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New Book- Bernard Goes To Music School

October 18th, 2016

New Book- Bernard Goes To Music School

This illustration became a part of the book that Irina illustrated. The book is called Bernard Goes To Music School, written by Connie Du. You can find this book on Amazon. Just type Irina Sztukowski in the search window or copy and insert this link into the browser

https://www.amazon.com/Bernard-Goes-Music-School-Connie/dp/1523864753/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1475708504&sr=8-14&keywords=Irina+Sztukowski

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The author’s note:
Bernard, a little boy, has gone to music school to start a musical journey that is about to change him profoundly in many ways… Initially he has difficulty singing those strange funny music notes and he often feels shy around people. He and other kids receive music training from Mrs. Tania, a lovable music teacher, who inspires him to sing and love music. He needs to practice countless times before he can overcome his shyness and sing beautifully in class. He learns a lot, has a lot of fun and makes friends in his music class but his achievements wouldn’t be possible without the unfailing love and encouragement from his parents throughout the journey. At the end of this story Bernard is not so shy anymore and he really enjoys being with his friends in music school! Music is a wonderful thing that can work magic on our children

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Vivid Abstract Vibrant Sensation

September 8th, 2016

Vivid Abstract Vibrant Sensation

One of my paintings from Vivid Abstract Vibrant Sensation series has been selected to accompany Fall Collection of Sandbar Boutique LLC, an online retailer of fine women's clothing, jewelry and accessories (http://www.sandbarboutique.com). The creative team of the boutique chose this painting as it was perfectly resembling the burst of hues of the great season and fit perfectly for the New Collection color theme.

Bestsellers Of The Month

August 6th, 2016

Bestsellers Of The Month

In this blog post I would like to share just a few out of dozens of bestsellers of the month:

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Boy And The Ocean

August 4th, 2016

Boy And The Ocean

Boy And The Ocean At Sunset is a watercolor illustration by the artist Irina Sztukowski.

A dreamy state of the setting Sun, just upcoming Moon and flying far far away birds make us wonder what this boy is thinking about. Does he want to go sailing on that boat? Does he think to go Treasure hunting? Dreams! Dreams! Dreams!! Make your dreams come true!!!

Recent Sales

February 14th, 2016

Recent Sales

I am asked all the time, what kind of art sells and what are my bestsellers. I am happy to follow up with the request and show the recent sales here. I'll try to do it once a month and give report on previous month sales. But I will not bother with too many images: three is the sufficient amount to trigger the curiosity, but still show what sells :)

A city scape of one of my favorite towns to visit in Italy, Siena town. It's gorgeous roofs did give me a pain it the b.. to paint tile after tile.. I think there are 28 of roofs I could count.. or 222228 ;)

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A sweet Blueberry Bunch painted in realistic (Tromp-O-Ley) style.. Those yummy berries became my bestsellers after a huge International project for Jam Labels for one Irish company (ok.. I reveal the name , it is G's Gourmet and I painted probably hundred different berries, fruits, and leaves for them):

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And the last but not least image that was sold last month, is the fragment of my large painting with red, pink, orange poppy flowers. I believe , the art collector definitely appreciated the vertical format in this "cut-out".. I am happy that we as artists can do wonders in cropping :)

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Cheers to everyone and have a super productive day!
Irina
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Interview With The Artist

February 9th, 2016

Interview With The Artist

Various artists throughout the country were asked questions about their artistic influences. It was fun to be a part of this creative project and I decided to share the interview with my followers.

The Interview

1. As a child, do you recall a significant moment when you felt truly affected or inspired by any particular artwork or artist ?

As a child I can't recall a day without a pencil, a brush, or a book in my hand. My family was encouraging my sister and I to be creative. Due to the Soviet era, and non existence of electronic devices we used our imagination by painting, drawing, making up our own stories in handmade books, cutting out and dressing up the paper-dolls, writing a family newspaper, constructing mini-theaters out of shoe boxes, supplying them with cardboard furniture, and our own mini-artworks.
Living in the historical center of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Saint Petersburg; we, literally, lived right behind the corner of several National museums:
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My Dad often took my sister and I to the museums where I could see first hand the works of the famous artists.
My first introduction to the Old Dutch Masters inspired me to paint my own still life paintings. I was stunned when I saw great marine scenes of Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky, or portraits of the society and Italian country scenes by the artist Karl Brullov.

But the most and the first inspirational group of people in my life were my relatives. Grandma Maria was an exceptional craft artist. Her needlepoint and lace hand crafted artworks were amazing. My Dad, Nikolai, painted, made sculptures and created beautiful ceramics. Both, Dad and Grandma, shared their knowledge with me. My mom, Larisa, worked as an engineer and taught me drafting and perspective. Another Grandma Vera, a famous engineer in metallurgy, in her retirement years got obsessed with gardening, which definitely influenced my love to Nature.

