Celebrating Fifteen Years

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Today I have two reasons to celebrate. 
First of all it is a National Holiday, the 4th Of July. But also, today is precisely fifteen years since I came to the United States Of America.

So many good things had happened in that period. After all, it is a third of my entire life. 
I had a great chance to explore by traveling in the U.S. and abroad. 
America is a huge country and each state has its own personality, traditions, famous visiting points. 

I’ve discovered and re-discovered California, South to North. I’ve visited state of Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, South Carolina, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and Washington DC. 
Many times I brought with me my color palette and enjoyed painting outside.
For example, in Portland I was stunned by the rough ocean shore, gorgeous and powerful:
seascape in watercolor
In Arizona, specifically in Sedona, I felt as if I was visiting Mars not Earth. Monumental canyons caught my artist’s attention:
landscape in watercolor
North of California amazed me with the peaceful Redwood trees landscapes:
watercolor forest
Pacific shore is so rich with impressive lighthouses, and I wish I could paint them all. So far, I am only done with three.
Lighthouse at the Point Arena:
watercolor landscape
Lighthouse in the little town of Trinidad:
watercolor landscape
And, Point Reyes Lighthouse:
watercolor landscape

And, needless to say, I’ve explored the area where I live, the famous San Francisco Bay Area. I will never be tired of painting its beautiful scenery such Golden Gate Bridge:
Bay Area seascape in watercolor
I love painting Bay Area parks and gardens. Here is one of my favorite places, Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park:
watercolor landscape San Francisco Bay Area
Or, what a pretty place is hiding in Berkeley hills, Blake’s Garden with its alleys and sweet poppy fields:
watercolor landscapes poppy field
I was lucky to travel abroad in the last fifteen years as well. I visited Russia many times; and, I admired gorgeous cathedrals and monuments there: 
Blood Cathedral Saint Petersburg watercolor
historical sketches
I also traveled to Paris, France; and, painted the famous Eiffel Tower multiple times afterwords:
Paris France watercolour
watercolor cityscape
After visiting Italy, I fell in love not only with Italian culture, but as well with Italian language. I’ve even decided to learn Italian and in the last two years earned AA in Italian language, hoping that one day I will return to this country again and be able to practice.
Here are just a few of my paintings that are devoted to Italy.
The town of Siena:
watercolor painting

A little town of Positano:
watercolor Mediterranean shore
Cozy cafe in Venice:
watercolor Italian Cafe

Speaking of education, besides studying languages, I was also earning an Accounting degree and Fine Art Diploma in these wonderful fifteen years here in the U.S.

After working half of this time for a corporate work; somewhere in 2009 I’ve decided to switch my course 180 degrees and return full time to my Life Calling. I pursued an art career and became professional artist. Little by little I built my Portfolio and my clientele. 

Today, I can say that my art has been travelling more than I do. The original and copies of my art are not only throughout the U.S, they are in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Malaysia, Russia, Spain. The illustrations that I painted for my International customers are originally presented in Ireland and Switzerland. And then, they will travel the world in forms of jam labels, yogurt labels, and various sauces
I am also exited that I was discovered by one Licensing Company and now my Fine Art is sold through venues like Overstock.com, Walmart.com, and many large brick and mortal stores. 

These fifteen years were truly remarkable. I know I put a lot of hard work into them. But, I also know I would not be able to do all of it without a huge support from my family, friends and my lovely clients.  

There are so many exiting projects are ahead. On one of them, I am actually working in the last three months, but it yet to be released. I will be sharing about this new project soon in the future posts.

Today, I am celebrating wonderful fifteen years in America that allowed me to open myself as an Artist, Traveler, Life Student, and a growing Spiritual Being 
🙂

Cheers from www.artirina.com !!! 


















Art Licensing Journey

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Sztukowsi stretched canvas Sunflowers painting
The Art Licensing Journey continues for me and my paintings. 

As I’ve received the first Quarter payment from the company I work with (The ArtWall) , in the article I was writing previously (link is HERE), the whole excitement of being Licensed Artist seemed to be much more real.

For me licensing my art means that more people will be able to obtain the copies of my favorite paintings. 

Today, I’ve learned that not only Overstock.com and Ebay.com are now selling my art; but, as well as one of the most successful retailers such Walmart ( or should we rename it Walm-ART ;)) is presenting the paintings that I have completed in the last five years. 

Affordable Artwork for sale

In this case, being a licensed artist on my Art Licensing journey, and I can say with confidence now, the hard work does pay! 🙂

Elderberry Flowers

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Irina Sztukowski art by Irina Watercolour
Botanical painting of Elderberry Flowers became an inspiration for another illustration for my International customer. 

In Europe, Elderberry Flowers yogurt and jams are quite popular. 

