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Friday, August 23rd 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

The Summer is rounding up and everywhere I go I see happy sunflowers in the backyards and in the fields. Those gorgeous plants always remind me of upcoming Fall.

They follow me throughout my art career and I keep coming back for them creating new artworks and designs that are so loved by my customers and Art Collectors.

Here are a fer recent creation of Sunflowers on clothes:

Sunflowers bunch looking so good on Scarves and Pillows :

And I was asked by one of my Art Collectors, from Fairfield, CA; to place sunflowers on the white background for decor of her Sun Room:

Yet, the contrast of Sunflowers on black background can make quite a difference and add some drama into a home interior decor:

Customer from Missoula, MT, loved the painting of Sunflowers on beach towels set:

And customer from Effingham, IL loved it on bunch of greeting cards :

Art Collector from Paducah, KY, preferred Impressionistic Sunflowers print on canvas:

On another hand, realistic Sunflowers were the interest of an Art Collector from Tmecula, CA, and another Art Collector from Medford, OR:

Sunflowers in the Nature, Sunflowers in a Still Life, they all look so inviting:

Sunflowers , Sunflowers , Sunflowers !! I love 'em all :)

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Thursday, August 15th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

Two cute Owls flew into my imagination and landed on watercolor paper recently.

Baby Owl Watercolor for Baby Room 

Baby Owl Watercolour for Baby Room

I love how curious and funny they look sitting on the branch of the tree with the light background that leaves so much space for the imagination :)

And here are a few more interior decor ideas for Baby Room, just for fun of it:

Some of the cute Baby Owls are now available to my Art Collectors as Digital Download here:

Two Owls Watercolor Digital Download 

Two Owls Watercolour Digital Download

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Sunday, August 11th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

It was so fun to visit Washougal Art Festival today. Gorgeous art pieces from watercolor, acrylic and oil to woodwork, jewelry and handmade glass by amazing local artists. I am so happy we live in this area full of good and creative people! Here are just a few pictures from the art show:

I placed the names of the artist and their contact information on my Facebook Page .

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Wednesday, August 7th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

Warsaw is the city with the history that goes as far back as the 12th and 13th century. And when I am one day there it would be great to go St. Mary’s Old Church (in Polish: Kosciól Nawiedzenia Najswietszej Marii Panny). It is one of oldest buildings and one of the few surviving examples of Gothic architecture in the city, which was built in 1411. And in spite of the fact it was destroyed almost completely during World War II, it was reconstructed and brings joy to people in our days. I’ve read about this church that it became a symbol of the capital’s rebirth of post-war re-creation of the Old Town Warsaw, which was practically risen from ashes after a devastation of the war.


In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Saturday, August 3rd 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

I am happy to present another beautiful design of delicious food, this time it is Honeycomb covered with chocolate and salted caramel that I've painted in watercolor for my UK client's packaging. So great to see my artwork on packaging designs.

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Tuesday, July 30th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

I traveled to Stockholm by Silja Line cruise from Helsinki. Only one night on the ship and you are in the most beautiful city of Sweden. Besides old downtown with its narrow streets and gorgeous King’s Palace; there are plenty of things to do for a historian as well as for a modern tourist who likes to shop in the old part of the town. Although, I was not denying shopping, one a very quiet and isolated area remained my favorite part of Stockholm. It is a well preserved historical place Skansen which is located on the small island of Djurgården not far away from the downtown.

When you are there you practically fly in times and experience the old days Sweden with the countryside, old town quarter, small parks and gardens. You can feel, be, see the old village with its routines and tribal rules. And if you are lucky you can even witness how is the glassblower is making old style vases in the glass shop.

The sketch that you see is of my other favorite place where I happened to bring the group of tourists that I used to bring from Saint Petersburg. It is Stockholm City Hall (Stadshus) ; for some reason its tall part always reminded me Venice Bell Tower.


