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Happy Father’s Day! My Dad Art!

View of Italy – Oil Painting by Artist @Edoardo Russo

Happy Father’s Day! ❤️

Today post is about one of the many beautiful oil paintings created by my Dad, the number one Artist in my life.  I grow up exposed to his beautiful art and creativity and I am so thankful for it! Today here in USA is Father’s Day but not in Italy where my Dad and Mom are still living! ❤️ I wanted to share this small oval painting that I have here with me part of a series of Italian landscape views. I love to share this as a testimony of his art and honored him today! His painting style range from small sizes like this one to large canvas. My dad started painting at very early age on his own he was a child and at 11 years old he was already painting beautifully like an adult experienced oil painter artist. Through his life he painted beautiful floral compositions, landscapes, seascapes amazing view of the world and of Italy, nonetheless he explored many different art styles, from Impressionism to Surrealism and Modern, Sacred his variety took him creating with an open mind on creativity, the techniques, the color palette used in any painting he made are beautiful! Prize winner on several Group Exhibits in Italy during late 70s – 80s his paintings also were sold  by galleries and imported around Europe and from what I remember here in US. Right now he loves to see what I am creating, he still painting not much like years ago, but his mind would be always creative and artistic. Thank you for your art Papa’! ❤

 

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! ❤

Thank You!

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Photography – Plumeria Flower and a Painting Challenge! #worldwatercolorgroup

Plumerias ©Carolina Russo – Photography

Plumeria Flowers are in Blossom outside my window!

Aren’t they beautiful? There is noting better than to see the Nature in all her beauty! As a photography lover and amateur I couldn’t miss to take this photo. I actually took more than one photo and shared them on my Instagram @carolinarussoart.  My Artist side make me feel that this would be a perfect inspiration and photo reference for a watercolor painting…I will keep it in my long list of painting projects and maybe one day you will see this as painting! But I actually have an idea!

❤ A Watercolor Challenge!

If any of my friends Artists Bloggers from our #worldwatercolorgroup would be inspired to make a painting out of this photo, please you’re welcome to do so, just let me know, post your painting on your Blog and share it with me with a link. I would love that! Actually I guess it would be great to make a Challenge out of this for us.  Let me know if you all are interested to paint this beautiful Plumeria flowers! I will then participate too! It would be beautiful to see this in all the different watercolor styles and techniques! We have time from now until  June 30!

❤ Sorry that I haven’t posted much lately! I have been busy with some commissions and life events came on my way,  with it also some sadness because the recent loss of my loved bunny pet Grey. I am trying to get back on my routine! I also like to thank all my recent new followers thank you very much for deciding to follow my Blog!

Have a wonderful rest of the week let me know what do you think about this Challenge!

 

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Art For Music Series! – New Release: Plike Portrait

 

Plike – Art For Music Series – Original Ink Drawing ©Carolina Russo

ART FOR MUSIC Series!

New release! Plike Portrait

Today post feature the release of my new ink drawing, a portrait part of my Collection Series “ART FOR MUSIC” a series inspired by music artists reflecting my passion for music. In this series I create 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 a feature for the music artists here on my Blog.

This is the portrait of Mad Madam Emalso known for her solo project Plike she is an American electronic music producer and composer, Em creates  unique beautiful mysterious, haunting and dark music,  she is also the sound designer music composer for the upcoming independent video game “Momo Ichigo” Em is also creating music for Independent Film. At the moment she is working on her fifth EP that would be released in July 2017. I can’t wait to listen what she is creating!

Plike – Art For Music Series – Original Ink Drawing ©Carolina Russo

Plike – Photo Credit ©Daniel Lopez

This is the photo of Em “Plike” that inspired my Portrait!
Em is also working on a collaboration with music composer Ewian Christensen,  who follows me remember that I often featured Ewian music and recently I had a Blog post as my interview with him and mentioned their future collaboration.

Plike – Original Ink Drawing ©Carolina Russo

This portrait is an ink drawing. I have made a pencil sketch first and worked over with the ink pens this is not like my usual watercolor painting it is all black ink. I love the minimalism and contrast of the black ink on the white paper with a touch of precious gold ink between the hair and filled in the background’s oval shape. I loved drawing this portrait while listening to Em music and I hope I was able to deliver the spirit and essence of Plike if you like to discover her music, you can visit her website where you find the links to her YouTube channel and Bandcamp.

