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Segmation Art Newsletter

September 2013

Abstract Dogs

Omaste Witkowski from has provided is with these fascinating abstract images of dogs. You'll enjoy using the imagination that these patterns provide as you color your new canine friends!


Have some shoemania fun! Paint our heels, dressy shoes, moccasins, clogs, boots, and the always popular puppy slippers!

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Joshua Reynolds - English Portrait Painter

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) was an eighteen century English painter who specialized in portraits. He was one of the founders of the Royal Academy of Arts in London which promotes arts through education and exhibition. He is best known for his numerous portraits, particularly those of children where their innocence and natural grace was emphasized. Reynolds was a hard worker who never married, and had constant interaction from the wealthy and famous men of the day. Our pattern set collection of Joshua Reynolds, contains a cross section of portrait styles including Lord Keppel, Jane Fleming, Lavinia Spencer, Lord Robert Spencer, George Townshend, John Frederick Sackville, Edward Cornwallis, Young Fortune Teller, Gertrude Duchess of Bedford, and many more.

Autumn Colors

Autumn is one of four temperate seasons on this planet, characterized as the season of harvests and changing color in vegetation. Leaves change color from green to red, yellow, purple, and brown due to decreasing levels of chlorophyll sent to them through the veins. Many communities experience an increase in tourism to see fall foliage vistas which is sometimes called leaf peeping. Our pattern set of Autumn Colors includes numerous images of colored leaves, both with solitary leaves, clusters of trees, forests, country roads, and waterways.

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Da Vinci Inspired Medical Technology

Source: BBC

Many marvel at Da Vinci's anatomical illustrations drawn in the early 16th century. Da Vinci has long been viewed as the first person to understand the "Mechanics of Man". In an exhibit by this title, Edinburgh International Festival is putting 30 pages of his unpublished anatomical treaties on display. (He died in 1519 before finishing this compilation of work.)

Next to these drawings will be images from CR and MRI machines. This is to point out the accuracy of Da Vinci's work. It also goes to show how the world of medical art is changing. For some time, before computers became the norm, medical artists drew what they saw. Today, technology takes care of basic imagery and advancements in computer art programs require medical artists create what goes on beneath the surface. Just like Da Vinci.

Just Monkeying Around

Source: USA Today

The phrase children often sing, "you act like a monkey and look like one too," may be more true of some people than others. However, in a recent art competition, monkeys were doing their best impersonations of artists.

North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance hosted a grant competition among six primate sanctuaries. Each sanctuary sent in a piece of art painted by a chimpanzee. Jane Goodall was the deciding judge who picked the winning painting. The Humane Society of the United States provided grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to top placing chimps. This money is purposed to care for retired chimpanzees - most of whom have spent their lives in biochemical research facilities.

A chimpanzee named Cheetah won Jane Goodall's award. Also, an online pole casted by 27,000 voters, awarded grant money to a chimp named Brent.

1) Sir Joshua Reynolds painted…

  1. Landscapes
  2. Horses
  3. Seascapes
  4. Portraits

2) In The Discourses on Art what topic does Reynolds focus on most?

  1. Summary of art theory
  2. Education of the artist
  3. Attitudes prevalent in the eighteenth century
  4. Early eighteenth century painting

3) Where did Reynolds teach in the late eighteenth century?

  1. Westminster School of Art
  2. The Royal Academy
  3. St. Martin's Lane Academy
  4. Royal College of Art

4) What was the original title of the portrait George III (1738-1820)?

  1. Portrait of his Majesty, W.L
  2. The Most Noble Order of the Garter
  3. Defender of the Faith
  4. King of Hanover

5) Who kept up Reynolds home in London?

  1. His Wife
  2. His Sister
  3. His Students
  4. His Apprentice

Answer Key:

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

Joshua Reynolds - A Titled Deserved

Joshua Reynolds was a man with many titles: artist, painter, educator, president, and Sir. In the 18th century, the man with an extensive career fulfilled all these roles.

In the summer of 1723, Joshua Reynolds was born into a large family in Plympton, England. His parents had 10 children in all. Their heritage could be defined as intellectual; Joshua's great-grandfather was a mathematician and his father, a school teacher.

Samuel Reynolds provided his son with a broad education. It included reading, writing, history, arithmetic, geography, and drawing. On his own efforts, Joshua gave attention to medicine, metaphysics, and astrology. More than any other activity, however, his greatest interest was painting.

It is believed that Reynolds began painting at a young age. His first portrait was signed the year he turned 12. Around 17, he apprenticed with the artist Thomas Hudson. This is where he began to acquire skill as a portrait painter.

Joshua Reynolds started his independent career in 1743. In the beginning, his portraits included paintings of family members and himself. While much of his work showed signs of Hudson's influence, his self-portraits revealed a Rembrandt quality.

In 1747, momentum built around Reynolds career. He set up a studio on St. Martin's Lane in London. Most of his clients lived near the street that would become known for its art venues. During this time, his talent and connections bolstered his career; he was named "one of the nation's most important artists" by The Universal Magazine.

On a tour through the Mediterranean and Rome in 1949, Reynolds was impressed by historical artwork. In fact, he was reported saying how ignorant he felt when viewing some of the world's greatest art pieces. He copied many of these paintings and studied them often. His tour continued onto Florence where he spent a significant amount of time with Italian painter, Francesco Zuccarelli. He continued his travels, visiting places like Milan and Paris, before returning to London in late 1752.

When Reynolds was settled into his St. Martin's Lane studio again, he was said to produce more than 100 portraits each year. The value of his artwork increased as he was asked to paint portraits of elite society.

In 1768, his career as a portrait painted merged with the world of art education. Joshua Reynolds was elected the first president of the Royal Academy. There he gave many lectures that would eventually become a great book of art criticism known as, The Discourses on Art. One year after he took the role as president, Reynolds was knighted by George III. Later, in 1784, Reynolds became the portrait painter to George III.

Following these accolades, Reynolds health began deteriorating. He was hard of hearing and would become so deaf he required the assistance of an antique hearing-aid, the ear-trumpet. By 1789 his sight was waning too. Still, Reynolds was known for being a good listener, great friend, and generous man. He was never thought of as "handsome." Reynolds was short in stature with a round, flushed face. He never married but had a lot of friends and was admired by many.

Eventually, liver disease took the life of a great artist, educator, countryman, and friend. Joshua Reynolds died in London in 1792.

Today, the legacy of Joshua Reynolds lives on. While his work is revered, his practices and teachings are indispensable to the world of art. Joshua Reynolds was a man of much talent but beyond all else he was a person with many strengths. Few other artists deserve his titles.

Encyclopedia Brittanica


Do Men and Women See Colors Differently?

Have you ever wondered if men and women have visual differences? After all, we don’t always see eye to eye. Now you can put curiosity to rest; one study shows people of opposing genders disagree on hues. This means men and women experience different color perspectives.

This research does not prove that one gender sees color better than the other. Rather, men and women have different visual strengths that were, at one time, used in tandem to provide sustenance for themselves and their communities. Citing a number of tests and color experiments, this study reveals how men and women see the world in unique ways.

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