A Wonderful Collaboration With Talented Artist Carolina Russo

I finally can reveal my latest and great collaboration with Author Marjorie Mallon! I have created the illustrations for her wonderful new book, coming soon in paperback…read the post to know more and stay tuned! <

M J Mallon Author

The Creature ©Carolina Russo_Online Use

Today, I am delighted to share with you my latest collaboration with artist Carolina Russo, who has created a brilliant new portrait of the Creature, Eruterac, in my paperback novel, The Curse of Time – Book 1 – Bloodstone to be released April 2018.

Below is the full colour portrait of Esme:

Esme And The Mirror ©Carolina Russo - Online UseBoth the Creature and Esme the mirror girl will feature in black and white in my paperback release scheduled for April 2018. At present, the kindle version is NOT ILLUSTRATED.

I am sure you will agree that they are wonderful portraits. Carolina has taken my written words and captured the essence of both characters brilliantly. What an extraordinarily talented lady!  I am so thrilled. They will enhance my paperback beautifully. It is fitting that these beautiful illustrations should be included in the soon to be released paperback considering that one of the themes of the novel is art coming alive!


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Help me, help you!

A very special Thank You to dear friend Cyranny for this lovely idea and great Blog post! I am honored to have my Art and Etsy Shop included in her Christmas gifts list for a great , less stressful and comfortable Christmas Shopping from home! Lots of nice things in the Shops listed it worth to check them out! Helping one another to succed is the greatest support you can give! Thank you Cyranny!!! ❤

Cyranny's Cove

I don’t like thinking about Christmas too far in advance.

But, a couple of years back, I got caught having to make most of my Christmas shopping very last minute, and I swore to myself “never again!”.

This year, I thought I would do something special. Since I’ve come to know many very talented artists through blogging, I decided I’d try to buy as many gifts as I can from their online shops!

That way, as I explained it to Chéri, we’d have lovely, handmade, unique gifts, coming from all around the world. On the plus side, we wouldn’t have to go through the trouble of fighting other Christmas shoppers at the mall, and we’d encourage wonderfull people to keep creating beautifull art!

So here are some of these incredible bloggers, and the link to their online boutique!

Irene, from Irenedesign2011. Irene sells lovely handmade jewelry from her Etsy…

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Dragons And Castles – Behind the scene of a commission painting!

Dragons And Castles - Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Dragons And Castles – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Today post is about one of my latest commission work!

I loved to create this painting title “Dragons and Castles”  it was very inspiring and it goes to another kind and talented Fantasy Author, she is part of our Community her Blog is A.S.Akkalon  I am sure some of you came across her Blog already!

Life is always a surprise!

Awhile ago I made the painting “Katie The Writer”   you that follow my Blog maybe remember that post! And because a kind comment left me then, I got to know better Alecia aka A.S.Akkalon she left me a very nice comment telling me how much she loved my painting for Katie and the story behind it!

I responded to her comment:  “Thank you very much in a way I am sure you can relate with it! You’re a writer I could’have portrait you with castle and dragon 😉 Thank you for stopping by my Blog and I love your comment!” ❤

The comments are what did bring us closer together and the beautiful surprise of her decision to custom order to me this painting. A Fantasy Portrait representing her with her cat and what she love to write about it in her fantasy stories. So a Dragon and a Castle were a must to paint! As part of my creative process we started to exchange emails and talk about her own idea and my vision of the painting and here there is the beautiful and interesting outcome! Alecia purchased the Original Watercolor Painting and a digital image to use on her Blog. At this moment her painting is in the hands of the postal service, is in transit going overseas all the way to beautiful  New Zealand! Today Alecia couldn’t wait to receive the “Original” and she used the digital image to share a post about it, you can read it here it is “A dragon, a castle and an audiobook”  visit her Blog there are lots of good and fun reading!

Thank you Alecia so much for supporting my art with your commission and for the opportunity to create this painting for you and have my Art in another beautiful part of the world!

I hope that you all enjoyed reading this post and to know more about behind the scenes of my paintings!