Special Limited Edition Hand Embellished Fine Art Prints:
This portrait is available in a very Limited Special Edition of #25 prints hand embellished with gold ink to get the closest real effect to the original. Prints are numbered and hand signed, size 8×10 inches unframed and unmatted, printed by me in my studio on heavy acid free paper.  Price is $40 + $8 Shipping via USPS Priority Mail within US for International shipping contact me first. If you are a Plike fan or like to reserve one of these beautiful fan art prints, just fill in the form Shop Art Prints  for preorder here on my Blog! If you have any question please don’t hesitate to contact me.

***When these 25 prints are sold out there will never be another “Hand Embellished” prints run.

❤ UPDATE ❤
❤ I just got a wonderful surprise because this! ❤

Plike love this portrait so much that she wants to have it hanging in her music studio and it make me really happy! She just wrote a wonderful post on her Website Featuring me there I am so grateful of such kindness!

You can read her post here : Artist Carolina Russo releases limited edition Plike portrait in Art For Music series

Plike Feature me on plikemusic.com

Amazing things happens while sharing our talents and art! Thank you Em for featuring me!

Details about my ink drawing:
 I Sketched on a mixed media large sketchbook size 9 x 11 inches and I used a  Draft/Matic Pencil  0.3mm  Mab Graves Limited Edition by ALVIN. Black ink pen used COPIC Multiliner 0.03 

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

Please follow me on Instagram  @carolinarussoart

 

#ArtForMusic #carolinarussoart

Have a great week!

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©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Wander In The Abyss #MerMay2017

  

Wander In The Abyss – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

– Wander In The Abyss Mermaid #MerMay2017!

The month of May is over in few days and so the #MerMay2017 challenge, I loved to participate and during the month I re-posted some of my mermaids I previously painted and I made this new mermaid painting.
I am sorry I haven’t post much lately, it was because I had to fix a problem with my computer, thankfully right now is all working and fixed! I haven’t been writing here on my Blog but I did post my work on Instagram and if you follow me there you know I have been pretty busy drawing and painting!

Wander In The Abyss – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Today I am excited about my  ” New Release” and  to share with you my finished  “Wander In The Abyss – Mermaid” a watercolor and ink painting. If you came across my previous post you remember this mermaid and that I was showing my work in progress, from the pencil sketch to the begin stage of watercolor, if you missed that post, maybe you like to read it and see how this painting come alive. This watercolor mermaid had a pretty long process, lots of patience and layers for me to be able to obtain this look and all the shades of colors on a “not watercolor paper” like the gray toned paper sketchbook that I used. This time, I really wanted to try something different using a toned paper for background and I wanted to see how  I could use watercolors and inks on a paper for dry media.  I can say that It’s pretty tricky! I am happy with the way the painting turned out!

A Limited Edition of 20 Art Prints is now available only hand embellished
I will add by hand the gold ink to embellish each print and turn it in one of a kind and special. It is very difficult to print the gold ink from an original painting because the scanner and printer aren’t able to give the real gold pigments and spark, that’s why I decided to do only a very small run of special prints hand embellished. When the 20 prints are sold out I won’t print them again and with time they will increase in value!  Prints are size 8×10 inches, I offer a special discounted price for  my friends and for anyone that  place an order here on the Blog Price is $45 + $8 Shipping via USPS Priority Mail within US if you like to reserve a print just fill in the form linked.

Wander In The Abyss – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Details about my painting:
 I Sketched on a Strathmore 400 Series medium surface 80 lb – gray toned paper large sketchbook size 9 x 12 inches for dry media.  I used a  Draft/Matic Pencil  0.5mm by Mab Graves Limited Edition for ALVIN for my sketch  and I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle and Artist’s Loft watercolor pan set I used this set for a opaque- chalk effect. Ink pen COPIC Multiliner #0.03 and a SAKURA  Metallic gold 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 available for Pre-Order in Limited Edition Art Prints   here on my Blog!
Some of them are also available on my Etsy Shop CarolinaRussoArt.

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

 

#WorldWatercolorGroup #mermay2017 #CarolinaRussoArt

 

Happy weekend!

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Venice Italy in Watercolors!

