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A Tribute to Tigger – Pet’s Portrait

Tigger Tribute and Daisy Mae

Hello friends,

Today I am happy to finally share this lovely watercolor painting I recently created!
This is one of my latest commissions I have been working on. About a month ago I was kindly requested to create a “Pet’s Tribute Portrait” in loving memory of Tigger, the adorable gray Tabby cat you see in foreground of my painting. The sweet lady that contacted me is a follower Blogger Crystal she loves my art since last year she was the winner of one of my Giveaways. She requested this painting because this year on September 11th was the five years anniversary since Tigger crossed the rainbow bridge.  Crystal followed my World watercolor month during the month of July and saw several animals I have painted. The Squirrel, the Owl,  they lead her asking me if I do paint cats and of course I do! I said yes!
I am not new to custom Pet’s Tribute paintings. I asked her to send me some photos and she explained to me her request. She sent two photos of her cats, the ones you see here below.  

Tigger

Tigger and Daisy Mae (his sister from different parents), the two cats grow up together.  Crystal at first requested two paintings, one for each cat, then during our talking ideas via email exchange, she thought that would have been great to have one painting featuring the two cats laying together. I agreed, that was the best idea as I could envision it already in my mind, we agreed on everything and that was it! From these two simple photos, my only references I was able to reunite the two cats in my painting. Crystal loved it!  I am so glad and happy that I I was able to make her happy. I love animals very much their love to us is unconditional and amazing.  I lost several loved pets myself,  I carry them all in my heart.
I am always open to commissions requests like this one, to honor the memory and life of a loved pet.

Daisy Mae

I loved to paint Tigger and Daisy Mae and once again I want to thank Crystal for loving my work and wanted me to create this painting! Thank you!

If you would like a Tribute pet’s portrait in loving memory of your lost pet or a portrait of your living pet for questions, details and price Contact me here on my Blog or send a custom request on my ETSY Shop  I would be happy to discuss your idea!

Here you can see only few of many other pets tributes and portraits I made throughout the years.

 

Artist  supplies and details about my watercolor painting
The Original watercolors is outlined with black and white ink pens. I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Ink pens used MICRON Black ink #01 and 005 . A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Pencil.  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Canson Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 8×10 inches . For Highlights and Stars I have used gold and silver ink.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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INKTOBER 2020 – October Drawing Challenges Official Prompt Lists

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October Challenge

COMING SOON!
“INKTOBER 2020 
31 Days 31 Drawings”

Since 2009 in  October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

InkTober 2020
October is coming soon! And it means that artists around the world will participate to this great and inspiring drawing challenge.  This is my 5th year of InkTober, I will do all my best to create as much as possible and I hope to be able to complete the 31 days.  This year honestly I have no idea how I will approach the two challenges! Usually in the past few years I have followed the Official prompt lists and to make it more challenging and intriguing I combined the two challenges in one, combining the prompts! Not easy to do. Sometimes the two prompts aren’t a good match but that’s were creativity do the magic! Right now, I am navigating ideas  trying to make plans, not sure I want to combine the two challenges together. If not, I need to pick one, or not follow the official prompts and make my own list….lots to think for me! Your suggestions are welcome! ❤

Jake Parker the illustrator and creator of Inktober  released the new “Official Prompt List 2020” and I love to post it here so that you have some time until October 1st to plan and get ready!

Inktober 2020 Official Prompt List

My Inktober history:

2016  following the “Official Prompt List” I have created a “Fantasy Character Design”  which I love, her name is ©Ylia.  I have illustrated her adventures inspired by the daily prompts and developed her character and story throughout the month. If you follow me from the last 4 years, then you should remember my character Ylia,  the pic below shows one of my entry and you can see her. If you like to see more check all the other entries about her on my InkTober 2016  Gallery:

Day #12 – WORRIED – InkTober 2016 ©Carolina Russo

I had fun to create ©Ylia, she is a futuristic kind of “Superhero Warrior” with a nod to the past, she is a Messenger of “Love and Peace” and a creature of the universe that fight for the universal love. Most of my drawings were accompanied by quotes and Haiku poems that I wrote. Maybe one day I will publish an illustrated book of @Ylia Adventures! I would love that!  We will see what the future brings!

2017 I have Joined the two challenges InkTober and MabsDrawlloweenClub this one is a little more spoocky – Halloween theme prompts are created by Pop Surrealist artist Mab Graves!  My daily drawings were inspired by the combination of the two challenges daily prompt words creating my own hybrid challenge “DrawllooweenTober”  yes this was my idea to enable me to join both challenges daily creating one drawing. And well it was pretty challenging, not easy but I wanted to make it harder to stimulate creativity in a different way and I made it! The outcome was a lovely collection of dark themed spooky drawings which I am very pleased!

