Saturday, January 24, 2015

CHEBEAGUE ISLAND, MAINE WORKSHOP

Please join me for my workshop on August 9-15, 2015 that I am teaching in Maine.  The workshop was coordinated with an art historical perspective, with emphasis on Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer, and was designed to give the participant a greater understanding and insight into their most important works.  We will be painting in the locations that Wyeth and Homer painted and experiencing the same beautiful Maine landscape that inspired them.

To register, contact Ted Matz at (561)-452-5710 or Terri Marra at (734)646-5889 or artsearch.tm@gmail.com

Hope to see you their!




Thursday, December 25, 2014

CHRISTMAS EVE IN SOUTHERN FLORIDA

My Holiday greeting to you. Went out and painted on Christmas Eve, not an overly exciting day as far as the light was concerned but sometimes I enjoy these types of days here in south Florida. I know my friends up north don't like hearing this but one does get tired of the sun shining all the time. I chose this scene because of the circular markings in the marshes and the little patches of blue sky that peered out from under the grasses.  Not sure what had made the forms but thought it added some interest to my painting. Have a great Holiday!!!


Christmas Eve, Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge, 16x12, Oil on Panel

Friday, December 5, 2014

PAINTING WITH THE ALLIGATORS



My Personal Alligator Alley, Oil on Canvas, 16x12

While looking for a spot to paint at the Loxahatchee Wild Life Refuge in Boynton Beach, Florida I saw these two trees that were way out on this small strip of land that was surrounded on two sides by marsh water.  I loved the arch of the trees, the deep shadows and the perspective of the path that went way out into the distant horizon.  While setting up my easel and getting everything ready, I suddenly realized that number one I was the only human being in sight out here in the wilderness and secondly there are alligators in these waters. After just a bit of panic I decided that I would face the danger square on and sacrifice my safety for the sack of my art.  I really like this painting and it probably worked because I had to stop thinking so much and just paint (it only took 1 1/2 hours), or face the reality of possibly be eaten by some hungry alligator.  Who says it is easy to paint in Florida!  







Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BLACK FRIDAY THOUGHTS

While everyone out there was planning on how and where they were going to spend their Black Friday, I felt the need to take a road trip and contemplate the subject myself.  So I got in my car and drove along the ocean to help clear out some space in my brain, when I came upon a site that I just had to paint.  It is a spot that surfers use to get out to the waves in a hurry since it is located so close to the ocean and the parking lot.  I like it because it implies the water but you can't see the ocean.  All you can sense is the ocean's call.  I never stick birds in my paintings because it always seemed a bit corny but this was the one moment it seemed right.  I love the key hole that the sea grapes create and how it helps to draw you in and makes you wonder what is awaiting you on the other side.

So on my journey to find out what I will do on my Black Friday I came up with the best alternative that I could come up with.  While everyone's at the mall I will be out in nature peacefully painting and recording its beauty without a sole around me.


Surfer's Call, Oil on Canvas, 16x12



Thursday, November 13, 2014

JUST HAD A GREAT DAY

The weather is beautiful here in south Florida right now and today was exceptionally nice.  Had a great morning painting at the Loxahatchee Wildlife Preserve. Days like today are a reminder of how lucky I am to be able to paint in this type of environment.  Hope you enjoy my painting as much as I did painting it.  Happy winter!

CLASS DEMONSTRATION

Some times my class demonstrations turn our better than my more thought out paintings.  I think it is because I am under pressure to perform, only have 20 minutes max and have to make decisions on the spot.  No thinking about what to do, just have to do it.  We all have a tendency to over think things, not only is our paintings but in our lives in general.  These quick study pieces that were a result of my beginning oil class please me very much.

This first one is actually a pastel drawing that I did in the pastel class I teach and then liked the subject so much I did a version in my oil painting class.  I was teaching my students how to get their reds to be more vibrant and to sing.  It is such a pleasure to see my students react when their tomatoes actually look like tomatoes and not red and pink round things.  Enjoy my tomatoes and of course those delicious leeks.









Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PLEIN AIR PROVENCE

Plein Air Provence Painting Workshop  
June 24 - July 1, 2005

I would personally like to invite you to join me on an incredible art & cultural adventure in the heart of Provence.  The plein air painting workshop I am offering will include very personalized painting instruction while exploring the south of France in the region around Arles and St. Remy.

This is more than a painting workshop but an educational adventure into the life of one of the greatest painters of the modern era. The paintings that Van Gogh produced when working in Arles and St. Remy amounted to an immense breakthrough in his style and in the history of Western art. 

Just imagine painting in the same locations where Van Gogh painted some of his most important works, like the “Langlois Bridge”, “The Olive Grove”, the “Café Terrace At Night” and more.   The workshop will be base in St. Remy at the Villa Glanum, which is located across from the asylum where Vincent Van Gogh lived and painted some of his most famous works such as “Starry Night”. 

The daily painting excursions will be coordinated and accompanied by our French program coordinator. Because she is a local, knows the area and speaks French, we will be able to experience the South of France from a truly insiders point of view.

Please see the accompanying brochure that includes a detailed daily itinerary.  Early booking savings of $200 per person expires November 20, 2014.  Space is limited so, I encourage you to enroll as soon as possible to ensure your place by contacting Mary Lee Kenny at The Travel Gallery-American Express, 561-745-1553.   I hope to see you in Provence!

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.

Apoxee Landscape

Apoxee Landscape

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

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