Travel Sketches Book is Published

art show, bestsellers, bestselling watercolor, Blurb, book, e-book, Fine Art, Irina, library, NY, San Francisco, Sketchbook, sketches, Sztukowski, travel sketches, Watercolor, watercolour
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

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

2013 Sketchbook Project – California

bestsellers, book, California, paintings of California, Sketchbook, sketches, Sztukowski, Travel, travel sketches, Watercolor, watercolour
And here the rest of the sketches for 2013 project:









The Sketchbook is ready to travel to NY and explore the World in the Travel Library:
Today (12.21.2012) is my Mom’s Birthday, and some people said it would be the end of the World. Others mention that we are entering a beautiful time of Great Consciousness. Anyway, I am glad that we are alive and prosper. 
After calling my Mom in the morning I looked through the window and saw a gorgeous Sunrise with the Rainbow. Isn’t it a Wonderful Beginning of the day (and a possible new photo reference for a future painting) 
:0)
In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

London, Great Britain – Travel With Me – Sketchbook Project

art that sells, best selling art, bestseller, bestselling art, Big Ben, Great Britain, illustration, Irina, Sketchbook, Sztukowski, Travel, UK, Uncategorized, Watercolor
The last but not least sketch for my Sketchbook Project for NY Library – the Great City of London. London has been called “The World in One City”. This tells a lot! With its diverse range of people, cultures, religious with its many attractions for the tourists from over the World London breathes the history and it’s calling for a visit. In my mind I am already there walking down to Hyde Park, visiting British Museum and National Gallery, peaking at Buckingham Palace, and crossing the Millennium Bridge. And sure enough, the most recognizable London’s view, 150+ year-old Big Ben (on my sketch) will not be able to escape my attention when I visit this beautiful City.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
4″ x 6″ Watercolor Sketch on 90lb Cold Pressed Paper

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

Prague, Czech Republic – Travel With Me – Sketchbook Project

art that sells, Czech Republic, illustration, Irina, Praque, Sketchbook, Sztukowski, Travel, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Here is my next to last sketch for the Sketchbook Project of NY Library. On this sketch you see the Old Town Square in Prague, Capital of Czech Republic. What I liked painting here is the big clock tower with it miscellaneous-brick walls. I just can imagine how each stone is breathing the history here at the Old Town Square. The photo reference contained a lot of modern things such booths, markets, bright advertisements on this square; but I eliminated them wanting to see this historical place as it would be seen centuries ago. I did leave people though in order to give more life to this stone-man-made beauty.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………
4″ x 6″ Watercolor Sketch on 90lb Cold Pressed Paper

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

Munich, Germany – Travel With Me – Sketchbook Project

art that sells, bestseller, commission, Germany, illustration, Irina's watercolors, Munich, sketch, Sketchbook, Sztukowski, Travel, Uncategorized, watercolour

This sketch is about Marienplatz Old Town Hall, which is located in Munich, Germany. First built in wood it was completely destroyed by fire in 1460. Between 1470 and 1480, the old town hall was rebuilt in Gothic style by Jörg von Halsbach. I thing the Gothic pointing roofs and lace knitted architecture that what invites me in visiting Europe and particularly Germany. It is amazing how in spite the hardest time for Europe in 1940s its countries were re-born practically from ashes. In this scene the beauty of the yellow flowers compete with the beauty of another kind, the man-made one.
………………………………………………………………………………………….
4″x6″ Watercolor Sketch on 90lb Cold Pressed Paper

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

Warsaw, Poland – Travel With Me – Sketchbook Project

art, artwork, bestseller, Irina, Sketchbook, Sztukowski, Travel, Uncategorized, Warsaw, Watercolor, watercolour

When I am in Poland, I really would love to visit Warsaw, the city which history goes as far back as the 12th and 13th century. And when I am there it would be great to go St. Mary’s Old Church (in Polish: Kosciól Nawiedzenia Najswietszej Marii Panny). It is one of oldest buildings and one of the few surviving examples of Gothic architecture in the city, which was built in 1411. And in spite of the fact it was destroyed almost completely during World War II, it was reconstructed and brings joy to people in our days. I’ve read about this church that it became a symbol of the capital’s rebirth of post-war re-creation of the Old Town Warsaw, which was practically risen from ashes after a devastation of the war.
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
4″ x 6″ Watercolor Sketch on 90lb Cold Pressed Paper

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

Siena, Italy – Travel With Me – Sketchbook Project

artwork, bestseller, Italy, paintings, Positano, Siena, Sketchbook, Sztukowski, Travel, Uncategorized, Watercolor

Italia! Italia! I always wanted to go there. And my desire doubled if not tripled when last Summer I started learning about Medieval and Renaissance art in my Art History class. Italy became the center of art and culture many centuries ago. Artists from different countries went to learn art in Italy from old masters. Throughout the times the history was well preserved there. And I believe that unlike some of other European cities Italian ones keep their charm and remain untouched by civilization with its concrete-glass-high scrapers; or, at least I want to believe. I’ve also heard that Italian people are very nice. My friend lived in Italy for several years and when she came to Russia she said that the character of Russian people, their charisma reminded her Italian character a lot.
When I am in Italy, my first destination will be most likely Florence, Rome, and Venice. But if time and money permits I would love to visit Siena (you see on the sketch and will understand me why) and Positano. And wherever I go I want to paint, take tons of pictures, visit museums and churches and of course to see the original art in person. My sister and I even started learn Italian together. She is more advanced in this language than I am; yet I’ve recently learned one but very good phrase: Anno nuovo vita nuova! (which means New Year New Life!) There is something in this sentence very inspiring and promising, isn’t it!? 🙂
……………………………………………………………………………………….
4″x6″ Watercolor Sketch on 90lb Cold Pressed Paper

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

Barcelona, Spain – Travel With Me – Sketchbook Project

Barcelona, Blood Cathedral, book, Church, Gaudi, sketch, Sketchbook, sketching, Spain, Sztukowski, Travel, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Watercolor travel sketch
http://irina-sztukowski.artistwebsites.com/featured/barcelona-spain-irina-sztukowski.html
Spain is the country that woke up my love to the color. Being born in the North of Russia, in the city that has half year winter, and another half cloudy skies and gray weather; and when the Sun is literally shining only around 30 days in whole year (except the cold winter days with below 30 Celsius when you don’t want to show up your nose out of the door); in Spain I was welcomed by a warm sea, sunny days, friendly people, hot music, and absolutely stunning architecture. I thought nothing can impress me after leaving in the great City of Saint Petersburg. When I visited Barcelona and saw future Gaudi’s inspiration Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, it reminded me a sand castle made by a genius Giant. Looking fragile but meantime timelessly strong and eternal the Cathedral of Barcelona captivated my attention for a long time. I found myself in between time zones when I stopped keeping track on what was happening around and remained looking at the piece of art, centimeter by centimeter, exploring its beauty.
More sketches are in my new book Travel Sketches

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