Saturday, May 3, 2014

Plein Air Painting Workshop in Maine

Please join me in Southwest Harbor, Maine for a week long workshop from August 24-30, 2014. Nothing can compare to painting along the rugged coast of Maine and the Acadia National Park.  Learn how to add more drama to your paintings through step-by-step demonstrations, while developing a greater understanding of the principles of composition and color mixing.  If you need additional information or would like to register please contact:

The Travel Gallery - American Express
361 Tequesta Drive
Tequesta, Florida 33469
Ann Fearey 561--744-3909 or Joan Dowrick 561-745-1550

Hope to see you there!



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lifting Fog


When I was young I hated the early morning hours and as I got older I was just grateful to be number one alive and secondly sober to enjoy the prospects of each day.  This painting was inspired by that time in the morning when the light fog just begins to lift and the colors of nature start to take over. Love the grayed colors and muted values, plus it is great fun to paint in Florida when it is not sunny and vibrant.  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Small Class Demo's

These little paintings are so much fun to do.  They take about 20-30 minutes and are really a challenge when you are in front of your students and they are expecting a masterpiece to be made in front of their eyes.  I think its fun and really makes you sharpen up your skills and really helps them to understand the principles you are trying to convey. All of the paintings are 9x12.  Enjoy.






Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Conquering Your Fear


This was a quick demo I did for my plein air class to teach them to push their color values and temperatures.  Wanted them to really intensify there greens and over exaggerate the hues. Most of them could not overcome their fear.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Road Along the Loxahatchee



Loved doing this little study of this small road that follows the river.  Was captivated by the way the light was coming over this little mound and hitting the road and the tops of the shrubs.  The sky had this slight yellow tint at the horizon.  Wasn't quite as sunny as I portrayed it but just could help make it a bit more of a warm and inviting painting.  Pastel, (12 1/2" x 16 1/2")

The Amalfi Coast


In preparation for the Plein Air Workshop that I am giving in the Amalfi Coast on June 2 - June 11, 2014 I have made a painting based on a number of photo references. The challenge of recording perspectives that are not normally available in South Florida I felt the need to do a few practice runs before I embark on the real thing. I am very pleased with the way that it turned out.  Love the feeling of the strong light.  Enjoy. (Pastel, 16 1/2" x 12 1/2")

Hope to see you in Positano, Ravello and Capri , Italy in June.  For detailed information on the workshop visit the Lighthouse Museum and School of Art's website at www.lighthousearts.org

Friday, October 18, 2013

Blowing Rocks on Jupiter Island


Spent the morning painting at Blowing Rocks and produced this piece that I rather like.  The day started out beautiful but in the last hour the rains came in off shore and halted our progress. Not sure where it came from but it was enough to ruin a perfectly beautiful morning.  Hope you enjoy the painting that has no hint of the impending doom.

Painting in Cortona

Painting in Cortona
City of Cortona with view of valley

Painting of View of Cortona Valley

Painting of View of Cortona Valley
It was such a lovely day we painted in the piazza overlooking the valley. The round building in the foreground is actually part of the original wall that surrounds Cortona.

Cortona View Lake Trasimento from Piazza Garibaldi

Cortona Italy Workshop

The workshop was a very successful and met everyones expectations. The Villa di Piazzano was an outstanding small hotel that lived up to its rating of four stars. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. Our tour excursions to Florence, Sienna and Montepulciano were very fun and helped to take the participants minds off of the pressure of producing a painting.

I am currently in the planning stages of producing my next workshop and if anyone would like to be put on the list of perspective participants please email me at tedmatz@comcast.net

The pictures below will give you taste of our Plein Air Painting Adventure.

Courtyard of Hotel di Piazzano

Painting in the courtyard

View of Cortona in the distance.

Scouting painting sites.

Group painting in country side

Plein Air Passion

My real passion is for plein air painting. Love the challenge that you have to deal with when painting outside. I personally think it makes you a better painter because you have to deal with so many unforeseen circumstances that come your way but also you have a better handle on light, darks and textures that you don't get from working in a studio and from photos. The following is a sample of some of my most recent work done en plein air. This painting is currently being shown in a group show at the Palm Beach County Cultural Council in Lake Worth, FL and runs through the middle of September, 2013.

Waterlilies

At the end of the road.

Apoxee Landscape

Apoxee Landscape

Apoxee Marsh

Apoxee Marsh

My favorite spot at Jupiter Beach Park

The path at Apoxee Park

Demo piece at Jupiter Beach Park.

Four Arts Lily Pads One

Four Arts Lily Pads One

Four Arts Lily Pads Two

Four Arts Lily Pads Two

Walking Path

Walking Path

Apoxee Park

Apoxee Park

Close Knit Pines

Close Knit Pines

Morning Shadows

Morning Shadows

Still Life

I generally do still lives as exercises and demonstrations for my painting classes. Featured below are samples of those pieces.

Bright Red Cup

Bright Red Cup

Blue Bottle with Violets One

Blue Bottle with Violets One