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Tears In The Fire

Tears In The Fire – Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Hello everyone,

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

Tears In The Fire – Open Edition Prints from Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo


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! 

Tears In The Fire – ©Carolina Russo

❤ 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

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

To all my friends and followers in Australia please be safe!
Have a great weekend everyone I will post updates, always thank you for sharing ❤

Thank You!
Thank You!

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Happy New Year 2020!

 

Have a wonderful and Happy New Year 2020!

New Year CAKE Italian Panettone – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

 

Thank You!

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Happy Autumnal Equinox and Happy Birthday to Me!

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Zodiac Sign: LIBRA ©Yuhon – Deviant Art

 

This year 2019
the Autumnal Equinox falls on September 23
I wish you all a wonderful Fall Season!
Today is September 23 the Zodiac turn in Libra and…it is…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Me!!!

⊱✿

I wish to myself a wonderful Birthday fulfilled with joy, happiness, light and love,
creating the journeys of my life one step at the time doing what I love,

with a never-ending creativity that will always
speak to others through my heart and soul

 – Carolina

INKTOBER-MabsDrawlloweenClub 2018
Inktober 2018 – Expensive Crown ©CarolinaRusso

 

Wish you all a great week!

Thank You!
Thank You!

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My New Poem “Magic” Published on Spillwords Press

YesterdayAfter Watercolor ©CarolinaRusso

Today is a very special day for me!

The submission of my new poem “Magic” has been  accepted and Published!

Is a long time that I haven’t posted here my new writings, I have been focusing primary on my Art,  watercolor paintings and illustrations but I did write once in a while when words suddenly appeared in my mind.

I am so happy  to have my poem “Magic ” first Published on Spillwords.com one of my favorite online platform and Literary Press,  sorry I haven’t submitted much lately. I am honored to be listed as one of their collaborative Authors for the English Literature category.  I always love to submit my poetry there!

Spillwords.com is an online Press
  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”.

❤ Here you can read my New PoemMAGIC

The poem is Illustrated with a combination of my watercolor paintings,  you will recognize my image since is used as the header of my Blog and I think fit my poem greatly. I love to see them both published together. My illustration is now available as Limited Edition Print in my Shop.

You can read all my poems published on my Spillwords Author Page  Carolina Russo 

I want to thank the editor for accepting my submission and publish my work. Thank you so much!

Please If you have the time head over Spillwords.com  check it out is a very interesting press where a variety of authors share their work you can have some good reading and the opportunity to submit your work too!

 

Thank you for reading,
let me know if you like my poem, does it speaks to you in any way?
Your comments are loved!

©Carolina Russo
©Carolina Russo

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Poetry – My Interview with Author Sylvester L. Anderson

Angels – Digital Art ©CarolinaRusso


My Interview with Author and Poet SYLVESTER L. ANDERSON

Sylvester L Anderson

Today I am very happy that I can finally share my New Interview!
I like to introduce you with my dear friend and long time follower of my Art and Blog my special guest is Author and Poet Sylvester L. Anderson also known in our Community Aka “Syl”  the name of his Syl65’s Blog I am really honored that he accepted to do this interview with me. Syl is a great soul and inspiring Author he writes beautiful poems, his flowing words are encouraging, motivating and filled with strength and positive energy. For some mysterious reasons it happens to read them just when you need them in your heart. Syl post daily on his Blog  his poetry, haiku, quotes and inspiring music he introduce his Blog with these words and verses….

Poetry, creative writing and a desire to inspire…..Isaiah 40: 31 But they who wait upon the Lord will get new strength. They will rise up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weak…”

I wanted to illustrate our interview with a mystical, ethereal and powerful image as Syl creative writings are. I think that my Digital Artwork “Angels” that you see above is just right because I see Syl like the encouraging and supportive  Angel in our Blog’s community. Since the day he started to follow my art and blog years ago, he is always there leaving encouraging and beautiful heartfelt comments which I appreciate very much.

Right now here are my questions, let’s get to know Syl better let’s get started! Enjoy the interview….

1. For who doesn’t know you and your Blog, can you please introduce who Syl is?

First, thank you Carolina for having me on your blog. I have always appreciated your art and creativity. Now, who is Syl? I am a poet, blogger and author trying to inspire and help others see that they do matter in this life. Aside from writing, I enjoy music (a part of my blog), movies and I’m always open to learning.

