Strawberry Serendipity – Realistic Watercolor Painting

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watercolour realism berries
I was going down the Pacific Ocean coast from a nice mini-vacation with my husband. We stopped at the farmers market to get some vegetables and at the very end decided to get some delicious strawberries:
When I got home I received a new project request from my client, Swiss company, to paint strawberries in realistic manner for one of their client who produces yogurts in Europe. 

The timing could not be more right. Miss Serendipity worked quite well. I grabbed my watercolors and brush and started working on this interesting project. 
Painting realistic strawberries takes patients and lots of time. The artist needs to carefully research the object, plan the color theme, make very detailed drawing, and still keep the whole picture in mind when painting in small sections one after another.

I enjoyed it very much!

And the reward?!! Besides customer satisfaction, I got a nice desert at the end: organic yogurt with homemade honey and … strawberries!!! 🙂
These realistic paintings of watercolor strawberries (Full Realistic Watercolor Strawberry and Cut In Half Strawberry Watercolor Painting) are now available through my online gallery 

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Watercolor Stitches ?!!

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One quite unusual request I’ve received from one International fellow artist recently. Her name is Hanita Yahotomi from Ukraine (http://vk.com/morra_design) and 
she asked to transform my watercolor painting of 
into a design for 
cross-stitching. 
I am so used to by now that my art is on Jams, Yogurts, SaucesMarmalade, and on other packaging materials for farms and Farmers Markets. But this offer was quite unexpected and really exiting. 

I was wondering how can the artist make the transition from stitch to stitch imitating my watercolor brush strokes. 
And, as you can see, she did it perfectly. 

I love it! 

Here is for comparison, my original watercolor:


There are so many interesting, exiting and unexpected ways to express the Beauty of the Art! 
🙂

Elderberry Flowers

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Irina Sztukowski art by Irina Watercolour
Botanical painting of Elderberry Flowers became an inspiration for another illustration for my International customer. 

In Europe, Elderberry Flowers yogurt and jams are quite popular. 

I’ve never tasted the fresh flowers; but, I do have tea with elderberry flowers and it has a great flavor.

When I was painting this still life, I remembered my grandma, who made delicious jams out of berries themselves. It was a little tart to my taste, but it was great when we put the jam into pies, on the toasts, into compotes, or a special Russian drink called “Kissel” ( [kise’l’]

Ah, the childhood memories are always the vivid ones 🙂


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Forest Berries Image For Labels

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strawberry blackcurrant raspberry

In comparison with Caramel Fudge image, where I had to practically invent and re-invent the composition going through many sketches for the Yogurt Labels international project, the Forest Berries image was relatively easy for me to create. 

I just needed to make sure that the berries would be “read” and “separated”, yet are staying in one logical bunch in the black and white image.

Luckily, I had many berries painted for the previous, Jam Labels, project.
So, I already had a sweet velvety Raspberry bunch behind my belt:
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I painted quite a few Blackcurrant botanical studies before:

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And I had a painting of the Strawberries bunch with flowers and leaves as well:

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I just needed to turn on my imagination, grab the pen with ink; and, fearlessly start drawing berry after berry, seed after seed, leave vein after a leave vein. 

The shading and the contrast were the keys of the successful drawing for sure!! 


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Pure Vanilla – Yogurt Labels Project

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pure vanilla beans

Madagascar Vanilla image for the yogurt labels was fun to create.
I had a challenge of putting together long stalks of vanilla beans and incorporate them in one composition with centerpiece of the flowers and vanilla leaves. 
In this image, I’ve decided “to tie” the vanilla stalks with the pretty Vanilla Orchid flowers.

The original image of Vanilla is in black and white. I am still wondering which background color out of those above Nine Shades Of Vanilla would fit the best:




The licensed images (for Royalty Free Licenses) of all my creations such vanilla,  jams, relishes,and marmalade illustrations are available HERE
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Nine Shades Of Blueberries Yogurt Labels

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I am happy to introduce a new exciting project that I am making for one developing company in Ireland. The company requested black and white images of blueberries for their yogurt lids. 

The interesting part for me as an artist, was that the original panting needed to be only in black ink. Quite a new concept for me; but, still very interesting.

Blueberries Ink Drawing


When I was done with painting of the image, I placed it on different shades of blue from Sky Blue to almost purple Ultramarine Blue; and, that’s how those black and white blueberries got their Nine Shades Of Blue

My art collectors can order now not only these images on canvas, but as well on Pillows for Kitchen, or on Farmers Market Tote Bags :

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The history of the blueberries images goes back two or three years, when my first blueberry watercolor painting was created for a dear client for the Jam Labels project. I love this painting so much that I share it everywhere 🙂

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These lovely blueberries were definitely the ones that inspired me for the future yogurt labels project!

The licensed images (for Royalty Free Licenses) of all my jams, relishes,and marmalade illustrations are available HERE
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