My drawing “Frankenstein Bride” of this series become my first Die Cut Sticker

And if you like see more click the link of my  Gallery Inktober+ MabsDrawlloweenClub 2017

Day #2 Goblin Divided – Supplies

2018 I have joined again the two challenges, I really love both and the community of artists around these two challenges. I didn’t want to miss them so I’ve participated with my hybrid mixing the prompts and my own hashtag is  #drawlloweentober  you can see my Gallery Inktober+ MabsDrawlloweenClub 2018

INKTOBER-MabsDrawlloweenClub 2018
Day 29 – Double, Mary Shelley ©CarolinaRusso

2019 Once again last year I have combined the prompts of the two challenges here you can see some of my drawings! To see all the drawings visit my Drawlloweentober 2019 Gallery

InKtober – Mabsdrawlloween club 2019

Settember 1st 2020  both challenges Official Prompt Lists were released on September 1st. Here there is also the MadsDrawlloweenClub2020 Prompt List  artist Mab Graves list is always inspired and dedicated to the Halloween theme.

Mabsdrawlloween 2020 Official Prompt List

My Favorite Supplies:
I use  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,   Pentel Aqua Brush – Bee Paper for Watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches . Micron or COPIC pens Black, Brown, Dark Red inks #01, #005, White SAKURA Gelly Roll pen, Pentel Pocket Brush blak ink, ALVIN Mab Graves Draft/Matic Pencils , Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks.
(FYI This is not a sponsored post I purchase all my supplies and I am sharing what I like and use)

My Supplies!

Join us: these Challenges are open to anyone that love sketching with ink pens and if you’re member of the #worldwatercolorgroup you’re free to add a dash of watercolor. I hope that some of you will try this and join me and thousands of other artists around the world. You don’t have to be drawing every day if you don’t have time. You can drawing every other day, or every few days, or one entry a week! Doesn’t has to be a complicate drawing, it can be a small sketch, it will help you to develop a habit and refine your skills. Btw if you’re not crazy like me you don’t have to participate to both challenges just pick one! 😉 Good luck everyone hope to see you in October!

Here is the INKTOBER Story and Rrules:
Illustrator Jake Parker is the creator of this great challenge and initiative started in October 2009. Jake created InkTober as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Here are the Official Rules:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it*
3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2019
4) Repeat
That’s it! Now go make something beautiful.

I am very excited to join once again and participate to the challenges! I would be sharing my progress here on the Blog and daily on Instagram @carolinarussoart  Visit Jake Parker website for more details, videos, inspiration and lots to learn about Inktober.  If you like to join these challenges don’t forget when you post your drawing online always add the hashtags #INKTOBER2020  #INKTOBER  if you choose Mab Graves challenge add #mabsdrawlloweenclub2020 and if you add watercolor hashtag  #worldwatercolorgroup2020 post your ink drawing online on your Blog and/or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter…add all the tags to any place you share your drawings online! Phew….I made it to the end of this long post! ❤

You can find some of my past Inktober drawings available as Open Edition Signed Prints in my ETSY Shop

#carolinarussoart 

I hope that artists here on WordPress will join this challenge with me,
There is time to get organized and prepare yourself for for October! Please share your plans or ideas I would love to know!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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The World Watercolor Month 2020 – Day 31


– Rose –
Day #31 World Watercolor Month 2020

Day 31 – Rose – Watercolor ©CarolinaRusso

 

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Day 31 – Rose
Prompt:  Do Over

Today was last day of this wonderful World Watercolor Month. The prompt is “Do Over” I painted this same rose already once and I did it again. A rose is a subject in painting that if you like to paint flowers you will paint it over and over! I hope that you enjoyed to follow this month challenge, I thank you very much for your support and love for my art, it means so much to me! Thank you I haven’t painted 31 paintings this year, I have been busy, but I was able to paint  a variety of subjects from landscapes, seascapes, flowers, animals, and mystic ones. I hope you resonated with them! I guess you did, from your lovely comments! Thank you, of course I am not stopping here, painting isn’t my hobby is my living!  I will keep painting, I am so grateful that I have a nice commission painting that I need to do soon. I will share it with you when Is done and received. Stay tuned for more art! ❤

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,   Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches . Outlined with Micron pen Black, dark red inks #01.

All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month would be available for purchase  as Limited Edition signed Prints, hand enhanced by me with inks.
If you like you can  Shop the World Watercolor Month Collection on my ETSY Shop!

