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Characters Illustration – A Collaboration with Author MJ Mallon – 1st Stop Blog Tour! #ABRSC

Watercolor Illustrations ©CarolinaRusso

Hello everyone I hope that you all are enjoying Spring!
Today I have a nice announcement to do…

time has arrived and today I am very happy to post again about one of my latest collaboration and special commission done during the past months. This has been a great and interesting project that I have been working on!
During last Summer I was contacted by British Author  MJ Mallon for the creation of some character illustrations for her new book.   We have had a wonderful collaboration developed in the coming soon publication of the book in paperback edition, including my character illustrations.  MJ Mallon is a novel’s writer and a dear  friend in our Blog-World Community. To get to know more about her,  please  visit her Blog at MJ Mallon Author!

Today is also the start of MJ  blog tour for the release of her  paperback – The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone. There will be a celebration on her blog, everyone is invited!
This post is the  first stop  on the #ABRSC tour, other blogs will follow in the next coming days.

The beautiful book  is a fantasy novel for young adults, inspired by supernatural, magic and paranormal. Many themes are touched into the intriguing and captivating story of Amelina Scott, a fifteen years old girl that lives in Cambridge,  England. With some magic help, Amelina discovers the truth of a shocking curse that destroyed her family happiness. If you like magic and supernatural you would love this novel. This is the first book and according to author MJ Mallon it would be a sequel and so a series.

The title is “The Curse Of Time” #1 Bloodstone  first published as Kindle Edition “Not Illustrated” launched August 2017.

Today I am very  happy to announce that the book would be released soon  in paperback edition during April 2018. I have created the Illustrations of two characters “Esme and the Creature Eruterac” I loved to create these watercolor paintings as portraits of the intriguing characters, MJ described them to me so well that I was able to bring them alive on paper.  I am so honored and very happy that my illustrations are included in black and white into the paperback edition, it is a great accomplishment and means a lot to me. This year you will see other great collaborations and very interesting projects that I am working on. Keep following!

Character’s Portraits – Esme and the Creature – Original Watercolor Paintings ©CarolinaRusso

I have previously wrote another post where I explain most of the behind the scene about the start of this project and details about my creation of the character’s portrait, if you’re a new follower or if you have missed it, you can read my post dedicated to the character Esme:  New Release: Esme – Bringing alive a character with a painting! Collaboration with Author MJ Mallon

you can also read MJ Mallon post about our collaboration and my illustration for the character the Creature :

A Wonderful Collaboration With Talented Artist Carolina Russo

Character’s Portraits – Esme – Original Watercolor Paintings ©CarolinaRusso

Isn’t it beautiful to see the portraits published? I love them! MJ was so kind to send me a preview copy of the paperback and everything looks great!

Character’s Portraits – The Creature – Original Watercolor Paintings ©CarolinaRusso

I have created the watercolor painting for two characters “Esme” the girl trapped in the mirror and ” The Creature” a scary entity and creepy guardian.
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I want to give a special thanks to MJ Mallon for loving my art and for thinking of me for this project and great collaboration, hopefully we can collaborate again in the future. Thank you so much Marjorie!

Character’s Portraits – Esme and the Creature – Original Watercolor Paintings ©CarolinaRusso

*** Paperback Release date is April 2nd and can be purchased on Amazon 

Paintings Release: The images of my paintings are included inside the paperback book in black and white. If you are interested you can purchase the color version available in two sizes as “Limited Edition Fine Art Print” only #20 Prints for each character are available for fans and collectors. Fine art prints include a certificate of authenticity, are numbered and hand signed by me!
If you like one for yourself or for a wonderful gift, prints are beautiful almost like the original paintings! You can fully support my Art with your purchases for the character  “Esme” visit my Etsy Shop

***If you’re interested in a Fine Art Print of “The Creature” please order here on the Blog at  Shop My Art Prints

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Artist details about the Original Paintings:
My watercolor is outlined with black, white and brown ink pens. Gold pen Gelly Roll by Sakura. I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle, Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03 and 05 . A Alvin Draft/Matic Pencil #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves.  Pentel Aqua Brushes – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches .
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If you like my Art
and would like to have a Custom Painting or Illustration from me, I am open to commission work if you have an idea
just Contact me and we can talk about it! 🙂

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

All my watercolor paintings are available for Pre-Order in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints!

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What makes me happy is to give happiness and inspire people through my Art, give feelings to the heart and deep to the soul!”  – CR

 

I hope that you enjoyed this post and suggest you to read the book!
Wish you all a great week!

Thank You!

Thank You!

©Copiright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Out Of This World

Sunset From Another Planet – Photo ©CarolinaRusso

Today post is about Photography!

It is a long time since I have participated to the weekly photo challenge.  The Daily Post  theme for this week it is very interesting  and inspiring and is “Out Of This World”. This week, share a picture that takes us on a journey into the unknown.

As an artist I feel that I am very often out of this world, while working on my watercolor paintings, creating my art. Inspiration and creativity can take you in many places where imagination rules  into the unknown. I enjoy the journey following my dreams and looking forward to see where they will take me.

The photo I am sharing today for this challenge, is another  gorgeous Southern California sunset. I took this photo days ago during an evening hike. The colors of this sunset were spectacular and I haven’t touched or edited this photo, no filter has been used,  it is just as I took it!

When shooting this photo, I really wanted to capture something different and unusual. I love to experiment and take photos in different and unexpected angle, using the camera in strange and unusual positions. When I went home, l have been looking at all the photos I took that day,  this one stood out to me for the beautiful intense colors, the contrast with the dark, the layers of clouds in the sky forming straight lines at the horizon. My angle shooting position created this high contrast and a diagonal  effect between the orange sky and the dark land. Transforming a familiar sunset in something different.  When I look at the photo from distance make me think an imaginary  sunset from another planet! Try to step away from your chair and look at the photo from distance, what do you see? I am really curious to know, please leave comments!


For more of my Photography visit my Photography Gallery

Follow me also on Instagram @carolinarussoart  for the opportunity to see my art and more of my latest photos.

 

 

Until the next photo, I wish you a great rest of the week! ❤

 

Thank You!

Thank You!

 

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Making Art From Nature Finds

Ink Drawing on Eucalyptus Bark – ©Carolina Russo

Today I am happy to share one of my latest work. I have been busy with some interesting commissions that I will reveal very soon in my next coming posts.

In the mean time, today I like to share what I have created out of a beautiful nature find, a unique piece of “Eucalyptus Tree Bark” I have found this piece near the tree where it belonged, it did speak to me and I took it.  I love the shape is not a flat piece it is curved and is about 13 inches long and 4.5 inches wide in the widest part. This piece is in perfect conditions the grain has a lovely natural white patina.  I did nothing to it than just passing a soft cloth to brush off eventual dust. Sorry I haven’t taken a photo of the natural bark before drawing, I guess I was too excited and inspired to start working on it.
What turned out is a mysterious face and ethereal portrait, created with only a black and a white Ink pens. I loved and enjoyed drawing this piece very much.  Following the natural grain of the wood  and letting the curves lead my drawing allowing this face to come alive and out to us. It is a one of a kind piece, I don’t have a title yet but you all can help me to find one, you can tell me  in the comments what do you see in her expression? What she is telling you? Your help is very much appreciated and together we can find a title for her.

Ink Drawing on Eucalyptus Bark – ©Carolina Russo

Nature is a great source of inspiration in many ways and especially in Art because it stimulates your creativity helping you to relax and feel grounded. When you are able to feel connected with the earth,  you are and feel centered and balanced letting go negativity no matter what’s going on around you. I love nature in all the aspects and benefits it give us. I based my life on nature and natural remedies to take care myself health wise and successfully. I enjoy always time spent outdoor it is so precious walking in the wood or enjoying a walk on the shore near the ocean, I like hiking and exploring places in appreciation of what often we take for granted.

Ink Drawing on Eucalyptus Bark – ©Carolina Russo

Nature is precious and inspire me in many ways and in all the mediums I work with. I am always on the look out to find interesting things that I can create with. I also have based my whole Jewelry Collection on nature. I am so happy when I can find interesting and inspiring pieces as gift of nature to collect and create with.
I love leaves, tree bark, gemstones, fossils, sea shells, driftwood, flowers, branches and more. I love to salvage these precious finds and give them a new life and purpose through my art.

