Monthly Archives: May 2017

Wander In The Abyss #MerMay2017

  

Wander In The Abyss – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

– Wander In The Abyss Mermaid #MerMay2017!

The month of May is over in few days and so the #MerMay2017 challenge, I loved to participate and during the month I re-posted some of my mermaids I previously painted and I made this new mermaid painting.
I am sorry I haven’t post much lately, it was because I had to fix a problem with my computer, thankfully right now is all working and fixed! I haven’t been writing here on my Blog but I did post my work on Instagram and if you follow me there you know I have been pretty busy drawing and painting!

Wander In The Abyss – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Today I am excited about my  ” New Release” and  to share with you my finished  “Wander In The Abyss – Mermaid” a watercolor and ink painting. If you came across my previous post you remember this mermaid and that I was showing my work in progress, from the pencil sketch to the begin stage of watercolor, if you missed that post, maybe you like to read it and see how this painting come alive. This watercolor mermaid had a pretty long process, lots of patience and layers for me to be able to obtain this look and all the shades of colors on a “not watercolor paper” like the gray toned paper sketchbook that I used. This time, I really wanted to try something different using a toned paper for background and I wanted to see how  I could use watercolors and inks on a paper for dry media.  I can say that It’s pretty tricky! I am happy with the way the painting turned out!

A Limited Edition of 20 Art Prints is now available only hand embellished
I will add by hand the gold ink to embellish each print and turn it in one of a kind and special. It is very difficult to print the gold ink from an original painting because the scanner and printer aren’t able to give the real gold pigments and spark, that’s why I decided to do only a very small run of special prints hand embellished. When the 20 prints are sold out I won’t print them again and with time they will increase in value!  Prints are size 8×10 inches, I offer a special discounted price for  my friends and for anyone that  place an order here on the Blog Price is $45 + $8 Shipping via USPS Priority Mail within US if you like to reserve a print just fill in the form linked.

Wander In The Abyss – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Details about my painting:
 I Sketched on a Strathmore 400 Series medium surface 80 lb – gray toned paper large sketchbook size 9 x 12 inches for dry media.  I used a  Draft/Matic Pencil  0.5mm by Mab Graves Limited Edition for ALVIN for my sketch  and I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle and Artist’s Loft watercolor pan set I used this set for a opaque- chalk effect. Ink pen COPIC Multiliner #0.03 and a SAKURA  Metallic gold Gelly Roll pen.

 


You can see more of my Paintings visiting my  GALLERY  there are several Galleries here on my Blog! You find  them in the drop down menu under Watercolors.

All my collections of watercolors paintings and illustrations are available for Pre-Order in Limited Edition Art Prints   here on my Blog!
Some of them are also available on my Etsy Shop CarolinaRussoArt.

Please follow me on my Instagram account dedicated to my Art! @carolinarussoart 

 

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Happy weekend!

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Venice Italy in Watercolors!

Venezia - Italy

Venezia Italy – Original Watercolor – Copyright ©Carolina Russo

An oldie watercolor painting of Venice….

Time after time I like to look back at my old watercolor paintings.  I like to see how much my art change and my skills grow during the years!  Recently I came across this painting that I made in 2013 around this time of the year. It is almost four years ago and I like to re-share it with you all. This painting is very dear to me because is a view of “Venice” Venezia in Italian,  it is one beautiful city  in Italy, my native country! 
It is a view of Venice that I just painted out of my visual memory without any photo reference. It is a loose watercolor, I remember I was practicing the loose technique so hard to master! I know there is a lot that I could’ve done better, it was a fast painting and somehow, I am pleased with how this painting turned out!  I think I was able to capture the feeling and essence of Venice. If you have been to Venice then maybe you recognize this view. I wasn’t born in Venice it’s not my hometown. I was born in Naples another beautiful city on the sea. That’s why I love the ocean so much and  I love to paint water, there is something about water that it is so inspiring to me in many ways, artistically and not. I like the reflections and the colors. I often base my palette on the beautiful range of colors of the sea.  The sea and the ocean are very often captured also in my photography!

Details about Watercolor:
 I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle and I painted on a Canson watercolor paper 140 lb cold press. 

You can see more of my Paintings visiting my  GALLERY  there are several Galleries you find  them in the drop down menu under Watercolors.

All my watercolors are available for Pre-Order in Limited Edition Art Prints 

 

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Wish you a great rest of the week stay creative!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

 

happy mothers day .

Rose – Photo ©Carolina Russo

❤ A beautiful rose dedicated to all the amazing moms in this special “Mother’s Day”
one rose for each day of the year ❤
And especially I like to dedicate this rose to my beautiful mamma in Italy, I am far away here in USA  and we have to deal with the long distance and no matter what the life brings she has been and is always there for me I love you mamma grazie! ❤

Happy Mother’s Day!
💝🎉much love to all the Moms out there, to be a mom isn’t easy but nothing can be compared to the LOVE of a mom! 💗🌷wish you a wonderful day!

 

 

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Meet and Greet Fridays…

Majestic Ocean – Photo ©Carolina Russo

“Remembering” MEET and GREET Fridays…

Hello everyone,

today after a long time I decided to host a Meet and Greet Friday….just for today!

