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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?

Amy, a woman from Indianapolis, holds her paint by number recollections close to her heart. She remembers growing up admiring two paintings of beautiful women that were displayed in her bedroom. “I remember staring at them so often and dreaming about their lives,” Amy commented. When she was older, Amy discovered that her mother had painted those pictures using paint by number kits. Though she was not as talented at paint by number as her mother, Amy still treasured those paintings that brought joy and life to her imagination.

Audrey, an individual who grew up in a farmhouse in Minnesota, recalls sitting at her kitchen table while painting ballerinas as a child. Audrey admitted that she is not necessarily an artist, but said that paint by number gave her the opportunity to become one. Her experience with paint by number was unforgettable as it allowed her to “escape into the world” of the ballerinas she painted. Audrey is grateful to have these priceless memories.

Another childhood paint by number artist, Karen, remembers with love the time her parents gifted her with a paint by number kit, the theme of which was covered bridges. Karen noted that the covered bridges she painted were only recognizable from a distance. In her own words, this was her “first awareness of how Impressionist paintings were made.”

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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Thanksgiving Holiday Inspires Art Work

Each year on the fourth Thursday of November, a very special North American holiday takes place, and that holiday is Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving season is known throughout the country as a time to delight in the presence of loved ones and enjoy a plethora of delicious food. A favorite holiday of many Americans, Thanksgiving inspires décor, recipes, movies, and even art.

Thanksgiving dates back to 1621, when it is assumed the first Thanksgiving took place at Plymouth. This early event was a celebration of an abundant harvest. Numerous artists throughout history have attempted to capture the imagined scenes from the first Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving has been the subject of many pieces of fine art for centuries. Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, “American painter and illustrator of Americana,” painted several Thanksgiving-themed scenes, including The First Thanksgiving (1915), The Mayflower Compact (1925), The Return of Miles Standish (1920), The Return of the Mayflower (1907), and The First Sermon Ashore (1921). Although The First Thanksgiving is said to be inaccurate in some of its representations, it gives us an idea of what the actual scene might have looked like so long ago.

Ferris was not the only individual whose art was influenced by Thanksgiving  – Charles Lucy, George Henry Boughton, Henry A. Bacon, Henry Sargent, and Edward Percy Moran also found inspiration in this holiday. Jennie Augusta Brownscombe painted a particularly iconic work titled The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth (1914). This painting has “become a symbol of the holiday for many Americans.”

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth was executed by Brownscombe during the Colonial Revival Period. It is a tranquil, believable depiction of that first holiday that would come to mean so much to so many. This is an example of how art can help us imagine a significant historical event, deepening the overall meaning of it.

Make this Thanksgiving more memorable by creating your own seasonally-themed works of art. Segmation offers a SegPlayPC Thanksgiving pattern “paint-by-numbers” collection that makes it easy and fast to uniquely celebrate the holiday. The collection includes patterns of pumpkins, turkeys, cornucopias, pilgrims, etc., providing you a foolproof way to create scenes of your favorite aspects of Thanksgiving. Learn more about Segmation’s Thanksgiving pattern collection by visiting http://www.segmation.com/products_pc_patternset_contents.asp?set=THG.

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In springtime, many types of flowers are in full bloom. This renewal of plant life is accompanied with magnificent colored assortments of blooms, and intense fragrances. Beautiful collection of flowering patterns captures this mood. Daisies, tulips, lilies, roses, magnolias, chrysanthemums, amaryllises, crocuses, and sunflowers love to be colored. The flowers are displayed in open fields, against solid backgrounds, and arranged in bouquets. Star Flower, Field of Flowers, Red Rose on White, Daisy Close Up, Narcissus, Backstage, Tulips, Lily, Colorful Daises, White Lilies, Sunflower, Pink Daisy, Crocus, Orange Flower, Yellow Gerbera, Tulips, Amaryllis, Golden Gerbera, Magneta Magic, Flower Bouquet, Rainbow Flower, Anemone Nemorosa, Allium, Magnolia, and Pink Chrysanthemum are all so beautiful Flowers in Bloom.

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The Meaning of Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Art

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On the fourth Thursday each November, people travel long and far to be with the ones they love the most to celebrate one of America’s biggest holidays, Thanksgiving. These days, as in times past, Thanksgiving is a time of giving and sharing – coming together for an abundant feast while enjoying each other’s company.

Thanksgiving art centers on traditional images that symbolize the original meaning of the holiday. To understand the origins of Thanksgiving art, let’s travel back in time to the origins of this special holiday. The specific starting point of the holiday is debatable, but here is one of the most popular legends surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday:

Imagine you’re one of the first Pilgrims to colonize America. After a long ride across the Atlantic, you reach the shores of America and work hard to set up your homestead. You have plenty of seeds from England, so you dig a large garden using the same farming methods you and your ancestors used for centuries back in England. Unfortunately, your crops fail. Your family is desperate for food. What do you do?

Luckily, the Native Americans notice the many hardships that you and the other colonizers face. They feel compassion for you, so they generously share their native seeds and show you how to raise crops in your new homeland. Finally, you manage to yield a bountiful crop! It’s time to celebrate! What better way to honor your new friends than to create a holiday where you can thank your new friends for all they have done for you. It is a time of thankfulness for having enough food to eat, as well as expressing gratitude for the many blessings in your life.

Whether or not this generous exchange between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans is historically accurate or a fabricated legend (or a bit of both), both Pilgrim and Native American imagery are an important part of Thanksgiving iconography. Thanksgiving arts and crafts projects for kids often include making feathered Native American headbands and Pilgrim hats.

Other important Thanksgiving art symbols include:

  • turkeys
  • cornucopias
  • images of a bountiful harvest
  • food, especially a feast on a dinner table
  • pumpkins and pumpkin pie
  • the Mayflower

Here are some fun Thanksgiving art ideas:

  • Color in pictures of pilgrims, turkeys and cornucopias. You can hang the finished pictures on your front door or on your refrigerator.
  • Trace a child’s hand onto a piece of paper. The four fingers will become the feathers of a turkey, and the thumb will become the turkey’s head. The child can color in the turkey accordingly.
  • Hand-color Thanksgiving name tags with images of turkeys and fall leaves (as shown in the photo above). These name tags can be used for seating placements around the dinner table.
  • Arrange a display of food, such as a pumpkin, corn, and apples, in a basket and place it as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving dinner table.
  • Create a wreath to hang on your front door. You can direct your child in making a wreath by drawing on construction paper, or you can make one with interlacing dried twigs, interwoven with flowers or other festive items.

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Albrecht Dürer – Northern Renaissance Master

Albrecht Dürer - Northern Renaissance Master

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Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) was a German artist from Nuremberg. He is generally regarded as the greatest painter of the Northern Renaissance (in Europe, outside of Italy). His talents included the use of paints, woodcuts, engraving, and watercolors. He introduced classical themes in his works and applied many theories of mathematics, perspective, and ideal proportions. He influenced a great number of painters in succeeding generations. Our collection of Albrecht Dürer patterns includes several self portraits and many examples of his styles including Saint Jerome in His Study, Knight, Death, and the Devil, Melencolia, Young Hare, Adam and Eve, Praying Hands, Great Piece of Turf, and many portraits including Oswolt Krel, Hieronymus Holzschuher, Barbara Dürer, Bernhard von Reesen, Emperor Sigismund, and Elsbeth Tucher.

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