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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Contact the artist for commission quote HERE

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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:)


Friday, October 11, 2019

Orange Watercolor Illustrations On Marmalade Labels And Packaging

Fruitfield Marmalade Orange Watercolor Realistic illustrations by Irina Sztukowski

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 5, 2019

Grotto Emeraldo Amalfi Coast Italy Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Painting of Amalfi Coast Italy Grotto Emeraldo by the artist Irina Sztukowski

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:



Grotto Emeraldo watercolor painting framed in interior decor

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Helsinki Finland Watercolor Painting - Travel Sketchbook




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 20, 2019

Sunny Day - Watercolor Sun Painting In Interior and On Merchandise

Watercolor of the Sun print on canvas in room interior decor

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 Paining by Irina Sztukowski on coasters

Watercolor Sun on Notebook:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on Notebook

Watercolor Dancing Sun on Pillows:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on pillow

Watercolor Sun On Shower Curtain:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on shower curtain

Flaming Flamenco Dance of the Sun on Scarf:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on Scarf

Watercolor Solar Dance on a Dress:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on dress


Sun Watercolor on Tote Bag:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on tote bag

Solar Wall Clock with Watercolor Dancing Sun:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on wall clock



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



Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saint Petersburg - Blood Cathedral - Travel With Me - Sketchbook Project


Travel With Me Sketchbook Project.

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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Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration - Part III

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