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Inspired by the Old Masters – Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring – Watercolor ©CarolinaRusso – Painting Inspired by the Original Oil Painting, (c 1665) created by ©Johannes Vermeer


 

 Inspired by Classic Art and the Old Masters

“Girl With a Pearl Earring”  Original Oil Painting, (c 1665) created by Golden Age, Dutch Painter ©Johannes Vermeer

Girl With a Pearl Earring (Oil Painting, c 1665) ©Johannes Vermeer

Today post is to talk about “Inspiration” in any creative mind there is inspiration that comes from something. As an artist I get inspired by everything, just simple things like a color, a word, the shape of a cloud, the rain  just to mention a few can inspire my imagination to create.

Many times I got asked where do you get your inspiration from? My answer is always the same “from everything”!

Sometimes not just visual things, but also intangible things can inspire, like a sound,  music can inspire, the wind can inspire and it is from that starting point that magically trigger your mind to be inspired to create, develop and evolve your work in a  beautiful creation. Often artists takes inspiration from the work of others, especially the “Old Masters” from the Classic Art as a learning process that helps to try new visions, techniques and skills. The best way to be inspired from another artwork is to change things and transform it in your own. Do not copy exactly! Just take the inspiration and add your own language, give your  transformation and a new vision in order to grow your own art and identity as an artist, learn from the process. This is a great suggestion for beginners, a  way to practice and challenge yourself to evolve in your work finding your own voice. This is not only for visual artists but it can be applied to writers, designers and any type of creative that use inspiration.


Inspired by Classic Art, this is my watercolor version of this famous oil painting “Girl With a Pearl Earring” (c 1665) painted by Dutch Golden Age Painter  Johannes Vermeer. I always got inspired by the original painting and I have seen many other artists inspired.  This painting has  several things that captures my attention: the lighting, the innocent expression of the girl face, the colors and intense contrast, all these things  inspired me to paint my own watercolor version of the “Girl With a Pearl Earring”.  In my portrait, I left a white background, not a dark one, I focused on the light on her face, her eyes and lips. I wanted to change and give her a slightly different expression to do not copy her, but instead giving her a new soul. As you can see if you compare the two paintings, you see my inspiration from the original, but I changed her in my own style. This time I haven’t used any ink outline, is just watercolor.  I also gave her an extra touch with my signature long lashes! 😉

I hope that you enjoyed this post and that will help someone to feel inspired to try this and look into “Inspiration and Transformation” as a form of learning and growth in your art!

If you do please comment below I would love to know!


❤ Details about my painting:
 Pencil sketch with Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Mab Graves automatic Pencil.  Painted with  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle Artist grade,  Pentel Aqua Brush  –  Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed.

 

Fine Art Prints are available at this moment upon direct request to me:
❤ Feel free to contact me if you would like a Limited Edition Signed Print of this paintings,  you can order yours right here on the Blog just Contact me let me know that you want it and you can pay directly here on the PayPal button on my side bar, very easy!

Details: Fine Art Prints sizes available is 5 x 7  and 8×10 inches,  Special Price $25 and $35 + shipping (contact me) !  ❤

 

More Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of my paintings are listed on my Etsy Shop!

 

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Have a wonderful week and stay tuned for more Art!

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Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

 

 

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Plumeria Flower Painting Challenge is ended! #worldwatercolorgroup

Plumerias ©Carolina Russo – Photography

Plumeria Flowers from my photo to a watercolor painting challenge!

A couple of weeks ago I made a post with my photo of this beautiful Plumeria Flower and I decided to use it for a watercolor painting challenge open to anyone that paint watercolors and especially to my friends Artists Bloggers from our #worldwatercolorgroup  well yesterday June 30 this challenge ended! I had a nice response from two lovely ladies Miriam and Carol inspired by my photo and challenge they painted their version of my Plumeria photo. I previously posted my painting and today I am going to post all the paintings, to honor Miriam and Carol beautiful work!

Plumeria Flowers – Original Watercolor Ink ©Carolina Russo

My friend Miriam from the Blog The Shower Of Blessings  has been the first one to made her painting and shared with me earlier in the week, here there is her lovely painting.

Plumeria Flowers – Watercolor Painting ©Miriam Hardle

And yesterday I was so happy to receive via Instagram the paintings of dear friend Carol from the Blog Carol’s Creative Papers she DM me cause had no time to make a blog post. Carol made two renditions of this painting she prefer more the colors in the first one. I like both!

Plumeria Flowers – Watercolor Ink Painting ©Carol’s Creative Papers

 

Plumeria Flowers – Watercolor Ink Painting ©Carol’s Creative Papers

Thank you so much Miriam and Carol for participating to this challenge with me. You both did great job on these paintings and I am humbled that you were inspired and motivated by my photo. I am planning to made more Art Challenges in the near future but after the busy World Watercolor Month that is taking place now!

❤ If I missed anyone that participated to this challenge, please let me know and I will add your painting in this post!

Have a wonderful rest of the week! I will post again later on today my Day #1 of the World Watercolor Month stay connected! ❤

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Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Plumeria Flower Painting Challenge!

Plumeria Flowers – Original Watercolor Ink ©Carolina Russo

From my Photo to a Watercolor Painting Challenge! Plumeria Flowers

Today I am happy to post my just finished  “Plumeria Flowers” watercolor painting! I loved to create this piece in one of my signature styles: Watercolor and Ink.
I like how it turned out and I hope you like it too! Be inspired by this if you like painting or drawing, go, get paper and brushes and paint it! 🙂 this is a Challenge!

On June 14 I posted one of my photos, it was a beautiful “Plumeria Flower while writing the post, I had the inspiration and the wish to paint it and turn my photo in a painting. What a beautiful idea to share it with other artists and giving a painting Challenge to the friends of the #worldwatercolorgroup and not it is open to anyone that want to participate, it still time if you’re inspired by this Challenge, the deadline is June 30, you have few more days if you would like to participate! On June 30, If there are more paintings I will post a Gallery with the participating to this challenge!

Plumeria Flowers – Original Watercolor Ink ©Carolina Russo

To participate just make sure to let me know, post your painting on your Blog and share it with me with a link. I would love that!  ❤
As today friend Miriam from the Blog The Shower Of Blessings already made her painting and shared with me yesterday, she was very excited and inspired by the challenge since she is taking watercolor classes, she is the first one to share with me, I am happy to post her post link, she made her watercolor  Plumeria beautifully  you can see it here visit her blog and leave a comment, I am sure she would love it!

Plumerias ©Carolina Russo – Photography

My Plumeria watercolor painting is available for purchase as Limited Edition Prints.

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 My watercolors usually are outlined with black and white ink pens. 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 .


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

 

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I hope that reading this post inspired, helped and motivated someone!
Keep creating!

 

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