Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sketch of Bird of Paradise Flower, Art Sketches Daily, December 4 Sketchbook


Edit:  For some reason when I visit blogs to comment, the comments aren't showing.  I apologize and will try again tomorrow.


Here is a sketch of a bird of paradise flower.  These flowers have such an elegant beauty.  It is in my tiny sketchbook that measures 3.5x5.5 inches.   I'm unsure if I'll paint it or not, but I did enjoy sketching it.


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

This is a sketch in colored pencils.  You may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like.  I'm not really a colored pencil artist but I am exploring something new for the sketchbook.  I will be juxtaposing my usual rough sketches with the colored pencil sketches at varying intervals.  I tend to sketch very lightly, so these and my usual pencil ones are darkened a bit in photoshop for online viewing. 

The opening of the Whittier Art Gallery December Miniatures and Small Works Exhibit with my small lisianthus painting was very nice, I'll try share some of my pictures when I get a chance.

I am also participating in Sunday Sketches.  To view more Sunday Sketches, please visit:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sketch of a Big Eye Angel Fairy, December 3, Art Sketches Daily



Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  I think she looks shyly inquisitive and for some reason, I also think she likes to read...  I think she is most likely an angel fairy, although she could also be a goddess 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 December.  This is day 3.

This is a rough sketch.  You may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like.

I have a small piece in the December Miniatures and Small Works Exhibit at the Whittier Art Gallery, the reception is today.  I'll be there between 5pm and 6pm today, if you'd like more information as well as a view of the painting, it's here.  I'd love to see you there if you're in the area...

Friday, December 2, 2016

WIP Iris Flower Floral Art Original Painting Work in Progress + December Sketches, Sketch 1 & 2, Angel & Owl...



In this original 8"x10" work in progress WIP oil painting of an iris, I've been working on the background.  Although I sanded it down and repainted, it still looks much like it did before...  I do like this version a bit better though, sometimes subtle differences mean a big deal to me.  I think I may begin on the flower itself next.


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:

The December Miniatures and Small Works Exhibit at the Whittier Art Gallery opening will be this Saturday featuring my lisianthus painting, I will try to be there between 5-6. 

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Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  I think she has a sweet and caring expression...  I think she is most likely an angel fairy, although she could also be a goddess 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 December.  This is from day 1.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a great horned owl.  I focused on her face in this sketch, owls have amazing eyes...  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 December.  This is day 2.   

This is a rough sketch.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WIP Big Eye Gothic Maiden Art Original Painting Work in Progress + November Sketches, Sketch 30, Butterfly...



In this original work in progress WIP big eye gothic maiden painting I'm still working on the background.  I liked the lighter purple but it was too light for what I have in mind, this purple is perhaps a smidge too dark, it's a lot closer to what I want though.  I haven't decided yet if I'm going to try for a smidge lighter or not though.  Sometimes it takes me a while to reach my objectives or decide to try something different from my original intentions.  There won't be much of the background showing in the framed version at all since it will have an oval frame, but I still want it to look right for potential prints.  I found a way to make the line art a little darker so that it's easier to see where I'm going with her...

This big eyed gothic beauty is on an 8"x10" panel in acrylics and has a lovely oval frame waiting for her.  


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.


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Here is a sketch of a butterfly.  He is ready to dine on flower nectar.  Butterflies have such elegance in their wings.  I'm unsure if I'll paint him or not, but I did enjoy sketching him.


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

This is a rough sketch.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Original Angelfish Angel Fish Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! November Sketches...



"School's Out" Original 5"x7" Acrylic Painting on a Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "School's Out," an original angelfish painting.  This angel fish is currently away from his school but will rejoin them for a larger mermaid painting this is a preliminary piece for.  The original has some interference violet shimmer seen in some angles that I've tried to capture in the bonus image shown in the website link above.  The art has a lowbrow realist feel... 


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 flowers; you may see them here.

As a bonus, I'm adding this new release at the sale print rate as I just completed this piece...

Featured Image "School's Out"
5"x7" 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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Here is a sketch of a rosebud.  I love roses, they are one of my favorite flowers.  I love how it looks in blue.  It is in my tiny sketchbook that measures 3.5x5.5 inches.   I'm unsure if I'll paint it or not, but I did enjoy sketching it.


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

This is a sketch in colored pencils.  I'm not really a colored pencil artist but I am exploring something new for the sketchbook.  I will be juxtaposing my usual rough sketches with the colored pencil sketches at varying intervals.  I tend to sketch very lightly, so these and my usual pencil ones are darkened a bit in photoshop for online viewing.

Monday, November 28, 2016

My Photograph of Chrysanthemum Flowers at Descanso Gardens + November Sketches Art, Day 28 Sketch, Big Eye Fairy Angel...



This photograph of flowers was taken at Descanso Gardens.  I believe they are chrysanthemums, I love their profusion of petals and gentle colors...  I hope that you will enjoy this photo!


I love to paint flowers, you may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like.

