Friday, July 21, 2017

WIP Flapjack Octopus Art Original Painting Work in Progress + July Sketches, Sketch 21, Rose Flower...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a flapjack octopus I've put down a layer of texture for the background and when that dried, I laid in some paint as well.  Next I'll do a bit of work on his eyes and block in his base color.  The panel that I'm painting on is 4"x4"...  


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 rose.  The rosebud is starting to bloom, I find the different stages of flowers beautiful.  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 July.  This is day 21.  

This is a rough sketch.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Goddess, July 20 Daily Sketches...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems to have a regal quality.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be a mermaid or a fairy angel.  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 July.  This is day 20.

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Photograph of a White Bearded Iris at Descanso Gardens + July Sketch Art, Day 18 + 19 Sketches, Angel Fairy + Anthurium Flower...



I took this photograph of white bearded iris at Descanso Gardens.  I love how it was surrounded by roses.  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 is looking upwards with 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 July.  This is from day 18.

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of an anthurium.  I love how the shape of the flowers and their leaves resembles the shape of hearts.  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 July.  This is day 19.  

This is a rough sketch.  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Original Big Eye Gothic Fairy Iris Garden Guardian Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! The Art Collector Starter Kit IV Group Exhibition Part II at the Corey Helford Gallery...



"Iris Dream" Original 16"x20" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Iris Dream."  She has large deep green eyes, lovely pink hair hair, and a pink and peach bearded iris adorning her head.  The art has a lowbrow surreal fantasy feel.  The original big eye gothic angel fairy garden guardian 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 big eyes of blue, you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

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The Corey Helford Gallery has three sections, there is the main gallery and then two additional galleries.  I went to see The Art Collector Starter Kit IV Group Exhibition as a couple of my favorite artists had work in the show.  As there were so many pieces that I liked, I have shared the show in two parts, Part I is here and features art by Jasmine Becket-Griffith amongst others.  I'm opening Part II with a piece by one of my favorite artists, Camilla d'Errico.  The show was filled with so many beautiful pieces. The Art Collector Starter Kit IV Group Exhibition is CLOSED, but the gallery may have some of these artists' works available.


"THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT" by Camilla d'Errico

"CRADLE" by Yuka Sakuma

"MOTHER EARTH" by Maika Kobayashi

"WHO ARE YOU?" 2017 by Brandi Milne

"WINGS" by Maria Kreyn

"ZOMBI" by Carlos Ramos

"DAISY" by Sylvia Ji

"GREEN APPETITE" by Victor Fota

"TABITHA - WHILE IT LASTED" by Lu Cong

"IMBUE" by Sasha Ira

"WHEN THE FLOWERS BLOOM" by Miho Hirano

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, July 17, 2017

WIP Big Eye Goddess Betta Fish Art Original Painting Work in Progress + July Sketches, Sketch 17, Iris Flower...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a big eye goddess and a betta fish I've painted her features and her dress.  I still have a little more work to do on her dress before I move on to her hair...  I think I am going to save the highlights in her eyes until last again.  The panel that I'm painting on is 4"x4"...  


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 an iris.  Irises are one of my favorite flowers, I can't seem to grow them in my garden, but I love seeing them when I visit the Huntington and Descanso Gardens.  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 July.  This is day 17.  

This is a rough sketch. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sketch of a Gloxinia Flower, Hibiscus, & Big Eye Fairy Angel/ July 14, 15, & 16 Art Sketches Daily...



Here is a sketch of gloxinia flowers.  I think this flower is lovely and fascinating.  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 July.  This is from day 14.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a hibiscus flower.  I saw an amazing hibiscus plant at Huntington Gardens on Friday, I haven't checked yet to see if any of my photos came out, but if they did, I'll try to post one on Wednesday...  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 July.  This is from day 15.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has curly locks and I imagine her surrounded by flowers.  I think she is most likely a fair 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 July.  This is day 16.

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Mermaid, July 13 Daily Sketches...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has coral growing up through her hair.  I think she is most likely a mermaid, although she could also be an angel fairy 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 July.  This is day 13.

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Photograph of Icelandic Poppies at Descanso Gardens + July Sketch Art, Day 11 + 12 Sketches, Rose + Goddess...



I took this photograph of these icelandic poppies at Descanso Gardens.  They are a brilliant orange color and looked so pretty together.  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 rose flower.  These flowers have such soft and delicate petals...  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 July.  This is from day 11.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a flower in her hair and a caring expression.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be an angel fairy 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 July.  This is day 12.

This is a rough sketch. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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



"Sunlight Sunbright" Original 18"x24" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Sunlight Sunbright."  The large floral original has bold yellows against a soft blue sky and there is some light texture.  Usually blues, purples, and blacks are my favorite colors, but I find flowers of every hue lovely.  There's a whole world of beauty in flowers.  It was painted with acrylic paints.  The 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.


