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INKTOBER 2019 – Official Prompt List!

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October Challenge

COMING SOON!
“INKTOBER 2019 
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 2019
Yes we are getting close to that special time of the year that gather artists all over the world together for this beautiful drawing challenge. Are you getting ready for Inktober 2019? I am brainstorming at the moment about how I like to take the challenge and plan my series.
Time goes fast and this is my 4th year of InkTober, I will do all my best to create something interesting and to be able to complete the 31 days.  This year I have been busy with my art and collaborations and accomplished nice thigs. If you are new to InkTober this is a great challenge that help to refine your sketching skills, stimulate your creativity at drawing and help to get you in a habit and routine to work daily.  This  is a great challenge for experienced artists and beginners. Anyone can participate you can choose to follow the official prompt list or make your own!

Today Jake Parker the illustrator creator of Inktober just released the new “Official Prompt List 2019” and I love to post it here so that you have some time until October 1st to plan and get ready!

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 #17 – BATTLE – 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 two amazing challenges InkTober and MabsDrawlloweenClub that is a little on a more spoocky – Halloween theme prompts 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 plan idea to enable me to join daily both challenges at the same time creating one drawing. And well it was pretty challenging, not easy but I wanted to make it harder and more challenging to stimulate creativity 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 just launched! And if you like see more click the link of my  Gallery Inktober+ MabsDrawlloweenClub 2017

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

INKTOBER-MabsDrawlloweenClub 2018
Day 1 – Poisonous Witch ©CarolinaRusso

Today Settember 1st 2019 were released both challenges Official Prompt Lists.  Right now I have time to think and plan my way to drawing for these challenges! Here there is the MadsDrawlloweenClub prompt list 2019 


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 andRrules:
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 challenge! I would be Sharing my progress on the Blog and daily on Instagram @carolinarussoart  I would be participating again to  MabsDrawlloweenClub2019 challenge like the past two years. Visit Jake Parker website for more details, videos, inspiration and lots to learn.

 

 If you like to join the challenges don’t forget when you post your drawing online always add the hashtags #INKTOBER2019  #INKTOBER  if you choose Mab Graves challenge add #mabsdrawlloweenclub2019 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! Phew….I made the end of this long post! ❤

You can find some of these drawings available in my ETSY Shop

#carolinarussoart 

I hope that artists here on WordPress will join this challenge with me,
I wanted to write this detailed post early to give you time to get organized and prepared for October!

Now let’s get the supplies ready! Choose your sketchbook,
ink pens, watercolor and all you need.
Leave a comment let me know if you intend to participate.

Thank You!
Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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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!

#carolinarussoart #fridakhalo

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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Exploring The Abyss #MerMay2019 – New Release

Exploring The Abyss – #mermay2019 Watercolor ©CarolinaRusso


Exploring The Abyss #mermay2019

The month of May is almost over and so the #mermay Art Challenge.  I love painting mermaids and sadly this year I had no time, I was only able to create one new mermaid to include in my existing Mermaids Collection.  I painted only one but I am very happy with my painting and who said that time is over for creating Mermaids? Yes the challenge is over but I can create new Mermaids whenever I want! 😉

Today I am excited to share with you myNew Release” of my Mermaid painting having the title  “Exploring The Abyss”  I painted in my traditional and signature style watercolor and ink. If you followed my recent posts on Instagram you remember this mermaid because I was showing my work in progress with some sneak peek,  from the pencil sketch to the begin stage of watercolor, if you missed you can visit @carolinarussoart  and see how this painting become alive. This watercolor mermaid had a quite long process, lots of details and layers for me to be able to obtain all the shades of colors.

A Limited Edition of #20 Fine Art Prints is now Available made to order!
If you would like to order one of the beautiful twenty numbered, signed and hand embellished Prints you can they are available only in size 8×10 inches and I Offer a 10% Off discount to my Bloggers friends and anyone that place an Order here on the Blog  if you like to reserve a print just read the details and fill in the order form linked in this page. I do ship Worldwide. If you have any question contact me.

Details about my painting:
 .I used a  Draft/Matic Pencil  0.5mm by ALVIN for my sketch. I painted on BEE Paper 140lb 100% Cotton Cold Press, I used  French Artists Watercolor by  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle. Ink pen COPIC Multiliner #01 and a SAKURA White Gelly Roll pen.

 


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 always available for Pre-Order in Limited Edition Art Prints  here on my Blog!

Please follow me on my Instagram dedicated to my Art! @carolinarussoart 

 #mermay2019 #CarolinaRussoArt

Have a wonderful week dear friends and happy Mermaids!
I am wonder which home will adopt her?

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Carolina Russo´S Best Tips For Creative People – (Interview to me by Artist Magny Tjelta)

Hello dear friends today I love to share with you something for me very exciting!
I was kindly invited to be interviewed by one of my most inspiring Artist friends Magny Tjelta a Norwegian artist, designer, blogger at http://www.magicofcreativity.com and art teacher. She has done amazing art exhibits and big art installations in Norway. We follow each other from years I love her art. In this interview she has great questions for me and I am honored to be one of her featured artists!

Please Read the Interview at >>> Carolina Russo’S Best Tips For Creative People

Enjoy the Interview!
Have a wonderful week and thank you for sharing!

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A Spectacular Butterfly Visit…

Painted Lady Butterfly – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

These days here in Southern California we have so many beautiful small “Painted Lady Butterflies” flying everywhere!
It is so wonderful to watch, they are everywhere flying fast, I heard that they are millions and are migrating coming from Mexico passing  here going to their destination in Northern California.

Painted Lady Butterfly 2019 California Migration –  Photo ©CarolinaRusso

This year we had lots of rain in the past weeks more than our usual and this is the cause while the butterflies are here they had more food in this location and slowed their pace for their migration. It is the first time that I see something like this and so many joyful little beauties! In my photo above you can see all the lovely colors isn’t she wonderful? A nature masterpiece and she seems big, but actually these butterflies are very small like one inch tall while close wings and a two inches wings span. At first I thought that they were baby Monarch because the similarity in the orange  color and design when the wings are open but actually they are “Painted Lady” I love butterflies of any kind they are magical creatures so precious and beautiful! I also have one tattooed on my foot. They have wonderful symbolic meanings of change and transformation, beauty, joy and cycle changes in life.

Painted Lady Butterfly – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

Today I wanted to paint one to remember this magical event and special moment witnessing the 2019 butterflies migration.  I  also wanted to honor the little one you see standing on the rock in my photos, she is not alive anymore ♥️ late last night I found her inside the house on a screen door and gently I had her grip to my finger so that I could bring her outside and let her free, she did walked on my finger and walked in my palm where she decided to spread her wings wide open like to show me all her beauty. I was fascinated to see her color and she closed her wings while standing in my hand…I didn’t know but that was her last breath 😥 I found her this morning like this standing still like when I left her in the garden. I guess if they are migrating she must’ve been exhausted so I kept it and I will treasure her! I hope to find a good way to preserve her ♥️

My mini painting is a little Tribute in appreciation of the universal love and wonderful wildlife and to this lovely Painted Lady that decided to rest and stay in peace forever with me ❤

❤ Details about my painting:
 My Ink drawing is outlined with ink pens..  Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03. Fountain Pen Pilot Prera Fine Nib.  A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil.  A dash of watercolor,  I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on BeePaper  for watercolor 150lb, cold pressed, size 4.5×6 inches .

❤ All my watercolor paintings and drawings are available as Limited Edition Signed Prints you can order them anytime in my SHOP! 

or just Contact me.

 

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Have a wonderful week!

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Thank You!

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Happy Women’s Day!

HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!

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Hello friends this is a sneak peek of my new painting! Sorry I have post it first on Instagram but I will soon create a regular Blog post talking about it and the meanings behind it!
So please stay connected and keep eyes for my next Blog post! As today I wish a very happy International Women’s Day to all! ❤

❤ Details about my paintings:
 My Ink drawing is outlined with ink pens..  Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03 and 05, Micron dark red ink #1. Fountain Pen Pilot Prera Fine Nib.  A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil.  A dash of watercolor,  I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on BeePaper  for watercolor 150lb, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches .

❤ All my watercolor paintings and drawings are available as Limited Edition Signed Prints you can order them anytime in my SHOP! 

❤ Feel free to contact me if you would like a collaboration just Contact me.

 

Follow me on  Instagram on my account dedicated to my Art @carolinarussoart

 

Have a wonderful day!

Thank You!
Thank You!

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