King Shadow

fall, fall art, gray, leaf, orange, yellow
I can’t stop painting the leaves. I guess it is the Fall Mood finally came here. I just posted this one on line and it was picked up by somebody into the Fall Gallery on Handmade Spak . How sweet.
In this paintings shadow is definitely The King. Its little crown keeps attention and I tried to make it interesting. I’ve painted this one from picture that my baby sister (professional photographer) took back in 2008. I always admire her ability to see beauty in the simple things. And I wanted to paint this leaf since then. It took me two Falls to get there finally 🙂

Watercolor on Paper
Size: 9″x12″
Canson 140 Cold Press

More than a thousand artworks ranging from realism to a decorative abstract and detailed botanical painting by Irina Sztukowski are presented now on her website 

24 thoughts on “King Shadow

  1. Dear Irina,
    Sooooo beautiful, breathtakingly gorgeous. A background is, too, amazing! I admire your ability to find beauty and put it on paper!
    Kind regards, Sadami

  2. Irina…I love the name you chose for this painting….it's perfect. You also did an excellent job on the pavement. I would think getting the pavement to look like pavement would prove to be very difficult.

  3. Hi Gretchen,
    Thank you for your comment so much. Yes, I am very proud how much pavement turned out to be looking like pavement.. I used simple salt (not kosher this time) and the salt did the most of the job. I was really surprised to see the “cracks” literally appeared one after each other while painting was drying..
    With experiments like that the artist risks that something will not go the way he/she wants; but, it is definitely worth trying 🙂
    Have a great day!

  4. Thank you Akwarelia. I have another one almost done. I will publish it in a couple of days 🙂 That is really my favorite. But isn't it funny each time we paint, we think this particular one is the best; but time flies and next piece takes the first place 🙂


  5. You're absolutely right, Irina. I think this is quintessence of painters work. As long as we need something more in our work, we can develop it and we do it. Unfortunately, from time to time I take a step back. :))
    I can't wait to see your next painting. 🙂

    Best wishes.

  6. Beautiful painting Irina! The shadow is very dramatic and engaging.

    Thanks for your last visit & comment on my sketch!

  7. Thank you Teresa. I always wanted to paint the leaf along but was afraid to start.
    I actually now love single object paintings. When light is right, you can do wonders and make 2D into 3D quite fast just by using correct values.
    Have a great day!

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