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Path To The Unknown - Exploring Yupo

February 4th, 2014

Path To The Unknown - Exploring Yupo

I continue exploring a new surface for painting - Yupo.
Yupo is a pure synthetic "paper", which has a plastic feel yet takes watercolor.
Yupo allows the paint to move freely. It is easy for the artist to pick up the paint if needed; or, even wipe it off completely (back to the white surface).
I think that this "paper" is good for some abstract art as it provides interesting unpredictable results at the end.
I called this abstract series "Path To The Unknown". The first artwork was created with Opera Rose and Violet watercolors. It reminds me some kind of magic rock, a stone with veins and minerals.
The next one looks more like a landscape:
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Rich bushy greens could represent hills, blue for the sky; and, a beige "river" looks like a path with purple-pink flowers...

And the last one has somewhat 3D feeling. After the wet-on-wet dried, I placed a few brown dots on it and rotated the paper. This way Miss Gravity painted some unexpected lines for me:
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It is fun to explore unknown path and try to find new ways with watercolors.


Abstract Butterfly

December 18th, 2013

Abstract Butterfly

Irina Sztukowski's new design French Curve Abstract - Magic Butterfly was featured in famous FAA Group Cards For All Occasions http://fineartamerica.com/groups/cards-for-all-occasions--2-per-day.html

Seashells and Corals Decorative Design Feature

November 15th, 2013

Seashells and Corals Decorative Design Feature

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This lovely painting was featured in the famous FAA group CARDS FOR ALL OCCASIONS

White Oleander

November 10th, 2013

White Oleander

This poison yet so gorgeous White Oleander was painted in transparent watercolor. Using a wet-on-wet technique at the beginning and continuing with wet-on-dry touches, the artist Irina Sztukowski achieved a realistic view of this mysterious flower.

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Published In Spirit Seeker Magazine

November 2nd, 2013

Published In Spirit Seeker Magazine

I received an offer that was hard to pass. Spirit Seeker magazine asked my permission to publish a part of my festive painting on the cover.

With headquarters located in St. Louis, MO;
"Spirit Seeker Magazine is a comprehensive, inspirational, holistic publication for the mind, body and spirit. In itsí 17th year, the magazine is recognized for itsí rich content and thought-provoking features, consistently showcasing the work of cutting edge authors, musicians and leaders in health, wellness, and spirituality. In this age of uncertainty, people are now, more than ever, looking for ways to connect with something bigger. Spirit Seeker Magazine has always been ahead of the curve, providing a tool for optimized living and enlightenment. Spirit Seeker Magazine is distributed widely throughout the Midwest as a print publication in Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, throughout Missouri, as well as published online, with national and international readers. Each issue is highly anticipated by both faithful and curious readers. Our readers are educated, spiritual consumers seeking information on products, services, and classes."
(quote from www.spiritseekermagazine.com )

November Issue is colorful and filled with Fall Spirit:
http://www.spiritseekermagazine.com/november_13/index.html

I am glad they chose the part of the painting that contained a pumpkin and Fall leaves. They have the most contrast of all. However, because the cover has vertical format, the whole painting (which is horizontal ) did not fit. My initial artwork was a "play" between realistic and impressionistic art. For example, if the whole still life part was executed in realism, the landscape behind the window is pure Impressionism Photography Prints

Painting Trees In Danville California

October 30th, 2013

Painting Trees In Danville California

Art PrintsArt Prints Sell Art OnlineLast week I shared my painting knowledge with the members of the Book Club at Danville library. Young readers, grade 4 and 5, met to read a book Planting The Trees Of Kenya: The Story Of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola. It delivers a true story about a winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Wangari Maathai who returned to her home country of Kenya and helped to save the farmland by planting the trees.

I was presenting a workshop: How To "Plant" The Trees On The Paper. For my lesson, I have chosen several techniques to show to the kids.

First we did a background in wet-on-wet technique and later on (when paper was bone-dry) we planted a Whimsical Tree, full of happy branches, swirls, and birds.

Children also learned how to paint Fall trees using dabbing technique and even a sponge.
In one short session we probably "planted" one hundred of those trees. The Fall landscapes filled the room with the bright colors. I swear, if we didn't have so much fun that day, we could even hear our painted birds signing on the branches of those trees ;0)

And even though, not all the trees in Danville, California, were yellow, orange and red yet; our trees, on the paper, were surely indicating a beautiful Fall season in its full glory!


Doll At The Tea Party

October 29th, 2013

Doll At The Tea Party

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Irina Sztukowski's painting of a vintage Doll At The Tea Party was featured in famous FAA group Beauty Captured http://fineartamerica.com/groups/beauty-captured.html?tab=overview

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Apples and Limes

October 27th, 2013

Apples and Limes

Irina Sztukowski's painting Apples and Limes was featured in the famous FAA group Still Life Fine Art http://fineartamerica.com/groups/still-life-fine-art.html?tab=overview

Jewels Of Love

October 27th, 2013

Jewels Of Love

Irina Sztukowski's realistic drawing Jewels of Love was featured in the famous FAA group Still Life Fine Art http://fineartamerica.com/groups/still-life-fine-art.html

California Poppies

October 23rd, 2013

California Poppies

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Irina Sztukowski's painting California Poppies was featured in one famous FAA Group Landcape Flowers. This group presents many beautifful paintings from different artists throughtout a world http://fineartamerica.com/groups/landscapes-flowers-animals.html

 

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