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Thursday, May 16th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

 I am celebrating the last few weeks before leaving Bay Area for another state by going plein-air painting in San Francisco. In the previous post I showed my new painting of Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park; today it is a watercolor sketch of Golden Gate bridge, the view from the famous Pier 39. 

The day was quite cold for the month of May, windy but sunny. I captured the waves, the vanishing fog, and deep red colors of the bridge in a quick Impressionistic style sketch:

 

Live To Create!

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Thursday, May 9th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

This week my dreams came true. I always thought about coming to paint

Conservatory Of Flowers

in Golden Gate Park of San Francisco en Plein-Air Style. And finally, I packed my paints and went. In spite of the starting rain, I stoically waited for the first sun rays to come up while I was drawing And then, the magic had began: I splashed the paint all over the artwork. But the day was still oh so cold. I warmed up my hands in the restaurant at the Ocean Beach and then happy and full, filled with art ideas, I went back home to add a few details to the painting :)

A note from the keepers of this beautiful Botanical Life Museum:

The Conservatory of Flowers is a national, state and local landmark, officially “Landmark Number 841” in the State of California. Built in 1879, the Conservatory of Flowers was the first formal structure erected in Golden Gate Park and remains an icon at the entrance of world renowned Golden Gate Park.

The Conservatory is literally filled to the brim with flowers, foliage and plants from around the world, with a concentration on tropical plants. It’s a place where you will always be greeted with a warm smile, an unforgettable experience, and an opportunity to view a plant or flower that you may not see anywhere else. Come visit the Conservatory today and immerse yourself in our five distinct galleries, each focusing on highlighting a different ecosystem, ranging from a tropical rainforest to the cloud forests perched on top of mountains. Once inside the Conservatory you will engage all senses: see an awesome array of colors and textures; feel the warm, moist air; smell intoxicating fragrances; taste the mist on your tongue; hear the trickle of falling water, a clap of thunder in our rainforest, or crickets as the sun starts to set.

We are proud that the Conservatory is engaged in important conservation and education work, keeping rare and unusual plants on display for the young and old, just as we have done since 1879. We are proud to translate the amazing stories of plants unique features or ingenious adaptation traits through our carefully curated interpretation and experiences. Finally, we are proud to welcome children of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Live To Create!!

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Tuesday, April 23rd 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

The watercolor illustrations of Chocolate and delicious dipped in chocolate Almonds that I’ve painted in watercolour for my client, are on the packaging and on the shelves of the UK stores.

Above is Dark Chocolate watercolor illustration of Almond and chocolate chunks.

And here is a sweet Milk Chocolate and almond dipped in it:

   

This Raspberry painted in watercolor together with deliciously dipped and tilted watercolor almond are mouthwatering good:

  And sweet but savory Salted Caramel Chocolate Almond watercolor illustration, is so appealing to my taste, I feel that I can grab it now from the shelves of the store and eat it all at once! :)

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Wednesday, April 17th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

My watercolor painting Dancing Fire was selected by the author and publishing company for a wonderful book of poetry by Esma Ashraf.

Book :

Shamma

, The dancing flame 

From The Author: Esma Ashraf

Bio: I am a bilingual writer and have been writing since 22 years. In my language (Urdu) I was published in Urdu; Dunya international newspaper for 3 years. In English, I started writing 3 years ago and published a poem in Brown Girl Magazine last year. I also got published for ‘Art and literary Magazine’ in my college days. I have a graduate degree from New York university(NYU) in MSW.

Writing is my passion, it’s my way of worshiping. Playing with words is like making love. Not only poetry, I write short stories as well. With the power of imagination and magic of emotions, I create music out of my ink. I feel the heights of intensity starting to gush into my soul when my muse takes over my senses. Then a new story comes to life.

Idea of creation:

 it’s a book of poems. Shamma means, “a flame of the candle”. It is a desire that radiates us in many ways. The spark enkindles to raise a passion of love inside. Each new flame spreads light, whether we fly in ecstasy or sink into the downing tears of love. Shamma is also a romantic feminine name used in poetry, songs in Hindi/Urdu language.  She is a ray of hope, embodiment of sensuality and a sculpture of goddess. It is an identity of any woman who loves to give and sacrifices in the name of her dignity, compassion and courage. Her strength is her weakness. On one hand, a ray of fire burns her soul, on the other hand, this blaze enlightens her spirit. 

“I am the flame that brightens your dull moments, and I die in the hands of my own destiny.” 

Shamma: Desire of a flame

Many burn by her dazzling display.

Doesn’t matter; she chooses

to live this way.

Besides this notion, a mind

ponders anyway.

Dying under the moments

of shimmery days.

Love is enkindled

to let it stay.

Moth whirling around her

to convey.

Live to Create!

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Monday, April 8th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

Last weekend I visited an extremely interesting, informative, and beautiful exhibition of Yearly Years of Paintings by Peter Paul Rubens.

Rubens (1577–1640) was celebrated for his skillful handling of oil paint; his sensuous coloring; and his taut, action-packed depictions of dramatic narratives. Early Rubens focuses on what is arguably the artist’s most innovative period of production, from 1608 until about 1620. It was during these years that Rubens rose to the highest ranks of European painting. He did so through a series of social and artistic choices that laid the groundwork for his later international fame and established a visual style that would guide ambitious painters for generations to come. 

Rubens was not just a remarkable artist but also an international diplomat, businessman, intellectual, friend to scholars and monarchs, and master of a productive workshop. His early biographers branded Rubens as an aristocrat-artist, the favorite of Europe’s nobles, but his ultimate success was far from an assured outcome. Observe Rubens’s meteoric rise to master of the Northern Baroque.

