Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Original Big Eye Gothic Blue Fairy Angel Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! April Sketches...



"Gossamer Moon" Original 8"x10" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Gossamer Moon". Composed almost entirely of shades of blue, this original big eye gothic angel fairy painting also has violet eyes and accents of purple.  She is available for purchase on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  This was one of the first times I used drips in an non abstract painting... 


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 spring and includes a selection of my flowers as well as some bunny rabbits in addition to a lamb; you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

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Here is a sketch of an amaryllis flower.  They have such beautiful, bold 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 April.  This is day 25.  

This is a rough sketch.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Egyptian Goddess, April 24 Daily Sketches...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a look of deep caring and she could be Egyptian...  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 April.  This is day 24.

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

I went to El Festival de las Flores at the Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum show opening with my iris painting on Saturday.  It will take me a little while to sort through my images so that I can properly attribute the other artists, but my post about the show is upcoming...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Retro Angel Fairy, April 23 Daily Sketches...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a sweet smile and a retro look with her fluffy 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 April.  This is day 23.

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/

I was lucky to win Alexandra's Sunday Sketches giveaway!  My photo of the goodies is in this post.  Sunday sketches is a wonderful group of artists hosted by the talented and charming Alexandra.  It took me a while to join in the group because of how polished most of the sketches are compared to my rough sketches, but they're a wonderful and sweet group of people.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day Wishes & Art Sketch of a Lisianthus Flower, April 33 Daily Sketches + Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum Show Opening...



Happy Earth Day Wishes from this big eye garden guardian fairy and from me at lisarusso.com!

If interested...  
"Iris Dream" Original 16"x20" Acrylic Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here

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Here is a sketch of two lisianthus flowers.  There are also a few buds, interestingly the buds resemble rosebuds.  I think I'd like for them to be my next floral painting... 


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

This is a rough sketch.

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Today is the opening day of El Festival de las Flores at the Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum Show.  I'll be there towards the end; my iris painting, showed framed here will be a part of it!  I'll try to take some photos while I'm there...

Opening reception
Saturday, April 22 at 6 PM - 10 PM
Dulce Stein Presents at The Neutra
2379 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA  90039
(323) 247-7113

The closing reception will be Sunday May 7th from 6-9 PM.
Additional viewing days are by appointment, please contact me if you're interested in setting up a visit and I'll put you in touch with the curator.  There will also be some special events during the run of the show, I'll update you as I know more...

The opening reception event information is here.

Friday, April 21, 2017

WIP Big Eye Snow White Waterlily Art Original Painting Work in Progress + April Sketches, Sketch 20 & 21, Rose & Green Sea Turtle...



In this original work in progress WIP big eye maiden painting I've been working on her hair.  It is darker now and has some highlights, but I am not yet done.  I need to add some wispies and possibly some more glazing.  After which I will work on some shading on her blouse and then comes the flowers...  Worry not, I have not forgotten the highlights in her eyes, this time I am leaving them for last.  This fairytale angel fairy with water lilies in her hair is inspired by Snow White.

This big eyed beauty is on an 8"x10" 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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I received a beautiful package in the mail last week.  I was the lucky winner of Alexandra Macvean's Sunday Sketches giveaway.  Alexandra is a wonderful and charming illustrator and hosts Sunday Sketches on Sundays.  I think sketches are one of the strongest foundations and it is a delight to see the art that is shared there.  If you haven't already visited or been a part of Sunday Sketches, I highly recommend paying a visit to http://alexandramacvean.blogspot.com/.

Thanks so much Alexandra for the lovely gifts and the sweet kindness you always exude!

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Here is a sketch of a rose.  I had Shakespeare running through my head as I sketched this...  "What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet"  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 April.  This is from day 20.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of an green sea turtle.  I love turtles, they look very wise to me.  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 April.  This is day 21.  

This is a rough sketch.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My Iris Painting Framed for El Festival de las Flores at the Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum Show! Art Sketch of a Big Eye Fairy Angel, April 19 Daily Sketches...



This is my framed iris painting that was accepted to El Festival de las Flores at the Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum!  It is an 8"x10" oil painting on panel titled "Variegated Bliss."  I forgot to measure the frame before I dropped it off yesterday, but I'll try to get the measurements when I go to the opening on Saturday.  I'm not sure exactly when I'll be there, probably towards the end though.  I'll also try to take some photographs while I'm there so that if you can't make it to the show, you'll still get to see some of the art.  I love to paint and view flower paintings!

