Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Watercolor Illustrations For Packaging Designs

Peach Watercolor Illustration by the artist Irina Sztukowski

Pear Watercolor Illustration by the artist Irina Sztukowski

Chestnut Watercolor Illustration by the artist Irina Sztukowski

These cute watercolor illustrations of delicious fruits and nuts were painted for Saison Yogurts labels. I will be happy to show the pictures of the end product that they get on the shelves of grocery stores and supermarkets. So great to see these beautiful designs that were implemented in collaboration with wonderful team of Allink from Switzerland. 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

An Interview With The Artist Irina Sztukowski

bestselling paintings in watercolor by the artist Irina Sztukowski

It is so great that the young generation is interested in the fine art and the artists that create it.

Today I was approached by an Art Student from one UK College. She asked a few questions about me. I thought that I would share it on my blog as I found those questions quite concise and down to the point, e.g. in just a few words a little picture about an artist can be visualized easily; yet, there are many years of work are put into this picture to be whole!

1.Birth date of the artist?
Artist Irina Sztukowski was born in 70s.


2.Where is the artist from?
Irina Sztukowski is an American artist who was born in Russia.


3.What is the artist best known for?
Irina Sztukowski's art is best known for her watercolor illustrations on mass produced merchandise, packaging of the foods, and home decor prints for interior.


4.What style does artist use? e.g abstract, renaissance, pointillism, ect.
Irina Sztukowski paints in variety of styles from hyper realistic paintings in watercolor to loose free washes in abstract designs. Irina's recent exploration of painting styles resulted in the creation of dozens of Coloring Books that are now sold worldwide on Amazon and in the Book Stores such Barns&Nobles:


5.What media does artist usually use? e.g acrylic, ink, charcoal, etc.
Irina Sztukowski's favorite medium is watercolour. Per artist's opinion, watercolour is the medium that can do it all from detailed paintings in realistic manner to free-style washes for abstract approach.


6.Where did the artist exhibit their work?
Irina Sztukowski exhibited in the galleries in Russia (back in 1990s) and in the last 10 years, in the U.S., her art was presented at the exhibitions of the cities like San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Sacramento and Lafayette in the state of California; as well as in Rochester, state of New York; Naperville, state of Illinois; Evergreen, state of Colorado. Currently most of Artist's works are sold as prints through online galleries such: 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Botanical Flowers Books Update

Botanical Flowers Coloring Books by the artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski

I am very pleased that Volume I and Volume II coloring books with Botanical Flowers are loved and appreciated by my customers.

But this book, the Botanical Flowers on Classical Black, Volume III, is taking the first place in the sales and public attention: 


Botanical Flowers on Black Background Coloring Pages of Book Irina Sztukowski
Clients from all over the world are sending me the results of their coloring books techniques. I get so many great messages that express how much fun my co-creators have when coloring or giving this book as a gift to the friend who likes to color.

I placed here some of the bright happy pages that my art collectors sent to me; and, I really appreciate them sharing their joy and experience;


Botanical Flowers on Black Background Coloring Pages of Book Irina Sztukowski

Botanical Flowers on Black Background Coloring Pages of Book Irina Sztukowski

Botanical Flowers on Black Background Coloring Pages of Book Irina Sztukowski



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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Botanical Watercolor Flowers In Interior Decor


A new series of Botanical Flowers on black background was inspired by my new book that was recently published on Amazon and now is in the book stores.

These flowers look so great and classy on the black with white or off white mat and a simple black frame. I love the clean and decorative look of them. Here are a few ideas with interior decor that included my botanical watercolor flowers in them:

Lavender Botanical Watercolor Flower painting in interior decor

Lilac Botanical Watercolor Flower painting in interior decor

Morning Glory Botanical Watercolor Flower painting in interior decor

Camellia Botanical Watercolor Flower painting in interior decor

Sweet Pea Botanical Watercolor Flower painting in interior decor

Waterlily Botanical Watercolor Flower painting in interior decor

Miniature Daffodil Botanical Watercolor Flower painting in interior decor

Zinnia Botanical Watercolor Flower painting in interior decor


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Friday, September 21, 2018

Activity Book - Horses Hearts And Unicorn - Fun For All

Horses Hearts And Unicorns Coloring And Activity Book

Get your pencils, markers, and brushes ready: the book on Horses, Hearts, and Unicorns is fresh out of the print!!  :)

I am so glad that I was able to work this season with two wonderful artists for my Volume I book on Horses and this one, Volume II. Details on Volume one coloring and activity book is HERE, but in this article I want to share how exiting it was to work on the volume II.

In this book I decided to combine Horses, their beauty in Nature with some mystical creatures like Unicorns. The hearts came to mind since the book one, I wanted to keep them in the book two as well. And what is the best way to go than combine Hearts and Unicorns. This book certainly has some girly feel to it. It is all about love to the Nature, animals, and yes, hearts. I also included many pages of landscapes from my travels and from the travels of my friends. There are barns and California ranches, there are hills of Virginia forests, there are horses from the state of Washington farms. I also went far away from the U.S. as I placed there windmills of Hollands, palms of Bahamas, and castles of Italy:

Horses Hearts And Unicorns Coloring Book Pages artist Irina Sztukowski


And here are few examples of Unicorns and Rainbows in the sky:



The activity pages include some challenging tasks but not too difficult to accomplish.
Here are a few examples of the Unicorn Challenge:
Activity Pages from Horses Hearts And Unicorns Coloring And Activity Book

In one you will be asked to find which unicorn doesn't have a pair, and another on is made all with dots so when connecting them, you will get a beautiful Unicorn that can be colored later.

