Friday, September 22, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Angel Fairy & Moon Ghost, September 21 & 22 Daily Sketches...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She is glancing over her shoulder and her hair flows around her.  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.  She is one of three sketches I'm considering for my next garden guardian, I'm not sure yet which one will work best.


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

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

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



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has the most incredibly beautiful hair...  I'm not sure if I've captured it in the sketch, but I hope to do so if I paint her.  She is inspired by a folklore story and is a ghost who longs for family.  I'm hoping to paint her, but it remains to be seen if I'm able to follow up on this concept.


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

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

This is a rough sketch.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Photograph of Crocus Spring Flowers at Descanso Gardens + Sketch of a Big Eye Fairy Angel/ Art Sketches Daily/ SEP 20...



I took this photograph of these spring flowers at Descanso Gardens.  I love their delicate purple petals.  I'm not sure what they are, but I thought they were very pretty.  I hope that you will enjoy this photo! 

Edit:  Thanks so much Christine and Jennifer for identifying them as crocuses!


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.  Her hair is charming with a pixie cut and a peek a boo look...  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 day 20. 

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

This is a rough sketch.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Original Big Eye Gothic Mermaid Painting! Allusions and Allegories Exhibit by Jasmine Becket-Griffith Part I at the Corey Helford Gallery! September Sketches... Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!



"Underwater Prayer" Original 11"x14" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Underwater Prayer," an original painting of a big eye Gothic mermaid near an undersea cathedral. She has huge blue eyes and lips of lilac. 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 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 sunflowers with a couple of hummingbirds midflight by some sunflowers, you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

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Allusions and Allegories by JASMINE BECKET-GRIFFITH at the Corey Helford Gallery Part I

I went to see the Allusions and Allegories Exhibit by Jasmine Becket-Griffith at the Corey Helford Gallery some time ago.   She is one of my favorite artists and has a wonderful facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/strangeling/.  I don't always go to openings, but this artist is enormously sweet, she even took a photo with me!  The show was filled with so many beautiful pieces, I really want to share them all.  This is Part I of what will eventually be a three part series, I'll link them as I go.  The Allusions and Allegories Exhibition is CLOSED, but the gallery may have some of this artist's works available.


THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS I: FORGET-ME-NOTS by Jasmine Becket-Griffith (me Lisa Isabella Russo in the middle between Jasmine and her painting)

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS I: FORGET-ME-NOTS by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

STUDY WITH SPHINX WINGS by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

TABLEAUX VIVANTS III:  SALOME AND SPHINX by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

PAPILLONS STUDY by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

√ČTREINTE DE PAPILLONS by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

ALLEGORY OF DECAY by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

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Art Sketch of a Big Eye Angel Fairy & Pirate, September 18 & 19 Daily Sketches


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a sweet sideways glance.  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'm hoping to paint her at some point.


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

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

This is a rough sketch. 


Ahoy mateys!  Here be a sketch 'o a big eyed maiden. In honor o' International Talk Like a Pirate Day I have sketched this bonnie pirate lass...  I be unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did heartily enjoy sketchin' her.


Bin decided to give a go' 'n do a sketch a day in SeptembARrrrr. 'tis be day 19. She be also face 19 fer th' 29 faces challenge in SeptembARrrrr.  I reckon I shall try t' extend it out t' a goal o' 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

'tis be a rough sketch. ye may spy wit' ye eye some 'o me finished paintin's at lisarusso.com if ye'd like. 


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Goddess & Angel Fairy, September 16 & 17 Daily Sketches...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  She is wearing a veil and her hair flows down around her...  I think she is most likely a goddess, 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. 

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

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


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has her hair fashioned into earses.  I think she is most likely an angel fairy, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.  I'm hoping to paint her at some point.


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

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

This is a rough sketch. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

WIP Peacock Feather Study Art Original Painting + September Sketches, Sketch 15, Big Eye Mermaid...



In this original acrylic painting of a peacock feather study, the core is gold leaf and the lighter feathers are painted against a dark background.  I think I should be able to use this technique with a more delicate touch for a peacock painting I am working on as well as the peacock with the Greek goddess Hera that I am working on the drawings for.  The canvas that I painted this rough study on is 5"x7"...  


This is a rough study, 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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Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has long hair that cascades around her...  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 day 15. 

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

This is a rough sketch. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Angel Fairy, September 14 Daily Sketches...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a fall scarf draped gently around her hair.  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 day 14.

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Photograph of Spring Flowers at Descanso Gardens + Sketch of a Big Eye Fairy Angel & Goddess/ Art Sketches Daily/ SEP 12 & 13...



I took this photograph of these spring flowers at Descanso Gardens.  They were growing on a tree on the outskirts of the gardens.  I'm not sure what they are, but I thought they were very pretty.  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.  She has long flowing hair and a wary 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 day 12. 

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an expression of love and concern...  I think she is most likely a moon goddess, 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 day 13. 

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

This is a rough sketch. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Original Big Eye Gothic Blue Angel Fairy Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Stranger Than Earth Exhibit by Redd Walitzki Part II at the Corey Helford Gallery...



"Twilight Angel" Original 8"x10" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Twilight Angel". She has huge blue eyes, blue hair, and her wings are outstretched behind her.  She also is adorned with a flower in her hair and a blue heart necklace.  This original big eye gothic angel fairy 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 sunflowers with a couple of hummingbirds midflight by some sunflowers, you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

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Stranger Than Earth Exhibit by Redd Walitzki Part II at the Corey Helford Gallery

The Corey Helford Gallery is fast becoming one of my favorite places to view contemporary art.  I went to see a different show, but I was thrilled to see Redd Walitzki's work at his "Stranger Than Earth" exhibit.  It was surreal, beautiful, and moving.  Part I is here.  The show is CLOSED; however, the gallery may have some of this artist's works available.

I overheard some collectors talking about how if they bought a piece from this show, they'd like to paint an area of their home to better display the art.  I thought that was beautiful that they would make such a choice...


THE STRANGER by Redd Walitzki

SEA OF TEARS by Redd Walitzki

COLORLESS ATOMS by Redd Walitzki

LANDSLIDE by Redd Walitzki

FROZEN SAGA - WATERCOLOR STUDY TRIPTYCH by Redd Walitzki

FROZEN SAGA by Redd Walitzki

FROZEN SAGA by Redd Walitzki Close Up

THE COLOUR OF STORMS by Redd Walitzki


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 tomorrow.

Monday, September 11, 2017

WIP Peacock Feather Study Art Original Painting Work in Progress + September Sketches, Sketch 11, Big Eye Angel Fairy...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a peacock feather study, I've painted the background and am experimenting with the notion of using gold leaf.  I think it may work out, but we'll see.  The canvas 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.

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Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  Her dainty parasol protects her from the sun's rays.  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 day 11. 

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

This is a rough sketch. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Angel Fairy, September 10 Daily Sketches + Bonus Study...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She glances upwards with great interest.  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 day 10. 

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

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



This is a bonus sketch for a study I'm doing, it's sketched directly on the canvas.  Before I plunge into my peacock painting, I have some ideas I'd like to test.  I played with the notion of doing a more complicated version, but I think a single feather will suffice for what I'd like to try.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Fairy Angel, September 9 Daily Sketches...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She is looking upwards and adorned with flowers and branches...  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 day 9.

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I think I will try to extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Purple & Red Bearded Iris Art Completed Painting + September Sketches, Sketch 8, Goddess...



"Variegated Bliss" Original Painting Sold, Giclee Prints & LE ACEO Prints Here

I completed this purple and crimson bearded iris painting a while back, the original was painted in oils on panel.  It sold after it came back home from the El Festival de las Flores show it was in at the Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum, I didn't get a chance to add it to my website until now.  I love irises, there is something almost magical to me in their beauty.  The art has an impressionist realist feel.  I'd like to add this one as an 8"x10" giclee print and LE ACEO print into the mix of my first Tuesday auctions when I next do a group of purple flowers, I hope that will be in November; but they will also be at the link above on my website regardless of that.


This is a completed work, 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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Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a sweetness to her...  I think she is most likely a moon goddess, 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 day 8. 

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I may extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

This is a rough sketch.  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Mermaid, September 7 Daily Sketches & a Lovely Postcard...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  Her long hair flows wildly around her...  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 day 7. 

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I may extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

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

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Thanks so much to Valerie-Jael for this beautiful postcard, it arrived in perfect time to cheer me up when I wasn't feeling so well.  I love blues and purples and this card is just lovely.  If you haven't checked out her blog, her artwork is here.  She creates the most beautiful tags, journal pages, and lovely photographs too!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My Photograph of Sunflower Flowers at Huntington Gardens + Sketch of a Big Eye Mermaid, Fairy, & Angel/ Art Sketches Daily/ SEP 4-6...



I took this photograph of these sunflowers at Huntington Gardens.  There is something so sweet about these pretty flowers.  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 gothic maiden.  I think she has an allure of mystery...  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 4. 

I am also participating in the September 29 Faces Challenge! The goal is to share 29 faces in the month of September.  I may extend it out to a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days...

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  I think she has a sweetness 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 September. This is from day 5. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  Her lips are parted gently with surprise.  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 day 6. 

This is a rough sketch.  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Original Sunflower Flower Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! The Van Gogh and Friends Exhibition at the Huntington Art Gallery Part II...


I am starting to feel much better, I am hopeful that this week will be better than last...


"Petite Fleur de Soleil" Original 5"x7" Painting on Canvas Panel Here

This week my featured painting is "Petite Fleur de Soleil."  As summer draws to a close, I think upon the beauty of these warm flowers.  Although I tend to lean towards cooler colors in general, I tend to paint sunflowers often, somehow they make me feel hope.  This original sunflower painting is available for purchase on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  The art has a realist impressionist feel.  If you love sunflowers as I do, you may enjoy seeing some of my other sunflower art in the floral section of my website..


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 sunflowers with a couple of hummingbirds midflight by some sunflowers, you may see them here.

Featured Image "Petite Fleur de Soleil"
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

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The Van Gogh & Friends Exhibition at the Huntington Art Gallery Part II

Huntington Gardens has so many temptations.  For me I get lost in the beauty of their flowers, but the Huntington Art Gallery is home to some amazing pieces in their permanent collection.  They draw me in so deeply...  

They also have excellent temporary exhibitions of art.  The Van Gogh and Friends exhibit was lovely, the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism art was on loan from the Hammer Museum.  I've chosen to share the photographs that display the art most clearly, my hands shake on occasion so although some are shown framed and some not, I've endeavored to give you the best of what I am able to share with you from the show.  As I'd like to share all of the pieces I was able to photograph, I have shared the show in two parts, Part I is here.  The Van Gogh and Friends Exhibition is CLOSED, but the gallery has an incredible selection of works in their permanent collection available for viewing.


"Garden of the Rectory at Neunen" by Vincent van Gogh

Study for "La Place Vinitimille, rue de Vintimille" by Edouard Vuillard

Study for "In the Salon on the Rue des Moulins" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

"View of Bordighera" by Claude Monet

"Boy Resting" by Paul Cezanne

"Bonjour Monsieur Gauguin" by Paul Gauguin

"Touc, Seated on a Table" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 


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 tomorrow.