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2017 InkTober 31 Days 31 Drawings!

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October Challenge

 

31 Days 31 Drawings

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

Anyone can do InkTober just pick up a pen and start drawing!

Hello everyone InkTober 2017 is behind the corner I can’t believe how fast time goes! Last year I loved to participate to this amazing challenge which gave me the opportunity to refine my sketchy skills and creativity!  During the event, following the “Official Prompt List” I have created a fantasy character her name is ©Ylia and I have illustrated her adventures inspired by the prompt words. If you follow me before last year, then you remember Ylia, here there is one of my 2016 InkTober entry so that you can see her, also if you like you can see all the other entries on my InkTober 2016  Gallery:

Day #17 – BATTLE – InkTober 2016 ©Carolina Russo

I loved to create Ylia, she is a futuristic kind of superhero- warrior with a nod to the past, she is also a Messenger of “Love and Peace” most of my drawings were accompanied by quotes or Haiku that I wrote. Maybe one day I will publish an illustrated book of @Ylia Adventures! We will see what the future brings! For now I just got the InkTober  2017 “Official Prompt list”  I don’t know yet what I would be creating, I need to brainstorm! This challenge is open to anyone that love sketching with ink pens but for the #worldwatercolorgroup we are free to add a dash of watercolor, I hope that someone of you will join me this year, you don’t have to be drawing every day if you can’t, you can do a drawing every other day, or every few days, or one entry a week! Doesn’t has to be a complicate drawing, it will help you to develop a habit and skills.

Here is the Story of this event: 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 2017 Official Rules:

Jake Parker Official Rules

I am very excited this year to join Jake once again and participate to this great challenge with artists all over the world! Sharing on the Blog and on Instagram @carolinarussoart I really would love to create all the 31 ink drawings but I think I wont have much time this year, because I would be participating also to another challenge event (I will tell you about this later on!) So I will pick all the prompts that inspire me to produce great drawings.

Visit Jake Parker website for more details, videos, inspiration and lots to learn. I exported here the Official prompt list for the month.

The Official 2017 InkTober Prompt List:

InkTober 2017 Official Prompt List

 If you like to join the challenge don’t forget when you post  to always add the hashtags #INKTOBER2017  #INKTOBER  and if you add watercolor hashtag  #worldwatercolorgroup 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!

 

I hope that my friends artists here on WordPress will join this challenge with me, that’s why I made this post early in advance so that you all can get prepared!

Now let’s get paper, inks, watercolor and have fun in October! ❤

Thank You!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Venice Italy in Watercolors!

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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 

 

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Wish you a great rest of the week stay creative!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Super Full Moon 2nd night photos!

Super Full Moon - Photography ©Carolina Russo

Super Full Moon – Photography ©Carolina Russo


November Supermoon 2nd night photos with the Full Moon!

Yesterday night I had a second attempt to photograph the beautiful “Supermoon” yesterday was also the day of the “Full Moon”. Once again here in California the sky was beautiful and clear I am so glad. I have been lucky this month. Last October I remember that when we had full moon the sky was full of clouds, covering the moon and not a chance to take any photos. Yesterday and the night before photos turned out pretty well. I am really happy!  There is a pretty good sharpness and definition on these photos, you can see the details and pretty much all the lunar craters.  This moon shot was taken outside home around 6pm last night. I am amazed because I didn’t used a tripod!  For whom interested  I used my camera  Nikon D3300 and a Telephoto zoom  lens 70-300mm I don’t remember the settings because  I did change several while shooting. The first photo in this post is barely edited, I only cropped to have a close up I see that there is a purple reflection on the top I don’t know what caused that maybe because I was holding the camera. Overall I am happy with it!

I also attempted with some help to get an artistic photo with me holding the moon in my hand! ❤  I guess turned out great! I just had to edit this one a little to make sure that my profile is visible, because the photo was taken without flash in complete darkness, only with the moonlight that was very bright. This is an iPhone 6 photo and was taken yesterday on a nighttime hiking walk, I went to walk right after I took the moon shots.

 

Full Super Moon on my hand ©Carolina Russo

Full Super Moon on my hand ©Carolina Russo

I have been always fascinated by the moon, since I was a child. I always loved to just look up at the sky and admire her beauty surrounded by stars.

