Custom Commission Paintings
In addition to Alan's portfolio of studio and plein air paintings, he regularly receives requests for custom commissioned paintings from private buyers.
Many commissions have been ordered as anniversary, birthday or holiday gifts for a loved one. The most popular subjects have always been beach scenes of that special honeymoon or vacation location. These commissioned paintings bring back fond memories for the buyers and give pleasure for years to come. And, they generally go up in value rather than down, unlike most traditional gifts.
A second popular reason for buyers to order a commission tropical painting from Alan is to enhance the ambiance of their vacation beach home. People find that a custom original beach scene or seascape painting is the perfect addition to their retreat.
Other custom paintings are commissioned by new home buyers and interior designers who may want to provide single or multiple large statement paintings as the focal points of various rooms in new or remodeled homes.
"The first time we saw Alan's art work we fell in love with it! The beautiful, relaxing colors of the seascapes have an energy of joy. We love surrounding ourselves with beautiful things and Alan's art work is a perfect match for our newly remodeled coastal style home. In fact after returning home from our honeymoon in Moorea we thought the best way to capture the beauty & feeling of our trip was to have Alan do a commission painting that was a combination of our favorite photos from our trip. He exceeded our expectation; the painting is wonderful and you can see it in his collection on Houzz along with two other paintings that we own of his works. We highly recommend Alan for his quality of work and his warm professionalism."
-- L. Chambers, Florida
"What a beautiful painting! Such a gifted Artist and quite professional to deal with! I had been looking for a beach original when I happened upon his work and I knew where this was before I read the title because we had been there and I recognized it! :) That was just icing though because regardless, Alan's beach scenes were the only ones I had come across to capture the vibrant colors. It's like looking at a photograph or standing on that beach once again. THANK YOU!"
-- D. Wells, Colorado
"I love it!! I LOVE it. Each time I see it, it inspires me more. Thank you so much for painting it for me. I continue to marvel at the colors, the light, the atmosphere you have captured in the Magen's Bay painting. It reflects a different mood as the lighting changes. I love the colors at twilight! I walk into my living room and I am transported to the Caribbean. Thank you. I truly love this piece! You greatly exceeded my expectations.
-- J. Laslo, Pennsylvania
"Our two Sunset paintings are magnificent and constantly changing with the light. The commissioned painting of "The Boat" and a painting "Out of the Shadow" are outstanding in composition, color, light and shadows inviting you into the scene. Thank you so much for your talent and your friendship."
-- D. and H. Learned, Florida
"Great art! I had to buy a third painting! My wife will love it for our anniversary. Beautiful."
-- C. Kemmis , Minnesota
Another example of the use of shadow and sunlight is this cityscape/landscape entitled, Havana Blues. This Caribbean street scene contrasts the warm sunlit side with the cooler shadow side of the street.
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Dramatic Use of Light and Shadow
To portray the beauty of the natural world, Alan's paintings depict the dramatic effects of light and shadow as they change shape and color within the landscape, seascape, or still life.
An example of this dramatic use of shadow and sunlight is his painting Out of the Shadow. This beautiful Caribbean island seascape depicts the anticipation of seeing the private cove with crystal clear turquoise water as you come out of the shadows of the tropical foliage into the bright, warm sunlight.
“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”
- Vincent Van Gogh
For the past 20 years, Alan has made regular trips to the Caribbean. This spectacular collection of island paradises has not only provided him with many life-enriching experiences but has also allowed him opportunities to create captivating pieces of art.
Alan has become well-known for his paintings of tropical ocean water.
"I have always been fascinated with the brilliant, translucent blues and greens of the crystal clear water of the Caribbean Ocean. I love to look down through the water and see the shifting colors and glimmering reflections of the sun. Capturing that effect on canvas has been a joyful challenge in my paintings."
Alan Zawacki Fine Art
The Tropical Artist