2. When did you discover your talent and love for writing?

I would say at an early age. I use to sing out these little rhymes I had made up and my very first poem was a mother’s day poem (to my mom of course). I was very shy growing up so writing was my way to express what was going on inside of me, especially in my high school years. For as long as I can remember I have been writing, whether it was extra little notes in birthday cards, writing down my thoughts, or poetry.

3. You have a beautiful way to create your poetry expressing your words giving beautiful messages, there is a superior presence in your poetry and you often mention God? How much he inspire and influence your creative writings?

Thank you for your words. I will say that I am a born again Christian. I have no denomination, I follow Christ and He is the center of everything I do. I believe I was blessed with a gift to write and I want to use my gift to inspire others. I want to share what God does for me on a daily basis and that is love me unconditionally. I am so very happy that it comes through in my poetry. That right there is my central purpose and also to entertain. If you can smile after one of my poems, then it’s all good.

4. Can you describe your writing process? Do you plan your writings or do you write whenever words come to you?

My writing process is simple. I think the only time I plan my writings is when I am doing my Monday Thought post or when I am working on a book. I do a lot of spontaneous, whatever pops into my head writing. When the inspirational spark hits I get to writing. Sometimes the words come like a flood, line after line, or I am writing down one line and see what comes from it. Also, I find photos to go with my poetry and many times I choose the photo first and write about what I see in it. The most important part of my writing process is not forcing anything. If it’s not there I don’t write. I write because I enjoy it, not because I feel I have to.

5. You published several Poetry Collections can you tell us about it? And where we can find them?

I have published four print books and two eBooks, all self-published. I will list them in order and where you can find them.

Life through Celestial LensesAmazon (print and eBook)
The Darkness, The Light and The GloryAmazon (eBook available at smashwords)
Heartspeak, God and LoveAmazon (print and eBook)
Soul EmbersAmazon (print and eBook)
33 In The Name of Jesus – smashwords (eBook)
The Sevens – smashwords (eBook)


6. What suggestion or advice can you give to someone who wants publish their poetry for the first time?

Poetry is expression, so write what you love, be authentic and be original. Amazon Publishing Services offers free publishing tools and guides to help you get published. You will be doing the work yourself as far as formatting and editing but it is worth it if you are looking to publish your poetry. Winning Writers is a website where you can find legitimate poetry/literary contest (also a great way to get your poetry published). You can also look for poet/poetry forums or writing communities. No matter what your goal is, do your research and don’t give up.

7. What is your creative Dream Project?

Wow, that’s a great question! I would like to do some type of visual/spoken word videos and take my poetry to another level. Another dream project is to do some spoken word in whatever audio format and I definitely do not mean me reading some poetry in this robotic tone, but something with some oomph to it. I don’t think we should put limitations on our creativity. Also, I am open to doing collaborative projects with any of my fellow creatives out there.

8.  I love to ask this question to everyone I interview because is personal and introspective, If you describe or picture your inner soul how will you describe it? And what color would it be?

I picture my inner soul as an observer, standing in the background, taking notes about what is going in and around me. My favorite color is black but I believe my inner soul would be blue. Blue has a calming, tranquil affect and I hope that I bring that type of peace and calm with my everyday presence. Another thing about the color blue is that when you look up and see a clear blue sky it looks never-ending, limitless. I believe we shouldn’t put a cap on our dreams or goals, not limit ourselves.

9.  This is my last question you are one of my long time followers and I can call you my friend I know by now that you like my art and I like to ask you what do you like about my Art? What do you see in my paintings?

I believe when I first started following you, you were doing these digital portraits and I was blown away immediately. Your art is so original has such a distinctive, vintage look and quality about it which I can say is your signature style. What do I see in your paintings? I get a sense of hope,  especially within the eyes of your characters. There is this good vibe flowing beneath what you put on canvas. Lastly, I see you, maybe it your facial features that show up but I see you. You are your art.
Thank you so very much for this interview, Carolina, and for having me on your blog. It was fun and very much appreciated.

Ectoplasma – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

 

In conclusion of this Interview…. 
I am leaving you with one of Syl  latest Haiku – The Stars Are Speaking Again

A clear sky tonight
The stars are scattered just right
Speaking their language
Clasping your hand much tighter
Vivid in my mind

 

 

 


You can find  and follow Sylvester at:

WordPress Blog Syl65www.syl65.wordpress.com
Twitter@SylvesterPoetry
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sylvester.l.anderson
LinkedInhttp://linkedin.com/in/sylvester-anderson-7536259a

 

I hope that you enjoyed the interview and to discover Sylvester L. Anderson.  I want to thank you Syl very much! I loved this opportunity and I wish all the best for you and for all your future projects!

