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Meet and Greet Saturday…

MEET and GREET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Frida Kahlo Tribute Portrait

– Frida Kahlo Portrait  –

 

Frida Kahlo – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

Hello friends,
welcome to a warm August!

My post today is the official release of my new painting dedicated to historic Surrealist artist  “Frida Kahlo” the month of July celebrate the anniversaries of her Birthday and end of her life,  (6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) she was a Mexican painter recognized as one of the most revolutionary Latin American artist, best known for her bright color paintings and especially for her self-portraits. She made many portraits telling her own life story dramatically painted. Her paintings were inspired by her culture using symbolism and mythology in her surrealistic style inspired by the nature and artifacts of her native country Mexico. She is also one of the most painted artist around the world, I have seen tribute paintings of her in any creative style and medium. Artists worldwide love to recreate her bold character identified by her eyebrows recon as unibrow iconic shape. This is my second painting dedicated to her. I made my first one two years ago in July 2017 it was a half figure of her inspired by some of her own famous paintings you can see my painting here.

This July 2019 I painted a tribute portrait in my style watercolor and ink which portrays her face with the typical braided hair up do ornate by colorful rose flowers, she wore flowers in her hair most of the time and that’s how she appear in most of the existing photos throughout her life. I am happy overall with this painting especially with the expression I was able to capture in her eyes.

Frida Kahlo – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

The Moth I painted with black ink and gold is just symbolic in a good way. I love moths and I just thought it will complete this tribute portrait to Frida as you see the Moth has a cross on her chest as symbol of “Faith” and two heart shape in her wings they symbolize “Love” the gold means  “Light”. There isn’t any superstitious or dark meanings behind my moth. Moths are “Nocturnal Spirit Animal” they are attracted to light and their meaning resonates with truth, faith and determination you can see a little video I took of this painting to show the shiny gold and I posted on my Instagram!

Sadly Frida Kahlo discovered the art of painting while in bed severely injured from a terrible accident. To take her mind away from the pain and to find a way to pass time she discovered her art and started paint self-portraits one of her famous quotes says: “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best” there are many of her own quotes which her words clearly describe her character like this one “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” Or “I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality”  and how she describe herself  “I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint” – Frida Khalo


Details about my watercolor painting:
 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. A Alvin Draft/Matic  pencil #03.  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches. Enhanced with gold ink.

My Frida Kahlo Prints are now available for pre-order here on my Blog Shop
Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, only 30 prints available, numbered, signed and hand enhanced with gold one by one!
♥️Print price Is $35 free shipping within USA I do ship Internationally for only $6
♥️Print size 8×10 inches numbered edition!
♥️Size 5×7 inches price $25 is an Open Edition not numbered!

🖤♥️🖤I really hope that someone of you out there will adopt her!
Prints are also available on my ETSY Shop

All my watercolor paintings are always available for pre-order as Limited Edition Fine Art Prints hand enhanced and signed  To order prints check Here!

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Wish you a wonderful month of August everyone
and to all my artists friends and followers keep painting!

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New Painting – Princess Isadora – #drawthisinyourstyle Challenge

Draw This In Your Style Challenge

Princess Isadora – Watercolor ink painting ©CarolinaRusso

This month I have participated to another inspiring painting challenge the second hosted this year by Artist Annie Stegg Gerard on Instagram.
Annie challenged us for a “Draw this your style challenge, posting her oil painting “Princess Isadora”. I have participated to her first challenge painting “Princess Cordelia” and of course I wanted to participate again. I loved to paint Isadora in my style. Annie gave us no restrictions and pure freedom to re-create her beautiful painting in anyway we wanted.  Her Art is ethereal and dreamy, make you think about fantastic fairytales. I loved to paint my vision of  Princess Isadora, according to Annie she is Cordelia’s older sister, so now I have re-created the two beautiful sisters in my style and medium. I am happy with the outcome.

