Japanese Tea Garden Plein-Air

California, Golden Gate Park, Irina, Japanese Garden, Painting, San Francisco, sketch, sketching, Sztukowski, Tea Garden, Watercolor, watercolour
Pond Iris Flowers San Francisco
Recently, when painting in Japanese Tea Garden of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, I had an interesting conversation with a few visitors. They wanted to know how long it can take to make the painting like that one above. I explained them the difference between sketching and painting in the studio. Difference, they asked?! Absolutely, there is a difference between painting in the open air (under a morning mist) vs painting in the comfortable studio :0)
Here is my painting of the Tea Garden that I completed back in 2008:
Realistic Landscape
SOLD
Here is all: a careful exploration of composition, great deal of details, many hours of painting, stepping away, coming back and painting again.

Yet I still like to challenge myself with a plein-air painting when you have to make immediate decision on composition, be fast with the brush strokes, not be bothered by landing bugs, and proceed no matter what the weather is like.

Luckily, the day I painted the fist sketch transformed into the nice one. I even was able to sit outside the Music Concourse (looks like Roman Amphitheater) next to the Academy of Science museum and finish one more sketch:
Roman Theater
And later on, while resting at the De Young Museum cafe, I caught my sister in the moment of drawing. She was so focused on the process that barely noticed me “snooping” at her:
Cafe Scene

More Plein-air paintings are HERE


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Watercolor Tulips – Bay Area Flowers – San Francisco

Fine Art, Flowers, garden, Golden Gate Park, Painting, poppies, realism in watercolor, red, San Francisco, Sztukowski, tulips, Watercolor, watercolour, yellow
A couple of years ago the Tulip Garden in San Francisco Golden Gate Park was “on fire” with red and yellow tulips and poppies. 

I love tulips, every single stage of those flowers: the buds, a slightly opened mystery, and Boom! full bloom when the flowers expose their intricate beauty..

In this painting, the part of my Bay Area Flowers series, I tried to capture each stage.  
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The original Tulip Garden in San Francisco painting is 27″x21″ watercolor on Hot Pressed 140lb Arches Paper.


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

Plein Air – San Francisco Windmill

California, Fine Art, Golden Gate Park, Irina, Painting, plein air, realism in watercolor, San Francisco, Sztukowski, Watercolor, watercolour, windmill
San Francisco
Last weekend plein-air meeting brought together more than 20 people ( CWA artists and artist-guests). 

The location was just right:  Windmill next to the Ocean Beach at the very end of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. And it couldn’t be a better timing: these days there is a tulip garden planted. We enjoyed painting the flowers (tulips, daffodils, poppies)  while morning fog was disappearing  and the rising Sun lit the Old Windmill. I felt I was in some kind of fairy-tale, in the Little Holland. 

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Original Painting Dutch Windmill is 12″x16″ on 140lb Cold Pressed Arches Watercolor Paper
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Everyone enjoyed that plein-air session. Even my Mom, who does not paint, grabbed a brush and made a masterpiece:
Tulip Garden
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Purple Flowers Watercolor – Bay Area Flowers Series

California, Fine Art, Flowers, Golden Gate Park, hot pressed, Painting, paper, purple, realism in watercolor, San Francisco, Some Like It Hot, Sztukowski, Watercolor
Bay Area flora
My exploration of the Arches Hot Pressed Paper is in progress. “Some Like It Hot” series is moving along well.

Above is the painting of the cute purple-pink flowers that I discovered in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. I tried to find their name online but all in vain. 

These flowers grow in a cluster of purple stars, sitting on an average size bush. The stems are fuzzy; and, therefore, in the morning each stem has a million teeny tiny due drops. This makes the flowers look as if they float in the air supported with some magic purple streams of water. 
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The Original Painting Purple Flowers is 27″x 21″ watercolor


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

Spring in The Tea Garden

Golden Gate Park, Japanese Garden, landscape, original art, San Francisco, Spring, Tea Garden

11″x14″ Watercolor on 140 lb Cold Pressed
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This painting and few others were recently accepted in the Best of Worldwide Watermedia book by Kennedy Publishing for 2012. It was sweet to receive the e-mail from the publisher about their selection.
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This painting has a very emotional value for me. I love to visit Japanese Garden in San Francisco Golden Gate Park. And each time I am there the garden looks different even they don’t change the exterior much. But the blooming plants that what makes it different and interesting each time I go there. The painting was made in the Spring of 2009 when my Dad came to America for the first time to celebrate his 60th Birthday. I took the photo reference and painted the garden after my Dad left. And every time I took the brush to proceed painting I remembered the good times with my Dad.

In Every Piece Of My Art
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