Amalfi Coast Plein Air Painting Workshop

I am very excited about the workshop that I am giving June 2-11, 2014 on the Amalfi Coast sponsored by the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum and School of Art in Tequesta, Florida.  If you are interested please contact Gallery Travel in Tequesta, Fl and speak with Joan Dowrick (561) 745-1550 or Mary Lee Kenny (561) 745-1563. They can give you more details about the workshop.

Going Bananas In Key West

This recent watercolor was made from a number of reference photos I took while in Key West in July.
Love the way the bananas grow. I tried to limit my palette to just to eight colors, with a palette divided into warm and cool.  Was a fun experiment and thought it was a fairly successful interpretation of what I had seen. Also like the “looking up” perspective.

Florida Marsh Sunset

This is a pastel on Wallis paper  I just completed and is one of my favorite type of Florida landscape… marshland.  There is such a simple beauty about a marsh and yet they play a very complex role in our environment.  They are truly amazing and I can not help but be captivated by the marshlands and drawn to paint them at every opportunity.

A MORNING WELL SPENT…
Spent the morning at the Loxahatchee Wildlife Preserve in Boynton Beach doing this plein air painting.  It was an absolutely beautiful morning and had to hurry because they were predicting thunderstorms.  Not a good place to be in a thunderstorm. This piece is a 9×12 and took about an hour and am fairly pleased with how it feels and liked how I captured the look of the clouds, with their pinkish/purplish cast to them.  Love painting these marsh low land areas of Florida.

JUST COMPLETED

I just completed this watercolor and it is a composite of about seven different reference photos. The size is 22×30, a standard 300 lb. Arches cold press paper. It took me about 6 months to complete, not because it was so complicated but was due to my total procrastination on this project. Sometimes that just happens!

Plein Air Workshop in Cortona Italy May 12-20, 2013

I am posting photos from the plein air workshop that I just gave in Cortona, Italy.  Cortona is located south of Florence near the border of Tuscany and Umbria.  It is a great location because of the access to all of the great hill towns and the opportunities to paint the broad vistas of mountains and valleys that surround Cortona.  Our home base was the Villa Di Piazzano in Cortona, a former hunting lodge of a bishop in the 1400’s and the villa has been totally restored and is now a four star small hotel, a great place to stay.

We took side trips to Florence were we had a private tour guide through the Uffizzi Gallery and other sites of artistic interest.  Other cities we visited were Sienna and Montepulciano, which were all fabulous.  Hope you enjoy the photos and of course I could give you an enormous amount of narrative for each photo but will just leave the photos to tell the stories.   If you are interested in other workshops that I will be giving please email me at…  tedmatz@comcast.net

I would like to thank the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum and School of Art for sponsoring my workshop and Gallery Travel in Tequesta, Florida for making all of the arrangements.