Last month was very busy not only with two new books publishing on Amazon; but as well in sales through different venues. Here I want to share some (not all of course) paintings that were the best hit and sold several times making my Art Collectors homes cozy and bright 🙂
The licensing company that I signed contract with; sold several pieces of landscapes. The most popular among them were Golden Gate Bridge and Japanese Garden watercolor landscape. Here these bestselling watercolors in all their glory:
My website http://www.artirina.com was blooming in sales not only paintings but as well as some merchandise such bags and shower curtains.
The winning bestsellers were a few landscapes:
several Still Life paintings from my Still Life Gallery were also quite popular. Here are the bestselling watercolors with flowers, fruit, and berries:
I want to thank not only Art Collectors that appreciated my art through licensing company, but as well the following selected:
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|Roses Under The Sun framed artwork by Irina Sztukowski . Link to the print is HERE|
|Flowers And Music by Irina Sztukowski. Link to the canvas print is HERE|
Blue Music by Irina Sztukowski. Link to print is HERE
An interesting combination of objects and subjects came to my mind when exploring a new exhibition Casanova: The Seduction Of Europe that is now presented in Legion Of Honor Museum in San Francisco. I thought about combined beauty of Flowers, Gold, Nude, and Music. The exhibition has many more subjects mix there.
In the dynamic world of mid-eighteenth century Europe, people, ideas, and aesthetics crossed national boundaries. For an intelligent, curious, confident, and lucky person like Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798), the possibilities must have seemed endless. Stretching the limits of both social and physical mobility, he traveled from his native Venice to Paris, London, Dresden, and even Russia and the Ottoman Empire. He charmed—and was charmed by—every level of European society, from scoundrels to kings.Casanova went everywhere, knew everyone, and wrote it all down. His twelve-volume autobiography—The Story of My Life—provides an unrivaled account of eighteenth-century society. Casanova was famously a womanizer and a cheat. He broke promises, perpetrated frauds, and skipped out on creditors. Many of his sexual exploits were scandalous and criminal in his own time, and, for different reasons, would be considered reprehensible today. But he was also a multitalented and multilingual intellectual and a keen observer of society, endowed with a surprisingly modern candor and capacity for self-invention. Many of the trends in our own society—from our obsession with celebrity culture to the confessions we make on social media—find precedents in Casanova’s writings and experiences.
I loved exploring the art of 18th Century with its range from hyper realism to an obvious impressionistic approach for boudoir love scenes.
Here are a few examples of city scapes from the beginning of the century:
|Giovanni Antonio Canal, The Grand Canal from Campo San Vio, 1730-35|
|Bernardo Bellotto, View Of Dresden 1747|
a fragment close up view of gorgeous oil painting:
A part of exhibition was devoted to portrait paintings of famous people of that time
|Watercolor Flowers Close Up Paintings by the artist Irina Sztukowski|
The inspiration to create a special gallery with watercolor Flowers Close Up came after visiting an exceptionally beautiful exhibition at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The organizers of the exhibition placed gorgeous ikebana compositions next to the pieces of art. These wonderful still life creations correlated with the artworks by color, mood, expression. I loved it to my bones; and, it certainly inspired me to paint more flowers with my medium of choice, watercolors.
Here is a sneak peak to the expo. It was only there for four short days, and I want as many people as could be to see this stunning artful show
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|Abstract Artwork in Blue and Gray Colors for Interior Decor|
New additions to my Abstract Gallery, creative designs painted with acrylic paint.
These abstract paintings fit organically any contemporary interior decor.
|Abstract Green Organic Painting for Interior Decor|
And for the lovers of a cool blue and gray merchandise, there is a great amount of wonderful pillows, bags, notebooks, and even mugs:
|Cool Colors Abstract Art on Merchandise|
I would like to share here what kind of paintings from my website www.artirina.com were selling in September. It was wonderful to realize that there were some distinguished themes from customers of different locations that loved purchasing artworks. Perhaps people already thinking about Christmas gifts or perhaps it is influence of the upcoming change of the season, but the paintings that my Art Collectors loved and purchased in September were quite diverse and sometimes unexpected.
The girl and the ocean painting long time is my very favorite bestseller. Many art collectors, including the one from Ottawa, IL that purchased large print in September enjoying this artwork in their homes.
Local customer from Martinez, CA decided to purchase my painting of Martinez Marina Bridge. It was so nice to imagine that this artwork will be hanging in the same town that it was painted
International customer from Glasgow purchased romantic landscape with Golden Gate Bridge and Two Love Birds:
Another International Art Collector from Quebec, QC, Canada purchased fresh and colorful still life with Rhubarb for the kitchen decor:
It looks so nice in a white wooden frame.
Other customers ( from Burleson, TX; Hermitage, TN; San Francisco, CA; Floyds Knobs, IN; and from Aurora, CO) were mostly interested in the landscapes and seascapes for their home interior decor:
I would like to share here what kind of paintings from my website www.artirina.com were selling in August. I was curious to discover that there were some distinguished themes from customers of different locations that loved purchasing artworks. Maybe it is influence of the Summer and sunshine, but the paintings that my Art Collectors loved and purchased in August can be surely divided into a four or five subject matters; and most of them are kind of sun-shiny :).
I was glad to see that Floral Art from my Gallery was very popular among the month of August Bestsellers:
It seems that Sunflowers Art was surely dominating. Maybe it is because those gorgeous flowers are started to be seen in the fields in the month of August.
