TRAVEL WITH MY ART #23: ZAVALA, ISLAND HVAR (CROATIA)

Hello and welcome to the twenty-third post in TRAVEL WITH MY ART category. I'm really excited to share this acrylic painting with you because I have worked on it for such a long time. So, what was the inspiration behind this painting? Where are we travelling today? Once again I'm taking you to Zavala on island Hvar. We visited this place a few time on my blog but when a place is this magical you want to return to it. As you (regular readers) know, I absolutely love island Hvar. Not only do I have roots there, but I have spent a considerable amount of time on this magical island. Most of my summers really, not to mention the fact that I worked and lived on island Hvar full time from October 2019 to November 2019. 

Back in March, I started a new regular art feature on my blog with the goal of sharing my paintings and illustrations of different places. I named it 'Travel with my Art' because I use it to share paintings depicting different destinations. So far, I have painted island Hvar a number of times. Zavala in particular appeared three times already in this feature. Most of the places I painted are located in Croatia because that's where I'm from and the area I know best.

Once again, I used my husband's photograph as a reference. As you know, I usually use either my own photographs or those taken by my husband. There is this photograph that he took in Zavala back in Semptember 2019 that I really like so that was my main inspiration for this painting. I love the framing of this photograph and the light. I enjoy how busy it is, meaning that it has lots of details. The contrast between the shallow waters and the sea was particularly fascinating to me.  

Naturally I was also inspired by other photographs we have taken back in 2019 as well and I'll share some of them later. Turning this photograph into an acrylic painting proved a bit challenging but more about that later. The art supplies (professional acrylic paints) used to make this painting are by Royal Talens brand.  The high quality canvas was bought in art gallery Michelangelo. For any inquiries about purchasing my art originals, you may email me. Scroll down for more details and to see the reference photography. 

 


IT TOOK  ME A WHILE TO FINISH THIS PAINTING!




THE MAKING OF A PAINTING 'SHALLOW AND DEEP WATERS'

There are so many layers in this painting, as one would expect from a realistic painting. When I first started painting more seriously a few years ago, I was naturally attracted to impressionist style. However, with time I started to do more realistic style paintings. Moreover, I even introduced some elements of hyper-realism in my art. My painting style is evolving as we speak. I started this painting without a particular plan in mind when it came to style it was going to be painted in. One thing I was sure about where the tonalities and colours I wanted to use. I sort of worked from there. I have spent hours studying the reference photographs. Capturing this scene on canvas was no easy task. Not only is this particular scene full of details, it's also filled with different tonalities. Moreover, the light reflections were challenging to paint as well. The light reflections in the natural shallow 'pool' created by rocks are very different from the light reflection on the waves and the sea. Don't even get me started on painting the sea foam. It's as time consuming and difficult as painting pearls. It took me a long time to finish this canvas. I didn't time myself but it definitely took more than a hundred hours.

I have put  so much effort into this painting but I think it payed off. What do you think? I love the shallow pool I painted, probably my favourite part of the painting. It's fascinating to paint the sea. There are so many different colours and tonalities you need to know how to use and mix. Moreover, you must be so careful with reflections and shades to get it right. It can be quite hard to make the sea come alive. Often it can be exhausting, but you can also get into the 'zone' and then it feels natural. I can't say that I'm completely figured my technique when it comes to painting the sea. I'm still learning. Paintings like this one are great for really studying the sea.  However, these kind of detailed and realistic seascapes take a lot from me. That is why I need to make pauses to work on easier stuff. Wrist, neck and back pains are often the price to pay when you do a more ambitious painting. While painting, I was probably using a very fine and thin brushes for about 95 percent of the time....and believe me when I say that I worked hard.  That's just how realistic painting works. 



MORE MOMENTS CAPTURED ON CAMERA FROM ZAVALA ON ISLAND HVAR & A COLLAGE FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM MY PREVIOUS VISITS TO ZAVALA 




MORE TRAVEL WITH MY ART LINKS 
If you want to see what other locations inspired me to paint them, click the links bellow.


