Monday, May 22, 2017

WIP Big Eye Snow White Waterlily Art Original Painting Work in Progress + May Sketches, Sketch 22, Snapdragon Flower...



In this original work in progress WIP big eye maiden painting I've completed her flowers.  All that remains is the highlights in her eyes and she will be complete.  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.

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Here is a sketch of snapdragon flowers.  Snapdragons were one of my favorite flowers when I was a child, they are such a charming flower both in name and in beauty.  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 May.  This is day 22.  

This is a rough sketch. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sketch of a Few Fancy Betta Fish, Art Sketches Daily, May 21...




Here is a sketch of a few betta fish.  I love betta fish, these are based on some of the fancy betta fish varieties.  Yesterday's were pet store bettas as mine was.  Betta fish are also known as Siamese fighting fish and male betta fish fight each other to the death; so in real life they must be kept apart, but in my sketches they are much more mellow...  I might do a mini painting of one of them and possibly also have one betta fish be a friend to a tiny goddess, but I may need to do some more sketches...


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

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/

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sketch of a Betta Fish, Art Sketches Daily, May 20...



Here is a sketch of a couple of betta fish.  I love betta fish, I had a blue pet store betta and he was very sweet.  I might do a mini painting of one of them and possibly also have one betta fish be a friend to a tiny goddess, but I still need to do some more sketches...


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in May.  This is day 20.

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

Friday, May 19, 2017

WIP Magician's Lionhead Bunny Rabbit Art Original Painting Work in Progress + May Sketches, Sketch 18 & 19, Flapjack Octopus & Fairy Angel...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting I've been working on the bunny's fur and I've started blocking in the hat, I still have quite a ways to go though... The rabbit's name is Maximillion and the reference is courtesy of his person David Reeves Payne.  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.

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 four flapjack octopi.  Scientists are considering naming them adorablis and I can definitely see why.  I'd like to do a mini painting of one of them and possibly also have one octopus be a friend to a tiny mermaid...


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

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a sweet smile and has put flowers in the brim of her had.  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 May.  This is day 19.

This is a rough sketch.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Photograph of a Zinnia Flower Bud at Huntington Gardens + May Sketches Art, Day 17 Sketch, Big Eye Angel Fairy...



I took this photograph of this zinnia flower bud at Huntington Gardens.  Even before the flowers bloom, I think they are quite lovely.  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 sweet upwards glance and full, lovely 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 May.  This is day 17.

This is a rough sketch.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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



"Sylph of Violet" Original 8"x10" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Sylph of Violet". Composed almost entirely of shades of blue and purple, this original big eye gothic fairy angel painting also has a bit of sass.  The art has a lowbrow surreal feel.  She 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 mermaids and includes a selection of some of my big eye fantasy sirens; you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

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Here is a sketch of an octopus.  They are such fascinating animals and truly masters of disguise.  I'd like to someday paint one with a mermaid, but I think I'd best start with some sketches and then possibly some studies...  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 May.  This is day 16.  

This is a rough sketch.

Monday, May 15, 2017

WIP Big Eye Snow White Waterlily Art Original Painting Work in Progress + May Sketches, Sketch 15, Fawn Deer...



In this original work in progress WIP big eye maiden painting I've been working on her flowers.  I am very close to being done, but for some reason I have shaded the flowers opposite of her face, so it's back to the drawing board or rather painting board in this case...  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.

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Here is a sketch of a young deer.  The fawn's horns have just begun to grow.  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 May.  This is from day 15.  

This is a rough sketch.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day & a Sketch of a Coneflower Flower, May 14, Art Sketches Daily...


Happy Mother's Day Wishes from this nesting dragon and from me at lisarusso.com!


The original painting is sold, but Open Edition 5"x7" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints are available Here

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Here is a sketch of a flower.  I believe it is a coneflower, but I'm not entirely sure, I just thought it had a sweetness to it that made it perfect for Mother's Day.  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 May.  This is day 14.  

This is a rough sketch.


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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Angel Fairy & a Koi Fish, May 12 & 13 Daily Sketches...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  She has a serene peacefulness in her countenance.  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 May.  This is from day 12.

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 koi fish.  I liked the way he was turning, koi fish are so fluid in the water.  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 May.  This is day 13.

This is a rough sketch.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

WIP Magician's Lionhead Bunny Rabbit Art Original Painting Work in Progress + May Sketches, Sketch 11, Big Eye Fairy Angel...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting I've started work on the bunny's fur, it still needs more attention before I move on to the hat.  Ah fluffity fluff fluff fluff... The rabbit's name is Maximillion and the reference is courtesy of his person David Reeves Payne.  There is also the magic hat, but that will come 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.

I won't have the opportunity to post on Friday, so I'm posting my work in progress a bit earlier than usual.
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 seems to have a gentle pout as she thinks of something yet to be resolved.  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 May.  This is day 11.

This is a rough sketch.  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My Photograph of a Magnolia Flower + Sketch of a Big Eye Fairy, a Camellia, & a Bunny Rabbit/ Art Sketches Daily/ May 8, 9, & 10



I took this photograph of this magnolia flower at Alex's old place.  Before they trimmed them, the boughs dipped very low and I was able to get close shots of some of these gorgeous 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.  Her hair is long and lovely and she has some accent streaks running through it.  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 May.  This is day 8.

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a camellia.  Some camellia flowers are more elaborate than others.  This time I selected one that I felt had a simple elegance to sketch.  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 May.  This is from day 9.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a bunny rabbit.  He has paused amidst some flowers.  Bunnies hold a special place in my heart.  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 May.  This is day 10.