Rubens’s Italian Years 

After an eight-year sojourn in Italy, Rubens returned to Antwerp in 1608 to attend to his dying mother, and it was far from certain that he would remain long in his hometown. As he wrote to a friend, even the following spring he had not yet decided whether “to remain in my country or to return forever to Rome, where I am invited on the most favorable terms.” Italy was transformative for Rubens, both in terms of his artistic skills and his professional ambitions. While altarpiece commissions helped build Rubens’s reputation as a painter capable of communicating religious piety in large, public works, his skill in smaller cabinet pictures—especially scenes of ancient history or mythology—simultaneously broadened his appeal among individual connoisseurs. Our exhibition will open with a small but broadly representative group of works from Rubens’s Italian years that provide context for his later artistic triumphs.

These early experiences informed the social and intellectual circles that Rubens sought to join once he determined to settle in Antwerp. Through a selection of portraits—some commissioned, others intimate portrayals of close friends and family members—the exhibition addresses how Rubens sought to establish himself as a “gentleman painter” and how he acquired increased social and professional footing through his relationships with Antwerp’s heady mix of humanists, merchants, and religious thinkers. For instance, the Fine Arts Museums’ paintings of silk merchant Rogier Clarisse and his wife, Sara Breyel, represent a single commission around 1611, yet these portraits also testify to a widening network of relationships that touched the humanist Jan Woverius and the Dominican church of St. Paul’s and provided Rubens professional and intellectual activity for years to come.

The details of each portrait and still life are amazing:

Prints and Drawings 

During the 1610s, Rubens began to consider how best to publish his pictorial inventions through the mediation of reproductive engravers. Although earlier attempts had been made to reproduce his paintings, it was around 1619 that he began to cultivate relationships with specific engravers he felt could best translate his compositions to print. With major examples from the British Museum and Rijksmuseum, the exhibition will present the varied array of printmaking projects in which Rubens collaborated.

The exhibition culminates with a selection of Rubens’s large gallery pictures, works frequently scaled to compete with tapestry or fresco painting. Mural-sized works such as the National Gallery of Art’s Daniel in the Lions’ Den will be joined by other large, life-size scenes to create an immersive viewing experience. These were the paintings that fired Rubens’s international reputation as they began to enter the collections of aristocrats and royal advisors during the 1610s. This important final gallery will permit visitors to appreciate the size of Rubens’s ambition while also understanding the role his vibrant workshop played in his international success.

Live To Create!

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Sunday, March 31st 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

An art study of Aquabord. 

I love the texture, but it is not easy to paint on this surface; yet the decorative effect wins the prize and I think this small thick square boards will make a very good affordable gift for the art collectors that do not want to spend a fortune but still want to make a unique gifts to their friends and family. 

I love how it looks on the easel:

It is also very presentable when serves as decoration on the shelf:

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Thursday, March 21st 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

The garden of Watercolor Flowers on

Dresses  ,  Tops  , and

Contrast Tanks

is growing in my

RedBubble Gallery . 

I am so glad that my customers selected quite a few pieces for the Summer already :)

Monday, March 18th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

About Fred

Fred is a dog, a friend, a reincarnated being. 

Dogs don’t have past and future tenses in their thinking vocabulary. They have reflex, and they can anticipate an excitement. But most of the time they live in The Present Tense.

Fred is a Dog, a Friend, a Curious Being. 

He makes his adopted parents (two humans) happy most of the times, worried sometimes, but angry never. 

He is dog-like intelligent and dog-like smart. But most likely he has very little clue that he is a dog. He thinks a lot, takes on tons of responsibilities, he also worries. The only time he suspects that he is a dog, is when parents pour him food from the Dogs’ Food Bag, and when they for some reason attach the leash to his pretty collar when going for a walk as if he ever thought about running away from his house. 

2011, December. The baby dog is born in Porterville, California. Surrounded by cats in the household, he learns how to target a pray like cats target a mouse. This habit stays with him for many years. At six weeks of age he is adopted by a woman who realizes in two weeks she really doesn’t need a dog and brings him back. Rejected, he patiently waits until his new owner comes from far far town of Martinez and takes him home, a real home, where he learns new rules: no couch, lots of hugs, sleep inside the house, walk with the huge stick in his mouth, and no concerns about anything whatsoever. As he thought…

One may think, but May of 2012 comes when his parents bring him a little surprise, an orange furry ball that they call George (referring to him as a Red Fox Lab), a little snapper, cyber tooth gnome, who takes Fred’s bones and toys, who was raised for his first 6 weeks with 13 other dogs and mostly in the wild outside of small California village Leggett. No manners whatsoever, no cat-like education, none, zilch, nada! Yet that “Thing” was so cute and fun. 

Later on, Fred grasps that George is also awesomely helpful to realize all Fred-Dog’s plans. He can tease George with a toy, excite him running from one door to another, while barking his tongue out, play fight or Catch-Me-If-You-Can, and even make little Georgie into Ambassador Of The Fred Kingdom when there is a need to beg for dinner or to wake up parents at 4am in the morning. With those important activities, Fred also assumes responsibility not only for George, but for all the humans, and whole entire household. Difficult yet honorable task for less than half year-old puppy. 

Years pass by. 

George grows up and becomes 10 lb heavier than Fred, so Fred has to use his intelligence to get the things his way. 

