Sunday, September 14, 2014

SNOWFARM WORKSHOP, WILLIAMSBURG, MA

I just got back from giving my watercolor workshop at SnowFarm in Massachusetts. Below are some photos from that journey that includes a two shots of my wonderful students that attended.  If any one has a chance to spend of week at SnowFarm it is an experience that you will not forget.  It is a wonderful experience to spend a week immersed in your art making, meeting new people and just having a good time.






Below are two paintings that I did to illustrate principles that I was teaching. People relate the most to the contrast of lights and darks.  The greater you can stretch those values the more the viewer will respond.  The greater you can stretch the contrast of temperature within the work the more people will also respond.  Hue is the least important of the three.  The inexperienced artist always spends way to much time trying to match color exactly as it is seen.  Through value and temperature one can give the work its emotional language that the viewer can read.




Monday, September 1, 2014

MAINE PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP 2014

I just completed the plein air workshop that I gave on Desert Island in Maine.  The weather was absolutely perfect, the locations gorgeous, the participants a delight and of course the lobster to die for.  No matter where you look there is a painting waiting to be painted.


I did this little watercolor demo piece in Bar Harbor at the Shore Path.  An absolutely lovely spot with a rocky shore, great combination of green foliage and a beautiful view of the ocean.  


This was a little oil study I did in Bass Harbor of a path that led to the harbor shore.  Loved the little planter with the red flowers in it and the dark shade that framed it.

Below are pictures of some of the participants (sorry I didn't get everyones photo) and more views of the island. Enjoy.















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. 






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

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