Saturday, October 29, 2016

Interior Decor - Watercolor Tulips Silhouettes

watercolour silhouettes art
Contemporary Watercolor Interior Decor 

These sweet Red Tulips became a part of my new Collection that is called Watercolor Silhouettes.
The flowers are whimsical and light as if they are floating in an abstract landscape with the sunrise; leaving the viewer some space for imagination. 

And for a cool decor lovers I created another painting design with Purple Tulips Silhouettes:

watercolor silhouette floral

I live to create :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Time For Work - Time For Walk

Bernard Goes To Music School children book illustration

In one of these two illustrations that I painted for the book "Bernard Goes To Music School" , I pictured the boy on his walk along the creek. He is curiously watching salmon swimming down the stream. The Fall season is indicated by colors in the trees on the apposite embankment and leaves on the ground. Fall has just started. Little boy loves to explore the Nature. He loves his walk!

But he also helps his parents in the garden. He is a hard worker. In the next illustration, I painted a garden filled with blooming flowers. The house is in the back lit by the morning sun. The boy has just watched his parents working in the garden, and now he is helping them by pulling this huge pipe, arranging the landscape. And, I placed a porcelain decorative Mr Frog right next to the boy as if he helps him too :)  

Bernard Goes To Music School book illustration

Paining children book illustrations is fun, and it is a process that needs to be well organized. The artist should not overlook any elements. They are all helping kids to explore the illustration later on, when parents are reading the specific page. The composition of the paintings would help the exploration flow. 

In these two illustrations I tried to play with diagonal composition (The Salmon Creek) where the painting's energy is "moving" with the stream. And, in "Working Boy" I "locked" the composition on the boy with the pipe by placing tulip flowers on the left of the illustration and the frog to the right of it. 

Bernard Goes To Music School book is now published and available on It is easy to find by clicking HERE or by placing Irina Sztukowski in Amazon search window.

  • ISBN-10: 1523864753
  • ISBN-13: 9781523864751

Saturday, October 22, 2016

I See Squirrel - Children Book Illustration

Bernard Goes To Music School by Connie Du
Link to the illustration is HERE

In this illustration from the book Bernard Goes To Music School, I pictured the boy happily walking down the street and enjoying warm summer weather. The trees and bushes are in bloom indicating early Summer. The birds are in the sky. Way up on the tall tree branch I placed a squirrel eating the nut. Boy just saw the squirrel. But he is still here up to a big surprise: a little bunny is hiding under the bush. And how about a colorful butterfly?! In just a second it will take off and bring so much joy to the boy. 

All these elements of the illustration, including the road that vanishes in the atmospheric perspective, were composed the way that children, when they see the page and while parent is reading the text from the book Bernard Goes To Music School, kids will first see the boy, then their eyes will try to find a squirrel and of course they will discover bunny and the butterfly in a very short time. Yet after that they again will focus on the boy, the main character of the page and the book.

The illustration was painted, of course in correlation with the text on the page. The whole story is in the book on ( HERE ).

  • ISBN-10: 1523864753
  • ISBN-13: 9781523864751

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Inviting Fall To The Table

vivid bright art for Thanksgiving decor

The latest creative designs with Fall Leaves that was inspired by my recent travels to a Sacramento County forest is now presented in forms of dinnerware in my

Napkins (cloth and paper ones), kitchen towels, coasters and even placemats will bring a nice bright season to the customers dining rooms. 
Thanksgiving table decoration
Thanksgiving table decor
dining room decor

The original prints, canvases, metal prints, and acrylic prints can be found on They became a great addition to my new Gallery called

vibrant colorful painting

vibrant colorful painting

artist bright vibrant painting home decor

These vivid collection brings warmth and vibrant sensation to my customers' homes.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Children Book Illustration - Boy In The Garden

Bernard Goes To Music School book

In this illustration, that actually the first opening artwork in the book "Bernard Goes To Music School"  I painted the boy in front, next to the flowers. His shy nature is shown in the movement towards the flowers. He wants to smell them. Through the pink of the surrounding blooms I wanted to portray not only a beginning of a great season, but as well as the character of the protagonist.    

And here is the funny note:
First, I wanted to paint a bee sitting on one of the peony flower. I almost started; but, something stopped me. I thought that the bee, as cute as it could be, will be somehow a danger to a little boy's nose. 
I am glad I prevented the "tragedy" ;)

Painting this illustration was fun and I loved later on getting through all four seasons in the illustrations of this book.

The book is now published and it is
on Amazon for little readers to explore. 

  • ISBN-10: 1523864753
  • ISBN-13: 9781523864751

Friday, October 7, 2016

Bernard Goes To Music School - Book Is Now Published

Connie Du author

The illustration that became a part of the cover page contains the scene from the music lesson. 
A little boy is eagerly listening his teacher Tania playing a new song. 
As an artist I wanted to include flowers and musical notes in the composition as if a song, who knows, can be a Walz Of The Flowers (by Piotr Tchaikovsky). The bond between the teacher and the pupil is also developed through the music and the composition choice: I placed the teacher looking at the boy and the boy is facing the teacher. 
The color choices are Spring like: soft pink, grass green, and fresh mellow yellow. The whole painting is breathing music and a new season. 
                            This new book is now published. 
It is available on Amazon HERE
(or, just type Irina Sztukowski into Amazon search window)

  • ISBN-10: 1523864753
  • ISBN-13: 9781523864751

Monday, October 3, 2016

New Book For Children - Coming Soon

Children Book Illustrations

With great excitement I want to share big news about a wonderful assignment that was "cooking" in my art studio for the last six-seven months.  
At the end of March of this year I was approached by a Canadian author, Connie Du, with a proposal to illustrate her new book
"Bernard Goes To Music School". 
We started working on this project in April and now the book is in the print. 

It is understandable that I couldn't release full information until the date of the publishing was established. But now, I am so glad I can share the story of how I illustrated this book, my choices of color themes, composition decisions, and how it is to work on children book illustration in collaboration with the author. 

I will be presenting some of the illustrations and my artist's story about creation in the next posts. Right now, I am extremely happy that the book is almost published; and, soon many kids in the World can read a wonderful exiting story about boy Bernard, who went to music school. 

I will be posting my works of art into a special Gallery on my website , the Gallery that is called

and here is update from 10/25/16. The book is now published and it is available on

  • ISBN-10: 1523864753
  • ISBN-13: 9781523864751

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