Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
This is a painting that I did years ago and was never really satisfied with it -- it seemed too dull to me.
So, as Tim Allen -- the "Tool-time Man" would say, "I re-wired it and gave it more power."
I wanted to add more life and light to the painting and create a warmer feel throughout. Using Sap Green as the base green, I added layers of Cad Orange, Cad Red, and Cad Yellow Deep to portray the warm glow of the morning sun.
I don't know what you think but I like this painting a whole lot more -- it makes me feel happy -- and that's why I paint.
Have a great week,
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
You will see a collection of oil and acrylic paintings with the tropical theme of "blue" ocean and sky.
Have a great week,
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
In a way, it helps me to stay fresh and also provides the opportunity to try something that I was successful at when painting with oil and apply it to my acrylic painting and visa-versa. The result often turns out great (much better than expected) but occasionally it leads to a not-so-wonderful result. When that happens, I have also learned how to recover from a mistake in both mediums. Experimentation is initially a little scary, especially on a large canvas, but ends up being a lot of fun!
I am currently putting the finishing touches on Solomon Bay - 30" x 40" oil on gallery wrap canvas).
And, I am half-way through my acrylic commission seascape painting (an as yet an untitled 24" x 72" acrylic on gallery wrap canvas).
Thursday, July 18, 2013
For 30 years, my previous life revolved around human
resource development and career development. I have always been passionate
about helping people discover and follow their own passion in life. Most
importantly, appreciating and enjoying each and every day that we live.
For this blog post I would like to reference a little story excerpted from my book, Choosing a Life Well Lived: How to Recreate Your Career and Your Life Through Value-Based Choices, that illustrates the idea of appreciating the moment – before it is gone forever.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
The third painting is my take on the view one has while paddling out to catch waves. The composition shows a close-to-the-surface perspective as the white water of a small breaking wave approaches.
So far, I have tentatively titled these paintings, Water #1, #2, and #3. If you have a suggestion for more appropriate and creative names for these 3 paintings, please leave your suggestions in the comments section of this post.
Monday, June 17, 2013
I have been a water person for my entire life -- riding waves first with a blow-up raft when I was little, then transitioning to a surf board, and now, since the knees are a bit beat up, to a boogie board. And, every trip to the Caribbean includes great snorkeling adventures.
Consider joining me in support of future generations having cleaner ocean water than we have now.
This second 30"x40" in my series, using a large amount of glazing technique, is almost complete. I still need to even out the glossiness with a varnish once it cures, so I guess I'll begin painting #3.
Have a great week!
|Water #2 by Alan Zawacki -- in progress|
|Water #2 by Alan Zawacki -- close up detail|
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
So, I've taken on an experiment to see what I can create. I have pulled out some of my older acrylic paintings; ones that, for one reason or another, I didn't feel were up to par with what I intended to create. Using these paintings as an elaborate "under-painting," I have revised the compositions and colors by over-painting it with oil colors. As I learned quite a while ago, one can paint with oils over acrylic but not acrylic over oils. The difference is in the drying characteristics of each. Oil dries much more slowly so it can dry properly on top of acrylic but not underneath.
Using oil over acrylic is a common practice for some artists but this was new to me. The results are very pleasing to me -- and based on comments of others, pleasing to them as well. I am finding that the acrylic under-painting provides a platform for more brilliance and reflectiveness of the oil paints.
Here are two paintings using this method. The first is completed and now drying, Late Afternoon Sun - 12"x36" oil over acrylic on stretched canvas.
The second painting using this method is still in progress but here is a photo of the original version in acrylic and then the "almost completed" oil version.
I have more work yet to do on this painting but I already like the brilliance in the colors over the original.
I'll let you know when it's finished.
Have a great week!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Until my next post, have a great couple of weeks.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Have a great week, everyone, and keep on learning!
Thursday, March 14, 2013
If you want a tasty treat after spending the morning soaking up the sun on the beach, make a milkshake run to Udder Delite. This dairy facility/hut, just a half mile from the beach, serves great milkshakes and even a whole menu of alcoholic milkshakes. Yum!
To view or purchase my larger paintings, please visit my website at Alan Zawacki Fine Art
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Being in the Zone
Thursday, February 14, 2013
I have been associated with this great group of artists for quite a few months now and enjoy our weekly paint sessions immensely.
I will have one of my recent plein air paintings in the show, South Lido Morning (9"x12" oil on canvas wrapped board in a gold plein air frame - $320).
This painting was completed in a morning session at the south end of Lido Key (Sarasota, Florida). I wanted to capture the light hitting the building on the opposite shore as well as the various blue shades of the sky and turquoise green of the water. As the morning progressed, the wind came up and began to whip up the Gulf a little.
All in all, not a bad way to spend a February morning!