I’ve never tasted the fresh flowers; but, I do have tea with elderberry flowers and it has a great flavor.

When I was painting this still life, I remembered my grandma, who made delicious jams out of berries themselves. It was a little tart to my taste, but it was great when we put the jam into pies, on the toasts, into compotes, or a special Russian drink called “Kissel” ( [kise’l’]

Ah, the childhood memories are always the vivid ones 🙂


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Art Licensing

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I am so happy to share a good news for my art collectors and fellow artists. Under a recently signed contract with art licensing company, my art is now widely available on line and in the brick and mortar stores. 

California Watercolor Association latest publication explains it colorfully and in great details:
licence art
The road to my Art Licensing was full of interesting surprises. 
A couple years ago I’ve spotted a company, that was selling artists works on Amazon and Overstock. I was wondering if I could find how to reach this company, but I really couldn’t locate them on the World Wide Web. So, I continued creating my art, trying new things, polishing my skills, and selling art through my online stores. 
To my surprise, at the beginning of this year, the same company I was dreaming of, contacted me personally. They offered to license my art; and, under a specific contract sell my art at efferent venues.
Sounds like a fairy-tail! 
But I understand that my hard work was just paid of. 

What is Art Licensing? 
Basically, it is an agreement with different manufactures under which the artist’s creations can be printed out on multiple surface items. It can be canvas prints, paper posters, or cards. It could be household items such kitchen decor, or home interior objects such lamps, rugs, clothes, etc.  The artist agrees to give part of the rights to those manufactures for a period of time listed in agreement in exchange of Royalty Fees. 

Advantages for the art collectors:
– Affordability. The price of the merchandise is lower as it is printed in massive quantities
– Free Shipping. Some places online offer a good deal or completely free shipping
– New Arrivals. As artist has “passed” the printing and producing responsibilities to the manufacturers, the artist is now able to create new exciting artworks

bestselling watercolor landscapes
Of course there are some drawbacks in massive art licensing production; such as, in example, when I sell artwork (print or original) directly to my art collectors from my websites (www.IrinaSztukowski.com and www.artirina.com ), I can supply the customer with the Certificate Of Authenticity with my signature. Some clients do appreciate personal communication; and, direct contact with the artist is priceless for them. 

But I am still very happy that more people who appreciate good art will now have an opportunity to decorate their houses and offices with my Licensed Art 🙂

And now, I feel even stronger responsibility to paint more great art, to bring joy to the art collectors, to make my dreams come true as I have many new designs in my head right now. 

To All My Fellow Artists:
If you work hard, if you have your vision, if you have dreams, and never give up; Success WILL Follow!!


It is time to create!
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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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In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

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.
 

Flowers In January

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These sweet bunch of flower bouquets in the basket was created as a part of my decorative collage series. I wanted these watercolor floral designs to be filled with light and contrast. I intended to deliver a cheerful feeling of fragrant flowers into a month of January.

From cool to hot
From Summer to Fall

realism in watercolor

I am sharing here just few of the created designs. However, almost a dozen of this style bouquets in Floral Gallery by now… 
decorative watercolor canvas
… and, my garden IS still growing no matter what season is outside!
decorative sunflowers bouquet
🙂

Pure Vanilla – Yogurt Labels Project

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pure vanilla beans

Madagascar Vanilla image for the yogurt labels was fun to create.
I had a challenge of putting together long stalks of vanilla beans and incorporate them in one composition with centerpiece of the flowers and vanilla leaves. 
In this image, I’ve decided “to tie” the vanilla stalks with the pretty Vanilla Orchid flowers.

The original image of Vanilla is in black and white. I am still wondering which background color out of those above Nine Shades Of Vanilla would fit the best:




The licensed images (for Royalty Free Licenses) of all my creations such vanilla,  jams, relishes,and marmalade illustrations are available HERE

Juicy Lemon Illustration – Yogurt Labels Project

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Ink lemons
One more illustration, this time it is Juicy Lemon, was created as the part of the International project for yogurts’ lids.

The decorative artwork represents Nine Shades Of Lemon creation. The labels themselves will have just one design on them with the choice of yellow background:

yogurt label

In this ink drawing I tried to capture the feeling of lemon skin and a juicy lemon flesh. It was an excellent challenge to depict the lemon with just two colors: black and yellow.

In comparison, the previous project for jam labels where I had a freedom of the color choice; this project had more realistic approach. 

A good example here is a bunch of lemons: 
Lemons Jam label
And here are some lemons with blossoms as the part of the Jam, Relish, and Marmalade Gallery:
Lemon Marmalade Label
The licensed images (for Royalty Free Licenses) of all my jams, relishes,and marmalade illustrations are available HERE
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