Custom Portraits

Monday, June 22, 2009


Original Pastel Painting

18" x 12" (includes .25" border around)
Painted on Wallis Sanded Archival.

I am so attached to this painting, but I wish it would sell because it would encourage me to paint more! You artists can relate to that sentiment I am sure! Here's my blurb about it in my Etsy Shop where I have it for sale: This pastel painting has a wonderful feeling of light and depth. The layers of light and color float on top of one another. Even though the pigments are bright, it has an airy and soft quality to it. The brown in the background in real life is much more a Milk Chocolate Brown than a super dark brown as it appears on my monitor.

I have seen a couple of sparkles of what I am pretty sure is halogen glitter in the shadow where the beak touches the breast of the swan. The glitter came from these angels I use to make at Christmas time, and somehow they found their way into my painting. It's not big glitter, but really "ultra fine halogen". I tried to remove them, but when I tried they were so teeny I couldn't find them again, but it's all good because now I have grown fond of them and they are part of this painting. So if you buy this and find and remove the glitter, don't tell me please. I'm an artist, I can afford to entertain these sort of thoughts.


Marie Theron said...

Hi Alisa. About the glitter and working it into your painting, you may have found a technique you can use with care in future. Your painting is truly very gentle! And you have achieved that with the sharpest colours imaginable! I went through the steps of measuring my success according to sales. Once you realise that it is the economy and not you, you can relax and just do them, do them, do them!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

This is truely a lovely and serene painting. Knowing it is pastel makes it even more special to me.

I often tie my success with sales to my success as a painter and I am trying really hard not to do that any more.

laurens.paint.palette said...

you really did a great job describing this painting, alisa! i love that about your painting- that you have so much rich color and yet they stay light and airy. bold but soft. that is very tough to pull off and you do it so very well!

Alisa said...

thanks you guys!

When I sell something, i have this emotion of moving on and creating more, learning more... a "next step please" sort of feeling. I should try embracing that feeling once the painting is done instead of holding out until it's sold.

I should raise the price LOL...seriously, I think I priced it too low, I need more pastels and they are Not cheap!!!!

Liana Yarckin said...

amazing! i love how you capture light. in this swan, it is just gorgeous.

Alisa said...

Thankyou Liana!