Redcurrant Berries Watercolor WIP

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Watercolor of Redcurrant berries Work In Progress Realism

Today I am painting a watercolor Redcurrant berries and leaves for my client’s packaging design in realistic style.

 

Busy Berry Season & Digital Bugs

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strawberry raspberry acerola pattern
I got overwhelmed with a new style these days. I am playing with digital art images in Adobe Illustrator. My digital art so far looks pretty much as my watercolors. And of course, the first subjects that I was playing with, were berries.

I first made digital Strawberries:
Then I created Raspberries:
And then, I thought about exotic berry that is called Acerola:
It was fun to add digital colors into my new creations. 
They do look like my watercolors that I’d paint by hand thought.

 And, in reality, there is no digital art ever existed that would be without an artist’s creative touch. 

My other super digital art started for example with drawing (by hand of course) funny looking bugs. Then I applied a few filters in Adobe Illustrator, and filled with digital color. 

Here is the example:

These cute bugs are just asking to jump into some children book.
 🙂
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Watercolor Stitches ?!!

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One quite unusual request I’ve received from one International fellow artist recently. Her name is Hanita Yahotomi from Ukraine (http://vk.com/morra_design) and 
she asked to transform my watercolor painting of 
into a design for 
cross-stitching. 
I am so used to by now that my art is on Jams, Yogurts, SaucesMarmalade, and on other packaging materials for farms and Farmers Markets. But this offer was quite unexpected and really exiting. 

I was wondering how can the artist make the transition from stitch to stitch imitating my watercolor brush strokes. 
And, as you can see, she did it perfectly. 

I love it! 

Here is for comparison, my original watercolor:


There are so many interesting, exiting and unexpected ways to express the Beauty of the Art! 
🙂

Blueberry Farm

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After traveling over the ocean to Ireland for Jam Labels project, my Sweet Little Blueberries returned home to the U.S. 

This time I got an exciting proposal from a blueberry farm owner to have my blueberries on 
Nico’s Wild Mountain Blueberry, LLC 
advertising materials and packaging.

What a great use of the realistic illustrations!

I have not even thought about this opportunities until I got a call 
🙂

More ideas for other farms throughout the world can be found in my gallery 

Jam Relish And Marmalade Labels

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 With these photos I am happy to inform my followers that the Jam Project for the jam, relish, and marmalade is running full speed now!
For those who are reading my blog first time, I worked on this project for G’s Gourmet labels in cooperation with great designers team from Greenhouse.ie ; and, I created several dozens of watercolor fruits, berries, and vegetables paintings. 

It is great to know that the artworks transformed into a tasty things like those cute jars full of delicious jams are now in the stores and hotel restaurants all around the world: 
paintings of berries and fruits

mmm.. Yummy!!! :0)

paintings of berries and fruits
I have whole gallery devoted to the images that I was painting for this project. The images are without logo of the company, just paintings of fruits, berries, etc. 

 And, here is even more exiting news: 
Now, anyone can print out at home the images that they like and place on home-made jams by following a few steps on my website

The link for the gallery with images is
HERE. 
With the small fee, the images are available to anyone who makes tasty creations. These images can be used not only for jams but as well for Recipe Book or other Kitchen Projects.

Forest Berries Image For Labels

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In comparison with Caramel Fudge image, where I had to practically invent and re-invent the composition going through many sketches for the Yogurt Labels international project, the Forest Berries image was relatively easy for me to create. 

I just needed to make sure that the berries would be “read” and “separated”, yet are staying in one logical bunch in the black and white image.

Luckily, I had many berries painted for the previous, Jam Labels, project.
So, I already had a sweet velvety Raspberry bunch behind my belt:
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I painted quite a few Blackcurrant botanical studies before:

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And I had a painting of the Strawberries bunch with flowers and leaves as well:

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I just needed to turn on my imagination, grab the pen with ink; and, fearlessly start drawing berry after berry, seed after seed, leave vein after a leave vein. 

The shading and the contrast were the keys of the successful drawing for sure!! 


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Farmers Market Treasures Jam Relish and Marmalade Labels Project

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What Color Are The Vitamins?!

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My Jam, Relish, and Marmalade Gallery is growing. Several new paintings and designs were born in the last month. And with enough water and plenty of colors on my palette, it keeps growing as if I opened a “Farmers Market” in my studio. 

I’ve looked at my previous and new paintings of vegetables, berries and fruits and combined them into a color themes.
The above one calls for some cool colors. This group is for Blue and Black Vitamins, and it contains blueberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, and grape paintings.

