Friday, March 24, 2017

WIP Big Eye Fairy Angel Water Lily Art Original Painting Work in Progress + March Sketches / Sketch 23 + 24 / Tulips & Panda Bear...



In this original work in progress WIP big eye maiden painting I'm working on her skin tones.  I still have more layers on her face to go before I move on to her eyebrows, eyelashes, and lips...  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:
http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com/

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Here is a sketch of a couple of tulips.  This time of year I seem to have flowers on the mind...  These may be for the hair of a maiden, I still need to sketch quite a few more though to determine which ones best suit her...


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in March.  This is from day 23.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a panda bear.  I've never sketched one before, I think pandas are so cute and it was fun to try an animal I hadn't tried before...  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 March.  This is day 24.  

This is a rough sketch.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My Photograph of Sakura Cherry Blossom Flowers at Descanso Gardens + March Sketches Art, Day 22 Sketch, Angel Fairy...



I took this photograph of these cherry blossoms at Descanso Gardens during my most recent visit.  These flowers bring me such joy with their delicate beauty...  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 looks a bit like Princess Leia, although she had pigtails instead of buns...  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 March.  This is day 22.

This is a rough sketch.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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



"Sakura San" Original 8"x10" Painting on Panel Here

This week my featured painting is "Sakura San".  These cherry blossoms are pink and white.  I love these flowers, they capture me with their fleeting beauty...  It is the third 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 a selection of my flowers, you may see them here.  I'm very sorry, I still haven't had a chance to add "Lilac Rosebud" to the mix but I will try to shoot for including it in the next 1st Tuesday group...  

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

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Here is a sketch of a frog.  This little amphibian is perched atop a flower...  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 March.  This is day 20.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  She looks a little bit haunted...  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 March.  This is day 21.

This is a rough sketch. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sketchbook West Las Laguna Gallery Show + Sketch of Lily Flowers, March 19 Art Sketches Daily...


Sketchbook West Exhibition


This is the cover of my tiny sketchbook that measures 3.5x5.5 inches.  I've shared some of the sketches that are within here, but some will be available for viewing for the first time at the show.  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.  The gallery will have white gloves available for looking through the sketchbooks.  I'm hoping to be at the opening, but I will also update at what time I will be there when I have a better idea of when that will be.  I very much enjoy looking at artist's sketches, so I am looking forward to seeing the show!  I have also had one of my larger works selected to be shown there which I will share once I get her framed and ready to go.  

Sketchbook West
Artist Reception: April 6 from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm
Exhibition runs: April 6 to April 29, 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 couple of flowers.  I think they are a type of lily, but I am not sure which one, they are mostly white with some delicate pink accents.  These may be for the hair of a maiden, I still need to sketch quite a few more though to determine which ones best suit her...


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in March.  This is day 19.  

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, March 18, 2017

Sketch of Flowers, March 14 Art Sketches Daily...



Here is a sketch of a flower.  I'm not sure of the name of these flowers, only that their beauty captivated me.  These may be for the hair of a maiden, I still need to sketch quite a few more though to determine which ones best suit her...


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

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

Soon I'll try to have some information about a gallery show I'm participating in; for a sneak peek, the event information is here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

WIP Big Eye Fairy Angel Water Lily Art Original Painting Work in Progress + March Sketches / Sketch 15, 16, & 17 / Fairy Angel, Rose, & Penguin...


Happy St. Patrick's Day!


In this original work in progress WIP big eye maiden painting I have started on her eyes.  I'm thinking about doing them a little differently than I usually do and not adding the highlights until the end, but but the color is around right.  I didn't get very much time to paint this week, so this is a very mini update...  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 big eyed maiden.  She has a lucky four leaf green clover to protect herself from being pinched...  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 March.  This is from day 15, I gave a a little bit of green today since I'm sharing her on St. Patrick's Day.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a rose.  Roses have such elegant lines and are a favorite flower of mine.  This one may be for the hair of a maiden, I still need to sketch quite a few more though to determine which ones best suit her...


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in March.  This is from day 16.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a penguin.  He is a baby penguin and this little bird is so cute and fluffy...  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 March.  This is day 17.  

This is a rough sketch.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Original Big Eye Goddess Aphrodite Venus Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! March Sketches...



"Aphrodite" Original 5"x7" Painting on Canvas Panel Here

This week my featured painting is "Aphrodite."  She has big blue green teal eyes and blonde hair with purple streaks.  Aphrodite (also known to the Romans as Venus) is the Greek goddess of love and is part of my goddess series.  The original big eye surreal lowbrow fantasy goddess 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 a selection of my flowers, you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

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Here is a sketch of two tulips.  I think I have tulips on the mind right now.  I took my reference photos of them during a visit to Descanso Gardens.  They are also flowers that I may be incorporating them into the hair of a maiden I am hoping to start once I've determined which flowers will work best for her, but I have quite a few more sketches to do before that is determined...


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in March.  This is day 14.  

This is a rough sketch.

Monday, March 13, 2017

WIP Iris Flower Floral Art Original Painting Work in Progress + March Sketches / Sketch 11, 12, & 13 / Angel Fairy, Icelandic Poppies, & Turtle...



