Ambassador of the Week: Leo Kahl

Meet Leo Kahl, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!

“Confluence” A young man enjoys the first really nice day of spring fishing from a converging point of two rivers. Simple compositions such as this offer the watercolor artist much freedom in the way they can allow the qualities of watercolor to express themselves.

My art is a reflection of myself. Never pretentious, sometimes romantic, sometimes sentimental. I look for the abstract effects of light on our world first, then the underlying narrative. Mundane moments interest me more than grandiosity, as we spend most of our lives amongst it. I strive for simplicity, in my art and my life. It is in simplicity that I find truth and tranquility.

“Wyeth’s Pause” My golden retriever enjoying the warm evening winter sun on his face on one of our many walks together. Warm French Ultramarine blue shadows perfectly compliment the dogs gold orange fur. The light was crystal clear and exemplified in this painting.

I primarily choose the medium of watercolor to express my emotions towards events and happenstance in my life. The discovery of watercolor and its possibilities have changed my life. It’s simultaneous dualistic nature of simplicity and complexity mirrors my modest upbringing and keen artistic sensibilities.

“Christmas Tea” A group of great friends enjoy an annual holiday tea. A sparkling table of silver, crystal, china and winterberries is illuminated by several candles casting shadows in all directions.

My joy is found in the actual execution of my work. It is there that I can be alone and enjoy the partnership that is watercolor. I utilize a full range of watercolor values to create dramatic passages of light. The mediums idiosyncrasies and unruliness never cease to amaze me as I allow them to have equal say in the outcome of my paintings.

I’ve been told my art makes my viewers happy, it makes me happy as well.

Leo Kahl lives and works in the Bethany Beach Delaware area along with his wife, 3 cats and dog Wyeth.

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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.



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