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Day 9 – Summer Tunes (The Twilight Sad) #WorldWatercolorMonth


– Summer Tunes (The Twilight Sad)  –
Day #9 World Watercolor Month 2017

Day 9 – Summer Tunes (The Twilight Sad) – Original Watercolor Ink Painting ©Carolina Russo

Today painting prompt is “Summer Tunes” this has been a very nice and fun prompt for me to  paint and illustrate in a comic cartoons 50’s looking style. This painting is inspired by the album covers of one of my favorite bands nowadays  Scottish  “The Twilight Sad” I don’t know the name of who created the original covers, I wish I knew to be able to give credit. This is my vision and reinterpretation combining two of their album covers together as watercolor painting with ink outline. If you are a fan of this band then you know exactly about these album covers! 😉 This painting it is also created as part of my Collection “Art For Music” it is also my second painting dedicated to this band. I love their music and it is for sure my go to Summer Tunes and all year round with few other amazing bands I love.

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 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 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 .

For your knowledge and curiosity here I will post the images of the two original covers:

 

To see my World Watercolors Month 2017 Collection of daily  paintings please visit my  Gallery


All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month 2017 are available for preorder in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints only #31 numbered and hand signed Prints. For details visit the Gallery page linked above’

 

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Wish you a wonderful month everyone and to my artists friends keep painting! ❤

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New Release! Limited Edition Art Print – The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad - Original Watercolor-Ink ©Carolina Russo
The Twilight Sad – Original Watercolor-Ink ©Carolina Russo


NEW RELEASE!

From the beginning of October  I have been very busy creating and drawing daily, participating to the Worldwide InkTober event. But I also loved and found some time to create a watercolor Ink painting that is a collectible illustration, dedicated to The Twilight Sad amazing band from Scotland that I am a huge fan.  My drawing is inspired by some of their images used on album covers. I just came out with my own creative interpretation and wanted to dedicate it to The Twilight Sad and to all the fans that love them and enjoy their music. They all know what this painting is all about.

Today October 27, 2016  I am going to “Release and Debut” this Painting here on my Blog and also debuted exclusively on Fans of The Twilight Sad Facebook Group.

This Painting is a Limited Edition!

If you like it Pre-Order your Art Print soon!

There would be only #60 Art Prints for this first close number edition.
I accept Pre-Orders from today until Sunday November 6 at midnight Pacific Time USA.
After November 6 printing will begin and shipping.

For all the info and details check out the dedicated Shop Art Print Page

Thank you always for supporting my Art!

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Digital Art Portraits Music Collection – The Twilight Sad –

The Twilight Sad - Digital Portrait - MUSIC Collection - ©Carolina Russo - Photo Credits Mauro Melis
The Twilight Sad – Digital Portraits MUSIC Collection – ©Carolina Russo


Digital Art  Portraits MUSIC Collection

– THE TWILIGHT SAD –

Today I am sharing with you my project and artwork a new Digital Portrait!

This time I am starting a new Collection of Portraits dedicated to the world of  “MUSIC” and Artists. I loved to create this portrait very much,  because is inspired and dedicated to my favorite nowadays band from Scotland “The Twilight Sad” and to their great and unique music. This year The Twilight Sad had an amazing and successful North American Tour as the opening band chosen by the iconic “The Cure” for this full-fledged 2016 World Tour together. In October they will be back on stage with The Cure Touring around Europe for the final dates of the Tour.  I attended one of the fantastic concerts last May. I have seen them in Los Angeles at The Hollywood Bowl in one of the three sold out shows, it was an amazing and wonderful concert that I never wanted to miss. If you haven’t you can read my detailed Blog Post here.

Details about my Digital Portrait

For this portrait I loved to use the beautiful photos of International Live Music Photographer, “Mauro Melis”, his work is stunning! He had the opportunity to photograph many amazing bands during the years, creating beautiful memories throughout his photography. And I am honored that he let me use his photos for create my artwork this digital portrait. I used three images of The Twilight Sad performing during two dates of the North American Tour. These below are the original photos I used before my digital intervention and creation.