In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Monday, July 22nd 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

This sketch is about Marienplatz Old Town Hall , which is located in Munich, Germany. First built in wood it

was completely destroyed by fire in 1460. Between 1470 and 1480, the old town hall was rebuilt in Gothic style by Jörg von Halsbach. I thing the Gothic pointing roofs and lace knitted architecture that what invites me in visiting Europe and


Germany. It is amazing how in spite the hardest time for Europe in 1940s its countries were re-born practically from ashes. In this scene the beauty of the yellow flowers compete with the beauty of another kind, the man-made one.


In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Monday, July 15th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

If I ever go to Holland I plan to start with its Capital,  Amsterdam . Being built in early 13th century by 17th century this city became a center of world economy. The rise of merchandise, political stability, and economical success gave opportunity to a lot of artist to thrive and polish their skills. The Dutch paintings, specifically Dutch Still Life, a my favorite of that time of the world history of art. I am hoping to visit as many museums as I can to see the original still lives by many favorite artists (just name a few:

Jan Brueghel the Elder


Osias Beert , Osias Beert ,

Clara Peeters ,

Jan Davidsz de Heem ) .


The sketch is showing one of the historical places of Amsterdam, the church of Sint-Nicolaaskerk


In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Thursday, July 11th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

One of the sketches for my Sketchbook Project for NY Library - the Great City of London. London has been called "The World in One City". This tells a lot! With its diverse range of people, cultures, religious with its many attractions for the tourists from over the World London breathes the history and it's calling for a visit. In my mind I am already there walking down to Hyde Park, visiting British Museum and National Gallery, peaking at Buckingham Palace, and crossing the Millennium Bridge. And sure enough, the most recognizable London's view, 150+ year-old Big Ben (on my sketch) will not be able to escape my attention when I visit this beautiful City.


In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Friday, July 5th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

As the second piece for my Sketchbook Project I chose a very recognizable subject matter. It is hard to believe that so many people (painters, poets, architects) thought in 1900s that this was a sore on the surface of Paris. I previously posted a few interesting facts about Eiffel Tower

here . I've been to Paris twice with 12 years break in between. But each time I went there I still found something amazing for myself. Besides its obviously touristic atmosphere it somehow makes you feel wanting to visit it again and again. And I will certainly make sure I take tons of pictures when I come back to Paris one more time. The

Eiffel Tower

is fun; but my favorite places in Paris still are Musée d'Orsay and



with its gorgeous garden.


Monday, June 24th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

One of my sketches for the Sketchbook Project of NY Library. On this sketch you see the Old Town Square in Prague, Capital of Czech Republic. What I liked painting here is the big clock tower with it miscellaneous-brick walls. I just can imagine how each stone is breathing the history here at the Old Town Square. The photo reference contained a lot of modern things such booths, markets, bright advertisements on this square; but I eliminated them wanting to see this historical place as it would be seen centuries ago. I did leave people though in order to give more life to this stone-man-made beauty.


In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Tuesday, June 18th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

It was so wonderful to visit today Paris 1900 Exhibition in Portland Art Museum. Many beautiful paintings and sculptures in the Art Nouveau style and beyond are amazing. I am placing most part of the exhibition in this article. But the Part 2 is in the previous post is  HERE

And I couldn’t agree more with organizers of the museum who said the following:

Travel back to Paris at the dawn of the 20th century and experience the splendor of the sparkling French capital as it hosted the world for the International Exposition of 1900. This was the height of the Belle Époque, a period of peace and prosperity in France when fine art, fashion, and entertainment flourished as never before. Fifty-one million visitors from around the world attended the Exposition and flooded the city, where they enjoyed its posh restaurants, opulent opera house, artistic cabarets, and well-tended parks. For the French, it was an opportunity to show off their prowess in the arts, sciences, and new technology, and to highlight what made Paris unique from rivals London and Berlin.

Inspired by an exhibition originally presented in 2014 at the Petit Palais in Paris,  Paris 1900  re-creates the look and feel of the era through more than 200 paintings, decorative art objects, textiles, posters, photographs, jewelry, sculpture, and film, and will plunge visitors into the atmosphere of the Belle Époque. These objects, drawn from several City of Paris museums—including the Petit Palais, the Musée Carnavalet, the Palais Galliera, the Musée Bourdelle, and the Maison de Victor Hugo—form a portrait of a vibrant and swiftly changing city.

