Monday, January 13, 2020

Watercolor Mandarin On Packaging of Saison Yogurt

Yogurt Container with Watercolor Mandarin Whole and Peeled With Leaves illustration by Irina Sztukowski

Saison Mandarin Yogurt  -  new product on European market with my watercolor peeled and whole mandarin illustrations that I've painted for my customer lately. I am amazed how well realistic these fruits look on this small but cute and tasty container design.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Watercolor Illustration On Book Cover - Lalibela

Lalibela Book for Children Cover by the artist Irina Sztukowski

I am so glad that my recent watercolor of Lalibela was selected by editors for the cover of the book for African Children.

The book is now available on Amazon HERE.

It was so great to participate in Open Hearts Big Dreams Project.

Here is some interesting information about the book content and the reason for creating these books' series:
Descend into the gorgeous ancient rock churches of Ethiopia and learn to read in indigenous Ethiopian languages with this beautiful picture book detailing the world-famous churches of Lalibela, which were carved straight down into red rock cliffs. Pilgrims from all over the world travel to Lalibela to worship or marvel at the carvings and holy places of early Christianity in Eastern Africa. The network of underground tunnels and churches are protected UNESCO World Heritage sites and have withstood millennia of religious, political and historical changes. They remain some of the most beautiful and striking Christian churches in the world. Watercolor students at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington created detailed illustrations of the stunning historical churches of Lalibela and side by side text in English and Amharic support emerging bilingual readers. Ready Set Go Books, an Open Hearts Big Dreams Project, is focused on increasing the literacy rate in Ethiopia through giving readers books with stories in their heart languages, full of colorful illustrations with Ethiopian settings and details. Profits from books sales will be used to create, print, and distribute more Ready Set Go Books to kids in Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country. Ethiopia’s population is 44% children, ages 0-14 (43 million out of 97 million total). Only 5.5% of children attend pre-school or kindergarten, and the adult literacy rate is 49%. Our books are based on wise Ethiopian sayings that often rhyme in Amharic. If an adult says the first half, many children can chant the second half. Sometimes the meaning of these sayings is clear. Sometimes it has to be puzzled out and argued over. But sayings and idioms and proverbs help people express truths and beliefs in unusual ways. Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund (OHBD) is a 501(3)(c) not for profit organization that believes the chance to dream big dreams should not depend on where in the world you are born. Our focus is to support nonprofit organizations and their programs that provide literacy, K-12 education, and leadership as well as that support the parents and communities where the kids live, in Ethiopia.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Watercolour Strawberry For Packaging Desing

Watercolor Strawberries illustration on Food Packaging design artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski

Yogurt To Go - a new product on market with my watercolor strawberries illustrations that I've painted for my customer lately. I am amazed how well strawberries painted in semi-realistic style look great on this small but cute and tasty packaging design.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Seashells Beach House Style Decor

Watercolor Painting Of a Seashell on Teal Blue Wave Art by Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Painting Of a Seashell on Teal Blue Wave Art by Irina Sztukowski

Here is my new Seashell Collection painted in watercolor on light blue wave like abstract background:

Watercolor Painting Of a Seashell on Teal Blue Wave Art by Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Painting Of a Seashell on Teal Blue Wave Art by Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Painting Of a Seashell on Teal Blue Wave Art by Irina Sztukowski

Looking great in various frames (above) they are actually quite nice looking on metal print for example:  
Watercolor Painting Of a Seashell on Teal Blue Wave Art by Irina Sztukowski
Or on a stretched canvas here:

Watercolor Painting Of a Seashell on Teal Blue Wave Art by Irina Sztukowski

And here is some decorative idea for bathroom interior: 

Watercolor Painting Of a Seashell on Teal Blue Wave Art by Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Painting Of a Seashell on Teal Blue Wave Art by Irina Sztukowski

I also like the idea of an Art Block with one of the shells: 

Watercolor Painting Of a Seashell on Teal Blue Wave Art by Irina Sztukowski

These and many other Seashells are now in my special gallery:

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Watercolor Of Venice Canal And Gondolier Painting

Watercolor Of Venice Canal And Gondolier painting by the artist Irina Sztukowski

It is all in details and reflections. 

When painting this artwork, I focused on the details of the buildings that were lit up by the Venice setting sun. And I added a story, a lonely gondolier on his way to pick up a couple of love birds for a romantic ride. The reflections on the water have all the colors of the building above, plus the deep dark waters of the Venetian Canal yet not rising. 

While walking streets and passing bridges of Venice I admired the fact that not all the squares and canals are busy as we are so used to see when coming to Italy, Venice or any other famous city for that matter. Some streets are really secluded and cozy, with no sound from the touristic crowd reaching them. And I loved those parts of the city where the artist can hide and paint, absorbing the mood of an ancient beauty. 

Oh Venezia!! 

More paintings of Italy are in my special Gallery HERE 

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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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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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Watercolor Mandarin On Packaging of Saison Yogurt

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