Saturday, January 18, 2020

WIP Year of the Rat Art Original Painting Work in Progress / AUSTRALIA WILDFIRES FUNDRAISER! - Camilla d’Errico - Koala Postcard Set - Signed...



In this original wip work in progress acrylic painting of a rat, I have finished the background, I went with a loose impressionistic style of some cherry blossoms.  Next I will be the underpainting and then the foreground and final details.  The panel that I'm painting on is 5"x7" and I'm hoping to release this on Tuesday but I have a lot of painting to do!  I'm painting Rattie (this is just a working title, I'm hoping to come up with something better, but if not, well...) in honor of the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Rat.  


This is a work in progress, but I also post finished pieces here as well if you'd like to come to visit!  You also may see some of my finished paintings at lisabellarusso.com if you'd like.

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AUSTRALIA WILDFIRES FUNDRAISER! - Camilla d’Errico - Koala Postcard Set - Signed


This auction is by welcometo_ourden on ebay, it is to benefit the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue @wireswildliferescue.  I love animals and my heart broke seeing the devastation there.  This seems like a beautiful way to help.  I have bought from this seller and they are fantastic.



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Original Happy Little Piglet Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Celebrating the New Lunar Year of the Earth Pig/Boar Exhibition (Closed Show)...



"Fortune Smiles" Original 5"x7" Painting on Panel here

This week my featured painting is "Fortune Smiles," an original piglet painting.  I painted it in honor of Chinese New Year...  Year of the pig is winding to an end and I realized I had yet to add my happy piglet to my website!  This original boar painting is available as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  The art has a painterly realist impressionist feel... 


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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 will be Chinese Zodiac animals, however I am still working on my rat painting, so I have delayed my usual launch until after the completion of the painting.  There are still some of my favorites listed, mermaids, and winter and Christmas themed art if you would like to take a look; you may see them here.


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Celebrating the New Lunar Year of the Earth Pig/Boar Exhibition (Closed Show)
The Realm/Ministry of Culture Art Salon Chinatown
February 2nd through March 17th 2019

Upon reflection, I also realized that I had yet to share my pictures from the show "Celebrating the New Lunar Year of the Earth Pig/Boar" I participated in!  Since year of the pig is fast changing to year of the rat, I decided to remedy that situation!   I think last year I managed an earlier start to my Chinese Zodiac inspired painting than I have to my rat.  Although I greatly enjoyed the exhibit and the art at The Realm/Ministry of Culture Art Salon Chinatown's exhibition, I think I'm a bit too far behind to see if they're having a show this year, but I hope that you will enjoy these boars from some of the artists who participated last year as well as my happy little piglet. 


Artist Lisabella Russo (me :)) with my painting Fortune Smiles to left and Year of the Boar by Niki Solina to right #withtheart

Fortune Smiles by Lisabella Russo

Fortune of Pigs by Martha Fernandez

Boaring Chores by Edmund Arevalo

Year of the Pig by Jose Angel Hernandez

Taking on the Year of the Pig by Eileen Hsu

I Am Not Your Profit by Dina Farris Appel

Year of the Boar by Sandra Low

II Cinghiale Italiano by Debbi Green

Year of the Wild Pig by Yuri Shimojo

Fashionista by Terri Berman

Fragile by Chris MacDonald



Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year Wishes! Original Sweet Pea Flower Floral Painting...


I hope this coming year brings you much joy and beauty.  These flowers and I send Happy New Year wishes from lisabellarusso.com.


"To Touch the Sky" Original 8"x10" Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints, & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints are available on my website Here

Last year was not one of my more productive years, but I am hopeful for the new year.  These sweet pea flower blossoms seem to be ever reaching upwards and I hope I will do so as well.  I think I am working on my little rat painting today, what a wonderful way to start the new year! 

May you and your loved ones have an amazing new year!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas if you celebrate it! Big Eye Gothic Angel & Black Cat Original Painting & HELLO KITTY 45th Anniversary Group Show (Closed Show) I


This big eyed angel fairy and her cat and I send Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas wishes from lisabellarusso.com.


"All Creatures Great and Small" Original 11"x14" Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here

I hope this holiday season is filled with joy, love, peace, and hope for you.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and also Christmas if you celebrate it.  



Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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 wintry Christmas; you may see them here.  This piece isn't on ebay this year as I decided to revisit her and I just finished putting some final touches on her, but she is available at the link above.

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HELLO KITTY 45th Anniversary Group Show (Closed Show)
Corey Helford Gallery  
JUNE 29 - AUGUST 3, 2019 

I love Hello Kitty and I love art, so this show was a perfect storm of love for me!  Some of my favorite artists had works in the show and I was introduced to some new artists as well.  I photographed most of the show, so it will be a while until I've rezised and shared my pictures, but I hope you will enjoy them as they come along.

