Hello dear friends, today I love to share with you something for me very exciting!
I was invited to be interviewed by VoyageLA Magazine I am very thankful for the wonderful opportunity to be included in this publication in their Local Inspiring Stories for Los Angeles and surrounding areas. VoyageLA is a local publication with a nice mission: “Our mission is to build a platform that fosters collaboration and support for small businesses, independent artists and entrepreneurs, local institutions and those that make our city interesting. We also think artists rock”.
The interview I took part is now published!
The article title is Daily Inspirations: Meet Carolina Russo you can read it Here
I answered to quite few interesting questions about my artist life and my evolving artistic journey.
A special Thank You goes to my lovely friend Janell Mithani that surprised me suggesting my name to them! 💖Immense gratitude to you 🥰
I hope you enjoy the Interview!
I wish you a wonderful week and if you do thank you for sharing!
This is my Art Vs. Artists 2022,
I like to share with you what this is in case you’re not familiar with it. The hashtag #artvsarist is going on from years. I am not sure about the precise time, I guess this trend started among artists around the year 2016 on internet social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook etc. Some call it Trend, Challenge. It is actually a way for artists to quickly showcase images of their work along with a photo of themselves. In a nine squares grid, artists pick their best artworks from the current year and usually the spot at the center is used for a selfie. I think is a nice way to discover the artist behind the art a little spotlight that brings quickly all together. I did participate to this in the past few years and I find it nice to look back at the previous ones to see how my art and work evolved. This year my grid is filled with landscapes. I selected some new paintings from my upcoming Collection release “Fields and Waters” and in the center a fun photo of me!
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This is also a great way to discover new artists. If you would like to participate showcasing your work and yourself, you can until the end of the year! Easily find a template grid, I used the Layout App on my iPhone. When you created your 9 squares grid share it using the hashtags #artvsartist #artvsartist2022
On the side note, to know when I release my new Collection which is few days away Join my Collector’s List
Wishing you all a Wonderful and Merry Christmas may this day bringing you the light in your heart may it be filled with happiness and joy! This is a strange time we’re living just enjoy the moment Happy Holidays!
Thank you always for following my journey I am very grateful for you all!
Today I am excited to share with you one of my latest watercolor painting having the title ” Queen Flower”.
I painted in my traditional signature style in watercolor and ink but this time not on the usual watercolor paper. I came across this 10 inches diameter paper lace doily at home and my first thought was to make a ink drawing on it! I love to explore new artistic and creative ways to paint, testing papers or surfaces and see how watercolor works especially on unusual ones! I am always driven to try new techniques and materials. I have to say that the combination of watercolor and ink pen did work really well without any bleeding through the paper! I am happy and pleased with the outcome! The watercolor looks great on this paper doily, the original painting is lovely and would look great with a floating frame. I will sure create more paintings on paper doilies in the future.
The Original Painting is Available for sale! If you are interested in this Original Watercolor painting or if you have any question please Contact me.
Artist’s details about the painting: .I used a Draft/Matic Pencil 0.5mm by ALVIN for my sketch. I painted on a 10 inch Paper Doily, 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 GALLERYthere 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!
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.
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!
Wish you a wonderful month of August everyone
and to all my artists friends and followers keep painting!
This month I have participated to another inspiring painting challenge the second hosted this year by Artist Annie Stegg Gerard on Instagram.
Annie challenged us for a “Draw this your style challenge, posting her oil painting “Princess Isadora”. I have participated to her first challenge painting “Princess Cordelia” and of course I wanted to participate again. I loved to paint Isadora in my style. Annie gave us no restrictions and pure freedom to re-create her beautiful painting in anyway we wanted. Her Art is ethereal and dreamy, make you think about fantastic fairytales. I loved to paint my vision of Princess Isadora, according to Annie she is Cordelia’s older sister, so now I have re-created the two beautiful sisters in my style and medium. I am happy with the outcome.
About Annie’s art world….
” Inspired by nature, folklore and mythology, her work evokes emotion and imagination in the viewer. Annie has a special love for the 18h century Rococo painters who have had a large influence on her own method. She finds inspiration in their imagination, and the dreamlike palette and lively brushwork that combine to create a wonderful atmosphere of enchantment.” I suggest you to visit her website at Gallery Gerard
I hope that you like my watercolors and ink paintings, let me know your impressions and feelings about it! I really would like to know!
❤ Details about my painting: 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 CANSON Illustration Artists Series Paper 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 Limited Edition Print of the painting “Princess Isadora” just Contact me and also ask me for the special duo if you like to get both Princess ” Isadora and Cordelia”
A new painting for my “Floral Series” is ready!
If you’re a follower of my Blog you know that I have dedicated this month painting flowers honoring the beautiful Spring Season where everything in nature awakens. I am painting in “Loose Watercolor” style. This painting of the series is a little less “loose” because I wanted to add some more details. (Read below if you don’t know about this painting technique).
My new painting title is “Gaia’s Anemones…” which is different from my previous two paintings Just A Rose… and Wildflowers… in this one I was inspired by the Greek Mythology and I wanted to include a face between the flowers, she represents “Gaia Mother Earth Goddess” the ancestral mother of all life found in the early Greek Mythology. I love the Anemone flowers especially the beautiful variety of colors. Also the word Anemone comes from the Greek and means “the wind’s daughter”. The combination of anemos, the word for wind, and the suffix -one, which indicates a female offspring or daughter. It gained this name because of myths involving the Greek gods of the four winds. The Anemone flowers also has several interesting meanings given by different cultures. In the Western culture it symbolize “Protection”. I like to dedicate this painting to my lovely Mother she loves Anemones I remember growing up she always had some in our house during Spring time ❤
I hope that you like my new painting and found the meanings and facts behind it interesting! Let me know I always love your comments!
What is Loose Watercolor? I got this question a lot lately. And this is a quick explanation, “Loose Watercolor” it is a very inspiring way to paint but not easy to master. It seems effortless and quick but actually isn’t and needs confidence, the artist has to embrace a different approach and way to think from the start when attempting this technique. Each artist has to find his own way and shift thinking to explore it. The quote “Less is more” is really true while painting this way, details and overwork is left out! And instead there is the careful placement of brushstrokes that are just like a magic guide for the colors to fill the water and blend with each other creating shapes in such a beautiful softness that make it perfect for painting flowers or amazing skies and any other subject.
❤ Details about my painting: Loose watercolor technique. I used only 3 colors palette – French Artists Watercolors Sennelier l’Aguarelle, Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on BeePaper watercolor paper 140lb, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches.
❤ All my watercolor paintings and drawings are always available as Limited Edition Fine Art Signed Prints you can order them anytime in my SHOP! All the details price, sizes, shipping etc are explained in the linked page!
❤ Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you’re interested in an Original Painting” or if you have an idea Contact me!
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!
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