Each day is exiting and quite fun. Breakfast at 4:30am and dinner at 5pm. Snacks in between. Walks in the neighborhood. Sleep on the cool floor in the Summers, and next to the fireplace in the Winters. Morning pets on the head and evening rubs of the chin. Sometimes, parents disappear and Fred has fun with his aunt (mother’s side). She finds out that Fred is not alien to music, specifically to harmonica. He started singing, but later on he gets shy and lets the birds do their job. Also, Fred likes to catch soap bubbles, flying like a 70-pound-Butterfly in the backyard. When Fred is bored, he digs into his basket of toys, selects one or two, plus a ball; plugs all of them into his mouth and brings to parents to tease George. Then he retrieves the toys, a fun activity that George never does; and the game starts over.  When Fred is thirsty, he sits next to the door that leads to the water supply, and he drills the back of your head to let him out, so even if you are not aware for the fist two minutes, the Fred’s telepathy works and you turn your head towards him to see what he wants. Real talent for a dog from the South with no Ancestry paperwork or Family Tree, unlike George who is all fancy, all documented, but no retrieving skills, not even feline manners. 

In 2014 parents switched the house, and Fred needed to adjust his Kingdom to a new place’s rules. No second floor to run up and butt-slide down (as he did when he was a child), lots of fences and restrictions, but so many new smells. It never hurts to assume more responsibilities; and, Fred does it with pleasure. 

There are few things that he really likes. Besides bubbles, chases, walks, and talks, he really loves when mama brushes his hair outside. For some reason, she always starts with George; but, Thank God that punk has less wavy hair as Red Fox Yellow Lab kind, vs real beauty of English Lab Fred His Majesty. So Fred waits for about three seconds while mama brushes the “Fire Boy” and then Fred looses his cool and starts sitting closer to mama. He moves closer. Closer. Closer. It is hard job to be noticed; but finally she comes to senses and she starts brushing Fred. As he has tons of hair to spare, the Fred’s brushing activity goes for at least 10 minutes, so does Fred’s Heaven. 

Unlike many humans, Freddy likes to vacuum. He attacks this growling monster showing his teeth, then he backs up, attacks, backs up. Nobody yet got hurt though. Neither animals, nor vacuums. 

He knows three languages: English, Russian, and Italian. Each language to him is like a song when it comes to going outside, cookies, or gentle pets on his shoulders and belly.

He is intelligent and smart. He is tough. He is afraid of nothing, but plastic bags. For some unknown reason, probably a childhood trauma from his fist weeks with the cats, somehow somewhere someone scared him by waving a plastic bag. Since then, Fred cannot stand a sound of plastic. So much for the Tough Boy, eh. He would be totally going Plastic Ban Fan if only he knew he is California dweller. Thank God he has no clue that parents move to far far state where are a lot of bunny rabbits, deer, Bald Eagles, and oh Heaven more cats, all equals more responsibilities. Washougal, which in Russian literally spells like “Your Cozy Corner”, will be his Final Destination, his really cozy corner. 

Dogs don’t have past tense. They live in present time. I am learning from Fred to be present, to enjoy each moment of my life. It is a true gift. True Present. 

Thank you, Freddy, Fred, Frederico!

And here is all on The Secret To A Happy Life - A Yellow Lab Puppy's Standpoint :)

In Russian:

О Фреде

Фред - собака, друг, реинкарнированное создание.

У собак нет прошедшего и будущего времени. У них есть рефлекс, и они могут предвкушать, волноваться. Но большую часть времени они живут в настоящем, в Сейчас.

Фред - Собака, Друг, крайне Любопытное Существо. В большинстве случаев он делает своих приемных родителей (двух человек) счастливыми. Иногда они переживают изза него, но он никогда никогда не злит их.

Он умный (как собака) и интеллигентный (как собака). Но, скорее всего, он понятия не имеет, что он Собака. Он много думает, берет на себя множество обязанностей, он также за всё переживает. Единственный раз, когда он подозревает, что он - собака, это когда родители наливают ему еду из пакета с собачьей едой, и может быть когда по какой-то причине они привязывают поводок к его красивому ошейнику на прогулке, как будто он когда-либо думал о побеге из его дома. 

2011 год, декабрь. В Портервилле, штат Калифорния родился щенок. Окруженный кошками в доме, он учится нацеливаться на жертву-игрушку, как кошка на мышь. Эта привычка остается с ним на протяжении многих лет. В шесть недель он усыновлен женщиной, которая вдруг понимает, что ей не нужна собака, и возвращает его обратно. Отвергнутый, он терпеливо ждет, пока его новый владелец приедет из далекого города Мартинеса и доставит его домой. В настоящий дом, там где он изучает новые правила: не вскакивать на диван (вот новость!), но куча объятий. Спать в доме, а не на улице. Гулять с огромной палкой во рту, ох столько палок - глаза разбегаются. И вроде бы никаких проблем, ну ни о чем. Как он думал ...

Кто бы мог подумать, но когда наступает май 2012, его родители преподносят ему небольшой сюрприз, оранжевый пушистый шарик, который они называют Джорджем (именуемый им «Красная Лисица Желтый Лабрадор»), маленький балбес, зубастый гномик, который забирает косточку и игрушки Фреда, щенок, который взращен с 13 собаками вокруг и главным образом в дикой природе за пределами цивилизации, в маленькой калифорнийской деревне Леггетт. Никаких манер, никакого кошачьего образования, ничего! И все же эта «вещица» была такой милой и веселой. Позже Фред понимает, что Джордж также чрезвычайно полезен для реализации всех планов Мистера Фреда. Он может дразнить Джорджа игрушкой, побуждать его бегать от одной двери к другой, лаять, играть, боротся или убегать от него «Поймай меня, если сможешь», и даже превратить маленького Джорджи в посла Королевства Фред, когда есть необходимость выпрашивать обед или будить родителей в 4 часа утра. Но с этим, Фред также берет на себя ответственность не только для Джорджа, но и для всех людей, за весь дом. Сложная, но почетная задача для щенка не достигшего совершеннолетия. 

