Friday, May 30, 2014

Preparing For The Art Show

Realism In Watercolor

After finishing one unusual commission (I am going to post the details just in a few days), I have received a good news from Evergreen, CO art gallery. Two of my paintings, The Dancing Shoes and In The Bookstore, were accepted into a juried art show "Watermedia: Exploration".
Now it is time to frame, pack, and mail. I am realizing that it takes a lot of time to do so; besides, the jury was so impressed with my artworks that they offered to select a few more (of my choice) to send for the display in the matted (not framed) format. Yey!
Oh, it is hard to choose. And even though I don't have too many originals left, I finally made my decision. The selected work will represent a floral theme.

Two were matted with the open edges of the watercolor paper. They have white background and represent botanical studies.

watercolor flowers

and Purple Flowers painting:
Watercolor Realism

Now it is time for me to select, frame, and mat the others. My studio is an Artful Mess today.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Botanical Impressionism On Baby Blue

painted cards

My Botanical Impressionism series is continuing; and, now I feel like going to a Baby Blue mood. It started with painting on handmade paper when I created a few little handmade watercolor cards. 
I placed one card against a blue canvas and instantly fell in love  with the idea:
a handmade paper edges with the baby-blue canvas bring somewhat vintage feeling into the artwork. Yet the flowers, that are painted spontaneously, give a good impressionistic feeling.

Here are a few more recent designs:
Botanical Card

Botanical Impressionism

Watercolor Cards

A true burst of flowers is now in the Decor Gallery : tulips, daisies, daffodils, and many others! Yet it still growing just like a good gardener is using water to grow his plants, I use the watercolor and imagination to "grow" my watercolor flower bouquets.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Art Show In Rochester New York Is Up And Running


Back in February I mentioned about participation in the art show in the state of New York where I was going to show my Water On Color paintings

This paintings are a part of the Decor Gallery and they range from cool palette to a fire hot.

And now the art show is up and running. They opened first online global preview gallery and later starting June 10, people can go to see the art in person.
I checked their website and my art looks pretty good as online as well on the gallery walls:
Irina Sztukowski art


watercolor art

6x6 Art Show 
Rochester Contemporary Art Center 
137 East Avenue (between Scio & Gibbs Sts)
Rochester, NY 14604
Normal Gallery Hours:Wednesday - Sunday: 1pm - 5pm / Friday: 1pm - 10pm

Friday, May 16, 2014

Would Monet Approve?

A couple of days ago I visited an excellent exhibition in Legion Of Honor in San Francisco: The Intimate Impressionism. And I was thinking what is the difference in our days between impressionistic style and realistic one. 
The art of Eugene Boudin for example, was quite realistic, when Auguste Renoir's landscapes with pastoral scenes were more on impressionistic side.

I pulled a few of my works and investigated them with the new eye.

Here is somewhat impressionistic seascape:

and here is a more realistic seascape with the girl and the ocean:

Or, here is the impressionism style rose bouquet:

Vs the one in more realistic manner:

Same comparison between the portraits of pets. This cat is painted with quite realistic approach:

When this kitty brings somewhat impressionistic feeling:

My thoughts are that when I paint with fast brush strokes, looking more at the whole picture, or working outside in the plein-air situation when weather is changing rapidly, objects are moving; then, I think the artwork has more impressionism in it. Yet still realistic, the fast and fresh approach has impressionistic feel. On another hand, the details and carefully thought composition call for more realistic style. 

I hope Monet approves my thoughts :)

Per Oxford Dictionary,
A style or movement in painting originating in France in the 1860s, characterized by a concern with depicting the visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and color.
A literary or artistic style that seeks to capture a feeling or experience rather than to achieve accurate depiction.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Briones Park - The Gate To the Ranch - Impressionistic Landscape

An old gate to an archery range in Briones Park, Martinez, CA. This sweet rural landscape in the heart of the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area) was painted on 100% Cotton handmade paper. 

I liked the feeling and texture of the paper, how it absorbed the water and paint.  The rough edges give somewhat vintage look. 
I placed the painting on the hard surface and took a photo to emphasize the edges. They look great on a canvas print as if the canvas made of solid rock: 
But if the same print paint on paper and frame it would not need matting as the rocky surface would become and improvised mat: 

Friday, May 9, 2014

From Semi-Abstract To Extreme Abstract

decor ideas

I wanted to share here a few out of almost twenty designs that I've recently created.
Above series is called Home Sweet Home. The designs are somewhat semi-abstract. Viewers could recognize some familiar objects. For example, on the left one called "Welcoming One" there are shelves, a cappuccino cup and sunflowers in the vase. The one on the right "Welcoming Two" has Venetian Chair, two glasses, and antique curtains. 

The next trio is more abstract, yet it may remind the observer some landscape features: sunrise, mist, and maybe a few mountains in the background.
I called this series simply "Abstract Landscapes"
watercolor canvas

And the last abstract series is quite extreme. It was an inspiration after I saw one original of a great artist Paul Jenkins. I came home that day and let my watercolors flow on  a paper. 
The paint created unique designs for me. I had no control of where it goes or how it settles; I was an observer there, watching that pure colors dance. 
I called this series a Pure Color Inspiration:

watercolor canvas abstract

Above are just a few from the designs that I've recently created. For those who are brave to take a stroll in my Decor Interior Design Gallery, here is the LINK
I hope you will enjoy the abstract and not-so-abstract creations there :0) 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Eiffel Tower - Walking The Dog in Paris

Two Girls Walking Dog in Paris watercolor

How many times one artist can paint the Eiffel Tower and Paris skies? 
I did a lot; but, I've never gotten tired of doing that!

Once I painted the Eiffel Tower with a lady walking towards it. 
evening in Paris red scarf
The art collector from Covington, LA is a happy owner now. The previous post of creation is HERE

Another painting of the tower is now in San Francisco:
realism in watercolor evening Paris
I posted a story HERE
It is proudly hanging with another painting that has the Eiffel Tower in it too.
Evening In Paris.
travel France watercolor
A mysterious story of this painting is HERE

By the way, this Evening In Paris painting was selected by an independent site as one of the Best Paintings of the Eiffel Tower, which makes me so so proud :0) (the article is HERE)

And just a few years ago, one of my art collectors ordered a commission to give to her dear friend the painting of the Eiffel Tower as a wedding gift:
evening in Paris watercolor
The story of creation is HERE

And last month the same international client wanted a similar painting for herself, for her new house. The request though was that I put not only two ladies walking there, but as well her favorite dog.
So, I fearlessly grubbed my brushes and started creating.
After approval of the sketches:
Paris France

The work in progress has began:

Washes after washes, the skies got their wind and clouds; the Lady Tower got her lace-look dress; and, the girls with a happy dog started walking towards the setting sun:
evening Paris painting
The complete painting is now is obtained by my art collector from Ontario, Canada.

The question I have in my head now: would I paint the Eiffel Tower ever again? And I believe the answer is: absolutely YES! Each time I paint, I feel that I go again visiting Paris, walking to the Tower, watching the evening Paris skies, and have fun!

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