❤  You can see all my painting at the World Watercolor Month 2020 >>> Gallery

Join us and use hashtag  #WorldWatercolorMonth

This is going to be a wonderful month stay connected and keep painting!

Wish you a wonderful day!

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©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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The World Watercolor Month 2020 – Day 30


– Meditation Pose –
Day #30 World Watercolor Month 2020

Day 30 – Prompt: Pose – Watercolor ©CarolinaRusso

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Day 30
Prompt: Pose

Today painting is inspired by the prompt “Pose” and for me is time for a meditation 🧘‍♀️ pose! This is what instantly came to my mind while preparing for today painting. When thinking at the prompt Pose, I had a strong pull for a Meditation pose. As I mentioned already in a previous post, meditation is part of my life from long time, it is something I do daily!
I can’t believe this month of July is almost over! Tomorrow is last day of the 5th Edition of this wonderful World Watercolor Month Challenge!

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,   Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches . Outlined with Micron pen Black, dark red inks #01.

All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month would be available for purchase  as Limited Edition signed Prints, hand enhanced by me with inks.
If you like you can  Shop the World Watercolor Month Collection on my ETSY Shop!

❤  You can see all my painting at the World Watercolor Month 2020 >>> Gallery

Join us and use hashtag  #WorldWatercolorMonth

This is going to be a wonderful month stay connected and keep painting!

Wish you a wonderful day!

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Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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The World Watercolor Month 2020 – Day 28


– Complementary –
Day #28 World Watercolor Month 2020

Day 28 – Prompt: Complementary -Watercolor ©CarolinaRusso

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Day 28
Prompt: Complementary

Today painting is inspired by one of the beautiful birds I see once in a while here in California, is the California Scrub Jay it has a beautiful blue color and often is mistaken for the “Blue Jay” which is another specie. The Scrub Jay is a nonmigratory bird and can be seen also in urban areas. I see it sometime in my backyard, it is a pretty big bird and is always nice to watch whenever shows up! Here there is a photo of this beauty.  About today prompt “Complementary” and this painting, I think that us humans and animals are complementary we won’t be the same without animals ❤

  Southern California Scrub Jay – Photo source: BigYearBirding.com

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,   Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches . Outlined with Micron pen Black, dark red inks #01.

All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month would be available for purchase  as Limited Edition signed Prints hand enhanced by me with inks.
If you like you can  Shop the World Watercolor Month Collection on my ETSY Shop!

❤  You can see all my painting at the World Watercolor Month 2020 >>> Gallery

Join us and use hashtag  #WorldWatercolorMonth

This is going to be a wonderful month stay connected and keep painting!

Wish you a wonderful day!

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Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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The World Watercolor Month 2020 – Day 26


– Favorite Song –
Day #26 World Watercolor Month 2020

Robert Smith “THE CURE” ©CarolinaRusso

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Day 26  – Robert Smith THE CURE
Prompt: Favorite Song (A Forest)

Today painting is not a new painting but one very dear to my heart 🖤 My favorite band is THE CURE and my favorite song from them is “A Forest” my painting is the portrait of Robert Smith with the words from the song A Forest lyric hand written around the portrait. I made this painting time ago if you’re a follower maybe you remember to have seen it already.  I think  fit perfectly for today Prompt, so I decided to share it again ♥️

❤ Limited Edition Prints of this portrait hand enhanced are available without the written lyric, I do accept custom requests, if you like few words of your favorite song on it. You can see my listing here > Etsy Shop

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,   Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches . Outlined with Micron pen Black, dark red inks #01.

All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month would be available for purchase  as Limited Edition signed Prints hand enhanced by me with inks.
If you like you can  Shop the World Watercolor Month Collection on my ETSY Shop!

❤  You can see all my painting at the World Watercolor Month 2020 >>> Gallery

Join us and use hashtag  #WorldWatercolorMonth

This is going to be a wonderful month stay connected and keep painting!

Wish you a wonderful day!

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©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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The World Watercolor Month 2020 – Day 24


– Abundance  –
Day #24 World Watercolor Month 2020

Day 24 – Prompt: Abundance -Watercolor ©CarolinaRusso

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World Watercolor Month 2020 – Day 24
Prompt: Abundance

Today painting is inspired by the official prompt Abundance. I loved to paint this one! Today I went back painting in my well recognizable style, this month I am enjoying to paint every day in a different way so that you can see more of the ways I work.  I practice meditation daily from years,  for me came natural the inspiration to paint her practicing mindful meditation for Abundance. I hope you like her and that she inspires you.
Do you meditate? I would love to know!