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Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  I think she looks like she might be up to something...  I think she is most likely a fairy angel, although she could also be a goddess 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 November.  This is day 28.

This is a rough sketch.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Lisianthus Flowers Original Painting Framed for the December Miniatures and Small Works Exhibit at the Whittier Art Gallery + November Sketches, Sketch 27, Fairy Angel, 300th Consecutive...



Edit: I should be heading out to the exhibit towards the end, in the 5pm-6pm range, if you're in the area, I would love to see you there!

Here is my original lisianthus painting, framed and ready to go for the December Miniatures and Small Works Exhibit at the Whittier Art Gallery.  Framed "Lisianthus Beauties" measures 5 1/4" x 4 3/4", unframed this tiny acrylic painting on vellum paper measures 4"x3.5".  I intend to be at the opening, but I'm not sure exactly at what time though yet.

December Miniatures and Small Works Exhibit
Whittier Art Gallery
8035 Painter Ave
Whittier, California 90602
(562) 698-8710

Show runs Wednesday November 30th through Saturday December 24th
The gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 1-6
Opening Reception Saturday December 3rd from 3-6

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Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  She has a hat of many flowers and a considering gaze.  I think she is most likely a fairy angel, although she could also be a goddess or a mermaid.  I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.   She is in my tiny sketchbook that measures 3.5x5.5 inches.  I am using Col-Erase Prismacolor pencils, I like having the option to erase a bit. 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in November.  This is day 27.  It is my 300th day of consecutive sketching since February 1st...

This is a sketch in colored pencils.  You may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like.  I'm not really a colored pencil artist but I am exploring something new for the sketchbook.  I will be juxtaposing my usual rough sketches with the colored pencil sketches at varying intervals.  I tend to sketch very lightly, so these and my usual pencil ones are darkened a bit in photoshop for online viewing. 

I am also participating in Sunday Sketches.  To view more Sunday Sketches, please visit:
http://bluechairdiary.blogspot.com/

Saturday, November 26, 2016

WIP Big Eye Gothic Maiden Art Original Painting Work in Progress + November Sketches, Sketch 25 & 26, Calla Lily Flower + Big Eye Angel Fairy...



In this original work in progress WIP big eye gothic maiden painting I've been working the background.  I feel this is a bit too light and I'd like some more Payne's Grey mixed in with the purple, but this will serve as a base for a darker background.  The sketch is a bit light, but for those of you who have monitors that don't register the soft lines, fear not, additional details are coming soon...

This big eyed gothic beauty is on an 8"x10" panel in acrylics and has a lovely oval frame waiting for her.  


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 www.lisarusso.com if you'd like.

I'm prepping my lisianthus flowers painting for the December Miniatures and Small Works Exhibit at the Whittier Art Gallery!  The show will open on December 3rd and close on December 24th, I'll try to post full details and a picture of the painting framed tomorrow...


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Here is a sketch of a calla lily.  I love how calla lilies flow, they are such a lovely flower.  I'm unsure if I'll paint it or not, but I did enjoy sketching it.


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

This is a rough sketch.



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  Her eyes are gently closed and she wears a dashing hat.  I think she is most likely an angel fairy, although she could also be a goddess 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 November.  This is day 26.

This is a rough sketch.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving + Sketch of a Big Eye Angel Fairy, November 24, Art Sketches Daily

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


"Heart's Wish" Original 18"x24" Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here

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Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  She has a hint of a smile.  I think she is most likely an angel fairy, although she could also be a goddess 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 November.  This is day 24.

This is a rough sketch.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WIP Lisianthus Flowers Art Original Painting Work in Progress + November Sketches, Sketch 23, Barred Owl...



In this original 4"x3.5" work in progress WIP acrylic painting of lisianthus flowers, I've laid in the flower petals.  I still have to paint the flowers' cores as well as some touch ups, but I feel close enough to completion to share that this painting will be included in the December Miniatures and Small Works Exhibit at the Whittier Art Gallery.  It's a tiny little painting on vellum paper that will go in a tiny little frame...  Once I've finished and have framed it, I'll try to post an image this Sunday before I deliver it.

December Miniatures and Small Works Exhibit
Whittier Art Gallery
8035 Painter Ave
Whittier, California 90602
(562) 698-8710

Show runs Wednesday November 30th through Saturday December 24th
The gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 1-6
Opening Reception Saturday December 3rd from 3-6


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 usually post a photograph on Wednesdays, but I may be changing that to Mondays.  I'm not sure though, I just very much wanted to share this one today...

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Here is a sketch of a barred owl.  I love owls, they seem so very wise!  It is in my tiny sketchbook that measures 3.5x5.5 inches.   I'm unsure if I'll paint him or not, but I did enjoy sketching him.


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

This is a sketch in colored pencils.  I'm not really a colored pencil artist but I am exploring something new for the sketchbook.  I will be juxtaposing my usual rough sketches with the colored pencil sketches at varying intervals.  I tend to sketch very lightly, so these and my usual pencil ones are darkened a bit in photoshop for online viewing.