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Universal Love – Day 13 #worldwatercolormonth


– Universal Love  –
Day #13 World Watercolor Month 2018

Day 13 – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

Hello friends,
I am so sorry that I have been quite and I haven’t posted lately. Not even for this beautiful event this year I am going to create one painting at week I have been very busy lately fulfilling orders for my Scott Hutchison Tribute Portrait.  I also had some very sad days I have lost two pets in the last 10 days so my heart is grieving!

Today painting it is off of the official prompt list.  The title I gave is “Universal Love”  is a watercolor enhanced with gold and fine line work with ink. I love the contrast of the raw sketch style in addition to the watercolor.

Day 13 – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

Details about my watercolor paintings:

My watercolors is outlined with black and white ink pens. I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #02 and 03 . A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil.  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches .

About The event:

#worldwatercolormonth

The World Watercolor Month is a worldwide event that consist in daily watercolor painting 1 painting at day for 31 days, this is the third year of the  World Watercolor Month to know more please read all the details explained by the founder my dear friend Charlie O’Shields at Doodlewash

I have proudly participated and completed the two previous editions of The World Watercolor Month you can see my two galleries when it all started in July 2016 and last year July 2017 in these galleries you can see all my paintings from the two previous editions.

 

To see my World Watercolors Month 2018 Collection of daily  paintings please visit my  Gallery (coming soon)


All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month 2018 would be available for pre-order in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints only #31 numbered and hand signed Prints. For details visit the Gallery page linked above’

 

Use hashtag  #WorldWatercolorMonth

 

I hope you like this new painting let me know what you think and have a wonderful weekend!

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©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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The World Watercolor Month 2018 Begin! Day 1 Sadie


– Sadie  –
Day #1 World Watercolor Month 2018

WWM18 Day 1 – Sadie – ©CarolinaRusso

The World Watercolor Month 2018 Begin today!

Hello friends here we are again, today is the first day of this inspiring and creative challenging month of July 2018. Day #1 of 31 days of this worldwide event that consist in daily watercolor painting 1 painting at day for 31 days, today begin the third year of the  World Watercolor Month to know more please read all the details explained by the founder of this event my dear friend Charlie O’Shields at Doodlewash

I have proudly participated and completed the two previous editions of The World Watercolor Month you can see my two galleries when it all started in July 2016 and last year July 2017 in these galleries you can see all my paintings from the two previous editions.

This year I am not always following the official prompt list and I hope to be able to post my work daily. I am quite busy this month also with commissions and other illustrations I am working on, but I will do my best to post whenever possible.

Today painting is my latest commission that I have been working on, the title is “Sadie” I was requested to create a “Tribute Portrait” in loving memory. I loved to paint her so I wanted Sadie to be my first entry off prompts for this year World Watercolor Month.

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 My watercolors is outlined with black and white ink pens. I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03 and 05 . A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil.  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches .

To see my World Watercolors Month 2018 Collection of daily  paintings please visit my  Gallery (coming soon)


All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month 2018 would be available for pre-order in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints only #31 numbered and hand signed Prints. For details visit the Gallery page linked above’

 

Use hashtag  #WorldWatercolorMonth

 

This is going to be a wonderful month stay connected and keep painting!
Much love to the artists participating  around the world
and a special thanks goes to Charlie!

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©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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My Interview With Author MJ Mallon

The Curse Of Time One Bloodstone ©MJ Mallon – Illustrations ©CarolinaRusso


My Interview With Author MJ MALLON

Author MJ Mallon

 

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”

Kirosmagica Publishing

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.

But, I intend to submit to at least two anthologies. One involves flash fiction for publication in Charli Mill’s carrotranch.com/ second Carrot Ranch anthology and I also hope to be included in Claire Plaisted’s Ghostly Writes Anthology

First Prize in the Bloggers Bash Blog 2018 (UK)

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!

Character’s Portrait – The Creature – Watercolor Paintings ©CarolinaRusso

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.

Character Portrait “Esme And The Mirror” – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

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!


❤ You can find MJ Mallon on Social Media at:

Have a wonderful day and stay connected!
If you haven’t yet follow me on Instagram  @carolinarussoart

Thank You!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Liquid

 

 

Japanese Pond with Koi Fish – Photo ©Carolina Russo

Hello everyone,

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.

