Back To The Future

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watercolor miniature
It is interesting how things are turning in my life. 
While I was chatting online about visiting Tyrus Wong exhibition at Disney Family Museum, and teaching the guests how to paint dramatic skies by wet-on-wet technique (in the previous post) ; something from the past came to my Inbox. 

My friend sent me photos of the miniatures that I’ve painted almost 20 years ago… I’ve looked at them and recognized the Tyrus Wong style of painting.. 

Hm.. maybe, I looked into the future when I painted these two little pieces back in Russia? 

Who knows! 

But, speaking about my friend’s e-mail, the timing was just right! :0)

Silhouette Tree Bush Water Sun
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Making Life A Little Brighter – Fun Tree Of Life Series

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abstract
With all the recent serious things such judging, writing for CWA, preparing for the shows, and meantime working on a couple of commissions; I really wanted to loosen up and make something just for fun.

Here is my little Fun Tree of Life series

First, I placed some random swirls on Strathmore 140lb Cold Pressed paper, then I washed them off. Next, more swirls were coming, and more and more using dry-on-wet technique. When this was done, I applied wet-on-wet nice juicy wash of rich colors such Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, and all what I felt is right for this project from my pallet.

Still sounds too serious?
Ok, ok.

Here is when the fun came. When paper was dry, I looked at each swirl and it basically “dictated”, moved my hand to where I felt putting the branches of the tree, plus a little cute additions to the trees that made it fun.

Impression I and Impression II (above) are all about birds and flowers.
Impression III and Impression IV have hidden birds, plus one of them is full of fruits and has a curious cat:
red yellow painting
In Impression V the cat is hiding on a tree. And Impression VI is caring two hearts and two love birds:
hunting cat and bird

Just like in real life, we grow, we thrive, sometimes don’t see things right in front of our eyes, sometimes are happy just by looking at a simple flower or a birdie, or find love where we least expect it… 

Oh, I am getting again too serious.. better stop and keep working!
:0)



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Inspiration Point – Orinda – California

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Orinda Inspiration Point
Last Saturday plein-air outing with CWA group brought us to Tilden Park in Orinda hills. Gorgeous place, and the name of the view point is quite matching – The Inspiration Point – beautiful California landscape

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Original Painting Inspiration Point is 10″x14″ on 300lb Watercolor Paper
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Watercolor Rose Painting

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pink roses
I am celebrating a Rose Petals Day today. And even though I found out that an official Rose Day is somewhere in February, on my blog it is here and now :0)..

Why do I love roses? I think for their multiple generous petals, which at the first glance are looking alike yet not the same. Each petal is unique when, after all, unites into a gorgeous flower. 

Why else? Hm…I also like these flowers for the challenge. When the artist paints a rose, she has to put herself in some meditation stage, painting one petal after another.. and, again, never forget about stepping away and see the whole flower. 

When painting this rose, I almost got lost in the petals, in their beauty, and their abstracted realism.

Just take a look at the fragments of the same rose, isn’t it a lovely abstract suggested in the turn of petals?
floral

botanicals

petal study
Celebrate a Rose Day with me. I pulled all my recent roses and combined them in a PhotoShop “bouquet” for you :0)
rose garden
Original painting Rose (above all) is Watercolor on 20″x16″ 300lb Cold Pressed Paper


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Watercolor Poppies – Bay Area Flowers Series

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red yellow pink poppy
Poppies field is an inspiration after visiting Blake Garden in Berkeley hills. The variety of flowers there is amazing: red, yellow, pink poppies; a beautiful quilt made by Mother Nature (with the help of people of course :0). 
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The original painting Poppies is 27″x21″ Watercolor on Hot Pressed 140lb Arches paper


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A Thousand Poppies In The Field

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Maybe because it is Fall came unexpectedly or I have re-read the Wizard Of Oz  when preparing for my Workshop illustrate-a-book; but I was thinking of poppies a lot, and as an artist I could put my imagination on the paper. The poppies in above painting are so light so red against the greed background. They  almost floating in the air.
The poppy field below is more solid. The whole field is flooded by poppies; and, we barely see the green of the grass between the red flowers. These poppies are competing with the blue of the sky and the yellow of the grass on the background:
Detailed image is HERE
And of course I couldn’t omit California Poppies by all means. These cute orange heads are so attractive and Sunny. The poppies became official state flowers of California, and I believe that the Golden State couldn’t choose the better flower than a Gold Poppy for its symbol:
Detailed Image is HERE
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Transparent Butterfly

