A Little Bit of Nostalgia – Daffodil Paintings

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Every time I see daffodils they remind me a little suns that shine from inside. They also remind me of my grandma who grew daffodils in our summer house. Each summer she would bring huge bouquet of daffodils to the city and share with our neighbors. In our beautiful, 300 year old city where grass or trees are only in the parks; those tiny flowers were the gifts from beyond. The smell was astonishing. I can remember it when writing this right now. Very good memories! 

Since then I’ve painted daffodils many times; and, I believe I progressed quite a bit in painting manner and technique:

Still life with vase and daffodils painted in watercolor

And recently, several daffodils from miniature to a full size ones were included in my new Coloring Book – Botanical Flowers , Volume I:

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Botanical Flowers Drawings and Paintings – Coloring Book Journey

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Creating a book, even a black and white coloring one, is a tedious process. One has to learn a lot of interesting things along the way such publishing structure, various computer programs to bring the art into electronic form and to bring a book to life. 
As the book that I am working on with the artist  Maria Batkova is about botanical flowers, we’ve researched antique botanical paintings in the library archive. 
We are testing every piece of art that we create, coloring it with pencils, watercolors, and markers; and, even framing the pieces to see how they will look in the home interior decor. 

Today, I found an interesting video from Getty Museum educational channel. It is how in old days the manuscripts were made. Very interesting process. I feel so relieved now that I have computer and all the luxuries of 21st Century.

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Update effective 04/20/18
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Watercolor Flowers Close Up – Flowers To Art Inspiration

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Close Up Paintings of Watercolor Flowers
Watercolor Flowers Close Up Paintings by the artist Irina Sztukowski 
The inspiration to create a special gallery with watercolor Flowers Close Up came after visiting an exceptionally beautiful exhibition at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The organizers of the exhibition placed gorgeous ikebana compositions next to the pieces of art. These wonderful still life creations correlated with the artworks by color, mood, expression. I loved it to my bones; and, it certainly inspired me to paint more flowers with my medium of choice, watercolors.

Here is a sneak peak to the expo. It was only there for four short days, and I want as many people as could be to see this stunning artful show

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Wildflowers Watercolor – Wedding Style

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Wildflowers Decorative Bouquet in Watercolor
Here are few Wild Flowers in watercolor where simple outline with wooden sticks filled with flowers and leaves each time changes the design and visual quality:
Wild Floral in Watercolor Rustic Chick Style
Wildflowers Watercolor Bouquet with Wooden Stick Decorative Frame
Rustic Chick Wild Flowers Bouquet
Wildflowers Bouquet Rustic Chick Watercolors 
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Simple Rustic Chick Watercolor Bouquet of Wildflowers
Wild Floral Bouquet with Wooden Sticks Outline
Wildflowers Watercolor Design
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Breath Of Spring

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Breath Of Spring Watercolor
Today, March 1st, and it is officially the first day of Spring in the country I was born. 

 I remembered it when I’ve received a photo from my East Coast relative showing his car completely covered with snow. Instantly, I wanted to paint something nice, fresh, and something that would give the hope reminding that the Spring is just around the corner.

I combined two techniques in this artwork: a realistic watercolor painting of Crocus Flower , which is pushing his beauty through the snow, with an abstract design at the edges. 

Just like a warm breath on the frosted window, this flower is revealing its gentle petals to the world adding color to a cold Winter and celebrating a new coming season. 

As always, more paintings with flowers are in my Floral Gallery

Watercolor Lily Painting

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Irina Sztukowski watercolours
I thought I pull something from my personal archive; the painting that I made many years ago.

 This sweet Lilly almost became my Avatar back in 2010; but, I made my selection and chose the different artwork for that. 


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There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Decorative Flowers

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interior design and decor for wall
As my clients and friends are asking what I am working on these days, I will allow a sneak peek into my virtual artist studio. And, with that said, I am happy to introduce a new collection of Decorative Flowers. My idea is to place a super realistic watercolor flowers on the abstract surface. 

I have created unique earthy designs for the background using watercolor dabbing technique with different natural sponges and variety of colors. 
It allows to make the background sections “to melt” into each other, giving some point of interest; but, meantime, it does not distract from realistic floral paintings. 

This series could be called Botanical; yet, the interesting background makes it exclusive in some sense.
These decorative flowers bunch unites the body of work into a community of color, idea, technique, and style.

It is Botanical yet is is also Semi-Botanical
It is Realistic yet it is also Semi-Realistic
It is Abstract yet it is also Semi-Abstract

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I share here the first three out of a half dozen designs that have been created already. And, as always, more flowers soon will be posted into the Floral Gallery and Decor Interior Design Gallery on my website www.artirina.com 

Interior design for home and office

Peruvian Princess Lily

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A beautiful surprise I have found in my garden last morning. As this season I haven’t planted any flowers in my new house garden; I have to enjoy the previous owners imagination and keep observing different flowers pop here and there.. 

This time it was this cute gentle pink miniature lily.

I have grabbed my watercolors and employed my newly purchased watercolor pencils together with them. I wanted to try the combination of both long time ago; and, these flowers gave me a chance inspiring my artist’s curiosity. It was fun to experiment with different shades of the pencils and see how water unite the strokes and melts them together.

