A recap throughout the 2018 and all my Artistic happenings.
January 2018 the year begins with the Publication of one of my Poems….what a nice start of the year!
Visual Verse Published my New Poem “Abstract Dream”!
This month I have participated to the monthly writing event that brings together Art and Words on VisualVerse.org Anthology Press.
This was a nice achievement of my creative writings. My poem is included in Visual Verse Anthology Literary Press and published on another of their Chapter. This is my sixth Published piece on Visual Verse!
Here you can read all my published poems and short stories: visualverse.org/writers/carolina-russo/
January made me a Winner…
A new year is a fresh start for a new beginning, hope and realization of dreams, may the beginning of this year fill you with love, inspiration and new strength to succeed in what you love.
I was honored to announce that I was one of the six “Winners” chosen by UntwineAustralia participating to their first word prompt Contest for 2018 @untwine.australia#newbeginnings I have participated on Instagram posting my Watercolor – Graphite painting title: “Mystical Multitude”.
This beautiful painting is available in Limited Edition Fine Art Signed Prints if anyone is interested just Contact me directly ❤
In the end of January…
My 5.7.5 Haiku “New Year“ illustrated with one of my watercolor paintings was Published on Spillwords Press and included in the project “Reading Sunday” I am so honored and happy that two of my creations were published at the same time.
I am honored to be listed as one Spillwords contributor writers, you can read more of my published poetry on Spillwords/Author/Carolina Russo That was my first Haiku published in 2018.
February begin with great Collaborations…
Art And Music together can create magic! I have collaborated with the band RIGNA FOLK a great Indie band from Germany, I love their music and they love my art! I think is beautiful that we crossed paths! We Collaborated and I have created a video displaying a selection of my paintings having as soundtrack one of their beautiful songs. The video title is Stillness and you can watch it here: Art Inspiring Magic – Stillness – (Video)
A Book Illustrations…
I had a wonderful and interesting Project, I have collaborated with Author Marjorie Mallon! I created the illustrations for her wonderful new novel book “The Curse Of TIme – Bloodstone book #1” released in April 2018. My two Characters Portraits “Esme The Mirror Girl” and “Euterac The Creature” were included in black and white in the paperback book and in color in the Kindle edition. We had a wonderful collaboration and is a great project that will continue in 2019 since M. Mallon is writing the second book.
You can read all about our first book collaboration in a Blog Post that I wrote last April for the book release you can read it here!
June brings Tributes and Support…
My Watercolor Paintings a Tribute In Loving Memory of Scott Hutchinson (20/11/81 – 10/5/18) R.I.P ❤ Scott was a wonderful music artist that deeply touched the heart and soul of many around the world. He was the founding member of Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit
Months has passed by and here we are in July!
July brings sadness and joy… sadness because I lost two wonderful pets they went over the rainbow bridge. I was very sad to lose Rocky a rescued Chihuahua and my loved Yumi a wonderful and amazing rescued Possum!
But I also have a nice news,
because during July I have submitted a few paintings on Instagram to the #Pentalic365 Challenge and one is my “Ectoplasma” which made me to be selected as the Pentalic 365 Winner for the month of July! I am so honored!
See their post Pentalic365 I won a beautiful prize they sent me a wonderful box full of great Pentalic Sketchbooks in different sizes for my watercolor paintings! I am so thankful and I love it!
August brings my redesigned Blog and my New Shop!
A new goal and achievement!
It was awhile that I had in mind to redesign my Blog! After three years I felt the need to start fresh, change the look and make it more mine using my own art. I have been working on this project for several weeks and made as it looks today! I hope you enjoy the new look and new navigation system through the pages I hope you find it easy! Another very important and primary goal redesigning this Blog was to include my “New SHOP” so that everything is in one place Website/Blog/ Shop!
I have created my own Shop and it’s not the standard e-shop with the cart that you find everywhere! Follow my guided pages while you visiting my Shop and you would see how easy it is to purchase my Art and have a direct contact with me throughout your shopping experience.
In the occasion of the New Blob/Shop launch I wanted to celebrate and I had my first GIVEAWAY here on the Blog!
The winner was Author Marjorie Mallon as prize she won one of my Limited Edition Prints “Hand Enhanced” and it was my “Alice in Wonderland- Tea Party” Coffee Painting!
I also had a “New Release” of my latest Digital Art Portrait part of my Project “ART FOR MUSIC “ included in my Concept Collection“When Nature Meets Humans”the artistic portrait that you see featured in my interview as the opening image of this post is my new digital creation a artwork dedicated and inspired by Viktor Norðir.
During this month I had a wonderful invitation to be Interviewed by Author MJ Mallon!
Please read the Interview she had some great questions for me and I loved to answer all of them, so that you all will know me better and who is the Artist behind her book illustrations! You can read it here: A Huge Welcome To Artist Carolina Russo
October daily drawing month 31 days 31 drawings….
The month of October brings beautiful worldwide Art Challenges the most known is Inktober This was my third year participating. I have combined two challenges together following a double prompts list and I made it to the end, I have created a beautiful collection of 31 days drawings!
Open Edition Signed Mini Prints and Sets were released including Christmas Greeting Cards available in my Shop!
“ART FOR MUSIC”
from almost the whole year I have collaborated with Scottish music artist Nu-San I was commissioned to create an Original watercolor painting for the Cover of
his New Album “Nu Nostalgia” has been released in December as Vinyl Limited Edition Record and coming soon in CDs.
December ends the year beautifully…
To start December there is the 15 Days of Holidays Art Challenge where participating I have created my new Holidays Art Series for the next year 2019 my prints and cards would be available next December! You can see here my paintings series for Wintmas 2018 Gallery
It is a wonderful feeling to see this Album with my painting on the cover the finished product is beautiful!
December goes on with….
Another International Collaboration for “RAZUR CUTS” MagaZINE!
All the way from beautiful Scotland, UK 🇬🇧 to USA 🇺🇸 California a great indie publication “Razur Cuts VI” by Editor Derek Steel is now available it was just released the 12/19/2018! I feel so honored and proud to be part of such a wonderful project as Razur Cuts contributor and to be one of the Artists invited to create the Cover for this issue and Published!
Limited Edition Prints of my Cover artwork are now available in my Shop on my page SHOP PRINTS
This has been a very nice working year my Art took part in great Projects around the world. I had beautiful collaborations and great outcomes! I also had new followers and friends, I am so grateful for all the happenings, there is a lot behind each of these beautiful projects. Thank you so much to everyone that believed in my art and me and made all this possible! I am looking forward to see what will happen in the 2019… ❤
Best Wishes to all for a Happy and Great New Year 2019!
Be always thankful and grateful for what you have and may you be blessed and be a blessing to others in the New Year!
I wish you all dear friends and followers a wonderful Christmas Day and Holidays!
I am very thankful for your support and for following my journey my art couldn’t be known around the world without you! Your beautiful comments and encouragement ongoing is precious. Thank you beyond words to everyone that wanted to Collaborate with me during this year and to the ones that has decided to own one of my paintings or any of my artwork pieces I am honored to have my art in your house it means everything to me! ✨
New Release – Robert Smith “THE CURE” Watercolor Painting Portrait –
Today post feature the release of my new watercolor painting a Fan Art portrait for my Collection “ART FOR MUSIC” a series inspired by music artists and by my passion for music. In this series I like to create artworks using several media, traditional watercolor paintings, ink drawings, digital art, photo manipulation and any other media that will inspire my creations.
The New Release of my watercolor painting is the Portrait of Robert Smith the musician lead singer, guitarist, lyricist, songwriter and the only consistent member of the iconic UK band “THE CURE” co-founded with Lol Tolhurst in 1976. I am a lifelong fan of this amazing band, their music has been and still the soundtrack of most of my life. From a long time I wanted to paint a portrait of Robert Smith but it didn’t happen until yesterday. For some bizarre reasons I felt the wish and urge to paint since I haven’t painted much during this week. I wanted to paint, I was searching online for inspiration and I got inspired to paint Robert portrait right after I came across a nice photo shared in one of the various Fan Groups of The Cure that I’ve joined on Facebook. That was the magic moment when I came across the color photo posted down below. I said to myself “today I am going to paint him!” I sat down and started to paint peacefully for hours listening my favorite albums of the band until the portrait was done! Isn’t amazing how creativity and inspiration works? Most of the time it strikes when you don’t even expect it! It’s fantastic! If ever Robert see my portrait I hope he likes it! ❤
The 2018 is a great year and a milestone for The Cure band because they are “Celebrating the 40 Years Anniversary 1978 – 2018” last July in Hyde Park, London, UK they celebrated with a great concert and more to come in 2019! They are such a wonderful band is great that they are playing better than ever and still together! I am so happy that I was able to paint my portrait during this milestone and commemorative year. I have attended their Concert in 2016 they came to US, Los Angeles during their North American Tour and I wrote a very detailed Blog post about that unforgettable and magic 3 hours concert I can’t wait to see them again. If you like you can read my wonderful experience of that day at The Hollywood Bowl read it > Here
This is the photo of “Robert Smith” that inspired my Portrait! What I loved is that he look you straight in the eyes!
My Painting Details: The portrait is a watercolor and ink painting in my signature style. I am very pleased and happy I really love how the portrait turned out. I think I was able to capture Robert Smith essence and especially his charismatic eyes expression as it is one of the focal points in my portrait. I love to hear what do you think? Leave me comments! ❤
Artist Details an supplies used: The Original Portrait is painted on a watercolor paper size 6 x 9 inches (approx 15×22 cm) I used Bee Paper Aquabee 100% Cotton, Cold Pressed Acid free Archival quality. French Artists Watercolors Sennelier l’Aguarelle, Pentel Aqua Brush. My Ink drawing is outlined with ink pens. Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03 and 05, Micron dark red ink #1. Sakura white Gelly Roll pen #08. A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil.
the Special Collectors Limited Edition Prints “Hand Enhanced” you can only order it here!
Portrait Prints are now available in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints “Special Collectors” edition run of #60 Prints, size 5×7 inches (approx.12x17cm) Price is $39 plus shipping. Each print is “Hand Enhanced” numbered, dated and hand signed, printed by me in my studio on heavy acid free paper, a Certificate of Authenticity is included. On the back of the prints I will hand write “Robert Smith “The Cure” 40 Year Anniversary 1978 – 2018″.
If you would like to Pre-Order one of these exclusive and unique prints please complete the “Order Form” you find down below. If you have any question or request don’t hesitate to contact me.
***When the “Special Collectors” run of #60 Prints is sold out, there would never be another “Hand Enhanced” run of this painting! Don’t miss it be one of the lucky 60 in the World ❤
Prints Price and Size: Size 5×7 inches (approx.12x17cm) Price $39 Shipping: Via USPS First Class Mail prices USA $4 – International $6 Payment PayPal: An invoice would be sent via email as order confirmation.
An International Collaboration for “RAZUR CUTS” MagaZINE!
All the way from beautiful Scotland, UK 🇬🇧 to USA 🇺🇸 California a great indie publication “Razur Cuts VI” by Editor Derek Steel is now available it was just released yesterday 12/19/2018! This is the issue number VI! Razur Cuts is a magazine that carries underground and punk style inspired feelings, it is a new version of what could be a traditional “Zine” publication but even more as a real magazine and it looks beautiful! It is published out of Falkirk, Scotland by the kindness of Editor Derek Steel this magazine goes alive with few very interesting issues several times throughout the year having great content. Feature local and international contributors that submit their work of art, photography, music interviews, reviews and literature, it is locally distributed in cool places and it is sold online by contacting directly the “Editor” via email, I will post the details down below. I love what Derek Steel is doing with this publication, he loves to discover and highlight new talents giving the opportunity to publish and give exposure to their work being discovered by a bigger and international audience. I really appreciate Derek and all his effort doing this it’s precious for an independent artist like me. I came across Derek months ago, we connected and he discovered my Art inviting me to this collaboration and to create the Magazine Front Cover for this issue #VI. I loved the opportunity and here we are today. I feel so honored and proud to be part of such a wonderful project as Razur Cuts contributor and to be one of the Artists invited to create the Cover for this issue!
My artwork is the Punk red hair girl and the razor with the name razur cuts spelled backwards. I loved to create this watercolor and ink painting as it represents greatly the street style which is what the magazine is about. I am happy that with my contribution I help to make this Zine publication shine to the world and through my art bring it to USA!
♥️ Thank you so much to the Editor Derek Steel and to all the other contributors that made this possible!
❤ Limited Edition Prints of my Cover artwork are now available in my Shop on my page SHOP PRINTS
The Editor message “Razur Cuts VI is now available. Released today. Packed with 56 pages of creative love for you all. Stories, poetry, artwork, photography, album reviews & 3 cracking interviews with John RObb Paul Mackie/Suky Goodfellow (Voicex) & Raymond Gorman.
If you’d like a copy we’ll be available locally in The Graeme Hotel, Noise Noise Noise – Vicar St &Coffee on Wooer – Falkirk (Scotland).
Or post outs – please pay £4 through PayPal using the friends & family option to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All contributor copies are in today’s post. May I thank you one and all for all the encouragement, support, feedback and love since we started in September ‘16. This is an amazing time, when creativity has exploded from all generations. I can’t remember it being so vibrant…and we’re ecstatic to be a part. Razur Cuts will be at Skids/Big Country Friday coming and Voicex the next night – at The Mash House, Edinburgh. Then catching Bladdered !! Falkirk the same evening (well, that’s the plan!).
Front cover art by the talented lady Carolina Russo.
Back cover art by the talented lady Suky Goodfellow.
Love & Best Wishes for the festive season.
X Derek S. X”
In conclusion of this post I hope that you all enjoyed to discover Razur Cuts and if you’re interested to support them for a small fee get a copy, if you would like your work checked out try a Submission get in touch with Derek Steel. Down below you find his links!
As Blogger rule I have to make the statement that my work was freely submitted. I have not being paid to create the front cover and to be published and not to write this review, these are my own words and thoughts about Razur Cuts.
Wish you a great day and let me know your thoughts!
Collaboration Album Cover Design and Album Release!
Today I am so excited to share with you something beautiful about this collaboration and great project I have been working on. After almost one year of collaboration with my dear friend Electronic Music Composer “Nu-San” from Scotland, I can finally share that his album is out now! What a great accomplishment for Nu-San and for me too! Congratulations Sandy!
I loved to be the chosen Artist and creator of a commissioned Original Painting designed to be the “Album Cover” for Nu-San new album “Nu Nostalgia”. I am sure that you remember some of my updates and previous posts about this creation and exciting project. A couple of days ago I have received some nice photos from Nu-San and I am so happy to finally be able to share them and let you see the finished product the album “Nu Nostalgia” is beautiful and alive now! My artistic part in the project “The Cover” turned out just the way I had envisioned it and it’s a Gatefold style Cover, when it opens, you can see my whole painting! I love Nu-San choice of the colored red vinyl record it match greatly with the color of the roses in my painting. The vinyl is a unique and collectible piece available in a Limited Edition of only #248 copies it can be Pre-Ordered now contacting Nu-San directly on his Facebook page!
The Official Album Release date is the 1st January, 2019 !
This is a wonderful album in all the creative aspects from the beautiful music and lyrics recalling the memories of a lifelong as the songs “Past Time” to “Come With Me” the music drives you in with the hauntingly sounds of electronic darkness and hints of techno in a world of Gothic accents that creates intense atmospheres a sure experience to listen and a great album to add to your LP records collection. A CD version would be released soon too! To Pre-Order The Album “Nu Nostalgia” Limited Edition red Vinyl record contact via DM Nu-San on his Facebook Page.
The Album Cover and Original Watercolor Painting Details: The Original artwork for the Cover is my watercolor and ink painting in my signature style. A custom request in the specific size of 12 x 24 inches. This is the result of our great collaboration a very unique custom commission for me which I am very proud. I am happy that I can reveal all the details about this project. It all started when last November 2017 I was contacted by Electronic Music Composer Sandy Bain aka “Nu-San” from Scotland, UK. Nu-San loves my art and owns other paintings and my Limited Edition Prints. At that time he was working on his new album and had a starting idea when he asked me to create a Painting inspired by a “Gothic haunting style” in my own style that he wanted to use as the album cover for his new album, the rest is now history, this is the outcome.
A wonderful project that I am so honored, grateful and thankful beyond words that Nu-San wanted my art to illustrate his music. I love music and love to support music artists with my art. I always wanted to create an artwork that would be illustrating a music album as the “Cover ” this is a wish come true for me and for Nu-San as he has multiple albums in his discography but they are CD version, this is his first Album produced as a Vinyl record and CD.
This project and watercolor painting is also included in my Collection “ART FOR MUSIC”a series of artworks created and inspired by music artists and collaborations.
My Original painting: is a watercolor and ink portrait in my signature style with a hint of Gothic and a light feeling of darkness reflecting in the light tones of colors. Nu-San asked me to include ravens birds, a graveyard scene, a castle and gave me the freedom to create and develop the idea. I enjoyed painting this atmospheric portrait while listening to his music to be able to deliver the spirit of Nu-San in my creation. We are very happy about how the painting turned out and now to see the Album as finished product is a great joy! The Original Painting is owned by Nu-San and beautifully framed and displayed in his home! I think it looks beautiful, the painting is now available as Limited Edition Fine Art Prints signed by me!
❤ PRINTS Pre-Order the Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of my painting:
This painting is available in a very Limitedand Special Edition for a small run of only #25 Fine Art Prints. Each print is numbered and hand signed by me, print size is small as 5×11 inches centered in a A4 size paper. Quality Fine Art Prints on acid free heavy weight 210gm matte paper, semi-smooth surface, high quality inks. Printed in my studio by me. A Certificate of Authenticity is included. If you are a Nu-San fan or you like to order one of these beautiful fan art prints of my painting you can now! Special price of $25 + Shipping $4 within USA $6 International. Just fill in the order form to purchase here on my Blog! >>>Order Prints here!
If you have any question please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Nu-Sanis a solo project and independent electronic music producer and composer from UK Scotland. He has composed original chill out and dance tracks and creates unique haunting sounds and techno music, that’s the way I can best describe the sound of his hauntingly music. If you like this music genre please check out his new album “Nu Nostalgia” and watch on YouTube the video for the song “Come With Me” included in the album.
If you would like to discover Nu-San music you can visit his You Tube Channel and follow him on other social media links:
Day #11 Bad Apples12 Days ❤ Wintmas 2018
Prompts: Spirit – Candies
Today post is for the Day #11 and I wanted to repost this drawing that fit nicely for the prompt Spirit she wears Christmas colors and hold offering a candied apple! ✨🎄✨
❤ These Art Prints are available now for a “Limited Time” upon direct request to me! (read details down below)
❤ Challenges: These challenges are hosted on Instagram one is hosted by a Collective of Artists “Bad Apple Collective” the challenge is “Bad Apples 12 Days”#badapples12days the second challenge is “Wintmas” 15 days of painting lovely Christmas prompts #karlaswintmaschallenge hosted by artist Karla Pereira from Spain. And of course I will share them also with the #worldwatercolorgroup.
Remember anyone can join these challenges if you do just add the proper hashtags and share your creations!
❤ Details about my paintings: My Ink drawing is outlined with ink pens. Pentel Pocket Brush black ink. Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03 and 05, Micron dark red ink #1, Sakura Gold Pen Touch Calligrapher. A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil. A dash of watercolor, I used French Artists Watercolors Sennelier l’Aguarelle, Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, approx. size 4.5 ×5.75 inches.
Limited Edition Prints are available now for a “Limited Time” upon direct request to me: ❤ Feel free to contact me if you would like a Limited Edition Print of any of these Christmas paintings while the challenge last, you can order right here on the Blog just Contact me letting me know which one you want! This is my new series for the 2019 and would be available right now only for a very limited time just during the 15 days of Challenge, when is over you cannot be able to purchase any of these until next October 2019!
Prints Details: Each Prints would be Hand Embellished with Gold and Silver ink! Size available is 5 x 7 inches (approx. 12.70 x 17.78 cm) Special Price $20 shipping included! ❤