Day #7 – Girl With Koi – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

 

For more of my Photography visit my Photography Gallery

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

And if you love my watercolor paintings please visit my ETSY Shop

 

I hope that you enjoyed this post and until the next one I wish you a great rest of the week! ❤

 

Thank You!


Copyright ©Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

 

happy mothers day .

 

Ectoplasma – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

 

❤ I love to dedicated my watercolor painting “Ectoplasma” to all the Moms in this “Mother’s Day”

And especially I wish Happy Mother’s Day from far away to my wonderful Mamma in Italy,  I love you Mamma! ❤

Happy Mother’s Day!

💝🎉 Love to all the Moms around the World celebrating this day,
to be a mom is amazing and one of the most difficult job
but nothing can be compared to the deeply LOVE of a mom! 💗🌷

Wish you all a wonderful day!

 

 

Thank You!

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Flash Sale on my Etsy Shop 3 Days only!

Wonder In The Abyss-  Mermaid – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

FLASH SALE!

♥️ I am having a 3 Days Flash Sale on my ETSY 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!

My  ETSY Shop!

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! ❤

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Inspired by the Old Masters – Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring – Watercolor ©CarolinaRusso – Painting Inspired by the Original Oil Painting, (c 1665) created by ©Johannes Vermeer


 

 Inspired by Classic Art and the Old Masters

“Girl With a Pearl Earring”  Original Oil Painting, (c 1665) created by Golden Age, Dutch Painter ©Johannes Vermeer

Girl With a Pearl Earring (Oil Painting, c 1665) ©Johannes Vermeer

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!

 

For more of what I am up to daily, follow me on Instagram  @carolinarussoart

 

Have a wonderful week and stay tuned for more Art!

Thank You!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

 

 

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Art For Music – Preview! Album Cover a Collaboration with Nu-San

 

Nu Nostalgia by Nu_San (Vinyl Album Cover) Original Painting ©CarolinaRusso

ART FOR MUSIC!

A New Collaboration and Coming Soon Release!

Today post is just a preview for this interesting project and a new collaboration. This project  at the moment still a work in progress but I love to share what we are working on.  This post feature the release of my  new watercolor painting!

This is a bigger painting than my usual size,  is a custom artwork  requested in a specific size which is 12 x 24 inches. This is the result of another great collaboration and very unique custom commission. I am happy that I can finally talk a little and reveal few details about this new beautiful project. During the month of November 2017, I was contacted by Electronic Music Composer  Sandy Bain aka “Nu-San” from Scotland, UK. Nu-San loves my art and already own some of my work. This time he was working on his new music album and had an idea. He asked me to create an “Original Painting” inspired by a “Gothic haunting style” in my own style that he wants to  use as the album cover for his coming soon new album with the title “Nu Nostalgia”.  Nu-San still working on some of the final tracks and I cannot give all the details at this moment because still a work in progress until the album would be released. As you can see the image of my painting isn’t too big and I have posted only one little close up photo, also they have a huge watermark on it for ©Copyright reasons since the album isn’t released.  For now I can only share this  preview post of my painting, I will share more in another post in the near future.

What a wonderful project!

I am so honored and grateful, thankful beyond words that Nu-San did think about 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 a “Cover of an Album”, I am so happy that this wish came true. Nu-San discography include other albums but this one is the first that would be made in “Vinyl” and it is a dream coming true for Nu-San. I am so happy that we can share this achievement, I find it to be very special. Thank you Sandy for this great and exciting collaboration!

The watercolor painting that I have created, is going to be the “Cover” of Nu-San new music album and would and be released in “Vinyl and CDs” during the next few months or earlier. I don’t know the exact release date but I will write another blog post when it happens with more photos of the finished product and more info.

This project and watercolor painting would be also part of my Collection Series, check my Gallery  “ART FOR MUSIC” a series of artworks inspired by music artists reflecting my passion for music. In this series, I have created artworks using several media, traditional watercolor paintings, ink drawings, digital art, photo manipulation and any other media that will inspire my creations. At the same time this art series is also a feature here on my Blog for the music artists that I collaborate with.

Nu-San

Nu-San is a solo project and electronic music producer and composer from Scotland, UK. 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 music.  I can’t wait to listen what he has created for the new coming album!

This is one of the photos of  “Nu-San” that inspired my Portrait for the album cover, you can see his face in my painting!

My painting is a watercolor and ink portrait in my signature style with a hint of Gothic and a light feeling of darkness. Nu-San asked me to include ravens birds, a graveyard scene, a castle and gave me the freedom to create. I enjoyed painting this atmospheric portrait while listening to Nu-San music to be able to deliver more in-depth the spirit of  Nu-San in my creation, we are very happy about how the painting turned out and now we can’t wait to see it as finished product.

If you would like to discover Nu-San music you can visit his links:

Nu-San on Soundcloud

Nu-San Facebook Page

Nu-San Original Painting ©CarolinaRusso


❤ Pre-Order the Special Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of my painting:

This painting would be available  in a very Limited Special Edition of only #25  Fine Art Prints hand signed. Each print is numbered and hand signed by me, print size is small as 5×11 inches and fit in a A4 size. (Bigger size is available upon request, price will change) Quality Fine Art Prints on acid free heavy weight 210gm matte paper, semi-smooth surface, high quality inks. Printed in my studio by me. All Prints are released as Limited Edition, numbered, hand signed. A Certificate of Authenticity is included. If you are a Nu-San fan or you like to pre-order one of these beautiful fan art prints of my painting for the special price of $25 + Shipping, just fill in the form Shop Art Prints   here directly on my Blog! If you have any question please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Artist’s Details about my watercolor ink painting:
 I painted  on watercolor Fabriano paper, the original painting is size 12 x 24 inches.  I used French watercolors by Sennelier. For the outline I used Black ink pens COPIC Multiliner  #03 – #05 and a Fountain Pen Pilot Prera fine nib.

You can see more of my Paintings and artworks visiting my  GALLERY  there are several Galleries in the drop down menu under “Watercolors”.

Please follow me on Instagram  @carolinarussoart

 

#ArtForMusic #carolinarussoart

Until the next post have great days!

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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: “I’d Rather Be…” Creating

Forest Goddess – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Today weekly photo challenge for  The Daily Post  theme  is ““I’d Rather Be…” and my answer is Creating!

I love to create my art and express my creativity in many different ways, I am a full-time artist and I love what I do. For me there is not much of “I’d rather be” because I try to create art every day! I am a watercolor painter, an illustrator and jewelry designer, I love photography and digital photo manipulations. I also like to write poems, haiku and short stories.  

Day #15: Witch _ Mysterious

 

My watercolor painting series are all available in Limited Edition Signed Fine Art Prints.

Day #2 Goblin Divided – Supplies

This is me on the beach in action with my camera trying to capture the moment…

Me on a Malibu Beach – California

This is one of my photos I love the ocean, sunsets and stormy skies

Majestic Ocean – Photo ©Carolina Russo

I love to create photo manipulations and I have created a Collection titled “When Nature Meets Humans” this Portrait title is “Proud” I like the Concept to mix Nature with Humans and create a unique One of a kind Digital Portraits. This is my evolving  idea and concept to combining the beauty of Nature with Humans telling a story in the form of Visual-Art, combining and blending a number of different photos in one unique portrait. Each photo has a meaning that tell the Portrait story. You can see more of this collection here and in this Gallery.

Proud – Digital Portrait ©CarolinaRusso

Nature is my biggest inspiration in everything I create…

 

Rose Quartz Dome Ring

I also love to create jewelry for  my “Among Nature” Jewelry Collection.
The nature is my greatest inspiration for my Jewelry Designs. I often use found in nature objects hand-picked by me in special places I visit.  All my creations are made using only beautiful natural gemstones, seashells, fossils, woods, bone and crystals which  I combine with precious and semi precious metals.

Hands  – Jewelry Design Rose Quartz Dome Ring – Photo ©Carolina Russo

 

Sometimes I write when words are whispered to my soul…this is one of my poems

Hands

Artist precious hands,
intensity and love givers.

Hands guided by a heart pulse,
forging and hammering metals,
holding precious stones.

Inspiration from the soul,
happiness  and art givers,
emotions in a motion of senses.

stroking brushes fulfilled with passion,
dripping water on white paper,
splashes of colors take forms.

Ink tears into the unknown
a creation is born.

-CR

First Published on Visual Verse Anthology on 11/6/2016

Copyright© Carolina Russo

If you would like to read more of my poems you can read them here

For more of my Photography visit my Photography Gallery

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

And if you love my watercolor paintings please visit my ETSY Shop

My New ETSY Shop!

 

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

 

Thank You!

Thank You!

 

Copyright ©Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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