fond childhood memories of coloring inside the lines, your experience is unique. We want to hear your story in the comment section below. What does paint by number mean to you?

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