Sneak Peek To Coloring Book Process Of Creation

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drawings of botanical flowers colored
Welcome to the kitchen of a new coloring book, Flowers Botanical Drawing, Volume II, creation. Here is a sneak peek of the drawing and coloring process. 

The first book is, slowly but surely, becoming bestseller on Amazon. And I believe it is because the authors, Irina Sztukowski ( yours truly) and Masha Batkova, not only put all their love into it; but, as well tested each and every flower from the book themselves:
Book with botanical drawings for coloring
http://www.amazon.com/Flowers-Coloring-Book-Botanical-Drawing/dp/1717053475/ 

And now it is turn to my dear Followers and Art Collectors.

I’ve received many photos from them to show me how they color the book, and what results they achieved. 
One recent e-mail says: 
“Irina, I started coloring the pages of your book; and, all of a sudden I realized, IT IS a very peaceful and relaxing process!”

Bingo!!!

That’s exactly what I was targeting :). I wanted my followers to enjoy the co-creation with me, to feel the love and compassion from my drawings. And it seems the results are amazing.
Here are a few recent artworks by my dear customers that were very brave and happy to share. I organized them into a special gallery of art in my heart, my Art Collection, My Gratitude “folder”:


Cheers from 

Live To Create!!!



Wizard Of Oz – illustrate a book – Workshop

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illustration ruby slippers
Detailed images are in the Gallery HERE

The last workshop in the local library for this season was devoted to Wizard Of Oz book and movie. It was hard to separate the written story from the video version of it. For example, Dorothy had Silver Slippers in the book and Ruby Slippers in the movie. Scarecrow received a Diploma from Wizard of Oz;  but in the book he actually received a bag of bran with pins and needles. And Cowardly Lion got a potion of Courage in the book while in the movie he got a medal.
I taught kids about a Still Life by cutting a few objects from the Wizard Of Oz story and combining them into a visual still life:
Then I painted the actual still life on a paper, and  put it together:
We also had some “guests” who was watching us painting: my friend landed us a Wizard of Oz Barbie Doll collection:
Kids and I had a blast. We not only painted this time, we learned how to draw, how to place the images on a paper, make some important decisions on composition. The paintings turned out bright and creative:
Even Moms this time wanted to paint; and, I have to honestly tell you they did good and I saw they enjoyed every second of it :0)
Ruby Slippers painting:
Artwork from Wizard Of Oz in interior decor
Ruby Slippers Painting in interior decor
The painting print is available HERE
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Story Of An Artwork Creation

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My series of the painting that I named Dancing Fire moved emotions of so many people. Besides declaring itself to be one of my bestsellers, this body of art inspired some for articles (example is HERE), some for poetry (Examples are HERE and HERE) all over the world. 
Yesterday, I was contacted by an Advanced Art Class student whose assignment was to write an article about her favorite painting. She asked me about a creation process. I was very pleased that the Art Schools are focusing on the contemporary artists these days. I also, thought that sharing about the process of an artwork creation, especially an abstract piece like this one above, would be a great addition to my blog.
Here is the part of the interview.
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Question: 
When you were creating this piece of art, what were you thinking of and what were your emotions?
Answer:
 When I created this piece of art, I was conducting an experiment of some sort. I wanted to see how the watercolor from yellow to red, beige, and brown would flow into each other when placing the paint on paper using wet-on-wet technique. 
I had some hot yet classic music playing on the background that day. And while listening to the music, I was happily applying the paint with circular brush strokes. Then I peacefully, with the interest of a curious artist, watched how the paint “melted” and moved on its own. 
After the paper was bone dry, I’ve looked at it for a moment and the idea to add a dancing woman figure popped-up into my mind. 
It was rather spontaneous decision. I wanted to emphasize the flow of the paint with the movement of a dancing body and with her skirt curling in unison with the direction of the paint. 
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I am so happy I can share my thoughts about creation of this Hot Hot series dancing fire 🙂

It is ALL about FIRE 🙂

Bestselling Watercolors. Analytical Research

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Irina Sztukowski art
Continuing my research of the bestselling watercolor paintings, I want to focus this time on what was selling in May and June of this year. Surprising enough more than 70 percent of the painting that were sold from my website www.artirina.com were all about food! Fruits, berries, vegetables were the Kings and the Queens of the sales on my little watercolor Farmers Market those months. The quartet of the bestselling watercolor illustrations above is quite bright and informative. It pretty much has all what a good housewife might want to have on her kitchen walls to inspire the members of the family to eat right :).

