Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pet Love

18 x 24 x 1 Acrylic on Canvas Titled: Joey
Commissioned Pet Portrait

So, betcha didn't know I am taking pet commissions? Oh yes indeedy. 

Example of the kind of pet portraits-ish (more like personality stories) I do. This is of a beautiful black kitty named Joey. Commission was for an old beautiful soul that goes to The Way Back In Time with me.

Sizes start with 18 x 24.

Larger pet paintings available. 
Contact me @

Turnaround time is three weeks.

(Great for upcoming Holidays - surprise with an original painting that will knock said socks o.f.f.)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Emo Anyone?

So, practicing my hand at portraits in my style / voice, and it's been an interesting ride. I'm tapping into the Dutch Painter heritage, me thinks... But always bright bold colors.

16 x 20 Wood panel frame
'E=MO2' Emo Philips

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dear Robin Williams,

Dear Robin Williams,

You've never been just 'Robin' or even 'Mr. Williams' to me. You're Robin Williams. Two words that magically belong together like jelly beans. Or potato chips. Except instead of sweet and crunchy, your name was always synonymous with 'brilliant actor' 'genius comic' and 'award winner'. 

And, consequently, you are also a part of my lineage. See, in 1978 when you were Mork from Ork, I was an 8 year old kid living right up the street from where you went to elementary school in Lake Forest Illinois. I'd watch you on the boxy television with the manual dial and be gobsmacked by your rainbow suspenders and the finger pointing pin. Your magical character Mork made me laugh at his zany wackiness, and relate to his kindness and naivety. 

As I grew older and more mature, so did your career as an actor and comedian. I remember Moscow On The Hudson and marveled that you could change your accent and be so convincingly Russian. And then turn around and be a tireless ball of white hot energy as a stand up on HBO. You made me laugh and cry and wonder at the immense talents a single human could have.

The lineage part comes from the fact that since I was eight year old, you have been around impacting my life through your work. Each of your movies correlates with my timeline for the last thirty-six years from 8-year-old kid to young adult, to mature grown up. First loves. Hardship. Break ups. Great accomplishments. Terrible loss. Big successes. Small victories. The whole wide gamut. And there you were in the middle of it all with your big, magical presence. 

You were endearing. Dangerous. Naughty. Quick as lightening. Lovable. Magical. Talented to the nth degree. I could go on and on, but won't. Because the point of this letter is this:

Your passing has left me wide open and raw. I ache with sadness. And it hurts coming to grips with the fact that you are no longer on this planet. That you left us, on purpose.

You hung yourself in your closet with slashed up wrists. Knowing that is like a kick in the gut. I'm angry that you chose this as your method for escaping the obvious pain you were in because you had so much life to live yet. You left your kids - your pride and joy - to cope with your sudden and violent loss with them to always ask, "Why?" And your dog kids. Not to mention your wife and close friends. So yeah. I'm pissed. At the same time, I am full of compassion and understanding. I get it. Lots of shit going on in your life you didn't expect. Divorces, money problems, feeling humiliated and embarrassed that your t.v. show was canceled after one season, struggles with addiction, and depression. 

But guess what? I've been there too. So I know how deep and fucked up depression can be, coupled with life's ugly bullshit and addiction. I guess that's the difference between you and me - two humans experiencing life on this blue rock. You opted out permanently. And in your wake, you have left millions of spirits still *here* shocked and grieving.

"Why? Was I that significant in your lives?" you might ask.

And the answer is YES. Sure, most of us didn't know the 'real' you on a personal level. But your reputation proceeded you. You were known not only as a brilliant talent, but a kind loving person who made everyone from top on down feel like a person. And I know if you and I had met, I would have loved you in real time as much as I do as an entertainer.

It's more than just being a celebrity, Robin Williams. What you transmitted out to the world was far more mind blowing and important than Hollywood. You were love. Absolute love contained in a meat suit and you radiated this love outward beyond your physical self and touched hearts across the continents. You were one of the bright lights this world so desperately needs.

...and thus, the pain and hurt I feel right now as a result from you extinguishing your light not even 72 hours ago.

