Watercolor Flowers Close Up – Flowers To Art Inspiration

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Close Up Paintings of Watercolor Flowers
Watercolor Flowers Close Up Paintings by the artist Irina Sztukowski 
The inspiration to create a special gallery with watercolor Flowers Close Up came after visiting an exceptionally beautiful exhibition at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The organizers of the exhibition placed gorgeous ikebana compositions next to the pieces of art. These wonderful still life creations correlated with the artworks by color, mood, expression. I loved it to my bones; and, it certainly inspired me to paint more flowers with my medium of choice, watercolors.

Here is a sneak peak to the expo. It was only there for four short days, and I want as many people as could be to see this stunning artful show

   
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Watercolor Painting Of Orange – Artful Vitamins Series

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Painting half orange
Watercolor Painting of Cut Orange by the artist Irina Sztukowski

 Original was SOLD
Prints are available HERE


When I painted these oranges my biggest challenge was those little veins and the highlights on the cut. The main idea was to make everything without a drop of white paint; just by leaving white of the paper.
My favorite part was the orange flower in the corner. I really wanted it to glow and give a good contrast to the orange color.

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Watercolor Food Illustrations – Tasty Burgers

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artist illustrator Irina Sztukowski presents watercolour food illustrations
Watercolor Food Illustrations of Bean Patty Burgers by the artist and illustrator Irina Sztukowski
I’ve painted this watercolor food illustration for my client. The patties of these delicious burgers are made from Black Bean and Red Beans. I had to make sure that the texture of the patties were shown differently and be diverse from a regular beef burger. 

More food watercolor illustrations in my Gallery:


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San Francisco Impressionism Vs Abstract

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In these two paintings I was exploring Impressionism and Abstract. 
The brush strokes of the above painting with wet-on-wet technique  resemble Bay Area’s windy day when the fog just disappeared revealing the fist sunlight that highlighted emerald green waters of San Francisco Bay. The silhouette of the city is on the background barely visible through the lines of the Golden Gate Bridge.

For another, abstract, painting of San Francisco skyline I used vivid, contrast brush strokes to resemble contemporary life of the downtown with its skyscrapers, lights of the evening city, and the fast pace of the busy megapolis:
vivid watercolor
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From Semi-Abstract To Extreme Abstract

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I wanted to share here a few out of almost twenty designs that I’ve recently created.
Above series is called Home Sweet Home. The designs are somewhat semi-abstract. Viewers could recognize some familiar objects. For example, on the left one called “Welcoming One” there are shelves, a cappuccino cup and sunflowers in the vase. The one on the right “Welcoming Two” has Venetian Chair, two glasses, and antique curtains. 

The next trio is more abstract, yet it may remind the observer some landscape features: sunrise, mist, and maybe a few mountains in the background.
I called this series simply “Abstract Landscapes
watercolor canvas
And the last abstract series is quite extreme. It was an inspiration after I saw one original of a great artist Paul Jenkins. I came home that day and let my watercolors flow on  a paper. 
The paint created unique designs for me. I had no control of where it goes or how it settles; I was an observer there, watching that pure colors dance. 
I called this series a Pure Color Inspiration:

watercolor canvas abstract

Above are just a few from the designs that I’ve recently created. For those who are brave to take a stroll in my Decor Interior Design Gallery, here is the LINK
I hope you will enjoy the abstract and not-so-abstract creations there :0) 

First Daffodils Of The Season

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These gentle yellow daffodils popped-up in my backyard a couple of days ago. I couldn’t resist to pick a bunch and set up a still life.

I intentionally placed freshly picked flowers into an antique Wedgwood vase. It emphasizes the fact how small is the distance between beauty of a two-day-old flower and a century-old pottery. 

The beauty is eternal! 

And the waves and a maze of a pattern of this silk scarf adds the interest to this full of life and color still life.


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Twenty Shades Of Blue – Blue Blue Water

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Recently, looking at my painting of Oregon shore, I was asking myself how many times I’ve painted the water, waters of an ocean, lakes, sea or river? 
And even though the answer was MANY.. I was curious to see the difference in the shades of blue; the blue blue water.

Water for me has some personal almost human qualities. The colors depend on the time of the the day, the light, the shadows; and, of course, the artist’s mood, time put into painting, and  professional choice of the color.

And here are just a few waters painted in the different places at different times. It is interesting to see these fragments in one post close to each other, with almost no surrounding background/foreground interruptions 
(if curious to see the full painting, just click on the image or the name of the artwork).

