I hope you all had a great start of the year!
I know lately I have been pretty quiet and didn’t post here on the Blog as much I’d like to. I took a break to recharge my creativity. I didn’t know how to feel in this beginning of the year, there is so much going on in the world.
Today post is about the release of my new watercolor painting with the title Tears In The Fire this is my first painting of the 2020 and it is very special to me.
I feel so much sadness for the heartbreaking situation affecting Australia from months under the catastrophic wildfires that is destroying, animals, wildlife, natural habitats, and people. Sidney University experts estimated that over 1 billion of animals has tragically perished it’s heartbreaking!
I gave the title Tears In The Fire because I can only imagine how much, tears, pain and suffering these beautiful animals are going through. My painting is dedicated to the wonderful Koalas 🐨 and to all the rescuers that are helping and caring daily for them to heal painful burnt paws and injuries and to all the other animals in desperate need of care surviving this horrific fire.
I hope that my painting can rise awareness and give a tiny contribution to support the wonderful Koalas and wildlife victims in this terrible time for them. I love all the animals and now they needs our help, together we can make a little difference in their recovery. Since I was a child I dream to one day being able to hold a lovely Koala in my arms! I hope I will one day! ♥️
Prints of my painting are now available for purchase as Open Edition signed and hand enhanced in size 5×7 and 8×10 inches please visit my >> ETSY Shop
Fundraiser for Australia Koalas Rescue Bushfire relief I will donate 70% of the proceeds from the sale of this print! (The 30% left would be for supplies to make the prints I wont make any profit!).
🖤 DONATIONS WILL GO TO:
I have decided to split the 70% between two great not for profit organizations they are doing an amazing job to save Koalas and wildlife animals and will continue to do so.
🖤 50% goes to Port Stephens Koalas NSW – Australia
🖤 20% goes to WIRES Wildlife Rescue
NOTE: Each print is “Hand Enhanced” with inks is like a semi original you don’t receive just a normal print but it has my hand work on it!
Print is signed and printed one by one in studio by me on a beautiful paper, and looks great framed, the one in the photo below is mine I had to have it on my wall!
Prints are unframed but ready for you to add one.
Thank you in advance to anyone that decide to purchase this print your support for the cause is precious. I need your help or I can’t do this by myself! 🖤
So far only one print sold thanks to Christiane a wonderful soul in Germany!
❤ Details about my painting: Watercolor painting, Ink drawing is outlined with ink pens. Fountain pen Pilot Prera fine nib. Ink pens used PIGMA Micron Black ink #01 and 03, Micron dark red ink #1, Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil. I used French Artists Watercolors Sennelier l’Aguarelle, Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed.
Please visit my ETSY Shop if you would love to have a print of my painting and join me to help save these magnificent creatures! ❤ Feel free to contact me if you have any question Contact
END of YEAR SALE!
Hello dear friends, I am having a Sale visit myETSY Shop! My Sale just started on December 28, 2019 — December 31, 2019. 30% Off on everything in my Shop. This is my bigger Sale of the year! I also offer Free Shipping within USA for $35 orders it cannot get better than this! ♥️ Don’t miss out if you have your eyes on something that I have created! Visit my Shop I hope that you find something you love!
If you like to purchase any of my Limited and Open Edition Prints during the next days the 30% Off discount would be automatically applied during checkout until last day of sale on December 31! In my Shop you find listed lots of work a variety of Limited and Open Edition hand enhanced Signed Prints of my original watercolor paintings. Most prints are available in two sizes Limited Edition 8×10 inches or the Open Edition are 5×7 inches. In case you don’t see what you had your eyes on, contact me!
THANKSGIVING is Coming Soon this Thursday! It’s Holidays Time!!! ❤
ART SALE Cyber2019: I am having a 8 Days Early Black Friday, Cyber Monday Sale visit myETSY Shop! My Sale just started tonight November 25, 2019 9:00 PM—December 3, 2019 9:00 PM Last Day of Sale is December 3. Don’t miss out if you have your eyes on something that I have created! Sale includes my collection of prints from Inktober – Mabsdrawlloweenclub Series I have created in October! Check out my Shop hope you find something you love!
If you like to purchase any of my Limited and Open Edition Fine Art Prints during the next 8 days the 20% Off discount would be automatically applied during checkout until last day sale on December 3! These days are the best time now to shop my art for the Holidays, shop for early Christmas gifts to your loved ones or for yourself! ❤ Always think at shipping time don’t shop too late remember I do “hand enhance each print” to make them unique and very special for you! A little extra time is needed! The Best idea “ORDER NOW” for timely Christmas deliveries! ❤
❤ IMPORTANT CUTOFF DATES: Holiday Orders November 30 would be my last shipping date for my Holidays Christmas Prints for “International Orders”.
Within USA last day to order Prints would be December 15 earlier the best!
Holiday 2019 Shipping Cutoff Dates United States Postal Service Domestic shipments (continental US) USPS First Class Service: December 20 USPS Priority Mail: December 21
In my Shop there are listed lots of recent work and not, you find a variety of Limited and Open Edition Signed Prints of my original watercolor paintings. Prints are available often in two sizes 8×10 inches or the Open Edition are 5×7 inches including 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 and choose to support me and my small business, if you do, know that your support is truly precious and means the world to me! ❤ ETSY Shop CarolinaRussoArt
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!
October 31, here in USA is Halloween! Happy Halloween everyone!
I decided to have a Celebration with you guys and what a better way than have an Halloween Meet and Greet? I haven’t host one in awhile! I hope you’re in…leave a link not just a “Like” it won’t do much!
Meet and Greet, discover new bloggers and make new friends!
Please everyone engage to one another, leave your Blog link below into the comments…
and if you really want to help this event to be successful please your share and reblog is very much appreciated and a great way to have your Blog discovered and get to know new ones! Thank you in advance!!!
About me… as you have seen from my latest posts, this Month of October I had lots going on artistically. I have been drawing and painting every day participating to two great challenges combined together! #mabsdrawlloweenclub2019 and #inktober2019 it has been an amazing month, artists worldwide have been sharing their daily creations and today is last day of this amazing event. I will post my last drawing later on. This is my fourth year to complete the challenge! If you follow me on Instagram @carolinarussoart than you have seen it! Because I have posted there all of my painting on time!
❤ All my paintings from this Inktober challenges are now available for Pre-Order as Limited and Open Edition Signed Prints. They are hand enhanced, two sizes to choose, you can order and reserve your favorites here in my Blog BlogShop.
I invite you all to my ETSY Shop LABOR DAY SALE!
I am having a special SALE started on 08/30/2019 ends 09/02/2019 only few days don’t miss it!
This update include the launch of my new Sticker, I have reduced price for Limited Edition prints in addition would be applied a discount of 20% Off ♥️ on anything listed in the store! Plus FREE Shipping on $35 orders within USA, 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 2nd 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!
❤ Honestly it cannot get better than this!
For this special update I have listed “New Work” and some favorites less recent work! I have also included some cute Halloween theme prints ♥️ Hurry if you like something! Support your Artist your love is very much appreciated ❤
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!
Reminder: In case you don’t see listed what you had your eyes on, you can make me a custom request, just contact me!
❤ Just a Note: As you know I have my own Shop CarolinaRusso ART here on my Blog which is my primary shop and is where you can find “All my Art” all my Series and Collections created throughout the years they are all here and always available for sale. When you purchase directly on my Blog you “fully” support me!
I keep my ETSY as a secondary shop for who prefer to shop in that venue but my inventory listed there is limited to few pieces at the time or for special sales.
Thank you so much for following and sharing my work! ❤
I invite you all to my ETSY Shop SUMMER SALE!
I am having a limited time special SALE it’s started already on 08/08/2019 ends 08/11/2019 only few days don’t miss it!
This update include a discount of 15% Off ♥️ on anything listed in the store in addition to the FREE Shipping on $35 orders within USA, 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” save the dates 08/08/2019 sale ends 08/11/2019 is a great opportunity for you to get my Art Prints.
For this special update I have selected 23 paintings “New Work” and some best less recent work! This is a 4 Days SALE ♥️ Hurry if you like something! Support your Artist your love is very much appreciated ❤
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 one is best for you, it is a great opportunity if you had your eyes on my work! Please check out 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!
Note: In case you don’t see listed what you had your eyes on, you can make me a custom request, just contact me!
❤ Just a Note: As you know I have my own Shop CarolinaRusso ART here on my Blog which is my primary shop and is where you can find “All my Art” all my Series and Collections created throughout the years they are all here and always available for sale when you purchase directly on my Blog you fully support me!
I keep my ETSY as secondary shop for who prefer to shop in that venue but my inventory listed there is limited to few pieces at the time or for special sales.
Thank you so much for following and sharing my work! ❤
Today post is my interview to British Author MJ Mallon, a nice way to get to know her and discover her latest work, the new released book “The Curse of Time #1 Bloodstone” I am very happy to introduce you with MJ Mallon, she is a debut author and blogger, her interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. MJ write Fantasy YA, and middle grade fiction as well as micropoetry – haiku and tanka.
Some of you that follows my Blog remember one of my latest posts: “Characters Illustration – A Collaboration with Author MJ Mallon” where I was announcing my artistic collaboration with Marje Mallon. We had a wonderful collaboration together .