In this original 8"x10" work in progress WIP oil painting of an iris, I've started on the second layers inthe upper right part of the flower.  I'm going to try to sand a bit that looks a little thick on the left side.  This is my second painting with the water soluble oils.  I really like their blendability; but on this panel, there are some drawbacks.  When I complete this painting, I'm going to try them on canvas and see how it goes.  I liked how they worked on the lilac rosebud I painted, but I'm not always in the mood to paint on wood...


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 a beguiling gaze.  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 March.  This is from day 11.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of icelandic poppies.  I took my reference photos of them during a visit to Descanso Gardens.  I may be incorporating them into the hair of a maiden I am hoping to start once I've determined which flowers will work best for her, but I have quite a few more sketches to do before that is determined...


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in March.  This is from day 12.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a turtle.  He is sunbathing on a rock in a pond...  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 March.  This is day 13.  

This is a rough sketch.

Friday, March 10, 2017

WIP Mermaid & AngelFish Art Original Painting Work in Progress + March Sketches, Sketch 10, Tulip



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a big eye mermaid with her angelfish friends, I've added some shading to the fishies.  I've also painted in the start of the fins, I have one more fish to go before I glaze over them.  The strokes of the fins require a very steady hand, so I've needed to do them over more than one day...  

This big eyed beauty is on a 16"x20" canvas in acrylics.  I've been mainly focused on smaller works, this is my first large painting in quite some time.  


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 tulip.  Tulips bloom for such a short season, I love the transient beauty of these 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 March.  This is day 10.  

This is a rough sketch.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

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



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  I think she has a sweet and 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 March.  This is day 9.

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My Photograph of Green to White Hydrangeas Snowball Flowers at Huntington Gardens + March Sketches Art, Day 8 Sketch, Fairy Angel...


Happy International Women's Day!


Edit: They are also known as Hydrangeas

I took this photograph of these green flowers at Huntington Gardens a while back.  I believe they are snowball flowers, as the season progresses they become more white...  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 looks surprised by what she sees, she smiles a little, so I hope it is something good.  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 March.  This is day 8.

This is a rough sketch.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Original Purple Wildflowers Painting! 1st Tuesday Art Prints & ACEO Prints! March Sketches...



"Wildflowers" Original 9"x12" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Wildflowers".  The blossoms are purple touched with yellow and white.  I do not know the name of these flowers, but they captivated me and I hope they will you as well...  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 a selection of my flowers, you may see them here.  I didn't quite get a chance to add "Lilac Rosebud" to the mix but I will try to shoot for that for the week after next...

Featured Image "Wildflowers"
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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Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She looks like she has an inquisitive 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 March.  This is day 7.  

This is a rough sketch.

Monday, March 6, 2017

WIP Big Eye Fairy Angel Water Lily Art Original Painting Work in Progress + March Sketches, Sketch 6, Hibiscus Flower



In this original work in progress WIP big eye maiden painting I have started on the background.  This fairytale angel fairy has water lilies in her hair and is looking upwards.  I am thinking of taking her in a Snow White direction...

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 flower.  I believe it's an Australian Native Hibiscus, but I'm not sure...  The petals are a lovely purple and it unfolds like a pinwheel.  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 March.  This is day 6.  

This is a rough sketch. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Art Sketch of a Big Eye Mermaid, March 5 Daily Sketches...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  Her hair is windswept and her lips are parted as she sings.  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 March.  This is day 5.

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, March 4, 2017

Sketch of a Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, March 4, Art Sketches Daily...



Here is a sketch of a Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on a flower.  Butterflies are so beautiful to me; they are here but briefly and to catch a glimpse of one lights up my day...  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 March.  This is day 4.

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

Friday, March 3, 2017

WIP Iris Flower Floral Art Original Painting Work in Progress + March Sketches, Sketch 2 & 3, Waterlily & Angel Fairy...



In this original 8"x10" work in progress WIP oil painting of an iris, I've began working on the flower itself.  This isn't an optimal image as I took a quick photo of it rather than a scan as it wasn't dry enough to put on the scanner.  This is a quick block in as the paints didn't want to adhere to the panel.  I'll be going over the flower with additional layers.  I was close to abandoning the painting as the background took a while to cooperate, but I've decided to move forward with this piece.


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 water lily flower.  It will likely adorn the hair of one of my big eyed maidens, I am hoping this one will work for her.  They are such lovely flowers, I am often drawn to paint them.


I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in January.  This is from day 2.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  She has a sweet expression and her hair is whimsical.  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 March.  This is day 3.  

This is a rough sketch.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My Photograph of a Painted Lady Butterfly on White Lilac Flowers at Descanso Gardens + March Sketches Art, Day 1 Sketch, Angel Fairy...



I took this photograph of this Painted Lady butterfly on white lilac flowers at Descanso Gardens a while back.  When they are in bloom, the fragrance of these flowers attracts many butterflies...  I hope that you will enjoy this photo! 


I love to paint flowers and 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 big eyed gothic maiden.  She has a feeling of strength and her eyes are accented.  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 March.  This is day 1.  

This is a rough sketch.