I will miss you as I carry on with my journey here. And I will mourn your loss for the next few days as it ties in so intricately with my own life and experiences.

You are in the Universe's loving hands now. And through weepy eyes, I find great comfort in this.

RIP Robin Williams.

Your friend in spirit,


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Foxy Is The New Orange - 24 x 24

A fox is so misunderstood. A quick sit in a sun warmed spot, having just sniffed along the prairie's edge the exquisite scents of life. A short hop away from the forest's edge, where not far away her brood awaits in their den.

24 x 24 x 1" deep edge canvas
Acrylic Mixed Media
Titled: Foxy Is The New Orange
USD $450.00
Free shipping in the United States

I work with payment plans, too!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

August Talisman

Fresh off the painting wall. 

Lion. Just in time for the month of Leo.

Which also happens to be my birthday month.


30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas Titled: Leo 15,000 by Alisa Steady. Copyright 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bears, Bears and More Bears!

There has been a big, furry take over at the Studio D'Steady...big huge canvases demanding bears be brought forth...

24x36 canvas acrylic mixed media
Titled: Freedom At Nanning

30x40 canvas acrylic mixed media
Titled: The Bear

24x36 canvas acrylic mixed media
Titled: The Wizard

And it's all good.

I am finally finding my voice, and tapping into that 'thing' that makes an artist's work unique. The 'why' that lies behind the passion for painting.

Animals. I love animals, and I am a big supporter of animal welfare. Always been an animal person, but now that I found my voice, it's an amazing feeling to be able to translate that passion onto canvas and for good reasons.

Please visit my website to find out more about me and these pieces that are now available from my studio.

Loving the furballs,


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Alisa Steady Art New Arrivals

Been busy as a bee in the Studio! This is a good thing. Lots going on, but wanted to share that these babies are available for Forever Homes. More information on each painting found:

Shipping is free, and I work with my client 1:1 (I don't sell with shopping carts. I prefer actual contact with you via email, or phone. Whichever you prefer).

Working on an abstract series called Property Lines (evidenced below), and a series on animals. Right now it's giraffes and moon bears. A humming bird and an eagle are in mid-creation. 

I love to paint. Did I mention that?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Living In The Present Moment - What That Feels Like

Photo courtesy Graphics by Alisa Steady.

Been doing a lot of reading lately, and self reflection. Gah, that sounds so pseudo-self righteous let-me-bore-you-to-death-with-my-precious-self-discovery. But that's not where I'm going with this.


Though I will confess that the books I've been enjoying share a 'live in the moment' theme. Peppered, of course, with other juicy insightful nuggets the authors have to share. But that'll be for another post, maybe. If I feel like it.

So, living  in the present moment.

What exactly does that mean? You might know, but I'm still trying to break it down into simpler parts.

I used to get all oogey and queer when someone would respond to one of my daily life meltdowns with, "It's okay. Just live in the moment." To which I would always respond, "Why don't you live in the real world you granola crunching leather wrapped bracelet wearing bloviater."

But recently I've been experiencing a soul-overhaul. Totally self perpetuated, and inspired by 40ish years living on this incredible planet under the regime of what "they" say and getting tired of all the false truths that keep most of us stuck in 'meh'diocre lives.

And the 'living in the present moment' theme is starting to resonate. Deeply. Because it's revealing itself to be a key component to being happy. And happiness, quite frankly, has eluded me most of my life, like a silver wolf in the snow covered woods.

I read recently that anxiety is living in the future, and depression is living in the past. Brilliance! Sheer unadulterated genius. Makes sense, doesn't it?

What also makes sense to me is that living in the present moment (or living in the 'now') allows for a couple of things (I call this combo PAP. And when I need a reminder, I think 'happy pappy'):

1. Awareness: Being sensitive to your surroundings using all five senses. Consciously seeing, hearing, tasting, moving. It sounds kinda strange, but if you pay attention to the action of the moment, it is like tapping into the other side of the veil of reality. As in: There is more to All Of This than what you think. Like an invite to a world of magic, and you're Alice!

