Watercolour Food Illustration – Apple Blackberries

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It was a great assignment to paint Apple, cut Apple, and bunch of Blackberries in watercolor for a corporate customer. The client placed this painting on Packaging designs of jam labels:

Watercolor Food Apple Blackberries In Watercolour Artist illustrator Sztukowski

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Bestselling Watercolors. Analytical Research

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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:

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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:
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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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Jam Relish And Marmalade Labels

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paintings of berries and fruits
 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.

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:

realism in watercolor jam relish labels
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!

The Apple Fest

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watercolor painting
A part of my large painting is completed: an apple part. While painting those little apples I was wondering how many times I did so (never though I painted apples in the water with watercolors :)..

I remember the times (20 or so years ago) when my teacher placed an apple as a part of a still life and explained that the roundness of this “object” will attract the viewer’s eye. And it truly did, especially with the metal spoon pointing to that apple:
realism in watercolor
I painted apples big (a real size):
watercolor on Aquabord
(on a watercolor Aquabord )
And I painted apples as small as to fit on teeny-tiny 2″x3″ paper:
watercolor miniature
miniature painting of fruits
Once, I’ve even created an instructional sequence on how to paint an apple in six easy steps:
watercolor artwork
It was cool to imagine how the apple “grew” on a white piece of paper:
I guess, for me, apples are really fun to paint: none of them, even though look alike, is the same. Each has it’s own personality:
realism in watercolor
Just like these two Cuties above were pushing their Brother over the board; or, the freshly-picked apple below is happy to spread its arms-leaves under an afternoon Sun: 
Realism in watercolors
Like they say “an apple a day keeps the doctors away“; my apples , quite contrary, surely kept me busy and pretty close to my studio
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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:

fruits berries paintings
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:
berry watercolor paintings
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!! 
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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
In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul



Oval Paintings?

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Still Life Brace Vase
SOLD
 (prints are available) click on the name of the painting
French Roses painting
Last weekend I was talking to a potential customer who was specifically looking for an odd shape painting. I showed pretty much all my paintings, but they were all not odd, they were squared…
Then, I started putting some thoughts into the request and it occurred to me, that it is quite easy to make pretty much any shape with the square/rectangular painting as long as composition allows.
Then I started playing with the paintings images that I have and PhotoShop in order to create ovals. And I was surprised how pictures transformed. For me personally, they started looking a little rustic, antique, and charming.  
Here are just a few as an example.
Florals look lovely in the oval shapes, aren’t they?
Tea Party
SOLD
 (prints are available) click on the name of the painting

Tea-time Roses painting

Realistic Still Life
SOLD
 (prints are available) click on the name of the painting

Yellow Flower
SOLD
 (prints are available) click on the name of the painting

Landscapes look almost like somebody is peeking through the binoculars: 
Boat Sky Birds
SOLD
 (prints are available) click on the name of the painting

Italy Pink Flowers
SOLD
 (prints are available) click on the name of the painting

Positano Italy painting

Water Rocks Trees
SOLD
 (prints are available) click on the name of the painting

Fruits and berries are just asking to “oval” them due to their natural roundness:
Bowl Towel Realistic Painting
SOLD
 (prints are available) click on the name of the painting

Realism in Watercolor
SOLD
 (prints are available) click on the name of the painting

Yellow Purple
Lemons painting
Portraits definitely remind some old style photography ( except that they are just in color):
Breeze Portrait
Rainbow Breeze painting

Smiling Children
SOLD
 (prints are available) click on the name of the painting

Peekaboo painting

Pink Hat with Flower
Sweet Dreams painting
(previous blog post about this painting is here)
Still Life paintings look sweet in the oval shapes too:
Old Masters School

Realistic Art
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 (prints are available) click on the name of the painting

Old School Art
Even mademoiselle Eiffel Tower got its rustic look peeking at us through the oval shape:

Vintage Style Painting
SOLD
 (prints are available) click on the name of the painting

Eiffel Tower painting

What an interesting transformation!!! 
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Fruit Corner – Saturday Art Fair Preparation

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Some old and some new art pieces, ready to see the world.
For the last week and half I am painting every grocery item in a house to prepare for the Art Fair. On a short notice, I was invited to participate there; and, it is coming this Saturday. The art show is in a small retirement community in Pleasant Hill (175 Cleaveland Road, Pleasant Hill, CA) and because it is a small art show I am going to bring inexpensive and affordable art there. So, our house became a Craft Shop. I have chosen to paint on the watercolor boards (5″x5″ Aquabord by Ampersand) and I thought I’d play with some tasty fruits on each of them, centered, and with no background. 
I am also going to bring some cards (Thanksgiving theme and Christmas), Notebooks with my arts and various prints. I hope the folks like them. I think I will also have a small demo as when the last time I showed my art there some ladies were interested in the lessons:
Notebooks, Cards, Prints: all of these look so great on my new tile floor in the studio :0)
The preparation to the Art Fair was fun. The puppies were good sports. Yet, because my studio repair was still in-progress and I painted everywhere in the house but studio, something unexpected happened. I left a few watercolor boards unattended. Oops! Never do it when you have two Yellow Labs puppies in the house.
And here our pups, happy to see the studio-in-progress and looking for a trouble:
Then, they found a few watercolor boards and had fun:
And then they went to sleep.. peacefully:
I couldn’t be mad, they look so cute, don’t they!! :0)

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Watercolor Mosaic

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To see more details or play with virtual framing click HERE

When a very special customer of mine asked if I want to paint an Italian style mosaic with the fruit vase, I first thought I did not hear her right: Mosaic? In Watercolors?!! But as an Artist who likes a challenge and loves to explore, I jumped to this project with enthusiasm.
We discussed the details and composition, colors and stylistic approach. The fruits and berries are all her favorites for cooking and baking. And the mosaic painting itself will become some sort of signature of her love to cooking with the heart and passion. From the last posts you remember, her jams are to die for!
And now here is a little game.
Try to find the following:
White Peach
Apricots
Strawberries
Plum
Raspberries
Blackberries
Cherries
Pear
Pineapple
Did you do good?
Now here is another challenge:
Find a Habanero Pepper
It is there.
Wonderful! 
How could it have all of that? I can give you a recipe: patience My Friends. When I was painting each tile of this fruit mosaic I meditated while creating those virtual stones: rock by rock, color by color, all in Watercolor!! :0)
And here are a few detailed images of this Mosaic Fruit Vase:

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Original Watercolor on 300lb Arches Cold Pressed paper 12″x16″
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Jam Session

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Detailed Image HERE
 Detailed Image HERE
Just like an informal meeting where musicians play together in a Jam Session, my dear customer and I are working on a lengthy but absolutely enjoyable and creative project – A Jam Labels Session. Our first creations involve my Apricot Painting and White Peach painting. I am learning a ton of tricks with PhotoShop to clear the backgrounds and make the files appropriate for the labels. The colors for the labels should be rather bold and bright than containing an artistic realism with complimentary shadows, vanishing perspective, etc. The labels might be as small as 1″x1″ and they still should “read” the image and letters. 
Here are our fist attempts of the Jam Labels Project, which as you can see are definitely made with Love:
Yes, there is still so much to do and play with, but already, just by looking at them my mouth is watering and craving one of these delicious jams!
Stay tuned for more Jam Labels creations :0)
In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul