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Segmation Art Newsletter

June 2014

Cutie Pies

Our mouth watering snacks are awaiting your coloring! Choose from brownie, cake, cupcake, cheesecake, muffin, or roll.

On the Farm

Put on those overalls and come on down to the farm where you can paint goats, sheep, horsies, piggies, a rooster, and a couple of old farmers!

Fashion Girls

They're hip and ready to dazzle you with their fashionable and sophisticated styles. Cool shopping bags included!

Under the Sea

Swim along with our colorful and imaginative underwater sea creatures placed in some very creative scenery.

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Thomas Doughty - American Landscape Artist

Thomas Doughty (1793 – 1856) was an American painter of the Hudson River School, a movement of landscape artists living in New York whose artistic vision was greatly influenced by romanticism. Thomas Doughty is best known for his landscapes, painted at time where Americans were being more interested in them. Our pattern set for Thomas Doughty contains many examples of his works containing distant mountains, cloudy skies, forests, lakes and rivers, with an occasion building, human figure, and animal included. The patterns include Ruins in a Landscape, In the Catskills, White Mountains New Hampshire, Maine Seacoast, View of the Fairmount Waterworks, Scituate Beach Massachusetts, Landscape after Ruisdael, and View on the St. Croix River near Robbinston.

Barn Beauty

Barns are agricultural buildings located in farmlands. Their uses are varied – housing livestock, storing crops and equipment, and providing a covered work space. Barns have been traditionally painted red for many centuries, a custom which has unknown origins. Some theories attempt to explain this by suggesting that farmers added blood of a recently slaughtered animal to the linseed oil used for paint. Another theory is that farmers added rust to the old as a way to kill off moss and mold. When paint became more available, farmers choose red as a way to honor the traditional. Barns are sometimes painted in a whitewash if the cost of the paint is a factor. Our pattern set of Barns are based on some creative photographs showing these structures in various lighting and weather conditions. These weathered barns are shown back dropped against clear and cloudy skies with crop fields, grassy pastures, wooded fences, country roads, and horses nearby.

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Where is all the Latin American Art?

Source: Art News

The amount of Latin American art exhibiting in American museums is alarmingly low. This is a sad reality that Getty Foundation hopes to change. With five million dollars in research grants, the Getty Trust plan to launch 46 exhibitions that will shine a light on Latin American artists in Southern California by 2017.

One reason why the president and CEO of the Getty Trust, James Cuno, believes it is so important to launch this effort is because more than 48 percent of Los Angeles County's population is Latin American. In fact, Latinos are the largest minority, making up 17 percent of the total population in the United States.

Nevertheless, Latino art work is not often seen in museums throughout the country. For example, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, there have only been six solo exhibitions by Latin American artists and one exhibition made up solely of Latin American themes in the past 10 years.

Hopefully this will change in years to come. Or, as Cuno says, "Our hope is that this isn't a one-off… It's just the beginning."

Other-Worldly Street Art Banned from Iran

Source: The Huffington Post

Graffiti artists are emerging in countries throughout the world. An unsuspecting country that is producing this liberal art work is Iran. In the capital, Tehran, Mehdi Ghadyanloo is transforming some of the city's tallest buildings into breathtaking murals.

Even though graffiti is illegal in Tehran, Ghadyanloo and his network of street artists work at night to breathe life into street art that is larger than life. For eight years Ghadyanloo has been bringing subject matter to the people in Iran that is other-worldly. He approaches his work like it is an "endless story," making each piece part of a continual dream sequence.

1) What is a primary color?

  1. Any color of the rainbow
  2. A color made from mixing two others
  3. A color that can't be made by mixing other colors together
  4. A color made by mixing three colors together

2) What are the three primary colors?

  1. Red, green, blue
  2. Purple, yellow, green
  3. Black, red, blue
  4. Red, yellow, blue

3) What do you get when you mix two primary colors together?

