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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."
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.