August 13th, 2018
Horses Coloring & Activity Book is published worldwide. Amazon makes it incredibly easy for customers from different countries to be able to order the books online.
When I was working on the illustrations for this book I wanted to make it suitable for all ages. As I previously mentioned, children have very little fear when it comes to coloring. They grab the brush or pencil and start creating. Adults, on another hand, sometimes hesitate before jumping into to the creative process. So, my book has two kinds of drawings in it. I placed a dozen of farm scenes and horses in the natures in quite realistic style. But another dozen of drawings were created from my childhood memories about Merry-Go-Round carousel. The horses are imaginary; but they do not follow the carousel circle in my book. They are surrounded by hearts. Yes, right in the middle of this coloring book creation about horses, the very same horses didn’t want to be “attached” to the carousel; instead, they wanted to do what they LOVE to do, run happy. So, the heart symbols came into my book as simple as could be. And I am so happy it did. Now I can certainly test the colors on the horse drawings and hearts. I love to work with pencil and dry-on-dry technique with slight watercolor touch.
The two kinds of drawings for coloring in this book are placed one after another in order to keep a nice entertaining flow such mix of complex and easy. And some of the complex drawings actually derived from my watercolor paintings of the horses.
It was so much fun to come back to my memories of traveling and drawing the horses.
Great example on the subject was a landscape from my other travels, this time to the state of Virginia. A beautiful mountain ranch right in the middle of National Forest got my full attention.
The book is now ready to meet with its co-creators who are not afraid to color, play, and have fun
August 9th, 2018
This book contains sixty unique flower drawings . Use your imagination with the help of pencils, markers, or watercolors to bring these drawings to life. Make sure to either detach the page you are working on or place an extra clear page behind the drawing when using watercolors or markers. A bonus is waiting for you at the back of this book: half dozen designs suitable for handmade greeting cards. Also, this book has helpful tips on framing your art. Stepping away from worries of the day is easy with this book! Relax, enjoy, and create! This coloring book is suitable for adults and kids. Whole family fun. Its unique designs have different levels of complexity. Today world becomes busier and busier every single day. Technology separates family members by distracting with emails and social media. It becomes difficult to fine peace with blinking screens of laptops, cellphones, and other electronic devices. This constant rush creates stress and makes people burnt out and brings them away from present moment, from joy and happiness. Features: • 60 beautiful, stress-relieving Flowers, designed to occupy your mind and unleash your creativity. • Half dozen unique Greeting Cards designs. • Different levels of detail, from easy drawn flowers to more intricate ones. Pick any picture from anywhere in the book; and, depending on your mood of the day, start your creative journey. • Printed on large 8.5x11 high quality paper with plenty of space for you to be creative and work on the details. And if you use black ink, you can always add more details around each flower. • As each drawing is printed with the reverse side blank, when you are done coloring, you can detach your unique artwork and frame it. This book has helpful tips on how to frame your beautiful art. • These flowers are perfect for decorating with colored pencils, markers, gel pens, watercolors, or crayons. • When you think about creative gift, feel free to share your passion for coloring and give your friend a gift of relaxation. Or, enjoy a good time of coloring session with family. • Coloring alone is also beneficial. It is calming, stress revealing, and meditative. Add the color to your life! Many people now finding out that coloring is great activity for anyone who wants to rejuvenate their thought process, relax by releasing mind from overwhelming stress. And the rising popularity of adult coloring books certainly shows that the genius is in the secret of its simplicity. It is easy to dive into the world of creativity suitable for both, children and adults, anyone who is not afraid to try new things, new experiences, and eager to learn anything new. There are no rules or special instructions. You can’t be right or wrong. The only things that you will need are few coloring tools and your imagination. Live to create! Bring the designs of this book to life! Relax and enjoy being in present moment.
