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

This year I am participating in Open Hearts Big Dreams project. It is non-profit organization that helps Ethiopian children learn how to read in English and their native languages. 

Artists around the U.S. of all ages, from school students to life long students, bring their talents together and organize incredible art into fun, educational books that talk about life in Ethiopia and day-to-day activities. 

I am painting two illustrations that will be included in these children books.

This watercolor illustration is about a little girl in urban Ethiopia, who learns how to read. She is involved in the story. The sun is shining through the window. But the girl doesn't notice anything around. She is carefully repeating words. She is learning. She is excited. She has a whole bright future in front of her. 

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

Several month ago I worked on commission painting delicious oranges in watercolour for a large client, Fruitfield Company. And now those illustrations are in production on the labels and packaging designs and in the stores all over UK. 

I am very happy how vibrant and sweet my watercolor illustrations look on those jars. And it is wonderful to learn that these particular marmalade products have only fruit itself inside:

Sweetened with fruit juice

100% from fruit

No added sugar

Gluten free

Free from artificial sweeteners

Suitable for vegetarians

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Saturday, October 5th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

This painting was an inspiration after visiting Italy a few years ago. Amalfi Coast is gorgeous with its diversified culture and thousand years of history. But what really impressed me from driving along the Mediterranean seashore was monumental rocks and truly amazing colors of water. 

This particular painting is about a safe harbor of Grotto Emeraldo, where a few clever Italian sailors opened mini-attraction for tourists. They put you on a little boat and roll you into a gorgeous secluded grotto with just a few lights coming from outside. But even those little lights are enough to see glowing emerald of water created by Nature. 

Truly beautiful place! 

When I painted this watercolor, I used mixes of six shades of blue: cyan blue, ultramarine blue, thalo blue, blue purple, and vivid purple; and, for the emerald effect I used two different greens. The complexity of the water yet a flowing liquid effect that watercolor offers was in contrast with dry-brush effect of the nearby rocks. 

And if to place this painting print into a white frame, everyone can have a mystical window into that beautiful watercolor seascape in their interior decor:

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Sunday, September 29th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

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I’ve used to go to Finland at least 5-7 times a year and visited Helsinki if not 20 then probably close to 20 times back in 90s. The reason was that I have shared two jobs at a Travel Company. One of them was a Marketing Manager and another was a tour guide. And because Marketing duties did not allow me to leave the country for a long period of time, 2-3 days trips to Finland suited me well. It took only a few hours to get to Helsinki by bus from Saint Petersburg (not counting hours of standing at the customs and checking luggage and papers of relatively big group of tourists). When my job of bringing my group to the City Tour and accommodating them to the hotel was done, I loved to walk to the pier, visit farmers market or Museum of Modern Art. And I came many times to the beautiful square and listened to music at this Lutheran Cathedral. I loved going to Helsinki, even it was intense work. I still found time for myself while my tourist were running around the city and shopping. Finland those days seemed to me cleaner and calmer than busy 6 million-people Saint Petersburg

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Friday, September 20th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

With the inevitable Fall, there are lots of rain in forecast for the area where I live.

To cheer myself up, I created a new design with Watercolor Sun that will keep me smiling whenever I look at it. I am absolutely certain that my art collectors will appreciate this design and many others that I've made for their interior decor and enjoy the thing such coasters, towels, curtains, dresses, T's, and tons more :) Needless to say that as soon I posted the designs on my RedBubble Gallery , one client bought a Racerback Tank Top and another Cute Coasters ! 

Sun Watercolor Paintings are HERE

Solar Flamenco Dance Paintings on various merchandise are HERE

and here how my little cheerful dancing Sun looks on useful things.

Watercolor Sun on Coasters :

Watercolor Sun on Notebook :

Watercolor Dancing Sun on Pillows :

Watercolor Sun On Shower Curtain :

Flaming Flamenco Dance of the Sun on Scarf :

Watercolor Solar Dance on a Dress :

Sun Watercolor on

Tote Bag :

Solar

Wall Clock

with Watercolor Dancing Sun:

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I created quite a Sunny Day in my home and my Art Studio :)

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Saturday, September 14th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

Travel With Me Sketchbook Project.

  Blood Cathedral (

The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood)

, an amazing piece of architecture that was built in early 1900s. I used to live 10 minutes walk from this church but was able to visit it only in the late 90s as it was closed for restoration for more than 30 years. 

The building is decorated with tiny pieces of mosaics, gold, blue, terracotta. Each inch is worth looking at and admire.

This is the first sketch for my book . 

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

Last Friday was a beautiful sunny day in downtown Camas, state of Washington. It was the best day for the artist of Clark County to meet for an annual Plein-Air Day.

It was fun sitting at a cute cafe and paint small Shop Around The Corner with fountain, trees, and street light.

I met and chatted with many wonderful artists who were painting on the streets of downtown that day:

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Thursday, September 5th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

At the day of the art presentation I was a little nervous about how my green and brown abstract paintings will look on the new Portland cafe walls. 

I grabbed the tools and supplies together with completed artworks, and drove to the heart of Portland with excitement and enthusiasm. 