Ink Drawing on Eucalyptus Bark – ©Carolina Russo

 

Details about my drawing:
Ink drawing supplies used: ink pens Micron Black ink #03 and #05,  UniBall Signo Angelic Colour White pen, Eucalyptus Tree Bark approx. size 13 × 4.5 inches.

❤ Visit my Etsy Shop for more ideas! Just updated there are lots of new work listed as Limited Edition Signed Prints of my original watercolor paintings.

 

Thank you so much for following and sharing my work your support means everything to me! ❤

Wish you a wonderful day!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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My New Poem – Abstract Dream – Published on Visual Verse Anthology!

 

Image by Candice Seplow

 

VisualVerse Anthology

VisualVerse Anthology

 

Visual Verse An Anthology of Art and Words

 


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.
Today my new poem was published!

The image  that you see here above is the starting point assigned this month by Visual Verse it is a challenge, you have one hour to write between 50 to 500 words. I had to write inspired by the image. I like to participate to this writing event, I find it to be very interesting and challenging for me that I am a visual artist and I love to illustrate and combine images with words.

I am happy to share this with you all! This is a nice achievement of my creative writings. My poem is now part Visual Verse Anthology Literary Press and  published on another of their Chapter.

You can read my poem here:
  Visual Verse  Anthology – Vol. 05 Chapter 03 –  “Abstract Dream” Page 82

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/

This is a link to the Archive with all the images and writings published until now!

 

I am so happy that my writings are included in this innovative Anthology Press, this is another way for my voice as an Artist to be heard.
I hope that you enjoy my poem! Please let me know what you think your comment means a lot to me!

©Carolina Russo

©Carolina Russo

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My 5.7.5 Haiku “New Year” is now Published on Spillwords Press

 

Original Watercolor Painting by ©CarolinaRusso

 

Today is another great day!

spillwords.com

“home for all that live and breathe words, spilled or inspired,
through literature of every genre, from writers and poets of every walk of life”

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Today I am very happy  to announce that my 5.7.5 Haiku New Year illustrated with one of my watercolor paintings is now Published on Spillwords Press and is part of the new project “Reading Sunday” I am so honored and happy to see two of my creations published at the same time.

I am honored to be listed as one of their contributor writers, you can read more of my published poetry on Spillwords/Author/Carolina Russo

I haven’t written new poetry in a while, this is the first Haiku published this year, I wrote it time ago.
I only write when I feel the words whispered to my soul, it’s just the beginning of this year, more will come.

A special thank you to the Editor for publish and share my writings.

Please give a visit to  Spillwords and check it out is a very interesting literary press!

 

I wish you all a lovely Sunday!

©Carolina Russo

©Carolina Russo

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Etsy Shop Flash Sale 5 Days only! 20% Off

Etsy Shop Flash Sale!

 

♥️ I am having a 5 Days Flash Sale on my ETSY Shop! 

Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of my paintings and recent work is up for grab during the next 5 days 20% Off when you spend $18, starting January 10 until January 15.  Right now is  good time to shop if you like some of my pieces don’t miss this sale!

Hint: Valentine’s Day is coming pretty soon ❤ how about a love gift to your loved one, or to yourself…why not? 😉 ❤

There are lots of new work that I have created during the past months.  There are about 50 paintings listed as Limited Edition Signed Prints of my original watercolor paintings. Prints are beautiful and available in two sizes at different prices, there is also available a “Set of Three Prints of your Choice” for a special price.

Thank you so much for following my Art your support is great and means a lot to me! ❤

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year 2018 – Photo ©Carolina Russo

 

Dear friends and followers old and new ones!

I would just like to express in few words how much joy, encouragement  and happiness you have given me during the last 3 years and the 2017 with your presence and support here on my Blog, thank you so much for following my journey and my art, thank you for your support. Many new things would come during the 2018 and wish for your joy and happiness in return, may your life be filled with your dreams and aspirations. Blessings! ❤

Happy New Year 2018 may be a great creative year in every way possible!

Much love!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Etsy Shop Sale 20% Off Coupon for you – Ends November 27!

Thanks 2017 – Photo ©Carolina Russ

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! ❤

This ETSY Shop update include a 20% Off Coupon Code ♥️

Holidays are almost here!!!
I am having a 6 Days Early Black Friday, Cyber Monday Sale on my ETSY Shop! Last Day of Sale is November 27 don’t miss it!

