My name is Albert Kline and my friends call me Al. I live in Corpus Christi, Texas. I was born in Amsterdam, Holland and my grandfather was a famous artist and tenor. I am a foot surgeon in South Texas and have been practicing medicine since 1994. I am getting closer to retirement, so I decided to take up painting.
I began watercolor painting in April 2017. My background in art is very limited. I recall painting watercolor as early as age 9 in art class. I seemed to excel in art as a child, but did not pursue it as a teen. I did some drawing and commercial art in High School.
In college, I studied medicine and did not paint or draw at all. I was recently inspired by my daughter, who went to art school in Chicago and is a very accomplished acrylic painter. I chose watercolor because it’s not messy and easy to clean. Little did I know that it was such a difficult medium.
My early paintings and drawings in the first few months were frustrating. I began to blog a lot about my experience on my website and began to chronicle my journey. I forced myself to persevere even in those early months.
I visited with Daniel Marshall, a student of Joseph Zbukvic who is considered to be one of the finest watercolor artists in the world. This was helpful because I began to learn the basics of watercolor painting just 2 months after I started. I decided I would start correctly before instilling too many bad habits in those early stages of painting.
I then began to seek out expert instruction and went to 4 workshops in watercolor painting. This included instruction by Frank Eber, Iain Stewart, Vladislav Yeliseyev and Herman Pekel, all gifted watercolor artists and instructors.
Practice, Practice Practice
I primarily use Arches rough paper, Escoda brushes and Daniel Smith paints in my watercolors. I live in a coastal community so I really enjoy painting boats and nautical scenes. My community has a large port with trains and grain silos, which are wonderful subjects to paint in watercolor.
I began painting everyday and still try to sketch and draw daily if I’m not painting. I recently blogged about a process I call ‘sketch painting’ which includes a quick, loose sketch and paint. These paintings, or sketch paintings as I call them, can be done in a short time and are great when traveling. I recently completed a series of sketch paintings while on vacation in Florida.
I also enjoy plein air painting, which is much more difficult than studio painting. Some of my early works were plein air works of boats and nautical scenes. I especially enjoy going to a location on our bayfront where they dock boats for repairs. It seems that you can go there anytime and a different boat will be docked giving you an unlimited array of subjects to draw and paint!
I entered my first watercolor competition with the South Texas Watercolor Society and took first place in my work entitled Dock Inspection, which was inspired by plein air painting and sketching.
I’ve also enjoyed writing articles and have chronicled my experiences on my website. I hope you will visit my site and read some of the enlightening articles.
For me, since I’m a new watercolor artist, it’s a process of learning and gaining knowledge as a road to improvement.Recommended8 recommendationsPublished in