Super Full Moon - Photography ©Carolina Russo

Super Full Moon – Photography ©Carolina Russo

This above is the first photo without cropping just resized, and here down below is the moon  in my previous post took it on November 13 night!

Super Moon - Photography ©Carolina Russo

Super Moon – Photography ©Carolina Russo

I know that in several parts of the world this full moon wasn’t visible, cause clouds and weather.  I am happy that I was able to witness and share this moment with you through my photography!

Wish you all a wonderful week!

Thank You!

Thank You!

Copyright ©Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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SuperMoon

Super Moon - Photography ©Carolina Russo

Super Moon – Photography ©Carolina Russo

November Supermoon!

Tonight I went for a nocturne hike!
I went in a whim without plan anything. I carried my camera with the intent to be lucky to find the beautiful Super Moon and meet her between the hills. I had the wish to find a clear sky without clouds and be able to get a good shot of this memorable moment!  November 2016 Supermoon is supposed to be the closest, brightest  and the largest since 1948.  It is indeed a moment to capture!
I took several shots but this one is the one I love the most and I want to share it with you. Today here in California we had a beautiful evening the temperature was pleasant and the sky was super clear, no clouds, just beautiful! And here it is, the gorgeous moon dominating the sky in her brightest beauty!

Have a wonderful night or day! ❤
Enjoy the Supermoon!

Thank You!

Thank You!

Copyright ©Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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The InkTober Worldwide Challenge

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October Challenge 2016

31 Days 31 Drawings

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

Anyone can do InkTober just pick up a pen and start drawing!

 

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.

I am very excited this year to join Jake and participate to this great challenge with artists all over the world! I really would love to create all the 31 ink drawings. Last July I participated and completed my challenge for the “World Watercolor Month”  31 Paintings in 31 Days, very similar to InkTober.  Tomorrow I am ready to start this new challenge with a new sketchbook, inks and my creativity. I will try to post my drawings daily and if happen that I am too busy to post it doesn’t means that I am not drawing then look for to the next day post. Be ready for my new InkTober Gallery.

 

Visit Jake Parker website for more details, inspiration and lots to learn. I exported here the rules and Official prompt list for the month.

The Official 2016 Inktober Prompt List:

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Prompt List

If you like to join the challenge don’t forget to always add the hashtag #INKTOBER2016 post your ink drawing online on your Blog and/or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter…add the tags to any place you share your drawings online!

 

 

I hope that my friends artists here on WordPress will join this challenge with me!

I made a second Instagram account dedicated to my Art please follow me there! @carolinarussoart

Now let’s get paper and inks and have fun!

Thank You!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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What dos it take to truly live a creative life?

My friend Artist Magny Tjelta post this interesting video and book “Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear – by Elizabeth Gilbert it is a great message that worth to listen and be shared! ❤ Visit Magny Blog 

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A book worth reading!

A JOURNEY INTO THE MAGIC OF CREATIVITY

The author, Liz Gilbert, wrote a new wonderful book named Big Magic last year.(She is already famous for her previous book “Eat Pray Love”)

On Saturday I came across a TED talk where she shares her best pieces of advice for living a meaningful creative life. I was truly inspired and it didn’t take long before I got the audiobook which is about 5 hours long. It is very easy to listen to and quite short in audiobook terms). You can get it in Tunes but here are the links to the audiobook and the hardcopy book.

Liz Gilbert talks about how creativity works, how important it is to be creative, and how we have to overcome our fears in order to make art. We have to learn to go where any idea may take us. It is a sort of a self-help book but you won’t find a list…

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April Poetry Month – Overwhelming Beauty

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Overwhelming Beauty

The sunset light was approaching
the soft curved hills.
Evening was entering like a fierce painting
in the sky.

How amazing colors
in a new dimension that only
nature and someone above
has the power to create.

I felt that overwhelming presence
a strange feeling surrounded me,
all over like holding me
in a tight and breathtaking embrace

excitement and power for
something that I see unbelievable unreal
but truly real.

I am glad I was there
grabbing the drops of this
overwhelming beauty.

