Best-of-the-Rest

A Juried Selection by Ilene Skeen, Barebrush.com
Best of the Rest DEC 2011

December 2011

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The Winding Road by Cynthia Angeles
2
Papli by Milly by Roger Cummiskey
3
Portrait of Sandra Day O'Connor by Jean Marcellino
4
Mary Ann by Malcolm McCoull
5
My turn by Justin Austin
6
Paradise Lost by Ione Citrin
7
Beside Myself by Laura Warburton
8
esta boca es mia- cancionero by A. Galban
9
Mimi Vang Olsen with her Daughters by Jacqui Morgan
10
Trio De Gallos by Guadalupe Herrera
11
Duke and True by Jon Rettich
12
Adrift by Geoffrey Stein
13
Blue Boy by Donald Kolberg
14
Ying Yang by Malorie Shannon
15
Portrait by Robert Nizamov
16
Size 9 by Chuck Miller
17
Dawn by Haydee Torres
18
Bridget_L_10-11-09--3AE by Dan McCormack
19
Elin in cool light by Alan Appel
20
Double Sailor by Gary Manzo
21
Three Views of Nicole by Jacqueline Saunders
22
City Girls by Joseph Mays
23
Still Life by Robert Nizamov
24
Henry in a Straw Hat by Steven Gorney
25
Box Turtle by Gil Conradis
26
Three Phases of Anna Marie by Jean Marcellino
27
Salvador Dali II by Angelique Moselle Price
28
Waiting by David Schulz
29
D.I.Y. #2 by Donelli J. DiMaria
30
Meet Rico by Pacifico Palumbo
31
Estell by Eddie Torres

We’ll Get There—The December 2011 Best-of-the-Rest Barebrush calendar was selected by Ilene Skeen, founder and CEO of Barebrush.com. Here we see Barebrush sensibilities applied to portraits, clothed figures, animals, landscapes, still-life and abstracts. The January 2012 Best-of-the-Rest calendar will be selected by Joyce Pommer, founder and director of Franklin 54 Gallery in the Chelsea art district of New York City.

When Ms. Skeen was asked what she meant by “Barebrush sensibilities,” she had this to say:

When I started Barebrush in 2006, I worried a lot about spammers and pornographers, who have a terrible reputation for being nasty people whom you don't want to know. I tried to structure Barebrush to reward professionalism, hard work, integrity, honesty, fairness and simple niceness. All along, the Barebrush nude calendars have kept getting better and better, but the proof of the success of my efforts may well be most evident in this new calendar series, the Best-of-the-Rest.

When I looked at the art offered by Barebrush Artists in these new genres, I realized that I had succeeded in attracting the very nicest group of artists you would ever want to know. Here are people who love people and love life. They love being artists themselves, and their representations of the world are a blessing.

There are many portraits in December, but the Best-of-the-Rest begins the month with an appropriate “big picture” of the human condition. The Winding Road is an oil painting by Cynthia Angeles of Washington, DC. Although the road appears straight in the image, the trees are overwhelming and the human tiny. The future, implied by possible twists and turns beyond the horizon, is unknown. Undaunted, people keep going. That’s what we do, and sometimes we have a great time doing it. There may be regrets, but also no turning back and few do-overs. Ms. Skeen added, “To me, this painting represents the indomitable human spirit, and in particular, the spirit of Barebrush Artists.”

Two famous personages grace the December calendar: Portrait of Sandra Day O'Connor, an oil of the now-retired Supreme Court Justice. It was painted from life by Barebrush Featured Artist, Jean Marcellino of New York. This sensitive portrait is hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC as part of its permanent collection. Marcellino also displays her sensitivity in an interesting three-head pencil study, Three Phases of Anna Marie (day 26).

The second personage portrait, Salvador Dali II by Featured Artist Angelique Moselle Price of Nashville, TN, is a whimsical, mixed media take on the eccentric artist showing the tips of his mustache transformed into flowers.

Other portraits include a watercolor by Barebrush Featured Artist, Jacqui Morgan, Mimi Vang Olsen with her Daughters. Featured Artist, Roger Cummiskey offers a delightful “abstract” child’s colored drawing, Papli by Milly, inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Central to the calendar in spirit and in fact is Ying Yang by Malorie Shannon of St. Augustine, FL. Looking closely at all of the works is a joy. One might laugh out loud at the humorous symbolism of the pinhole camera print, Bridget_L_10-11-09--3AE by Barebrush Featured Artist, Dan McCormack of upstate New York and the satire of D.I.Y. #2, an oil still-life by Barebrush Featured Artist, Donelli DiMaria of New Mexico. Animals are well represented in Best-of-the-Rest: Duke and True, a drawing of greyhounds by Barebrush Featured Artist, Jon Rettich of New York City; roosters, Trio De Gallos, an acrylic by Guadalupe Herrera of Houston, TX; and an oil, Box Turtle by Gil Conradis of Melbourne, FL. Chuck Miller, of Corsicanna, TX, gives us more good-natured humor with an oil, Size 9, in his words, “Showing more than is actually there to see.”

Ms. Skeen concluded:

I am very proud and also in awe. It’s been a while on this path, but I feel that maybe the journey has just begun.

Three artists are making their calendar debut: Laura Warburton of Toronto, Canada with an abstract, Beside Myself; Gary Manzo of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, with a digital offering, Double Sailor; and Steven Gorney of New York City, a pastel, Henry in a Straw Hat.

The 31 artists represented in December, 2011, in day order are: 1 Cynthia Angeles, 2 Roger Cummiskey, 3 Jean Marcellino, 4 Malcolm McCoull, 5 Justin Austin, 6 Ione Citrin, 7 Laura Warburton, 8 A. Galban, 9 Jacqui Morgan, 10 Guadalupe Herrera, 11 Jon Rettich, 12 Geoffrey Stein, 13 Donald Kolberg, 14 Malorie Shannon, 15 Robert Nizamov, 16 Chuck Miller, 17 Haydee Torres, 18 Dan McCormack, 19 Alan Appel, 20 Gary Manzo, 21 Jacqueline Saunders, 22 Joseph Mays, 23 Robert Nizamov, 24 Steven Gorney, 25 Gil Conradis, 26 Jean Marcellino, 27 Angelique Moselle Price, 28 David Schulz, 29 Donelli J. DiMaria, 30 Pacifico Palumbo, 31 Eddie Torres.

Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings for each artwork included in this calendar. 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 January 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 which 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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Winners below:

Results for your Favs:
1st:
Cynthia Angeles (1)
2nd:
Roger Cummiskey (2)
3rd:
Chuck Miller (16)

 

Congratulations all!

 

 

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