Friday, November 17, 2017

WIP Big Eye Orchid Angel Fairy Art Original Painting Work in Progress + Sketch of a Big Eye Mermaid & Angel, November 16 & 17 Daily Sketches...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a big eye orchid angel fairy, I've refined her shading and done the underpainting of her hair, there are many more layers to come before I'm done...  Her hair will be much darker by the time I'm finished.  There is some gold leaf in the background.  She is part of my garden guardian series.  I am calling her "Orchid Intrigue."

This big eyed beauty is on a 16"x20" canvas in acrylics.  This piece and "Moonrise" have been accepted by the Ontario Museum of History & Art "Diversity and Inclusion:  The Influence of African American Art in Southern California Exhibit."  They accepted them as works in progress, so I'm a busy bee trying to get them finished hopefully well before the deadline...


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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Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  Her hair is flowing 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 November. This is from day 16. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 77. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems to see something beautiful, perhaps a butterfly...  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 November. This day 17. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 78. 

This is a rough sketch.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My Photograph of Yellow Fall Flowers at Descanso Gardens + Art Sketches, November 13, 14, & 15/ Big Eye Goddess, Fairy, & Angel Daily Sketch...



I took this photograph of these yellow flowers at Descanso Gardens one fall year.  I'm not sure what they're called but I loved their little grouping of blossoms springing up from the greens.  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 wears an expression of serious contemplation...  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 November. This is from day 13. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 74. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  She has an intent and curious nature...  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 November. This is from day 14. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 75. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a gentle quality...  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 November. This day 15. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 76. 

This is a rough sketch.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Original Big Eye Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Fairy Painting & Show + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Huehueteotl Aztec Dancers...



"La Sonrisa (The Smile)" Original 8"x10" Painting on Panel Here

This week my featured painting is "La Sonrisa," a Day of the Dead sugar skull katrina. This original big eye gothic angel fairy painting is currently available framed as shown above at the Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead San Juan Capistrano Library until November 30th after which the original unframed painting will return to my website at the link above; if interested before her possible return, please contact me regarding availability.  Currently art prints and LE ACEO prints are available on my website.  The painting is a little washed out from the flash, to see it more accurately, please view the link above.

This is one of my three paintings included in the Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead San Juan Capistrano Library show curated by Skye Amber Sweet.  Exhibit details are below.

San Juan Capistrano Library 
31495 El Camino Real
Library 949-493-1752 

The festival exhibit will run until 11/30  
Gallery / Library hours to view art outside reception date is as followed:
Monday-Thursday 10:00a - 7:00p
Saturday-Sunday 9:00a - 5:00p 
Fridays- CLOSED

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 purple flowers, with golden marigolds thrown in; you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

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Huehueteotl Aztec Dancers

The Huehueteotl Aztec Dancers were featured at the Dia de los Muertos "A Celebration of Life and Love" opening at the San Juan Capistrano Library.  If you'd like to see some of the art from the exhibit, please visit here.  The dancers were incredible and their headresses were amazing.  There were so many feathers.  I loved the percussion from the drums and the instruments aroud their feet.  I hope you'll enjoy these photographs that I took of them at the opening.















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.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Test Canvas for WIP Big Eye Ghost Art Original Painting Work in Progress + November Sketches, Sketch 11 & 12, Goddess & Fairy Bunny...


This is a test for the hair of my original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a big eye ghost.  I actually have a number of tests on this canvas; the braid for Wednesday Addams, the hair/skin for my orchid guardian, the fins for "Teacher's Pets," and more.  When I'm trying something I've never painted before or that I think will be tricky, I sometimes like to try things out on my test canvas.  For "Moonrise" I've tried using layers, brushes, and differently sized sponges.  Having done these tests I've concluded the method which I think will work the best, it will actually be a combination of layering and different tools.  It looks like my test canvas is pretty full again, I think it's time to gesso over this one or start a new one...  


This is a test for 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 maiden.  She has an otherwordly quality...  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 November. This is from day 11. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 72. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She is part bunny, I just had bunnies on the mind...  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 November. This is day 12. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 73. 

This is a rough sketch. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

WIP Big Eye Ghost Art Original Painting Work in Progress + November Sketches, Sketch 9 & 10, Angel & Fairy...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a big eye ghost.  I've adjusted her lips a little, added in some drips with her eye makeup, and pulled in her hair a bit with the background color, so that some of the background behind the less thick areas of hair will shine through.  Soon I'll do some experiments on my test canvas for her hair.  "Moonrise" is inspired by an African American folktale "I Know Moonrise" as retold by S.E. Schlosser.  She drowned in the marsh and longs for her family. 

This big eyed beauty is on a 16"x20" canvas 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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Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an alert innocence...  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 November. This from day 9. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 70. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  This shy fae is in disguise in a black mask...  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 November. This is day 10. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 71. 

