A Juried Selection by Ilene Skeen,

August 2013

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
# 60 by Richard White
"The Feast of St. Anthony" by Pacifico Palumbo
Waiting... by Chuck Miller
Ike in all his splendor by Jacqui Morgan
DOGWOOD      A180 by Jon Rettich
study 744 by Richard White
Beside Myself by Laura Warburton
Look Homeward by Paul Rybarczyk
True Beauty by Peter Wong King
Joyce the pluralist by Roger Cummiskey
In corset by Hector Olvera, Etor
Margeurite by Stephanie Fuller
Hope In Bloom by Janet E Gorman
portrait of E by Taehyub Lee
Same by Donelli J. DiMaria
MultiMan by Sam Martine
Bear Cut Preserve Mangroves by Rebecca Venn
Lucky Spotty #4 by Pacifico Palumbo
Gaze-Head Study by Eddie Torres
Self Portrait by Jean Marcellino
The Vision by Janet E Gorman
The Conversation by Elizabeth  Sowell-Zak
Wally and the Bathing Beauties by Darlene Kuhne
Work #576 by Robert Copelan
The Devil on Cloud 9 by Ilene Skeen
Ease by BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald
Misha enjoying my Afghan by Jacqui Morgan
Desi on Friday by Jacqueline Saunders
Focus by Dan Simoneau, ISAP
Celestial Sirens by Lindsay Rabson
Nona Mia  My Grandmother by Pacifico Palumbo

Six Degrees of Summer: Part VI—Guest curator, Claudia Seymour, was unavailable for August, so Barebrush CEO and founder, Ilene Skeen, selected the Curators' Choice nominees. All Barebrush curators will still have the opportunity to see the art and vote on the selections. The public also votes in the Curators' Choice poll.

Ms. Skeen selected an oil painting, # 60 by Richard White of Coventry, CT to launch the month of August. She said, "Composition is superb, the style painterly and authoritative, the expression serious and intriguing, the personality memorable." She selected an oil, Lucky Spotty #4 by Pacifico Palumbo of Colrain, MA, and said, "This is a well-composed dog portrait. The play of light and shadow over the dog's form and the furniture is fully believable and adds interest to the scene. The expression of the dog is of infinite patience for humans and their strange ways." Ms. Skeen selected a watercolor, Ike in all his splendor by the late Jacqui Morgan of New York City, NY. Ms. Skeen commented, "Solid, arresting, beautifully realized, always recognizable as Jacqui." She continued:

"I had purchased, enjoyed and learned from Jacqui Morgan's book, Watercolor for Illustration in the early '90s. In September 2006, I happened to see a show of watercolor nudes hanging at the Spring Studio. I knew instantly that the nudes were Jacqui's even though the illustration book had no nudes in it. 'I know this artist!' I exclaimed. Of course, I had to go to the opening. So I met Jacqui on Sunday, September 17, 2006, at the reception for her show, 'Now Watercolors.' At the time, Barebrush was less than a month old and I was terribly excited to find a major artist whom I respected and admired concentrating on the art of the nude. Jacqui was warm and gracious and I was overwhelmed by her love of art and her charm. Here is the blog entry from Barebrush News and Events about Jacqui's Spring Studio show, "Now Watercolors. Jacqui joined Barebrush soon after and on December 1, 2006, her watercolor Andrea x 4 launched the fourth monthly Barebrush calendar. Jacqui went on to become a dear friend and one of the winningest artists on Barebrush. I will miss her greatly."

Eight artworks are retiring with this calendar: Gaze-Head Study by Eddie Torres from New York, NY; Desi on Friday by Jacqueline Saunders from Burke, VA; The Conversation by Elizabeth Sowell-Zak from New York, NY; True Beauty by Peter King from Cochiti Lake, NM; Beside Myself by Laura Warburton from Toronto, Canada; Misha enjoying my Afghan by Jacqui Morgan from New York City, NY; The Vision by Janet E Gorman from Farmingdale, NY; and Joyce the pluralist by Roger Cummiskey from Malaga, Spain.

I really enjoy looking at the art each month. In Jacqui Morgan's watercolor class, which I was privileged to take this past spring, she emphasized conception (awareness of what the artist intends to accomplish), applying knowledge, experience and technique (both in composition and paint handling) and having fun. So just like my experience with curators, viewers and art collectors, the three pillars of art assessment and enjoyment were for Jacqui: importance, skill and emotion.

As a note, Ms. Skeen's own watercolor painting, The Devil on Cloud 9 is based on a quick and tiny warm-cool color study done in Jacqui Morgan's spring class at FIT.

The 31 artists represented in August, 2013, in day order are: 1* Richard White, 2 Pacifico Palumbo, 3 Chuck Miller, 4* Jacqui Morgan, 5 Jon Rettich, 6 Richard White, 7 Laura Warburton, 8 Paul Rybarczyk, 9 Peter Wong King, 10 Roger Cummiskey, 11 Hector Olvera, Etor, 12 Stephanie Fuller, 13 Janet E Gorman, 14 Taehyub Lee, 15 Donelli J. DiMaria, 16 Sam Martine, 17 Rebecca Venn, 18* Pacifico Palumbo, 19 Eddie Torres, 20 Jean Marcellino, 21 Janet E Gorman, 22 Elizabeth Sowell-Zak, 23 Darlene Kuhne, 24 Robert Copelan, 25 Ilene Skeen, 26 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 27 Jacqui Morgan, 28 Jacqueline Saunders, 29 Dan Simoneau, ISAP, 30 Lindsay Rabson, 31 Pacifico Palumbo.

Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings for each artwork included in this calendar. Three artists, indicated by asterisks (*), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards. Curators’ Choice nominees receive 8 additional complimentary listings. The top artist receives an additional prize. Viewers can also vote for “The People's Choice,” a poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artworks in The People's Choice win one (1) complementary listing for their artists. Winners announced September 1st.

The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks that have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.

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Thank you all for your interest and participation in, dedicated to the art of the world.

*Curators' Choice nominee

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Winners below:

(winner, day, prize)

Curators' Choice

Jacqui Morgan (4), +16 points
Honorable Mention:
Richard White (1)
Pacifico Palumbo (18)


The Peoples Choice!

Results for your Favs:
Lindsay Rabson (30)
Hector Olvera, Etor (11)


Congratulations all!



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