....A FEW MORE CLOSE UPS OF THIS SEASCAPE PAINTING



For those interested, prints of this art piece are available in my redbubble shop (on stickers, t-shirts, poster prints , phone cases and a lot more). As always thank you for your visits to my blog. Take care and have a great week ahead!

 

Comments

  1. Hermosa imagen te salio muy bella. Te mando un beso y te deseo una buena semana

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  2. Gorgeous pics and amazing place.
    Croatia is definitely on my bucket list ♥

    Ann
    https://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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  3. Fantastic place, beautifil pics and amazing art!!! You will be famous artist Ivana... I am impressed!

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  4. Is this painting for sale? :)

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  5. I really want to go there one day. Such beautiful nature!

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  6. Absolutely stunning. You and the scenery.

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  7. I'm not surprised that you are returning again and again, both in real life and in your paintings, to Island Hvar, and Zavala in particular. It is indeed a magical place, which you've once again captured magnificently. This is a true masterpiece, Ivana! xxx

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  8. What a beautiful paintings! Really good job. Have a wonderful new week.

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  9. You captured the waves and the light on the water so beautifully - it was definitely worth all the time you put into this painting, it's stunning! You always capture water so well and it's not an easy thing to get right! These are fun photos too :)

    Hope that your week is off to a great start!

    Away From The Blue

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  10. Wonderful art and love the photos. You look great :-D

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  11. It's AMAZING! You know I love traveling with you in your beautiful country. I see enormous growth in your skills, and of course as any artist (writer etc) you develop your style and change over time. This painting is gorgeous, and I can only imagine the endless hours of very precise work... Lovely to see you and your husband - you are a beautiful couple! Lots of love!

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  12. What a beautiful painting, Ivana!
    I love see the way of your painting the sea on your Instagram. After that, it is so exciting to see the painting on your blog!! The light reflections are so beautiful, and they look many pearl necklaces!! You and your husband are really beautiful in Zavala!

    akiko
    https://kimonosnack.blogspot.com

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  13. You have captured the light in the shallows so perfectly, Ivana! This is now my favourite of yours!

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  14. Hello Ivana, I hope you're having a nice week so far!

    This is just pure inspiration, in many ways: art, travels, photography and fashion. You always know how to get to an interesting middle point where all the categories make a really good combination.

    I love this series on your blog and it has inspired to look at my city and the places that surround me with different eyes. The light reflections, the shape of the waves, the rocks and the sky look so beautiful! I also think is really nice that you can get inspired by the photos of your husband, really nice work in team Ivana :D!

    Excited to travel more across your region through your art!

    Pablo
    www.HeyFungi.com

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    1. yes, it is nice to have a helping hand. We work well as a team, the two of us. Thank you for.your kind words.

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  15. This looks amazing! wonderful seascape with all it's colors and movement! Lovely capture! Oh, what a project! So glad you know the sea so well. And such patience! Adoring your work! Glad to see pics of you two in some downtime❤

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  16. Impressive! Love the colors and so much more. Yes, this is such a wonderful creation! Awesome results! Hope you are doing well and staying strong. Such a beautiful masterpiece! Loved the pics at the end too. All the best to your passion!

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  17. Beautiful place!
    Crystal clear water, i loved it ♥

    https://www.heyimwiththeband.com.br/

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  18. Queste location sono meravigliose, come le tue foto, e i tuoi disegni sono fantastici, così reali!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself


    My Instagram

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  19. What a great shots :) greetings from Turkey merhaba:)

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  20. Hello
    It's clear Ivana that we can see that your art has evolved, that picture is perfect and what I love most about your art is the colors! I loved seeing the photos you are working on the painting, the making of is always very interesting to see!
    xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

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  21. This is such a gorgeous painting, Ivana- you did an amazing job!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  22. You captured the game of the waves wonderfully, dearest Ivana! Great picture!
    All the best, Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/12/oma-freuden-und-was-sonst-noch-im.html


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  23. Your painting is amazing. Cris

    http://www.photosbycris.com.au/?p=14848

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  24. Just the images I needed to see on a grey and dull English winter morning! Fabulous! xxx

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    1. yes, one needs distraction from this rainy weather we have been having.

