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Segmation Art Newsletter

June 2013


Our fun loving cows are awaiting your coloring! You'll also need to paint utters, flowers, bells, black splotchs, grassy fields, and appl

Mexican Dolls

These illustrations of Mexican dolls were created by Marta Guijarro, a Spanish illustrator. Have fun painting these stylized patters with Meixcan themes and colors.

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José Agustín Arrieta - Mexican Painter of the People

José Agustín Arrieta (1803-1874) was a Mexican painter known for painting scenes and people of his native city, Puebla. Influenced by Murillo and Velázquez, he was skilled in the use of color, anatomy, and composition. He is best known for his depictions of everyday life, capturing food, people, and clothing of the Puebla village. His still life depictions full of food, glassware, animals, and fruits, are of a natural representation, avoiding any symbolism. Our pattern collection contains his most recognized works including The Gypsy Boy and Girl, Tertulia de Pulquería, Maid, Village Girl, Mexican Family, and a number of his Still Life's.

Rocky Beaches

Although beaches with wide sandy areas evoke a sense of relaxation and serenity, rocky coastlines evoke a sense of bold adventure and constant danger. Rocks divert incoming waves, create a random spray of water, and reflect sunlight in arbitrary directions, creating a unique beauty for all to enjoy, We've pulled together a set of images that depict rocky beaches with various characteristics. You'll find a wide range of colorful elements in the tide pools, sunsets, cloud formations, surf, boulders, distant islands, coastlines, mist, and vegetation hiding in these patterns.

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Yesterday's Las Vegas Signs, Today's Art

Source: Yahoo! News

Las Vegas strives to keep a "forever young" appearance. With the rising up of sky-scraping casinos, comes state-of-the-art commercial signage. And while the saying, "out with the old, in with the new" seems very Vegas, the Neon Museum is defying all odds.

In October, the museum that is located a few miles off the Las Vegas strip began showcasing retired signs, such as the infamous pointed Stardust sign and Aladdin's Lamp. However, it closed at 5:30 pm, which did not allow for the signs to become illuminated.

Thankfully, on Memorial Day weekend, the museum began staying open for late night tours, where over 100 spotlights shown on the 150 antique signs. In conclusion, it seems only appropriate to say, long live Vegas legacies.

Photographing New York Takes 6,000 Portraits

Source: CNN

In New York City, a 30 year old French street artist took over 6,000 portraits to compile a masterpiece. Before beginning what is appropriately known as the Times Square project, the artist, JR, was quoted as saying, "If you give me Times Square, I want to give it back to the people."

JR is known as an artist and activist who travels the world capturing images and creating larger than life black-and-white art. Then, he puts together the large photographs and pastes them in prominent public spaces.

In May, JR began his art project in New York City by taking nearly 6,000 portraits, enlarging them to be poster sized, and then putting them together as a mosaic on the streets of Times Square.

No stranger to photographing individuals, JR's approach to New York is the same as it would be in Kenya. And while art's message changes significantly, the medium creates a similar reaction within observers. No matter who you are or where you are from, portraits evoke emotion.

1) The most famous museum in Spain is called the…

  1. El Prado
  2. Museo del Oro in Bogotá
  3. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
  4. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

2) The popular Latin American craft, alebrije, is made of this type of wood:

  1. Oak
  2. Copal
  3. Alder
  4. Birch

(3) Can you name the three main colors that make up the Mexican Flag:

  1. Green, white, and black
  2. Green, white, and blue
  3. Green, white, and red
  4. Green, white, and yellow

(4) Which Mexican Artist has a famous mural in Philadelphia?

  1. Diego Rivera
  2. Frida Kahlo
  3. David Alfaro Siqueiros
  4. Fermín Revueltas

5) Oaxaca is a material commonly used to create pottery. What color is this pottery?

