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Christmas Arrived…

A special thanks goes to my dear friend Erika Kind for loving my art and for this beautiful post! ❤

Share Your Light

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… or at least the first vibes in the form of a beautiful painting of our lovely and so very talented Carolina of YesterdayAfter.

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Meet and Greet Saturday…

MEET and GREET

Hello everyone,
how your Summer is going? Are you still here on the Blogosphere?

After a long time, today I have decided to host a Meet and Greet event. I hope that you like the idea to get to know new bloggers especially if you’re new to the community please join in! Today I like to share my blog and my art with you and try to get the Bloggers friends old and new to connect together here!

At times, I miss the weekly Meet and Greet sessions I used to host here every Friday, we enjoyed the event ongoing for more than two years Great connections were made during that time. My long time followers and friends sure remember about that nice and successful event!

Let’s make today a successful  “Meet and Greet” and for that I need everyone help!
I invite you to leave a comment, not just a like! Please tell us what are you up to or leave the link of one of your latest blog posts! And if you’re new here please briefly introduce yourself and your Blog and leave a link! Read through the comments, engage visit blogs and meet other awesome bloggers, leave comments and a follows I am sure everyone appreciate it! This is a great way to help each other to grow our blogs, meet new friends and share what you love!

❤ About me lately I have been busy creating my Art and I am focused on developing new ideas! Working on my watercolor paintings and  Illustrations. My door is open I love to collaborate with writers for illustrations and working on commissions!

Sorry these days I have been posting a little bit less than I would like to, I took a little Summer break! I am also working on updating my Etsy Shop  check it out! ❤

I am happy that today you found again your way here if you are an old friend I am so grateful for you! And welcome if it’s your first time visiting my Blog thank you so much for stopping by I hope you enjoy my art feel free to browse around and come back to visit!

Meet and Greet is a great time to connect with new and old Blogs!
I like to give thank to all my “New Followers” and to the ones that are still here from long time following my journey!
Thank You! ❤

I wish you a great weekend!
Please share, Reblog, Twitt, Pin, anything is great!

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Thank You!

© Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Meet and Greet Thursday…

Holidays Art Series – Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

“MEET and GREET”

Hello everyone,

Today after a very long time, I decided to host a Meet and Greet event….just to try to get all the Bloggers friends old and new together and connect here!

At times, I miss the event that we enjoyed for far long each Friday during the past years, when I used to host my weekly meet and greet Fridays!

Today please live a comment and not just a like briefly tell us what are you doing lately so that we can connect and reconnect, or leave the link of your latest or favorite post! And if you’re new here please briefly introduce your Blog! Read through the comments, engage and meet other awesome bloggers this is a great way for new bloggers to meet new friends!

❤ About me lately I have been busy creating and promoting my Art, I am fully focused on it and thinking at new projectd! Working on my watercolor series, Illustration collaborating with writers and working on commissions! That’s why I am posting less than my usual! At the moment I am having a Special Sale of my “Holidays Art Christmas Collection” Fine Art Prints on my new Shop for my Limited Edition Prints! Check it out! ❤

I am happy that today you found your way  here again if you are an old friend! And welcome if it is your first time on my Blog, thank you so much for stopping by I hope you will browse around and enjoy the visit!

Meet and Greet is a great time to connect with new and old Blogs! I also take the chance to give a thank you to all my “New Followers” and the ones that are still here following my journey! Thank You! ❤

 

 

I wish you a great week!

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Thank You!

© Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com
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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!

Please follow me on Instagram  @carolinarussoart

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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New Release: Esme – Bringing alive a character with a painting! Collaboration with Author MJ Mallon

Esme And The Mirror -Original Watercolor Painting by ©Carolina Russo – Portrait of Esme Inspired by the Book – “The Curse Of Time” #1 Bloodstone by Author MJ Mallon

Today I am happy to post about one of my latest collaboration and commission done during the month of August.
I have collaborated with British Author Marjorie J Mallon,  she is a novel’s writer and  a friend in our community here on WordPress.

She Blogs at MJ Mallon Author!

I always love to write the story behind the scene of  my paintings. A while back I was contacted by MJ, she is one of my lovely long time followers from overseas. She loves my Art and followed my World Watercolor Month Collection, created in July, a challenge featuring 31 paintings in 31 days. MJ was touched by one of my paintings, inspiring the coming idea. Explained in her message to me indicating that her new book Kindle Edition “The Curse Of Time” #1 Bloodstone was close to be launched on August 26, (yes it is already happened!) and that she would’ve loved to collaborate with me, asking if I could create a painting for her. A portrait to illustrate her fiction character “Esme” and a digital image to be able to share it online! The idea was very exciting to me, I love book illustrations and of course, I wanted to create this special portrait.  MJ gave me some interesting details about Esme, and enough was said that I let soon my creativity fly. I prepared a pencil sketch with my vision, MJ approved and I was ready to paint and bring the character alive. What a beautiful opportunity for both of us to collaborate while we are in two different countries, she is in UK and I am in US this is one side of the beauty of Blogging! Great connections can be made opening the doors of possibilities. I Blog from three years now and I had amazing connections and experiences. During this year is happened to me several times to collaborate and I love it.

While having our communications MJ gave me some interesting information and detail about what was important for her to showcase  in my painting.  Esme has long blond hair, the mirror, a face reflection, tears, a pink quartz crystal, a clock, and sunflowers + few more detail that I wont reveal to do not spoil her book! Not much I needed, to let my creativity and vision of Esme taking  shape. I had my vision and MJ loved it! As you can see on my painting I added all the elements she gave me ” Esme, the crystal and  the sunflowers are in foreground painted in a light delicate watercolor color palette that is in  contrast with the images in the dark background, the clock and the mirror that are representing the unknown and the darkness.

I loved to create this intriguing painting which I gave the title “Esme And The Mirror”  Esme is the name of one of the main characters in the book.  MJ mentioned in one of her Blog posts this quote: “The tears in her eyes convey her sadness but the golden hair of the mysterious girl facing her (no spoilers!) is bright and vibrant, suggesting hope.”  What a great message isn’t it? Well my painting represent Light and Darkness, Sadness and Hope.

Thank you so much MJ  for supporting my art with our collaboration and commission! I had the opportunity to create this beautiful inspiring Portrait for you bringing alive your intriguing character Esme and have my Art connected with you and your new book! “The Curse Of Time” #1 Bloodstone to know more about it give MJ a visit on her Blog this is the link to her Book Launch Party Post

Painting Release: The image of my painting isn’t included inside the book, but I am having a “New Release” here now!
First run of Limited Edition Fine Art Prints only #1/20 Prints are available for fans and collectors, fine art prints are numbered and hand signed by me!
If you like one for yourself or for a wonderful gift, the Print is beautiful, you can fully support my Art and  preorder – purchase your Print here on my Blog, read all the info about price and shipping on my page Shop Art Prints

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Artist Details about the Original Painting:
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 Art Prints!  

Please follow me on Instagram  @carolinarussoart

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 behind the scene story!
Wish you all a great week!

Thank You!
Thank You!

©Copiright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

 

 

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Meet and Greet Tuesday…

Forest Goddess – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

“MEET and GREET”

Hello everyone what happened to all my friends? Are you guys still all here on the Blogosphere?

After a long time, I decided to host a Meet and Greet event….just to try to get all the Bloggers friends together and reconnect here!

At times, I miss the event that we enjoyed for far long each Friday, hosting weekly my meet and greet Fridays! So today please live a comment and not just a like tell us what are you up to lately so that we can all connect, or leave the link of your last post! And if you’re new here please briefly introduce your Blog! Read through the comments, engage and meet other awesome bloggers this is a great way for new bloggers to meet new friends!

❤ About me lately I have been busy creating my Art and full focused on it! Working on my watercolor series, Illustration collaborating with writers and working on commissions! That’s why I am posting a little bit less than my usual! At the moment I am having a Sale on my Etsy Shop for my Limited Edition Prints! Check it out! ❤

I am happy that today you found your way  here again if you are an old friend! And welcome if it is your first time on my Blog, thank you so much for stopping by I hope you will browse around and enjoy the visit!

Meet and Greet is a great time to connect with new and old Blogs! I also take the chance to give thank to all my “New Followers” and the ones that are still here following my journey! Thank You! ❤

 

 

I wish you a great rest of the week!

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Thank You!

© Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Plumeria Flower Painting Challenge is ended! #worldwatercolorgroup

Plumerias ©Carolina Russo – Photography

Plumeria Flowers from my photo to a watercolor painting challenge!

A couple of weeks ago I made a post with my photo of this beautiful Plumeria Flower and I decided to use it for a watercolor painting challenge open to anyone that paint watercolors and especially to my friends Artists Bloggers from our #worldwatercolorgroup  well yesterday June 30 this challenge ended! I had a nice response from two lovely ladies Miriam and Carol inspired by my photo and challenge they painted their version of my Plumeria photo. I previously posted my painting and today I am going to post all the paintings, to honor Miriam and Carol beautiful work!

Plumeria Flowers – Original Watercolor Ink ©Carolina Russo

My friend Miriam from the Blog The Shower Of Blessings  has been the first one to made her painting and shared with me earlier in the week, here there is her lovely painting.

Plumeria Flowers – Watercolor Painting ©Miriam Hardle

And yesterday I was so happy to receive via Instagram the paintings of dear friend Carol from the Blog Carol’s Creative Papers she DM me cause had no time to make a blog post. Carol made two renditions of this painting she prefer more the colors in the first one. I like both!

Plumeria Flowers – Watercolor Ink Painting ©Carol’s Creative Papers

 

Plumeria Flowers – Watercolor Ink Painting ©Carol’s Creative Papers

Thank you so much Miriam and Carol for participating to this challenge with me. You both did great job on these paintings and I am humbled that you were inspired and motivated by my photo. I am planning to made more Art Challenges in the near future but after the busy World Watercolor Month that is taking place now!

❤ If I missed anyone that participated to this challenge, please let me know and I will add your painting in this post!

Have a wonderful rest of the week! I will post again later on today my Day #1 of the World Watercolor Month stay connected! ❤

#worldwatercolorgroup

 

Thank You!

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