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  25. wow amazing view, In portugal is autumn
    http://retromaggie.blogspot.com/

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  26. Oh WOW, this is stunning! You're incredibly talented!

    Lots of love,
    Krissi of the marquise diamond
    https://www.themarquisediamond.de

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  27. These pics are so lovely and the place is really amazing. Wonderful Post! Have a great day!
    Rampdiary | Fineartandyou | Beautyandfashionfreaks 

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  28. Amazing ♥

    https://www.heyimwiththeband.com.br/

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  29. Чудесные фото! Даже в отпуск захотелось ))

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  30. Hi Ivana,
    I hope everything is ok with you, the situation you told me about the hospitals there is very bad, much worse than here in Portugal, I sincerely hope you are ok, big hug!!

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  31. E' sempre piacevole viaggiare con la tua arte, sei bravissima!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself


    My Instagram

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  32. Congrats on such a beautiful painting of Zavala island!
    Have a nice week :-)

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  33. You are so talented.
    Lovely painting.

    Ann
    https://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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  34. Just passing by, take care Ivana!
    Hugs

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  35. Oh congratulations darling
    The painting is fabulous

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  36. wow amazing photos
    http://retromaggie.blogspot.com/

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  37. In Croatia I saw the most beautiful landscapes :) I love your paintings! You have a huge talent :)

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  38. There are so many lovely things about this blog post. It's lovely to see you with your partner, even more lovely to see you painting and in your element, and the landscapes look so beautiful over there!

    aglassofice.com x

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  39. This is such a gorgeous painting! I love the inspiration photos as well. I can see why it was such a labor of love and took you so long to complete. The detail is incredible!

    Ekaterina | Polar Bear Style

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  40. Amazing photos.

    www.paginasempreto.blogspot.com.br

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  41. Rad je izvanredan, ništa manje nisam ni očekivala. Divno! 🤗💕

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  42. Dearest Ivana,
    I hope you are healthy and doing well! I am here today to wish you a wonderful Christmas holiday and a good start into 2022, because I want to take a "Christmas blog break". 🎄🕯️✨
    All the best, Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/12/advent-2021-bei-den-rostrosen.html

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  43. This paint looks so realistic that at first I thought it was a photo!

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  44. Apparently it seems like you guys enjoyed a lot.

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  45. Your painting looks so realistic, I thought it was a photo!

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    1. Thank you so much. I was aiming for a realistic look with this one.

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  46. the beach looks so wonderful ! and i love your painting as well

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  47. Jako volim ove tvoje postove u kojima kroz slike predstavljaš djeliće predivne obale Jadranskog mora. POsebno sada u zimsko vrijeme kada sam okružena snijegom jako mi je lijepo vidjeti slike mora i podsjetiti se na ljeto.

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    1. Hvala. Lijepo je doista sjetiti se ljeta i sunca. Ovdje je sada oblačno i kišno pa i meni nedostaje sunce.

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  48. Hvar seems to be amazing place - OMG looking at this pictures and painting I miss the summer so much :-)

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  49. Hi Ivana
    I hope everything is fine with you, in fact I am very worried about your disappearance from the blog! I sincerely hope you are covid free! I wish you good health this Christmas, I think it's the best gift I can give you, but it's not in our hands, but if we think positively I think it helps!
    Kisses

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    1. Thank you dear. I'm not worried about Covid but I do have some other health problems that kept me away.

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  50. Beautiful beyond measure, dear Ivana. Thank you very much for bringing a hefty dose of very welcome sunshine back into many of our lives via this enchantingly lovely seascape painting.

    Many hugs & joyful holiday season wishes,
    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

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  51. So lovely to see these images from a cold, soggy UK Ivana. Oooh, I can just imagine dipping my feet in that crystal blue water xXx

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