July 3rd, 2018
Summer is in its bloom and it seems that whole America is on the move; either for holidays, or for better place to live. Everywhere I drive these days I see the signs Open House, OPEN house, OPEN HOUSE! And with open house there are few great ideas coming to one's mind about interior decor.
A simple office with no window is transformed into a welcoming bright creation space with the Summer Garden, my painting In The Garden
The living room decorative interior has organic touch with these Cherry Blossom branches with the deep sunrise on the back.
Another idea for home interior decor in warm tones is Abstract Map Of The World, and Abstract Forest. The living rooms with these artworks are truly coming to life with those art pieces on the walls.
It will be not fair to omit the realistic pieces for bedroom interior decor. The fresh, impressionistic painting Vintage Storm adds some peaceful drama with its organic natural brush strokes vs geometrical contemporary lines of the room decor (though I personally would change the frame to a black one with white mat, if I could, just my advice).
Another great marriage of Classical Art and Nowadays Interior is this piece, The Tulip Garden. This painting I made after traveling to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. They have vintage Holland style Tulip Garden set up each spring next to a real windmill from Holland that was given to the city.
Kids' corner will come more vivid and bright with the Rainbow World Map. It is also quite educational for children to see the whole wide world in front of them and dream of the future travels, languages, new good friends, and the oneness of us all. The learning process doesn't have to be necessarily "framed" but it certainly can be COLORFUL :)
And the last but not least a beautiful Collection Of Butterflies in watercolor for the home office interior decor. No butterflies were hurt in the process!
March 6th, 2018
How often do we think: Oh, I need to remember that! or: Gosh! I had this idea a while ago, why I didn't write it down?! or: Man! It is hard to explain in words; but I can draw a sketch how I visualize this project. And wouldn't be it wonderful to keep all ideas in one specific place rather than in your head or any electronic device?!
For me it turned out that I'd rather write and doodle on a paper than trust an electronic device with my creative ideas.
Some people like to write, others like to scribble. I like to do both. It helps me to think when I doodle, sketch my thoughts.
I made a mental note one day when discussing my business plan with an artist friend. When the conversation was over, I rushed to the notebook to write my idea, and then I started drawing right on the edges of the same page. While doing so, I realized that page was not enough and I moved to another page to finish sketching. Later on, when I returned to my doodles, it was hard to find which sketch belonged to which idea. A usual artistic mess, I thought! I'll get back to it later. But it never happened. Then, I started placing carefully my thoughts and my visual "thoughts" on one spread of the notebook and realized it was much more convenient planning.
Wow, how simple!
Any creative person might benefit from such type of journal. Why don't I make it into an Artful Planner. And I did.
I published my new designs on Amazon for people around the world to enjoy and take action. It helped me, it will certainly help other people to keep their diaries, plans, thoughts, and visual pictures in one place.
March 2nd, 2018
My book of sketches was recently published and now selling on Amazon. It contains 70 watercolor paintings that were part of several Sketchbook Projects. The original sketchbooks with my watercolors found a good home at NY Public Library. And now readers can enjoy all these collections in one place here: https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Sketches-Irina-Sztukowski/dp/1985583895/ref=la_B07B2PFGQ9_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520047524&sr=1-1
September 28th, 2017
My new series of splashing and smashing watercolors is gaining a great success in editorial illustration field. I am so happy that powerful messages will highlight one of the article in magazine. The image can say many words; yet, the image with words can say twice as much and it will involve the reader into a subject of the written material: shell it be written with Passion and Love.
September 11th, 2017
I am so pleased that my audience on Instagram account started growing so rapidly. Perhaps because I try not to duplicate it with other social media accounts, or perhaps Instagram is now a way to attract creative industries. Anyway, in just a few weeks I gained hundreds of Followers and I am very grateful to each of them :)
September 1st, 2017
As per request of my Art Collector, I combined two of my favorite watercolors in one creative design. DREAMING is a fantasy about our illusive thoughts that like a fresh ocean breeze can come in and away as quickly as a blink of an eye...