Singer James Graham - Medison Square Garden New York
Singer James Graham – Concert June 18, 2016 – Madison Square Garden, New York
Guitar - Andy MacFarlane
Guitar – Andy MacFarlane  – Concert May 17, 2016 – El Paso, Texas
Drummer - Mark Devine - Concert May 17, 2016 - El Paso Texas
Drummer – Mark Devine – Concert May 17, 2016 – El Paso, Texas

I love to create these ethereal digital Portraits. They  are  my evolving  idea and concept to combining images and telling a story in the form of Visual-Art. Each photo has a meaning behind it and tell the Portrait story. During my creative process I am very selective of which photo I use and I spend lots of time researching for the right ones, with the right tones of colors, right  lighting and more details to look at it. This portrait is create with three photos but in my experience during my artistic journey I have made images with 10 and more photos. The process of creating is complex and introspective there is a lots of work and lots of myself in each final image.   I am happy the way this portrait turned out and I plan to create more of them for the Music Collection. For now The Twilight Sad are my shining stars on this special portrait!

You can see and read more of my Digital Portraits visiting my other artistic Collection “When Nature Meets Humans”

I hope that you like my Digital Art and that you will share your impressions on this portrait!
A special thanks goes to The Twilight Sad with my best wishes for their European Tour dates and a great thank you to Mauro Melis for his stunning photography and his kindness to me.

For more information or questions about my Custom Digital Portraits contact me!


Sources:
Official Website: The Twilight Sad
Photo Credits: ©Mauro Melis Photography

Important Note: I respect the Copyrights and Rights of the photos that are not my own. Credits for the photos I use to create my Portraits that are not mine goes to their respective owners. The finished “Portrait” created as result of  a digital work of art, blending, layering and manipulating the photos used, it is my own creation and Digital Artwork and has my Copyright© Carolina Russo. The photos and the digital portrait are copyrighted images. Please do not use any of those images without explicit permissions. If you share online please give credits.

 

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Music – 35 Minutes Live with “The Twilight Sad”

 

Today post is dedicated to Music!
I am sharing a great video featuring one of my favorite and inspiring bands from nowadays “The Twilight Sad” performing live on KEXP Seattle last March 2015. This is a wonderful live full performance to watch if you don’t know this band or if you want to know more about their great music. I love these guys they are humble, passionate in what they are doing and amazing!

Their music is unique and intense, they deliver great sounds and dark nostalgic atmospheres. It is a magical combination with the beautiful voice of charismatic and intense singer James Graham front man of Scottish post-punk band.   At the moment The Twilight Sad are the “Special Guests” and opening band for the iconic “The Cure” on all the dates of their 2016 North American and European Tour. The Cure couldn’t make a better choice bringing The Twilight Sad out in the light for an exposure very well deserved. They are an outstanding band that is rising up in our contemporary music culture.  Last May I was fortunate to be able to attend  The Cure Concert in Los Angeles where The Twilight Sad opened with an awesome performance.  I was also lucky and happy to meet James Graham in person 😉 If you haven’t,  you can read my detailed post with photos and videos of my fantastic experience attending The Cure Concert at The Hollywood Bowl.
The North American Tour ended beautifully leaving amazing and unforgettable memories.

Right now  The Twilight Sad will have two appearances in UK one on the 27 of August at the “Electric Fields Festival” and one September 10 at “Bestival“!
The European Tour start in October first date in Helsinki -Finland, check out all the Tour Dates. If you like this music don’t miss them live. 😉

Website
thetwilightsad.com

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the music!

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Digital Portrait – James Graham

James Graham singer of The Twilight Sad - Birthday Portrait - Photography ©Mauro Melis  - Digital Portrait ©Carolina Russo
James Graham singer of The Twilight Sad – Birthday Portrait – Photography ©Mauro Melis – Digital Portrait ©Carolina Russo

Digital Portraits Music Collection

– James Graham –

Today I am sharing with you my New Digital Portrait!

James Graham is the singer of my favorite Scotland band The Twilight Sad their great and unique music and the beautiful photos of international Music Photographer Mauro Melis , inspired me on creating this new Digital Portrait in honor and to celebrate today James Birthday!

