Art Show In Evergreen Colorado

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The Art Show in Evergreen, Colorado is up and running.
Beside accepted painting,In The Bookstore and Dancing Pearls, I am also showing ten more art pieces there. Among them are:


realism in watercolor
Realism in Watercolor

Realism In Watercolor

First fruits of the season

This Exploration of a Medium: Watermedia art show  will run through July 26; 
visitors and art collectors are welcome 
Mon – Fri 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sat Noon 5:00pm. 
32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, CO. 

Water On Color

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realism in waterolor
I am in the process of preparing a few paintings for one international art show in Rochester, NY.  The theme that I chose this time is about the water. Since I paint mostly in watercolor, I called it Water On Color series, where the realism in watercolor is mixed with the abstract pattern. 
The six paintings that I made helped me to create some of these collages. 
The above collage has a cool feeling with just a few splashes of yellow, when the collage below is full of “fire-like” strikes and hot washes:

Abstract and Realism in watercolor
The art show is taking place in July 2014, so I will post more details later on.

For now, I am just “splashing” some Water On Color 🙂 

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Feeling Blue in Naperville, IL

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blue painting
Oh no no, I am not feeling blue and I am not in Naperville, IL :0)

Several of my artworks were juried into an Art Show, which is called 
The art show will be running in 
(Naperville, IL) 
during the month of March, 2014. 
I will be glad to exhibit the work above:

and I am absolutely happy that my other three works from Dancing Water abstract series  also caught jurors attention:

blue watercolor
fine art in blue
So to speak: I am happy feeling blue 😉

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Judging An Art Show – Alameda County Fair

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Still Life with ink and pencil
I was invited to judge kids’ art show at Alameda County Fair. CWA is giving monetary awards this year to three lucky winners.

There were around 20 paintings from the grade 6 through 12. 
This was my first time judging an art show. Before that I was on another side of the fence: being judged. Sometimes I was not chosen, some times I won. 

I knew that judging is not an easy task. Yet, I didn’t know how NOT easy it is! 

All those paintings already won 1st places from different schools in order to enter Alameda County Fair art show. So, my task was to choose best of the best. 

Art is quite difficult subject for judging. You can’t just place an art on a scale like a tube of paint and say: Yes, this one is “heavy” enough and it is worth getting/winning. Art speaks different language.

Carefully observing each age category I walked down the aisle with the pen, writing comments about each painting:
Art Show
My helper, and a professional photographer Maria Batkova took photos of each painting for us to be able to check them out one by one, with no environmental interruption for values (when needed to look at photos): 
selective watercolor art
I explored composition, subject, and yes, I did look at the technique as well. 
As hard as it was, but I’ve managed to pick three best of the best watercolor paintings that day! 
Alameda Fairgrounds
I hope the winners will be happy and will save their Award of Excellence certificates for future Artist Portfolios. 

When I was 15 years old, I won the first place for a still life that I named Ultramarine. But, unfortunately for me, the certificate was lost, and the painting for some reason vanished. I probably should recreate that painting from my memory one maybe I will :0)

Glass Rocks Roll To Sacramento

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Elk Grove Art Gallery
One of my favorite paintings the Rose with the Glass Rocks was accepted into a juried Art Show  at Elk Grove Art Center in Sacramento area. 

The rose in this painting was a fresh cut from my garden. The morning dew was already gone, but I wanted to play with drop-like texture that day. I placed the rose on the window and dropped a few glass rocks next to it. Each rock reflected the world: the sky, the tree branches outside, one even showed the rose view distorted through the glass:
Realistic Still Life
I am so glad that my Rose with the Glass Rocks will be on display at such famous Art Center in the Capital of California :0)

June 1, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The show continues through June 27th
9080 Elk Grove Blvd. in Old Town Elk Grove
Wed. – Sat. 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Original Painting Rose And Glass Rocks is 10″x14″ on 100% Cotton Artist Watercolor 140lb Cold Pressed

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Colors Of Russia Art Show and FREE Demo in San Francisco

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Free Demo
Above is a little flyer about a new Art Show. My artist-friend Vera Lysenko and I decided to paint a series of painting depicting Russia. San Francisco has a big Russian community and these series of paintings will be enjoyed by a lot of people.

I’ve made 12 miniatures and divided them into three groups.

