Thursday, August 30, 2018

Pleasant Hill Downtown Park - Plein Air Trip

Garden watercolour painting with gazebo and turtles by Irina Sztukowski

In research of beautiful places to paint and taking advantage of a cooler Summer day, I've discovered a sweet little garden right in downtown Pleasant Hill, California. These cute turtles that were sunbathing on a wooden float and graceful gazebo attracted my artistic eye and became a great subject for a plein-air session. Painting on a spot is always fun and somewhat challenging. I also used a mixed technique in this painting. Starting with watercolor pencils, then moving to watercolors, and finishing all with black ink touch, it was quite interesting illustrating project. 

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Bestselling Licensed Art

Blue Bicycle With Sunflower Basket painting by Irina Sztukowski

At the beginning of this year I signed a contract with one licensing company, which wanted to market my art. The managers's choice fell on several of my new Collections, such:


I am so glad that those three collections were picked by this company as they have a great success in sales for home decor and interior design projects.

The art is mostly sells through Wayfair Website and what I really love there is that the artworks prints (as on canvas as well the wall decals ) are quite affordable for my art collectors. 

Here I want to show a few best bestsellers :) from these collections with direct links to the artwork in case somebody will be interested to purchase (just click on the photograph and the site will redirect you to the size options and prices).

Here is what sold like crazy - My Watercolor Ballerinas Silhouettes:

Watercolour Ballerina Silhouette by artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Ballerina Silhouette by artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Ballerina Silhouette by artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski
these ballerinas look so graceful in the interior decor.
Watercolor Silhouettes Of Ballerinas by artist Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Silhouettes Of Ballerinas by artist Irina Sztukowski


And here is one of the bicycles Series Art, that I called Bikes For All Seasons. It is also became a great bestseller last quarter:

Bicycles Watercolor Silhouettes by artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski

The watercolor silhouettes of the forest paintings attract my customers by their semi-abstract yet semi-realistic approach, great for a contemporary interior decor for sure:

Black Forest on Watercolor background by Irina Sztukowski

White Blue Teal Forest canvas painting watercolor by Irina Sztukowski
I love that my customers picked as white forest as well the black version.

And here is my new collection of Watercolor Maps that is so popular these days. These three maps were sold multiple times all over the World now!

Blue World Map Silhouette by artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Map Of The World silhouette by artist Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Map Of The World silhouette by artist Irina Sztukowski

I am so glad that licensing of my art is so fruitful these days! 


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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Watercolor Landscape At Martinez Marina Plein-air Trip

San Francisco Bay Martinez Marina watercolor painting by Irina Sztukowski

Beautiful day at the Martinez marina turned into a great impressionistic plein-air session. I was painting together with tow other local artists. 
The morning wind didn't scare us and we made our brushes and pencils useful. 



When the painting was completed I placed it on my website for various sizes prints that my Art Collectors can feel the happy moment of a sunny California day at San Francisco Bay together with me:

San Francisco Bay Martinez Marina watercolor painting by Irina Sztukowski


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Monday, August 13, 2018

Horses - Coloring & Activity Book For All Ages

Book about Horses and Hearts Cover Page

After being published just before the last weekend, this book 
became quite popular among the followers of my art. I am entirely grateful to all people who purchased this book from Amazon. Pretty soon the book will be sold through the online bookstores such Barnes & Noble as well.  

While Look Inside feature is still developing, I want to share a few pages from this lovely book to show the examples of artworks and some activity pages.

Here are a few landscapes with horses at the ranch:
Drawing of the horse on the ranch
Drawing of the horse on the ranch

And here are a few pages with activities that my customers might find interesting to complete:

Find Five Differences in drawings of horse activity page
Find Five Differences in drawings of horse activity page
Help the Horse Find the Barn activity page
Help the Horse Find the Barn activity page 


The book came out being suitable as for kids as well for adults. 
And I hope that people of all ages will love this book!


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hearts And Horses


The work on my new coloring book about Horses had its own mind. When I decided to create a coloring book with Horse Drawings, I had no clue that it will be a totally new format for me compare with Botanical Floral coloring books. I decided to add some activity pages to the book. Then I thought about Mary-Go-Round and drew fun horses from the childhood memories. But I didn't want to place a Mary-Go-Round sticks into my cute horsies. The idea about hearts came quite unexpectedly. Instead of the company of the sticks and bars, and circles; I've added some cool heart designs to my Mary-Go-Round Horses. So the half book is devoted to landscape with horses, half to fun Heart - Horse designs, and as the bolus there are a few activity pages such for example: barn maze, connect the dots, find the differences, and other activities. 

So, Heart & Horses, here we come! :)


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Friday, August 3, 2018

New Book Of Watercolor Techniques

Book about watercolor techniques
Book about Watercolor Techniques With Examples of Paintings 
It is quite precious moment when  you hold a new book about watercolor techniques, the most interesting subject for watercolor artist. It is even more exciting when the art that you create was admitted to this kind of book that contains more than 365 tips and tricks by more than hundred famous artists. 
I am so proud to be selected by editors and author of this book. They chose my painting Spring In The Mountains landscape, which I created when was preparing for the workshop and master class at Walt Disney Museum a while ago. 

So, I am holding my own paperback copy that publishing agency just sent me. It is a precious gift of colors, techniques, beautiful artworks examples. 

I love the idea that author and editors explored not only diverse approaches, but as well they invited artists from different cultures, from all over the world to participate in this publication. It makes this book so universally understandable, and lovely to read. The paintings are amazing. I certainly treasure every page of this watercolor book, and I hope that in the future more books like that will be presented to the public that appreciates the story, easy presentation of a complex subject.  

The description of the book explains it all:

Discover the great pleasure and fun of watercoloring with this great tutorial that reveals the techniques to master this medium and bring your creativity to the top, whether you have some expertise or are an amateur watercolorist.
Day by day through a whole year, A Watercolour a Day provides fun tips and useful methods that will show you how to play with shadows and lights and layer glazes to produce your own beautiful hues, create textures, and enhance particular features. This book opens the door to a new way of observing your surroundings and enjoying art and life, making the most of every moment. By the end of this book, you will have incorporated watercoloring into your daily life, and you will be well-equipped to start using these techniques in your portraits, landscapes, interiors, still lives, or abstract patterns and will feel completely at ease designing compositions and painting in situ.
Oscar Asensio is an experienced editor specializing in architecture and interior, industrial, and furniture design as well as healthy living, beauty, and fine art books. He has worked for a wide number of international publishers and his books have been translated into many languages.

The book can be found on Amazon HERE


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Published Art

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