2. Peace: There is a peaceful feeling that accompanies living in the present. As if the past / future have been suspended and a sense of 'it's going to be all right' prevails. But not in a drug induced kind of way, because responsibility will not dissipate. But openness and clarity filter in, which are good partners in solving any challenges you might have (which you might not have thought about in a state of past or future, or both)

3. Appreciation: Living in the moment has heightened my appreciation for what's really going on, and what's really important. Like being here, alive, healthy, and capable of working miracles in my own life.

A good example of living in the present moment are dogs. Yep. Those barking fur balls are exactly what living in the present moment / living in the now looks like. Unencumbered by 'stuff' and free to leap about the living room, or back yard, or dog park in unbridled happiness without a care in the world...

I look to dogs, and all the other fur balls (and submergable wonders who play in the seas) to get a real understanding of what 'living in the present moment' looks like, and feels like.

Learning to do it is difficult, and sustaining the ability to do it is challenging. But with some practice - it can elevate you to a whole new level of perception / experiencing life as it's meant to be experienced.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Staking Your Claim - Educating The 'Ask'er

Photo courtesy of
So, this tugged at my soap box (which I'll gladly pull out for this post).

I'm only posting (lately it seems) on topics that really resonate with me / strike a chord - because it's these chords that also resonate with you. Yay us!

As an artist, I do a lot of marketing out to the world, presenting my work and drawing lots of interest, fans, followers, and business opportunities in the form of requests to use my work to publish in a book, or use on a magazine cover, or to illustrate a point in an article someone is writing.

All of it good. All of it encouraged. However, I do get the occasional Ask (as did one of my fellow artists that sort of triggered this need to write about it...) that centers purely around 'The Ask' only, and not The Whole (Ask + Answer = Agreement). In other words, The Ask's intention comes from a one way street mentality that benefits the Asker only, leaving the creative provider out in the cold.

What the hell am I talking about?

Okay, what I'm trying to get to is this: For anyone who approaches an artist about their work to use say, on a book cover, it's not cool to suggest that the use of the artwork will be 'free marketing of your (the artist's) work!' and let's leave it at that. And then assume the artist will fall all over themselves thanking the Approacher for this amazing "opportunity," because, after all, the Approacher is doing the artist a "favor" with this gift of  generosity.

My over all gut reaction to these types of asks is:

BIG HUGE F@$%&*! NO.

Classroom Time:

It is not okay to approach an artist (or writer, or photographer, or knitter, or any creative) to use their work and expect to provide zero payout or compensation. That is overall bad business conduct.

It is not okay to assume an artist (or writer, or photographer, or knitter, or any creative) will jump at the chance to work with you simply because - well, we all know that artists are starving and throwing out a bread crumb would be a nice thing to do.

It is not okay to assume that just because you've written the next Great American Novel that an artist (or photographer, or knitter, or creative) will immediately jump at the chance to 'work with you' just because - well, you've written the next Great American Novel.


Lest we forget, professional artists and all the other professional folks who fall under the creative umbrella are business people. Entrepreneurs. People who build businesses and create goals around building said creative businesses, and are striving to attain the highest level of success and excellence just as much as the next professional business person.

So, before an Approacher embarrasses him or herself with sheer unbridled ignorance, here is a list of questions an Approacher should be able to answer solidly before <<clicking>> SEND on their computer:

1. Have I properly introduced myself to the Artist / Creative individual I'm interested in possibly working with (this includes looking at websites, FB page, Google name - you know, basic 5 minute due diligence)?

2. Have I properly explained who I am, what my project is, and why I am approaching Artist / Creative?

3. Have I properly addressed the Partnership Factor with said Artist / Creative - to show that I'm not a Taker, but an equal partner in the transaction?

That's just a start. My list could go on and on...

Real quick: Recently I was approached by someone who was interested in my artwork. She introduced herself in her email, gave me some background, and link to her work, and why she was interested in partnering with me to use my work. It was a total Ask + Answer = Agreement - no brainer. Because her request and explanation aligned with my vision, branding, and business integrity, I gave her a big whopping F@!#$ YES!