The Twilight Sad just ended two days ago in Miami  their amazing and successful North American Tour as guest band opening for The Cure! I attended their amazing and unforgettable  concert last May in Los Angeles and I was lucky to met James, if you haven’t you can read my Blog Post here.

This is a black and white with a hue of blue portrait in connection and symbiosis, reflecting  James unique style and stage presence as mirror and shining light of The Twilight Sad  music.

For this special portrait with the courtesy and kindness of Mauro Melis I was able to use some of his stunning photos from this Tour.


Sources:
Photo Credits ©Mauro Melis Photography

Happy Birthday James!

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Week #14 – Meet and Greet Fridays…

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Week #14 – MEET and GREET Fridays…

 

Hello everyone,

here we are at Week #14 of this beautiful event!

I hope that you had a good week and that you are ready for an happy weekend!

I had a fantastic week because on May 23 I got to attend one Amazing Concert! 😉 I have seen two of my favorite bands in one day. “The Cure and their special guest The Twilight Sad” in their North America Tour 2016.  If you love music maybe you would like to read my amazing experience at the concert!
You can read my post here.

Here we go another Meet and Greet…it is so exciting to discover new Blogs! Keep leaving your links!

During the past 13 Fridays of this weekly event I came across great Blogs and I got to meet some new friends and inspiring Bloggers.

And we all looking forward to Friday! 😉

Last week this event turned out great, thank you very much for the participation and for all the reblogs, Twitter and any social media shares!
That’s awesome from you to share! ❤

Let’s make today event another great one invite your friends!

Everyone is welcome and if you are new to this, please read all the details on the Meet and Greet Fridays Home Page!

Reminder: this weekly event is linked to And Featured is…a monthly event that I host on YesterdayAfter.com  each 2nd Saturday of the month. A new “Featured of the Month” would be chosen by me between all the Blogs links left during our weekly Meet and Greet Fridays!

The Featured of the month of May is Miriam Blaker  and her Blog Out an’ About  give her a visit!

Next week I have to choose a new Featured for the month of June! 😉

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If you would like to introduce your Blog, meet other great bloggers, and have the opportunity to be considered for the month selection of  The Featured of the Month please leave a comment on this post with your Blog link!

 

I wish you a wonderful Meet and Greet Friday!

Always thank you for your help sharing the love!

-Carolina

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The Cure and The Twilight Sad – Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles May 23, 2016…Amazing!!!

The Cure
The Cure

Today post is about my thrilling experience attending the concert of one of the greatest band of all time UK iconic and legendary “The Cure”. Their music amazed millions of fans worldwide during last forty years and I am one of them. This concert is one of the most beautiful experience I had.

On Monday May 23, 2016 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles best known as a historical venue whethe-cure-2016-tour-dates-photo-500x516re great music names of all time has performed.  I was lucky to be able to have a ticket on the second day of the three “Sold Out” shows. The Cure  also performed on Sunday 22 and Tuesday 24 as part of their North America Tour 2016 the first US full-fledged tour in eight years with 33 Shows in US and in Autumn they will be touring in Europe with 26 Shows.

The Cure Tour 2016” will present Robert Smith (voice/guitar), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O’Donnell (keys) and Reeves Gabrels (guitar).

This amazing tour also features another of my favorite band that I discovered quite a while back that I follow and love.  Their music is unique and intense with great sounds and dark atmospheres, it is a magical combination with the beautiful voice of charismatic and intense singer James Graham, front man of Scottish post-punk band “The Twilight Sad”.   They are  the “Special Guests” supporting The Cure on almost all the dates of this 2016 Tour. The Cure couldn’t make a better choice on bringing The Twilight Sad out in the light for an exposure very well deserved, they are an awesome band rising up in our contemporary music.

The Twilight Sad
The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad band is based in Glasgow Scotland and was formed in 2003. Since then they released four studio albums, the latest is “Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave.  The band members are James Graham (vocals), Andy MacFarlane (guitar), and Mark Devine (drums). Touring members include Johnny Docherty (bass guitar) and Brendan Smith (keyboards).