Fist group shows the city where I was born, the great Saint Petersburg:
Travel Series
The next group is showing Four Seasons. Yes, there are all four in Russia even though sometimes it feels like half year of Winter:
Russian Landscape
Last group of miniatures shows one of the famous cathedrals, 
The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood. I used to live 5 min walk from this gorgeous historical monument:

Saint Petersburg Cathedral
This coming Saturday I’ll be in San Francisco for the Art Show  reception and I’ll give a demo on how to paint cute greeting cards using wet-on-dry technique and basic watercolors

4601 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, California
(2:00pm – 3:30pm)

Needless to say, that everyone who can come is welcome! 

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Travel Sketches Book is Published

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World Sketches
My business plan for this year included publishing one or two books with my art. 

One book is out! 

I started with publishing a small 26 pages, 9″x6″ book that contains 70 travel sketches. Some of these sketches I made for NY Library between 2010 – 2013; and, some were created for one upcoming art show in San Francisco. 

I thought it would be great to combine all of them in one book 
country sketches
The e-book in 
PDF file
Anyone can order by clicking on this
The hard copy is on below:
Travel Sketches by Irina Sztukowski | Make Your Own Book

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PACO Impulse Gallery Art Show

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Still Life art
Two of my
paintings Light, Love, Lemon and Point Reyes Lighthouse were accepted
into a juried show at PACO Impulse Gallery, Pittsburgh California. Last
Saturday, March 23 there was a grand reception. With more than 50 beautiful art works,
jazz music, great curious public that enjoyed this art show the spirit of
watercolor thrived and each painting was glowing with the light and love.


This show
was also quite memorable for me as it was the first art show in America where my sister
Maria Batkova was showing two of her lovely art pieces, 
still life Cream-N-Sugar
and a portrait My Dad’s 60th Birthday.

The art
show will be running through April 20th.

Here is the
information about Impulse Gallery:

The Impulse Gallery is entered at Railroad Avenue, in the last block
before the marina. The door is second storefront past the California Theater
and across from the New Mecca Cafe. The gallery is entered by walking through
the front area to the rear of the building.
Address: 329 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg, Ca
Gallery Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8a.m. – 5

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Face-ing the Art Show

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Six of my paintings were accepted into the Art Show Faces by Art & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County . I am glad I could pull them together as some were in private collections. 
My sister Masha Batkova took these photos and proposed that as soon the show’s called Faces, my face should be next to each painting :0)

The art show is at Art Passages Gallery, which is located in historical downtown Martinez, 651 Pine Street, open until February 4th, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am  – 5:00 pm
Everyone is Welcome!!!

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Be Careful What You Wish For

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While I see a lot of people are making New Year resolutions these days, I personally wanted to look back to my 2012 and see how it influences my new year plans. 
When I became a member of CWA-California Watercolor Association last June, I had a strong feeling that this relationship will be more than just paying annual fees. And my intuition did not fail: after the first workshop with Brownie Troop through CWA, I was offered to become a co-director for Outreach Program in 2013. I gladly accepted this position. And even though it will take a lot of organizing, coordinating, working with volunteers, etc. I still hope that I will have chance to teach kids and seniors (the main point of Outreach Program) this year.
Besides exhibition in San Francisco Cafe Coco, I was also offered to have a solo exhibition in the Art Room of the famous Martinez restaurant Copper Skillet Courtyard (by the way our favorite place for Sunday breakfast :0)..I chose to place 18 paintings for this show.
Some of them are flowers and still lifes:
Some are landscapes:
I am excited. The show is on until the 1st of February. Come and enjoy breakfast or lunch at 811 Ferry Street  Martinez, CA 94553. Make sure you check out the Art Room there.
Yesterday I’ve received another exciting call. Contra Costa Art Commission is setting up group show in Art Passages this month and my paintings got accepted. Yey!! (I’ll place the details later on)
Meantime I am in the process of working on two different commissions for two different customers and started working on two series of works: one will contain large paintings and another miniatures. I’d rather not to release the details yet; but I can tell you right now my head is already spinning. Considering that fact that I am going to be a part time student this semester starting January 14th, life is going to be a wild ride for the next three-four month. But that what I wanted, isn’t it :0) 
Today I was playing with a few abstracts that I’ve painted back in December. I was experimenting with the Plastic Wrap technique. It was quite fun. The paint is applied generously, next plastic wrap is crinkled on a top and after the paint dries, the plastic is lifted up revealing unpredictable interesting pattern. 
I was craving somewhat winter colors at first; and, I came up with “Frosted Window” series:
Then, I explored opposite colors and created Frosted Fire to keep my Artist Soul warm. Here is my imaginary Fireplace:
I am looking forward to a new busy but wonderful year! 
No resolutions, no regrets! 
Lots of plans and wishes though 
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