Something Expanded And Something Shrunk – Welcoming Fall In My Studio

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Impressionism in Watercolor
Just before a busy weekend I wanted to loosen-up and paint something pretty large, bright, fast and pretty.. I took as the suggestion my mini-artwork of the Fall Landscape (see the previous post HERE
And instead of 1″x1.5″ I made a painting 18″x24″
So the expansion was something like that:
A small forest grew into a large one in the matter of minutes.

Meantime, I had quite meticulous work coming-up this weekend; and, many more hours to paint. 

My friend artist and I met in my studio for a painting session. I’ve set up a few still life objects and we grabbed the brushes. All of a sudden, with us two, with at least three still life sets and two puppies on the floor my studio SHRUNK!!! 
And for the next 10 hours on Saturday, and good 5 hours on Sunday, we had to watch where to step in order not to crash into something or somebody. 
But it was fun! Though the time flew by too quickly. 

My friend Vera completed her beautiful still life in acrylic:
9″x12″ Still Life by Vera Lysenko

I started a larger still life, and will need to work on it for at least 10 more hours. 
So far the fragment is done:
Realism in Watercolor by Irina Sztukowski
Stay tuned, the whole thing is coming soon :0)

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More Fall paintings in the Seasons gallery HERE
In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul


When Sky Meets Water – Disney Family Museum Open Studio

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Grass Silhouette Landscape
This painting of the sky and a little ducky on the horizon is created as a tribute to Tyrus Wong exhibition Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong  at Walt Disney Family Museum
Walt Disney Website

WDFM invited me and other artists from CWA to teach how to do a “wash” in watercolors. 
California Watercolor Association

At the fist glance the wash is pretty easy to do, but a lot of people are afraid of making it. The fear probably comes from not knowing how to achieve the smooth layers of different colors melting into each other. 

I decided to show how to paint the skies in watercolor using wet-on-wet technique.

The public that comes to the open studio is of different age groups. So, if the adults can paint the sky, and kids will want to paint something else, I’ve prepared another lesson, based on  something bright and cheerful:
Realism in Watercolor
Can you guess what it will be? :0)

Meantime in my drawing class, we learn (or re-learn) some simple objects sketching. 
Here is the recent homework made in charcoal on the newsprint paper:
realistic drawings


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

An Eggplant and In-a-Nutshell Update

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Yesterday, at one party somebody asked me:”So, Irina, what are you up to?”.. and I couldn’t really put in one sentence what’s going on in my life. So, I said: “Oh, I am fine and all is good”.. in order not to bore the person with all exiting stuff that recently happened. But here, in my blog, I can talk and talk and talk. 
Here is a brief update.
Our garden this season was generous with tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, and even an eggplant:
Last Saturday Art Show at the Retirement community brought lots of smiles and great conversations over the  art works and incoming Holidays. The prints of flowers, scarves, and Holiday cards were the most popular there:
This Thursday I taught Brownie Troop from Elementary School in Clayton how to paint a Still-Life painting and Abstract Paintings. The photos of the results will be posted in CWA Newsletter later, and  here are the photo of supplies that I prepared. I took the print of my Sunflowers painting as an example for the realistic art, and we used leftover colors for a loose fast abstract. After the paintings of the still life was completed we placed them on blank greeting cards and into plastic sleeves. The girls had a blast. I loved teaching and seeing stunning results:
My studio remodeling is progressing. Last night we installed two new tables. Love them! They are wide and long, yet I am still hesitating to splash the paint over them :0)
The reception at the Art Passage Gallery in Martinez where I show ten of my larger art pieces is going to be on November 7th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm ( 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA)
And the last but not least news for the last week, we put our puppies “for sale”. See the picture below and guess why… ;0) .. We sell them for only $650,000 and will through the house together with them:
Oh.. NO.. we will not apart with our Silly Pups for any money in a World!!! :0)

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

Fruit Corner – Saturday Art Fair Preparation

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Some old and some new art pieces, ready to see the world.
For the last week and half I am painting every grocery item in a house to prepare for the Art Fair. On a short notice, I was invited to participate there; and, it is coming this Saturday. The art show is in a small retirement community in Pleasant Hill (175 Cleaveland Road, Pleasant Hill, CA) and because it is a small art show I am going to bring inexpensive and affordable art there. So, our house became a Craft Shop. I have chosen to paint on the watercolor boards (5″x5″ Aquabord by Ampersand) and I thought I’d play with some tasty fruits on each of them, centered, and with no background. 
I am also going to bring some cards (Thanksgiving theme and Christmas), Notebooks with my arts and various prints. I hope the folks like them. I think I will also have a small demo as when the last time I showed my art there some ladies were interested in the lessons:
Notebooks, Cards, Prints: all of these look so great on my new tile floor in the studio :0)
The preparation to the Art Fair was fun. The puppies were good sports. Yet, because my studio repair was still in-progress and I painted everywhere in the house but studio, something unexpected happened. I left a few watercolor boards unattended. Oops! Never do it when you have two Yellow Labs puppies in the house.
And here our pups, happy to see the studio-in-progress and looking for a trouble:
Then, they found a few watercolor boards and had fun:
And then they went to sleep.. peacefully:
I couldn’t be mad, they look so cute, don’t they!! :0)

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

Pumpkin On The Window

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My Impressionistic landscape became a background for a still life with Pumpkin and its Company. In this painting I have married Realism and Impressionism and Still Life with Landscape. The colors on the window repeat the colors in the landscape, and that what Miss Fall is sharing with us: the bounty of the colors :0).
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Original Painting is 18″x21″ on 140 Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper 
The art studio remodeling is at its first important stage. Still, so much to do. And here is the proof: 
(All Men are At Work):
I feel spoiled as I am only cooking and cleaning here.. but I did have a chance to help painting the windows and doors too :0)
In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul