Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Original Big Eye Goddess Hera Juno Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! July 14-17 Sketches...



"Lost and Found" Original 16"x20" Painting on Canvas Here


This week my featured painting is "Lost and Found".  Hera (also known to the Romans as Juno) is the Greek goddess of marriage and the family and is part of my goddess series.  This is a piece from a while back, I am currently working on the sketches for a new Hera painting.  This original surreal lowbrow goddess painting is available on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisarusso.com; however, on the first Tuesday of the month, I like to put some art prints and LE ACEO prints on ebay at a lower promotional rate for the duration of the auctions...  This month, my theme is myths and fairytales, you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

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July 14-17 Sketches


Here is a sketch of an orchid.  I loved the delicacy of this flower's lines in this side view...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July.  This is from day 14.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a sweet demeanor...  I think she is most likely an angel fairy, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.  


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July. This is from day 15. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of an anthurium.  I love how this flower has a heart shaped quality...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July.  This is from day 16.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  I may develop her further into a Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead piece with marigolds instead of roses in her hair...  I think she is most likely a fairy angel, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July. This is day 17. 

This is a rough sketch. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

WIP Anemone Flowers Art Original Painting Work in Progress + Sketches of Big Eye Fantasy Maidens & Flowers / July 7-13 / Art Sketch Daily...



In this original 8"x10" work in progress WIP oil painting of two anemone flowers, I've done some glazing as well as the flower's cores.  I still need to do a bit more glazing in the background, but I am close to completion on this painting.  I photographed my reference for these beauties at Huntington Gardens...


This is a work in progress, but I also usually post at least one finished piece on Tuesdays if you'd like to come to visit!  You also may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like. 

I'm joining in this week with Paint Party Friday.  To see more participants, please visit:

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July 7-July 13 Sketches


Here is a sketch of a dogwood blossom.  They have such a delicate appeal...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July.  This is from day 7.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a feeling of strength.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be a fairy angel or a mermaid.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July. This is from day 8. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a camellia.  I don't feel I quite captured this flower, I may try this one again...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July.  This is from day 9.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She is inspired by the fairytale little red riding hood.  This is a bonus variation.  I didn't chose this one to refine to paint, but I have chosen one and I am making progress.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July. This is from day 16. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of some rue anemones.  They are such sweet and pretty flowers...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July.  This is from day 11.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has long flowing hair...  I think she is most likely a mermaid, although she could also be a fairy angel or a goddess.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July. This is from day 12. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a carnation and bud.  I love how long these flowers last...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July.  This is day 13. 

This is a rough sketch.

Friday, July 6, 2018

WIP Chow Chow Puppy Dog Art Original Painting Work in Progress + Sketches of Big Eye Fantasy Maidens & Flowers / June 30-July 6 / Art Sketch Daily...



In this original acrylic painting of a chow chow puppy dog, I'm very close to being done.  I've been working on her nose and whiskers.  Now that I have her scanned in, I'm going to previs the highlights in her eyes and when they're painted she will very likely be all done...  The panel that I'm painting on is 5"x7"


This is a work in progress, but I also usually post at least one finished piece on Tuesdays if you'd like to come to visit!  You also may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like.

I'm joining in this week with Paint Party Friday.  To see more participants, please visit:

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June 30-July 6

This is a bit of a large group, sometimes I fall behind in scanning them in, but so far I have been consistent in sketching daily.  It's something I really enjoy, these are just rough sketches, but I hope that you will enjoy them.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an expression of gentle concern.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be a fairy angel or a mermaid.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June. This is from day 30. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a soft sweetness...  I think she is most likely an angel fairy, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.  


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July. This is from day 1. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of some bleeding heart flowers.  They have such grace to them...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July.  This is from day 2.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She looks a bit surprised...  I think she is most likely a fairy angel, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July. This is from day 3. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a contemplative quality.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be a fairy angel or a mermaid.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July. This is day 4. 

This is a rough sketch.  


Here is a sketch of two black eyed susans.  They're such a charming and friendly flower...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July.  This is from day 5.  

This is a rough sketch.  


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She wears a seashell broach and has gently flowing hair...  I think she is most likely a mermaid, although she could also be a fairy angel or a goddess.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July. This is day 6.

This is a rough sketch.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July! Original Big Eye Goddess Athena Minerva Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Annie Stegg Gerard Exhibit at the Gallery Nucleus...


In honor of the 4th of July, I am sharing one of my favorite paintings that I've done as well as art by one of my favorite artists.  I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday!


"Watchful Eyes" Original 16"x20" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Watchful Eyes". The original surreal lowbrow goddess painting is available for purchase on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  Athena (also known to the Romans as Minerva) is the Greek goddess of wisdom and is part of my goddess series. 

Most of my art is also available on my website at lisarusso.com; however, on the first Tuesday of the month, I like to put some art prints and LE ACEO prints on ebay at a lower promotional rate for the duration of the auctions...  This month, my theme is myths and fairytales, you may see them here.

Featured Image "Watchful Eyes"
8"x10" Open Edition print on Sale here
ACEO 2.5"x3.5" Limited Edition LE 1st of 25 on Sale here

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday
http://www.create-with-joy.com/

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Annie Stegg Gerard's Moonlit Vale Exhibit at the Gallery Nucleus Part I

Annie Stegg Gerard is on of my favorite contemporary artists, her artwork sings with magical realism and dazzling details.  I can get lost so very easily in her art.  Recently she launched her first coloring book "The Moonlit Vale" and has some of her ink illustrations, spot illustrations, and original oil paintings available at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra.  If you're in the area, I highly recommend this show, the art is incredible.  Seeing her ink drawings and her paintings together is a rare treat.  Her solo show is in the upstairs part of the gallery.  If I could, I'd take all of her pieces home with me!  The coloring book is available in the bookstore portion of the gallery as well as online...   It is also available directly from the artist.

The Moonlit Vale at Gallery Nucleus
A Mythical Coloring & Art Book
by Annie Stegg Gerard
June 16, 2018 - July 8, 2018

For purchase information, email info@gallerynucleus.com
STORE 626.458.7482   
GALLERY 626.458.7477
Tuesday - Sunday : 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Monday : Closed
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

This is part I of II.  The show is OPEN until July 8th of 2018.  I will link part II here.  I intend to share all of her paintings from the show as well as some of her original ink drawings.

Here are some links for Annie Stegg Gerard.  If you enjoy Patreon, Annie's is amazing, she shares her process as well as videos of her painting.  She also sometimes does a drawing for original pieces.  I had the good fortune of winning her mermaid drawing, which I am looking forward to sharing when I've framed it.  I believe the next one will be a unicorn!
https://www.facebook.com/AnnieSteggFineArt/
https://www.patreon.com/AnnieSteggGerard/posts

http://www.gallerygerard.com/

Here is a group of Annie Stegg Gerard's small original VIGNETTE spot illustrations from her coloring book.

BEDTIME STORIES by Annie Stegg Gerard

NOCTURNAL GARDEN by Annie Stegg Gerard

TWIN OWLS by Annie Stegg Gerard

QUEEN BEE by Annie Stegg Gerard

QUEEN BEE Close Up by Annie Stegg Gerard

THE MERMAID by Annie Stegg Gerard

THE MERMAID Close Up by Annie Stegg Gerard

THE SERPENT by Annie Stegg Gerard

THE SERPENT Close Up by Annie Stegg Gerard

MOONLIT REVERIE by Annie Stegg Gerard

MOONLIT REVERIE Close Up by Annie Stegg Gerard


Whilst I have continued to sketch daily, I spent my time getting this ready and haven't had a chance to prep my sketches yet.  I'll try to get caught up on posting my daily sketches on Friday.

Friday, June 29, 2018

WIP Peacock Bird Art Original Painting Work in Progress + Sketches of Big Eye Angels Fairies Mermaids Goddesses & Flowers / June 20-29 / Art Sketch Daily...



In this original acrylic painting of a peacock, I've been working on the feathers.  I've been doing some details as well as blocking in the portion that will have more mermaid feather details as I go forwards.  I may do a blue wash on the green later, but I want to put in more details before I decide...  I'll eventually do highlights with the gold leafing paint near the very end of the painting.  The canvas that I'm painting on is 11"x14" 


This is a work in progress, but I also usually post at least one finished piece on Tuesdays if you'd like to come to visit!  You also may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like.

I'm joining in this week with Paint Party Friday.  To see more participants, please visit:

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June 20-29 Sketches

This is a bit of a large group, sometimes I fall behind in scanning them in, but so far I have been consistent in sketching daily.  It's something I really enjoy, these are just rough sketches, but I hope that you will enjoy them.



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She is gazing upwards...  I think she is most likely an angel fairy, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.  


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June. This is from day 20. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a rose.  Roses are a favorite flower of mine...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June.  This is from day 21.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of an anthurium.  They have such lovely lines...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June.  This is from day 22.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a whimsical expression...  I think she is most likely a mermaid, although she could also be a fairy angel or a goddess.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June. This is from day 23. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a saucer magnolia.  This one is starting to bloom...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June.  This is from day 24.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a saucer magnolia bud.  It is soon to unfurl its beauty...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June.  This is from day 25.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a cautious quality...  I think she is most likely a fairy angel, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June. This is from day 26. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of an orchid.  This flowers have such a wide range of forms...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June.  This is from day 27.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of an orchid.  This is a more common form of this flower than yesterday's sketch, but still such a delicate beauty...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June.  This is from day 28.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems to have access to a deep well of wisdom.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be a fairy angel or a mermaid.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June. This is day 29. 

This is a rough sketch.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Original Seahorse Friend Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! June 13-19 Sketches...



"Seahorse Friend" Original 5"x7" Painting on Panel Here

This week my featured painting is "Seahorse Friend."  This little seahorse friend is focused on meeting with his other seahorse and mermaid friends...  He has big eyes for a seahorse and is inspired by two different kinds of seahorses, one with willowy spiney extrusions and the other with incandescent hues. The style has a fantasy surrealism feel.  The original seahorse painting is available for purchase on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisarusso.com; however, on the first Tuesday of the month, I like to put some art prints and LE ACEO prints on ebay at a lower promotional rate for the duration of the auctions...  This month, my theme is a selection of my purple flowers, you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

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June 13-19 Sketches


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems to have a contemplative quality.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be a fairy angel or a mermaid.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June. This is from day 13. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a tiger lily.  These lilies have such grace...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June.  This is from day 14.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a gypsy charm to her...  I think she is most likely a fairy angel, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June. This is from day 15. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of an impatiens flower.  I'm not very familiar with these flowers, but I enjoy trying new blooms when I sketch...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June.  This is from day 16.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a sweet charm...  I think she is most likely an angel fairy, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.  


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June. This is from day 17. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of some redbud blossoms.  I love these flowers, I'm considering getting a western redbud tree for the front yard...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch or not, but I did enjoy sketching it. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June.  This is from day 18.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a powerful feeling...  I think she is most likely a fairy angel, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in June. This is from day 19. 

This is a rough sketch.