Годы идут. Джордж вырастает и становится на 10 фунтов тяжелее, чем Фред, поэтому теперь Фред должен использовать свой интеллект, чтобы разобраться со всем. Каждый день увлекателен и весел. Завтрак в 4:30 утра и ужин в 17 вечера. Закуски между. Прогулки по соседству. Летом спи себе на прохладном полу, а зимой - рядом с камином. Утренние милые поглаживания по голове и вечерние почесывания подбородка. Иногда родители исчезают, и Фред развлекается со своей тетей (по материнской линии). Она узнает от него, что Фред не чужд музыке, особенно губной гармошке. Он начал петь, но позже он вдруг застесняется и позволит птицам делать свою работу. Кроме того, Фред любит ловить мыльные пузыри, летая как бабочка весом в 70 фунтов на заднем дворе. Когда Фреду скучно, он копается в корзине с игрушками, выбирает одну или две плюс мячик; запихивает их все себе в рот и приносит родителям чтоб подразнить Джорджа. Затем он забирает от Джоржа все эти игрушки, забавное занятие, которого Джордж по необьяснимой причине никогда не делает. А затем игра начинается снова. Когда Фред испытывает жажду, он сидит рядом с дверью, ведущей к наружу, и высверливает тебе затылок своими мыслями, чтобы его выпустили. Так что даже если вы не знаете в течение первых двух минут что происходит за вашей спиной, телепатия Фреда работает, и вы поворачиваете голову к нему, чтобы увидеть, что же он хочет. Настоящий талант существа без особых документов о родословной, в отличие от Джорджа, который весь из себя задокументированный, но не имеет навыков извлечения выгоды, даже кошачьих манер.

В 2014 году родители переехали в другой дом, и Фред должен приспосабливать свое королевство к правилам нового места. Нет второго этажа, чтобы подниматься и стремительно сползать (как он делал в детсве), много заборов и ограничений, но так же много новых интереснейших запахов. Никогда не помешает взять на себя больше ответственности; и Фред делает это с удовольствием.

Есть несколько вещей, которые ему действительно нравятся. Помимо пузырей, погонь, прогулок и разговоров, ему очень нравится, когда мама расчесывает ему волосы на улице. По какой-то причине она всегда начинает с Джорджа; но, слава Богу, у этого панка меньше волос. С чем может сравниться невзрачная красота Красной Лисицы против настоящей красоты английского Лаборатора Фреда, Его Величества. Итак, Фред ждет около трех секунд, пока мама вычесывает его Друга «Огненного мальчика», а затем Фред теряет хладнокровие и начинает подсиживаться ближе к маме. Ближе. Ближе. Ближе. Это тяжелая работа, чтобы быть замеченным; но наконец мама обращает на него внимание и принимается за Фреда. Поскольку у него тонны волос, чистка Фреда длится не менее 10 минут, ровно столько же как и Райское его наслаждение.

В отличие от многих людей, Фредди очень любит пылесосить. Он атакует этого рычащего монстра, показывая свои зубы, затем он отступает, атакует опять, и опять отступает. Правда в этой патасовке еще никто не пострадал. Ни животные, ни бытовые инструменты.

Фред знает три языка: английский, русский и итальянский. Каждый язык для него похож на песню, когда речь идет о выходе на улицу, о печенье или о нежных поглаживаниях по плечу и животу. Фред теряет слух лишь тогда, когда от него что-то хотят (например не есть траву). 

Он интеллигентный и умный. Он крутой и строгий. Он ничего не боится, кроме полиэтиленовых пакетов. По какой-то неизвестной причине, вероятно, из-за детской травмы, случившейся в первые недели с кошками, кто-то где-то как-то напугал его, размахивая пластиковым пакетом. С тех пор Фред не выносит звука пластика. Вот такой крутой пацян. Он был бы абсолютным фанатом Закона О Запрещении Использования Пластиков Пакетов В Магазинах, если бы знал, что он живет в Калифорнии. Слава Богу, он понятия не имеет, что родители переезжают в другой штат, где много кроликов, оленей, белоголовых орланов, й, о Боже Правый, больше кошек, а соответственно больше обязанностей. Городок Вашугол, Вашингтон который на русском языке буквально звучит как «Ваш Угол», станет его конечным пунктом назначения, его действительно уютным милым уголком.

У собак нет прошедшего времени. Они живут в настоящем. Я учусь у Фреда быть сейчас и здесь и наслаждаться каждым моментом моей жизни. Это настоящий подарок. Настоящее настоящее.

Спасибо, Фредди, Фред, Фредерико!

In Italian:

Riguardo Fred

Fred è un cane, un amico, una anima reincarnata.

I cani non hanno tempi passati e futuri nel loro vocabolario. Hanno dei riflessi e possono anticipare un'eccitazione. Ma la maggior parte del tempo che vivono è il Tempo Presente, ora, adesso, subito.

Fred è un cane, un amico, un animale curioso. Fa felici i suoi genitori adottivi (due umani), forse nervosano delle volte, ma mai arrabbiati.

È intelligente come un cane e furba come un cane. Ma molto probabilmente ha ben poca idea che sia un cane. Pensa molto, assume molte responsabilità, si preoccupa anche lui. L'unica volta che sospetta di essere un cane, è quando i genitori gli versano del cibo dalla borsa dei cani, e quando per qualche ragione attaccano il guinzaglio al grazioso colletto quando vanno a fare una passeggiata come se avesse mai pensato di scappare da casa sua.

2011, dicembre. Il cucciolo di cane è nato a Porterville, in California. Circondato da gatti in casa, impara come bersagliare un giocattolo come un gatto. Questa abitudine rimane con lui per molti anni. A sei settimane viene adottato da una donna che realizza in due settimane che non ha davvero bisogno di un cane e lo riporta indietro. Rifiutato, aspetta pazientemente che il suo nuovo uomo arriva dalla città molto lontana di Martinez e lo porti a casa, una vera casa, dove Fred impara nuove regole: niente divano, tanti abbracci, dormire in casa, camminare con bastone nella sua bocca, e nessuna preoccupazione su qualsiasi cosa. Come pensava ...

Si potrebbe pensare, ma maggio del 2012 arriva quando i suoi genitori gli portano una piccola sorpresa, una palla arancione che chiamano George, un piccolino dentice rosso, un piccolo gnome, che prende le ossa di Fred e giocattoli, che è stato allevato per le sue prime 6 settimane con 13 altri cani e per lo più in natura al di fuori del piccolo villaggio della California, Leggett. Senza buone maniere, nessuna educazione felina, nessuna, nulla, niente! Eppure quella "Cosa" era così carina e divertente. Più tardi, Fred capisce che George è anche incredibilmente utile per realizzare i piani di Fred-Cane. Può stuzzicare George con un giocattolo, eccitarlo correndo da una porta all'altra, mentre abbaia con la sua lingua di cane, gioca a combattere o Prendi-a-me-se- puoi , e persino fa diventare il piccolo Georgie nell'Ambassadore di Regno Di Fred quando c'è un bisogno di chiedere a cena o di svegliare i genitori alle 4 del mattina. Con queste attività importanti, Fred assume anche la responsabilità non solo per George, ma per tutti gli umani e per l'intera famiglia. Compito difficile ma onorevole per un cucciolo di meno di mezzo anno.

Gli anni passano. George cresce e diventa 10 libbre più pesante di Fred, quindi Fred deve usare la sua intelligenza per ottenere le cose a modo suo. Ogni giorno è emozionante e abbastanza divertente. Colazione alle 4:30 e cena alle 17:00. Spuntini in mezzo. Passeggiate nel quartiere. Dormi sul fresco pavimento delle estate e vicino al camino di inverno. Coccolare sulla testa al mattina e sfregamenti serali del mento. A volte quando i genitori spariscono Fred si diverte con sua zia (la sorellina della madre). Scopre che Fred non è estraneo alla musica, in particolare all'armonica. Ha iniziato a cantare, ma in seguito si fa timido e lascia che gli uccelli facciano il loro lavoro. Inoltre, a Fred piace prendere le bolle di sapone, volando come una farfalla da 70 libbre nel cortile sul retro. Quando Fred è annoiato, scava nella sua cesta di giocattoli, ne seleziona uno o due, più una palla; li inserisce tutti nella sua bocca e li porta ai genitori per stuzzicare George. Quindi recupera i giocattoli, un'attività divertente che George non fa mai; e il gioco ricomincia. Quando Fred ha sete, si siede vicino alla porta che porta alla riserva d'acqua, e ti trapassa la testa per farlo uscire, quindi anche se non sei consapevole del pugno di due minuti, la telepatia di Fred funziona e tu gira la testa verso di lui per vedere cosa vuole. Un vero talento per un cane del Sud senza documenti di Ascendenza o Albero genealogico, a differenza di George che è tutto stravagante, tutto documentato, ma senza capacità di recupero, nemmeno di buone maniere.

Nel 2014 i genitori hanno cambiato casa e Fred aveva bisogno di adattare il suo Regno alle regole di un nuovo posto. Nessun secondo piano per correre e scivolare giù (come faceva quando era un bambino), un sacco di recinzioni e restrizioni, ma tanti nuovi odori. Non fa mai male assumere più responsività; e, Fred lo fa con piacere.

Ci sono poche cose che gli piacciono davvero. Oltre a bolle di sapone, inseguimenti, passeggiate e discorsi, ama davvero quando mamma si spazzola i capelli fuori in giardino. Per qualche ragione, inizia sempre con George; ma, grazie a Dio, il bambino viziato ha i capelli meno ondulati come quelli del Red Fox Yellow Lab, contro la vera bellezza del laboratorio inglese Fred La Sua Maestà. Quindi Fred aspetta circa tre secondi mentre la mamma sfiora il "Bambino" e Fred perde la calma e inizia a sedersi vicino a mamma. Si avvicina. Più vicino. Più più vicino. È difficile essere notato; ma alla fine lei arriva ai sensi e lei inizia a sfiorare Fred. Dato che ha un sacco di capelli da perdere, l'attività di spazzolamento di Fred dura per almeno 10 minuti, così fa Paradiso di Fred.

In contrario di molti umani, a Freddy piace aspirare. Attacca questo mostro ringhiante mostrando i suoi denti, poi indietreggia, attacca, arretra. Nessuno però si è fatto male. Né gli animali, né i vuoti.

Conosce tre lingue: inglese, russo e italiano. Ogni lingua per lui è come una canzone quando si tratta di uscire fuori, biscotti o dolci animali sulle sue spalle e pancia.