-CR

#AprilPoetryMonth2016

Poetry and Photography
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From Zero to 15’000 – Some Thoughts on Building Community…

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A wonderful post about Community from James Radcliffe, talking from the heart and soul just like his beautiful music! I wanted to share this because I can relate with it and because it is very motivational and inspiring!

Have a great Sunday!
-CR

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One of the most frequent things I get asked is: ‘How did you build your following?’.

It’s a fair question.  A few years ago I started as everybody does, with pretty much zero support and 5 followers (2 of which were my mother who had signed up twice to make sure she didn’t miss anything).

Today I am a 100% audience-supported artist; I have a blog that is read in 170+ countries by a community of over 15’000 subscribers, and a Twitter following that is sitting somewhere around 66k.

How did this happen?

Read on, and I’ll tell you…

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2016 Update – Laptop Fail…

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2016 Laptop Fail…

 

Hello everyone,

sorry I haven’t been posting as usual! There is a reason why and I will tell you all about it!

I just want to give you an update of what’s going on during my early 2016.  In my last “Post of the 2015”  I wrote that I got sick with the Flu, that wasn’t a nice ending of the year, but I got over the Flu very well taking care of me with rest, warm, lots of tea and a great natural recipe made out of “Turmeric and Raw Honey” this magic natural antibiotic did wander for me. I should make a post about it sometimes! 🙂 I also like to thank all of you that left me beautiful and lovely comments to get well soon! Thank you!

Anyway the reason why I am not posting as usual and during the past days I did some reblogs, is because my nearly two years old HP Pavilion Laptop decided to go to sleep and never woke up!!!
Can you imagine how frustrating this can be?  All my digital work and data are on it!!!! 😦

I had to use my Kindle Fire to check my Blog, emails etc… and with a Kindle isn’t easy to type long posts, but I am grateful that I have been able at least to read and reply  to your nice comments, my apologies if I missed someone.

I am pretty good with computers and I did try any advice and suggestions I found online to wake up my laptop. Actually it did woke up 3 times, but after last time seems there is no way for everything I did try. This type of fail seems to happen very often with laptops of all kinds of brands in fact this is the second laptop I own that fail, my first one was from another brand and it lasted five years and same thing happened.

I have to say that I am disappointed this time because I don’t think that a nice laptop from a great brand like HP has to have such a short life less than 2 years! I still hope that there is a way to fix it.

Right now I had no options than get a new computer, which is great of course, this time is not longer a laptop but a great desktop! It wasn’t planned at all for me to buy a new one but I need it for my work and my livelihood. I am sure something great will come out of all this wish me well! 😉

For the end of the next week I will have my new set up and I can go back to my work and new posts!
Also for who wander about my weekly “Fridays Meet and Greet Event” and the “Feature Event on Saturdays” will go back on soon stay tuned because I will choose new Blogs to Feature, stay connected!!! ❤

One last thing Thank You so much to all the recent “Follow” that I received I am full of appreciation!
I did Follow back everyone I could and I will check back your Blogs! Stay connected.

Have a wonderful 2016 together we can keep walking doing great things…
Wish you a wonderful day or night!

-CR

 

 

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Watercolors from Nature…

Today I like to reblog this post I wrote time ago and I hope that you enjoy it! And to all the Artists that love to paint I hope that you are inspired to try out this because it was a nice fun for me with a lovely outcome!

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Flowers from Nature
NATURE it is so precious!

Today I will share how I painted those beautiful flowers using some of the most vibrant and pigmented colors found in “Nature”. I always like to experiment new ways to use colors. This time I wasn’t thinking to paint anything, I had no plan and no preparation it was late evening, but…when creativity strike you can’t miss the moment!
Few days ago I got some amazing “Dragon fruit” or also known as “Pitaya” it is a delicious and refreshing Tropical fruit that grows on several Cactus species and has great Health Benefits

Dragon Fruit

This fruit has beautiful colors on the outside skin, and rich magenta pigments inside or white.

Dragonfruit nature watercolor
The juice is a strong dye and it is perfect for painting, I used my 140 lb watercolor paper sketch book
and Aqua flo water filled brushes.

Dragonfruit pink Flower copy
I then decided that I needed a touch of yellow…

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