Illustrating A Book Workshop In Danville California

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Last week I shared my painting knowledge with the members of the Book Club at Danville library. Young readers, grade 4 and 5, met to read a book Planting The Trees Of Kenya: The Story Of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola. It delivers a true story about a winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Wangari Maathai who returned to her home country of Kenya and helped to save the farmland by planting the trees.

I was presenting a workshop: How To “Plant” The Trees On The Paper. For my lesson, I have chosen several techniques to show to the kids. 

First we did a background in wet-on-wet technique and later on (when paper was bone-dry) we planted a Whimsical Tree, full of happy branches, swirls, and birds.

As you see, each tree was telling its own story:

Children also learned how to paint Fall trees using dabbing technique and even a sponge. 
In one short session we probably “planted” one hundred of those trees. The Fall landscapes filled the room with the bright colors. I swear, if we didn’t have so much fun that day, we could even hear our painted birds signing on the branches of those trees ;0)

And even though, not all the trees in Danville, California, were yellow, orange and red yet; our trees, on the paper, were surely indicating a beautiful Fall season in its full glory! 


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Travel Sketches Book is Published

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World Sketches
My business plan for this year included publishing one or two books with my art. 

One book is out! 
Yey!

I started with publishing a small 26 pages, 9″x6″ book that contains 70 travel sketches. Some of these sketches I made for NY Library between 2010 – 2013; and, some were created for one upcoming art show in San Francisco. 

I thought it would be great to combine all of them in one book 
country sketches
The e-book in 
PDF file
Anyone can order by clicking on this
  LINK 
The hard copy is on Blurb.com below:
Travel Sketches by Irina Sztukowski | Make Your Own Book

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2013 Sketchbook Project – California

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My 2013 Sketchbook Project with New York Art Library will be about California, the places I’ve visited and the ones I have some photo references.







Tomorrow I’ll post a few more sketches. The book is almost ready to be mailed.
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All Sketches are on 4″x6″ 90lb Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
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My previous, 2011 and 2012 Sketchbook Projects are HERE



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Sketchbook Project "Down My Street" – Last Part

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The Sketchbook is complete and went to NY Art House. It was fun project that required good preparation, the ability to stick to one thing; and, finish meeting a deadline. Watercolor and ink is not what I usually do. Neither the sketch-like paintings. Therefore, I was challenging myself by braking the comfort zone. At the end it was very helpful to me as I taught myself to loosen up and fight my perfectionist nature by painting fast and almost “careless”. It was also fun to use ink with watercolors. I think it gives cheerful cartoon-ish look to the sketches. Each sketch took not more than 15-20 minutes. 38 pieces completed. Love the outcome!!…………………………………4″x5.5″ Watercolor on Paper, 90lb Cold Press