2. As an artist, what do you hope to convey with your work?

My artist’s goal is to achieve a balance and harmony between the beauty provided by Nature and the ability of the artist to convey this beauty on two dimensional surfaces. When this harmony is accomplished it evokes a visual experience and generates the emotions between the viewer and the painting. I believe that watercolor is the medium that can do it all.
My passion is painting with watercolors, my main style is contemporary realism, yet I am also interested in abstract paintings and illustrations.
I do want to try all styles and explore all possibilities in art.
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Only one rule will be followed religiously: it will be beautiful. I know I can do it. I have only one challenge along the way; the shortness of the linear time of this one life on Earth :0)

3. What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I love to see the eyes of my art collectors when they receive the artwork. One look worth thousand words.
A lot of time I communicate to my customers electronically, and send artworks by mail, so I receive heart warming e-mails.
All of them are important for me. They melt my artist's soul, they give me wings.
Here, I want to mention one, that was quite memorable.

Last year, I completed a commission piece for my customer. The artwork was a reflection of the poem that was given me before the process. The story was written, my job was to paint it:

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When the painting was finished and the customer looked at it, she said: Irina, if in your life you painted only ONE painting,THIS one; your life purpose as an artist would be accomplished right there!


4. What is your dream project?

Strangely enough, I have no dream project.
Maybe because I try to make my dreams come true.
I trust my intuition,
I go with the flow.

The Artist's life do bring me projects by serendipity. A good example was a Jam Label project when a customer from Ireland was contacting me offering a long-term illustration assignment, which reminded me how much I love realistic paintings and botanical art:
I am so grateful to ALL my art collectors and customers! They make me tick.

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5. What artists, of any medium, do you admire? (Famous or not!)

I admire artists that can see the beauty of the world and have the courage to share this beauty with us.

I kneel before the artists that polish their skill and make their craft better and better year after the year. And if the hand starts shaking and brush might not "listen to" the mind, these artists find the way to continue their shine and pass the knowledge.

I respect the artists that sell their art without selling their soul.

I appreciate when the artists help their clients to feel that they are the part of the creative process (in case of commission paintings). And if the customer is purchasing already made artwork or print, I admire the ability of the artist to invite the viewer to "live" the artwork, to be a part of the story, to feel united with the beauty of the art-piece.

If I name a few artists here, the post will not be enough.
Ok, I'll try:
Fiodor Tolstoy, Ivan Aivazovsky, Ilia Repin, Karl Briulov, Pieter Claesz, Rafael, Michelangelo, Nikolai Dudorov, Maria Batkova, Steve Hanks, Artemisia Gentilleschi, Henry Matisse, James Tissot, Patience Brewster, Jacqueline Gnott, Judith Leyster, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Beatrix Potter, Vera Lysenko, August Renoir. Berthe Morisot, John Stuart Ingle, Elena Bazanova, Jan Kunz, Birgit O'Connor, Alfredina Nocera, Claude Monet, Tan Chun Chiu, Henrietta Johnston, and many many many more!

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Celebrating A Million Views

January 11th, 2016

Celebrating A Million Views

Today I wanted to share a wonderful news:

My WebSite www.artirina.com got One Million Views!!!

I am super excited about it!

Yey!!!

My hard work was paid off; and, more than one million people were introduced to my paintings
:)

San Francisco City Skyline

December 15th, 2015

San Francisco City Skyline

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Location! Location! Location!

Living in one of the most beautiful places on earth, San Francisco Bay Area, gives a very good favor to an artist's imagination.

I love looking at San Francisco silhouette from Treasure Island.

I always wanted to paint the skyline and the time has come.

For these designs I carefully drew the silhouette of this beautiful City and filled them with my abstract artworks.
It definitely created a unique pattern that resembles the Golden Gate City, yet does not interrupt the viewers' eye with too many details of the modern life.

And for those who like the clear city skylines with white background, I made another , more abstract-ish silhouette of San Francisco that would look cool on stretched canvas with black or white edges:

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Peaceful Sunset At The Lake

December 8th, 2015

Peaceful Sunset At The Lake

When busy Holiday times are coming, sometimes we forget to breath in and breath out.
I wanted to paint this Peaceful Sunset Landscape painting with the calm waters and the pier and invite the viewers to cherish the moment of the quiet stillness of the Nature.

Published in Women In Art Magazine

October 12th, 2015

Published in Women In Art Magazine

I was contacted by Liesl Marelli. the editor of
Women in Art 278 Magazine .

She came across my work on the World Wide Web, and found that it would add a wonderful diversity to the Women In Art magazine.
Per her note, she was glad to discover artist like myself; and, she was happy to invite me with my artwork for their October issue.

In the invitation letter, Liesl mentioned:
"Our magazine is published (in full) online and also in a printed format. We have more than 40,000 readers and our audience continues to grow."

It was thrilled to share my art, particularly the landscape Blake's Garden:
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I was also happy to share my
Artist Statement

My artist’s goal is to achieve a balance and harmony between the beauty provided by Nature and the ability of the artist to convey this beauty on two dimensional surfaces. When this harmony is accomplished it evokes a visual experience and generates the emotions between the viewer and the painting. I believe that watercolor is the medium that can do it all.

 

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