Lui è intelligente e furba. Lui è duro. Non ha paura di nulla, ma di borse di plastica. Per qualche ragione sconosciuta, probabilmente un trauma infantile dalle sue prime settimane con i gatti, in qualche modo qualcuno lo ha spaventato sventolando un sacchetto di plastica. Da allora, Fred non sopporta un suono di plastica. Così tanto per il Ragazzo Forte. Sarebbe andato totalmente al No Plastica Legge se solo avesse saputo di essere un abitante della California. Grazie a Dio non ha un’idea che i genitori si trasferiscano in un’altro stato molto lontano dove ci sono un sacco di conigli, cervi, aquile calve e oh cielo, più gatti, tutti uguali più responsabilità. Washougal, che in russo significa letteralmente "Il tuo angolo accogliente", sarà la sua destinazione finale, il suo angolo davvero accogliente.

I cani non hanno passato. Vivono nel tempo presente. Sto imparando da Fred ad essere presente, per godermi ogni momento della mia vita. È un vero regalo Vero presente.

Grazie, Freddy, Fred, Frederico!

Monday, March 11th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

Japanese Tea Garden San Francisco watercolor painting by Irina Sztukowski

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This painting and few others were accepted in the Best of Worldwide Watermedia book by Kennedy Publishing. It was sweet to receive the e-mail from the publisher about their selection.

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This painting has a very emotional value for me. I love to visit Japanese Garden in San Francisco Golden Gate Park. And each time I am there the garden looks different even they don't change the exterior much. But the blooming plants that what makes it different and interesting each time I go there. The painting was made in the Spring of 2009 when my Dad came to America for the first time to celebrate his 60th Birthday. I took the photo reference and painted the garden after my Dad left .

And every time I took the brush to proceed painting I remembered the good times with my Dad.

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Wednesday, March 6th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

Waterlilies On Canvas

I was exploring a new surface for my watercolors: Watercolor Canvas . Before, I tried watercolor board and thought to try a canvas this time. The board surprised me with the fact that it was practically impossible to place the layers. When I tried to place second layer on it, my first layer would mix with wet surface and simply disappear. From my experience, watercolor canvas has better fluidity than a board; you can make a good wash if working fast and knowing what colors will go in what place (does not allow reapplying though); and, the canvas allows to place a second layer yet it should be darker than the previous one.

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And I was surprised how my hands were adjusting to the quality of the surface this time. Feeling that the colors will not flow like on 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper , my hands started applying paint in kind of pointing style (e.g. instead of sweeping my brush across I was "pocking" dots all over the surface with different colors or just making very short strokes). Quite interesting experience! My style changed completely in just a few minutes since I started painting. The surface dictated the technique. At some point I thought about Monet and his Water Lilies ; how did he paint them? What did he feel? Although, yes he used oil paint; I guess I got the oil paint thinking then :)

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The advantage of the watercolor on canvas is that if you want you can place it on a wall without framing (though you will need to use fixative of course). Yet, lately I am experimenting with watercolor board (with stretched Cotton Paper) that also will not need frame except a cradle board. I've noticed that some of my clients would like to have watercolor paintings without frames in there collections. I was researching how to do that too. And I'll share this experience with you in the future.

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Friday, February 22nd 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

When I painted these Watercolor Waterlilies I was certainly inspired by a great artist Claude Monet. I've even used a new technique for me that day: painting with thicker layers of watercolors on a special Watercolor Canvas. Later on many art collectors purchased prints with this artwork, and many of them told me that it reminds them Monet subject; however, in my Waterlilies they are not only painted with different from Monet medium, but also have more hue and value. I am really grateful to Monet for the inspiration! I've painted those lilies from the little Pond that is next to De Young Museum 

And when I learned that this month at the same De Young Museum a new exhibition on Late Years paintings of Monet just opened, I was there right away. 

It is important to know when going to this exhibition that the paintings were created in the last couple of decades when Monet straggled with his cataracts. I admire his devotion to the art and ability to deal with the disease making it serve him well. 

Here I want to share the amazing painting by Claude Monet and information about his late years:

I hope, in my photos, it is possible to read the information that exhibition organizers put together. It is quite interesting as it brings understanding not only about Monet's art, but also about his perception of the world around him and his personality:

Also, there is plenty of interesting facts on his life on the museum Insights website here:  https://insights.famsf.org/late-monet/#&chapter=chapter_8413584&page=chapter_8413640

There is an interesting video documentary from 1913-1915 that shows Monet painting his Waterlilies en plein air style.

Here is an excerpt of the above website for easy read (as the website is a little too "interactive" for a concentrated read, in my opinion):

For Monet, ambition never drifted far below the surface. From his artistic debut in 1865 to the final months of his life, Monet pursued the fame and recognition bestowed upon those who achieve artistic originality. Monet: The Late Years tells the story of the tenacity, obsession, and unmatched productivity that define the last two decades of the artist’s career.

In 1883, at the age of 43, Monet settled in Giverny, France, a small village of no more than 300 inhabitants, with his two sons; his companion (soon to be second wife), Alice; and her six children. A direct train line provided easy access to Paris, just 45 miles away. Life in Giverny offered Monet unprecedented happiness and prosperity. However, by 1914 Monet had endured the debilitating loss of Alice and subsequent death of his eldest son, events that contributed to a nearly two-year hiatus from painting.

Throughout his career, Monet kept works that held personal significance. Toward the end of his life, Monet displayed these works in one of his studio buildings, as seen in the photograph below. In it Monet and a guest study a fragment of the composition Luncheon on the Grass(1865–1866), painted when he was in his mid-twenties. This nearly life-size canvas is pictured hanging alongside works he painted from 1887 to 1919.