The next bunch is so so red. The mixture of cranberries, raspberries, redcurrant, strawberries and even rhubarb would water any mouth:

realism in watercolor jam labels
Unusual combination of berries, fruit, veggies, and even herbs is in my Green collection. Gooseberries, cucumbers, green apple and mint leaves are here in Green Vitamins collage:

realism in watercolor jam labels
All shades of yellow and orange are in this Citrus Quartet, a Vitamin C in all its glory. It contains ruby red grapefruit, oranges, and lemons:

realism in watercolor marmalade labels
And not so well coming together in one dish, but oh so well came together by color into a collection of Purple fruits, berries, and vegetables.
It contains plums, eggplant, purple onion, and freshly picked blackberries that certainly have a purple tint to them:

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It was fun to combine so many different creation of mine into a colored vitamins series.
Thanks to my Jam Labels project, which allowed me to generate so many different designs!

Blackcurrant Redcurrant – My Current Jam Labels

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Painting blackcurrant and redcurrant was fun. Those closely related berries brought some challenge for me as an artist. I had to juggle between botanical approach (e.g. realistic painting) yet still keep in mind that those tiny berries will be even tinier on the jam labels. So, in spite of my love to realism in watercolor, I had to simplify a little. 
I still wanted some details on the blackcurrant and redcurrant berries, so I painted them doubling the real size on paper. And when I painted, I had to step aside quite a bit in order to see the “whole picture” and not to get lost in the berry maze. 

It is interesting to note that when I painted blackcurrant, I had to apply red (Alizarin Crimson) as the first wash, in order for the black to have rather warm tint.
On another hand, when painting redcurrant, I used black and purple while red was still wet. That helped me to indicate transparency of the redcurrant berries, kind of see-through berry seeds feeling:

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The jam labels project continues. I am not only eating lots of good fruits and berries, but definitely “killing” many birds with one stone: researching botanical structure of the fruits and berries, having good time painting with watercolors, and accomplishing a big important project.

Jam Labels Project Rising

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About a month ago I’ve received a request from one jam producing company from Great Britain.
They loved my Farmers Delight series, which was created after my first Jam Labels project:

farmers market delight
This company thought my style of painting will fit greatly the labels of their jams, relishes, and marmalade. 

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There will be dozens of new designs that I will need to create. I am quite excited about this new Jam Labels opportunity. It will involve my artist skills and polish my illustrator skills as well.

Many hours of work are ahead; but for now, the jars are waiting for the labels 
:0)


Farmers Market Delight

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citrus fruits paintings
In the last couple of years I’ve painted many artworks that are different form my usual approach. Yet they do have their own distinguished style so to speak:  when the main object (usually fruit or vegetable) is painted in realistic style with the shadow, but the background remains white. 
Most of the paintings are sold: some through the art shows, others are through the Jam Labels project, and the several of them were sold off an auction. 
Last week I looked at the images of those paintings on my computer and wanted to bring all of them together in one series Farmers Market Delight. 
I’ve paired them by style, color and composition. And here they are. For example, all four paintings above Apple, Lemon, Orange, Pear were painted on Aquabord. It was fun to explore the quality of the board vs artistic paper 
( my previous post on Aquabord testing is here; and another study is here )

The next group of the paintings was representing some sweet, some hot, some red, some purple veggies (though, technically, tomato would be considered a berry and pineapple a fruit). 
I just loved the combination of colors there and the details of these realistic paintings:

sweet pea jalapeno painting

onions and jalapeno
Here are a few previous posts on these above paintings:

Then, I looked at some other paintings; and, a few fruits found a company in this sweet colorful quartet:

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My previous posts about jam labels and others are here:
And last but not least I picked four of my probably best watercolor paintings of berries so far and combined them by color and composition into a Very Very Berry collage:
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I love those four because each of them have a story to tell; and, they did take quite a bit of time to paint due to many details. I also loved that each of them have not only berries, but leaves of the plant and a flower as if they say: “We do grow in the garden or on a farm, and we are grown with love from a tiny tiny flower to a gorgeous sweet berry!”
A few previous posts on these paintings are here:
Combining different paintings in one fruitful project was fun. The dance of colors and diversity of the species is that what makes those collages to say: 
Farmers Market Delight!! 
:0)
These days I get a lot of requests from the customers if they can purchase electronic versions of my art. The opportunity just recently opened its doors. Anyone can order now my art in electronic file through my Licensing Art Company by exploring my galleries on this website Licensing.IrinaSztukkowski
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