December 18th, 2013
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
November 15th, 2013
This lovely painting was featured in the famous FAA group CARDS FOR ALL OCCASIONS
November 10th, 2013
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.
November 2nd, 2013
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.
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November Issue is colorful and filled with Fall Spirit:
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
October 30th, 2013
Last 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!
October 29th, 2013
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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October 27th, 2013
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
October 27th, 2013
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
October 23rd, 2013
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