In some cases I have photos of me with the art as part of my #withtheart series of photographs.  For this show, my wonderful and talented mother made me a solo Hello Kitty crochet doll as well as a hat with multiple figures!  I hope you will enjoy them as well. 

Lisabella Russo (me) with MY HELLO KITTY by Jasmine Becket-Griffith #withtheart

MY HELLO KITTY by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

MY HELLO KITTY by Jasmine Becket-Griffith Close Up

IT’S A LOVELY DAY by Pip & Pop

IT’S A LOVELY DAY by Pip & Pop Close Up

MISS KITTY by Tina Yu

A LITTLE GIRL WITH A HEART OF GOLD by Marc Scheff

KAWAII KABUKI PRESENTS THE MIRACLE GIFT by Darcy Yates

MISS KITTY WHITE by Zoe Byland

KITTY CREPE by Naoshi

HELLO SWEETY by Ewa Pronczuk-Kuziak


Friday, December 20, 2019

Happy Winter Solstice! Big Eye Blue Snowflake Angel Original Painting & Rough Sketches of Rats...



Happy Winter Solstice wishes from me and from this angel at lisabellarusso.com...


"Winter Belle" Original 8"x10" Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints, & Limited Edition LE Giclee ACEO Prints are available on my website Here

"Winter Belle" Original 8"x10" Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints, & Limited Edition LE Giclee ACEO Prints are available on my website Here:
http://www.lisarusso.com/fantasyart/winterbelle.htm

I live in a land without snow, but when I think of winter, I think of snowflakes.  This angel's eyes are gently closed as she ushers in the new season.  I hope you have a wonderful first day of winter and that the season is a beautiful one for you.

I'm a little early in posting this as the first day of winter also falls on my birthday so I'll be away from the computer more than usual on the 21st, but I did want to wish you a joyeux day.


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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 wintry Christmas; you may see them here.

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

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Year of the Rat Sketches

Rats!

Yes, really, rats...  I don't often sketch rats, in fact this is my first time doing so.  However every year I like to do a Chinese New Year piece inspired by the animal of the year.  Although I knew in advance which rat I wanted to focus on, I decided to sketch a number of them to get the feel for them.  These are rough sketches.  The one I will be developing further is the last one.  The paws and feet need a bit more work before I move forward.

Rough Sketch, Rat 1

Rough Sketch, Rat 2

Rough Sketch, Rat 3

Rough Sketch, Rat 4 The Chosen Rat

Friday, December 13, 2019

Original Winter Bunny Rabbit Painting! 1st Tuesday Art Prints & ACEO Prints! WIP Chocolate Labrador Lab Puppy Dog Work in Progress...



"Snowy Bunny" Original 8"x10" Painting on Canvas here

This week my featured painting is "Snowy Bunny," an original white winter hare painting.  I love bunnies and rabbits so much!  This is one of my favorite paintings, it is perfect for a white Christmas even if you never see snow or actually anytime of year...  This original rabbit painting is available on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  The art has a painterly realist impressionist feel... 


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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 winter and Christmas, you may see them here.

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

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WIP Chocolate Labrador Lab Puppy Dog Art Original Painting Work in Progress...


In this original wip work in progress acrylic painting of a chocolate labrador, I have finished the underpainting of the dog.  In the bottom portion, I have started to work up the final colors a bit.  The panel that I'm painting on is 8"x10" although the original is spoken for.  I will release prints at some point in the future.  


This is a work in progress, but I also post finished pieces here as well if you'd like to come to visit!  You also may see some of my finished paintings at lisabellarusso.com if you'd like.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! Zen Waterlily Water Lily Pink Flower Original Painting & WIP Work in Progress Big Eye Little Red Riding Hood...


Happy Thanksgiving wishes from me to you.  I am thankful for so much.  I hope you have a beautiful day.  


"Zen Waterlily" Original 5"x7" Painting, Open Edition 5"x7" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here

This is "Zen Waterlily," an original pink water lily painting.  I love to see and paint flowers, they have such a delicate grace.  The art has a painterly realist impressionist feel...


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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 mermaid art; you may see them here.

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Little Red WIP Work in Progress


In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a big eye little red riding hood I've been working on her underpainting.  Fairytales hold a strong allure for me.  In this piece, I'm focused on her face.  I've made her bangs a little bit longer and I'm continuing to work on the underpainting.  Although I'm not done with them, I've also added a bit of color to her eyes just for fun.  

This big eyed beauty is on an 8"x10" panel in acrylics...  


This is a work in progress, but you also may see some of my finished paintings at lisabellarusso.com if you'd like.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Original Little Owl Bird Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! WIP Chocolate Labrador Lab Puppy Dog Work in Progress...



"Owlie" Original 10"x13" Painting on Wooden Plank here

This week my featured painting is "Owlie," an original Athene noctua owl painting.  Owlie is painted directly on a wood plank and would be great for fall or any time of the year!  There is hanging hardware on the back of the original so it is ready to hang.  This original bird painting is available on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  The art has a painterly realist impressionist feel... 


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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 mermaids; you may see them here.

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WIP Chocolate Labrador Lab Puppy Dog Art Original Painting Work in Progress...


In this original wip work in progress acrylic painting of a chocolate labrador, I have finished the background.  Next will come an underpainting of the dog himself.  The panel that I'm painting on is 8"x10" although the original is spoken for.  I will release prints at some point in the future.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Original Big Eye Mermaid with Starfish Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Big Eye Fantasy Mermaid WIP Work in Progress Toned Drawing...



"Looking In" Original Painting on 11"x11" Porthole Frame Here

This week my featured painting is "Looking In," an original painting of a big eye brunette mermaid with a starfish friend. She has huge inquisitive brown eyes.  She is painted directly on a porthole frame and there is some texture to the starfish.  The piece has a surreal lowbrow fantasy feel. I love mermaids so...  The original 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 lisabellarusso.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 mermaids, you may see them here.

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

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Big Eye Fantasy Mermaid WIP Work in Progress Toned Drawing...


This is a project I have on the drawing board, in a manner of speaking.  This big eyed mermaid has a seashell crown.  Right now I'm working on a toned drawing of her.  It is very much a work in progress at this point.  I am still laying in the base tones, then I'll add some lights, then some more darks, and then the brightest lights...  I've also transferred her to a canvas and I'm looking forward to putting some paint down on her in the not too distant future.


Saturday, November 2, 2019

Feliz Día de los Muertos / Happy Day of the Dead! Big Eye Eyed Sugar Skull Calavera Original Painting / Eternal Roots Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of Art


Feliz Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead from this big eye sugar skull calavera and from me at lisabellarusso.com!


"La Sonrisa" Original 8"x10" Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here

This is "La Sonrisa," an original big eye fantasy painting of a sugar skull inspired calavera.  There is some texture in the background. DDLD / DOTD is a celebration, initially of Mexican origin, that remembers those who are gone from us that we still hold in our hearts.  She has big brown eyes and long brown hair streaked with purple.  The art has a lowbrow surreal feel...


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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 mixed with fall, Día de los Muertos, and Halloween art; you may see them here.

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

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Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of Art

Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots 
Ontario Museum of History & Art in the Museum's North Wing
225 South Euclid Avenue
Ontario, California 91762

Open Until Sunday November 10, 2019
Regular Open Hours
Thursday through Sunday 12 PM to 4 PM
Admission is free
General Information or to make a reservation call: (909) 395-2510

Alex Ledante and I have some art pieces up at the Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of Art.  We love creating Day of the Dead art and it is an honor to be contributing to this show.  The show is running until Sunday November 10th 2019; here are some of my favorites from the show...


"Amongst the Ancestors (Entre Los Antepasados)" with and by Lisabella Russo (me :), Alex Ledante had me pose in his favorite Memento style...)

"Amongst the Ancestors (Entre Los Antepasados)" by Lisabella Russo

Three pieces with and by Alex Ledante

"Quetzacotl" / "La Ofrenda" / "Mictlantecuhtli" by Alex Ledante

"Aunt Orah" with and by Riea Owens

"Aunt Orah" by Riea Owens

"Mariposa (Butterfly)" with and by Lisabella Russo (me :), photo by Alex Ledante

"Mariposa (Butterfly)" by Lisabella Russo

The wonderful Christopharo and lovely  Samantha who joined us for the show in front of my piece "Amongst the Ancestors (Entre Los Antepasados)"

"Visit My Bones" by James Armendariz

"Eternal Reunion of Spirits" by June Ramirez

"Forever" by Joe Armas (top) and "This Heart Doesn't Beat as Fast Without You" by James Armendariz

"La Princess a Muerta" by Cuitlahuac Palacios

"Pidiendo" by Pablo Damas

"Community Altar (Ofrenda) by Oscar Leal-Lopez

Mariachi Band in the Courtyard

Adios from Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots 2019 at the Ontario Museum of History & Art

I didn't want to overload my blog with too many images in one post, to see more of my favorites from this show, please visit here.