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Squashes In a Row

Fruits, vegetables, bottles and cans commonly found in a kitchen in watercolor Continue reading

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Onions on Newspaper

Onions on Newspaper, watercolor, 14×10 in.,originally uploaded by ahtravis. I have rarely encountered a more receptive group of viewers than those at the Futon Company reception, last Thurs. night.  I grow every time I explain how and why I paint … Continue reading

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“Best of Show”, North East Watercolor Society Members Exhibition, 2010

Pear, Avacado, Banannas on Green Plate, no. 1,  watercolor, 14×10 in., originally uploaded by ahtravis. I was delighted to receive a call last Saturday informing me that my painting, “Pear, Avacado, Banannas on Green Plate had been awarded “Best of … Continue reading

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Teaching; using paint cans as a lesson in dark and light shapes

Paint cans, no. 2, originally uploaded by ahtravis.                            “Alix, I am very pleased when I look at the paint cans.  I think the exercise of looking at and painting the shadows first is a really good one. It results … Continue reading

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Stilllife of bottles and cans

Stilllife of bottles and cans, originally uploaded by ahtravis. More onTeaching–Cans and bottles and “monumentality” Cold weather is upon those of us in the Catskill Mts.  My students and I are in the studio where we recently painted a collection of … Continue reading

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Bank of Lake Wawaka

Bank of Lake Wawaka, watercolor, 14×6 in., originally uploaded by ahtravis. Sources of inspiration–shape of the support Last week my watercolor students and I worked with the idea that the shape of our paper support could reinforce the strongest shape present … Continue reading

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Iris, 2009

Iris, 2009, originally uploaded by ahtravis. Demonstrations The lesson was on items back lit; the medium watercolor, the subject onions, the place my studio.  One obstacle for me in teaching is the “demonstration”.  There is a palpable fear that this … Continue reading

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