Sunday, November 17, 2019

Boboli Gardens Statue Florence Italy Watercolor Painting

Statue Boboli Gardens Florence Italy Watercolor by Irina Sztukowski

When I visited Florence a couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a real treasure of this grand city.. Hiding right behind Pitti Palace there were amazing Boboli Gardens. The Medici family established the blueprint of these gardens centuries ago. They thought about creating the Italian garden style, which in the future became a perfect example for many European courts and gardens. The enormous green area is mixing up with a regular layout. It is truly a museum under the open sky. 

The garden is filled with gorgeous ancient and Renaissance statues and fountains. There are also decorative grottos, the most important of which is the famous Grotto created by Bernardo Buontalenti. Large fountains, for example the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Ocean are grand not only in their massive beauty, but strike the viewer with gentle lines and silhouettes shaped by great old masters. Later, the following Habsburg-Lorraine and Savoy dynasties developed and added to the gardens, outspreading the boundaries of the area up to Porta Romana. 

I loved the strikingly beautiful terraced area of 18th-century pavilion, which called the Kaffeehaus. It is a rare example of Rococo architecture in Tuscany. The Lemon House built by Zanobi del Rosso between 1777 and 1778 has 500 citrus plants from the Garden. And of course, the main building of Boboli Gardens is Pitti Palace in the foot of the hill spreading its beauty and hugging the gardens from the Northern side. It is definitely worth visiting both, the gardens and the Palace in one day to appreciate the beauty of manmade structures with Nature provided but trimmed to taste of the last centuries, park.  

Boboli Garden Neptune Fountain watercolor sketch by Irina Sztukowski

Boboli Garden Fountain Watercolor painting by Irina Sztukowski

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration - Part III


African Landscape School Garden Ethiopia Watercolor by Irina Sztukowski


I keep moving along with this important educational project Open Hearts Big Dreams. Two book illustrations are completed:

Article I

Article II

The last illustration presents an African school garden and a lady with national Ethiopian clothes walking on the path. 

I am so happy to participate in this non-profit project  Open Hearts Big Dreams. As it's created to help Ethiopian children learn how to read in English and their native languages, it really warms my own heart to know that kids will have fun by looking at colorful illustrations and study. 

Many great artists around the U.S. already brought their talents into this project. Hundreds of illustrations were created. And all of them will be added into cool 8"x8" educational books that talk about current life in Ethiopia. 



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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration - Part II



As I previously wrote in the article Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration Part I

This year I am happy to participate in non-profit project called Open Hearts Big Dreams. This grand project is created to help Ethiopian children learn how to read in English and their native languages. 

Many great artists around the U.S. already brought their talents into this amazing endeavor; and, they created an incredible art that will go into fun, educational books that talk about life in Ethiopia and day-to-day activities. 

I am painting two more (besides the Girl Reading A Book one)  illustrations that will be included in these children books.

This watercolor illustration is about an ancient church in Lalibela area.
 Lalibela is a small African town in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia. It's known for its distinctive rock-cut ancient churches from the 12th and 13th centuries, which became pilgrimage sites for Coptic Christians. The churches are carved out of rock, the subterranean monoliths include huge Bete Medhane Alem, and cross-shaped Bete Giyorgis. Some of the churches are joined by tunnels and trenches, and some have carved bas-reliefs and colored frescoes inside.
It was fun painting this monumental church made by man, yet originally created, or "being hidden" by rocky mountain. 

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Recent Bestsellers Through Licensing Contract - Part II

Bestselling watercolor painting Dancing by  artist Irina Sztukowski

As I mentioned in a previous post (Part I) last quarter was quite productive in terms of sales through Licensing Agreement that I have with one company in the last few years. 

I am super glad the company approached me with the proposal to sell my art. 

Hundreds of paintings prints were sold. And here are just a few bestsellers from my Dancing Series, Watercolor World Map Collection, and Forest Watercolor Silhouettes that were definite hits and produced the most sales in the last few month: 


Bestselling watercolor painting Dancing by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor World Map Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor World Map Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor World Map Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor World Map Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor World Map Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor World Map Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor Forest Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor Forest Silhouette  by  artist Irina Sztukowski

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Recent Bestsellers Through Licensing Contract - Part I

Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

Last quarter was very productive in terms of sales through Licensing Agreement that I have with one company in the last few years. I am glad the company approached me with the proposal to sell my art. So many beautiful paintings were purchased. And here are just a few bestsellers from my Bicycles Collection that were definite hits and produced the most sales in the last few month:  


Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

Bestselling watercolor painting of bicycle through licensing artist Irina Sztukowski

In the next article I will share a few more watercolor bestselling artworks.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Venice Italy Canal Grande Watercolor Painting

Italy Venice Grand Canal Watercolor Painting in interior

When I was painting this Venice scene in watercolor, I remembered how lucky I was to get up quite early and stroll along the embankment one day. The hazy air was making the cityscape of Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore (on the left) and Santa Maria Della Salute (on the right) somewhat mysterious as they were so light so fragile that they were appearing floating gracefully above the waters of Canal Grande. Lonely gondolier moved his boat towards the pier to pick up his first clients. And vapporettos  (water buses) were bringing tourists from the main land to the islands. I am glad I could bring this peaceful feeling of and adventurous beginning into my watercolor artwork. 

And for those Art Collectors who prefer the large canvas prints, I created an elongated image of Venice where the skies are more dramatic and the day is almost gone promising interesting dining experiences, concert music on San Marcos Square, and romantic evening walks around multiple channels of Venice:

Canvas Print of Venice Italy Painting in interior decor

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration

Book illustration for children Small Black girl reading

This year I am participating in Open Hearts Big Dreams project. It is non-profit organization that helps Ethiopian children learn how to read in English and their native languages. 

Artists around the U.S. of all ages, from school students to life long students, bring their talents together and organize incredible art into fun, educational books that talk about life in Ethiopia and day-to-day activities. 

I am painting two illustrations that will be included in these children books.

This watercolor illustration is about a little girl in urban Ethiopia, who learns how to read. She is involved in the story. The sun is shining through the window. But the girl doesn't notice anything around. She is carefully repeating words. She is learning. She is excited. She has a whole bright future in front of her. 

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Orange Watercolor Illustrations On Marmalade Labels And Packaging

Fruitfield Marmalade Orange Watercolor Realistic illustrations by Irina Sztukowski

Several month ago I worked on commission painting delicious oranges in watercolour for a large client, Fruitfield Company. And now those illustrations are in production on the labels and packaging designs and in the stores all over UK. 

I am very happy how vibrant and sweet my watercolor illustrations look on those jars. And it is wonderful to learn that these particular marmalade products have only fruit itself inside:

  • Sweetened with fruit juice
  • 100% from fruit
  • No added sugar
  • Gluten free
  • Free from artificial sweeteners
  • Suitable for vegetarians

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Grotto Emeraldo Amalfi Coast Italy Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Painting of Amalfi Coast Italy Grotto Emeraldo by the artist Irina Sztukowski

This painting was an inspiration after visiting Italy a few years ago. Amalfi Coast is gorgeous with its diversified culture and thousand years of history. But what really impressed me from driving along the Mediterranean seashore was monumental rocks and truly amazing colors of water. 

This particular painting is about a safe harbor of Grotto Emeraldo, where a few clever Italian sailors opened mini-attraction for tourists. They put you on a little boat and roll you into a gorgeous secluded grotto with just a few lights coming from outside. But even those little lights are enough to see glowing emerald of water created by Nature. 

Truly beautiful place! 

When I painted this watercolor, I used mixes of six shades of blue: cyan blue, ultramarine blue, thalo blue, blue purple, and vivid purple; and, for the emerald effect I used two different greens. The complexity of the water yet a flowing liquid effect that watercolor offers was in contrast with dry-brush effect of the nearby rocks. 

And if to place this painting print into a white frame, everyone can have a mystical window into that beautiful watercolor seascape in their interior decor:



Grotto Emeraldo watercolor painting framed in interior decor

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Helsinki Finland Watercolor Painting - Travel Sketchbook




I’ve used to go to Finland at least 5-7 times a year and visited Helsinki if not 20 then probably close to 20 times back in 90s. The reason was that I have shared two jobs at a Travel Company. One of them was a Marketing Manager and another was a tour guide. And because Marketing duties did not allow me to leave the country for a long period of time, 2-3 days trips to Finland suited me well. It took only a few hours to get to Helsinki by bus from Saint Petersburg (not counting hours of standing at the customs and checking luggage and papers of relatively big group of tourists). When my job of bringing my group to the City Tour and accommodating them to the hotel was done, I loved to walk to the pier, visit farmers market or Museum of Modern Art. And I came many times to the beautiful square and listened to music at this Lutheran Cathedral. I loved going to Helsinki, even it was intense work. I still found time for myself while my tourist were running around the city and shopping. Finland those days seemed to me cleaner and calmer than busy 6 million-people Saint Petersburg

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Sunny Day - Watercolor Sun Painting In Interior and On Merchandise

Watercolor of the Sun print on canvas in room interior decor

With the inevitable Fall, there are lots of rain in forecast for the area where I live.


