Monday, November 29, 2010

Sketchbook Project "Down My Street"

This year I signed up for the Sketchbook Project. The theme that I chose is called "Down My Street". Below is the short info about the project and a few first sketches that are in my book. This is an exiting endeavor and I cannot wait to see the outcome :) ......................................................................................................................... Per Project organizers: Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country. After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view. 28763 artists from 94 countries around the world are participating. The tour starts February, 2011

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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 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sequoia National Park








Every time either relatives or friends visit us here in California we bring them to Sequoia National Park to share the beauty of the Nature and spend good time together. I am always fascinated by Giant Trees Forest, great mountains, wild life, huge rocks, and extra clean air... A human life seems to be so small so short compare to thousand and thousands years old trees. And any problems you might have become so insignificant. Every single time when I go there I promise myself to paint some scenes. And here is my first attempt: to keep my promise (to Sequoia) :) ............................................................................................................................. Watercolor on Paper 8"x10" , Arches 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 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

White & Red Christmas Spirit




I loved painting a variety of Poinsettia in this piece: white, red, pink. The most exciting part was to paint the white one: pure reflections from the lights shining through to the pink violet and blue. I also decided to place white Poinsettia on the top as it is lighter; although the dark background would point out a good recognizable shape. This bunch will make pretty good Christmas Cards :) ........................................................................................................................... Watercolor on Paper; Size 8"x10"

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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, November 5, 2010

Holiday Season - Opening

Needless to say the media and advertising is already skipping Thanksgiving and moved on to the Christmas promotion. And here I am, feeling like Holidays now. This season I've committed to paint at least three Poinsettias for the Holiday cards. This painting is my first try. The challenge was to actually stay away from scarlet red ( I used to think that Poinsettias are only red and green; but this one was kind of purple-ish) .................................................................................................................... I have also made a small cards out of this painting and today I actually sold one. So, this is true then, people really do feel like Holidays already :). Thank you Media!... .................................................................................................................... The original Painting is 9"x12" Canson 140 lb watercolor paper. I have noticed that this particular brand is very good for decorative paintings or for illustrations due to its pretty smooth yet very absorbing surface.

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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, November 2, 2010

70 Years Together

This Thanksgiving we are going to Maryland and Virginia to visit our Grandpa and Grandma and other relatives. The relatives are throwing a surprise party for Grandparents to celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary ( !!!) And this is a still surprise and Grandparents will not know about the party even after I place this post as they don't have computer :)... I have decided to paint the happy couple as a gift card (using only Burnt Sienna, Raw Amber, and Sepia). The first idea was to paint the picture and then to paint the heart made of flowers around the couple. But now I am kind of hesitating. I probably will make a mat in a shape of the heart and paint flowers on the mat. And all relatives can sign the mat with their best wishes to Grandpa and Grandma. .................................................................................................................. The painting is 11"x14" , Cold Press 300 lb Arches Watercolor Paper

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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 

Published Art

My watercolor painting Dancing Fire is published on the cover of the booklet of Oncology Symposium that takes place in Kolkata, India ...