Venezia - Italy

Venezia Italy – Original Watercolor – Copyright ©Carolina Russo

An oldie watercolor painting of Venice….

Time after time I like to look back at my old watercolor paintings.  I like to see how much my art change and my skills grow during the years!  Recently I came across this painting that I made in 2013 around this time of the year. It is almost four years ago and I like to re-share it with you all. This painting is very dear to me because is a view of “Venice” Venezia in Italian,  it is one beautiful city  in Italy, my native country! 
It is a view of Venice that I just painted out of my visual memory without any photo reference. It is a loose watercolor, I remember I was practicing the loose technique so hard to master! I know there is a lot that I could’ve done better, it was a fast painting and somehow, I am pleased with how this painting turned out!  I think I was able to capture the feeling and essence of Venice. If you have been to Venice then maybe you recognize this view. I wasn’t born in Venice it’s not my hometown. I was born in Naples another beautiful city on the sea. That’s why I love the ocean so much and  I love to paint water, there is something about water that it is so inspiring to me in many ways, artistically and not. I like the reflections and the colors. I often base my palette on the beautiful range of colors of the sea.  The sea and the ocean are very often captured also in my photography!

Details about Watercolor:
 I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle and I painted on a Canson watercolor paper 140 lb cold press. 

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 

 

#worldwatercolorgroup

Wish you a great rest of the week stay creative!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Meet and Greet Fridays…

Majestic Ocean – Photo ©Carolina Russo

“Remembering” MEET and GREET Fridays…

Hello everyone,

today after a long time I decided to host a Meet and Greet Friday….just for today!

At times I miss this event that we enjoyed for far long, so today I feel to host a session of  Meet And Greet in remembrance of the great two years of weekly Meet And Greets we had during the 2015 and 2016 I know that my long time bloggers friends remember how each Friday we used to get together here on my Blog open to connect with other bloggers.

❤ I am very happy that today you found your way  here again and especially if is your first time on my Blog, welcome and thank you for stopping by!

Meet and Greet is a time to connect with new and old Blogs!

If you would like to introduce your Blog, meet other awesome bloggers,  don’t be shy please leave a comment introduce yourself on this post leave your Blog link! Don’t forget to check out other Blogs links and connect!

 

I wish you a great weekend and coming week!

 

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Thank You!

© Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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New Mermaid – Work in Progress! #MerMay2017

  

Mermaid – WIP Stage 2 Begin Watercoloring – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

– May new watercolor month challenge :  MerMay2017!

This month of May I have several creative projects going on and one of them is that I am participating whenever possible to the #mermay2017 Challenge. I came across this inspiring challenge following artists friends on Instagram! As you know I love mermaids they are fascinating ,and I have painted several which I have reposted for the first few days of this challenge! Today I am sharing my latest and new Mermaid drawing isn’t finish and  still a work in progress. I am already working on stage two “Watercolor”. I am also sharing the pencil sketch that I begin with. This time I decided to do something different and use “Gray Toned Paper” I love toned paper you can create beautiful effects with it! I especially love the white and black ink effect on toned tan and gray paper, but I also like to experiment and I wanted to see how my watercolor style works with this paper. Toned paper is not made for watercolor is a paper for dry media, but it’s not a super thin paper and if you use watercolors you have to find the right balance between color and water, painting more dry than wet. I like it so far and looking forward to see this piece how turn out when I am done! ❤

Mermaid – WIP Stage 1 Pencil Sketch – Original ©Carolina Russo

***A note: excuse if the photos quality in this post isn’t  as my usual.  I am dealing with a problem on my computer that is annoying me a lot and at the moment I am using a backup computer! Windows 10 decided to reboot and stay in Safe Mode and lock me out of my desktop :-((( without option to get to login, is crazy and I am trying to figure out what to do to get off the safe mode, I read that many Windows 10 users had this problem if any of you ever experienced this and solved the problem, please let me know! Hope to get back to normal soon!

Waiting for Mermaids – Malibu California – Photo ©Carolina Russo

Waiting for Mermaids….<3 while working on my new watercolor mermaid, I keep nurture the inspiration looking at this photo I took a month ago in beautiful Malibu. I love to share it with you and maybe inspire you a little…

Details about my Sketch and Watercolor:
 I Sketched on a Strathmore 400 Series medium surface 80 lb – gray toned paper large sketchbook size 9 x 12 inches for dry media.  I used a  Draft/Matic Pencil  0.5mm  Mab Graves Limited Edition by ALVIN for my sketch  and I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle.