The next group of bestselling art I wanted to talk about is the one that I call Delicious. Art Collectors from different states picked up my fruits and berries from my garden Gallery:
Travel series were also popular. My customers were traveling from San Francisco Bay Area, to Russia and to Italy:
And I am surely glad that art for children was also quite popular in the month of August, especially my series of Wizard Of Oz paintings. I am so glad that they will decorate some child’s room and bring light and happy feelings into the interior:
Many thanks to my Art Collectors who bought the art. Here are just a few locations where my art traveled in the month of August:
Ponca City, OK;
San Francisco, CA;
Ottawa, ON Canada;
Gerrards Criss, Bucks,UK;
Newport Beach, CA;
Floyds Knobs, IN;
Jersey City; NJ
Thank you for making my art bestselling art! :0)
I have painted Eiffel Tower many many times. It is easy to prove this statement just by showing my France Gallery , which has more than five dozens paintings and design with Eiffel Tower and streets of Paris by now.
But this time it was a special treat for me to paint the famous Eiffel Tower in person, as French say tete-a-tete (e.g. in person) and in el plein-air style (as the same French say) practically meaning that I was sitting there and painting Eiffel Tower from that particular spot.
Last month I was traveling to three wonderful countries for inspirational business trip. France was one of them.
Lucky for me the day I was painting was more like a Summer day as if Paris greeted me with a beautiful sunlight and gorgeous shadows well suitable for a nice watercolor painting.
I was surprised to find a street that led to Eiffel Tower, but no tourists were there. Only block of the buildings was separating me with the crowd gathering around and under the tower, and here I am in almost solitude making a first drawing in this beautiful city of Paris breathing in a summer like spring day enjoying every moment.
It was wonderful experience!
Truly artistic one, when you don’t notice nor occasional person passing by, no time flying. I’ve only noticed that couple of hours evaporated quickly by looking at the shadows that changed drastically. Good thing I took an initial photograph of the place and was able to finish the paining in the hotel room, in my mini-art-studio that I improvised right there.
Even though I brought my travel palette with me on the trip; I couldn’t resist the temptation when passing by an old Charvin Art Shop on Seine river embankment. This company produces watercolor handmade paints since 1830. Just to think that famous impressionists were painting Eiffel Tower and Paris streets with watercolor of this company, created a strong desire for me to get one of travel boxes with French watercolors. That was the best souvenir I could bring from France: a handmade watercolors in the box, and painted with these watercolors Eiffel Tower, the Eiffel Tower that fit my suitcase!! 🙂
It is a good time to mention bestselling art of the first quarter of this year. I will just mention here a few of them, that truly became best of the sellers from my art world collection of watercolor.
Above painting of Stockholm was purchased by an art collector, surprise, surprise, from Sweden. I am so happy that this painting print, which is already one of my bestsellers since 2010 now will decorate a house in Uddevalla, Sweden.
Another bestselling watercolor that I want to point out and I am not surprised that it was precisely in the fist quarter, the Water Lilies that I painted one day being inspired by Claude Monet .. And surprising enough, the museum Legion Of Honor was hosting the Monet exhibition this year. I loved visiting this exhibit with its bestselling art two times this year. And here are my Water Lilies bestseller, mine are painted with watercolor on a special watercolor canvas:
These watercolor lilies traveled to Clayton, MO to decorate my art collector’s house.
The Art Collector from Californian town Torrance, decided to purchase White Oleander painting of mine in a beautiful gray frame. Here is this bestseller in all its beauty:
And I was not surprised that my bestselling Italian painting with ancient town of Siena, was purchased this quarter as well. By the way, the second quarter of this year I am planning to visit this town for business and will paint many more beautiful paintings of its churches, streets, flowers that most likely are keen to become bestsellers of the following year 🙂 . I love Italy, and even devoted a Gallery to this country, this gallery now has more than 100 paintings.
I am so happy that my travels help my art collectors bringing the art with beautiful places around the world into their home interior. As a good example this bestselling artwork with the view of Golden Gate Bridge through Lincoln Golf Park (the 17th Hole) which is so loved by my customers. This time art collector from Fairfield, California purchased this art for the home decor:
Another bestseller from my Travel Collection went to one International customer from Malta. This art collector was interested in a Russian Cathedral, the Blood Cathedral from Saint Petersburg (the city where are was born):
And needless to say, my bestselling art pieces were also printed not only on canvases, paper, metal prints, and framed artworks; but as well on different merchandise.
Such for example bestselling watercolor with dancing Ballerina was loved by the art collector from El Segundo, CA and purchased on a few blue pillows for living room decor:
Another International customer from Australia (Tarragindi, QLD) wanted to have my Baby Room bestseller on the cellphone cover. Ah, the ideas of the art on merchandise are truly endless, aren’t they!!
What a great artful year I am having!!! I am so glad that so many art collectors (I’ve not even mentioned all due to the length of the article here) wanted to purchase my art from:
Today I am celebrating 2 Million Views on my website
This of course wouldn’t happened without my lovely Art Collectors. I am eternally grateful to all of them.
Here, I want to mention a few recent customers who purchased art from my website:
International Art Collectors
The U.S. Art Collectors
Virginia Beach, VA
West Hills, CA
Floyds Knobs, IN
Grand Rapids, MI
North Bend, WA
Palos Heights, IL
Many Many Thanks !!!!
Even though here in California, Spring is slowly moving into Summer, and many trees already dropped their blossoms while teeny tiny fruits are forming on their branches, I am still in awe with Spring Blossoms at their peak of the season.
This artwork of Cherry Blossoms is created with acrylic paint. I wanted to show how another of my favorite water medium works greatly revealing fine texture of the paint on paper:
And recently, looking at my artwork from the bird’s view point, I’ve noticed that purple is becoming one of my favorite color. I’ve created so many artworks with this hue that I felt that there is a need to collect them into a separate gallery.
I called this Art Gallery –
It has paintings from abstract to realism with all shades of purple color from sweet gentle lilac to deep violets:
Purple artwork fit interior decor so organically. They bring great deal of light and air into a room interior: