Friday, September 21, 2018

Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Big Eye Art Original Painting Work in Progress WIP + Sketches of Big Eye Angels Fairies Maidens & Flowers / September 15-21 / Art Sketch Daily...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead maiden I've been working primarily on her face.  Her eyes and makeup are in place, but the highlights will come later as will her eyelashes.  I've done the underpainting of her hair and the underpainting for the marigolds was finished before; but when complete, her hair will be dark and the marigolds orange.  I'm still a ways from being done, but I feel that I will meet my deadline.  Usually I work on more than one painting at a time, but I presently feel that I must devote myself to this one until it is complete.

This lovely maiden is on an 11"x14" panel in acrylics.  


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!  My schedule is a bit off currently though due to this deadline so I'm not sure when next I'll be here but 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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September 15-21 Sketches


Here is a sketch of two daisies.  One daisy is charming, I felt two would be even more so...  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 September.  This is from day 15.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a bit of a languid 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 September. This is from day 16. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of mullein flowers.  I don't think I've sketched this flower before...  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 September.  This is from day 17.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems very focused...  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 September. This is from day 18. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a calla lily.  These flowers 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 September.  This is from day 19.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a sweet expression...  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 September.  This is from day 20.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a marigold flower.  I definitely have marigolds on the mind right now...  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 September.  This is day 21.  

This is a rough sketch. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Big Eye Art Original Painting Work in Progress WIP + Sketches of Big Eye Angels Fairies Maidens & Flowers / September 1-14 / Art Sketch Daily...

Edit 9/18:  I'm still working on this painting with an upcoming deadline, if my progress goes well enough, I'll post an update again on Friday.  If not I'll need to continue working and wait to post again until I feel closer to completion...


In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead maiden I've completed the background and the underpainting of the marigold flowers.  I'm still working on her underpainting for her face and her hair needs to be blocked in as well.  When complete, her hair will be dark, the marigolds orange, and her face will have makeup as well.  I'm a long ways from being done though and the deadline for this is coming up, so it will be my focus for a while...

This lovely maiden is on an 11"x14" panel in acrylics.  


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!  My schedule is a bit off currently though due to this deadline so I'm not sure when next I'll be here but 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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September 1-14 Sketches


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seem quite wise.  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 September. This is from day 1. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a calla lily.  Calla 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 September.  This is from day 2.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She looks like she would like to be of help...  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 September. This is from day 3. 

This is a rough sketch


Here is a sketch of a rose and rosebud.  I love roses very much...  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 September.  This is from day 4.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  Her hair is damp from the ocean...  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 September. This is from day 5. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of fuchsia flowers.  They have a sweet delicacy...  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 September.  This is from day 6.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  With her winswept hair, she has a powerful feel.  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 September. This is from day 7. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a passion flower.  They have such beautiful details...  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 September.  This is from day 8.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems a bit intense...  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 September.  This is from day 9.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a bloodroot flower.  They are a favorite 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 September.  This is from day 10.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a caring expression...  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 September. This is from day 11. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She is perhaps a little wistful...  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 September. This is from day 7. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a bloodroot flower.  There is an elegance to these 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 September.  This is from day 13.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She looks a bit cautious...  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 September. This is from day 14. 

This is a rough sketch. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Original Big Eye Gothic Snow White Fairytale Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Jasmine Becket-Griffith Exhibit at the Corey Helford Gallery II...



"Sneewittchen" Original 8"x10" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Sneewittchen."  She is inspired by the Grimms' fairy tale Snow White.  "Sneewittchen" translates to Snow White from German as written back when it was published.  Her dark hair is adorned with water lilies, her skin is ever so pale, and her lips a brilliant red.  The art has a lowbrow surreal feel.  The original big eye gothic fairytale 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 includes some of my maidens with big blue eyes, you may see them here.

Featured Image "Sneewittchen"
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

Edit:  I'm not going to have a chance this week to do a separate post for Paint Party Friday, but this is my most recently completed fantasy painting.  To see more participants, please visit:

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Jasmine Becket-Griffith Magical Thinking Exhibit Part II

Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Magical Thinking Part II (CLOSED Show)
Corey Helford Gallery
Most of the pieces are sold, but please send inquiries for available work to sherri@coreyhelfordgallery.com.

Magical Thinking is Jasmine Becket-Griffith's solo show at the Corey Helford Gallery.  She is one of my favorite artists.  Her surrealist big eyed beauties are a source of inspiration to me.  I feel very fortunate when I get to see some of her works in person.  She did a number of small studies, some of which correspond to larger pieces, that I found very compelling.   These are some of the pieces that had floral components.  Her flowers are every bit as beautiful as her big eye maidens.

This is Part II of IV of the photos that I'm sharing from this show.  I'll link them together here as I go.  Part I is here.

Here are some links for Jasmine Becket-Griffith

MINI STUDY OF A MERMAID WITH ROSES by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

MERMAID WITH ROSES by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Framed in 61" x 28" tall Rococo style "Trumeau" frame with dressing mirror

MERMAID WITH ROSES Close Up by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Framed in 61" x 28" tall Rococo style "Trumeau" frame with dressing mirror

MINI STUDY OF A BOUQUET by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS IV: TULIPS by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

MINI STUDY OF BLACK ROSES by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS VI: BLACK ROSES by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS VI: BLACK ROSES Close Up  by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

NAUTILUS BOUQUET by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS V: TIGER LILY by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS V: TIGER LILY Close Up by Jasmine Becket-Griffith


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 the next time that I post.

Friday, August 31, 2018

WIP Marigold Flower Art Original Painting Work in Progress + Sketches of Big Eye Angels Fairies Maidens & Flowers / August 25-31 / Art Sketch Daily...


For the month of August I will be offering a free random rough sketch included with any original art order on my website lisarusso.com!  I plan on making some adjustments in pricing and content on my website, so now is an excellent time to take a look...


In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a marigold I've completed the background.  I've spent some time painting the stems and I've done an underpainting of the flower itself.  I'm going to glaze some orange over the underpainting and go from there.  This is a very ornate flower and I find myself enjoying the details, which I'm very glad of as there will be two in the hair of my Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead maiden that I hope to begin painting soon...  

This lovely flower is on a 7"x5" panel in acrylics.  


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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August 25-31 Sketches


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a very fashionable eye patch...  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 August.  This is from day 25.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a zinnea.  They are a charming 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 August.  This is from day 26.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a gentleness in her gaze...  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 August. This is from day 27. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a deciduous azalea.  The flower has lovely curves...  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 August.  This is from day 28.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a very knowing expression.  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 August. This is from day 29. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of periwinkles.  These flowers have such sweetness...  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 August.  This is from day 30.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She is perhaps a little wistful...  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 August. This is day 31. 

This is a rough sketch. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Original Purple Anemone Flower Floral Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! In Persuit of Flora at Huntington Gardens Part I (Closed Show)...


For the month of August I will be offering a free random rough sketch included with any original art order on my website lisarusso.com!  I plan on starting to make some adjustments in pricing and content on my website in September, so now is an excellent time to take a look...


"Violet Windflower" Original 8"x10" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Violet Windflower."  Anemone flowers translate to windflower in Greek and in the myths were thought to have sprung from Athena's tears from the loss of Adonis.  The art has a soft realist impressionist feel.  The purple anemone floral 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 includes some of my Chinese Zodiac inspired animals, you may see them here.

Bonus Featured Image "Violet Windflower"
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

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In Persuit of Flora Part I
Huntington Gardens (Closed Show)
Eighteenth-Century Botanical Drawings from The Huntington's Art Collections
Huntington Art Gallery – Works on Paper Room

The natural world is filled with many wonders and beauty.  In the 18th century, botanical illustrations were a way to describe and record very detailed depictions of fruits and flowers.  This show exhibited botanical drawings from Huntington Garden's Art Collections.  In addition to being delicate and lovely works of art, these pieces conveyed information about the plants that were painted.  These botanical illustrations from the "Age of Discovery" were a wonder to behold.  I hope that you will enjoy them.

This is part I of II.  I will link to part II here.   This is a closed show.


Climbing Lily by Georg Dionysius Ehert

Carolina Dogwood by Henrietta Conyers

Apocynum Canadense by Henrietta Conyers

Honeywort with a Butterfly by Matilda Conyers

Marvel of Peru by Matilda Conyers

Cistus Ladaniferus by Georg Dionysius Ehert

Aloe Africana, Erecta, Rotundo by Georg Dionysius Ehert

Greengages and Other Fruit by Georg Dionysius Ehert


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.