Friday, December 9, 2011

Drawing with Albert Rose

Albert Rose is a lifelong Northwest artist. Over the years, he has won numerous awards at exhibitions and shows in the Northwest. He teaches Drawing Fundamentals at Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. New students are always welcome at these classes. Read what Albert has to say about his work as an artist.

When did your interest in art begin and how long have you been an artist?
My interest in art has been lifelong. I have fond memories of 1st grade drawing experiences (airplanes on the blackboard, elephant eating snakes -- little boy stuff). Somewhere later in my elementary school life, I found an oil painting kit in the attic that had belonged to my mother, and I started making paintings. These early paintings found their way onto the kid's page of Oregon Farmer Magazine, at $5 a crack. Wow, I was published and rich!

What do you seek to communicate through your art?
I don't know that I have a particular mantra, perhaps decency and order. I don't find any satisfaction in negativism, but the communication itself is important. It's not so important what I say as it is to say it well. I try to emphasize the "life" in my still lifes. A sense of immediacy quite delights me.

What drives you as an artist?
Well said statements, and the incredible beauty of everyday things.

What is a recent piece of art you created and what inspired you to paint it?
I'm currently working on a still life that features a white coffee mug. I was simply looking for a vehicle that would let me explore the beautiful reflections in a ceramic surface without being terribly concerned about the color.

Do you have a favorite brand of paints, brushes, or canvas that you use?
I don’t, but I do have favorite brands for pencils and paper. I use Tombow Mono100 pencils and Strathmore 500 series bristol paper. I am particular about my tools and supplies, but the quality and functionality is all that really matters, not who makes them. There was a Russian made Kolynski sable brush on the market several years ago under the brand name of Yarka. They weren't fancy, but for the price (cheap) they served quite well.

What advice do you have for artists seeking to improve their work?
Take your work seriously, dig deep, and take advantage of every source of helpful information that you find. Growth and development is hard work.

What do you think is unique about Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio’s workshops?
Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio and Cary reflect the very best quality art in the presenters' work and their teaching skills.