Monday, January 30, 2017

Botanical Impressionism

watercolor flowers

I am posting some of the festive designs that I recently painted.

I call this style Botanical Impressionism.
Created in the fast manner with the colors right out of the tube simple flower arrangement such the one with Iris Flowers and The Tulip Bunch look great in cooler colors surrounding.

On another hand, warm Poppies and Roses Bouquet are calling for neutral beige colors helping these flowers to "pop-up":


Watercolor floral designs

The above paintings appear more as botanical art when framed in the vintage style white wooden frames. 
Yet, when printed on a stretch canvas, they start obtaining more Impressionistic qualities. 
Good examples would be these 
and


watercolor florals


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Friday, January 27, 2017

Better Homes & Gardens With Art

I am so happy to announce that this year my art is presented through Better Homes & Gardens online store. And I believe the Shipping is FREE. 
Yey!! 
Being a licensed artist brings a lot of opportunities for the exposure. I am very excited about a wonderful chance to make more Art Collectors happy and make their homes (and gardens) better with paintings :)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hearts And Butterflies - Watercolor Silhouettes


Right for the time of upcoming Valentines Day I have created a heart full of artworks that became a great addition to my Watercolor Silhouettes gallery. These semi-abstract paintings are airy and filled with combination of different complementing colors. 
I love seeing them in pairs placed next to each other in a light interiors:


These little creative hearts will serve as a wonderful thoughtful gifts as prints or cards for a loved one:


canvas print

My new painting collage that was recently added to Seashells Beach Treasures collection contains Hearts, Pearl, and Seashells on a realistic watercolor wooden board:

watecolour realism


Another addition to my Watercolor Silhouette Gallery were magical creatures, full of watercolors vivid hues, butterflies:

They are also full of hearts if to look closer at their wings :)



More hearts and butterflies are HERE







Saturday, January 14, 2017

Bed Time - Children Book Illustrations

watercolor children books

When I painted bedroom theme for the book Bernard Goes To Music School, I wanted to show a nice cozy interior in soft pastel blues, where our boy goes not only to sleep, but reads the book with his mommy:

Children books illustration in watercolor
He tells his mom about his dreams:

Children Book illustration

And he also practices for his music school class:

Children Book illustrations in watercolor

My favorite one (besides the Reading Story illustration) was to paint the boy in the bed practicing musical notes, and the notes are flying far far away enhancing the paintings on the wall with their music :)

Children Book Illustration in watercolor

The main task was in these illustrations to keep the colors of the bedroom consistent; yet, to make each story standing up on its own.

For those who is reading my blog for the first time, here is a little info on the book:

The book is called Bernard Goes To Music School, written by Connie Du. You can find this book on Amazon. Just type Irina Sztukowski in the search window or copy and insert this link into the browser


The author’s note:
Bernard, a little boy, has gone to music school to start a musical journey that is about to change him profoundly in many ways… Initially he has difficulty singing those strange funny music notes and he often feels shy around people. He and other kids receive music training from Mrs. Tania, a lovable music teacher, who inspires him to sing and love music. He needs to practice countless times before he can overcome his shyness and sing beautifully in class. He learns a lot, has a lot of fun and makes friends in his music class but his achievements wouldn’t be possible without the unfailing love and encouragement from his parents throughout the journey. At the end of this story Bernard is not so shy anymore and he really enjoys being with his friends in music school! Music is a wonderful thing that can work magic on our children. (Connie Du)

ISBN-10: 1523864753
ISBN-13: 9781523864751







Published Art

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