On another hand, the single apples and pears group was liked by my Art Collector from Chandler, Arizona probably for its simplicity:

artist Irina Sztukowski
This painting quartet contains some of my bestsellers that were part of the Marmalade Labels project and Jam Labels project. The Red Apple painting was even featured once in People Magazine one day! No wonder the art collectors choice was given  to this watercolor bestselling combination.

A couple more edible bestselling paintings that I want to include here were as sweet as the first two above, yet they do have different feeling to them as the fruit and vegetables are so diverse here.  Even now these little bestsellers water my mouth just looking at them:

painting art by Irina Sztukowski
Farmers Market painting
One Art Collector didn’t want to buy whole bunch of Farmers Market watercolor produce and stopped his choice at just one Eggplant. but it does look so great on the plain white canvas! Thank you so much to a dear customer from Idaho Falls, ID !! 
artwork on canvas
But not only clear white background for the bestselling watercolor illustrations was popular that period. One of my best selling classical still life paintings, Onion Ginger And Lemon, went to the state of Idaho to an absolutely different customer the same month:

bestseller watercolor
There were just a few sales with flowers from my Floral Gallery that month. The rest of the bestsellers were quite romantic watercolor landscape paintings
I guess the beginning of the Summer brought that kind of feeling and customers decided to get more romantic 🙂

Besides one of my absolutely favorite landscapes with Italian small town of Positano (thanks to the Art Collector from Flamingham, Massachusetts for adding bestselling points to this popular watercolor) :
art that sells
…the art collectors from Georgia and Colorado decided to purchase some beautiful landscapes to add to their home decor.
The spontaneous impresionistic bestseller with Carmel By The Sea watercolor paining:
Irina Sztukowski bestseller artwork
And romantic bestselling watercolor (from different websites of mine) with the Bridge and Bicycle at the Marina:
by Irina Sztukowski
The last but not least bestseller in my analytical research of the monthly sales is one of my most favorite and romantic ones that has Golden Gate Bridge on the background.
I called this bestselling watercolor Two Love Birds.
The art collector from Nesconset, state of New York chose classical black frame and white mat to garnish it:

art that sells

And if you missed last two reports, here the links:

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Bestselling Art…. Monthly Analysis

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bestseller by Irina Sztukowski
As I promised to my art followers, I continue to analyse the art sales and place a few bestsellers of the month on my blog. January and February sales report was placed a week ago, and if you are interested it can be found here ( Art That Sells post) 

Now it is time to talk about bestsellers of the month for March and April. To my surprise there were plenty of abstract paintings sold those months. The one above, Dancing Watercolor, was the bestselling abstract on my RedBubble website.

My main website www.artirina.com  was selling abstract art like crazy as well. 
Here are just a few of them:
purple bestseller painting Irina Sztukowski
blue painting decor bestseller
I am so happy that Art Collectors appreciate the abstract art for decorating their houses. I was also pleased that the abstract bestselling watercolor found a good home in the form of pillows. 

Here is one of the bestsellers:

hot vivid painting bestseller
Yet the portraits were not left behind. When I researched the bestselling art of those months, I realized, that quite a few portraits were purchased by art collectors.

Here are is one, for example, from the RedBubble Gallery:

bestselling watercolor
And needless to say, I was not surprised at all that the same website sold again The Girl And The Ocean famous watercolor bestseller of mine 🙂

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Another portrait in the seascape setting was sold by my ImageKind Gallery:

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And another, this time silly portrait of Chameleon was purchased by the Art Collector from Williston, North Dakota. This cute curious animal became such a bestseller in the last few years:

bestselling art

So, concluding that most of the sales were abstract and portraits bestsellers, I also want to add that Italian theme, e.g. Italian landscapes and even digital artworks were also quite popular those months.
For example, Siena Italy painting hits the sales records again:
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As well as my bestselling photograph of Venice which I touched with the digital brush, was looking so nice in the new frame selected by the Art Collector from Orlando, Florida:

Irina Sztukowski








Valentine Flowers And Hearts

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watercolor card
The Valentine’s month is in full bloom and I prepared a few designs that are very appropriate for such sweet season. 

This year, I decided to make the hearts with the flowers and merge flowers with hearts, romantic things and places.