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 to stay up to date also follow me on Instagram account dedicated to my Art! @carolinarussoart

 

#WorldWatercolorGroup
#mermay2017

Happy mermaids month! ❤

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New release! Open To Wonder #worldwatercolorgroup

 

Open To Wonder – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo


New painting release!  “Open To Wonder” 

Today post feature the release of my new watercolor painting. This is the finished piece and last stage to the work in progress that you have been following from my latest couple of Blog posts. If you missed the stages of the work in progress you can see the initial sketch here and the beginning of watercoloring here.   I enjoyed very much to create this portrait inspired by the “Blythe doll”. I love the softness and transparency of the watercolors and  I left it as pure watercolor without the ink outline that usually distinguish most of my paintings. I finally decided the title and I am happy to say that I took the lovely suggestion of one of you! In my other post I asked you all to suggest a title and help me.  I thank  everyone that did! For this painting I took the lovely suggestion of my dear Blog friend Miriam in her comment she said: “This is really lovely. She looks open to wonder” and yes I love it and recall deeply the meaning of my painting “Open To Wonder”  I think works beautifully. Thank you Miriam!

With this painting today I am joining Charlie at doodlewash for the new May challenge:

– May new watercolor month challenge:  Painting Textures!

Today’s word prompt for the monthly challenge at doodlewash  is  “Flowery”.

This portrait is filled of  “Butterflies and Flowers” the beauty found in nature that make us open to wonder about life and the transformations we go through! this is the meaning behind my painting. The challenge theme is about painting textures my little flowers have some texture.

Details about my sketch and watercolor painting:
 I Sketched on a mixed media large sketchbook size 9 x 11 inches and I used a  Draft/Matic Pencil  0.3mm  Mab Graves Limited Edition by ALVIN, a Carmine Red Pencil THINEX 425T (Vintage) – I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle.

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  this Print is now also available on my ETSY Shop

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

 

#WorldWatercolorGroup 

Have a great and happy May!

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New Work in Progress! Stage 2 Watercoloring!

 

WIP Stage 2 Watercoloring the butterfly ©CarolinaRusso

 

– April new watercolor month challenge:  Spring Things!

Today I am sharing stage two “Watercolor” of my new painting. This is a work in progress! In my previous post I shared the pencil sketch. If you missed my post, I am creating a “Blythe Art Doll Portrait” this portrait feature  “Butterflies and Flowers”,  they represent life and transformation. Still work to do for this painting.

WIP Stage 2 Begin Watercoloring the face ©CarolinaRusso

 

***I still don’t have a title for this  painting, I am thinking about things and meanings, your suggestions are always welcome!

Details about my Sketch and watercolor:
 I Sketched on a mixed media large sketchbook size 9 x 11 inches and I used a  Draft/Matic Pencil  0.3mm  Mab Graves Limited Edition by ALVIN, a Carmine Red Pencil THINEX 425T (Vintage) – I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  

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 account dedicated to my Art! @carolinarussoart

 

#WorldWatercolorGroup 

Have a great and creative month! ❤

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New Work in Progress! Sketch – #WorldWatercolorGroup

 

WIP Stage1 Pencil Sketch ©CarolinaRusso

   
– April new watercolor month challenge:  Spring Things!

Today I am not following Charlie official prompt list but my drawing and watercolor painting to be is inspired by the theme Spring Things.

Today I am sharing the stage one “The Sketch” of my new work in progress! I am creating another of my “Blythe Art Doll Portrait” this portrait feature
“butterflies and flowers”  they represent life.

***I don’t have a title for this coming painting yet, will you help me to find one? I would love to ear from you add your title suggestions in the comments!

Details about my Sketch:
 I Sketched on a mixed media large sketckbook size 9 x 11 inches and I used a  Draft/Matic Pencil  0.3mm  Mab Graves Limited Edition by ALVIN, a Carmine Red Pencil THINEX 425T (Vintage)

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 account dedicated to my Art! @carolinarussoart

 

#WorldWatercolorGroup

Have a great and creative month! ❤

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