The splendor of Paris unfolds in six sections or vignettes. The visitor enters “Paris: The World’s Showcase,” which highlights the International Exposition of 1900 and the sweeping architectural and technological changes made to the cityscape to welcome the new century. As Paris was also the self-proclaimed “Capital of the Arts,” the second section of the exhibition examines the vast range of styles and talent present in the city in the form of sculpture, painting, and prints. Viewers will delight to work by well-known artists such as Camille Pissarro and Berthe Morisot and will discover compelling paintings and sculpture by lesser-known masters of the time.

The seductive Art Nouveau style, so popular in the decorative arts, is the focus of the next vignette, which features furniture, jewelry, pottery, posters, ironwork, and fans that exhibit the whiplash curve and natural inspiration of this international style.

French fashion and style were at the heart of Parisian pride, and the next section examines the cult and myth of  la Parisienne —the ideal French woman—through textiles, paintings, prints, and decorative arts. Strolling through the city was considered one of the great Parisian pastimes and is explored in “A Walk in Paris.” New modes of transport, such as the omnibus and the newly invented bicycle, competed with horses, pedestrians, and automobiles as the 20th century unfolded. The final vignette, “Paris by Night,” features a selection of the vast amusements that made Paris the center of European entertainment, from lowly cabarets to the most refined theaters and restaurants. The exhibition concludes with a look at a great French invention of the Belle Époque: the moving picture. Clips from early film animate the exhibition and allow the viewer to rediscover the dawn of cinema.

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Tuesday, June 18th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

Beautiful display of posters, decorative items for home and lovely  Art Nouveau furniture is in Art Museum of Portland, OR at Paris 1900 Exhibition

( This is Part 2, Part 1 of the review is HERE  )

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Wednesday, June 12th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

Today I am celebrating Three Million Views milestone! I am so happy that millions of visitors came to look at my art. Since 2010 I've created more than 3000 artworks from hyper realism to abstract pieces, from watercolor to acrylic and gouache. 

Grand thanks to thousands of visitors that left lovely inspiring comments for my paintings!

And I am so grateful that hundreds and hundreds of prints on paper , canvas , wood , acrylic and metal boards, framed art ; as well as decorative pieces such pillows , stationary goodies such notebooks and greeting cards , yoga mats , household items such tote-bags , curtains , towels , coffee mugs , duvets and clothes with my art on them went to my customers and Art Collectors throughout the World: The U.S., Europe, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Arab Emirates, Canada, Spain, and Netherlands. 

Warm Heartfelt Gratitude to All!!! 

Many Many Thanks!! 

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Wednesday, June 12th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

Watercolor Food - Painting of a Pear - Artist Illustrator Irina Sztukowski 

Don't you think that each pear is different and each of them has its own personality? When you look at the pear you would never say Mister, right? People refer to these fruits as Ladies all the time. Even woman shape is called a Pear Shape one. In fact, in Russian language pears carry a feminine name.


When I looked at this Miss Green Beauty I've noticed the obvious nudity. She was shy but proud of her curves. It was impossible not to paint her.

I've challenged myself using a watercolor board again. Lots of water, lots of dabbing, but the needed effect was reached; and, I am happy about it. The advantage of the board is that you can place it on a wall or on easel without framing. The board is 2-3 mm thick, which gives the painting durability and decorative feeling. Also, the rough surface of the board brings some interesting character to the painting texture.