Opening reception
Saturday, April 22 at 6 PM - 10 PM
Dulce Stein Presents at The Neutra
2379 Glendale Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA  90039
(323) 247-7113 

The closing reception will be Sunday May 7th from 6-9 PM. 
Additional viewing days are by appointment, please contact me if you're interested in setting up a visit and I'll put you in touch with the curator.  There will also be some special events during the run of the show, I'll update you as I know more...

The opening reception event information is here.

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Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a mischevous expression...  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 April.  This is day 19.

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Original Sakura Cherry Blossoms Painting! 1st Tuesday Art Prints & ACEO Prints! April Sketches...



"Sakura Ni" Original 5"x7" Painting on Panel Here

This week my featured painting is "Sakura Ni".  These cherry blossoms are pink and white.  These flowers have such a delicate beauty, seeing them brings me joy as does painting them...  It is the second in this series.  The art has a soft realist impressionist feel.  The original 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 is spring and includes a selection of my flowers as well as some bunny rabbits in addition to a lamb; you may see them here.

Featured Image "Sakura Ni"
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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Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems to have an alluring mystery...  I think she is most likely a mermaid, although she could also be a goddess or an angel fairy.  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 April.  This is day 18.

This is a rough sketch.

Monday, April 17, 2017

WIP Magician's Lionhead Bunny Rabbit Art Original Painting Work in Progress + April Sketches, Sketch 17, Big Eye Angel Fairy...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting I am a couple of layers in on the curtain behind a magician's lionhead rabbit.  The rabbit's name is Maximillion and the reference is courtesy of his person David Reeves Payne.  I still have quite a ways to go on the background before I get to the bunny though...  There is also the magic hat, but that will come much later.  I know I've painted a quite a few bunny paintings, but I love rabbits so, I think there's always room to add another member to my fluffle...  


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 anime maiden.  She has an expression of kindness and wears a rose choker...  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 April.  This is day 17.

This is a rough sketch.  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter Wishes & Art Sketch of a Big Eye Angel Fairy, April 16 Daily Sketches...



Happy Easter Wishes from this bunny and from me at www.lisarusso.com if you celebrate Easter!


If interested...  
"Ode to Spring" Original Painting Sold, Open Edition 5"x7" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here

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Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  She might be wondering if she hid the eggs well enough...  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 April.  This is day 16.

This is a rough sketch.  

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

My beautiful package from Alexandra at Sunday Sketches arrived, thanks so much Alexandra!  I'll try to post a photo of the lovely goodies on Friday...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Goddess, April 15 Daily Sketches...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an expression of strength...  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 April.  This is day 15.

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

WIP Big Eye Fairy Angel Water Lily Art Original Painting Work in Progress + April Sketches / Sketch 13 + 14 / Calla Lily & Arctic Fox...



In this original work in progress WIP big eye maiden painting I've been working on her hair.  This is just an underpainting, her hair will be much darker when I'm done and will also have some highlights...  This fairytale angel fairy with water lilies in her hair will be Snow White when she's complete.

This big eyed beauty is on an 8"x10" 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 calla lily.  I love the elegant form of calla lilies, they are one of my favorite flowers.  Although I seem to have a lot of favorites, flowers are so lovely.  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 April.  This is from day 13.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of an arctic fox.  I think he has such a sweet 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 April.  This is day 14.  

This is a rough sketch.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My Photograph of Cherry Blossoms Flowers at Descanso Gardens + April Sketches Art, Day 12 Sketch, Fairy Angel...



I took this photograph of these cherry blossoms at Descanso Gardens during a recent visit.  Sakura have such a sweet and delicate beauty...  I'm not sure if they're still in bloom though.  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 a bright inquisitive expression...  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 April.  This is day 9.

This is a rough sketch.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Original Big Eye Black Gothic Mermaid with Clownfish Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! April Sketches...



"Three Friends" Original 11"x14" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Three Friends," an original big eye painting of a black gothic mermaid with her clownfish friends. She has huge brown eyes and the clown fish seem to be very fond of her. 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 spring and includes a selection of my flowers as well as some bunny rabbits in addition to a lamb; you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

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Here is a sketch of two petunia flowers.  One is nestled up against the other.  I'm unsure if I'll paint them or not, but I did enjoy sketching them... 


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in April.  This is day 11.  

This is a rough sketch.

Monday, April 10, 2017

WIP Big Eye Fairy Angel Waterlily Art Original Painting Work in Progress + April Sketches, Sketch 10, Peony Flower



In this original work in progress WIP big eye maiden painting I've blocked in her dress and worked on some details of her features.  This is a very mini update, my time has been a little scattered lately...  I am looking forward to starting on her hair, then I'll revisit some of the shading of her dress and perhaps her face.  This fairytale angel fairy with water lilies in her hair will be Snow White when she's complete.