  1. A secondary color
  2. An adjacent color
  3. A cool color
  4. A warm color

4) What do you get when you mix two secondary colors together?

  1. Black
  2. A muddy mess
  3. A neutral grey or brown
  4. A complementary color

5) Complementary colors sit on opposite sides of the color wheel. If placed next to each other in a painting, what do they do for each other?

  1. Make each other appear brighter
  2. Make each other appear duller
  3. Make each other appear greener
  4. Nothing

Answer Key:

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

Thomas Doughty - A First Rank Landscape Painter

Shortly after America declared its independence from Great Britain, an artist was born in Philadelphia. Thomas Doughty (1793 - 1856) would come to change the face of art in America and throughout the world by mastering and popularizing landscape painting.

Doughty's career flourished during his time in Philadelphia. What started with an apprenticeship as a leather currier turned into a career as a painter, seemingly overnight. There are only a few records of how Doughty developed his skill, but it is clear that he showed natural artistic talent at a young age. In fact, by 1816, he had an exhibit with his landscape artwork at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In 1820 he declared "painter" as his full-time career.

What Thomas Doughty did not know was that his art would change American art forever. At this time, Americans were beginning to show more interest in landscape painting than portrait art. Doughty was known as a highly skilled landscapist. His art often reflected his perception of gentle rivers and quite mountains.

Some of his work was copied from European landscapes he saw in collections by Robert Gilmor, Jr. Copying the landscape work of other artists was how Doughty taught himself to paint different types of landscapes, which he would set behind familiar scenes found in blossoming American towns. Often times, the artist would travel to take sketch notes that would allow him to breathe realism into his whimsical work.

Thomas Doughty was often able to sell his artwork and make a living as an artist for much of his life. In 1830 he went onto edit a magazine titled, "The Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports." Doughty would create hand-colored lithographs of animals for this monthly review. But after only two years of production, Doughty stopped publishing the magazine and moved to Boston.

The time Thomas Doughty spent in Boston was lucrative. He sold many paintings, exhibited often, and taught landscape painting to young artists. Also, Doughty was able to expand his style, which took on more of a romantic flare. In the swell of his success, the landscapist received a rave review from the first American art historian. William Dunlap referred to Doughty as, "The first rank as a landscape painter."

Still, what many saw as his greatest accomplishment was yet to come. Doughty would go onto become one of the three leading figures of the Hudson River school. In addition to Asher Durand, Thomas Cole, and other American landscape painters who worked between 1825 and 1870, Doughty made up a school of art that prized 19th century themes such as discovery, exploration, and settlement. Most of the artists drew inspiration from natural scenes found in the Hudson River valley and other parts of New England. The Hudson River school was the first native paint school in the United States. This gave it a high sense of nationalism, which shown in the artists' beautiful portrayals of America.

While part of this association, Doughty's art style continued to evolve. Then, in 1845 and 1847 he visited England, Ireland and France. Even though he might have only passively studied art there, his style became more serene and thoughtful after this tour. These traits would continue to mark his style throughout his later years.

Thomas Doughty would return to the United States and settle in New York. As he grew older, he painted less. By the time he passed away in 1856, it is said that he and his family were living in poverty.

Regardless of the penniless inheritance he left his family, the life and work of Thomas Doughty is rich, and continues to be pass down from generation to generation. The artist changed American art work forever because of his talent as a first rank landscape painter.

National Gallery of Art


The Reason Why Barns Are Red

The sky is blue, grass is green and barns are red – right? We often associate red with the color of barns but today, a barn can be painted any color. However, years ago farmers could not choose the color of their barns.

At first, the red barn was not fashionable. It was the consequence of using a sealant to coat the barn’s wood. Centuries back, farmers could not go to their local hardware store to purchase sealant. Instead, they often used a linseed-oil mixture to protect the wood. The oil alone would not produce the flaming red shade we see on barns today, but additional ingredients mixed into the lacquer intensified the red undertones.

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