Sunday, October 31, 2010

Marketing Advice for Artists

For those artists that are interested in promoting their art online: I found very interesting website where you can listen to a podcasts/webinars for free. The publisher of this website is an artist himself and he created this web site to help other artists. I love to listen to his mini lessons while I am actually painting or doing my crafts. If you would like to explore this web site here is the link http://www.artpalaver.com/online-marketing-mentality-artists-free-webinar/

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pink Lilies

I keep exploring the character of Strathmore watercolor paper and I keep confirming to myself that this paper is really not that bad for fast sketches. In the painting with the glass I was focusing on glass itself. The lights were electrical and glass had lots of foreign reflections. The single lily was done as a study of the flower itself. These lilies are growing in our garden; and they are very high maintenance (compare to large white calla lilies). As an example they bloom only when they want and they skipped last blooming season completely. However, when I cut them for the still life, they appeared fresh and good looking for almost a week. What a paradox!

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Three Suns in the Dark



And here is the completed painting. The dark background changes perspective and the colors of the flowers, even I have not touched flowers color at all.................................................................................................................................................................. Watercolor on Paper, Arches 140 lb 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, October 2, 2010

Three Suns - Work In Process

Sunflowers became my recent love. The story behind is very simple yet mysterious a little. Let me know if this or similar things ever happened to you. I was going through the recent Watercolor Artist magazine and it was advertising page with the girl painting sunflowers. The flowers were so beautiful that I kept admiring them for minutes thinking I'd love to paint them some time.. But like a lot of time happens the idea never gets to the paper due to different excuses (not enough time is the one of them) am I right?.................................................................................................................................. Couple of hours later I received the request from the client if I could paint some Sunflowers for her daughter (she wanted to give her a notebook with my painting on the front to her daughter for Christmas). Wow, that made me get to work pretty fast. I found incredible image of Sunflowers and started creating the same day.................................................................................................................................................. The watercolor painting of sunflowers that is attached is the work in process. The finished painting will have dark background. But I was thinking that this in-process one is also pretty sufficient. It would look super cute on the postcards, thank you notes, coasters.. I am saving this image in my library before I get to the background. And tell you the truth I am a little frightened now to even start the background. Usually I paint surroundings first and the main subject less. What a challenge!! :)............................................................................................................................................................. Sunflower painting, Watercolor on paper, 140 Cold Press Arches,

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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 

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 ...