Fog In San Francisco

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Watercolor by Irina Sztukowski
When I moved to San Francisco around 15 years ago, I was lucky to get an apartment in the most beautiful place of the city, next to the Ocean Beach, with the walking distance to Golden Gate park.

I couldn’t understand the face expression of my friends when I was announcing about my new place to live… My friends just shook their heads and said: “A lot of fog!”… So what?!! I didn’t get it at that time. But when the fog season came, oh, I understood that face expression clearly. The fog was milky thick, I couldn’t see not even Pacific Ocean.. not even a closest street crosswalk, not even my hands.. (exaggerating, of course!! :))
But, really, if I painted the Golden Gate bridge that time, it would be more like that:
But I need to have a mercy for my Art Collectors; so, I am revealing the Bridge in all its monumental beauty, just slightly touching it with the “Fog Application”.. just for the feel of those foggy days..

Welcome to the Bay Area San Francisco, one of the most beautiful places on Earth!!
Watercolor by Irina Sztukowski
  

San Francisco Impressionism Vs Abstract

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impressionism in watercolors
In these two paintings I was exploring Impressionism and Abstract. 
The brush strokes of the above painting with wet-on-wet technique  resemble Bay Area’s windy day when the fog just disappeared revealing the fist sunlight that highlighted emerald green waters of San Francisco Bay. The silhouette of the city is on the background barely visible through the lines of the Golden Gate Bridge.

For another, abstract, painting of San Francisco skyline I used vivid, contrast brush strokes to resemble contemporary life of the downtown with its skyscrapers, lights of the evening city, and the fast pace of the busy megapolis:
vivid watercolor
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San Francisco City Skyline Watercolor

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contemporary art California seascape
Location! Location! Location!

Living in one of the most beautiful places on earth, San Francisco Bay Area, gives a very good favor to an artist’s imagination. 

I love looking at San Francisco silhouette from Treasure Island. 

I always wanted to paint the skyline and the time has come. 

For these designs I carefully drew the silhouette of this beautiful City and filled them with my abstract artworks. 
It definitely created a unique pattern that resembles the Golden Gate City, yet does not interrupt the viewers’ eye with too many details of the modern life.

And for those who like the clear city skylines with white background, I made another , more abstract-ish silhouette of San Francisco that would look cool on stretched canvas with black or white edges:
contemporary painting California seascape
Location! Location! Location!
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Happy New Year!

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painting of Bay Area
Before the clock strikes 12, allow me to wish you a very Happy New Year; and may you get all possible success in all imaginable areas in the year 2015 and beyond.  I wish you to achieve all your goals. And, when the New Year arrives, my best wish is that it brings many new creative ideas to make our lives better. 

Happy New Year!

In this watercolor painting I’ve combined an abstract floral fireworks and the silhouette of the city over San Francisco Bay.


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Find A Cat in Benicia – Plein-Air Painting Session

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building mountains shore watercolor
Benicia is a small town in Northern California. It is only 15 minutes from where I leave. Cozy streets with restaurants, gift shops, and a beautiful San Francisco Bay shore attract a lot of artists. CWA plein-air artists group had the same idea: to come, to see, to paint. 
We made an attempt to come here last year, but October rain chased us away. This year the weather couldn’t be better. 
I was sitting on the shore and panting a visitors center with its palm trees. The building covered pretty much all the bay beauty; but you can still see Mountain Diablo, sparkles on a water, and even a fisherman in his little boat. 

If you look closely, you also will find a few birds and….a….. cat! I am not telling you where it is. You will need to look for it :0)

A little bit of Benicia’s history:
In spite of the fact that now it is a tiny little town, back in 19th century, for more than a year, Benicia was serving as California Capital in 1853. 
In 1860 there was an area dedicated to US Army Arsenal, an armory place. Historical building are still bringing joy to the visitors: The Clock Tower, The Camel Barn (yes, yes, they used to have stables with camels for transportation).
Being a major connector in transportation business back in 1860s, now Benicia is a quiet lovely place to visit for  fun and for arts. It has regular art exhibitions and art openings in its Galleries, promotes arts through Open Studio events, provides many art classes for children and adults. And needless to say, it is a great place to visit for a plein-air painting session.