This is a rough sketch.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Original White Magnolia Flower Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Richard J. Oliver Art at the Corey Helford Gallery...


Happy National Teacher's Day!  I have been graced with some very wonderful teachers, I am very grateful to them.


"Enchanted Light" Original 18"x24" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Enchanted Light," it is on a large canvas and has a realist impressionist feel.  This gorgeous flower was growing on a tree outside of Alex's old apartment and I was compelled to photograph and then paint this beauty.  The original magnolia 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 mermaids and includes a selection of some of my big eye fantasy sirens; 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, which I hope to share some of the art from on a different day, as a couple of my favorite artists had work in the show and I was very pleasantly surprised to be introduced to Richard J. Oliver's work.  The pieces were large and lovely.  I think they're realist surrealist in feel.  These are some of my favorites from the show.  The exhibit is CLOSED, but the gallery may have some of his works available.

YOU ONLY LOSE WHAT YOU CLING TO by Richard J. Oliver, oil on gesso board, 16" x 20"

OCEAN by Richard J. Oliver, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 72"

RISE ON A BREATH OF WIND by Richard J. Oliver, oil on gesso board, 18" x 24"

CRADLED by Richard J. Oliver, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 40"

ETHEREAL by Richard J. Oliver, Oil on Canvas, 26 1/2" x 40"


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, May 7, 2017

Art Sketch of a Heron & a Big Eye Fairy Angel, May 6 & 7 Daily Sketches...


El Festival de las Flores at the Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum Show is closing today!  Alex and I will be there towards the end.  For more details, please visit here...


Here is a sketch of a heron.  I love the elegance of their long and sinuous necks.  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 May.  This is from day 6.  

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 is looking upwards, at what I am not sure.  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 May.  This is day 7.

This is a rough sketch.

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

Friday, May 5, 2017

WIP Big Eye Snow White Waterlily Art Original Painting Work in Progress + May Sketches, Sketch 5, Rose... Happy Cinco de Mayo!


Happy Cinco de Mayo!


In this original work in progress WIP big eye maiden painting I've been working on her shading.  I've also added some wispies to her hair.  Next 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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Here is a sketch of a rosebud.  In honor of Cinco de Mayo I sketched it in red colored pencil.  I love roses so much, my grandparents had the most amazing garden with such beautiful flowers!  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 May.  This is day 5.  

This is a rough sketch.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Princess Leia, May the 4th be With You, Daily Sketches... Happy Star Wars Day!



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She is loosely inspired by Princess Leia of Star Wars.  I doubt I'll paint her due to potential copyright issues, this Star Wars inspired sketch is for personal practice only and not for sale; but I did enjoy sketching her.  Happy Star Wars Day and May the Fourth be with you...


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

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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My Photograph of Ranunculus Flowers at Descanso Gardens + May Sketch Art, Day 2+ 3 Sketches, Rose + Angel Fairy...



I took this photograph of these ranunculus flowers at Descanso Gardens.  These hot pink flowers have such sweet and lovely petals...  I'm not sure if they're still in bloom, but I thought they were beautiful.  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 rosebud.  It's actually my second sketch of this rose.  The first time it wasn't quite right, this time it's a little closer to how I feel it should look.  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 May.  This is from day 2.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She may be on the cusp of asking a question...  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 May.  This is day 3.

This is a rough sketch.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Original Big Eye Mermaid with Starfish Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Audrey Kawasaki's Mural at The House of Blues...



"Looking In" Original Painting on 11"x11" Porthole Frame Here

This week my featured painting is "Looking In," an original painting of a big eye brunette mermaid with a starfish friend. She has huge inquisitive brown eyes.  She is painted directly on a porthole frame and there is some texture to the starfish.  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 mermaids and includes a selection of some of my big eye fantasy sirens; you may see them here.

Featured Image "Looking In"
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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me (Lisa Isabella Russo) with Audrey Kawasaki's painting at the House of Blues to show scale

While I was on my way to my Las Laguna Gallery Show, I stopped for lunch at the House of Blues in Anaheim.  They have this mural by Audrey Kawasaki.  She's one of my favorite artists.  I went to her solo show not that long ago, but while I haven't put together the images for that yet, I thought you might enjoy seeing this wonderful work of art she created.  Unlike shows which are only available for viewing briefly and I tend to not getting them ready to share until after they've closed, I think this piece of art will be available for viewing for quite some time...  The food was also fine and musicians were practicing while we ate, it was really very nice and I hope you'll enjoy my pictures of her painting.

I love everything about this mural, well except for that it isn't mine, but I felt very lucky to go and see her art in person...  Her faces are incredible and the hands she paints and draws are so delicate and lovely.  The flowers are also so beautiful.

Whilst I have continued to sketch daily, I spent my time getting this ready and haven't had a chance to prep my sketch yet for today.  I'll try to get caught up on posting my daily sketches tomorrow.

by Audrey Kawasaki at the House of Blues

by Audrey Kawasaki at the House of Blues

by Audrey Kawasaki at the House of Blues

by Audrey Kawasaki at the House of Blues

by Audrey Kawasaki at the House of Blues

Monday, May 1, 2017

WIP Magician's Lionhead Bunny Rabbit Art Original Painting Work in Progress + May Sketches, Sketch 1, Big Eye Angel Fairy...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting I've painted the background for a magician's lionhead rabbit and started with the bunny.  I need to do an underpainting and then the fluffiness gets serious...  The rabbit's name is Maximillion and the reference is courtesy of his person David Reeves Payne.  There is also the magic hat, but that will come 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 gothic maiden.  She has charming pigtails and a determined 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 May.  This is day 1.

This is a rough sketch.