Artist Details about the Original Painting:
My original watercolor painting  is size 8×10 inches painted on acid free cold press 300gm archival watercolor paper.
and is outlined with black ink pens. I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier.  I used  Pigma Micron pen Black ink #03 and a black ink  Pilot Prera fountain pen with  fine nib. The dragon scales and other parts are outlined with gold ink and white ink.
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 you find  them in the drop down menu under Watercolors.

All my watercolors 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!



Wish you a great weekend!

Thank You!

Thank You!

©Copiright Carolina Russo –



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My First Post Revisited!

My First Post Revisited!


A tag started by a blogger/writer called Sarah Brentyn, asking us to revisit our first ever blog posts! ❤

I have been invited by two of my dearest friends here on the blogosphere my dear blog brother Syl65′ and my dear blog sister Erika Kind they both tagged me for this challenge! I thought that was very kind of them thinking of me and what a great way to look back and see how all this amazing time started. Actually It is almost two years ago that I started blogging, to be precise it was the end of March 2015! Soon this month would be my second Blog Anniversary!!! I remembered that my first post was about my Jewelry, that was one of the reasons my Blog was born, to launch one side of my art, my Jewelry Design Collections! I went to look back and found my very first post written on March 24, 2015 only few words, one of my photos and a shy  update announcement! After two years my Blog forged and developed greatly in something complete that reflects what I am. My Blog became also a showroom of all my Art ways, form and expression of my creativity and inspirations. A place of my own that I love so very much, a place where I can share with all of you. A special thanks goes to all my dear followers and friends that supported and encouraged me during these two great years! Thank you!

❤ Here it is my very first Blog Post:

New Update!


Fossil Seashells Necklace

Fossil Seashells Necklace

New update “Jewelry Portfolio” is a gallery showcasing my work, I will keep updating!
I am now up working on new designs for my  “Among Nature Jewelry Collection” and on some custom orders.   Soon my Etsy shop would be open!

hand signature logo copy

Thank You!


Here we come to the rules:

Obvious rules:

  • No cheating. (It must be your first post. Not your second post, not one you love…first post only.)
  • Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it or, if not, curse them with a plague of ladybugs).

Other rules:

  • Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine but NO editing.)
  • Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.
  • Tag…um…tentwotwelve five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.
  • Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  • Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.
  • Include “the rules” in your post.

Completely silly rules that I’m making up as I type:

  • Drink a glass of wine, bottle of beer, cup of coffee, mug of herbal tea or whatever floats your boat after you hit “publish”. (In other words, toast yourself. Go you!)
  • Read the post out loud in a Mickey Mouse voice.

Here there are my tag choices:

❤  Miriam

❤  Mark Lanesbury

Jodi McKinney 

Joleene Naylor

Just Plain Ol’ Vic

You are by no mean obligated to participate but if you do would be a fun way to look at your Blog growth and transformation!

Thank you again Syl and Erika for including me in your Tag it was fun to look back to the beginning!

Love you all!



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#Gettoknowme to know me tag

Hello everyone,

my dear Blog bro Rich at wafflemethis1  have been so kind to nominate me for the #Gettoknowme tag.  I haven’t done anything like this in awhile since my Blog become a Blog Free Award, but this is a cute way to #gettoknowme a little! 😉

1Share your profile picture if you have one.

My Profile Picture!

My Profile Picture!

1. Who are you named after?
Well I got my name from my grandmother on my father side.

2. Do you like your handwriting?
Yes, I do like it pretty much!

3. What is your favorite lunch meat?
I made decision to don’t eat meat anymore so my go to lunch is plant-based fresh food or fruit, or, I love raw Portobella mushroom the big ones topped with some avocado or other things, believe me they are like a good  sandwich and delicious!

4. Longest relationship?
(@_@) LOL! ❤

5. Do you still have your tonsils?
Yes I still have them!

6. Would you bungee jump?
I don’t mind to fly, scuba diving and other activities… but sorry I wont bungee jump! I don’t trust the rope!

7. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? 
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t it depends of the shoes.