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 big eyes of blue, you may see them 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 I

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 will share the show in two parts and link them together when I get around to the next part.  The Van Gogh and Friends Exhibition is CLOSED, but the gallery has an incredible selection of works in their permanent collection available for viewing.

"Hospital of Saint-Remy" by Vincent van Gogh

"Peonies in a Blue and White Vase" by Henri Fantin-Latour

"Timber Yard at Saint-Mammes" by Alfred Sisley

"Boulevard Montmartre, Mardi Gras" by Camille Pissarro

"Salome Dancing before Herod" by Gustave Moreau

"Wheat Harvest" by Emile Bernard

"The Sower" by Vincent van Gogh


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, July 10, 2017

WIP Big Eye Mermaid Flapjack Octopus Art Original Painting Work in Progress + July Sketches, Sketch 10, Great Horned Owl...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a big eye mermaid and a flapjack octopus I've been working on the background and the eyes.  Next I think will come the mermaid's skin tones.  I think I am going to save the highlights in the eyes until last again.  The panel that I'm painting on is 4"x4"...  


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.


Here is a sketch of a great horned owl.  This bird has an alert and cautious expression...  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 July.  This is day 10.  

This is a rough sketch.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

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



Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  She has a look of compassion.  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 July.  This is day 9.

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

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

Edit:  Sunday Sketches is coming to an end, if you'd like to participate in the final week today 7/9/17, Alexandra is having some giveaways...

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Sketch of a Saucer Magnolia Flower, July 8 Art Sketches Daily...



Here is a sketch of a saucer magnolia flower.  It is somewhere between budding and full bloom.  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 July.  This is day 8.  

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

Friday, July 7, 2017

WIP Betta Fish Art Original Painting Work in Progress + July Sketches, Sketch 7, Big Eye Goddess...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a betta fish I've been working on his eyes and blocking in his form.  The white on his finlet won't be there when it's complete, there was just a smidge too much blue and the red I was using needed a little bit brighter of a base...  The panel that I'm painting on is 4"x4"...  


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 a look of gentle intensity.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be an angel fairy 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 July.  This is day 7.

This is a rough sketch.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Angel Fairy, July 6 Daily Sketches...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  She has some sweet roses in her hair.  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 July.  This is day 6.

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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

My Photograph of a Junco Bird at Descanso Gardens + July Sketch Art, Day 4 + 5 Sketches, Tulip + Rose...



I took this photograph of this bird at Descanso Gardens.  While they are very common there, I usually have trouble photographing this bird with a black head and brown body that I believe is a Dark-eyed Junco as they move fairly quickly.  However, this one paused for a bit as it looked like it was gathering materials for its nest...  I hope that you will enjoy this photo! 


I love to paint animals, 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 tulip flower.  I love the elegant lines these flowers have.  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 July.  This is from day 4.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a rose flower.  Rosebuds are such lovely flowers, I find myself drawn to draw them often...  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 July.  This is day 5.  

This is a rough sketch.  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Original Big Eye Gothic Fairy Angel Framed Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! The Art Collector Starter Kit IV Group Exhibition Part I at the Corey Helford Gallery...



"Scarlet" Original 8"x10" Framed Painting on Panel Here

This week my featured painting is "Scarlet."  This big eye beauty has gorgeous red hair and big blue eyes.  The art has a lowbrow surreal feel.  I have a number of wonderful frames, I painted her specifically for this frame.  She is available for purchase on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!   

She has red hair, white highlights, and blue eyes, so I thought she was fitting to debut on the fourth of July.  Happy 4th of July!


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 big eyes of blue, you may see them here.

Featured Image "Scarlet"
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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The Corey Helford Gallery has three sections, there is the main gallery and then two additional galleries.  I went to see The Art Collector Starter Kit IV Group Exhibition as a couple of my favorite artists had work in the show  As there were so many pieces that I liked, I will share the show in two parts and link them together when I get around to the next part.  I'm opening Part I with a piece by one of my favorite artists, Jasmine Becket-Griffith.  The show was filled with so many beautiful pieces. The Art Collector Starter Kit IV Group Exhibition is CLOSED, but the gallery may have some of these artists' works available.

Edit:  Part II is here and features art by Camilla d'Errico amongst others.

"GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING" by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

"SOFT" by Luke Chueh

"WHITE FOX" by Chie Yoshii

"BLUE AND BLUSH" by Meredith Marsone

"I WILL SURVIVE" by Yosuke Ueno

"HIDDEN INDUSTRY" by Brooks Salzwedel

"PASSENGER" by Ben Howe

"RAVEN" by Nigel Cox

"SOMEONE LIKE ME" by Korin Faught

"MAIDEN UNDER WATER" by Hirabayashi Takahiro


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.