Three Fallen Leaves – Autumn Trio

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watercolor paintings
I am welcoming Fall with a new composition that is created with my watercolor leaves painted in realistic technique. 
And even though in California the season is not as pronounced now as it is on East Coast or Mid West; it is still so nice to see some trees turning colors and bringing so much joy to the artist’s eye.
In these three paintings of Autumn leaves I tried to capture not only the beauty of the leaves themselves; but, as well as the sunshine that allowed the gorgeous shadows to make the paintings more interesting and alive. 

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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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Flowers In January

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realism in watercolor

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
🙂

Sequoia Forest And Mountains

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Sequoia National Park painting
The first painting of the New Year is the Winter forest of Sequoia National Park. I love visiting this place, mostly in the Spring and Summer. And, I got lucky to see it once in the coldest season of the year. The snow was up to 15 feet. I could barely recognize the park I was familiar with. It was not too terribly cold, but the massive amount of white and blue was overwhelming. 

The National Park Sequoia is impressive in any season.

In my impressionistic painting above the giant trees stand still in their monumental beauty, competing with the grandiose stillness of the snowy mountains in the background. 

And here are a few other paintings that I created celebrating different seasons of the Sequoia National Park. These two artworks have a little twist. Each of them, besides the beautiful scenery have a secret to share: somebody is hiding in the bushes or between the trees.
Try to find them.. 🙂
Realistic landscape

Realistic Forest Giant Trees
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Sunflower Drama

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watercolor by Irina Sztukowski
Quite a drama happened in my backyard; and, I want to share here.

 I was determined to paint lots of sunflowers this season. With this in mind, I planted two rows of sunflowers next to the shed. They started looking promising and cute in a couple of weeks of intensive watering:

However, my dreams to paint live sunflowers did not match plans of Mr Squirrel that came to the back yard. Yes, yes, the squirrel just like the one in this drawing by the artist Masha Batkova.. 

Here is her Little Hungry Thief:
Drawing by Maria Batkova 
This animal (small in size, but with the BIG appetite) crawled on each and every sunflower and ate the tops of the flowers…

Completely!!  

One of the sunflower he knocked down to use as the step; and, therefore, this one survived. 

I saved it and cherished watching it opening in my dining room:
But idea to create did not leave my mind. It even became stronger; and, I decided to “make a lemonade” when “life gave me a lemon” …

I grabbed all necessary tools and created Italian Cafe scene for the collage Sunflowers For Two (see above)

Then I placed the sunflowers into a blue vase and the still life The Bunch Of Sunflowers was born. I’ve even decorated the Sunflowers of mine with the rustic canvas background and created a festive 3D artwork collage called Sunflowers Bouquet.

Watercolor by the artist Irina Sztukowski
watercolor collage Irina Sztukowski

And at last but not least, I managed to place a bunch of watercolor sunflowers into the basket and send it on a bicycle to a vintage style country scene:
watercolor by the artist Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor painting design Basket Full Of Sunflowers

Basically, I’ve learned a very important lesson in my artistic life:
If life give you a Squirrel, Make some Sunflower Bouquets 
:0)
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Stormy Seascape Vintage Style

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Ocean watercolor painting Old Masters style
In eager anticipation of a future trip to see William Turner‘s exhibition, that is taking place this Summer at the De Yong Museum in San Francisco; I’ve decided to create my own vintage style seascape painting:


In this artwork I followed not only good traditions of Old Masters of the British School; but also allowed myself to apply some fast brushstrokes in Impressionistic style.

Pretty much whole painting was completed in a dry brush technique when I used a very hard bristles (two size brushes), creating layer after layer to achieve the deep sea rough waters, the rocky mountains, and dramatic skies.

A lonely sailboat heading back to the harbor to escape the upcoming storm, The shore mountains are still lit by the sun in some places, but very soon, all will turn dark from the shadows of the clouds and those powerful ocean waves.

An interesting mysterious story:
When I finished the painting, I noticed a smiley face in the clouds. I left it there, thinking, “it is probably William Turner, looking at my art and saying: Good Job Irina!! Well Done!!”
🙂



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How Art Sold A House

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realism in watercolor
This Summer was quite busy for me. Besides two art shows in two different states (Colorado and New York), and exhibiting locally here in California; my family moved to a new house. And we wanted to sell our old house. So, I switched my hats from the artist to a decorator and designer for a while. 
As I had some originals available and a few prints made from my past work, it was easy. The framing process has begun; and the Pink Rose In The Garden (above photo reference) was proudly placed in the living room hallway. 

A few canvas prints with Petals-Petals series were “taking a bath” in the master bedroom upstairs..

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Three yummy Pears on a watercolor canvas were getting close to a dangerous for pears place, THE Kitchen ;0)

sold house decor
My Sorrento Lemons (a copy of the sold artwork) was highlighting dining room area with it’s contrast of yellow and purple-blue:

sold house decor
An expressive Abstract Floral artwork (in acrylic) was a centerpiece of a living room. It combined all the colors and patterns of the surrounding decor, yet did not take too much space that the viewers would get distracted:

home decor art
My studio had to be transformed into a dean. The artist’s furniture went to a new house; and, only a few things such Still Life With Sunflowers and a chair were placed in that room:

realism in watercolor
But not only my art was decorating the house walls waiting for it to be sold. As an artist that appreciates other artists art very much, I had Maria Batkova, Vera Lysenko and another local artist’s artworks and designs throughout the house. They fit just right to complement the staged house prepared for sale: 

sold house
Needless to say, as soon as we opened our decorated house for viewers to come; the house was sold in just three showing days (plus the escrow period, of course). And I am absolutely sure the art, even on subconscious level, played a big role in the buyers decision. 

Sold in three showing days?!
 Unbelievable, but true! 
:0)

Artist Blossoms

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impressoinism in watercolor
Artist’s development is usually seen in his or her paintings. Throughout the years one can notice how an artist blossoms.
I’ve recently looked at my paintings of blossoms and clearly so that tendency.
Above painting of Cherry Blossoms was painted when I was around nine years old. Thanks to my dad he saved that watercolor to show me now.
I like that art piece. It has some sort of minimalistic and Impressionistic characteristics. Simple, sweet, and straight forward.
Later on, I became interested in details.
The next blossoms painted decades and decades later, show more realistic approach.

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The play of contrast of white of the flower against a dark background in Apricot Blossom painting:
flowers
And finally, my favorite this days, the Oleander Blossoms, where I painted white of the flower using multiple washes of light yellow, pink and violet:
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I can say that as an artist, I was blossoming with my blossoms, working on the techniques and trying to bring out the beauty of each flower.


The Light Through The Roses

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watercolor still life
In this semi realistic and impressionistic still life painting I wanted to point out the contrast of the light and dark. The sun rays are moving from the window directly to the rose bouquet penetrating the rose petals and leaving a bunch of whimsical shadows and reflections on the antique table.

The Field Trip

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watercolor realism
Two men are resting in the field. Who are they? Are they farmers or hunters? Whoever they are we know they are happy on this farm field, a Summer ranch filled with light, grass,and flowers. 
I called this painting Farmers and Hunters Heaven as in spite of hard work these people enjoy their productive day.