Fine Art realism
 Slowly building, soon ready to crush waves next to the shore in Boys And The Ocean painting:
Fine Art realism
 Deep blue waters of the ocean during the sunny in Capitola, California.  Two Umbrellas At The Beach painting:
Two Umbrellas at The Beach
and a very same day just a few hours later.
Capitola California artwork
Here is a foggy morning with wild emerald green waves in Carmel By The Sea, California:
Impressionism
and the same day, when Sun appeared, it made the water shine 
California Fine Art
Almost unbelievable Thalo and Ultramarine blue water in the painting A Coupe And The Sea:
Water painting

Ready to storm yet still not dangerous waters in A Girl And The Ocean artwork: 
Romantic artwork
And, much more alarming waves of the waters when the girl “grows up”, and comes to visit ocean again.
realistic artwork
Calm reflections in the mirror-like Winter waters of Lake Tahoe painting:
realistic seascape artwork

From Ultramarine to Turquoise  blue in Monterey Shore sketch:
water painting shore

Quiet monumental waters of Norway Fjord:  
realism in watercolor
I have to admit, painting the waters next to the Golden Gate Bridge seems to be my favorite thing now. 
Here are the waves near Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Bay from Fort Point point of view:
California San Francisco Bay
Realism in watercolors
Point Bonita has different point of view to Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Lifted up fog just revealed graceful sailboats:  
California art
Soothing waters of the Bay reflecting the Golden Gate Bridge, is quite rare event: 
Realism in watercolors
Fine Art
Impressionistic green reflections of impressionistic waters in Water Lilies painting: 
impressionism in watercolors
And speaking of Impressionism, the Fall Reflections certainly colored those waters in Red, Yellow, Green, and Orange: 
Wet-on-wet artwork
If I were a poet I would write a poem devoted to Water; but, I am the Artist and I will keep painting Miss Water in all her shades of blue
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Sketching Italy – Part II

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For those who missed the first post, Part I is HERE
Leaving Venice was sad but I knew that Florence will not disappoint my artist’s eye. 

And the first thing I’ve run into was an art fair next to San Lorenzo cathedral, where artists were selling their beautiful art:
art fair in Florence
Florence in comparison to Venice is much larger and the colors of Florence are more solid and settled vs vibrant colors of Venetian buildings. 

Lots of towers in Florence are made of sand-color stones, reveling the age in the texture: 
streets of Florence
Hundreds of tourists occupied the plaza next to Palazzo Vecchio, a truly old, magnificent building. Each statue on the Piazza told a story, mythical or historical. 

plaza statues
Far in the distance, Neptune is overseeing the crowd. 
David (a copy of the original that we saw in Accademia ), is guarding the entry to Palazzo Vecchio:
nude statue
Besides the fact that Florence streets, statues, and fountains are like a museum under an open sky, there is also a largest collection of Renaissance art in Uffizi Gallery that I had chance to visit. Unfortunately, in most museums they don’t allow photo cameras; and, I could imagine, they wouldn’t permit a watercolorist sitting and painting there.. But the memory of a beautiful art will stay with me forever. 

One of the five days in Florence, we escaped the city going on 12 hour tour to Tuscany, where we had chance to visit Pisa, Siena, a thousand year old San Gimignano. On the way there, we admired Italian wineries of Tuscany and multiple Sunflowers fields:
Italy
On our last day in Florence we crossed the famous bridge Ponte Vecchio and stepped into the beauty of Palazzo Pitti  with its fountains and terraces.
Quiet walk at Boboli Gardens impressed with hidden paths,  peaceful ponds, and moss-green marble statutes:  
Boboli Gardens
The Florentine time was up and we headed out to the train station. Less than a two-hour train ride from Florence to Rome was lovely. We were passing by farms, mountains, old towns: colorful Italian landscapes: 
Italian landscape
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Seven Paintings in Two Days

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Recently I helped my friend to decorate her house. It took me two evenings to paint 7 paintings. I made a Sunset Mountains diptych for her bedroom:
I painted two season paintings for her living room:

I thought the Rose Bouquet still life will look great in her dining room:
And a Tulip painting together with Lilac Bouquet in white antique frames will look lovely in her bathroom and kitchen:
Oh, did I mention that all seven paintings are only 1″x1.5″ ? Yes they are!


Those seven cuties are for my friend’s Doll House :0)

I had lots of fun painting these watercolors :0)


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Tao House Through Artists’ Eyes Art Show

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Village Theatre Art Gallery opens its doors for visitors of Tao House Through Artists’ Eyes Art Show. The reception is on Saturday, August 25. Everyone who is close to Danville, California, is welcome. 
I am honored to show two of my paintings there:
The Author’s Desk (click on the title to see the details)

White Barn and Old Wagon 
(click on the title to see the details) 

Spread the word about this art show, which is a part of Eugene O’Neill Festival. The Art Show is running through September 22d.
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