Wednesday, November 26, 2014

30% Off All Original Paintings-- Thanksgiving Weekend Etsy Cyber Sale

You will receive a 30% discount off each of my original paintings in your entire order from 9 AM ET Black Friday through midnight ET Cyber Monday. Once you add an item to your cart, click Apply shop coupon code above Item total. Enter the coupon code and click Apply. The coupon discount will adjust your order total. 

Treat yourself or others to the gift of original art – look for the coupon code on Friday morning at:

Have a Happy Thanksgiving,

Friday, November 14, 2014

Why Buy an Original Painting?

I recently came across an article on Houzz, a piece of which, I just had to pass on to my blog followers. As you may know, Houzz is the world’s leading website for interior design and remodeling ideas. Since my large original painting portfolio is displayed on my Houzz website (Alan Zawacki Fine Art on Houzz), this article really spoke to me. This is a brief excerpt from “9 Reasons to Buy a Painting” by Laura Gaskill (lolalina).

“There’s no doubt that buying prints and posters is fun (and affordable) — but there’s a lot to be said for saving up for a piece of one-of-a-kind art. If you’ve been sticking with framed prints, let these 9 reasons tempt you into your neighborhood gallery to peruse the paintings instead.

1. Buying a painting supports the artist directly.

2. Paintings are tactile.

3. Paintings are perfect for renters.

4. Paintings are one of a kind.

5. Paintings are handmade.

6. A painting can make the room.

7. Paintings make a house feel like home.

8. Paintings inspire.

9. Curating your own art gallery is fun!”

After reading Laura's article, I added my own thoughts in her comment section:

“There are people who like art and there are people who love art. There are people who use art as a backdrop and there are people who use it as the inspiration and emotion for their space. One size does not fit all. And, that's the beauty of it all. Everyone can get what they want.

The "artist" creates from inspiration and emotion. When a person can feel that transference into their home, it makes it all worthwhile for the artist.

An original can create an overarching "feeling" in the home. It can bring energy, excitement and wonder or it can bring peaceful daydreaming, relaxation and soothing.

I think that it's great that you get to choose.”

Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Walking into a Painting

Many of my landscape or seascape creations involve a perspective of being drawn into the painting from foreground to background. I enjoy creating the feeling in the viewer that he or she is actually walking into the painting.

I use various methods or strategies for accomplishing this feeling of being drawn into the scene. One way is to paint a waterway that meanders into the distance as in my painting, Amber Light (24"x18" acrylic on canvas).

This scene reminiscent of Myakka State Park in Florida, takes the viewer’s eye from the foreground grasses and palm trees on the bank of the creek into the tree-lined distance.

A similar method is used in my painting, Low Sun on the Water (12"x36" oil painting on gallery wrap canvas). In this painting, the water leads the eye into the distance toward the low sun and backlit clouds.

Another technique is to use people and common objects such as boats and landscape features at various distances from the viewer to bring the viewer’s eye from foreground to background as in, St. Martin Playground (24”x36” acrylic on gallery wrap canvas).

In some of my paintings such as, Low Tide (30"x24" acrylic on gallery wrap canvas), the water is the only thing that takes the viewer from the foreground into the distance.

I hope to never run out of interesting ways to have fun by tempting a viewer to "walk into the painting.”

Have a great week,