Monday, July 23, 2018

Adding Drama To The Flower - Coloring Book - Volume III Is HERE

Botanical Flowers Drawings on Black Background Book

Yes, the Volume III Coloring Book with Botanical Flowers has quite a bit of drama to it. All new designs with botanical florals are now on the black background. The instructions on how to paint, color,  and how to frame the art are included. 

My co-creators are ready to dive in and do a great job!

Back Cover of Botanical Drawing Coloring Book

Live To Create!! 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Painting Of Positano - Italy - Amalfi Coast




Breathtaking view of little town of Positano Italy. Town that is the must when visiting Amalfi Coast. 

 Watercolor on paper

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Thousands artworks' prints ranging from realism to a decorative abstract and detailed botanical painting by Irina Sztukowski are presented now on her website  HERE 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Coloring Book For Children - Volume III


The new coloring book for children and parents is in the stores! This time I placed two dozen unique drawings into this book, sweet butterflies and cute ladybugs with lovely flowers to color. 

Previously published books for children got pretty good response from the public:



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I am so happy kids and parents have the choice out of three books or even work on all three of them. It is also cool to learn that children can still have fun without staring at the screens of their computers, TVs, or cell phones. 

Live To Create!! 

:)

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Truth And Beauty - Legion Of Honor Exhibition - Review






Last week I made the best gift to myself what artist can do to the artist (besides buying the favorite paints and brushes of course). I've visited a new exhibition Truth & Beauty at Legion Of Honor museum in San Francisco. 

The exploration of both, truly beautiful art and seeing the beauty of truthful comparison of two different centuries in portraiture presentation was really priceless. 

The organizers called this exhibition The Pre-Raphaelites And The Old Masters. But as well they can just call it Learn From Old Masters and they will be absolutely right.

The exhibition presented portraits and religious themes from the 15th century European Artists, and the mid 19th end of 19th century masterpieces.

Here is a great example, Sandro Botticelli, Idealized Portrait of a Lady from 1475:

and 1878 oil painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Proserpine:

or  Self-Portrait by Raphael from 1506:



And amazingly well done painting of Henry Wentworth Monk by William Holman Hunt that he created in 1858:


The beauty through the centuries was reflecting in these two portraits as well.
The oil painting by same Sandro Botticelli, the Portrait of a Lady Known as Smeralda Bandinelli, 1470-80. This painting was previously owned by the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He believed that Botticelli used the same model for his painting of Venus:

Later in his career Dante Gabriel Rossetti himself used his wife as a model for many of his paintings, such as a beautiful diptych for example Beata Beatrix, that he painted in 1871-72:


Dante Gabriel Rossetti drew a parallel in this composition between the medieval Italian poet Dante Alighieri's despair at the death of his beloved Beatrice and Rossetti's own grief at the death of his muse, lover, and wife, Elizabeth Siddal. 

I also adored the 19th century painters Kate Bunce:

Saint Cicilia , 1901 by Kate Bunce


..and another woman artist Marie Spartali Stillman with her symbolic and stunning artwork Love's Messenger, 1885:


.. portraits by William Holman Hunt:

Bianca, painted 1868-69

and one of his wife, Edith:

The Birthday, 1868

One of my favorite sections of the exhibition was where some amazing watercolors were presented.

In the books print form:


As well as well preserved artworks in watercolor such as an example Cesare Mariannecci's copies of Old Masters.

Just take a look at his Copy after "The Delphic Silbyl" by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, Rome. Mariannecci painted it in 1867 and it is now masterpiece on its own:


Other two copies by him of Botticelli, Birth Of Venus & La Primavera.



Note that the artworks that Mariannecci painted from huge oil paintings of Botticelli are just approximately 20"x16" in size. The precision of a watercolor brush stroke is outstanding. His artworks, the  copy, became certainly a great example of devotion, love to the art, and admirable craftsmanship. If I could I would "camp" there next to these paintings for a week looking constantly at them and possibly make my own copies of the copies in watercolor :)

The exhibition left a very soft peaceful feeling on my Artist's Soul. I saw that the art yet developing through the centuries for sure, has one timeless quality, The Beauty. In our contemporary days it is truly hard sometimes to stop and admire a simple flower, a beauty of everyday life. But the gift of being able that, be in the moment, and have ability to capture it in our hearts is truly, undeniably, PRICELESS!! 

Here a few more artwork that I admired at this exhibition, Truth & Beauty:

Isabella and the Pot of Basil, 1862 by William Holman Hunt

Oure Ladye of Good Children, 1866 by Ford Madox Brown

"Leisure Hours" , 1864 by John Everett Millais

The Lady Of Shalott, 1888-1905 by William Holman Hunt

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Interior Decor Ideas - Art For Home And Office

watercolor painting in interior decor

Summer is in its bloom and it seems that whole America is on the move; either for holidays, or for better place to live. Everywhere I drive these days I see the signs Open House, OPEN house, OPEN HOUSE! And with open house there are few great ideas coming to one's mind about interior decor. 

Above, a simple office with no window is transformed into a welcoming bright creation space with the Summer Garden,  my painting In The Garden

The living room decorative interior has organic touch with these Cherry Blossom branches with the deep sunrise on the back:

Watercolor painting of cherry blossoms

Incredibly well done to fit the warm environment is a triptych of an abstract work of mine in beige. It is provided by one of my partners Pictorem and has free shipping on most of the art pieces from my gallery:

beige lines painting triptych in interior decor

Another idea for home interior decor in warm tones is Abstract Map Of The World, and Abstract Forest. The living rooms with these artworks are truly coming to life with those art pieces on the walls:

Watercolor World Map painting in interior decor

Painting of Forest in interior decor

And it will be not fair to omit the realistic pieces for bedroom interior decor. The fresh, impressionistic painting Vintage Storm adds some peaceful drama with its organic natural brush strokes vs geometrical contemporary lines of the room decor (though I personally would change the frame to a black one with white mat, if I could, just my advice) :

Painting of Sea Shore in Bedroom decor interior

Another great marriage of Classical Art and Nowadays Interior is this piece, The Tulip Garden. This painting I made after traveling to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. They have vintage Holland style Tulip Garden set up each spring next to a real windmill from Holland that was given to the city:
Painting Of Tulips in Bedroom Interior Decor

Kids' corner will come more vivid and bright with the Rainbow World Map. It is also quite educational for children to see the whole wide world in front of them and dream of the future travels, languages, new good friends, the oneness of us all. The learning process doesn't have to be necessarily "framed" but it certainly can be COLORFUL :)

Painting of World Map abstraction in interior decor

Another incredible possibility of home interior decor with watercolor paintings is to spread the artwork on wall from side to side in the form of a decal. Only one partner of mine is offering so far this kind of service, and I am so glad they do.

Ocean Shore in your house, a beach house feeling in the urban interior:

Wall Decal of seascape in bedroom interior decor

And the last but not least a beautiful Collection Of Butterflies in watercolor for the home office interior decor. No butterflies were hurt in the process:

Painting of Butterflies framed in interior decor

Cheers from 



Published Art

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