Thursday, December 5, 2019

Ravello Hills Amalfi Coast Italian Landscape Watercolor

Oleander Tree and Pink Flowers View of Amalfi Coast Ravello Italy Watercolor

Ravello, a small Italian town located 1200 feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea by Amalfi Coast It is home to iconic cliffside gardens. The 13th-century, Moorish-style Villa Rufolo offers far-reaching views from its terraced gardens, and hosts indoor and outdoor concerts during the popular summertime Ravello Festival.

In my recent painting here I caught the glimpse of the Amalfi Coast hazy shore peeking through pink flowers planters and a lovely oleander tree.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Card Watercolor Fall Still Life and Landscape by Irina Sztukowski


Happy Thanksgiving!!! 


Thanksgiving is a United States holiday that is celebrated nationally. It is celebrated usually on the fourth Thursday of November. Officially it was created as a harvest festival since 1789, with a proclamation by George Washington after a request by Congress. 
Historically the event was called by Americans the "First Thanksgiving" and it was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and—as recounted by Edward Winslow - it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. Later on the New England colonists were regularly celebrating "thanksgivings" days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.
When Thomas Jefferson came to power in 1801 he decided not to give much attention to Thanksgiving holiday, and its celebration was irregular for almost 60 years, until the Abraham Lincoln became president in 1860. And then in 1863 Thanksgiving became a federal holiday. The time was during American Civil War, and Lincoln announced a National day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. But from 1942 and going forward, Thanksgiving has been proclaimed by Congress to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is regarded as being the beginning of the fall–winter holiday season, along with Christmas and the New Year, in American culture.


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Monday, November 25, 2019

Way To Meditate With Watercolor Mandala


A few days ago I've accepted the Gratitude Challenge Journal Project with my yoga studio. I believed that exercising my mind and body was not enough; so, I decided to exercise my Soul as well in a deep meditation. 

And what is the best way to meditate for an Artist? Right: paint watercolor Mandala:
Mandala for Relaxation

Mandala for Education

Mandala for Meditation

Mandala for the Soul
I've added these mandalas to my Meditation And Affirmation Gallery as soon as I finished them. I am sure that if I found a deep state of meditation in watercolor painting, then most likely my Art Collectors might find a good connection to a meditative and relaxing way when looking at my art. 



These mandalas look so lovely not only on the wall in the form of interior decor, but as well on merchandise that can be not only placed at home and office, but as well being used and exposed to every day activities:



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Friday, November 22, 2019

Delicious Bestsellers Food Berries Fruit - Watercolors

Watercolor painting of Lemons by the artist Irina Sztukowski

I was recently asked: You selling so many landscape artworks, do your Art Collectors like still life paintings? And here is my answer: Oh, yes, they surely do. And I am so very happy that many of my paintings are traveling to decorate houses not only throughout the U.S. but as well internationally.


Above painting was recently purchased by the Art Collector from Floral Park NY.

This one went to Overland Park, KS:
Watercolor painting of fruits and berries by the artist Irina Sztukowski

International Art Collector from Wetherby, United_Kingdom; bought original design printed on canvas:

Bestselling Watercolor painting of rhubarb by the artist Irina Sztukowski
Another International Art Collector from Canada (Gillam, MB) purchased these sour but happy lemons recently:

Bestselling Watercolor painting of lemons by the artist Irina Sztukowski

Citrus fruit is quite a popular subject among my art collectors.
Customer from Oshkosh, state of Wisconsin liked for her kitchen these happy synergy of Orange and Lemon: 

  Bestselling Watercolor painting of lemon and orange by the artist Irina Sztukowski

Smiling Banana and Mango went to decorate a Home Sweet Home of the Art Collector from Williamsville, NY:
Bestselling Watercolor painting of banana and mango by the artist Irina Sztukowski
Yummy illustration of Honey and Bees on metal board was purchased by the Art Collector from Rye, state of New York:

Bestselling Watercolor painting of honey jar and bee by the artist Irina Sztukowski

And a classical style painting of Cheerful Cherry Tomatoes was loved by a client from Hattiesburg, MS:

Bestselling Watercolor painting of cherry tomatoes by the artist Irina Sztukowski

But the most interesting thing, that the art collectors buy fruits, berries, and food paintings not only for kitchen walls decor, there are some who likes my paintings on household items. 
Such for example this one that was purchased by the customer from San Diego, California:

Watercolor painting of onion on bag by the artist Irina Sztukowski

Yet the most surprising sale that I've recently had, was a watercolor of Honeycomb on shower curtain that the customer from purchased for his bathroom :)

Watercolor painting of honeycomb bee on curtain by the artist Irina Sztukowski
This certainly reminds me my long time motto:

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Note:
by clicking on each photo of the painting you can see various sizes of prints and prints on merchandise such t-Shirts, towels, curtains, duvet, and many many more :)










Sunday, November 17, 2019

Boboli Gardens Statue Florence Italy Watercolor Painting

Statue Boboli Gardens Florence Italy Watercolor by Irina Sztukowski

When I visited Florence a couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a real treasure of this grand city.. Hiding right behind Pitti Palace there were amazing Boboli Gardens. The Medici family established the blueprint of these gardens centuries ago. They thought about creating the Italian garden style, which in the future became a perfect example for many European courts and gardens. The enormous green area is mixing up with a regular layout. It is truly a museum under the open sky. 