And here is the small tour into the Pear History:

Pears are one of the world's oldest cultivated and beloved fruits. In 5,000 B.C., Feng Li, a Chinese diplomat, abandoned his responsibilities when he became consumed by grafting peaches, almonds, persimmons, pears and apples as a commercial venture. In The Odyssey, the Greek poet laureate Homer lauds pears as a "gift of the gods." Pomona, goddess of fruit, was a cherished member of the Roman Pantheon and Roman farmers documented extensive pear growing and grafting techniques. Thanks to their versatility and long storage life, pears were a valuable and much-desired commodity among the trading routes of the ancient world. Evident in the works of Renaissance Masters, pears have long been an elegant still-life muse for artists. In the 17th century a great flourishing of modern pear variety cultivation began taking place in Europe. And in popular culture, the pear tree was immortalized alongside a partridge in the 18th-century Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Early colonists brought the first pear trees to America's eastern settlements where they thrived until crop blights proved too severe to sustain widespread cultivation. Fortunately, the pear trees brought west to Oregon and Washington by pioneers in the 1800's thrived in the unique agricultural conditions found in the Pacific Northwest. Today's Northwest pear varieties are the same or similar to those first cultivated in France and Belgium where they were prized for their delicate flavor, buttery texture, and long storage life. (ref:


The original painting is created with Winsor & Newton Watercolor on Watercolor Board by Aquabord

This Painting Print Is Available


In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Monday, June 24th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

It is time to say Many Many Thanks to the Art Collectors from different parts of the World for purchasing my art. Not only the Red Poppies watercolor paining above was sold as prints for interior decor and on the pattern of dress designs in the last few month. The customer from Macomb, MI also purchased the Red Slippers on the pillows for a bright home decor. 

And here is another Bestselling Watercolor Painting of Japanese Tea Garden in the design of Window that was purchased by the Art Collector from Olympia,WA:

Many clients of mine in the last couple of months liked a lot a simple sketch style paintings. 

Here is an example, Bestselling Watercolor Painting of San Francisco Boat that was purchased by the Art Collector from Olivette, MO:

Art Collector from Chapel Hill, NC; bought two stretched canvas prints with my Bestselling Watercolor Painting of Sorrento Italy:

International customer from Great Britain purchased a simple but colorful print of the painting with German Munich Marienplatz Church:

Floral art was quite popular in the last few weeks, I guess the Summer Sunshine was truly reflecting on people's choices of the artwork.

Here is one of my Bestselling Watercolor Painting of Sunflowers on stretched canvas print that was purchased by dear Art Collector from Vacaville, CA:

And here the choice of customer from Fairfield, CA who purchased a set of Birthday Cards design of one of my Bestselling Watercolor Painting of iris flower:

But not only realistic flowers were popular this season. 

Here is Bestselling Watercolor Painting of Lollipops for Baby Room Interior decor that was purchased by the Art Collector from Minnesota:

Abstract Paintings were very popular as well.

Here is Bestselling Watercolor Painting of Blue Abstract Lines that was purchased by the Art Collector from Livingston,NJ:

And here one of two paintings that DesigersPrints Company acquired for their clients, the blue-green organic abstract painting that I created with acrylic:

And another creative abstract piece, this time with watercolor in Gray Hue was a print of my Bestselling Watercolor Painting that was shipped to Kalamazoo, MI:

I loved that the art collector from San Diego, CA loved my recent gouache painting of Fountain in the Spanish style Courtyard:

My Art Collectors were interested in hyper realistic styles as well. One of my favorite paintings in seascape collection the Girl And The Ocean went to Cottonwood, UT to the interior decor of a nice home of an Art Collector:

There are so many other prints that were purchased through licensing agreement. I can't name specific art collectors locations, but it was so sweet that customers liked my art for their home interior decor.

It is so sweet!

And the Sweetest print that was purchased recently and that what I am posting today to show, is my Bestselling Watercolor Painting of Honey that was purchased by the art collector from Rye, NY:

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Thursday, May 16th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

 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:


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Thursday, May 9th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

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.

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Tuesday, April 23rd 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

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: (irinasztukowski)   -

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

Book :


, 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.

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Monday, April 8th 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

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.

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Sunday, March 31st 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

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:

Thursday, March 21st 2019   -   By: (irinasztukowski)   -

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: (irinasztukowski)   -

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: (irinasztukowski)   -

Japanese Tea Garden San Francisco watercolor painting by Irina Sztukowski


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.


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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