Artist Profile - Rose Aune
Where do you live?
I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my husband and two cats. As a child I lived in a small town in northern Minnesota.
What is art?
For me, Art is my life's history, landscapes of places that I love to be, drawings of favorite pets and people, photographs of sunny days in my garden.
Art is also my happy place where I can forget about the concerns of daily life and focus on how beautiful the world really is.
How did you learn to create your art?
When I was little, a friend gave me book one of the Famous Artist's Course which covered the basics of drawing. I read the chapters and practices all the exercises. That is how I learned to draw.
After high school, I went to school for fashion design which gave me a broader understanding of design and color. As a young adult, I joined several art clubs and took additional classes in oil and watercolor painting.
Now, I read art instruction books and articles on the web. I like to draw and paint from nature, using watercolors and pen and ink.
How do you describe your artistic style(s)?
My style is traditional realism with a touch of Impressionism. I try to capture the basic shapes, colors and perspective.
What media and tools do you normally use to create art?
Watercolors, both pan, tube and pencils. Pen and India Ink using nibs and sometimes technical pens. I like various styles of mechanical drafting pencils.
I have several sketchbooks for quick ideas and notes. For watercolor paintings, I use 140lb. Watercolor paper, and for pen and ink drawings, I also use Bristol board and transparent vellum.
What method do you follow to create your art?
I start with a pencil drawing then when the drawing is ready, I transfer it onto watercolor paper using a graphic pencil and tracing paper.
Then, I apply washes of watercolor and apply the pen and ink to finish the piece.
Where do you create art?
I create my art at my old school desk in my home. I also have a wooden box full of pencils and watercolor pan paints that I take with me to work outside.
My garden is my favorite place to paint in the summertime. In the winter, I paint inside from photographs that I can enlarge in Adobe Photoshop.
What inspires you to create art?
My inspiration comes from other Artist's, or sometimes it's just that a certain view or object keeps catching my eye and imagination. My mind starts drawing and painting the subject before anything is put on paper. Usually, I make several different sketches before the final design comes into focus.
How do you feel when you create art?
When I create art, I feel happy, focused and engaged. Sometimes when I feel that the piece isn't coming out the way I envisioned, I will stop and put that one away for awhile and try again another day.
How long does it take you (on average) to create an artwork?
It depends on the size and medium that I am using. Drawings and quick sketches my only take a few hours or days. Watercolor paintings usually take a month or more, as I like to take my time with adding washes and details.
What are your favorite subjects for creating art?
For landscape paintings, my subjects favorite scenes are from the forests, rivers and lakes of northern Minnesota. For drawings and watercolor paints, my favorite subjects are the flowers in my garden.
What are your favorite artworks?
One of my favorite artists is Rose Edin, I love the way she uses color in her works and her subjects are very familiar of my favorite subjects, forests and flowers. Her watercolor painting Bluebells is one of my favorites.
Another artist that I like is Kolan Peterson who writes art instruction books. His paintings, Misty River, Angler's Retreat, and Kenai River, Alaska are some of my favorites.
What suggestions do you have for new artists?
I would advise new artists to keep working on your art, don't give up and learn from other artists.
Who are your favorite artists?
My favorite contemporary artists are Rose Edin, Kolan Peterson, Lucy Wang, Frank Germain and many others.
Also, the great artists of the past such as Claude Monet, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many others.
Who influences your art the most?
Contemporary artists who write art instruction books influence my art the most because I am learning from writings and illustrations.
What is the first thing you think when you look at your art work from 1-3 years ago and how has your work changed since you started creating?
I usually find that I was too hard on myself then. Since that time, I have realized that my art has value.
Do you live off of your art income?
No, I don't live off of my art income, but, I hope to have some income from it someday. The important thing is to do what you love.
If you've sold art to people other than family and close friends, what marketing did you carry out to obtain those sales?
I have found that writing a blog, and creating websites that display my art such as Zazzle, Imagekind and Cafepress have been very helpful. I also use Facebook, Myspace and Twitter to market my art.
What do you do when you aren't creating or marketing your art?
In the winter months I am a tax preparer for H&R Block. I also have worked as a payroll specialist & pension specialist. I also have taught crafts and sewing lessons at local retail stores. I like to garden, spend time with friends and family and go on motorcycle trips.
Do you have any regrets as an artist?
No, I don't have any regrets, it is something that I love to do.
Where to find Rose Aune's Art:
Zazzle Store: http://www.zazzle.com/rosiesworkshop
CafePress Store: http://www.cafepress.com/minn_posters
Imagekind Gallery: http://roseauneart.imagekind.com
Twitter home: http://www.twitter.com/rosiesworkshop