Over the course of his long career, Monet witnessed the development of modernism, which both built upon and challenged his aesthetic vision. As Post-Impressionist artists such as Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, and Vincent van Gogh transformed the art world, paving the way for the modernist art movements of the 20th century, Monet continued to advance his own style. After his initial introduction of a revolutionary use of color and bold brushstrokes, Monet started painting in series in 1891. His first exhibition of serial works featured compositions of haystacks in the fields surrounding Giverny. Creating a series of works focused on a single subject allowed Monet to demonstrate the level of exacting observation and meticulous skill involved in capturing changes in weather, atmosphere, and light. These works in part silenced critics who had accused the Impressionists of being overly spontaneous and haphazard.

During the first two decades of the 20th century, Monet continued to evolve his style. While Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, and Fernand Léger made headlines with their own artistic visions, which minimized the importance of observing nature, Monet remained steadfast in his focus on his gardens. He brought vitality and interest to his work by evolving his brushstroke, which became broader and more layered, and significantly expanding the scale of his compositions. These stylistic innovations would crystalize in the artist’s most ambitious project, the Grandes Décorations, installed in the Musée de l’Orangerie in 1927, after the artist’s death, as a gift to the French state.

Close study of Monet’s brushstrokes in Weeping Willowreveals that the artist worked in multiple layers, applying some wet on wet and others after the paint fully dried. Despite Monet’s emphasis on his work “in the field,” his working process always included time in the studio. In fact, at Giverny Monet constructed three increasingly larger studios in which to work.

From a very early age, Monet loved gardening, and he tended to the gardens at his homes before moving to Giverny. He once stated, “Beyond painting and gardening, I am good for nothing.” Upon taking possession of his Giverny home, called Le Pressoir (the Cider Press), Monet set about a massive redesign that slowly took shape between 1883 and 1899.

His first order of business was to remove the kitchen garden at the front of the house and to update the plantings, giving particular attention to creating tones and color fields, in the two-and-a-half-acre walled garden behind the house. For Monet, who in his early career frequently experienced financial hardships, the garden—both its creation and its upkeep—amounted to a luxury.

Monet’s earliest paintings inspired by the gardens were studies of flowers. He waited nearly 15 years, as the plantings matured and filled in, before painting broader vistas. In maintaining the gardens, Monet was fastidious, as he knew the landscape would serve as his outdoor studio. The critic Arsène Alexandre once remarked: “His garden. He’s indebted to it, he’s proud of it.”

Monet’s artistic vision knew no limits. After purchasing the property across from his home, Monet set about requesting permission from the local authorities to create a small diversion in the Epte River to create a pond, in which he planned to cultivate aquatic plants. He also requested permission to construct two bridges to cross this water garden. The local neighbors and farmers vigorously opposed the plan, fearing the possible pollution of their water source. A series of letters between Monet and his wife Alice document the artist’s sharp temper and steadfast resolve to achieve his vision. In one letter, Monet exclaims, “To hell with the natives of Giverny.” Years later, he again engaged with the local government, paying for all the roads in town to be paved to alleviate the dust that constantly contaminated the leaves of his water lilies.

In the final years of his career, Monet’s attention increasingly focused on the multiple visual effects of his lily pond, which he used as an instrument for radical artistic development. In 1903 Monet undertook his first series devoted to water lilies. Monet’s observations of his pond extend beyond the visual, becoming metaphorical statements about the transformative power of nature.

Scale

These canvases, painted while the artist was in his 70s and 80s, are often so large that they cannot be seen in a single glance. Monet’s stepdaughter Blanche, nicknamed “the Blue Angel” for her blue eyes and endless patience, served as Monet’s chief assistant, moving canvases about his studio. At times his gardeners would help bring canvases to the gardens.

Composition

Monet achieved complicated effects through his studied examination of reflections. In 1908 he remarked, “These landscapes of water and reflections have become an obsession.”

Color

From the start, Monet was an accomplished colorist, leading his contemporary Paul Cézanne to declare, “Monet is nothing but an eye, but what an eye.” His late compositions show broad, energetic brushstrokes of vibrant color that float on the two-dimensional surface of the canvas. Other examples are so vibrantly colored that they elude a direct connection with nature and suggest pure sensory experience in its place.

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Saturday, February 16th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

Botanical Floral Collection that became so popular through my Botanical Flowers Books through the books stores such Barnes & Noble and Amazon are now available in prints. 

The above interior decor has two botanical flowers groups.

In one there are Moth Orchid, Parrot Tulips, Lilac, and Pink Rose:

And another one has French Lavender, Pink Lotus, Miniature Yellow Daffodils, and Hyacinth Flower:

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Wednesday, February 13th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

LOVE is all around! 

It shall be celebrated each day of the year, in all colors and genders. With these thoughts in mind I was creating my Watercolor Silhouettes collection about Hearts & Love. 

Happy Valentines!

&

Spread the LOVE!

These designs look great in all sort of interior decor from traditional to contemporary, as well on merchandise such clothes and pillows:

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Saturday, February 9th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

My watercolor Rose painting was published on a cover of the second addition Of Noble Character book by  Carolyne Swayze .

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Friday, February 1st 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

In the next two paintings (above and below) that I painted in loose brush strokes with watercolor and gouache, I've decided to marry two approaches, two styles Impressionism with the take on Old Dutch Masters still lives. The paintings are created in Impressionistic technique, but the subject matter and composition was learned from 16th Century painters. I mixed realism and Impressionism adding an abstract background.

My Collection and a Gallery Flowers Impressionism had also a new addition of two more paintings with the sweet pink tea roses and a bouquet of flowers in the blue vase. 

It is great to see the artworks in the interior decor of a house from living room to bedroom centerpiece. 