And to you all I always love your comments, let me know what you think about this interview I know Syl  would love to read them!

❤ And if you like to read more of my previous Interviews to other talented and amazing souls check my Interviews Page

 

Until next time have a great weekend! ❤

Thank You!
Thank You!

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Happy New Year 2019!

 

Have a wonderful and Happy New Year 2019!

I leave you with one of my Haiku…<3

 

New Year


The time is flowing away

rain drops are slowly falling like tears

new beginning the New Year

©CR

Haiku 5.7.5

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2018 And My Artistic Happenings…

Forest Goddess – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

A recap throughout the 2018 and all my Artistic happenings.

January 2018 the year begins with the Publication of one of my Poems….what a nice start of the year!

Visual Verse Published my New Poem “Abstract Dream”!

Image by Candice Seplow
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This month I have participated to the  monthly writing event that brings together Art and Words on VisualVerse.org Anthology Press.
This was a nice achievement of my creative writings. My poem is included in Visual Verse Anthology Literary Press and  published on another of their Chapter. 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/

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

 

January made me a Winner…
A new year is a fresh start for a new beginning, hope and realization of dreams, may the beginning of this year fill you with love, inspiration and new strength to succeed in what you love.

Mystical Multitude – Original Watercolor Graphite ©Carolina Russo

I  was honored to announce that I was one of the six “Winners” chosen by UntwineAustralia participating to their first word prompt Contest for 2018  @untwine.australia #newbeginnings  I have participated on Instagram posting my Watercolor – Graphite painting title: “Mystical Multitude”.
This beautiful painting is available in Limited Edition Fine Art Signed Prints if anyone is interested just Contact me directly ❤

In the end of January…

spillwords.com

My 5.7.5 Haiku  “New Year illustrated with one of my watercolor paintings was Published on Spillwords Press and included in the project “Reading Sunday” I am so honored and happy that two of my creations were published at the same time.

Original Watercolor Painting by ©CarolinaRusso

I am honored to be listed as one Spillwords contributor writers, you can read more of my published poetry on Spillwords/Author/Carolina Russo That was my first Haiku published in 2018.

February begin with great Collaborations…

Day #9: Ghoul – Stillness video (Rigna Folk)

Art And Music together can create magic!
I have collaborated with the band RIGNA FOLK a great Indie band from Germany, I love their music and they love my art! I think is beautiful that we crossed paths! We Collaborated and I have created a video displaying a selection of my paintings having as soundtrack one of their beautiful songs. The video title is Stillness and you can watch it here:  Art Inspiring Magic – Stillness – (Video)


A Book Illustrations…

Watercolor Illustrations ©CarolinaRusso

I had a wonderful and interesting Project, I have collaborated with Author Marjorie Mallon! I created the illustrations for her wonderful new novel book “The Curse Of TIme – Bloodstone book #1” released in April 2018. My two Characters Portraits “Esme The Mirror Girl” and “Euterac The Creature” were included in black and white in the paperback book and in color in the Kindle edition. We had a wonderful collaboration and is a great project that will continue in 2019 since M. Mallon is writing the second book.
You can read all about our first book collaboration in a Blog Post that I wrote last April for the book release you can read it here!

 

June brings Tributes and Support…

My Watercolor Paintings a Tribute In Loving Memory of Scott Hutchinson (20/11/81 – 10/5/18) R.I.P 
Scott  was a wonderful music artist that deeply touched the heart and soul of many around the world. He was the founding member of Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit

Scott Hutchison Tribute Portrait – Watercolor ©CarolinaRusso

 

Not All Is Lost – Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Months has passed by and here we are in July!

July brings sadness and joy… sadness because I lost two wonderful pets they went over the rainbow bridge. I was very sad to lose Rocky a rescued Chihuahua and my loved Yumi a wonderful and amazing rescued Possum!

Love You Forever R.I.P. Rocky 6/29/2018
Love You Forever R.I.P. Yumi 7/9/2018

But I also have a nice news,
because during July I have submitted a few paintings on Instagram to the #Pentalic365 Challenge and one is my “Ectoplasma” which made me to be selected as  the Pentalic 365 Winner for the month of July! I am so honored!

Ectoplasma – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

See their post Pentalic365 I won a beautiful prize  they sent me a wonderful box full of great Pentalic Sketchbooks in different sizes for my watercolor paintings! I am so thankful and I love it!

August brings my redesigned Blog and my New Shop!


