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October 1st, 2015

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Quiet Morning Abstract - Published In Australia

September 23rd, 2015

Quiet Morning Abstract - Published In Australia

Back in August, I was approached by a Promotions Manager for St Michael's Uniting Church in Melbourne Australia with an interesting proposal.

The organization wanted to use my image Calm Quiet Morning Abstract Collage as a hero image for their upcoming September St Michael's Day celebrations:

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Each year, St Michael’s UC presents two people with The St Michael’s Medallions in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the community.
The award is designed to recognize their work in the prevention of violence, trauma and destructiveness, and promoting growth, health and well-being.

The theme for 2015 awards was Quietness and when administration was searching for an image that captures the sentiment of quiet, the Promotion Manager found Calm Quiet Morning Abstract Collage online.
I am glad my abstract design was chosen to be published on the cover of the event booklet; and, it was serving a good cause.

Solo Exhibition

February 9th, 2015

Solo Exhibition

One of my new painting “In The Garden,” as well as seven
other paintings with landscapes and flowers, are presented in the Solo Exhibition
in the Art Room of a famous Martinez Courtyard CS. The exhibited paintings are completed in realistic
manner with variety of techniques from wet-on-wet to detailed dry brush applications.
Stop by, enjoy breakfast or lunch in downtown Martinez and have a great
time!
811 Ferry Street Martinez, California.
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January Publication

January 23rd, 2015

January Publication

Here is California Watercolor Association January Newsletter.

It is time to reveal the names!

I am grateful to G's Gourmet company for finding me as an artist and allowing me to illustrate the jam labels for them. And many thanks to GreenHouse designers studio for making it happen.

What a great way to start a new year!

The jars will be soon having a new "clothes", the labels that include my ArtZ Vitamins paintings

Art On The Cover

December 1st, 2014

Art On The Cover

Irina Sztukowski’s painting Pink Poinsettia was selected for November cover of The Showcase magazine. Editors of the magazine chose Irina's artwork appreciating a realistic approach combined with continuous decorative floral pattern so well suited for the holiday’s spirit. Established in 1996, The Showcase offers the community a professional magazine with informative columns, community news, community calendars, and articles.

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Art Show In Evergreen Colorado

July 2nd, 2014

Art Show In Evergreen Colorado

The Art Show in Evergreen, Colorado is up and running.
Beside accepted painting,In The Bookstore and Dancing Pearls, I am also showing ten more art pieces there. Among them are:
Iris Flower-Purple Twirl
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Iris Flower-Dancing Ruffles
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Pink Rose in the Glass
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Garden Rose In The Blue Vase
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First Apricots Of The Season
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This Exploration of a Medium: Watermedia art show will run through July 26; visitors and art collectors are welcome Mon – Fri 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sat Noon 5:00pm. Address: 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, CO.

The Gift Of Light

June 26th, 2014

The Gift Of Light

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In this semi realistic and impressionistic still life painting I wanted to point out the contrast of the light and dark. The sun rays are moving from the window directly to the rose bouquet penetrating the rose petals and leaving a bunch of whimsical shadows and reflections on the antique table.

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The Field Trip

June 25th, 2014

The Field Trip

Two men are resting in the field. Who are they? Are they farmers or hunters? Whoever they are we know they are happy on this farm field, a Summer ranch filled with light, grass,and flowers.
I named this painting Farmers and Hunters Heaven as in spite of hard work these people enjoy their productive day.
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Sunflowers Unusual Commission

June 5th, 2014

Sunflowers Unusual Commission

I've received an interesting commission request recently; an unusual one for sure.
One of my clients asked to paint sunflowers for her. Nothing unusual yet. I have painted sunflowers many times and my customer was sure I can handle the job. She liked the bunch of sunflowers that I have painted before:
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My client asked if I can finish already started painting of sunflowers. Her late father-in-law was a wonderful watercolor artist and died before finishing this artwork.
His name was Palmer Stinson. He entered a world of watercolors when he turned 70; and he painted for more than a decade producing gorgeous landscapes, floral paintings, and still life artworks. He also loved to paint Sunflowers. Palmer started a series of sunflower paintings and had chance to complete two large pieces.
The last one he started; but, late years and illness did not allow him to paint; and he had to stop before age 88.

I have to admit, the request to finish one artist's work was surprising and a little bit scary. But I was also curious how I will handle it. I had to work in collaboration with the artist's spirit.

The Sunflowers were already drawn on a paper and the artist was able to place a couple of washes for the flowers.
I had to cover the work that was already done and mask the flowers and leaves for a background wash.
I chose bright ultramarine blue for the background, and started from small sections going up.
The last section of the blue background was tougher than I thought. The section was large and I had to go carefully around each petal (even they were preserved by masking liquid) as I didn't want to ruin the beautiful artist's work on sunflowers.
After the background was completed, I have started painting sunflowers' leaves and stems.
Then I placed the veins on the leaves and texture on the sunflowers' centers.
The artwork was completed.
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I did enjoy painting this artwork, working in collaboration with the artist that passed away; yet he was there in his artwork.
One evening, when I just finished painting the first few ultramarine blue sections, a thought crossed my mind:

"What if there is a message that artist wanted to place into this artwork. I wonder if he was thinking to place some kind of symbol there; maybe... a heart"

Imagine my surprise, when I came back to the work-inprogress to continue painting, I saw an obvious heart, in one of the leaf.
And not even one heart I noticed but two were there!

And I have not noticed them before.

Conscious or subconscious ? Who knows!
The message has been received
:0)

To see step-by-step pictures, go the the post:
http://irinasztukowski.blogspot.com/2014/06/sunflowers-rising-unusual-commission.html

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Baby Blue

May 30th, 2014

Baby Blue

My Botanical Impressionism series is continuing; and, now I feel like going to a Baby Blue mood. It started with painting on handmade paper when I created a few little handmade watercolor cards.
I placed one card against a blue canvas and instantly fell in love with the idea:
a handmade paper edges with the baby-blue canvas bring somewhat vintage feeling into the artwork. Yet the flowers, that are painted spontaneously, give a good impressionistic feeling.

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