The Twilight Sad - James Graham
The Twilight Sad – James Graham
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The Twilight Sad will also be performing some headline shows during the tour, one was scheduled in  Los Angeles at the “Teragram Ballroom” on Wednesday May 25. Sadly, I couldn’t attend this one. I really wanted to go to see them perform in their own element in the darkness of an intimate place where you can feel their music shock you deep inside your soul. I won’t miss them next time they come back to L.A. that for sure!

Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles - Photo ©The Twilight Sad
Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles – Photo ©The Twilight Sad

 

 

I couldn’t be more happy to attend this lifetime wish come true concert and to be able to see two of my loved bands  live in one day! This is truly amazing!

The Cure Robert Smith

When I discovered The Cure  I was in Italy, my native country. A friend went to a summer vacation in London and came back with several vinyl albums from a band that at that time we didn’t know so well yet…The Cure! I have to say that after I listened their albums, I was hooked to their music. “Seventeen Seconds” was the one for me iconic and epic album that signed my love life for The Cure.  The beautiful dark timeless sound that distinguish the uniqueness of this band is contained in all the songs of this album and in more to come.  Included is “A Forest” one of my all time favorite songs that give me goosebumps each time I listen to it.

Finally time has arrived…
On May 23, after months of waiting, my day started pretty early getting ready to go to the Hollywood Bowl a 50 minutes drive from where I live.  Exciting feelings were anticipating the concert that I have been waiting for all my life. This day was a very special day for me, it was filled with intense emotions and a “Surreal Surprise”. I am so happy that I was able to attend, I never wanted to miss this. The weather was sunny most of the day and later on turned a little gloomy with an appealing breeze.

 

Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl – Photo ©Carolina Russo

When we arrived to the Hollywood Bowl was great to see the big sign saying  “The Cure – The Twilight Sad – Tonight 7:pm – Sold Out” another great concert was about to be written in the history album of this venue. Things were getting real now!
We decided to pass the Hollywood Bowl to find an alternative parking area since the Bowl parking is known to be very crowded. So we drove down the main street at a decent walking distance from the Bowl.

Welcome to Hollywood
Welcome to Hollywood – Photo ©Carolina Russo

There is a church with parking that I knew would let people park for events at the Bowl. We drove in looking for someone to ask if was possible to park early since the time was around 3.30pm and the gates of the Hollywood Bowl didn’t open til 5pm. Right at that exact moment when I turned my face toward the street I was stunned! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!  Walking passed us in the street I see The Twilight Sad singer “James Graham” and the band manager John-Paul Mason, just at that precise moment! They appeared to me out of the blue! Oh Wow!!! That moment was so surreal! How could this be possible??? Instinctively I said, “That’s James!!!” He heard his name because he turned his face looking around trying to figure out who was calling him lol…I couldn’t believe what was happening, everything happened so fast like magic! That was one in a million chances. I kept calling James name and quickly got out to the car so that he could see me. They stopped, turned around and approached me by the fence.  James came close smiling and surprised. I told him that I am a fan.  Then they kindly came around the fence into the parking lot where I was. We started to talk and laugh, we hugged surprised from this amazing moment, it was fantastic like meeting old friends that you haven’t seen in a long time. James was super cool and very friendly, and so was John Paul. While talking we took some photos that I will cherish forever. Here is James! The impressive and intense soul of The Twilight Sad! I love this photo!

James Graham and Me
James Graham and Me – Photo ©Carolina Russo

It was definitely one of the most surreal moments I’ve ever had! I couldn’t believe what just happened, this “encounter” alone made my day before it even started. I felt so great and happy!

Surreal and so cool!
Surreal and so cool!  James Graham, John-Paul Mason and Me – Photo ©Carolina Russo

resize_1413626067One of The Twilight Sad beautiful songs that I love is “There’s a Girl in the Corner,” track from 2014 latest album “Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leaveawesome album! This song is also offered as
Exclusive Free Tour Download you can get it here.

I guess today “I was the girl in the corner” 😉 I can only say that it was a fantastic experience to meet James and John Paul, the best things happen when you don’t expect them. Thank you for stopping your walk and taking your time with me. Going to the concert, of course, I was hoping to be able to catch James and the band after the gig at the merchandise booth, but I knew that in L.A. wouldn’t be any easy in a sold out venue like this concert.

So my wish got fully granted with an amazing  unexpected surprise that I will never forget. Thank You for your kindness James!

After of all this we had a little time before the Bowl opened the gates. There were so many people everything was  well-organized and went smooth. While waiting I could hear The Twilight Sad doing their sound check and James voice resonate in between the Hollywood hills very beautiful. It was getting really exciting!

 

 

Outside Hollywood Bowl
Outside The Hollywood Bowl

Around 5.30pm we were able to get inside the arena of the Bowl and had some time to kill after we got our seats. We went around the venue and  to the merchandise booths to buy my  The Cure Tour T-Shirt lots of people and I haven’t seen The Twilight Sad T-shirt that I wanted too!

My The Cure Tshirt
My The Cure T-shirt  –  Photo ©Carolina Russo

Around 7pm was still natural sunlight, the arena wasn’t full yet but people were coming in. The concert started with The  Twilight Sad opening with the  beautiful notes of “There’s a Girl in the Corner” another great surprise for me! This song did bring together The Cure with The Twilight Sad for their collaboration. Robert Smith, recently recorded a beautiful cover for this song.

The Twilight Sad
The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad delivered a great  performance with  7 songs on their Setlist, James Graham always deliver exceptional intensity and passion while singing becoming one with the music and dominating the stage with a distinctive, impressive presence. The 7 songs performed were: 1) There is a Girl in the Corner –  2) Last January – 3) That Summer at Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy – 4) It Never Was The Same – 5) Seven Years of Letters – 6) Reflection of The Television – 7) And She Would Darken the Memory.

The Cure Concert Begin
The Cure Concert Begin

The sun was almost down by 8pm. The arena of the Hollywood Bowl was full and exciting.  Clouds were invading the sky creating the perfect shade of darkness and gray atmosphere for The Cure to take the stage. The show opened with the beautiful and distinct sound of the guitars and Robert voice singing  “Open” the first song of a long beautiful and insane Setlist featuring 33 amazing songs, 4 encores and two new songs performed Step into the Light and It can never be the same . The Cure gifted us with 3 hours of an amazing and spectacular show.

After playing 19 uninterrupted songs, the band left the stage for the first time.  Watching The Cure live is stunning!
They are better than ever. Robert Smith has amazing stamina, he can sing and play his guitar forever. In between songs Robert gave us few kind and cheerful words. Roberts voice is as fresh and powerful like time hasn’t passed, the same for  his unique look, the only difference is that he is letting his hair color natural. Besides that, his black eye-lined eyes, lipstick, black dressed and heavy boots all still there. He is “The Cure” the founder and heart of this amazing band and it’s so great to see that unity as band that make them amazing like their music.

After 23 songs and at the end of the encore 2 my favorite song  “A Forest” blown away  the Hollywood Bowl! There are not enough words to describe how this song effected me and everyone else there.  This song has been with me almost all my life. No matter what has changed growing up, or going through life experiences and I think when this happens that’s what great music is all about, you become one with it, and will never leave you. Was an incredible experience to hear it live!

After this great moment, we had encore 3 and encore 4 more beautiful songs were played.  The Cure wanted to give us everything they could in 3 hours time and still a lot more of amazing music from their discography were left un played. Robert & Co.  enjoyed play their music with us very much it was like they never wanted to stop until the grand final with the song “Boys Don’t Cry”. This concert was outstanding and fantastic for so many reasons.  I have seen two amazing loved bands and I would love to see them again and again and again…

A special thanks to The Cure and to The Twilight Sad for this unforgettable concert and for their timeless great music!

 

Late in October 2016 I have created a watercolor ink painting dedicated to The Twilight Sad
1st Release Collectors Limited Edition Fine Art Print are available on pre-order Here 

Featured Photos by Photographer  ©Mauro Melis
Thank you Mauro for let me use them!

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