In the designs above and below, the flowers are forming the heart, just like in old days, the artists made their vintage cards with floral decor. 
Watercolor card
Then, I imagined a trip to Paris and placed bicycle and roses next to the Eiffel Tower, one of the most romantic places in Europe:
France painting
I also added a few hearts and pink roses into a vintage style design, where romance and floating Paris letters are creating a beautiful dance manifesting the Love and wonderful feelings:
Vintage Watercolor French Decor
And speaking of dance, I’ve added a lovely romantic design with ballerina silhouettes, and hidden rose heart. 
This artwork actually became the beginning of my new series Waltz Of The Flowers (which I am going to share on my blog soon):
Watercolor Painting Home Decor
To Everyone!!!
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Sequoia Forest And Mountains

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Sequoia National Park painting
The first painting of the New Year is the Winter forest of Sequoia National Park. I love visiting this place, mostly in the Spring and Summer. And, I got lucky to see it once in the coldest season of the year. The snow was up to 15 feet. I could barely recognize the park I was familiar with. It was not too terribly cold, but the massive amount of white and blue was overwhelming. 

The National Park Sequoia is impressive in any season.

In my impressionistic painting above the giant trees stand still in their monumental beauty, competing with the grandiose stillness of the snowy mountains in the background. 

And here are a few other paintings that I created celebrating different seasons of the Sequoia National Park. These two artworks have a little twist. Each of them, besides the beautiful scenery have a secret to share: somebody is hiding in the bushes or between the trees.
Try to find them.. 🙂
Realistic landscape

Realistic Forest Giant Trees
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Dramatic Landscape With Mountains

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In contrast with my previous post where I was presenting calm peaceful landscape, this Landscape With Mountains surely has some drama going on. 
The diagonal brush strokes of the bursting clouds in the sky, the triangle shapes of the mountains and silver ripples on the surface of the mountain creek; all deliver active energy of the Nature and the stormy moods. 
I wanted to mix realism in watercolor with impressionistic technique here; and, using a golden ratio in the composition, I invited the viewers into to the scene,but allowed them to be safe observers looking at the painting from the comfort of their homes.
:0)


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Peaceful Sunset Landscape Painting

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Watercolor Landscape
When busy Holiday times are coming, sometimes we forget to breath in and breath out. 
I wanted to paint this Peaceful Sunset Landscape painting with the calm waters and the pier and invite the viewers to cherish the moment of the quiet stillness of the Nature.




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Seashell Collection – A Great Beginning

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This decorative collage with seashells, pearls, seaweed, and sea stars was a follow-up on my new collection painted on handmade paper. 
One of my students wanted to learn how to paint realistic water drops. I had a cool idea to teach while painting myself; but, not only plain water drops. As I like to challenge myself, I’ve set up a whole scene with my seashells collection, surrounded with pearls and water drops:

It was fun to paint not from photograph, but live, creating a composition on this lovely handmade paper. 
Here are the four first examples of the outcome. The paper has uneven edges, which makes it look authentically handmade. When scanning the artworks on my computer I placed a rough canvas behind to emphasize the edges of the paper:

realism in watercolor
(click on image or HERE to see the details)
I created the sand-like background using a toothbrush technique, when you load the watercolor on a toothbrush and then brush your finger (carefully!!) across the bristles creating uneven yet very cool texture:
water drops in watercolor
(click on image or HERE to see the details)
I had the sea stars, pearls and shells in my collection. But I had to find the seaweed online to see how to paint it:
Watercolor Realism
(click on image or HERE to see the details)
In this painting (below) it was a real challenge. When I pulled the masking liquid from the paper (where the shell is), the glue of the liquid pulled the first tiny layer of the paper for me… Thanks to handmade product! At first, I thought I’ve ruined my artwork. But when I started painting the seashell itself, the roughness of the paper actually helped to create the cool natural seashell body texture:
(click on image or HERE to see the details)
And that how my Seashell collection started. Huge thanks to my friend who gave me those cute seashells more than 5 years ago.

I’ve also looked at my previous watercolors with seashells (last post is here). And created one more collage with those shells:

painting sea shells
Somebody might say, oh she is crazy about those seashells! And I’d say YES. More than that: I didn’t stop on painting those shells and creating collages. I’ve even got myself more gorgeous shells online: some seashells from Philippines, Mexico and India. So, there are more seashells paintings to come!

I guess I still have that Little Girl inside me that loves the ocean, fresh breeze, while walking on the beach and searching for the shells:
watercolor painting
(click on image or HERE to see the details)
My seashell collection is growing so much now, that I had to create a special gallery on FineArtAmerica, which I called 
 (click HERE to see it)

In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul