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Frida Kahlo Tribute Portrait

– Frida Kahlo Portrait  –

 

Frida Kahlo – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

Hello friends,
welcome to a warm August!

My post today is the official release of my new painting dedicated to historic Surrealist artist  “Frida Kahlo” the month of July celebrate the anniversaries of her Birthday and end of her life,  (6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) she was a Mexican painter recognized as one of the most revolutionary Latin American artist, best known for her bright color paintings and especially for her self-portraits. She made many portraits telling her own life story dramatically painted. Her paintings were inspired by her culture using symbolism and mythology in her surrealistic style inspired by the nature and artifacts of her native country Mexico. She is also one of the most painted artist around the world, I have seen tribute paintings of her in any creative style and medium. Artists worldwide love to recreate her bold character identified by her eyebrows recon as unibrow iconic shape. This is my second painting dedicated to her. I made my first one two years ago in July 2017 it was a half figure of her inspired by some of her own famous paintings you can see my painting here.

This July 2019 I painted a tribute portrait in my style watercolor and ink which portrays her face with the typical braided hair up do ornate by colorful rose flowers, she wore flowers in her hair most of the time and that’s how she appear in most of the existing photos throughout her life. I am happy overall with this painting especially with the expression I was able to capture in her eyes.

Frida Kahlo – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

The Moth I painted with black ink and gold is just symbolic in a good way. I love moths and I just thought it will complete this tribute portrait to Frida as you see the Moth has a cross on her chest as symbol of “Faith” and two heart shape in her wings they symbolize “Love” the gold means  “Light”. There isn’t any superstitious or dark meanings behind my moth. Moths are “Nocturnal Spirit Animal” they are attracted to light and their meaning resonates with truth, faith and determination you can see a little video I took of this painting to show the shiny gold and I posted on my Instagram!

Sadly Frida Kahlo discovered the art of painting while in bed severely injured from a terrible accident. To take her mind away from the pain and to find a way to pass time she discovered her art and started paint self-portraits one of her famous quotes says: “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best” there are many of her own quotes which her words clearly describe her character like this one “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” Or “I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality”  and how she describe herself  “I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint” – Frida Khalo


Details about my watercolor painting:
 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. A Alvin Draft/Matic  pencil #03.  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches. Enhanced with gold ink.

My Frida Kahlo Prints are now available for pre-order here on my Blog Shop
Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, only 30 prints available, numbered, signed and hand enhanced with gold one by one!
♥️Print price Is $35 free shipping within USA I do ship Internationally for only $6
♥️Print size 8×10 inches numbered edition!
♥️Size 5×7 inches price $25 is an Open Edition not numbered!

🖤♥️🖤I really hope that someone of you out there will adopt her!
Prints are also available on my ETSY Shop

All my watercolor paintings are always available for pre-order as Limited Edition Fine Art Prints hand enhanced and signed  To order prints check Here!

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Wish you a wonderful month of August everyone
and to all my artists friends and followers keep painting!

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Day 4 – Happy 4th July USA #worldwatercolormonth2019

HAPPY 4th July!
Day #4 World Watercolor Month 2019

Day 4 – Red, White and Blue – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Today I am join Charlie at Doodlewash for the World Watercolor Month 2019  Art Challenge this is Day 4 painting prompt is “Family Fun” and here in USA we are celebrating the 4th of July “Independence Day”  also if USA is not my native Country because I was born and raised in Italy I celebrate this day since I live here from 15 years.  Today I like to share again  a painting I made time ago to celebrate this holiday! I have created this painting with a limited palette of two watercolors just blue and red and a touch of gold on her lips!

❤ To all my USA followers and friends and to anyone like me that celebrate this day I wish you  a wonderful day! ❤

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 My watercolors is outlined with black and white ink pens. Gold Jelly Roll pen. 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 .

All my watercolor paintings are always available for pre-order as Limited Edition Fine Art Prints hand enhanced and signed  To order check this page Here!

 

#WorldWatercolorMonth2019 #WorldWatercolorGroup #CarolinaRussoArt

This is going to be an amazing month keep painting!
Much love to everyone around the world!

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Welcome December!

 

Hello everyone today is the first day of December and it is snowing on my Blog!

I love snow but living in Southern California is quite impossible from my location ito have snow unless I go up to the mountains when it’s snowing there.
So… I have to pretend to enjoy a peaceful snowfall and have it on my Blog! ❤ LOL

This month there are some nice watercolor painting challenges starting today! I hope to find the time to join one of them like I did last year, I am thinking at the   “12 Days” Challenge hosted on Instagram and Facebook  by The Bad Apple Artists Collective

Bad Apple 12 Days Challenge Official Prompt List 2018

If you want to play along check the above link, or just join me doing this challenge you can follow along and show me if you create anything! These  Art challenges are a great way to create new work, I love to create new series for my collections of Limited Edition Prints, challenges are great to spice up your creativity and to work on your skills and habits to paint or drawing daily and to have ideas if you’re scared to the blank paper! 😉

For now I wish you all a wonderful Day and a Happy December!

Let it Snow!

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Universal Love – Day 13 #worldwatercolormonth


– Universal Love  –
Day #13 World Watercolor Month 2018

Day 13 – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

Hello friends,
I am so sorry that I have been quite and I haven’t posted lately. Not even for this beautiful event this year I am going to create one painting at week I have been very busy lately fulfilling orders for my Scott Hutchison Tribute Portrait.  I also had some very sad days I have lost two pets in the last 10 days so my heart is grieving!

Today painting it is off of the official prompt list.  The title I gave is “Universal Love”  is a watercolor enhanced with gold and fine line work with ink. I love the contrast of the raw sketch style in addition to the watercolor.

Day 13 – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

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 #02 and 03 . 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 .

About The event:

#worldwatercolormonth

The World Watercolor Month is a worldwide event that consist in daily watercolor painting 1 painting at day for 31 days, this is the third year of the  World Watercolor Month to know more please read all the details explained by the founder my dear friend Charlie O’Shields at Doodlewash

I have proudly participated and completed the two previous editions of The World Watercolor Month you can see my two galleries when it all started in July 2016 and last year July 2017 in these galleries you can see all my paintings from the two previous editions.

 

To see my World Watercolors Month 2018 Collection of daily  paintings please visit my  Gallery (coming soon)


All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month 2018 would be available for pre-order in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints only #31 numbered and hand signed Prints. For details visit the Gallery page linked above’

 

Use hashtag  #WorldWatercolorMonth

 

I hope you like this new painting let me know what you think and have a wonderful weekend!

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The World Watercolor Month 2018 Begin! Day 1 Sadie


– Sadie  –
Day #1 World Watercolor Month 2018

WWM18 Day 1 – Sadie – ©CarolinaRusso

The World Watercolor Month 2018 Begin today!

Hello friends here we are again, today is the first day of this inspiring and creative challenging month of July 2018. Day #1 of 31 days of this worldwide event that consist in daily watercolor painting 1 painting at day for 31 days, today begin the third year of the  World Watercolor Month to know more please read all the details explained by the founder of this event my dear friend Charlie O’Shields at Doodlewash

I have proudly participated and completed the two previous editions of The World Watercolor Month you can see my two galleries when it all started in July 2016 and last year July 2017 in these galleries you can see all my paintings from the two previous editions.

This year I am not always following the official prompt list and I hope to be able to post my work daily. I am quite busy this month also with commissions and other illustrations I am working on, but I will do my best to post whenever possible.

Today painting is my latest commission that I have been working on, the title is “Sadie” I was requested to create a “Tribute Portrait” in loving memory. I loved to paint her so I wanted Sadie to be my first entry off prompts for this year World Watercolor Month.

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 .

To see my World Watercolors Month 2018 Collection of daily  paintings please visit my  Gallery (coming soon)


All my watercolor paintings for the World Watercolor Month 2018 would be available for pre-order in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints only #31 numbered and hand signed Prints. For details visit the Gallery page linked above’

 

Use hashtag  #WorldWatercolorMonth

 

This is going to be a wonderful month stay connected and keep painting!
Much love to the artists participating  around the world
and a special thanks goes to Charlie!

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Day 13 – Unseen (Off Prompt) #WorldWatercolorMonth


– Unseen  –
Day #13 World Watercolor Month 2017

Day 13 – Unseen (Off Prompt) – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Today painting is an off prompt and my title is “Unseen” I hope that you like this piece it was one of those days where I had to deal with not being greatly satisfied with what I was painting! But in the end I am ok with the way it turned out! Maybe it is just me today having an odd day or being too critical to myself. I started this painting having not idea of what to paint, then I wanted to stay on my path for this series of portraits that I am making! Then I just started to put colors quickly on the paper and let the water flow and here it is…that’s art life!

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 My watercolors is outlined with black and white ink pens. Gold Jelly Roll pen. 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 .

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’

 

#WorldWatercolorMonth #WorldWatercolorGroup

Keep being inspired!

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Day 12 – Golden Evenings #WorldWatercolorMonth


– Golden Evenings –
Day #12 World Watercolor Month 2017

Day 12 – Golden Evenings – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Today prompt is  “Golden Evenings” I painted a semi- abstract  portrait in a soft and delicate color palette. The girl is looking dreamy at beauty of the sky and it is surrounded by golden spheres which they represent her dreams. The gold it is always difficult to photograph, so I took two photos, hopefully in the second one you can see the the gold sparkle! I haven’t used gold ink this time because I wanted obtain a almost transparent effect, not so bold for this I used the Japanese watercolors Kuretake Gansai the 36 color set which include some metallic. I am happy with the result I like the lightness of the gold and how the portrait turned out!

Day 12 – Golden Evenings – Original Watercolor ©Carolina Russo

Details about my watercolor paintings:
 My watercolors is outlined with black and white ink pens. I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle, the gold is Kuretake Gansai watercolors (Japan),   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 .

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’

 

#WorldWatercolorMonth #WorldWatercolorGroup

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

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