Sunday, September 26, 2010

Watercolors at Work

I know it is just a little early to think about Christmas; but, it is never early to think about gifts. I had the painting that I made couple years ago for Christmas Cards and I decided to make this painting into a gift tags this year. But not just a gift tag, THE unique one. I printed the business cards at Vista Print ( 250 for free plus upload $2.49) and personalized it with the red yarn. I think it looks cute :) The step-by-step project is on my ArtGiftsFromIrina


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More than a thousand artworks ranging from realism to a decorative abstract and detailed botanical painting by Irina Sztukowski are presented now on her website  www.artirina.com 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Leaf on Fire

And here we go.. my (most likely) last leaf for this Fall Season. I was looking for some subjects for my Sketchbook project which title is Down My Street and I found this little treasure laying on a ground and looking so pretty that I couldn't resist to paint. It is surprising how almost rotten, practically half eaten and torn apart object can be so attractive and beautiful :) ................. Original Watercolor on Paper; Size 9"x12" Canson 140 Cold Press

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More than a thousand artworks ranging from realism to a decorative abstract and detailed botanical painting by Irina Sztukowski are presented now on her website  www.artirina.com 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

King Shadow

I can't stop painting the leaves. I guess it is the Fall Mood finally came here. I just posted this one on line and it was picked up by somebody into the Fall Gallery on Handmade Spak . How sweet. In this paintings shadow is definitely The King. Its little crown keeps attention and I tried to make it interesting. I've painted this one from picture that my baby sister (professional photographer) took back in 2008. I always admire her ability to see beauty in the simple things. And I wanted to paint this leaf since then. It took me two Falls to get there finally :) Watercolor on Paper Size: 9"x12" Canson 140 Cold Press

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More than a thousand artworks ranging from realism to a decorative abstract and detailed botanical painting by Irina Sztukowski are presented now on her website  www.artirina.com 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Leaf and Shadow Study

I found this glowing leaf today and got inspired right away. Fall is considered to be kind of sad season, but bright colors of the fallen leaves make us artist busy :0) Size: 9"x12" Canson 140 Cold Press Watercolor Paper

More Art by Irina Sztukowski is presented on her website  www.artirina.com 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cherries In The Bowl



The summer is almost over. These bright juicy cherries reminded me about it when I was setting up the still life. Berries didn't listen to my order and kept falling off the small bowl. But I really wanted to paint this exact bowl as I made it by hands in one of my wheel-through ceramics class. I just left the cherries along and painted still life as it is. Size 9"x12" Winsor & Newton Watercolor on 140 lb Cold Press Canson Paper

More Art by Irina Sztukowski is presented on her website  www.artirina.com 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

From Realism to Abstract

Flowers always fascinate me. There is such a thin line between realism and abstraction-ism when painting a flower. Sometimes when I paint petal after petal I get lost in the form; but after the work is done it looks pretty real. I was thinking about this when dividing my Pink Rose painting (not painting, print of course) into six equal pieces. I decided to make casters last weekend. And I wanted to step out of the box and combine puzzle idea and my painting with utilizing the artful piece into a useful one. You can see how it turned out by clicking here: http://artgiftsfromirina.blogspot.com/ The original Rose: Size 5"x7" 140 Cold Press Watercolor Paper

More Art by Irina Sztukowski is presented on her website  www.artirina.com 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Marketing Tool I've learned

I have learned one very good marketing tool that every Artist that has web site should do when starting publishing art work on-line. I am so glad I got the book (How To Market and Sell Your Art... by Lee Rowley, ISBN-13: 978-1-60138-146-0). When I started reading this book I was a little skeptical. Fist couple dozens of pages are a little bit slow; mostly for the beginners. But getting closer to the middle, the author is giving a really good advise: every artist that shows on-line should register at Google, MSN, and Yahoo. I didn't know. If you didn't know as well, here is a tip. Go www.google.com/addurl submit your web site. Do the same with Yahoo by going to https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/submit They also mentioned MSN but I got no luck to get to the link (it automatically brought me to Bing.com; if you want to try here is the link: http://search.msn.com.sg/docs/submit.aspx The author also said that artists should repeat the submissions but not more often than once a month otherwise search engines could remove the web site from the search. I tried to register my blog address; but seems that it would only work with the personal web site address. I hope for those of you who didn't do it yet; this little hint will help to promote your web sites and art work :) Take care, Irina

In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Rose In The Blue Vase

Irina Sztukowski

I painted this beautiful rose in a blue vase back in 2009. The original found home in the private collection in Virginia. And I placed the print in my Art Shop on Etsy today. I am so happy that people are interested in buying prints from original watercolors. This gives opportunity to the art to go around and bring joy to not just one person. Today I sold the piece and the piece is ready to to to NY state. I am thinking that we should not be skeptical about making and selling the copies of our art. With an effort on our part the prints, cards, posters can give a second life to the piece that was already sold or is not for sale.

In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Friday, September 3, 2010

My Garden


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 It is amazing how many bright and vibrant colors Nature offers to us. These miniatures ( 2.5"x3.5" I painted mostly from the fruits and veggies from our garden here in California Bay Area) My husband grows and nurtures our garden and I feed from it physically and emotionally :)

In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Recent Bestsellers - Art For Home Decor and On Merchandise

The last few weeks were very busy at my Online Gallery . Many art pieces from abstract to hyper realism were sold for a home interior ...