Venice Italy – Verticals Vs Horizontals

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Visiting Venice on my business trip last month, I was astounded by all the vertical lines that strike the artist’s eye: tall buildings, narrow streets, long endless canals…

In my painting, San Marcos Square, I wanted to “lock” vertical tower into a horizontal frame of Doge Palazzo arches to show the controversial view point: 

On another hand, in my digital art photography, I pointed at all the verticals of tall going-into-the-sky buildings that surround peaceful canals. The buildings are like jeweled frames where canals represent emerald, turquoise, or sapphire stones. And the color of that “stones” depend on the weather and can change any second.

Each artwork contains the ancient sights with the curious tourists riding in gondolas, exploring the beauty of Venice:

Cheers from
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Dining Room Interior Decor

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I have a blast seeing my artwork in an interior decor settings. This time I want to present how simple and really great different artwork style can decorate an interior of a dining room to either complement or highlight the spirit of the dining room area.

These flowing abstract paintings that I created practically in one day, add a cool sense and ply so well with the blue of the table settings:
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  I love how these mysterious lines like a waterfall of blue, turquoise and purple hues bring to the interior of the dining room so much fluid beauty:



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The next interior I want present is all about spring. This Daffodils Watercolor painting looks lovely framed, and bring a fresh Spring into a home:
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This floral artwork truly brings a good highlight of the season to a muted beige-gray interior with the dark furniture:
watercolor of Daffodil flowers
Simple Botanical style paintings with gooseberries fill the light dining room area with vintage charm:

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botanical watercolours
And speaking vintage, these three paintings of Garlic and Olives, Lemon and Ginger, and Sunflowers Bouquet are created in Old Masters Dutch Still Life style and add so much beauty to a classical room interior decor:

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Old Maters Dutch Still Life style artwork for classic interior
I love how the beige of the walls correlates with deep dark tones of the paintings’ background and nice brown tones of the frames:
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Next room is for a French style Art Lover.

My paintings of Eiffel Tower and Watercolor Lilies always remind me my visits to Paris:

French Style interior decor for dining room

It is certain that those two artwork made the interior decor of a dining room area more rich in colors and brought a good taste into the home sweet home:











French Impressionism Style French style artwork for interior decor
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Art Licensing

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I am so happy to share a good news for my art collectors and fellow artists. Under a recently signed contract with art licensing company, my art is now widely available on line and in the brick and mortar stores. 

California Watercolor Association latest publication explains it colorfully and in great details:
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The road to my Art Licensing was full of interesting surprises. 
A couple years ago I’ve spotted a company, that was selling artists works on Amazon and Overstock. I was wondering if I could find how to reach this company, but I really couldn’t locate them on the World Wide Web. So, I continued creating my art, trying new things, polishing my skills, and selling art through my online stores. 
To my surprise, at the beginning of this year, the same company I was dreaming of, contacted me personally. They offered to license my art; and, under a specific contract sell my art at efferent venues.
Sounds like a fairy-tail! 
But I understand that my hard work was just paid of. 

What is Art Licensing? 
Basically, it is an agreement with different manufactures under which the artist’s creations can be printed out on multiple surface items. It can be canvas prints, paper posters, or cards. It could be household items such kitchen decor, or home interior objects such lamps, rugs, clothes, etc.  The artist agrees to give part of the rights to those manufactures for a period of time listed in agreement in exchange of Royalty Fees. 

Advantages for the art collectors:
– Affordability. The price of the merchandise is lower as it is printed in massive quantities
– Free Shipping. Some places online offer a good deal or completely free shipping
– New Arrivals. As artist has “passed” the printing and producing responsibilities to the manufacturers, the artist is now able to create new exciting artworks

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Of course there are some drawbacks in massive art licensing production; such as, in example, when I sell artwork (print or original) directly to my art collectors from my websites (www.IrinaSztukowski.com and www.artirina.com ), I can supply the customer with the Certificate Of Authenticity with my signature. Some clients do appreciate personal communication; and, direct contact with the artist is priceless for them. 

But I am still very happy that more people who appreciate good art will now have an opportunity to decorate their houses and offices with my Licensed Art 🙂

And now, I feel even stronger responsibility to paint more great art, to bring joy to the art collectors, to make my dreams come true as I have many new designs in my head right now. 

To All My Fellow Artists:
If you work hard, if you have your vision, if you have dreams, and never give up; Success WILL Follow!!


It is time to create!
:0)



Decorative Flowers

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As my clients and friends are asking what I am working on these days, I will allow a sneak peek into my virtual artist studio. And, with that said, I am happy to introduce a new collection of Decorative Flowers. My idea is to place a super realistic watercolor flowers on the abstract surface. 

I have created unique earthy designs for the background using watercolor dabbing technique with different natural sponges and variety of colors. 
It allows to make the background sections “to melt” into each other, giving some point of interest; but, meantime, it does not distract from realistic floral paintings. 