A new goal and achievement!
It was awhile that I had in mind to redesign my Blog! After three years I felt the need to start fresh, change the look and make it more mine using my own art. I have been working on this project for several weeks and made as it looks today! I hope you enjoy the new look and new navigation system through the pages I hope you find it easy! Another very important and primary goal redesigning this Blog  was to include my “New SHOP” so that everything is in one place Website/Blog/ Shop!

Original Watercolor Painting by ©CarolinaRusso

I have created my own Shop and it’s not the standard  e-shop with the cart that you find everywhere! Follow my guided pages while you visiting my Shop and you would see how easy it is to purchase my Art and have a direct contact with me throughout your shopping experience.
In the occasion of the New Blob/Shop launch I wanted to celebrate and I had my first GIVEAWAY here on the Blog!

Coffee Painting Week 3 – Alice In Wonderland – Original Coffee and Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

The winner was Author Marjorie Mallon as prize she won one of my Limited Edition Prints “Hand Enhanced” and it was my “Alice in Wonderland- Tea Party” Coffee Painting!

September my Birthday month brings Interviews…
In September I posted My interview with Musician Composer and Independent Artist:  Viktor Norðir 

Digital Art Portrait – Viktor Nordir – ©Carolina Russo

I also had a “New Release” of my latest Digital Art Portrait part of my Project  “ART FOR MUSIC “  included in my Concept Collection“When Nature Meets Humans”the artistic portrait that you see featured in my interview as the opening image of this post is my new digital creation a artwork dedicated and inspired by Viktor Norðir.

During this month I had a wonderful invitation to be Interviewed by Author MJ Mallon!

Please read the Interview she had some great questions for me and I loved to answer all of them, so that you all will know me better and who is the Artist behind her book illustrations!  You can read it here: A Huge Welcome To Artist Carolina Russo

 

October daily drawing month 31 days 31 drawings….

The month of October brings beautiful worldwide Art Challenges the most known is Inktober This was my third year participating. I have combined two challenges together following a double prompts list and I made it to the end, I have created a beautiful collection of 31 days drawings!

Inktober Double Challenge – Drawlloweentober 2018 ©CarolinaRusso

You can see all of the 31 drawings in my Inktober Gallery Drawlloweentober 2018 


November is Winter and Holidays time…

My HOLIDAYS ART SPECIAL SERIES –

Day #12 – The Shiniest Star – Robin

Open Edition Signed Mini Prints and Sets were released including Christmas Greeting Cards available in my Shop!


“ART FOR MUSIC” 

from almost the whole year I have collaborated with Scottish music artist  Nu-San I was commissioned to create an Original watercolor painting for the Cover of

Original Watercolor Painting by ©CarolinaRusso

his New Album “Nu Nostalgia” has been released in December as Vinyl Limited Edition Record and coming soon in CDs.

December ends the year beautifully…

To start December there is the 15 Days of Holidays Art Challenge where participating I have created my new Holidays Art Series for the next year 2019 my prints and cards would be available next December! You can see here my paintings series for  Wintmas 2018 Gallery

This month I was finally able to share the finished product  and Album release Art For Music – Album Cover Design and Album Release

It is a wonderful feeling to see this Album with my painting on the cover the finished product is beautiful!


December goes on with….

Another International Collaboration for “RAZUR CUTS” MagaZINE!

Razur Cuts VI – Magazine Cover by ©CarolinaRusso

All the way from beautiful Scotland, UK 🇬🇧 to USA 🇺🇸 California a great indie publication  “Razur Cuts VI” by Editor Derek Steel is now available it was just released the 12/19/2018! I feel so honored and proud to be part of such a wonderful project as Razur Cuts contributor and to be one of the Artists invited to create the Cover for this issue and Published!
Limited Edition Prints of my Cover artwork are now available in my Shop on my page SHOP PRINTS

December latest painting release and end of the year…
and the last for the 2018 year is included in my  ART FOR MUSIC Series! The new watercolor painting Release is Robert Smith “THE CURE” Watercolor Painting Portrait – Prints “Hand Enhanced” are available now!

Robert Smith – Art For Music Series – ©CarolinaRusso

This has been a very nice working year my Art took part in great Projects around the world. I had beautiful collaborations and great outcomes! I also had new followers and friends, I am so grateful for all the happenings, there is a lot behind each of these beautiful projects. Thank you so much to everyone that believed in my art and me and made all this possible! I am looking forward to see what will happen in the 2019… ❤

Best Wishes to all for a Happy and Great New Year 2019!
Be always thankful and grateful for what you have and may you be blessed and be a blessing to others in the New Year!

Thank You!

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