To cheer myself up, I created a new design with Watercolor Sun that will keep me smiling whenever I look at it. I am absolutely certain that my art collectors will appreciate this design and many others that I've made for their interior decor and enjoy the thing such coasters, towels, curtains, dresses, T's, and tons more :) Needless to say that as soon I posted the designs on my RedBubble Gallery, one client bought a Racerback Tank Top and another Cute Coasters


Sun Watercolor Paintings are HERE
Solar Flamenco Dance Paintings on various merchandise are HERE


and here how my little cheerful dancing Sun looks on useful things.

Watercolor Sun on Coasters:
Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on coasters

Watercolor Sun on Notebook:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on Notebook

Watercolor Dancing Sun on Pillows:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on pillow

Watercolor Sun On Shower Curtain:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on shower curtain

Flaming Flamenco Dance of the Sun on Scarf:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on Scarf

Watercolor Solar Dance on a Dress:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on dress


Sun Watercolor on Tote Bag:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on tote bag

Solar Wall Clock with Watercolor Dancing Sun:

Watercolor Sun Paining by Irina Sztukowski on wall clock



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I created quite a Sunny Day in my home and my Art Studio :)



Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saint Petersburg - Blood Cathedral - Travel With Me - Sketchbook Project


Travel With Me Sketchbook Project.

The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood)

, an amazing piece of architecture that was built in early 1900s. I used to live 10 minutes walk from this church but was able to visit it only in the late 90s as it was closed for restoration for more than 30 years. 
The building is decorated with tiny pieces of mosaics, gold, blue, terracotta. Each inch is worth looking at and admire.
This is the first sketch for my book

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Corner Shop Of Little Town Camas Watercolor Plein Air Day

Downtown Camas State Of Washington Watercolor illustration by Irina Sztukowski

Last Friday was a beautiful sunny day in downtown Camas, state of Washington. It was the best day for the artist of Clark County to meet for an annual Plein-Air Day.

It was fun sitting at a cute cafe and paint small Shop Around The Corner with fountain, trees, and street light.

Plein Air Day at Downtown Camas State Of Washington
Artist Irina Sztukowski Paints at Plein Air Day in Camas WA


I met and chatted with many wonderful artists who were painting on the streets of downtown that day:

irArtists are painting in downtown Camas, state of Washington, Plein-Air Day

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Abstract Paintings in Portland Cafe

Green Abstract Painting Organic Grass artist Irina Sztukowski

At the day of the art presentation I was a little nervous about how my green and brown abstract paintings will look on the new Portland cafe walls. 

I grabbed the tools and supplies together with completed artworks, and drove to the heart of Portland with excitement and enthusiasm. 


General manager of the cafe, Drea Shelepova, greeted me and helped to situate myself. We decided on what wall and how far apart my continues abstract paintings should be placed on the wall. I had to make a few finishing touches on the green panels after they were placed one above each other:

Artist Irina Sztukowski works on Green Abstract Artwork for Portland Cafe

The large scale of paintings was quite unusual for me (I wrote about it in the previous article HERE ), but I managed to finish the pieces and present them well:

Artist Irina Sztukowski works on Green Abstract Artwork for Portland Cafe

It was a lot of good exercise to go up and down the ladder. I am glad we decided not to do murals under the ceiling as it would surely "kill" my knees, and possibly my Artist Spirit ;) . I am glad we are sticking up to abstract style in green and brown. 

After all the hard work was done, Drea and I posed at the paintings for the history. The art on the walls made this cafe a special place for sure. When cafe opens its doors to the customers, and serves delicious chocolate, herbal teas, and coffee; I am sure that clients will feel welcomed and cozy in this new place:

Artist Irina Sztukowski and Cafe Manager Drea Shelepova at Portland Cafe

And when the job was done, we enjoyed the first cup of coffee in this new Portland cafe to celebrate a great beginning:

Portland new Cafe with coffee chocolate and herbs. Decor by artist Irina Sztukowski

But for me as an artist, it was only half of the job done. I will have to paint several more paintings for decoration of this cafe. 

So far the new art pieces originals, six of them, are presented there. But my clients can enjoy prints that I've created and posted on my website:


Brown Abstract Artworks:



And a few green art pieces:



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Boboli Gardens Statue Florence Italy Watercolor Painting

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