Princess Isadora – Original Oil Painting by ©Annie Stegg Gerard

About Annie’s art world….
Inspired by nature, folklore and mythology, her work evokes emotion and imagination in the viewer.  Annie has a special love for the 18h century Rococo painters who have had a large influence on her own method. She finds inspiration in their imagination, and the dreamlike palette and lively brushwork that combine to create a wonderful atmosphere of enchantment.” I suggest you to visit her website at Gallery Gerard

I hope that you like my watercolors and ink paintings,  let me know your impressions and feelings about it! I really would like to know!


❤ Details about my painting:
 My Ink drawing is outlined with ink pens..  Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03 and 05, Micron dark red ink #1. Fountain Pen Pilot Prera Fine Nib.  A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil.  A dash of watercolor,  I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on CANSON Illustration Artists Series Paper for watercolor 150lb, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches .

❤ All my watercolor paintings and drawings are available as Limited Edition Signed Prints you can order them anytime in my SHOP! 

❤ Feel free to contact me if you would like a Limited Edition Print of the painting “Princess Isadora” just Contact me and also ask me for the special duo if you like to get both Princess ” Isadora and Cordelia”

Princess Cordelia – Watercolor ink painting ©CarolinaRusso

 

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Have a great week!

Thank You!
Thank You!

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Day 4 – Happy 4th July USA #worldwatercolormonth2019

HAPPY 4th July!
Day #4 World Watercolor Month 2019

Day 4 – Red, White and Blue – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Today I am join Charlie at Doodlewash for the World Watercolor Month 2019  Art Challenge this is Day 4 painting prompt is “Family Fun” and here in USA we are celebrating the 4th of July “Independence Day”  also if USA is not my native Country because I was born and raised in Italy I celebrate this day since I live here from 15 years.  Today I like to share again  a painting I made time ago to celebrate this holiday! I have created this painting with a limited palette of two watercolors just blue and red and a touch of gold on her lips!

❤ To all my USA followers and friends and to anyone like me that celebrate this day I wish you  a wonderful day! ❤

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 My watercolors is outlined with black and white ink pens. Gold Jelly Roll pen. 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 .

All my watercolor paintings are always available for pre-order as Limited Edition Fine Art Prints hand enhanced and signed  To order check this page Here!

 

#WorldWatercolorMonth2019 #WorldWatercolorGroup #CarolinaRussoArt

This is going to be an amazing month keep painting!
Much love to everyone around the world!

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Exploring The Abyss #MerMay2019 – New Release

Exploring The Abyss – #mermay2019 Watercolor ©CarolinaRusso


Exploring The Abyss #mermay2019

The month of May is almost over and so the #mermay Art Challenge.  I love painting mermaids and sadly this year I had no time, I was only able to create one new mermaid to include in my existing Mermaids Collection.  I painted only one but I am very happy with my painting and who said that time is over for creating Mermaids? Yes the challenge is over but I can create new Mermaids whenever I want! 😉

Today I am excited to share with you myNew Release” of my Mermaid painting having the title  “Exploring The Abyss”  I painted in my traditional and signature style watercolor and ink. If you followed my recent posts on Instagram you remember this mermaid because I was showing my work in progress with some sneak peek,  from the pencil sketch to the begin stage of watercolor, if you missed you can visit @carolinarussoart  and see how this painting become alive. This watercolor mermaid had a quite long process, lots of details and layers for me to be able to obtain all the shades of colors.

A Limited Edition of #20 Fine Art Prints is now Available made to order!
If you would like to order one of the beautiful twenty numbered, signed and hand embellished Prints you can they are available only in size 8×10 inches and I Offer a 10% Off discount to my Bloggers friends and anyone that place an Order here on the Blog  if you like to reserve a print just read the details and fill in the order form linked in this page. I do ship Worldwide. If you have any question contact me.

Details about my painting:
 .I used a  Draft/Matic Pencil  0.5mm by ALVIN for my sketch. I painted on BEE Paper 140lb 100% Cotton Cold Press, I used  French Artists Watercolor by  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle. Ink pen COPIC Multiliner #01 and a SAKURA White Gelly Roll pen.

 


You can see more of my Paintings visiting my  GALLERY  there are several Galleries here on my Blog! You find  them in the drop down menu under Watercolors.

