cropped-img_0869.jpgSo , welcome to my watercolor blog.  I am starting this journey in April 1, 2017.  I haven’t painted a drop of paint since I was a child.  Now, I have discovered watercolor painting at the ripe old age of 56 and can’t stop.

As a child, I remember painting and drawing at the age of 5 and continued to exhibit artistic prowess throughout my childhood.

In elementary school, I painted a large (Chalk board sized) mural of a Christmas winter scene and I remember classes coming by to see the mural that Christmas season.  My teachers were so supportive in allowing me to be creative in those early years.  I do remember that distinctly.  My first recollection of using watercolor was in the 3rd grade where I painted an elaborate street scene of homes just off our soccer field.

I took art through elementary and high school and even won some contests.  By college, I was studying medicine and got involved in sport.  My art supplies were left in some unforgotten place.

Now 40 years later, after establishing myself as a doctor and surgeon, I’ve rediscovered my lost passion.  I started an online magazine a few years ago featuring many artists that kept me in touch with some of the greatest artists of the world.  And then, one day in April 2017, I bought some paints, paper and some cheap brushes and painted this apple. . . I posted it to facebook . . . and Gunnar Tryggmo liked it!   And so I was off . . .

I’m a surgeon by trade and born in the Netherlands. I now live in Texas, USA.  I live on the coast and want to share with you my part of the world, in watercolor!

I come from a family of artists and musicians.  I have written poetry, composed music.  (see this post)  In my travels, I have interviewed some famous artists over the years including some famous, contemporary Dutch artists such as Gunnar Tryggmo.   I have even cycled with the famous Dutch artist Ewoud de Groot!

A work by the famous Dutch watercolor artist Gunnar Tryggmo

I recently took up an interest in watercolor.  I love the medium.  My daughter is a very good artist and has given me inspiration.  Also, the Masters of Watercolor such as the great Joseph Zbukvic , Herman Pekel,  Alvaro Castagnet and Savva are also great sources of inspiration.

I also now follow a number of master watercolor artists that live here in America such as Iain Stewart , Dean Mitchell and Dan Marshall .

Painting by the Watercolor Master Joseph Zbukvic

I have never taken watercolor lessons and am learning by reading and watching videos on YouTube.  I know this is how a lot of people get started these days.   You can virtually find anything these days on YouTube.  However, I’m an avid reader and student, so as I post, I will be reading and sharing my knowledge and stumbles along the way.

One of the many famous works by Dutch artist Ewoud de Groot

I am not easily discouraged and actually welcome the challenge to anything that I pick up and do.  I am also a perfectionist, so I will not stop until I am truly satisfied with my outcome.

You will share with me the exhilaration and disappointments in this blog.  Watercolor is a difficult medium for any painter.   As I share my own content, I will share some content from the Masters in watercolor.  There is no better inspiration for any painter than looking at the styles and techniques of the master painters of our own generation and generation’s past.  I will also highlight and explore some other blogs who also share their exploits and experience in watercolor painting.

I hope you like this blog and will follow me on this journey.

Al is a free-lance writer, author, editor, surgeon, cyclist, Poet, Humorist, father, husband and now a watercolor artist (not always in that order) .  In 2006, Al started an internet project and created the first Open Access Journal for Foot and Ankle Surgery called the Foot and Ankle Online Journal or FAOJ.  This journal is now the official journal for The International Foot & Ankle Foundation for Education and Research. (IFAF).  

He also edits and writes for Featured E Magazine.  A blog that highlights an assortment of topics, including features such as artists, photographers, bloggers and just about a little bit of everything.  

Al started this blog as he began painting in his discovery of watercolor in April 2017.