Monday, March 27, 2017

Art For Kids & Baby Room Interior Decor

watercolor for kids

Art can certainly add lots of fun colors to a baby room or a kids' bedroom decor. 
Above paintings:
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These two art works bring imaginative story to this bright baby room.

Next painting, Teddy Bears In The Bed, which I've painted after one famous nursery rhyme became a great centerpiece for a muted light color of baby room interior:

art for babies teddies

For a girl that loves loves loves pink, these bright watercolor from hyper realism to the abstract art would fit perfectly for her room interior decor:


art for girl room

For the girl that like to be outdoors and bike, watch butterflies, and smell flowers, these purple hues would become the best companions for her interior decor:



interior decoration watercolor artwork

For a girl dreamer who loves walking on the beach and searching for seashells, the paining Girl And The Ocean would be a great fit for sure:

girl's room interior decor

And I didn't forget the baby boys room interior. Here are a few funny dots abstract paintings for their baby-blue interior decor:

watercolor by Irina Sztukowski

The decorative ideas for baby room interiors and kids' rooms art decor are endless when it comes to watercolor. 
I have dozens and dozens of paintings for children in my three creative galleries:

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:)



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Strawberry Serendipity - Realistic Watercolor Painting

watercolour realism berries

I was going down the Pacific Ocean coast from a nice mini-vacation with my husband. We stopped at the farmers market to get some vegetables and at the very end decided to get some delicious strawberries:

When I got home I received a new project request from my client, Swiss company, to paint strawberries in realistic manner for one of their client who produces yogurts in Europe. 

The timing could not be more right. Miss Serendipity worked quite well. I grabbed my watercolors and brush and started working on this interesting project. 
Painting realistic strawberries takes patients and lots of time. The artist needs to carefully research the object, plan the color theme, make very detailed drawing, and still keep the whole picture in mind when painting in small sections one after another.

I enjoyed it very much!

And the reward?!! Besides customer satisfaction, I got a nice desert at the end: organic yogurt with homemade honey and ... strawberries!!! :)


These realistic paintings of watercolor strawberries (Full Realistic Watercolor Strawberry and Cut In Half Strawberry Watercolor Painting) are now available through my online gallery 

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

It Is All About Trains

Bernard Goes To Music School
I wonder if all the boys in the World like to play with trains?! 
In the book that I've recently illustrated, Bernard Goes To Music School, I had to paint trains quite a bit. The trains were not only toy trains. It was the train in the Autumn landscape of Toronto suburbs, and even train made of kids. 
I can imaging all that noise that children will be making when reading this book ;)
Trains!
Trains!
Trains!
Choo-Choo!!!!

I tried to paint each "train" and train unique and interesting. The train above was a simple Lego type train that the boy Bernard had at home.

Next train was more as a model train. Bernard and his friend Nicholas found lots of joy playing with this train in music class.
Don't trains too make a musical noise?! 

Connie Du new book  model trains
When the kids were playing in the class imitating a train, the last "red caboose", our shy boy Bernard was missing (I cannot reveal what happened next, but it was quite interesting how he handled the situation later)

Bernard Goes To Music School
When painting Toronto outskirts with the speedy train, my idea was to show all the beauty of the Fall of this beautiful place in Canada. The leaves of all colors with the fast train zipping through was the best presentation of the season and how rapid the changes in the Nature could be:

autumn fall landscape with trains
And what do you think Bernard liked his mommy to read to him?
Yep, the book about Little Red Caboose:
children books illustrations


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


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Artworks Interior Decor

watercolor by Irina Sztukowski

I love to see how each of my artwork, no matter of the style of the painting, starts "singing" when it is placed into an interior decor. 

The abstract lines in watercolor with its vertical brushstrokes really dictated the colorful decor of that white couch. 

The next, realistic seascape looks so settled an airy above the couch in the living room. I don't think that any other interior decor is needed here as the artwork itself is pretty informative and inviting:
watercolor interior decor

The next art piece is quite tasty and well suitable for a kitchen or dining room Rustic Chick decor, the painting of pears and green apples on the counter compete with each other in their realism and contrast values:

Kitchen Interior Decor watercolor realism

My green abstract organic lines painting below fits so well this warm interior decor of a living room:


watercolor by Irina Sztukowski

And for the lovers of all shades of gray, the muted, almost black and white organic watercolor wash on canvas is the best suitable piece for this living room interiors:

all shades of grey artwork

I love how the red-ish pillow attracts attention and adds so much interest to the surrounding grays of these two artworks:

On another hand, the colorful sunny painting with flowers in the next interior decor attracts the most attention of the viewer:
watercolor realism


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Painting Plein Air

plein-air style

I will be never tired painting plein-air style as long as I am able to go outside and withstand surprises of the Nature. Painting outdoors has its own charm and challenges; yet, still it is very enjoyable and the artworks have a special feeling to them. You cannot wait for too long painting under the open. The weather changes constantly, especially if you are at the ocean shore, like example above. It is my recent painting of one of my favorite places on Earth, Monterey Pacific Ocean shore. I've painted there many times and each time it comes out differently. The painting of Monterey above is free, though I "blocked" it in the ink lines to give it illustration kind feeling, e.g. I've illustrated the scene in the fast brush strokes with watercolor first and then "locked" the picture by adding rigid lines to amplify the stiffness of the rocks and power of the ocean.

Another plain air painting of Monterey shore is more impressionistic style as any of my outdoor paintings of Monterey:
Pacific Ocean shore impressionistic artwork

Here, I didn't want to add the ink. The weather was so hot that it dried watercolor quite fast so the edges of each brush stroke were defined enough without any additions.

In comparison, the next plein-air painting of Monterey shore strives pretty much on energetic ink lines, the watercolors here are secondary. This free-style painting of Pacific Ocean shore is more a sketch than a complete painting, but it does have certain charm and spontaneity to it:

Pacific Ocean plein-air painting

Yes, each plein air painting tells a story of that specific day, but it also speaks for the mood of the artist. As an example, here is my recent plein-air landscape artwork of the calm sunny day from this week. The Spring is taking over, the grass is bright green, and many trees are opening their blossoms. A simple, yet informative landscape that illustrates a coming of a new season:

pond trees flowers Spring in California

My friend took panoramic photo of the area where we were painting that day, and I got into the picture by chance or intentionally. I don't know. But this photograph shows so well the power of a fresh air and the creating artist, The Observer, who, during the plein-air painting trip, merges with the Nature!


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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 ...