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,   Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches . Outlined with Micron pen black and dark red ink #01.

❤ All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month would be available for purchase  as Limited Edition signed Prints hand enhanced by me with inks.
If you like you can  Shop the World Watercolor Month Collection on my ETSY Shop!

❤  You can see all my painting at the World Watercolor Month 2020 >>> Gallery

Join us and use hashtag  #WorldWatercolorMonth

 

This is going to be a wonderful month stay connected!

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©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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The World Watercolor Month 2020 – Day 23


– Alone  –
Day #23 World Watercolor Month 2020

Day 23 – Prompt: Alone -Watercolor ©CarolinaRusso

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World Watercolor Month 2020 – Day 23
Prompt: Alone

Today painting is another fairyland imaginary place. I had no reference for this landscape, just a peaceful place in my mind💗 this magic place is just perfect for today prompt “Alone” a place in nature to find enlightenment and peace.

This watercolor is painted on the precious and beautiful “Arches” paper.

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Arches Watercolor Paper 140lb, 100% Cotton, cold pressed, Grain Fin. 

❤ All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month would be available for purchase  as Limited Edition signed Prints hand enhanced by me with inks.
If you like you can  Shop the World Watercolor Month Collection on my ETSY Shop!

❤  You can see all my painting at the World Watercolor Month 2020 >>> Gallery

Join us and use hashtag  #WorldWatercolorMonth

 

This is going to be a wonderful month stay connected!

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Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

Art, Creativity, Doodlewash, Drawings, Events, Illustration, Limited Edition, My Paintings, Nature, Uncategorized, Watercolors, World Watercolor Month

The World Watercolor Month 2020 – Day 20


– Wiggle –
Day #20 World Watercolor Month 2020

Day 20 – Wiggle – watercolor ©CarolinaRusso

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Day 20
Prompt: Wiggle

This is my entry for Day 20  my watercolor painting brings a lovely playful Orange Tabby kitten, the perfect inspiration for today prompt “Wiggle” my kitten is playing splashing water drops in the air! ❤

Day 20 – Wiggle – watercolor ©CarolinaRusso

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,   Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches . Outlined with Micron pen black and dark red ink #01.

All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month would be available for purchase  as Limited Edition signed Prints hand enhanced by me with inks.
If you like you can  Shop the World Watercolor Month Collection on my ETSY Shop!

❤  You can see all my painting at the World Watercolor Month 2020 >>> Gallery


Join us and use hashtag  #WorldWatercolorMonth

This is going to be a wonderful month stay connected and keep painting!

Wish you a wonderful day!

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Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

Art, Creativity, Doodlewash, Drawings, Events, Illustration, Limited Edition, My Paintings, Nature, Uncategorized, Watercolors, World Watercolor Month

The World Watercolor Month 2020 – Day 17


– Owl Spirit Animal –
Day #17 World Watercolor Month 2020

Day 17 – Owl Spirit Animal – watercolor ©CarolinaRusso

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Day 17
Owl Spirit Animal

This is Day 17,  my watercolor painting brings meanings and symbolism and is dedicated to a beautiful animal, the Owl. I love Owls and here where I live. I am lucky to be able to see them quite often in my evening walks, I see them flying around after the sunset or standing beautifully on trees. I have a special connection with Owls I don’t know what it is but I have been always fascinated by them. I have a little story, something beautiful happened time ago in one of my walks. A beautiful owl was standing high on a water tower near the hills at the park where I was walking. He was doing his call, I did respond mimicking his voice and he responded to me, we did this call conversation back and forth for about ten times! I found it to be a very special and a magic connection I had with this beautiful creature. Owls are also “Spirit Animals” from history they are associated with meanings like, Intuition, wisdom, power, transformation , protection, navigating the unknown, feminine power and more… In my painting I included also the symbol of the “Spiral” which symbolize connection to God and the energy of the cosmos. Spirals can represent harmony, beginning, concentration, and focus. They can be used to expand, connect, and develop the mind. Spirals represent journey, direction, and progress.

I hope you like this meaningful painting which brings a message of strength and harmony. I think all these meanings and good energy are needed, especially right now in the time of this shift we’re experiencing.

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,   Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches . Outlined with Micron pen black and dark red ink #01.

All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month would be available for purchase  as Limited Edition signed Prints hand enhanced by me with inks.
If you like you can  Shop the World Watercolor Month Collection on my ETSY Shop!

❤  You can see all my painting at the World Watercolor Month 2020 >>> Gallery

Join us and use hashtag  #WorldWatercolorMonth

This is going to be a wonderful month stay connected and keep painting!

Wish you a wonderful day!

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Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com