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Thursday, January 24th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

My watercolor illustrations on a new brand YoU by Migros company were published in Persoenlich Magazine in the article interview where the Food Identity and branding are discussed. 

For inquiries of commission painting of watercolor food illustrations or watercolours for packaging designs please visit  http://www.sztukowski.art/ 

Friday, January 18th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

If in the last year I focused more on precisely painted botanical flowers for my Coloring Books Collection , this year I am exploring quite different style of painting; and, I am introducing an interesting water medium into my watercolor, gouache. Gouache is a pretty much opaque watercolor that allows to paint thicker, well pronounced layers on on a top of each other. I love an Impressionistic feeling when I paint with gouache.

In the first group of paintings of my Impressionistic Flowers I explored cool and warm tones of a simple beauty painting flowers bouquets in free loose brush strokes:

Part of the collection includes my art on merchandise such pillows, dresses from my

RedBubble Gallery ; as well as from my website

Flowers Impressionism Gallery 

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Friday, January 11th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

I was recently painting En Plein-Air style (outside) in the state of Washington. Right in the middle of my painting two deers, a buck and a doe, came to visit. 

Surely, I had to paint them too:

It was great to capture Nature's motion and vivid life of the hills and meadows. 

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Friday, January 4th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

When it is cold outside, plein-air painting is close to impossible. But I found a great solution while recently visiting Chicago Art Institute Museum. I started drawing right in the museum, and then finished my so to speak "Plein-Air" painting in the hotel room by checking with my photograph that I took in the museum for photo-reference:

When I do studies of Old Masters I feel I am knocking through the time wall, feel the artist's mood and practically paint with him brush stroke by brush stroke. 

The museum plaque says:

Fruits of the Midi

1881

Pierre-Auguste Renoir probably painted this unpretentious still life of peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, pomegranates, citrons, lemons, and oranges while traveling along the Mediterranean coast (known as the Midi) on his way to Italy. In this work, the artist stressed the three-dimensional physicality of the fruits and vegetables by emphasizing their contours and using long, diagonal brushstrokes.

Fruit of the Midi represents a significant attempt on Renoir's part to bring a classical sense of pictorial structure and balance to the fleeting luminosity of Impressionism -- a goal that was pursued even more avidly by Paul Cezanne, with whom Renoir shared some fundamental aims. 

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Monday, December 31st 2018   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

What a great productive year with so many beautiful things to share with my followers and art collectors!

A little collage above represents some of the bestsellers from my Licensing Agreement. These artworks are mostly sold through WayFair -website. In the year of 2018 the new collection Watercolor Silhouettes was extended into this new productive endeavor. 

I was very happy to learn that this year art on merchandise was really a great hit on my  https://irina-sztukowski.pixels.com/art   website:

Art on Bags

Art on Mugs

Art on Blankets

Art on Clothes 

Art on Yoga Mats

It is all reflected in hundreds of sales throughout the year!

Many of my completed illustrations are now on the packaging designs of the health products and bring joy to the customers throughout the World:

I also explored the Books Market this year. This new project was resulting into twenty books from journals and planners to Coloring Books on Botanical Flowers and Horses . Even Unicorns did not escape my artist's attention:

I might say that this, 2018, year was the most productive year of my life; but, I have to be careful as there are so many great productive years are ahead :)

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Monday, December 24th 2018   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

I "quilted" this little blanket with my watercolor Poinsettia paintings 

:)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All!! 

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Monday, December 31st 2018   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

Renoir painted this artwork in oil between 1881 and 1882. I studied it in 2018. The process actually began in the Chicago Institute Art Museum a couple of months ago. As they only allow to draw there (not to paint), I drew the sketch standing right next to the Old Master's painting absorbing each little detail and imagining how the artist came up with composition and the decisions of his brush strokes:

Then, I took a good photo reference and completed the painting at home in my art studio, still keeping the flare of all senses and feelings that came to me while I was standing in the art museum. 

Renoir painted it in oil. I challenged myself to paint in watercolor and gouache. It was not easy, but so much fun. 

Out of all Impressionists artists, I like Renoir a lot not only for his art, but as well for his personality. I've read historical essays on his life and I am amazed that the artist overcame so many difficulties on his way from financial hardship to rheumatoid arthritics. He kept paintings in spite of health problems; and, he was devoted to his Art, his Muse, wife  Aline Victorine , and their three sons. 

I am lucky I had this opportunity to create live in the museum in Chicago. And when I was doing it, the time flew by so quickly, it disappeared it vanished, there were no time between me and the Old Master :)

I love what Renoir said about him painting flowers:

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Saturday, December 15th 2018   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

The last few weeks were very busy at my Online Gallery . Many art pieces from abstract to hyper realism were sold for a home interior decor:

My Art Collectors selected different art in a different form such prints on canvases, framed art, painting on wooden board:

But the most amazing fact that my art became so popular this Holiday season for the merchandise such yoga mats, towels, plush fleece blankets, mugs, and bags:

I am so glad that my art brings joy to this Holiday season in forms not only interior decorative items but as well on different kinds of merchandise!

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Friday, December 7th 2018   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

My watercolor painting Dancing Fire is published on the cover of the booklet of Oncology Symposium that takes place in Kolkata, India in January 2019. 

I am glad that editors selected this specific painting for the brochure as it has dynamic force of fire presented  in the background yet with addition of feminine soft outlines of a fragile body. We become stronger when we reborn from challenges of our own fires. 

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Thursday, November 29th 2018   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

A beautiful day in Concord, CA; resulted in impressionistic painting in a water medium that I am currently exploring: watercolor gouache. 

I was lucky to catch an afternoon sunny California weather in golden Fall:

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