How Famous Is Too Famous

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Above you see two gorgeous collages from one of the most famous museums of Saint Petersburg, Russia, The Russian Museum 
(I am giving full credit to the museums organizers and web designers for that) 

 In between I placed some of my favorite paintings creating a strip of framed art. Oh, no, they are not in that museum. Yet! Let’s say it is my vision board, my meditative visualization 🙂

And here is why I did this collage. 

Let me explain.
The first couple months of this year I am quite busy by working almost at once on three projects. These three projects, yet to be announced, involve certain exclusivity. One is non-exclusive, one is fully-exclusive, and one is semi-exclusive (meaning that I do retain certain rights, but I do promise to keep the term of the contract). The projects are exciting, and they involve my Fine Art skills as well as illustrative skills. 

While I was drafting the agreement for exclusive rights I thought to check online my name: who and where is using my name or my art. 
I simply typed Irina Sztukowski in Image box on Google; and oh Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy.. I was ready for some interesting surprises.

It is certainly cool when people use your art for a poetry, such did (my art there on some what 20 posts from different people, exercising literal skills and using my art for their inspiration). Yet, I wasn’t contacted by any of these people for the permission. Hm.
I also found that my Eiffel Tower painting became one of the most famous paintings of this tower:
Paris France in Watercolour
I’ve learned that one of my art-photographs of Ponte Vecchio, that I made in Florence, Italy became a cover for the article Famous Bridges of the World:
Florence Italy in Photos
And one author of the CoolStuff Directory decided to write about me and place several of my paintings:
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What I was truly happy to discover, that the real museum, the Tao House Eugene O’Neill Museum in Danville, California, decided to use my artwork Old Barn At Tao House for the cover of their Artists Days at Tao House page.
Eugene O'Neill Danville California

And many many other surprises were waiting for me on the World Wide Web that day. No wonder, pretty soon museums will be calling me to place my art on their walls ;).

It is all great when you find that besides your own website where customers can purchase canvas prints, home decor, clothes with art, and other goodies; that people admire my art and my painings bring joy and inspire good articles, poetry (in some cases even tattoos’ designs.. I kid you not! I found that too!).

But I also found some websites that offer my art for sale without my consent. For obvious reasons I am not placing their URL’s here. The digital images are snatched right from my personal website and I am sure they offer a poor quality copies there. 

I also got a kick when found out that in China, they actually offer my watercolor artworks to be duplicated in oils. Good Luck Guys!! I am not terribly happy about that. Some action will be definitely taken. 

But on a good note, I am thinking: if I am an artist who loves to go to the museums, and learn from the great masters. And, I am, a curious person, who challenges myself all the time, learns how to paint some elements from 16th – 19th Century masterpieces; and, I do it in watercolor looking at oil paintings. Then why not!!! 

When my art is in the famous museums around the world; I am giving a full permission to the Dreamers like myself; go ahead and visit those museums and paint my art!! 
With this said, I am back to my studio, and I continue producing the best art I can:
And you are always welcomed to visit my “Museum” with more than 50 different Galleries with more than 1800 images of art for all good tastes! 

Writer’s Desk – Eugene O’Neill – Tao House

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Here is the Eugene O’Neill desk. The bright metal Ink Bottle and a Ink Blotter caught my attention when I’ve visited Tao House Museum last weekend. Although, one detail on this painting was actually not on the desk, one pretty significant detail. Can you guess what?
Here is the interesting fact: Eugene O’Neill actually did not use neither ink nor a typewriter to create his plays. He used a simple pencil. And later on, his wife Carlotta would transform his handwritten notes using a  typewriter.
I’ve decided to paint a pencil here in order complete the story of this still life. And even composition wise the third non-flat object asked to be there…
This original and another one on Tao House ( Barn and Old Wagon) will be presented at Village Theatre Art Gallery in Danville at Tao House – Through Artists’ Eyes exhibition until September 22, 2012.
10″x14″ Watercolor on 300lb Cold Pressed Paper 
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Eugene O’Neill Sacred Place – Tao House Ranch

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Today I’ve visited a beautiful ranch of the famous American writer Eugene O’Neill. 

My sister, I, and a bunch of great artist-friends came to explore and if weather permitted paint Plein-Air. The day was gorgeous; and I grabbed my brush. After visiting the house we explored the ranch. I decided to paint this white barn and an old beat-up wagon. 

The ranch is now a part of the National Parks system. Several times a year there are performances of Eugene O’Neill’s plays as well as the Artists Days. And even we visited Tao House ranch in a quiet Saturday, it was still interesting to see students there who were rehearsing for a tomorrow performance. The barn was filled with theater spirit, I’ve heard the part of the play and felt as I was a part of the really sacred act that brought live a play that was written more than half century ago. 

Did you know, that… 

America’s only Nobel Prize winning playwright, Eugene O’Neill, chose to live in Northern California at the height of his writing career. Isolated from the world and within the walls of his home, O’Neill wrote his final and most memorable plays; The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten.



10″x14″ St. Petersburg White Nights Watercolor on 300lb Arches Paper
More Plein-air paintings are HERE

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