If you like purchase my Limited Edition Fine Art Prints during the next 6 days add the Coupon at checkout the Code is: THANKS2017  (code already applied if you use the shop link above)
20% Off Coupon is valid only from November 22 to November 27, is  good time now to shop for early Christmas gifts! Always think at shipping time don’t shop too late!

There is lots of new work listed, as Limited Edition Signed Prints of my original watercolor paintings. Prints are available in two sizes at different prices, some mini prints of my “Mermaid” are Free Shipping! I have added almost all of my October paintings created daily for Inktober and Mabsdrawlloweenclub challenges. In case you don’t see what you had your eyes on, just contact me!

Thank you so much for following my Art, your support is precious! ❤

Wish you all the friends in USA and not a wonderful and
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
No matter where you are is always great to give thanks!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Special Release! My Ethereal Mermaid in Mini Art Prints!

Ethereal Mermaid – Mini Art Prints ©Carolina Russo


Hello everyone is time for my ETSY Shop Update!

This update include a Special Release!

I am excited to announce that is now available a Open Edition Mini Art Prints of my “Original Watercolor Painting” titled “Ethereal Mermaid” is the beautiful portrait of a mermaid underwater sit over a seaweed leaf. I have painted this watercolor Mermaid last year for the World Watercolor Month event and re-posted this year for the Mermay challenge event. I am sure that some of you remember this painting!

Ethereal Mermaid – Mini Art Prints ©Carolina Russo

The Mini Prints are signed and ready to be framed, is the perfect addition to your art collection, or a lovely little gift to all the “Mermaids Lovers”.

This is a Quality Mini Art Print on acid free heavy weight semi-glossy card stock paper with smooth surface. It is a different paper than my Matte Fine Art Limited Edition Prints. It is more economical and very beautiful available until quantity last is made in a small postcard size! And ready to ship!

Print Details:
Title: “Ethereal Mermaid”
Size: 4.21 x 5.47 inches ( approx. 10.5 x 14 cm)
Edition: Open Edition Signed
Free Shipping: Ready To Ship

All Prints are released as Open Edition, hand signed with my Initials on the front and signature on the back. Prints are placed in a protective cellophane sleeve and mailed safely in a envelope as greetings card to keep shipping cost “FREE” for you on this special little print, if you like it you can purchase it here

Ethereal Mermaid – Mini Art Prints ©Carolina Russo

Think Christmas gifts early shopping this is a great opportunity to get a small piece of my art!

Visit my Etsy Shop for more ideas! There is lots of new work listed, as Limited Edition Signed Prints of my original watercolor paintings. Prints are available in two sizes at different prices! I have added almost all of my October paintings created for Inktober and Drawlloween challenges! In case you don’t see what you had your eyes on, just contact me! If you are shopping for Christmas keep in consideration shipping time, is always better to do not shop at last minute!

Direct ETSY Shop Link!

Ethereal Mermaid – Mini Art Prints ©Carolina Russo

Thank you so much for following my work your support means everything to me! ❤

Wish you a wonderful day!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Help me, help you!

A very special Thank You to dear friend Cyranny for this lovely idea and great Blog post! I am honored to have my Art and Etsy Shop included in her Christmas gifts list for a great , less stressful and comfortable Christmas Shopping from home! Lots of nice things in the Shops listed it worth to check them out! Helping one another to succed is the greatest support you can give! Thank you Cyranny!!! ❤

Cyranny's Cove

I don’t like thinking about Christmas too far in advance.

But, a couple of years back, I got caught having to make most of my Christmas shopping very last minute, and I swore to myself “never again!”.

This year, I thought I would do something special. Since I’ve come to know many very talented artists through blogging, I decided I’d try to buy as many gifts as I can from their online shops!

That way, as I explained it to Chéri, we’d have lovely, handmade, unique gifts, coming from all around the world. On the plus side, we wouldn’t have to go through the trouble of fighting other Christmas shoppers at the mall, and we’d encourage wonderfull people to keep creating beautifull art!

So here are some of these incredible bloggers, and the link to their online boutique!

Irene, from Irenedesign2011. Irene sells lovely handmade jewelry from her Etsy…

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