Stormy Seascape Vintage Style

British School, De Young Museum, impressionism, landscape, mountains, ocean, old masters, realism, rocky, sailboat, San Francisco, sea, seascape, shore, style, Watercolor, William Turner
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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Dutch Still Life With The New Twist

antique, Dutch, Dutch Still Life, Dutch style, Irina, new twist, old still life, Painting, Still Life, style, Watercolor, watercolor pencils
In these several paintings I combined my love to the Dutch Still life style with the exploration of a new medium for me. I am playing these days with watercolor pencils.
I’ve tried several brands and came up to a conclusion, that the same as in watercolor paints, I prefer to work with the high quality watercolor pencils when it comes to this medium.
For now I found two wonderful brands that really work great:  

Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencil Tin and Derwent Inktense Pencils

Here are some of them:

And what could be better to try a new twist on Dutch Still life style, when working with new medium.
The Dutch masters  couldn’t even imagine that in the 21st Century one artist would dare to paint their style not only with watercolor, but as well with watercolor pencils, and ink 🙂

Though, they also wouldn’t imaging blogging about it 😉

After drawing with watercolor pencils, touched the artwork the the clear water, and, then added some Winsor&Newton watercolors for the background. When that was completed, and paints dried, I used a black ink to underline each object of the masterpiece.

The first one (above artwork) , Vintage Still Life With Grape And Lemon, contains an old style Dutch Goblet and an antique plate. 

The second one, Vintage Bouquet With Fruits And Butterfly, has numerous flowers in the glass vase, all from the different seasons. Just like in old Dutch Still life the painters didn’t paint flowers bouquets from life. They usually collected sketch-references of each flower all year long; and, then they combined all their “collection” in one gorgeous still life:

Another artwork that I tried with watercolor pencils and ink, Vintage Still Life With Lemon And Berries, has an antique wine glass with juicy berries and a cut lemon, just ready to be served for a nice Summer dinner:

And here is a nice bunch of freshly picked fruits and berries from the 16th Century of a Dutch Still Life painted in our days into a contemporary illustration style. 

I had a feeling that applying an ink into these paintings made them smile, saying “Thank you for remembering us, and giving us a new life!” 
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Pardon "Mon" French

abstract, design, Eiffel Tower, French Curve, girl portrait, Hallmark, Home Decor, interior decor, Painting, purple, style, Sztukowski, Watercolor, yellow
decorative design
One day I was feeling like creating some abstract in yellow and purple (two complementary colors that can balance each other very well). The idea didn’t have to wait too long to come. My inspiration that day was right at my desk in the studio: a bunch of French Curves

French Curve is a special tool that artists and drafters use to create a curvy line. I love the shape of the french curve for the soft organic forms, which when applied together can create an interesting whimsical design.

And that how the above artworks got created, not mentioning the next ones: 
watercolor
and the next:
French Curve Yellow Purple
All of those and many other French Curve creations landed in my Decorative Design gallery on FAA.

But my “feeling French” mood didn’t stop at just an abstract artwork. I’ve decided to combine two of my favorite “French” paintings into one, creating a cute Hallmark style design..

And Vuola! I am happy to present:

realism in watercolor French painting
I thought that the portrait of a little girl, a daughter of my friend (whose mom, by the way, came to the U.S. from France); this girl would look very nice with the Eiffel Tower on the back and those fluffy purple clouds.
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Back To The Future

art, Dramatic Sky, Irina, landscape, miniature, Nature, Russia, Russian, style, sunset, sunset landscape, Sztukowski, vivid, Watercolor
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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