Today I am happy to finally share this lovely watercolor painting I recently created!
This is one of my latest commissions I have been working on. About a month ago I was kindly requested to create a “Pet’s Tribute Portrait”in loving memory of Tigger, the adorable gray Tabby cat you see in foreground of my painting. The sweet lady that contacted me is a follower Blogger Crystal she loves my art since last year she was the winner of one of my Giveaways. She requested this painting because this year on September 11th was the five years anniversary since Tigger crossed the rainbow bridge. Crystal followed my World watercolor month during the month of July and saw several animals I have painted. The Squirrel, the Owl, they lead her asking me if I do paint cats and of course I do! I said yes!
I am not new to custom Pet’s Tribute paintings. I asked her to send me some photos and she explained to me her request. She sent two photos of her cats, the ones you see here below.
Tigger and Daisy Mae (his sister from different parents), the two cats grow up together. Crystal at first requested two paintings, one for each cat, then during our talking ideas via email exchange, she thought that would have been great to have one painting featuring the two cats laying together. I agreed, that was the best idea as I could envision it already in my mind, we agreed on everything and that was it! From these two simple photos, my only references I was able to reunite the two cats in my painting. Crystal loved it! I am so glad and happy that I I was able to make her happy. I love animals very much their love to us is unconditional and amazing. I lost several loved pets myself, I carry them all in my heart.
I am always open to commissions requests like this one, to honor the memory and life of a loved pet.
I loved to paint Tigger and Daisy Mae and once again I want to thank Crystal for loving my work and wanted me to create this painting! Thank you!
If you would like a Tribute pet’s portrait in loving memory of your lost pet or a portrait of your living pet for questions, details and price Contact me here on my Blog or send a custom request on my ETSY Shop I would be happy to discuss your idea!
Here you can see only few of many other pets tributes and portraits I made throughout the years.
Artist supplies and details about my watercolor painting The Original watercolors is outlined with black and white ink pens. I used French Artists Watercolors Sennelier l’Aguarelle, Ink pens used MICRON Black ink #01 and 005 . A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Pencil. Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Canson Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 8×10 inches . For Highlights and Stars I have used gold and silver ink.
Since 2009 in October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.
October is coming soon! And it means that artists around the world will participate to this great and inspiring drawing challenge. This is my 5th year of InkTober, I will do all my best to create as much as possible and I hope to be able to complete the 31 days. This year honestly I have no idea how I will approach the two challenges! Usually in the past few years I have followed the Official prompt lists and to make it more challenging and intriguing I combined the two challenges in one, combining the prompts! Not easy to do. Sometimes the two prompts aren’t a good match but that’s were creativity do the magic! Right now, I am navigating ideas trying to make plans, not sure I want to combine the two challenges together. If not, I need to pick one, or not follow the official prompts and make my own list….lots to think for me! Your suggestions are welcome! ❤
Jake Parker the illustrator and creator of Inktober released the new “Official Prompt List 2020” and I love to post it here so that you have some time until October 1st to plan and get ready!
2017 I have Joined the two challenges InkTober and MabsDrawlloweenClub this one is a little more spoocky – Halloween theme prompts are created by Pop Surrealist artist Mab Graves! My daily drawings were inspired by the combination of the two challenges daily prompt words creating my own hybrid challenge “DrawllooweenTober” yes this was my idea to enable me to join both challenges daily creating one drawing. And well it was pretty challenging, not easy but I wanted to make it harder to stimulate creativity in a different way and I made it! The outcome was a lovely collection of dark themed spooky drawings which I am very pleased!
My drawing “Frankenstein Bride” of this series become my first Die Cut Sticker
2018 I have joined again the two challenges, I really love both and the community of artists around these two challenges. I didn’t want to miss them so I’ve participated with my hybrid mixing the prompts and my own hashtag is #drawlloweentober you can see my Gallery Inktober+ MabsDrawlloweenClub 2018
2019 Once again last year I have combined the prompts of the two challenges here you can see some of my drawings! To see all the drawings visit my Drawlloweentober 2019 Gallery
Settember 1st 2020 both challenges Official Prompt Lists were released on September 1st. Here there is also the MadsDrawlloweenClub2020 Prompt List artist Mab Graves list is always inspired and dedicated to the Halloween theme.
My Favorite Supplies: I use French Artists Watercolors Sennelier l’Aguarelle, Pentel Aqua Brush – Bee Paper for Watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches . Micron or COPIC pens Black, Brown, Dark Red inks #01, #005, White SAKURA Gelly Roll pen, Pentel Pocket Brush blak ink, ALVIN Mab Graves Draft/Matic Pencils , Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks.
(FYI This is not a sponsored post I purchase all my supplies and I am sharing what I like and use)
Join us: these Challenges are open to anyone that love sketching with ink pens and if you’re member of the #worldwatercolorgroup you’re free to add a dash of watercolor. I hope that some of you will try this and join me and thousands of other artists around the world. You don’t have to be drawing every day if you don’t have time. You can drawing every other day, or every few days, or one entry a week! Doesn’t has to be a complicate drawing, it can be a small sketch, it will help you to develop a habit and refine your skills. Btw if you’re not crazy like me you don’t have to participate to both challenges just pick one! 😉 Good luck everyone hope to see you in October!
Here is the INKTOBER Story and Rrules: Illustrator Jake Parker is the creator of this great challenge and initiative started in October 2009. Jake created InkTober as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Here are the Official Rules:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it*
3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2019
4) Repeat That’s it! Now go make something beautiful.
I am very excited to join once again and participate to the challenges! I would be sharing my progress here on the Blog and daily on Instagram @carolinarussoart Visit Jake Parker websitefor more details, videos, inspiration and lots to learn about Inktober. If you like to join these challenges don’t forget when you post your drawing online always add the hashtags #INKTOBER2020 #INKTOBER if you choose Mab Graves challenge add #mabsdrawlloweenclub2020 and if you add watercolor hashtag #worldwatercolorgroup2020 post your ink drawing online on your Blog and/or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter…add all the tags to any place you share your drawings online! Phew….I made it to the end of this long post! ❤
You can find some of my past Inktober drawings available as Open Edition Signed Prints in my ETSY Shop
I hope that artists here on WordPress will join this challenge with me,
There is time to get organized and prepare yourself for for October! Please share your plans or ideas I would love to know!
I invite you all to my ETSY Shop LABOR DAY SALE! Today is last day! Don’t miss it! I have updated my ETSY Shop added more fun Halloween theme drawings and not. There are also some Original watercolor paintings and about 85 prints of my paintings are available as Limited and Open Edition, hand enhanced by me and signed. Now everything in my ETSY Shop is 15% Off today is last day! Free Shipping within US eligible on $35 Orders! I do ship internationally for a very small fee! If you make a purchase the discount it’s directly applied at checkout and is valid for a “Limited Time” Sale ends September 7 (Today) this is a great opportunity for you to get my Art Limited Edition Prints or more the more economic Open Edition Signed 5×7 prints!
For this special update I have listed “New Work” and some favorites less recent work!
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You find Limited and Open Edition high quality Prints, Hand Enhanced and Signed by me Prints are available in two sizes and prizes to choose which is best for you, it is a great opportunity if you had your eyes on my work! Please check out now before is late my CarolinaRusso Art ETSY Shop!
I hope that you find something you love! If my art brings you happiness and you would like to support me to keep going it means the world to me!
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