Today is September 23 the Zodiac turn in Libra and…it is…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Me!!! ❤
“I like to wish to myself….
a wonderful Birthday fulfilled with peace and positive thinking,
loving light, soul healing wishing pure energy to fuel my year…
looking forward to the future, going onward, creating my art infused by my soul and to be able to give joy, and happiness that speaks to others in the universe, creating the journeys and story of my life one step at the time doing what I love.
Wish you all a great weekend
and a Happy Fall Season!
few days ago in my previous post I happily announced and welcomed you to the “Launch Party” of my new redesigned Blog and Shop here on YesterdayAfter!
In my post I announced that I would issue my first GIVEAWAY here on my Blog!
The prize is a surprise and it is one Limited Edition Signed Fine Art Print from my Collections that I will pick and choose for the lucky winner. The winner will only be able to see the print when is received.
These were the rules to be able to participate:
1) Like this post and make sure to leave me a comment it would be your entry for the Giveaway! 2) Follow this Blog 3) Like my Facebook Page 4) And follow me on Instagram @carolinarussoart
I want to thank everyone that stopped by but not everyone did follow the rules! 🙂
Well between all the people who stopped by, many left just a “like” which I appreciate it very much but only nine people did followed the rules, and “Left A Comment” they are entitled to participate to the random ruffle, the likes alone aren’t a valid entry for the Giveaway!
As promised on Monday I randomly picked the Winner! My photo shows what I did, I wrote the nine names in each paper, folded them and placed in the little dish, I have moved them around, closed my eyes and randomly picked one. With my great surprise and happiness I found out that the Winner is:
my dear friend and follower, Author Marjorie Mallon, I am very happy to gift her this prize! This brings a nice smile on my face because this is just a very nice coincidence! Marjorie and I had a wonderful collaboration this year, she released her new YA Fiction Novel “The Curse Of Time – 1 Bloodstone” and I have created two Character’s Design paintings that are published in her paperback and Kindle editions! Give a visit to her Blog and you will know all about it! Or you can read my Interview to her!
Thank you all for the participation! Wish you a great rest of the week!
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.
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!
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 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:
❤ Pre-Order the Special Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of my painting:
This painting would be available in a very LimitedSpecial 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 GALLERYthere are several Galleries in the drop down menu under “Watercolors”.
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.
My watercolor painting series are all available in Limited Edition Signed Fine Art Prints.
This is me on the beach in action with my camera trying to capture the moment…
This is one of my photos I love the ocean, sunsets and stormy skies
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.
Nature is my biggest inspiration in everything I create…
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.
Sometimes I write when words are whispered to my soul…this is one of my poems
Weekly Photo Challenge! The Daily Post
The theme for this week it is beautiful and inspiring and is “Story” We all can be story tellers in many ways, as an artist I love to tell stories creating my watercolor paintings or through my designs, jewelry creations and photography.
This week “Memories From The Ocean” is the theme of my Story!
The ocean it is a wonderful place where I love to be, often I am lucky to find beautiful nature pieces to use for my Jewelry designs.
Unique one of a kind Keepsake Jewelry “Memories From the Ocean”
Today I am going to share one of my jewelry design and unique creation.
“Memories from the Ocean” Necklace
This beautiful one of a kind necklace is part of a new concept I am launching here.
This concept is about creating unique Keepsake Memories Jewelry with found objects.
I love bringing to life unique jewels created with objects found in our precious nature.
For this necklace I used beautiful founds from the Ocean. Drift wood, fossil seashells, red coral. Pieces of seashells smoothed and shaped from years and years of ocean’s erosion. The uniquely shaped piece of driftwood, was, what inspired me to make this statement necklace right at the moment I found it on a beautiful California beach. I left the wood natural just like I found it, I didn’t want to add any oil or wax because the wind and waves did their beautiful work of natural art.
Whenever I go, I am always looking out for interesting pieces of nature, treasures to keepsake and add to my collection and use them later for my art and creations. This way every design it is One of a Kind and has his own story behind it and I love that!
For this necklace I used Copper wire left natural and not oxidized, so that the time will create the natural patina on it. I have created three hanging pendants with pieces of natural gemstones, Red Coral, Amazonite and Agate, three faceted Crystals, yellow Citrine, Smoky and Clear, a Fossil Seashell piece with a natural hole and an Abalone piece. This combination of pieces is beautiful and the gemstones colors perfectly remind the ocean water. I wrapped the copper wire to the driftwood following the natural curves and holding the pendants. A tan color flat suede adjustable leather cord is the finishing touch for this unique necklace.
All my Jewelry Designs are single pieces created to have a life and standing on their own beautifully in their unique and unexpected combination of natural elements. My work is made as Custom Order can be purchased and Ordered here on this Blog or if is listed on my Etsy Shop.
I also accept custom orders creating a “Keepsake Memories Jewelry” a design piece with your own special memories or found objects in nature, or not I can create your own story. If you are interested in a special piece don’t hesitate to Contact me.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this post and as always I love to read your comments! ❤
Thank you for sharing my Art!