Botanical Flower Watercolor Sweet Pea

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Botanical Flowers Sweet Pea Painting Watercolor Watercolour

Painting and drawing a watercolor and ink illustration of botanical Sweet Pea Flower for a book.

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Orchid

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Never being tired of painting Orchid flowers I find each time that they look very human. It is almost like a carnival where the orchid is so well dressed for an occasion. Look: it has face, a hair-do and if to look closer each flower has its own personality. 
This particular Beauty was a gift from my friends. And when I saw how the sun penetrated the petals of the main flower, the chance for this orchid to be in the history became obvious :0)
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10″x 8″ Watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb Watercolor Paper
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There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Ranunculus Painting – Phase II

Florals, flower, flower painting, flower pot, Flowers, irina szutkowski, Irina's watercolors, original art, step by step painting, Uncategorized

At  the Phase II for the Ranunculus painting I made a wash for the background and started on the tablecloth pattern, trying to place it in the perspective and keep it simple as intended. The challenge with the background is that until the flowers are worked on the pale green does not look appealing to me as I usually  choose the darker background when flowers are light. But we will see.
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10″x8″ Watercolor Painting (first wash)

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

Ranunculus Study

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An incoming commission, in which I will paint Ranunculus bouquet, gave me an opportunity to research, sketch and learn more about these special and very beautiful flowers. The name Ranunculus actually came from Latin for “little frog”. These flowers prefer lots of water and are found near lakes, ponds; just like frogs. Another name for Ranunculus is Buttercup. There are about 600 species of these flowers are found in the world so far. I’ve also learned that these cute flowers are long lasting cut flowers in the bouquet. But not all beauty is safe. It appears that fresh buttercups are actually poisonous, yet when dry they are absolutely safe. Some of Ranunculus flowers have numerous petals and others none. I personally love the ones that look like roses, peonies or poppies. Although, takes quite a bit to paint petal after petal..
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9″X12″ Watercolor on 300 lb Arches

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

Copying Old Masters

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My teachers used to say: “Copy Old School masters and you will learn how to paint better”. I agree. When we look at the old paintings and try to copy we go inch by inch and transform the artist’s knowledge from what you see into what you think and how you think it was made.

When I lived in Russia I always saw art students painting fragments of the famous paintings in the museums. And last time in Paris, I saw a couple of artists painting a relatively huge canvases in Louvre. It must be hard to paint when thousands of people watching you during the day! I prefer good quality photos (though I wouldn’t mind to go to Paris again 🙂
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The piece you see above is my try. The challenge was that I had to transform oil painting (a fragment) into a watercolor “reading”.. I loved to paint grapes on this one and small bugs too..
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8″x9″ Watercolor on 140 lb Cold Pressed Arches

English Daisies – Finished Painting

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Here is the finished 5″x7″ piece.. I just discovered that these little flowers are called English Daisies and some times Magenta English Daisies. The interesting part that when they start opening they have pretty intense magenta petals and later when they are exposed to the Sun the colors kind of moving to the edges of each petal.. One of my Rose bushes has a totally opposite behavior: if I bring a bud home the pink rose is loosing its color and becomes yellow yet if I leave it on a bush outside, the pink turns into a great bright Magenta..

So Many Petals So Little Time

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This small painting (5″x7″) will be going to Spain to one of my clients home country. I started with masking the main (in focus) flower with the masking fluid and placing the back ground wash. I was pretty satisfied with the first wash (!!) until the paint was dry. They say truth when mention that you need to think 40% darker when placing the watercolor on paper. Sure enough I needed a second wash (see picture on the bottom) only after the second one I was completely satisfied with the volume of the back ground.
The picture on the top shows work in progress with petals. There are so many of them and each takes special attention in order to achieve a realistic effect.
I love this flower. It reminds me Spring and Summer together. Like a little sunshine it brings so much joy when looking at this cute family. I am hoping to finish the painting by the end of this weekend and will be placing the finished one shortly.

From the Bee View

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We all know how beautiful nature looks like from the bird’s view. This time I looked at the flower from the Bee point of view imagining how bee comes to the flower, decides if it is good enough to land and do the job… I hope that these two Amaryllis close-ups would attract the bee and not only them 🙂

I painted these two paintings like twins together in one wash at the time. And I’ve run through lots of Cadmium Red and Alizarin Crimson. Hopefully they these kids will find a good home one day; and they will stay together (next to each other, like twins would do)
8″x10″ Watercolor on Paper, Canson 140 lb Cold Pressed

Orchid

flower painting, orchid, realism in watercolors, thank you card, thank-you cards, watercolor cards

A small 4″x6″ painting with which I am opening my Thank-You Card series. A simple thank you is so important and sometimes is incredibly essential not only for the person who’s done a good deed but as well for the person who thanks.. yes..a little bit too philosophical but it’s just my thought…

Tulips on Fire

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One of the best and the most amazing things for the Artist is when he/she can share the art with other people. And it is always great when people admire your art, and when people want your art – is the most grateful moments. Although, for me personally it is hard sometimes to detach from my paintings. That’s probably why I sell more prints than paintings ;)… Original paintings are like babies. But hey, children suppose to grow up and eventually they will make outside the nest.
Today one of my favorite customers sent me an e-mail with the subject: ” I have to have it!” She chose this painting of tulips. When I painted this one I really wanted to show the sun showing through the petals penetrating them through red making it pink. The game of three colors (red, pink, and yellow) reminded me of a fire. And I called this painting “Tulips on Fire”. I am glad that now these tulips will sparkle in someones’ house 🙂
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8″x10″ Watercolor on 140lb Cold Press Arches