All my collections of watercolors paintings and illustrations are always available for Pre-Order in Limited Edition Art Prints  here on my Blog!

Please follow me on my Instagram dedicated to my Art! @carolinarussoart 

 #mermay2019 #CarolinaRussoArt

Have a wonderful week dear friends and happy Mermaids!
I am wonder which home will adopt her?

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New Painting – Gaia’s Anemones…

Gaia’s Anemones – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso


Gaia’s Anemones…

A new painting for my “Floral Series” is ready!
If you’re a follower of my Blog you know that I have dedicated this month painting flowers honoring the beautiful Spring Season where everything in nature awakens. I am painting in “Loose Watercolor” style. This painting of the series is a little less “loose” because I wanted to add some more details. (Read below if you don’t know about this painting technique).
My new painting title is  “Gaia’s Anemones…” which is different from my previous two paintings Just A Rose… and Wildflowers… in this one I was inspired by the Greek Mythology and I wanted to include a face between the flowers, she represents “Gaia Mother Earth Goddess” the ancestral mother of all life found in the early Greek Mythology. I love the Anemone flowers especially the beautiful variety of colors.  Also the word Anemone comes from the Greek and means “the wind’s daughter”.  The combination of anemos, the word for wind, and the suffix -one, which indicates a female offspring or daughter. It gained this name because of myths involving the Greek gods of the four winds. The Anemone flowers also has several  interesting meanings given by different cultures. In the Western culture it symbolize “Protection”.  I like to dedicate this painting to my lovely Mother she loves Anemones I remember growing up she always had some in our house during Spring time ❤

I hope that you like my new painting and found the meanings and facts behind it interesting! Let me know I always love your comments!

What is Loose Watercolor?
I got this question a lot lately. And this is a quick explanation, “Loose Watercolor” it is a very inspiring way to paint but not easy to master. It seems effortless and quick but actually isn’t and needs confidence, the artist has to embrace a different approach and way to think from the start when attempting this technique.  Each artist has to find his own way and shift thinking to explore it. The quote “Less is more” is really true while painting this way, details and overwork is left out! And instead there is the careful placement of brushstrokes that are just like a magic guide for the colors to fill the water and blend with each other creating shapes in such a beautiful softness that make it perfect for painting flowers or amazing skies and any other subject.

❤ Details about my painting:
Loose watercolor technique. I used only 3 colors palette – French Artists Watercolors Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on BeePaper watercolor paper 140lb, cold pressed,  size 6×9 inches.

❤ All my watercolor paintings and drawings are always available as Limited Edition Fine Art Signed Prints you can order them anytime in my SHOP! All the details price, sizes, shipping etc are explained in the linked page! 

❤ Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you’re interested in an Original Painting” or if you have an idea  Contact me!

 

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Have a wonderful day!

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New Painting – Wildflowers…

Wildflowers – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso


Wildflowers…

this month I am loving to paint flowers in “Loose Watercolor” style and I am creating a Floral Series.  Today post is my new painting for this week, the title is “Wildflowers” I love the delicate beauty and colors of the wildflowers, they bring joy and happiness this is the perfect time to see them around I see them everyday when I go out for my walk. Last week I have posted my painting  “Just A Rose” check this link in case you missed my post. My Rose was very well received and I like to take chance to thank everyone for the beautiful comments and for sharing it on the Facebook Art groups and on Pinterest were received over 22K  (thousands) of impressions and was pinned 35 times! I am very happy Thank You!

I hope that you like this new painting! Let me know I love your comments!

❤ Details about my painting:
Loose watercolor technique. I used only 3 colors palette – French Artists Watercolors Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on BeePaper watercolor paper 140lb, cold pressed,  size 6×9 inches.

❤ All my watercolor paintings and drawings are always available as Limited Edition Fine Art Signed Prints you can order them anytime in my SHOP! All the details price, sizes, shipping etc are explained in this page! 

❤ Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you’re interested in an Original Painting”  Contact me!

 

Follow me on  Instagram on my account dedicated to my Art @carolinarussoart

 

Have a wonderful day!

Thank You!
Thank You!

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