Today post is my interview to MJ, a nice way to get to know her better and discover more about her new released book “The Curse of Time #1 Bloodstone” that includes my art in form of character illustrations.
Thank you so much Marje for allowing me to do this lovely interview with you and give the opportunity to our readers to get to know you better.
Let’s get started!
Here there are my questions:
1. For who doesn’t know can you please introduce who is Author MJ Mallon?
I’m a debut author based in Cambridge, UK.
I published my first book The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone in kindle and recently in paperback.
The Curse of Time is a YA magical fantasy series with many intriguing themes: time, crystals (representing light,) and self-harm/darkness/shadows. The magnificent clock featured on the book cover is the world renowned Corpus Christi chronopage invented by Dr John C Taylor, OBE. The chronopage is a popular tourist attraction in Cambridge which draws much attention, comments and gasps from passing tourists.
The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone is available to purchase via Amazon. You can buy the book here: “The Curse of Time”
I set up my publishing company Kyrosmagica Publishing with the intention of publishing my own books under this name. In the future, I hope perhaps to extend this to publishing for like-minded clients who wish to create magical writing which aspires to be different. Allie Potts created a beautiful logo of a dragon and a unicorn twirling in an endless dance to represent my vision for Kyrosmagica Publishing.
2. You have a very nice writing style, can you describe your creative process and what prompt and inspire you while writing?
Thank you Carolina that is very kind of you to say.
I begin with an initial idea and often look to art to inspire my creative process. Visuals are important; I visualise the scenes in an action movie of my creative imagination! Then I type the words up on my laptop.
I love poetry so I included short Tanka poems at the beginning of each chapter (or puzzle piece,) to add a further creative dimension to the story-telling.
3. What are you working on right now? Any new project?
Several! Of course one of my priorities is to focus on the second book in the series which I have entitled The Curse of Time Book Two Golden Healer.
Oh, I must also mention some amazing news. I discovered that I won first prize in the Bloggers Bash Blog Post Writing Competition with my entry “The Queen’s Dress Down Day”.
What a wonderful validation of my writing. Here is the trophy.
It looks as if it was made with me in mind! It’s so beautiful and is cut glass, crystal!
Winning this has encouraged me to enter more competitions. The next one on my radar is Dan Alatorre’s 1000 Word Sprint.
4. What is your writing “Dream Project” if there is one?
To be honest, I have so many wonderful projects in mind. I’d love to write a poetry/flash fiction/short story compilation. I have the rough draft of a middle grade novel featuring a dragon and a half Scottish/half Chinese girl that I would love to develop. I have so many plans but not enough time! I truly have been cursed! So my focus has to be on my current dream project — The Curse of Time. It’s an ambitious debut project but with hard work and dedication I hope it will be successful. Only time will tell how this dream develops.
5. This question is very personal and introspective, If you describe or picture your inner soul how will you describe it? And what color it would it be?
Fantastic question Carolina! My soul colour would be green. I believe green is the colour associated with the Heart Chakra which links with love, earth, growth, and abundance. My very first crystal selection was green Malachite. Apparently, my green soul colour makes me a healer, mediator, balancer and harmonizer. Perhaps that is why I love meditative exercise such as Tai Chi and explains my attraction to alternative medicine and crystals.
6. Reconnecting with your latest book “The Curse of Time” which character do you love the most and why?
Oh, this is so hard! I love all my characters. If I had to pick just one it would have to be Amelina, the main protagonist. I love how her character develops as the story progresses. Perhaps there is a little of Amelina in me, (even though I don’t have a dysfunctional family!) I’m such a different person from the young girl I used to be. Writing has made me a much happier and more confident person. Amelina is changing too. Perhaps that is why she is my favourite.
7. I loved to create the paintings of the two characters Esme and The Creature as illustrations for your book, what did driven you about my Art that you thought I was the right artist to visually bring to life your characters?
I’d been following your beautiful art for a good while and been so impressed by your portraits. There is a definite sense of fragility in your portraiture (I particularly love how you portrayed Esme the Mirror Girl’s eyes and mouth,) and a beautiful use of colour and movement in The Creature’s portrait. Those key elements attracted me to your work and of course you are such a lovely lady!
8. At last, what you would like to say to our readers about The Curse of Time story and why they should read it?
The Curse of Time is a unique, imaginative story.
Time is life. Life is Time. Each hour, minute and second is precious, don’t waste a moment! Read a magical story that encapsulates so much of the light and darkness of life. It will mystify and puzzle you, make you laugh, wonder and cry.
❤ Visit my ETSY Shop where you can find my illustration of the character “Esme and The Mirror” available in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, only 20 high quality numbered and signed prints of my original watercolor painting.
In conclusion of this interview I want to thank Marje for the beautiful and interesting answers to my questions! I hope that you all enjoyed to read this post and the opportunity to get to know more about Author MJ Mallon, visit her Blog and if you get the chance to read the book, please leave her a review and comments. I am sure she would love very much to hear from you. Best wishes to Marje for this new release, may “The Curse of Time One Bloodstone” project be very successful and of course to have a sequel! Can’t wait to see what she is writing next and if we will collaborate again you will see more of my illustrations to come in the future! I always love to read all your comments, please let me know what do you think and thank you so much for taking your time to read it!
This post is for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge, the theme for this week is “Liquid”share a photo of liquid in whatever state, shape, or color you happen to capture it in. You can go as big as the ocean or as small as a teardrop, as clear as vodka or as opaque as milk.
Here is mine, I love the reflection of the water and the lighting in this Japanese pond enlivened by the beautiful and colorful Koi fishes. I took this photo awhile ago and it also inspired me to create one of my watercolor paintings with the title “Girl With Koi” available as Limited Edition Signed Print on my Etsy Shop.
♥️ I am having a 3 Days Flash Sale on myETSY Shop!
To Celebrate Mother’s Day ❤ Starting May 10 until May 13, I am having a 3 Days “Special SALE” on my Etsy Shop 10% Off on anything available in the store!!! Don’t miss it!
Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of my recent paintings are up for grab during the next 3 days including a 10% Off discount would be applied at checkout. Right now is great time to shop if you like some of my pieces don’t miss this Sale, visit my Shop to find your favorite!
❤ Hint: Mother’s Day is coming soon ❤ how about a love gift to your Mom, or to just treat yourself? Also remember that since there is very little time “Gift Cards” are an option always available for purchase in my Shop 😉 ❤
There is some new and old work that I have created during the past months. There are 43 paintings listed as “Limited Edition Signed Prints” of my original watercolor paintings. Prints are beautiful, you find also “Hand Embellished” ones and most of the prints are available in two sizes at different price. There is available also a “Set of Three Mini Prints of your Choice” for a special price, there are lots of options to choose from, Don’t miss the Sale!
Thank you so much for following my Art, your support is great and means a lot to me! ❤
Today post is to talk about “Inspiration” in any creative mind there is inspiration that comes from something. As an artist I get inspired by everything, just simple things like a color, a word, the shape of a cloud, the rain just to mention a few can inspire my imagination to create.
Many times I got asked where do you get your inspiration from? My answer is always the same “from everything”!
Sometimes not just visual things, but also intangible things can inspire, like a sound, music can inspire, the wind can inspire and it is from that starting point that magically trigger your mind to be inspired to create, develop and evolve your work in a beautiful creation. Often artists takes inspiration from the work of others, especially the “Old Masters” from the Classic Art as a learning process that helps to try new visions, techniques and skills. The best way to be inspired from another artwork is to change things and transform it in your own. Do not copy exactly! Just take the inspiration and add your own language, give your transformation and a new vision in order to grow your own art and identity as an artist, learn from the process. This is a great suggestion for beginners, a way to practice and challenge yourself to evolve in your work finding your own voice. This is not only for visual artists but it can be applied to writers, designers and any type of creative that use inspiration.
Inspired by Classic Art, this is my watercolor version of this famous oil painting “Girl With a Pearl Earring” (c 1665) painted by Dutch Golden Age Painter Johannes Vermeer. I always got inspired by the original painting and I have seen many other artists inspired. This painting has several things that captures my attention: the lighting, the innocent expression of the girl face, the colors and intense contrast, all these things inspired me to paint my own watercolor version of the “Girl With a Pearl Earring”. In my portrait, I left a white background, not a dark one, I focused on the light on her face, her eyes and lips. I wanted to change and give her a slightly different expression to do not copy her, but instead giving her a new soul. As you can see if you compare the two paintings, you see my inspiration from the original, but I changed her in my own style. This time I haven’t used any ink outline, is just watercolor. I also gave her an extra touch with my signature long lashes! 😉
I hope that you enjoyed this post and that will help someone to feel inspired to try this and look into “Inspiration and Transformation” as a form of learning and growth in your art!
If you do please comment below I would love to know!
❤ Details about my painting: Pencil sketch with Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Mab Graves automatic Pencil. Painted with French Artists Watercolors Sennelier l’Aguarelle Artist grade, Pentel Aqua Brush – Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed.
Fine Art Prints are available at this moment upon direct request to me: ❤ Feel free to contact me if you would like a Limited Edition Signed Print of this paintings, you can order yours right here on the Blog just Contact me let me know that you want it and you can pay directly here on the PayPal button on my side bar, very easy!
Details: Fine Art Prints sizes available is 5 x 7 and 8×10 inches, Special Price $25 and $35 + shipping (contact me) ! ❤
More Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of my paintings are listed on my Etsy Shop!