The painting came up more vibrant in colors as I didn’t have chance to over-mix the watercolors on the palette; and, I had to use what was given in 24-pencil-bunch.

Along the way, I’ve also learned some interesting facts about the flowers themselves. For example, if to leave them in the garden, they can grow up to 3 feet tall. 
Native to South America, this plant is commonly called Peruvian Lily or Princess Lily; Lily Of The Incas or Parrot Lily; and, it’s real botanical name is Alstroemeria. There are as many as 190 different types of this flower have been developed (no wonder, so many names it’s gotten!!), featuring many different shapes and colors, including white, yellow, orange, apricot, pink, red, purple, and lavender. This flower is quite popular among the florists as it reminds a miniature lily; it is a hardy plant, stays in the bouquet long and doesn’t lose the freshness of the color.

I bet my Peruvian Princess Lilies will never lose their vibrant “parrot” colors no matter how long they hang being framed and placed on the wall 🙂


Inspiration Of The Artist

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What is an artist’s inspiration? 

Per Oxford dictionary Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

It could be a light or a spark of a creative fire that can easily slip away..

For me an inspiration is definitely a process, a welcomed thought that manifests into some wonderful things. It is constant development, shaping the idea, meeting and overcoming the obstacles. And in order to achieve a final outcome, a completed artwork, the inspiration needs to be nurtured as if it was a living organism, a breathing creature.

I painted this semi-realistic artwork picturing the artist just at the beginning of his creation. The thought, the idea, the inspiration are already there. There are some questions, some answers. The petals of the creative process are blooming and surrounding the artist gently nourishing his fragile, invisible, and sometimes vague strings of thoughts. He just touched the paper with the first brush stroke. His heart is beating with excitement yet there is might be a doubt. But light of the inspiration will help him to conquer any fears; and, the flower of his creative process will blossom into a beautiful piece of art.

And now, I am going to reveal the mystery of my inspiration for this painting. The artist painted here is only 21 years old; he has many paintings ahead of him. He has two small daughters one of them was just born and another one is almost two years old. Both of them will become artists one day. They will absorb his dreams, follow their father’s inspiration, and create their own. 

It is almost half century passed since that day when he just touched the brush; but, the inspiration is still here for many years to come. 

Что такое вдохновение художника?

В Оксфордском словаре мы читаем, что вдохновение это процесс, который психически стимулирован на то, чтоб сделать или создать что-то, особенное, что-то творческое.

Вдохновение как искра творческого огня, который может легко угаснуть.

Для меня вдохновение, безусловно, желанный процесс мысли, который воплощается во что-то замечательное. Это постоянное развитие, формирование идеи, встреча и преодоление препятствий. А для того, чтобы достичь конечного результата, наполненного искусством, вдохновение должно взращиваться как если бы это был живой организм, нежное существо.

Я написала эту полу-реалистичную картину, изображая художника в начале своего творения. Мысль, идея, вдохновение уже посетили его. Конечно же, у него есть некоторые вопросы и ответы. Но не всё ещё определенно. Лепестки творческого процесса как цветок окружают его  и постоянно подпитывают его хрупкие, невидимые, а иногда и зыбкие как туман мысли. Художник лишь коснулся бумаги своей кистью. Его сердце бьется от волнения и возможно некоего сомнения. Но свет вдохновения поможет ему побороть любые страхи; и цветок его творческого процесса расцветёт в красивое произведение искусства.

А теперь я раскрою тайну моего вдохновения для этой картины. Художнику нарисованному здесь лишь 21 год; у него будет много замечательных картин впереди. В его 21, у него уже две маленькие дочери; одна из них только что родилась, а другой уже почти два года. Обе они станут художницами одажды. Они впитают вдохновение своего отца и начнут создавать свои собственные произведения искусства. 
Почти полвека прошло с того дня, когда он нечал писать и рисовать; но, вдохновение никогда не покидало его, оно прослужит ему ещё долгие и долгие годы.

First Iris Flowers

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botanical impressionism
The rain season is over and the sunlight of the Spring invited some gorgeous iris flowers into my front-yard. 
They popped up almost over night bringing so much joy with their spiky leaves and pointy buds. 
As many times as I painted iris flowers I probably would never be tired of doing so. 

This time I grabbed a hand made paper not even aware what a challenge it might be. Quite thick and grainy this paper absorbs water fast; it does not allow a sharp edge, and the paint dries very slow. Yet, there was an advantage painting on this hand made paper. Besides having a feeling that this paper was never processed by any machine and people who made it created it with love and care; besides that, I had to act according to the situation, making decisions quickly and accept the unpredictable outcome. 

The fist painting (above) was painted in impressionistic botanical style. The blue iris flowers and yellow iris buds are pronounced and the background is melting away in a nice wet-on-wet wash.

The next painting I started with totally different approach. I painted the background first leaving a free space for the flowers to pop. And then I filled the yellow of the petals to add a shape and color to them:

handmade paper
The difference in the paper plays a tremendous role in the painting quality and view appearance. 

Previously, I only painted flowers on etheir Arches or Fabriano watercolor paper applying realistic techniques:

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And even though the factory produced paper allowed more control of the medium, I still loved trying the handmade watercolor paper to expand my horizons and my “Iris Flowers Garden”

As always, more flowers are on