This big eyed beauty is on an 8"x10" 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 peony flower.  I had so much fun with the first one, I decided to try a second one.  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 April.  This is day 10.  

This is a rough sketch.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sketch of Peony Flower, Pug Dog & Big Eye Angel Fairy/ April 7, 8, & 9 Art Sketches Daily...



Here is a sketch of a peony flower.  I think it's the first time I've drawn one of these, they are such pretty flowers though.  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 April.  This is from day 7.  

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 pug.  I think they are adorable little dogs...  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 April.  This is from day 8.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a sweet curiousity...  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 April.  This is day 9.

This is a rough sketch.


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

Yesterday I posted some images from the Sketchbook West Show that I am a part of, if you'd like to see them they are here...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sketchbook West Las Laguna Gallery Show Opening, Paintings & Sketchbooks!


Me (artist Lisa Isabella Russo) with my painting "Full of Woe" above me and "Waiting" by Jennifer Kimberly Carberry Landis to the right

edit: here is one of the sketches that correlates to her by me (Lisa Isabella Russo)

I went to the Sketchbook West Exhibition at Las Laguna Gallery opening!  The people there were extremely nice and I enjoyed my visit greatly.  My Wednesday Addams inspired painting "Full of Woe" was selected to be featured at the Sketchbook West Las Laguna Gallery Show.  There are two corresponding sketches in my tiny sketchbook that measures 3.5x5.5 inches.  The sketchbook is displayed at the Sketchbook West Exhibition along with the sketchbooks of additional artists.  I've picked some of my favorites of the paintings and some of the sketches by some of the artists to share here, but I didn't see anywhere near all of the sketchbooks.  There were so many sketchbooks, each unique and wonderful.

They scanned in all of the sketchbook images and had them rotating and displayed on this screen!

by Kat Green

by Kim Anetsberger

by Kymberly Bednar

by Kymberly Bednar

by Susie Xiong

by Susie Xiong

by Bailey Berendsen

by Bailey Berendsen

by Lisa Long

by Kim Johnson

by Gilles Boenisch

by Sebastian Carlo Moreno

by Betsy Duzan

See these and more at the Las Laguna Gallery!
Sketchbook West
Exhibition runs: April 6 to April 28, 2017

Las Laguna Gallery
577 S Coast Hwy - Unit A-1
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949-667-1803
They have additional information about directions and parking here.

Winter Hours
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday- 11am - 5 pm
Closed Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 11am-7pm

Note: The gallery is closed during inclement weather including rain or high winds.
E-mail Address: laslagunagallery@gmail.com


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 for today and yesterday.  I'll try to get caught up on posting my daily sketches tomorrow.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sketchbook West Las Laguna Gallery Show Opening + Sketch of Stargazer Lily Flower, April 6 Art Sketches Daily...



The Sketchbook West Exhibition at Las Laguna Gallery opens today!  I intend to be there towards the end of the opening.  My Wednesday Addams inspired painting "Full of Woe" was selected to be featured at the Sketchbook West Las Laguna Gallery Show.  This is the corresponding sketch in my tiny sketchbook that measures 3.5x5.5 inches.  The sketchbook will be displayed at the Sketchbook West Exhibition along with the sketchbooks of additional artists.  There will be a mix of fantasy, floral, animal, and assorted sketches within my sketchbook.  I very much enjoy looking at artist's sketches, so I am looking forward to seeing the show! 

Sketchbook West
Artist Reception: April 6 from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm
Exhibition runs: April 6 to April 28, 2017

Las Laguna Gallery
577 S Coast Hwy - Unit A-1
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949-667-1803
They have additional information about directions and parking here

Winter Hours
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday- 11am - 5 pm
Closed Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 11am-7pm

Note: The gallery is closed during inclement weather including rain or high winds.
E-mail Address:
laslagunagallery@gmail.com

The event information for the opening is here.

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Here is a sketch of a stargazer lily flower.  These flowers have such a gentle elegance.  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 April.  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, April 5, 2017

My Photograph of Fringed Double Bloom Tulip Flowers at Descanso Gardens + April Sketches Art, Day 5 Sketch, Fairy Angel...



I took this photograph of this fringed double bloom tulip at Descanso Gardens during a recent visit.  I go a little photo nuts when I visit the gardens, I love flowers so much and I don't have any type of green in my thumb...  I'm not sure how long the tulips will be in bloom though.  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.  She has a gentle smile and sweet expression...  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 April.  This is day 5.

This is a rough sketch.