  1. Black
  2. Orange
  3. White
  4. Yellow

Answer Key:

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

Jose Agustín Arrieta - Making The Ordinary Extraordinary

Common household settings and cooking materials were significant to Mexican painter, Jose Agustín Arrieta. This genre painter became famous after his death for portraying what he saw and experienced in nineteenth century Puebla, the town where he grew up and lived most his life.

In 1803, Jose Agustín Arrieta was born in Tlaxcala, Mexico. At a young age his parents moved to Puebla, where the young artist was a student of life, studying everyday objects and seeking to make them beautiful.

Today, there is not a lot of information circulating about Arrieta, but it seems he never left his home town - the place from which the character of his portraits and still lifes were born. In addition to being the bedrock of his inspiration, Puebla and nearby San Carlos offered fine art competitions that Arrieta participated in.

Jose Agustín Arrieta married Maria Nicolasa Lorenzana Varela in 1826. It is believed that she may have been an artist as well. This could very well be true; many noteworthy art teachers belonged to the Academy of Fine Arts of Puebla. Rather than join the academy and work with the likes of Lorenzo Zendejas and Salvador del Huerto, Arrieta forged his own path and set up a personal studio where he was able to paint portraits and still lifes that would not have been deemed appropriate to Puebla's elite class. As a result, the artist did not earn a lot of money from his art work. In 1852, after identifying the state of his struggle, Arrieta took a counseling job in the State Congress.

Regardless of his inability to support himself financially during his lifetime, Arrieta's work, known at the time as "cuadros de comedor" or "dining tables," has become a symbol of Pueblo's history. One reason why his genre paintings were given this title was because much of his work portrayed people and scenes that included images of national cuisine and traditional dishes. In fact, much of Jose Agustín Arrieta's art can be summed up by the phrase, "good food and good drink." This is because many of his paintings captured Mexican fruits, national delicacies, and bottles of wines and champagnes, as well as crystal glasses, common cooking pots, and serving baskets.

Arrieta's legacy exists today because of the content of his paintings, as well as the unique talent he displayed. A sign of his work is the fine detail that was applied to his paintings of home kitchens and public taverns. He also had an interesting way of drawing females, who were often painted as sexy women wearing full jewelry and oriental clothing.

It is said that, in his paintings, Arrieta may have been trying to save the style of symbolic still lifes that were typical in the 1600's, but lost in the following century when naturalism came on the scene. Even though it would have been impossible for Arrieta to receive proper training in this style of art, his choice of subject matter (i.e. Mexican foods and Puebla cooking techniques) required a realistic approach and variety of textures.

Today, Arrieta's paintings are seen as the result of intense motivation. The artist spent much time perfecting his drawing and composition techniques, in addition to using color, and depicting human anatomy. It is unclear how much of his talent was the result of his wife's education, who may have been properly trained at the Academy of Fine Arts of Puebla. Still, many of Arrieta's pieces that sell today are deemed "imperfect" because of his distorted or lack of perspective. This, however, does not detract from the timeless success of Arrieta's art.

On December 22, 1874, Jose Agustín Arrieta passed away, leaving behind a legacy that lives in Puebla and much of the world today. In fact, his work is available to the viewing public inside Casa Agustín Arrieta, a historical Pueblano home and museum.


Who Creates Color Trends?

The color wheel remains constant while color trends come and go. Each season brings new popular shades that brighten clothing choices and dominate home décor options.It may surprise you to know that the latest color trends don’t happen by accident; professional color experts are responsible for choosing the hottest (and coolest) shades for every season. Often referred to as “color forecasters,” these individuals combine knowledge of design, sociology, and luck to predict the season’s freshest trends.

So, what do Colors say about People? Color forecasters choose what color wheel combinations will be popular by considering current events in the nation and world, as well as citizens’ reactions to them. For instance, at this time, there are a lot of headlines about war and economic woes. This may be why color forecasters chose “safe, traditional, and comforting” colors this season, in addition to bright color accents that reflect a spirit of hopefulness.

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