Thursday, August 21, 2014

RAVELLO, ITALY

Just got this scene I painted from the central piazza in Ravello photographed and wanted to share it.  It was such a glorious morning when we were painting, with the clouds partially obscuring the mountain tops, and that wonderful umbrella tree, I just couldn't help myself.  It's a small 12x9 oil but I just had to paint it that morning!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LATEST WATERCOLORS

I have been very remiss in posting my watercolors. I really enjoy doing them because I can get very tight and take a long time to do, which is a change from my plein air painting which only takes a couple of hours to complete. They are 22 x 30 on Arches Cold Press 300 lb paper.  I hope that you enjoy them.




THE IN BETWEENS

I had a very busy summer with traveling to Italy, Key West and now leaving for my Plein Air Maine Workshop but I did manage to get a few little paintings completed back here in Palm Beach.  The first one is at Riverbend Park in Jupiter, Florida and the other is at Grassy Waters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  Two of my favorite spots to paint in around home.



KEY WEST ADVENTURE AUGUST 2014

Enjoyed a week of play in Key West. Drank a little, ate a lot, and painted in one of my favorite places in Florida.  Am hoping to spend a month there next year and I am looking into giving workshops while I am there.  Here are just a few Key West watercolor paintings.



THE AMALFI COAST WORKSHOP 2014

The Amalfi Coast Workshop in Ravello, Positano and Capri that I gave in June was absolutely the most beautiful experience that I have even done. The weather was beautiful, the landscape beyond your imagination and the participants a delight.  A total win, win situation.  Am planning next years trip to the south of France and will update everyone one on that adventure as soon as I have it put together. 






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.  

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