The garden is filled with gorgeous ancient and Renaissance statues and fountains. There are also decorative grottos, the most important of which is the famous Grotto created by Bernardo Buontalenti. Large fountains, for example the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Ocean are grand not only in their massive beauty, but strike the viewer with gentle lines and silhouettes shaped by great old masters. Later, the following Habsburg-Lorraine and Savoy dynasties developed and added to the gardens, outspreading the boundaries of the area up to Porta Romana. 

I loved the strikingly beautiful terraced area of 18th-century pavilion, which called the Kaffeehaus. It is a rare example of Rococo architecture in Tuscany. The Lemon House built by Zanobi del Rosso between 1777 and 1778 has 500 citrus plants from the Garden. And of course, the main building of Boboli Gardens is Pitti Palace in the foot of the hill spreading its beauty and hugging the gardens from the Northern side. It is definitely worth visiting both, the gardens and the Palace in one day to appreciate the beauty of manmade structures with Nature provided but trimmed to taste of the last centuries, park.  

Boboli Garden Neptune Fountain watercolor sketch by Irina Sztukowski

Boboli Garden Fountain Watercolor painting by Irina Sztukowski

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration - Part III


African Landscape School Garden Ethiopia Watercolor by Irina Sztukowski


I keep moving along with this important educational project Open Hearts Big Dreams. Two book illustrations are completed:

Article I

Article II

The last illustration presents an African school garden and a lady with national Ethiopian clothes walking on the path. 

I am so happy to participate in this non-profit project  Open Hearts Big Dreams. As it's created to help Ethiopian children learn how to read in English and their native languages, it really warms my own heart to know that kids will have fun by looking at colorful illustrations and study. 

Many great artists around the U.S. already brought their talents into this project. Hundreds of illustrations were created. And all of them will be added into cool 8"x8" educational books that talk about current life in Ethiopia. 



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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration - Part II



As I previously wrote in the article Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration Part I

This year I am happy to participate in non-profit project called Open Hearts Big Dreams. This grand project is created to help Ethiopian children learn how to read in English and their native languages. 

Many great artists around the U.S. already brought their talents into this amazing endeavor; and, they created an incredible art that will go into fun, educational books that talk about life in Ethiopia and day-to-day activities. 

I am painting two more (besides the Girl Reading A Book one)  illustrations that will be included in these children books.

This watercolor illustration is about an ancient church in Lalibela area.
 Lalibela is a small African town in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia. It's known for its distinctive rock-cut ancient churches from the 12th and 13th centuries, which became pilgrimage sites for Coptic Christians. The churches are carved out of rock, the subterranean monoliths include huge Bete Medhane Alem, and cross-shaped Bete Giyorgis. Some of the churches are joined by tunnels and trenches, and some have carved bas-reliefs and colored frescoes inside.
It was fun painting this monumental church made by man, yet originally created, or "being hidden" by rocky mountain. 

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Recent Bestsellers Through Licensing Contract - Part II

Bestselling watercolor painting Dancing by  artist Irina Sztukowski

As I mentioned in a previous post (Part I) last quarter was quite productive in terms of sales through Licensing Agreement that I have with one company in the last few years. 

I am super glad the company approached me with the proposal to sell my art. 

Hundreds of paintings prints were sold. And here are just a few bestsellers from my Dancing Series, Watercolor World Map Collection, and Forest Watercolor Silhouettes that were definite hits and produced the most sales in the last few month: 


Bestselling watercolor painting Dancing by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor World Map Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor World Map Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor World Map Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor World Map Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor World Map Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor World Map Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor Forest Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor Forest Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Recent Bestsellers Through Licensing Contract - Part I

Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

Last quarter was very productive in terms of sales through Licensing Agreement that I have with one company in the last few years. I am glad the company approached me with the proposal to sell my art. So many beautiful paintings were purchased. And here are just a few bestsellers from my Bicycles Collection that were definite hits and produced the most sales in the last few month:  


Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

In the next article I will share a few more watercolor bestselling artworks.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Venice Italy Canal Grande Watercolor Painting

Italy Venice Grand Canal Watercolor Painting in interior

When I was painting this Venice scene in watercolor, I remembered how lucky I was to get up quite early and stroll along the embankment one day. The hazy air was making the cityscape of Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore (on the left) and Santa Maria Della Salute (on the right) somewhat mysterious as they were so light so fragile that they were appearing floating gracefully above the waters of Canal Grande. Lonely gondolier moved his boat towards the pier to pick up his first clients. And vapporettos  (water buses) were bringing tourists from the main land to the islands. I am glad I could bring this peaceful feeling of and adventurous beginning into my watercolor artwork. 

And for those Art Collectors who prefer the large canvas prints, I created an elongated image of Venice where the skies are more dramatic and the day is almost gone promising interesting dining experiences, concert music on San Marcos Square, and romantic evening walks around multiple channels of Venice:

Canvas Print of Venice Italy Painting in interior decor

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration

Book illustration for children Small Black girl reading

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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Ravello Hills Amalfi Coast Italian Landscape Watercolor

Ravello, a small Italian town located 1200 feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea by Amalfi Coast It is home to iconic cliffside gardens. The ...