Monday, December 31, 2018

Beautiful Year At A Glance

Paintings for Home Decor in Interior Artist Irina Sztukowski

What a great productive year with so many beautiful things to share with my followers and art collectors!
A little collage above represents some of the bestsellers from my Licensing Agreement. These artworks are mostly sold through WayFair-website. In the year of 2018 the new collection Watercolor Silhouettes was extended into this new productive endeavor. 

I was very happy to learn that this year art on merchandise was really a great hit on my https://irina-sztukowski.pixels.com/art  website:


It is all reflected in hundreds of sales throughout the year!

Bestselling Paintings for Home Decor in Interior Artist Irina Sztukowski
Bestselling Paintings for Home Decor in Interior Artist Irina Sztukowski

Many of my completed illustrations are now on the packaging designs of the health products and bring joy to the customers throughout the World:

Watercolor Food Illustrations by the Artist Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Food Illustrations by the Artist Irina Sztukowski
Watercolour Food Illustrations by the Artist Irina Sztukowski

I also explored the Books Market this year. This new project was resulting into twenty books from journals and planners to Coloring Books on Botanical Flowers and Horses. Even Unicorns did not escape my artist's attention:

Eiffel Tower Watercolor Journal by the artist Irina Sztukowski


Planner with Watercolor Cover by the artist Irina Sztukowski
Coloring Books On Horses And Unicorns by Irina Sztukowski

I might say that this, 2018, year was the most productive year of my life; but, I have to be careful as there are so many great productive years are ahead :)

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Watercolour Artist Irina Sztukowski In Her Art Studio





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Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas - Poinsettia Quilt



I "quilted" this little blanket with my watercolor Poinsettia paintings 

:)


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All!! 

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Chrysanthemum Flowers Bouquet Renoir Style Study



Renoir painted this artwork in oil between 1881 and 1882. I studied it in 2018. The process actually began in the Chicago Institute Art Museum a couple of months ago. As they only allow to draw there (not to paint), I drew the sketch standing right next to the Old Master's painting absorbing each little detail and imagining how the artist came up with composition and the decisions of his brush strokes:


Then, I took a good photo reference and completed the painting at home in my art studio, still keeping the flare of all senses and feelings that came to me while I was standing in the art museum. 
Renoir painted it in oil. I challenged myself to paint in watercolor and gouache. It was not easy, but so much fun. 

Out of all Impressionists artists, I like Renoir a lot not only for his art, but as well for his personality. I've read historical essays on his life and I am amazed that the artist overcame so many difficulties on his way from financial hardship to rheumatoid arthritics. He kept paintings in spite of health problems; and, he was devoted to his Art, his Muse, wife Aline Victorine , and their three sons. 

I am lucky I had this opportunity to create live in the museum in Chicago. And when I was doing it, the time flew by so quickly, it disappeared it vanished, there were no time between me and the Old Master :)

I love what Renoir said about him painting flowers:


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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Recent Bestsellers - Art For Home Decor and On Merchandise

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor

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 decor:



Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor


Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor

My Art Collectors selected different art in a different form such prints on canvases, framed art, painting on wooden board:


Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for home interior decor
But the most amazing fact that my art became so popular this Holiday season for the merchandise such yoga mats, towels, plush fleece blankets, mugs, and bags:

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for merchandise

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for merchandise

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for merchandise

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for merchandise

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for merchandise

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for merchandise

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for merchandise

Bestselling art by the artist Irina Sztukowski for merchandise
I am so glad that my art brings joy to this Holiday season in forms not only interior decorative items but as well on different kinds of merchandise!

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Published Art


My watercolor painting Dancing Fire is published on the cover of the booklet of Oncology Symposium that takes place in Kolkata, India in January 2019. 

I am glad that editors selected this specific painting for the brochure as it has dynamic force of fire presented  in the background yet with addition of feminine soft outlines of a fragile body. We become stronger when we reborn from challenges of our own fires. 

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Courtyard With Fountain - Plein Air Painting - Concord California

Courtyard With Fountain painting by the artist Irina Sztukowski

A beautiful day in Concord, CA; resulted in impressionistic painting in a water medium that I am currently exploring: watercolor gouache. 

I was lucky to catch an afternoon sunny California weather in golden Fall:





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Friday, November 23, 2018

Modern American Realism - Exhibition Review

Modern American Realism Exhibition in Portland Art Museum

Visiting 

Modern American Realism

Highlights from the Smithsonian’s Sara Roby Foundation Collection
Exhibition 
was a great highlight of the rainy November weekend.

The diversity of the art style and mix of colors and brush strokes was stunning and wouldn't escape any artistic soul's attention.   

I enjoyed all artworks, but a few great pieces were standing up and were my personal eye candies:









Edward Hopper Artwork Cape Cod Morning Painting 1950





A note from the organizers of this Modern American Realism Exhibition:


A selection of treasured artworks from the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Modern American Realism encompasses the range of what can broadly be called modern realism—from sociopolitical to psychological, from satirical to surrealist. Drawn from works collected by the Sara Roby Foundation, the exhibition includes 44 paintings and sculptures from the 1910s to 1980s by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Wolf Kahn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Reginald Marsh, and Honoré Sharrer, among others.Sara Roby (1907-1986) believed that the most effective way to encourage the visual arts in the United States was to acquire the works of living artists and exhibit them to the public. The Sara Roby Foundation began collecting American art in the mid-1950s, and during the next 30 years assembled a premier group of paintings and sculpture by the country’s leading figurative artists.
The resulting collection captures both the optimism and the apprehension of the years following World War II. Many of the works are poignantly human, such as Dowager in a Wheelchair (1952) by Philip Evergood, while others, by artists such as Robert Vickrey, challenge us to decipher meanings imbedded in complex, sometimes enigmatic scenes.
Sara Roby refused to be bound by current trends when she began collecting in the 1950s. She championed realism at a time when critics celebrated abstract expressionism and “action painting.” Yet, she was unwilling to be constrained by her own collecting criteria. In addition to obtaining masterpieces by Edward Hopper, Paul Cadmus, and their contemporaries, the Foundation showed cultural range by purchasing key works by Stuart Davis and Louise Nevelson, and regional breadth by collecting works by Mark Tobey and Morris Graves, both preeminent Northwest Artists.
“The Portland Art Museum is honored to partner with the Smithsonian American Art Museum to bring some of their twentieth-century treasures to Oregon,” said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director and Chief Curator of the Portland Art Museum. “The Sara Roby Foundation Collection has exceptional examples of 20th-century American realism, many of which are rarely seen in our community, including major works by Paul Cadmus, Edward Hopper and Nancy Grossman. Our audience will also appreciate seeing regional favorites such as Jacob Lawrence and Morris Graves.”

Here are a few more quite interesting artworks that caught my attention:

















Amazing Art and Artists!


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