Sunday, January 21, 2018

WIP Big Eye Self Portrait Art Original Painting Work in Progress + Sketch of a Daylily Flower and Big Eye Angel Fairy/ January 20 & 21 / Art Sketches Daily...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of an idealized big eye version of myself, I've been working on glazing a bit more shadows into the face and neck.  Next I believe I will begin on the roses.  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.

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Here is a sketch of a daylily flower.  Lilies are full of such grace...  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 January.  This is from day 20.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  Her eyes are gently closed...  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 January. This is day 21. 

This is a rough sketch.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Diversity and Inclusion: The Influence of African-American Art in Southern California at the Ontario Museum of Art Framed Big Eye Fantasy Angel Ghost Pieces + January Sketches...



Here are my two framed pieces "Orchid Intrigue" and "Moonrise" for the Diversity and Inclusion: The Influence of African-American Art in Southern California Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of Art, I finished them in the nick of time.  The show will run from Thursday January 25th to Sunday February 25th.

The exhibit reception will be on Saturday January 27th from 2 pm to 4 pm.  Alex Ledante also has a show in the piece and we will try to be there. We'll most likely be there at some point near the end, but please contact us to coordinate if you'd like to meet us there.  I"ll try to get some photographs to share from the show when we go.

Location: 225 S Euclid Ave  
                Ontario, CA 91762
Phone: (909) 395-2510
Hours:  Noon to 4 pm  Thursday through Sunday


I didn't get a chance to finish up the kitty this week, but hopefully for next Friday...
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 big eyed maiden.  She has an enigmatic expression...  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 January. This is from day 18.

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 has a sweet yet gently sad 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 January. This day 19. 

This is a rough sketch. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My Photograph of Bird of Paradise Flowers at Huntington Gardens + Sketch of an Amaryllis, Big Eye Angel, & Fairy/ January 15, 16, & 17 Art Sketches Daily...



I took this photograph of these bird of paradise flowers at Huntington Gardens in the winter.  There's less blooming at this time of year, but I thought these were so very 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 an amaryllis flower.  I think they are bold and 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 January.  This is from day 15.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  This delicate beauty is wrapped in a cape and has a garland of leaves...  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 January. This from day 16. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden.  She is looking upwards with a quixotic smile...  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 January. This is day 17. 

This is a rough sketch. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Original Bird of Paradise Flower Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! LACMA Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: Painting the Panamanian Cosmos Exhibit Part I...



"Eternal Bird of Paradise" Original 18"x24" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Eternal Bird of Paradise."  This vibrant tropical flower blooms frequently around here and is a favorite of mine.  The art has a 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 angels, you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

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Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: Painting the Panamanian Cosmos Part I
LACMA Exhibit Open until April 15, 2018

With a theme of real and mythical animals, the show includes a mix of ancient ceramics and 20th century textiles.  Some of the ceramics were part of chief's burials and restored from purposely broken pieces, they are glazed in styles unique to Panamanian art with some purple hues.  The textile panels are called molas and come from the modern Kuna culture.  They were traditionaly made in pairs as part of a front and back panel of a woman's blouse and thought to have protective qualities.

I found these works very appealing.  This is Part I of II.  I will link here when I post Part II.

Pedestal Plate with Transformation Figure and Multitude of Stingray Spines
Panama, Macaracas style, 800-1000 CE

Transforming Human-Jaguar Effigy Vessel
Panama, Conte style, 600-900 CE
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Transforming Jaguar Vessel
Panama, 600-900 CE

Mola with Mirror Image of Parrots
Panama, San Blas, Kuna People, late 20th century

Effigy Vessel Reminiscent of a Pelican Bird, with Ears
Panama, Veraguas, n.d.

Plate with Striding Bird with Encirling Tail
Panama, Conte style, 700-900 CE

Jar with Abstracted Bats and Spout in the Form of a Lizard
Panama, Late Tonosi style, 300-500 CE

Pedestal Plate with Two Rotated Iguanas
Panama, Macaracas style, 800-1000 CE

Mola with Birds among Spiral Motifs
Panama, San Blas, Kuna People, late 20th century

Effigy Vessel of Curled-Up Possum or Anteater
Panama, Veraguas, Conte style, 600-900 CE


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, January 14, 2018

Sketch of a Big Eye Mermaid, Showy Orchids, & Angel Fairy/ January 12, 13, & 14 Art Sketches Daily...



Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a beguiling expression...  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 January. 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 some showy orchids.  Orchid flowers have such an amazing diversity of looks...  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 January.  This is from day 13.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a wistful 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 January. This day 14. 

This is a rough sketch. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WIP Kitty Cat Art Original Painting Work in Progress + Sketch of Daffodil Flowers & Big Eye Angel Fairy/ January 10 & 11 / Art Sketches Daily...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a cat I've been working on her fur.  I'm a couple of layers in.  She's a black kitty, but I feel her brown underpainting gives her more of a richness...  I'm going to finesse her details and her eyes next, but I'm not quite sure the order.  She'll also need some wiskers.  The panel that I'm painting on is 8"x10"

I usually work on more than one painting at a time, and I do have some others in the works, but this one has a deadline fast approaching...


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 a little early, but I'm going to try to join in this week with Paint Party Friday.  To see more participants, please visit:

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Here is a sketch of daffodils.  Two of these sweet flowers are nestled together...  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 January.  This is from day 10.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a look of mild trepidation...  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 January. This day 11. 

This is a rough sketch. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

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



"Lotus" Original 4"x4" Painting on Panel Here

This week my featured painting is "Lotus."  She has huge blue eyes, pink hair, and her wings are inspired by hummingbird wings.  It is one of my smallest paintings.  The painting has a lowbrow surreal fantasy feel.  This original big eye gothic angel fairy 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 angels, you may see them here.

Featured Image "Lotus"
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 an amaryllis flower.  They are 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 January.  This is from day 8.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a very focused quality...  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 January. This is day 9. 

This is a rough sketch.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

WIP Kitty Cat Art Original Painting Work in Progress + Sketch of a Big Eye Fantasy Maidens & Flowers/ January 1-7 / Art Sketches Daily...


I apologize for having been away for a while without giving any notice, I've been a bit distracted.  I hope to be back again on Tuesday with some later than usual listings with an angel theme...


In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a cat I've been working on her underpainting.  I'm a couple of layers in.  She's actually a black kitty, but when the light hits her she sometimes glows a golden brown...  The panel that I'm painting on is 8"x10"


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 calla lily.  This flower has a beautiful twirling quality...  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 January.  This is from day 1.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a sweet shell necklace...  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 January. This is from day 2. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems to be surprised by something unexpected...  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 December. This is from day 3. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of two African daisies.  They have a cheerful 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 January.  This is from day 4.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a very determined 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 January. This is from day 5. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of some snowmound spirea flowers.  I think they're quite charming...  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 January.  This is from day 6.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a look of gentle concern...  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 January. This day 7. 

This is a rough sketch.