General manager of the cafe, Drea Shelepova, greeted me and helped to situate myself. We decided on what wall and how far apart my continues abstract paintings should be placed on the wall. I had to make a few finishing touches on the green panels after they were placed one above each other:

The large scale of paintings was quite unusual for me (I wrote about it in the previous article

HERE

), but I managed to finish the pieces and present them well:

It was a lot of good exercise to go up and down the ladder. I am glad we decided not to do murals under the ceiling as it would surely "kill" my knees, and possibly my Artist Spirit ;) . I am glad we are sticking up to abstract style in green and brown. 

After all the hard work was done, Drea and I posed at the paintings for the history. The art on the walls made this cafe a special place for sure. When cafe opens its doors to the customers, and serves delicious chocolate, herbal teas, and coffee; I am sure that clients will feel welcomed and cozy in this new place:

And when the job was done, we enjoyed the first cup of coffee in this new Portland cafe to celebrate a great beginning:

But for me as an artist, it was only half of the job done. I will have to paint several more paintings for decoration of this cafe. 

So far the new art pieces originals, six of them, are presented there. But my clients can enjoy prints that I've created and posted on my website:

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Brown Abstract Artworks:

Coffee Chocolate And Cream Brown Abstract I

Coffee Chocolate And Cream Brown Abstract II

Coffee Chocolate And Cream Brown Abstract III

And a few green art pieces:

Green Organic Abstract Grass I

Green Organic Abstract Grass II

Green Organic Abstract Waves I

Green Organic Abstract Waves II

Green Organic Abstract Waves III

Green Organic Abstract Waves And Lines I

Green Organic Abstract Waves And Lines II

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Monday, September 2nd 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

I was recently invited to help decorating a new cafe in Portland, OR. 

When back in 2012, I showed six of my realistic and semi-realistic paintings in Coco Cafe in San Francisco, the owners of the cafe loved my work so much that they asked if they can purchase all the paintings from me to keep them in the cafe (here is an article about it: When Paris Comes To San Francisco ) . That is how my art is now permanently showing in San Francisco. You can say it was easy: I had art, customer liked it, they bought it.

In Portland the situation was quite new to me. I was asked to help to decorate absolutely new cafe from scratch. And on a top of it, there are some challenges along the way for me as an artist, which I certainly embrace and love. 

First of all, the cafe in Portland is unusual. It is cafe that will be serving Kosher Chocolate with healing herbs (extracts) , coffee, and herbal teas. 

Second challenge, I had to use materials that I already have on hand, as the manager of the cafe is trying to make a statement and have as little footprint on Earth as possible. Besides new production equipment and materials, everything else is thought to be either reclaimed, repurposed, or made of recycled materials. It is going to be filled with cute interesting finds.Which is a super great idea.

 And I jumped into the project without hesitation. 

We've met with general manager of the cafe, Drea Shelepova, and discussed the concept, materials, and ideas. It took us a few hours to come up to the conclusion on what we can accomplish for the decor. 

First, we exercised an idea on Art Nouveau . We thought the murals with elements of this style will be looking good on the walls. However, the execution of the idea was very pricey and permanent walls' art would not allow enough space for the activity and events board. 

Finally, we came up with a fresh idea to make abstract art that would resemble Chocolate and Herbs, e.g. rich brown color would be played against warm muted green as "herb" statement. 

With excitement and the feel of a great beginning we started drafting:

I had some high quality acrylic paint in my possession for more than a year (it was used for some other project, but I had plenty left-overs), and I also had a few art boards and stretched canvases that were never used as I painted primarily in watercolor and on paper. I've received those blank canvases long time ago as a gift. So the idea about reclaiming and recycling was pretty closely reached. I was glad that my stash of forgotten art supplies will meet my creativity soon. 

I've painted multiple samples and we agreed on the conceptual designs:

Another challenge for me was the sizes of the pieces. The art was supposed to be larger than my usual watercolor art. It was to be painted in acrylic. And I needed to paint abstract with a thought of organically incorporating herbs and chocolate elements. 

When painting abstract it is important to remember about the composition. And it probably seems at a glance that abstract is easy to accomplish, but I would say it is quite contrary, abstract art needs to be thought through from very beginning when artist applies the paint and carried though the very end when the last brush stroke is completed. 

Besides, painting in acrylic requires quick application as this paint dries very fast. 

But it appears that my excitement was transformed to the canvases and I had a feeling that the paint pretty much painted itself:

At the end of painting big, I had to make a few little adjustments to keep the edges clean and neat:

I can't wait to see how the painting will look on the walls of this new cafe!!!

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

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: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

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: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

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: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

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.

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Saturday, August 3rd 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

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: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

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.

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

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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

particularly

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.

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Monday, July 15th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

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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 ) .

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

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

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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.

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Friday, July 5th 2019   -   By: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

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

Musée

Rodin

with its gorgeous garden.

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

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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.

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

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: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

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: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

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: noreply@blogger.com (irinasztukowski)   -   feedproxy.google.com

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.

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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.

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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: http://usapears.org)

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

This Painting Print Is Available

 HERE

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

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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