- I'm retired from teaching sociology at North Island College for 29 years. My main scholarly interests are aligned with the works of Marx, Durkheim, Becker, Rank, Veblen, Innis and many other scholars marginal to mainstream academia. But I love art too and playing the blues harp.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
|Winter Sunrise on the Estuary ©Roger Albert 2015|
Saturday, August 3, 2013
So, Winston is a bloodhound rescued by my longtime friend, Bill Brehl who lives near Ottawa. He's a great guy and a rescuer of bloodhounds along with his wife, Andrea Brehl. They have 3 bloodhounds and assorted other pets. Bill took a picture of one of his bloodhounds, Winston, as he was staring out the window during a rainstorm. I was inspired by Bill's photo to do this acrylic painting of Winston. It was great fun to do. I've wanted to use the 'chiaroscuro' technique for some time and this painting demonstrates that (in my mind). It's 16X20 inches. It lives with Bill and Andrea.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, August 11, 2011
This is a drawing from a photograph using only a #7 2B mechanical pencil. I'm getting tired of packing a whole range of pencils around. I've been wanting to draw this scene since 2007. Just got around to it this summer. Glad I did.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I hope that it's obvious that it's a self portrait.
In a political frame of mind recently, I titled this piece: The Colonial Master Gazer. That works, I think but from that perspective it's a little embarrassing that I'm the model for the piece. Whatever, I think it works whatever I call it. My daughter, Marika, is in possession of this piece.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The three images here are linked. The first image is of a Balinese wall plaque that we bought some time ago. For a project in silk screening class I put together an image derived from the mask that I call Bali Weeping as a commentary on colonialism and the loss of Balinese culture via westernization. The third image is a monoprint. It was created as the print series was created. There are 9 colour 'pulls' for my Bali Weeping print, 9 separate screens that must be used for the 9 different colours involved. Every time I pulled a colour on the print I also pulled it on the monoprint so that every pull is present on the monoprint but in a very different relationship to the 'regular' print. I like the effect and it is definitely one of a kind.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
This is a drawing I did in 1985 when I first started drawing using Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, a great book by Betty Edwards. There's a story here. We (the family) were at Seal Bay Park one day exploring the beach when I ran across this piece of driftwood that looked like an old wrecked window of some kind. I propped it up with some rocks and drew what I saw inside the 'window.'
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
This is a 'playful' image. I start a painting like this by first drawing the image. I do that by randomly drawing lines on the paper with ink, then decide what the lines invoke. This is an acrylic painting 24"X48". The photo doesn't do it credit. It's much 'crisper' than the photo suggests.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
This is an image I created with an ink pencil. It's a strange medium to work with because it behaves like a graphite pencil but marks can't be erased and any water that gets on the piece turns it blue. The 'spots' on it are in fact drops of water that somehow got onto the piece. Whatever. This small drawn image I eventually painted on a large canvas in acrylic. I'll post a picture of that piece when I get a minute.
Well, I've got a minute and here's the painting that the drawing above inspired. This painting is the largest I've painted. It's 5'X6' in acrylic. "Jou" in French means play. Picasso included the word in some of his pieces.