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Transparent Butterfly Painting

My friend sent me the picture by e-mail yesterday and I could not believe that there are creatures like Transparent Butterflies somewhere in the World. Oh, how little I knew.
And of course my first intention was … guess…yes to paint this beauty! How many times I used to tell myself: “Ah, it is so beautiful, I need to paint it!” the next thought is usually going like that: “I’ll definitely paint it.. Someday ..” and the afterthought is always something like that: “ Aha.. as soon I have the time” .
So this time I found THE time; I just came home, got to my studio and started painting. One hour and half later the baby was born. I placed this butterfly and the Twenty Minute One (http://twentyminutechallenge.blogspot.com/2010/08/butterfly-irina-sztukowski.html) in 8×10” mats and gave it to my friend today. Turned out not for free: she insisted to pay for my lunch 🙂

Size 8″x10″ Strathmore watercolor paper 140 lb Cold Press

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Japanese Garden in Golden Gate Park – San Francisco

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The original painting is SOLD

But the art collectors throughout the World are purchasing prints. They vary depending on what the customer wants.

There are canvas prints with this painting of Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco Bay Area:




watercolor painting by Irina Sztukowski
There is a possibility to order framed artwork of Japanese Tea Garden:

Framed Watercolor Painting by Irina Sztukowski
The website even offer metal prints and acrylic decorative artworks:

print of watercolor painting by Irina Sztukowski
The decorative ideas are endless. The pillows with Japanese Tea Garden became quite popular:
Throw Pillow art by Irina Sztukowski home decor idea
Even tote bags with this artwork are available:
Tote Bag with watercolor painting by Irina Sztukowski
And for those who wants to bring a memory of Japanese Tea Garden from Golden Gate Park of San Francisco, there are cell phone cases with this art:
cell phone case with painting by Irina Sztukowski







This painting was an inspiration after walking in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. My Dad and I were stunned by a beauty of the Japanese Tea Garden there. I’ve seen this part of the garden many times, but I’ve never seen it so pretty as that Spring


A Little bit of history and facts about Japanese Garden:


The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, California, is a popular feature of Golden Gate Park, originally built as part of a sprawling World’s Fair, the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. Tours are offered every day by San Francisco City Guides. 
The oldest public Japanese garden in the United States, this complex of many paths, ponds and a teahouse features native Japanese and Chinese plants. The garden’s 5 acres contain many sculptures and bridges. 

After the conclusion of the 1894 World’s Fair, Makoto Hagiwara, a Japanese immigrant and gardener, approached John McLaren with the idea to convert the temporary exhibit into a permanent park. Hagiwara personally oversaw the building of the Japanese Tea Garden and was official caretaker of the garden from 1895 to 1925. He specifically requested that one thousand flowering cherry trees be imported from Japan, as well as other native plants, birds, and the now famous goldfish. After San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition closed, he obtained the two large ornamental wooden gates, and probably also the Tea Garden’s prominent five-tiered pagoda, from that fair’s Japanese enclave.[1] 
The Hagiwara family lived in and maintained the Japanese Tea Garden until 1942, when Executive Order 9066 forced them to leave San Francisco and relocate to an internment camp with thousands of other Japanese-American families. The garden was renamed the “Oriental Tea Garden” and fell into disarray. 
In 1949, a large bronze Buddha, originally cast in Tajima, Japan in 1790, was presented to the garden by the S & G Gump Company. The name “Japanese Tea Garden” was officially reinstated in 1952. In 1953 the Zen Garden, designed by Nagao Sakurai and representing a modern version of kare sansui (a dry garden which symbolizes a miniature mountain scene complete with a stone waterfall and small island surrounded by a gravel river) was dedicated at the same time as the 9,000-pound (4,100 kg) Lantern of Peace, which was purchased by contributions from Japanese children and presented on their behalf as a symbol of friendship for future generations.
(info is courtesy of wiki)


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