All artists from CWA had fun painting different places in Benicia that day:
plein-air Benicia
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Original painting “Benicia, California” is 12″x16″ Watercolor on 140lb 100% cotton Arches
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Best Golf Course View in San Francisco – Lincoln Park – 17th Hole

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Golden Gate Bridge View
One of my customers ordered this commission painting of the gorgeous view of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. I have not realized at the beginning that the park was a famous golf course on a top of the hill. And that precise view was from 17th hole of Lincoln Park

I liked the idea that the given picture had good three points of visual interest plus the personal meaning to the customer of course.
Starting the painting from the skies and the Golden Gate Bridge, I gradually moved to the foliage of the trees. When these two backgrounds were completed, I continued with paining the bushes and the flowers maze in the front. They had to be painted with the most details; and, by the way, took me the longest time “to build”.

Here are a few pix of work-in-progress that I supplied to the customer along the way. As usual, commission paintings take much longer time (compare to the artist’s choice art) due to the communications (agreements, suggestions, approvals), and constant updates:
sketches
Panorama

California Trees
Bay Area San Francisco
The Original Painting Lincoln Park – San Francisco is 9″x12″ Watercolor


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Watercolor Sunflowers – Bay Area Flowers Series

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Being interested in different surfaces for my watercolors, I’ve decided to try Hot Pressed paper. I got a bunch of large sheets and started exploring why Some Like It Hot.
 I thought it would be great to do a series of paintings about Sun Francisco Bay Area Flowers. Living in this beautiful area allowed me to collect tons of photo references. 
These sunny flowers were growing in Lafayette. My sister and I drove through residential area once and discovered small field of sunflowers between the houses. What captured our attention is that the flowers were not turned to the Sun, they were lit from behind. We took bunch of pictures; and, I loved the one that my sister, Masha Batkova, had. 
Needless to say I wanted to paint it :0)
In my painting, I wanted to show not only the light penetrating the petals, but also the warm yellow against cold blue and cool greens. 
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Original Painting Sunflowers is 27″x21″ watercolor on Hot Pressed Arches paper
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A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That..

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A quick update on what’s cooking. 

I finished a commission request for New Blackberries painting for Jam Labels. Every time I paint berries my mouth is watering as I remember how tasty that jams are. And in return I pass the positive vibes to my art, and the berries start looking yummy :0)

The background painting is a sneak peek into my new art collection that I am working on these days. The unofficial name for this series is Some Like It Hot, official name is Bay Area Flowers. So far three large full sheet paintings are completed and I will be posting them soon. Many more to come.

Stay tuned! 
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San Francisco Bay, Richmond – Plein-Air – Landscapes That Were Only A Few Feet Apart

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Last Saturday plein-air trip brought two absolutely different views of one Bay, in one day, which were just a few hours apart. First, took rough  300lb Arches paper to paint the morning. The sun was rising and the fog was lifting up uncover a gorgeous scene. When the first painting was done, I moved my head on the right and saw a peaceful sky with almost still waters (that what couple hours can do!); and, in the middle of all this beauty three Giants were standing at the dock. I grabbed my brush and made rather minimalistic seascape emphasizing the solid Nature and the industrial invention that came together in one.

Many artists from CWA painted that day; and, as many beautiful paintings came out of it:

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10×14 “Sailboats- San Francisco Bay” Watercolor on 300 lb Arches Paper
10×14 “Richmond Docks” Watercolor on 140 lb Arches Paper
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Crab Cove in Alameda, California – Plein-Air Painting

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The hazy cool morning in Alameda Crab Cove grew later into a lovely sunny day; but in my painting I wanted to pick up the beginning of the day when the bird is thinking of its breakfast, the tide is getting lower, and the wind surfers on the background just started setting up their sails for an active weekend fun.
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And here the report from my fellow artists and their arts. It was great to be with the group of them to discuss our art works, laugh, share, and inspire each other:
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12″x16″ Watercolor on 300lb Cold Pressed Arches
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