This is a rough sketch. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

My Photograph of White Lisianthus Flowers at Huntington Gardens + Art Sketches, November 6, 7, & 8/ Big Eye Angel, Mermaid, & Fairy Daily Sketch...



I took this photograph of these white lisianthus flowers at Huntington Gardens some time ago.  They are not presently blooming, but I loved the beauty of their grouped blossoms.  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 seems to be quite peaceful...  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 November. This from day 6. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 67. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a cautious look...  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 November. This is from day 7. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 68. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a curious 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 November. This is day 8. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 69. 

This is a rough sketch. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Original Lisianthus Flowers Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! "A Celebration of Life and Love" Dia de los Muertos Exhibit...

"A Celebration of Life and Love"

Dia de los Muertos is to me a celebration of life and honoring those we have lost.  There is a great allure and solace in the love we share and this inspires me to express my joy in paint.  Eyes are the window to the truth of what is within, my big eyed calavera catrina beauties are how I share this love.  I was honored to participate in "A Celebration of Life and Love" at the San Juan Capistrano Library.  

Some of the artwork I photographed at the show is here, I also saw some amazing Aztec dancers, but I will endeavor to share that another day...

"Remembrance (Recuerdo)" by Lisa Isabella Russo with Artist  (Photo by Alex Ledante)

"Amongst the Ancestors (Entre Los Antepasados)" by Lisa Isabella Russo 

"La Sonrisa (The Smile)" by Lisa Isabella Russo 

"Sister Cancer" by Chuka Susan Chesney

"Soup Bones" I by Stephen Levey

"Release" by Jen Duran

"Captured" (top) and "The Mad Hatress" (bottom) by David Sorensen

"Bride" (top) and "Final Rest" (bottom) by Skye Amber Sweet

"The Woman & the Fire" by Stanley Lehman

"Dia de Los Muertos Series (6 of 6)" by Paul Montelongo

"Porcelain" by George Paul Miller

"Honoring the Dead" by Scott Hogue

"Renacimiento" (top), "Fatal Promise" (middle), and "Puesta de Sol" (bottom) by Alex Ledante

"Renacimiento" with Artist Alex Ledante

If you'd like to view the art in person, the show is open until November 30th.  If you're interested in any of the art, please contact Skye Amber Sweet at skyepoet.com.  

San Juan Capistrano Library 
31495 El Camino Real
Library 949-493-1752 

The festival exhibit dates are officially Sun. 10/1 - Thurs. 11/30  
Gallery / Library hours to view art outside reception date is as follows:
Monday-Thursday 10:00a - 7:00p
Saturday-Sunday 9:00a - 5:00p 
Fridays- CLOSED

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.

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"Lisianthus Beauties" Original 4"x3.5" Painting on Acid Free Vellum Paper in a 5.25"x4.75" Frame Here

This week my featured painting is "Lisianthus Beauties."  These light lilac flowers captured my imagination when I photographed them at Huntington Gardens.  The art has a soft realist impressionist feel.  The original lisianthus floral acrylic painting is available for purchase on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  This is the first time this painting has been available online.


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 purple flowers; you may see them here.

Featured Image "Lisianthus Beauties"
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/

Sunday, November 5, 2017

WIP Big Eye Self Portrait Art Original Painting Work in Progress + November Sketches, Sketch 4 & 5, Fairy & Angel...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of an idealized big eye version of myself, I've been working on the features and the blouse.  I'm going to move on to hair, but I intend to revisit shading in the face once I've established the hair.  I think this is the mermaid version of me, MerMe, tee hee...  I'm saving the highlights in the eyes until last.

This idealized (or perhaps eye-dealized, I may be in a bit of a silly mood today) big eyed self portrait is on a 16"x20" canvas 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.

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Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an intense elegance...  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 November. This is from day 4. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 65. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an inquisitive nature...  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 November. This day 5. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 66. 

This is a rough sketch.

Friday, November 3, 2017

WIP Big Eye Self Portrait Art Original Painting Work in Progress + November Sketches, Sketch 2 & 3, Goddess & Fairy...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of an idealized big eye version of myself, I've been working on the skin tone and shading.  I'm going to move ahead to eyebrows, eye lashes, and lips; but I may revisit shading at a later junction.  I think this is the mermaid version of me...  I'm saving the highlights in the eyes until last.

This idealized big eyed self portrait is on a 16"x20" canvas 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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Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an aloof quality...  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 November. This is from day 2. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 63. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She is wearing a dapper hat...  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 November. This is day 3. 

I would like to try to reach a goal of 100 faces sketched on consecutive days, I started this effort on September 1st, 2017...  This is face 64. 

This is a rough sketch.