8. Favorite ice cream?
I used to love Rocky Road or walnut flavor or fruits. Right now I make my own vegan ones 😉

9. What is the first thing you notice about people?
There eyes, as they are considered “the mirror of the soul” you can read many things into the eyes of a person ❤

10. Football or baseball? Definitely Football, the English version (soccer) I grow up in Italy and there soccer is number one sport.
I like active sports I grow up training as Tennis Player for a looong time. Baseball is nice but too slow of a game for me and too long.

11. What color pants are you wearing?
I am wearing black leggings.

12. Last thing you ate?
Green beans salad

13. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? 

I love all the shades of Blue

14. Favorite smell?
The smell of the ocean, or the rain, and a delicious cooking apple cinnamon pie!

15. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
My Mom in Italy.

16. Hair color?

17. Eye color?

18. Favorite foods to eat?
Big salads filled with fresh greens, vegetables, strawberries, apples, walnuts, dry cranberry….

19. Scary movies or happy endings?
Happy Endings ❤

20. Last movie you watched?  The Abandoned.

21. Favorite Holiday?
The Beautiful Christmas.

22. Beer or Wine?
I don’t drink much but I like both.

23. Night owl or early bird?
Ohhh I am a Night owl, I love to create in the quite of the night!

24. Favorite day of the week?
Now that I am a full time artist any day of the week is the same and a favorite it only seems that I need more days 😉

24 1/2. Which three of your favorite bloggers you would like to know more about? 
(if one of you was tagged already just forget it).

You are tagged 😉   Judy , ❤  Syl65 , ❤  Trini  ❤  Plain O’ l Vic ❤

25. Who were the latest three people to follow your blog (link to their about page)?


Thank you so much everyone for the follow ❤ ❤ ❤

Thanks you Rich for tagging me 😃

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How a “Broken” Heart Can Make Me Happy!

So happy that my painting “Broken” found a special home…Thank You so much Erika! ❤

Erika Kind


That may sound strange but I am talking about Carolina’s beautiful painting Broken from her InkTober 2016 collection. I ordered her artwork from day 9 and it is simply beautiful. But it is not only the painting itself which made me smile and warmed my heart. It is her way of creating a lovely energy around it. As you see it on the picture, she packed it surrounded with beautiful messages, an official certificate, a thoughtful card, and a lovely dedication on the backside of the painting. This is typically Carolina. Whatever she does, she does with all her heart and that is what we feel when we see any of her creations. If you don’t know her blog yet then please head over to YesterdayAfter.

Thank you so much for your lovely way and for your friendship, Carolina!

In Love and Light

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GUEST DOODLEWASH: Creative Journeys

I have been doodlewashed!
I am so excited, happy and honored to announce that I am a Guest-Featured on thank you! Please give Charlie a visit and you can read all about my creative life!


Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Carolina Russo of Shrimp

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Carolina Russo of Chocolate Mint Mousse for National Chocolate Mousse DayHello everyone! I am Carolina Russo from Southern California (follow me on my Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!). I am very excited and happy to be a Guest Doodlewasher! This blog is fantastic! I admire Charlie’s creativity and his doodlewashes are beautiful and inspiring. I am so proud to be able to say that I am one of the featured on Doodlewash. Thank you Charlie for having me here.

I was born and raised in Italy, the beautiful country where I have been surrounded by Italian art, creativity, history, Mediterranean traditions and European influences. My father is an artist and I grew up observing and being amazed by his oil paintings. I knew since I was a child that I wanted to be an artist. I enjoyed drawing, coloring and creating things since a very early age.

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Haiku 5.7.5 – Music





Ink notes on a pentagram

a written melody from heart and soul

hearing notes freed a beautiful music.



Haiku 5.7.5
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A Forest…The Cure song…my Digital Art and Attending their Concert Today!

The Cure is one of my favorite bands from the past years following them a lifetime long. I love their dark sounds the best. My all time favorite Albums are “Seventy Seconds” and “Faith” today I am sharing with you my Digital Art – Oaks created from one of my Photos and  I think it is a good match with The Cure song “A Forest” I found two great videos as two different and beautiful versions of this loved song  I am going to share it with you.  In hope that you like them. I suggest you to listen both because the sound is different and both are great! If you like this genre of music!