Activity Pages from Horses Hearts And Unicorns Coloring And Activity Book

It the example above the "blury" lines of Unicorn in the heart can be traced and colored. In another example, resolving the maze will help the Unicorn find the morning sun.

The book is now not only on Amazon worldwide:

Coloring Book Horses on Amazon
Click on the image to see the book on Amazon




It is also sold through Barnes & Noble bookstores:

Coloring Book About Horses in Barnes And Noble store
Click on the image to see the book on Barnes & Noble website

I am so glad that I can share my art with my followers, art collectors, and lovely customers :)

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

All About Hearts And Unicorns?

Unicorn in the Heart Illustration by the artist Irina Sztukowski

I got so many customers asking me to paint Unicorns that I've decided to incorporate two, no, three of my favorite subjects: Horses, Hearts, And Unicorns; into a new coloring book that I started working on last month. The book is going to be published in October, right for the times of holidays. 
I am planning to include there magical scenes with unicorns, rainbows, and yes, hearts; as well I am drawing a good  dozen of  landscapes from my travels. 
I am also expanding the section with activities in this book such:
Connect The Dots
Solve The Maze
Find The Differences
etc. etc. etc. 
It will be more than 70 page book and a lot of work is ahead. I am also bringing on board a new artist illustrator that is collaborating with me on this book. 

This year is becoming a great success as for me as an artist illustrator personally, as well for the art community and my happy Art Collectors and Clients. 

Love them All!! :)

Here is a sneak peek to one page of the book that I am preparing in color for the cover:

Grazing Horses at Fort Valley Ranch Watercolor Pencils by Irina Sztukowski


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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Lake Tahoe Watercolor Painting


Lake Tahoe Watercolor Painting by Irina Sztukowski



Five years ago brought my mom to see Lake Tahoe. It was my first visit there too. I always thought that people just used to say it is the great place to go, to see, to stay; and I was sure it is just another "tourist trap" as we say. But when I saw this place with my own eyes I understood that all "Awe" moments that I've heard of were true. This place is amazing, peaceful and really makes you feel serene, still and happy from inside..

Here are a few facts about this lake:
Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada range of the U.S. It is located along the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. And it is the USA's second-deepest lake after Crater Lake in Oregon. Lake Tahoe was formed about 2 million years ago. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Edgar Degas - Blue Dancers - Study

Edgar Degas Blue Dancers painting Study by Irina Sztukowski

Many years ago, for sure more than 20, I've visited a beautiful museum in Moscow, Pushkin Art Museum Gallery, and I was impressed with a great collection of Impressionists' paintings. 
One of them was by Edgar Degas, Blue Dancers
The ballerinas were so fragile and light even thought this pastel painting was quite contrasted. The movement of the dancers' arms created a vortex of the painting that keeps viewer's eye "locked" in one dancing circle. 

This week I studied this painting carefully (this time online  at the Museum's website) and I painted my own version of Degas Blue Dancers (above). The study of the Old Masters helps me to understand how they painted and what rules they followed vs what rules they bent. 

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Orchid Flowers Watercolor Paintings



I want to share a few paintings that I made in watercolor. All of them are about Orchid flowers, yet each of them is painted in different style, some realistic, and other Impressionistic, some in Botanical old masters style, and other are for a contemporary decor:






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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Pleasant Hill Downtown Park - Plein Air Trip

Garden watercolour painting with gazebo and turtles by Irina Sztukowski

In research of beautiful places to paint and taking advantage of a cooler Summer day, I've discovered a sweet little garden right in downtown Pleasant Hill, California. These cute turtles that were sunbathing on a wooden float and graceful gazebo attracted my artistic eye and became a great subject for a plein-air session. Painting on a spot is always fun and somewhat challenging. I also used a mixed technique in this painting. Starting with watercolor pencils, then moving to watercolors, and finishing all with black ink touch, it was quite interesting illustrating project. 

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Bestselling Licensed Art

Blue Bicycle With Sunflower Basket painting by Irina Sztukowski

At the beginning of this year I signed a contract with one licensing company, which wanted to market my art. The managers's choice fell on several of my new Collections, such:


I am so glad that those three collections were picked by this company as they have a great success in sales for home decor and interior design projects.

The art is mostly sells through Wayfair Website and what I really love there is that the artworks prints (as on canvas as well the wall decals ) are quite affordable for my art collectors. 

Here I want to show a few best bestsellers :) from these collections with direct links to the artwork in case somebody will be interested to purchase (just click on the photograph and the site will redirect you to the size options and prices).

Here is what sold like crazy - My Watercolor Ballerinas Silhouettes:

Watercolour Ballerina Silhouette by artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Ballerina Silhouette by artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Ballerina Silhouette by artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski
these ballerinas look so graceful in the interior decor.
Watercolor Silhouettes Of Ballerinas by artist Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Silhouettes Of Ballerinas by artist Irina Sztukowski


And here is one of the bicycles Series Art, that I called Bikes For All Seasons. It is also became a great bestseller last quarter:

Bicycles Watercolor Silhouettes by artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski

The watercolor silhouettes of the forest paintings attract my customers by their semi-abstract yet semi-realistic approach, great for a contemporary interior decor for sure:

Black Forest on Watercolor background by Irina Sztukowski

White Blue Teal Forest canvas painting watercolor by Irina Sztukowski
I love that my customers picked as white forest as well the black version.

And here is my new collection of Watercolor Maps that is so popular these days. These three maps were sold multiple times all over the World now!

Blue World Map Silhouette by artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Map Of The World silhouette by artist Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Map Of The World silhouette by artist Irina Sztukowski

I am so glad that licensing of my art is so fruitful these days! 


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Watercolor Illustrations For Packaging Designs

These cute watercolor illustrations of delicious fruits and nuts were painted for Saison Yogurts labels. I will be happy to show...