At times I miss this event that we enjoyed for far long, so today I feel to host a session of  Meet And Greet in remembrance of the great two years of weekly Meet And Greets we had during the 2015 and 2016 I know that my long time bloggers friends remember how each Friday we used to get together here on my Blog open to connect with other bloggers.

❤ I am very happy that today you found your way  here again and especially if is your first time on my Blog, welcome and thank you for stopping by!

Meet and Greet is a time to connect with new and old Blogs!

If you would like to introduce your Blog, meet other awesome bloggers,  don’t be shy please leave a comment introduce yourself on this post leave your Blog link! Don’t forget to check out other Blogs links and connect!

 

I wish you a great weekend and coming week!

 

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New Mermaid – Work in Progress! #MerMay2017

  

Mermaid – WIP Stage 2 Begin Watercoloring – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

– May new watercolor month challenge :  MerMay2017!

This month of May I have several creative projects going on and one of them is that I am participating whenever possible to the #mermay2017 Challenge. I came across this inspiring challenge following artists friends on Instagram! As you know I love mermaids they are fascinating ,and I have painted several which I have reposted for the first few days of this challenge! Today I am sharing my latest and new Mermaid drawing isn’t finish and  still a work in progress. I am already working on stage two “Watercolor”. I am also sharing the pencil sketch that I begin with. This time I decided to do something different and use “Gray Toned Paper” I love toned paper you can create beautiful effects with it! I especially love the white and black ink effect on toned tan and gray paper, but I also like to experiment and I wanted to see how my watercolor style works with this paper. Toned paper is not made for watercolor is a paper for dry media, but it’s not a super thin paper and if you use watercolors you have to find the right balance between color and water, painting more dry than wet. I like it so far and looking forward to see this piece how turn out when I am done! ❤

Mermaid – WIP Stage 1 Pencil Sketch – Original ©Carolina Russo

***A note: excuse if the photos quality in this post isn’t  as my usual.  I am dealing with a problem on my computer that is annoying me a lot and at the moment I am using a backup computer! Windows 10 decided to reboot and stay in Safe Mode and lock me out of my desktop :-((( without option to get to login, is crazy and I am trying to figure out what to do to get off the safe mode, I read that many Windows 10 users had this problem if any of you ever experienced this and solved the problem, please let me know! Hope to get back to normal soon!

Waiting for Mermaids – Malibu California – Photo ©Carolina Russo

Waiting for Mermaids….<3 while working on my new watercolor mermaid, I keep nurture the inspiration looking at this photo I took a month ago in beautiful Malibu. I love to share it with you and maybe inspire you a little…

Details about my Sketch and Watercolor:
 I Sketched on a Strathmore 400 Series medium surface 80 lb – gray toned paper large sketchbook size 9 x 12 inches for dry media.  I used a  Draft/Matic Pencil  0.5mm  Mab Graves Limited Edition by ALVIN for my sketch  and I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle.

You can see more of my Paintings visiting my  GALLERY  there are several Galleries you find  them in the drop down menu under Watercolors.

All my watercolors are available for Pre-Order in Limited Edition Art Prints 

Please to stay up to date also follow me on Instagram account dedicated to my Art! @carolinarussoart

 

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Happy mermaids month! ❤

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New release! Open To Wonder #worldwatercolorgroup

 

Open To Wonder – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo


New painting release!  “Open To Wonder” 

Today post feature the release of my new watercolor painting. This is the finished piece and last stage to the work in progress that you have been following from my latest couple of Blog posts. If you missed the stages of the work in progress you can see the initial sketch here and the beginning of watercoloring here.   I enjoyed very much to create this portrait inspired by the “Blythe doll”. I love the softness and transparency of the watercolors and  I left it as pure watercolor without the ink outline that usually distinguish most of my paintings. I finally decided the title and I am happy to say that I took the lovely suggestion of one of you! In my other post I asked you all to suggest a title and help me.  I thank  everyone that did! For this painting I took the lovely suggestion of my dear Blog friend Miriam in her comment she said: “This is really lovely. She looks open to wonder” and yes I love it and recall deeply the meaning of my painting “Open To Wonder”  I think works beautifully. Thank you Miriam!

With this painting today I am joining Charlie at doodlewash for the new May challenge:

– May new watercolor month challenge:  Painting Textures!

Today’s word prompt for the monthly challenge at doodlewash  is  “Flowery”.

This portrait is filled of  “Butterflies and Flowers” the beauty found in nature that make us open to wonder about life and the transformations we go through! this is the meaning behind my painting. The challenge theme is about painting textures my little flowers have some texture.

Details about my sketch and watercolor painting:
 I Sketched on a mixed media large sketchbook size 9 x 11 inches and I used a  Draft/Matic Pencil  0.3mm  Mab Graves Limited Edition by ALVIN, a Carmine Red Pencil THINEX 425T (Vintage) – I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle.

You can see more of my Paintings visiting my  GALLERY  there are several Galleries you find  them in the drop down menu under Watercolors.

All my watercolors are available for Pre-Order in Limited Edition Art Prints  this Print is now also available on my ETSY Shop

Please follow me on Instagram account dedicated to my Art! @carolinarussoart

 

#WorldWatercolorGroup 

Have a great and happy May!

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