The Cure would be in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl for 3 days May 22, 23 and 24 it would be the first US full-fledged tour in eight years. I am going to attend this awesome event Tickets are Sold Out for all the 3 days!  Today is the DAY for me to finally see them live!
I will also see another loved and great band The Twilight Sad  they will open the concert for The Cure (I wrote about them in the past check the link). So I am very lucky today to be able to see two loved band in one occasion!

Wish me luck I will make a post in the next days and tell you all about this event!


Today May 23 2016 Holliwood Bowl!

Getting ready to go!!!

Have a wonderful day you all!

©Carolina Russo

©Carolina Russo

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Jewelry Designs Meanings and Friendship…

- Malibu - Photo ©Carolina Russo

– Malibu – Photo ©Carolina Russo

Lack of time today I am going  to share this older post about my jewelry designs. I wrote this post last November when I was lucky to meet in person some amazing Bloggers friends! ❤

– Point Dume –

Point Dume is a promontory on the coast of Malibu, California that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The point, a long bluff, forms the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay. Wikipedia

Fossil Seashell Fragment found at Point Dume

Fossil Seashell Fragment found at Point Dume

I designed this necklace for my friend blogger and published author  Erika Kind as token of our friendship. If you followed our recent posts you know that we met (read my post) in person last November here in California it was a great experience. Each piece of Jewelry I design has a story behind it. This one symbolize the beginning of our friendship relate to one of our first conversations that we had when we met, and it was about how much Erika love California, the Ocean and the Beach she said that she love “Point Dume” which happen to be a wonderful place in Malibu where I go often and I love to take beautiful photos like this one of the beach where Point Dume promontory is. This is one of the places where I find precious natural elements like fragments of fossil seashells, stones, driftwood all elements gifted from nature that I treasure and collect for my unique jewelry designs.

Fossil Seashelles Fragments, Driftwood

Fossil seashells Fragments, Driftwood

The necklace created for Erika has all the elements to symbolize what she love, it represent the Ocean with the natural beauty of a fragment of a Fossil Seashell,  a Pearl and her favorite Turquoise stone, the blue color of the stone symbolize the sky and the ocean  water,  all the elements are wired together creating a keepsake memories pendant with an adjustable leather cord. This is an example of the concept I work with, to create one of a kind Jewelry. I am very happy that Erika love the necklace very much at the point that when I gave to her she got emotional, that was my greatest gift to see the reaction she had it means I made it through her heart giving her happiness and joy…this is one of the reason why I love my work!

©Carolina Russo

Erika Necklace

It is very nice to see Erika wearing this necklace knowing that she will treasure it!

I also created  for this meet up occasion some new stackable bracelets, the kind that more you have the better!
I created one for Marissa, one for Corinne and a new one for Me!

Friendship Bracelets

Blue Quartz Bracelet1This one was created for Corinne made with natural Blue Quartz and Yellow Citrine Crystal.
Corinne has already a necklace that I previously made for her and this bracelet is  a matching!

Friendship Bracelets
The Pink Quartz bracelet was created for Marissa made with natural Rose Quartz and smoky Crystals.
Rose Quartz is also known as the “Love Stone” and emit positive and protective energy.
I didn’t know Marissa too well, I wasn’t sure about her taste but she loved it!

Turquoise Romboide Bracelet
This Bracelet was created for Me with a shaped Turquoise stone, Pearls and smoky crystals.
I hope that you enjoyed to read all the details behind the scene about what inspired me
to create this special Jewelry honoring our Friendship.


Details if you are interested in my work….

My work is made as Custom Order can be purchased and ordered here on this Blog or on my Etsy Shop.

If you are interested in my designs don’t hesitate to Contact me ✿⊱

AMONG NATURE Jewelry Collection 2016

©Carolina Russo

©Carolina Russo

Always Thank You for sharing my Art!

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