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Al Kline

Watercolors
South Texas Watercolor Artist

4 Tips on the Importance of Value in Painting

As I begin my second year in watercolor painting, I wanted to touch on the importance of Value studies in painting. I wish I had done this earlier, but value painting is one of the quickest ways to improve the quality of your work.  Up until now, I have instinctively...

Sketching and Watercolor

I wanted to take a break from painting and share with you some things that I think will help in painting. That is the art of sketching. Lately, I have taken a break from painting some of my favorite subjects such as boats the water, and focused a little more on...

My 1 Year Anniversary as a Watercolor Artist

April 1st marks my first year painting watercolor.  To say that I am surprised at my online response and general response to my paintings, is an understatement. I thought I would take a break from painting and reflect on my first year as a watercolor artist.  As you...

Power and Presence: The Art of Dean Mitchell

I recently viewed a promotional life video of Dean L. Mitchell.  Mr. Mitchell is an accomplished artist and his story is inspirational! I hope you enjoy it. Mr. Mitchell was born 1957, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and reared in Quincy, Florida. He is a graduate of the...

Photo-Grid Test and Plein Air

We all would like to improve our drawing skills.   I have a wonderful little exerise that will surely improve your drawing and the way you approach a composition.  And I have found a great way to test it too! "When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail!" I learned...

My Process before I paint

Today, I wanted to share some insights into how I start my paintings. I've taken a few workshops which has helped me get a little more organized in my process. First, I want to say that attending workshops in painting has helped me to garnish new insights into the...

My First Art Walk

Last night, I participated in my first Art Walk , here in Corpus Christi.  It was a cold night.  We had some visitors and I was able to sell 5 of my original paintings. I did sell the "muscle boat" and it was a little bitter sweet.  This has been one of my favorite...

How to find the Sweet Spot in Painting

How do we find that sweet spot in painting?  Indeed, the focal point is crucial in any composition.  I would call this the 'sweet spot' of painting.  But focal point is not the only one thing that makes a painting. First, how do we identify focal points? How do you...

Chein Chung-Wei Watercolor School: “Venetian Night”

As I continue to learn in watercolor, I came across some of Chein's teaching on FB.  His teaching reflects many of the great artist's including Vladislav Yeliseyev and Zbuckvic to name a few.   The importance of composition and your own artistic vision.  It echos...

Sarasota Plein Air Workshop with Vladislav Yeliseyev

This week, I traveled to Sarasota Florida for a 3 day open plein air workshop with Vladislav Yeliseyev. I have been anxious to attend this workshop and meet and learn more about watercolor from this wonderful artist. This will be my last formal workshop this year. My...

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