This series could be called Botanical; yet, the interesting background makes it exclusive in some sense.
These decorative flowers bunch unites the body of work into a community of color, idea, technique, and style.

It is Botanical yet is is also Semi-Botanical
It is Realistic yet it is also Semi-Realistic
It is Abstract yet it is also Semi-Abstract

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I share here the first three out of a half dozen designs that have been created already. And, as always, more flowers soon will be posted into the Floral Gallery and Decor Interior Design Gallery on my website www.artirina.com 

Interior design for home and office

Flowers In January

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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

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I am sharing here just few of the created designs. However, almost a dozen of this style bouquets in Floral Gallery by now… 
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… and, my garden IS still growing no matter what season is outside!
decorative sunflowers bouquet
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How Art Sold A House

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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)

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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:

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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:

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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)

Window With The View

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Recently, when my family was looking for a new house, I’ve noticed that a lot of times there was something missing in the decor. Some houses had nice layouts; but, some of the walls were looking lonely and empty to me. 
My imagination didn’t let me wait any longer; and, I started creating designs with the view. And that is how the Windows With The View series was born.
Imagine, a painting that becomes a window! It will allow the art collector to fulfill two things at once: a piece of art and a perfect desirable view from the window.
All of a sudden an empty wall would reveal an ocean view like that:
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Or, a painting with the Fall Forest…
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…will bring a warm touch to any decor. Though, it might bring a magic time freeze too: the seasons will stop moving and it will be all time Autumn in your living room (unless you change the theme once in three months, of course):
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Yet the view with the lake and monumental rocks is timeless. It might be great view for a home office or upstairs loft:
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And I have no doubt, that no one in the world would resist a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge for their Summer house or permanent location :0)
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The search for the new house led me to a creation of a new series; a combination of old and new paintings, and numerous ideas for a perfect window view.






Still Life With Garlic, Olive, and an Old Pot

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This is a watercolor painting in Old Masters Still Life style. 
Garlic, Olive and an Old Pot. In order to achieve the most realistic effect, I placed the objects in front of me; and carefully observed them before painting, then I drew the outlines, covered the Garlic and an Olive with making fluid. As in my other still life I worked first on the background using a mixture of Burnt Siena, Raw Amber, Ultramarine Blue, and Paines Gray Winsor&Newton Artist grade watercolor. And after the background was bone-dry I worked on the Garlic, and Olive with the following techniques: first wet-on-wet, then wet-on-dry, and the last touches were in dry  “thirsty” brush. This helped to achieve a maximum realism for my painting.
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The Original Painting Still Life With Garlic and Olive is 10″x14″ on 300lb Cold Pressed Arches
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Dancing Fire

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When I placed four of my new abstract paintings together, I was surprised myself how the cold wet watercolors could transform into a hot powerful fire. Just in a few brushstrokes the energy of a dramatic composition moves the viewers’ eyes from one figure to another generating a new Dance of Fire.
My favorite Dancing Fire painting remains this one:
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And you can see more Abstract paintings in my Abstract Gallery HERE
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Each artwork is 6″x4″ in Winsor&Newton Watercolors on 300 lb Cold Pressed paper


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What Color is The Tango?

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…or Flamenco?
These few paintings are the part of my new Dancing Collection (in Abstract– Décor – Collage gallery). It
started when I asked myself a question: what color are the dances such Tango,
or Flamenco, or classical ballet? And this question led to an idea to create a
several series of paintings:
·       
Dancing Fire (part of it you see now)
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Dancing Water (coming in the near future)
·       
Dancing Wind (need to work on color palette first)
I think that certain dances definitely apply to the descriptions
above as well as certain colors.
For instance, Tango and Flamenco are just begging for Scarlet Red,
Electric Yellow, and Burned Siena.
One of the legends about the origins of Tango is that it came from
Buenos Aires, Argentina; which at the end of the 19th century had quite
a diverse place. A good mix of immigrants from Italy, Spain, Britain, Poland,
Russia, Germany and other European countries brought their touch to the
creation of this pulsating dance. Between 1910 – 1913, Tango was introduced to
Paris and later spread across the Atlantic quickly becoming an international
phenomena.
On another hand, Flamenco dance is pure Spanish and has a long
history going back to 1700s. One legend states that it was named after a
gracious bird flamingo. As that bird Flamenco resembles a beautiful dance of
exotic creature. Different legend claims that Flamenco is the traditional dance
of Spanish Gypsies (flamencos) from Andalusia. 
Both Tango and Flamenco are hot and vibrant, just like their Fire
colors. There is no doubt that a spicy flickering fire is involved in their
music and provocative moves.
This is my color tribute to dance and music.
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6”x4” Winsor & Newton Watercolors on 140 Cold Pressed Paper


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