Posted by: janamatusz | November 22, 2013

More Paintings from New England

I made the most of the beautiful painting weather this fall. In addition to a second painting session in Acadia National Park, I spent a month painting in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire/Kittery, Maine area. It was a treat to have the gorgeous fall light to work with. It was also a real pleasure to get to know the Portsmouth/Kittery area better. There was plentiful inspiration for my painting, and I was able to join some wonderful artists for drawing sessions as well. (Thanks, everyone!)

The Banks Gallery in Portsmouth, NH is featuring some of my new work (and some sculptures by Sumner Winebaum) in an upcoming show. The exhibition runs from December 7, 2013 to January 4, 2014, and the Artist Reception is on Thursday, December 12 from 5 to 7pm. You’re invited! Please stop by if you get a chance.
http://www.thebanksgallery.com/1/post/2013/11/jana-matusz-new-paintings.html

It’s a good time to see my artwork. In addition to new paintings at all three galleries, there will be work at the 17th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show
http://fineartboston.com/.
It’s also time for the 109th Annual Little Pictures Show and Sale at the Providence Art Club!
http://providenceartclub.org/dodge-house-gallery/
I have some favorite drawings for sale there. Please visit! The Little Pictures Show runs through December 23.

I didn’t want to post paintings both here and on my website — please visit my website to see some of the 2013 New England paintings.
http://www.janamatusz.com/2013PAINTINGS.html
Here are some photos though. (And yes, I really did take that one of the eagle!)

Some more Acadia (as I’ve said, just can’t get enough…):

eagle

 

whattaview

 

acadiapath

 

blue heron

 

pond text message

 

bird

 

to the light

 

lunch at the office

 

squirrel

And Portsmouth is a beautiful town, very charming, very comfortable and friendly. It’s also close to some favorite coastal places, like Ogunquit and Prouts Neck and Portland, Maine.

portsmouth

 

zig zag dock

 

sky

 

portsmouth street

 

trunks

 

nubble light

 

heron

 

fall flowers

 

portland tanker

 

ogunquit beach

 

ogunquit light

Now it’s time to start planning some good painting opportunities for 2014. Stay tuned!
A big, sincere thanks to everyone who has helped me and supported my work. I really appreciate it.

Posted by: janamatusz | July 24, 2013

There’s no place like Acadia…

I never seem to tire of Acadia, no matter how many times I visit.

My latest trip, in June 2013, was productive. Of course, there were the usual challenges for painting on-site, en plein air. I’ve coined a term, “plein airritations” for them. Shifting light, changing weather, changing tides. Rain. Wind! Bugs, especially the mosquitoes (State Bird of Maine). People. Heat. Sun. Drying paint. The list goes on and on. But there are also those perfect moments, those visual surprises and treasures, those soul-filling, time-erasing painting sessions (sometimes with only a loon for company…)  I can’t get enough. Perhaps the photos and paintings will begin to show you why Acadia is so special.

All the paintings shown here are available at Argosy Gallery, and will be shown at the First Friday Art Walk in Bar Harbor on August 2.

This was the first time in all my many trips to Acadia that I had the pleasure of figure drawing sessions. Always a nice change of pace, the figure drawing rescued a rainy day or two from complete disaster.

Again, I did not keep a daily blog, but here is a selection of photos, paintings, and drawings from my painting trip. Enjoy!

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Posted by: janamatusz | May 4, 2013

A heavenly month in Provincetown, Massachusetts

Thanks to the generosity of dear friends/patrons, I was able to spend four weeks in Provincetown, MA. It was off-season, and in March and April I knew I’d have some difficulties doing my usual plein air painting. But it was a revelation to have a chance to work for the first time in Ptown, and I understand better now why this special place has long been such an “artist magnet.”

There was snow, cold, and blustery weather, but I managed to do some work outside, some still lifes inside, and I was especially delighted to attend figure drawing sessions two mornings a week at the Provincetown Art Museum.

I did not keep a daily blog this time, but here is a selection of photos, paintings, and drawings from my artist residency. Enjoy!

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Paintings are 20×20″ or 20×16″ or 16×16″, acrylic on Multimedia Artboard:

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Drawings are 11×14″, 9×12″, or 9×9″, sumi ink (and walnut ink for some) on acid-free paper:

 

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What’s next? I’m looking forward to lots of painting in Maine and points north this summer. Stay tuned!

Posted by: janamatusz | July 29, 2012

July 29 – Nashledanou

And that means goodbye, at least for now. My residency work is done and I’m looking forward to a little holiday time. I’m not sure what the next painting project will be, but I’ll keep you posted. Please email me at janamatusz@aol.com. I’d love to hear from you. (Many thanks to those of you who have written.) Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the Tacoma Symphony Chorus Touring Ensemble (Dr. Geoffrey Boers, conductor) for the really lovely concert which ended my last working day in Cesky Krumlov. You were terrific.

 

 

Posted by: janamatusz | July 28, 2012

July 28 – Still drawing…

When I headed out to sketch it was a beautiful, hot, sunny day. I enjoyed watching the boaters and water activities. Then I finally decided to be brave and draw in the main square. I did some drawings of the nice women providing assistance and art materials. It was not easy to work with an audience of talkative Germans, and I’m not used to applause when I finish a drawing!  But I have to admit it was really nice to do some longer people drawings. Our time was cut short by the dramatic and powerful thunderstorms which crashed in abruptly and lasted a few hours. What a change in the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: janamatusz | July 27, 2012

July 27 – A gorgeous day

I’m absolutely not going to complain if it’s too hot and sunny! Enjoyed painting, but had to do it under my umbrella. The sun was very intense. Later I spent a few hours sitting in the main square sketching. Last night’s concert is still playing in my mind, a beautiful soundtrack for the day.

 

View of Town and Vltava (16×20″)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: janamatusz | July 27, 2012

July 26 – Kapralova Quartet

An iffy morning turned into a sunny day. I did laundry and only a couple drawings, but the absolute high point of the day was the evening concert at the Masquerade Hall of the Kapralova Quartet. They performed with Melanie Hosp, guitarist, in a concert of Richter, Boccherini, Mendelssohn and (best of all) the Suite Buenos Aires by Pujol. What a concert. I cannot say enough how beautiful, how musical, how sensitive and how excellent it was. In concerts here we’ve all been dazzled by young Turks competing with their virtuoso pyrotechnics, but this, my friends, this was exquisite. Brava to these incredible musicians. My cup runneth over, and Cesky Krumlov was more beautiful than ever, seen through tears on the way home.

By the way, the second movement of the Pujol, “Palermo,” is worth 4.5 minutes of your life. Go hear it right now. (Sorry it’s not the Kapralova Quartet performing it, but these musicians perform it beautifully too.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CRO_ZNrgLs

 

 

 

Posted by: janamatusz | July 25, 2012

July 25 – Oh, yes, THAT rain…

All day, a persistent shower. I hunkered down in the tower, ducked under the rope, and lost myself in another town drawing. It was a good way to make an unpleasant day rather pleasant after all.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: janamatusz | July 24, 2012

July 24 – Cold? Rain? What cold and rain?

Today was a beautiful summer day. When it’s this beautiful it’s hard to believe it was ever so horribly cold and wet here. I headed up to the Castle Gardens and painted in the shade of the beautiful beech trees. I often had a whole audience behind me, but I was concentrating so hard I barely noticed.

Cascade Fountain (20×16″)

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the painting from yesterday evening and a photo. (See why I was so excited that the car wasn’t there?)

 

Plesivecka Street (20×20″)

 

 

Posted by: janamatusz | July 24, 2012

July 23 – Blessed blessed sunshine

The morning mist slowly burned off…

there was the Monday trash collection…

and then there was BLUE SKY! The color knobs turned, and I was in Oz again. Well, not Oz, but a very different Cesky Krumlov. What a difference sunlight makes. And warmth! This town is inspiring even without sun, but it was nice to have a good outdoors day.

 

 

 

I was able to finish the painting I’d needed sunshine for, I was able to draw comfortably, and in the evening I  leapt at the opportunity to do another painting I’d been hoping to do when I saw that a perpetually parked car was gone! (I’ll put that painting in the next post.) A productive day. No need to do crabby indoor self-portraits today.  🙂

Roofs and Synagogue (20×20″)

 

 

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