Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Framed Paintings at the San Juan Capistrano Library + October Sketches


Happy Halloween and Feliz Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead wishes!

I apologize for my long absence, I was under the weather and quite unfocused.  However, I am feeling better now and would like to share an upcoming event.  These framed pieces are my newest contribution to this year's Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead art exhibit at the San Juan Capistrano Library, there are also a few of my piece from last year featured as well.


The two large portraits are actually self portraits; one is darker and more abstract, one is more positive and idealized.  I submitted them to a different show, but the curator Skye Amber Sweet saw in them something more, she saw the feelings of life and death expressed in these two paintings and thus their inclusion in this show.  

San Juan Capistrano Library 
31495 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Library 949-493-1752 

The festival exhibit dates are officially Sun. 10/1 - Thurs. 11/28; however, it looks like there will be art drop offs on 10/1 and pick ups on 11/28, so I'd suggest any of the dates between the two. 
Gallery / Library hours to view art outside reception date is as follows:
Monday-Thursday 10:00a - 7:00p
Saturday-Sunday 9:00a - 5:00p 
Fridays- CLOSED

The date of our Day of the Dead event and reception is Saturday, 11/3 from 12-3.  In addition to the art, the exhibit and festival will include:
Aztec Dancers
Free Face Painting
Ballet Folklorico
Mariachis
Sugar Skull Making and Crafts
Pop Up Poetry
Alex Ledante and I will try to be there, most likely towards the end.  We'd love to see you if you're in the area, it's a wonderful exhibit and festival.  I'll try to get some photographs when we go.

Edit 11/2: I've ran out of time to do a separate post for PPF today, so I am sharing these completed paintings.
Happy Paint Party Friday!  To see more participants, please visit:

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October 11-30 Sketches

I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in October. They are all rough sketches.  I'm quite a bit behind in sharing my daily sketches, so I've grouped the images in groups of 5 so it isn't quite so overwhelming.  You may see them individually on facebook here.  You may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like.


Day 11:  Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a powerful gaze.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be a fairy angel or a mermaid.
Day 12:  Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems to have a joyful quality...  I think she is most likely a mermaid, although she could also be a fairy angel or a goddess.
Day 13:  Here is a sketch of a mandevilla flower.  They seem like lovely flowers... 
Day 14:  Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an expression of gentle concern...  I think she is most likely an angel fairy, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess
Day 15:  Here is a sketch of a Virginia bluebell.  They have a charming form...


Day 16:  Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an intensity to her...  I think she is most likely a fairy angel, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess. 
Day 17:  Here is a sketch of a peony.  I love peonies...
Day 18:  Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She is adorned with flowers in her hair...  I think she is most likely a fairy angel, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.
Day 19:  Here is a sketch of a dahlia flower and bud.  They stand upright and full of joy...
Day 20:  Here is a sketch of daffodil flowers.  They have a wonderful charm to them...


Day 21:  Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a gentleness in her gaze...  I think she is most likely an angel fairy, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.
Day 22:  Here is a sketch of some apple blossoms.  They have a delicate beauty... 
Day 23:  Here is a sketch of a flamingo flower.  These flowers have a dynamic form...
Day 24:  Here is a sketch of a wild columbine.  They have different look than their domestic counterparts but are still quite lovely...
Day 25:  Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an intense quality.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be a fairy angel or a mermaid.


Day 26:  Here is a sketch of a rugosa rose.  I love roses very much...
Day 27:  Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a touch of sadness in her eyes...  I think she is most likely a mermaid, although she could also be a fairy angel or a goddess. 
Day 28:  Here is a sketch of a labrador puppy.  It is one of two dogs I sketched for a project I am moving forward on, I've decided to go with the the older dog, but this little fellow is a sweetie.
Day 29:  Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has wildly flowing hair...  I think she is most likely a mermaid, although she could also be a fairy angel or a goddess.
Day 30:  Here is a sketch of a sunflower.  They are such a joyful flower...

14 comments:

Christine said...

Exciting about the exhibit, lovely work. The sketches are beautiful. So glad you are feeling better now.

laurie said...

I’m sorry you’ve been feeling unwell, I hope it’s behind you, your self portraits are beautiful, just as you are!

Magic Love Crow said...

Lisa, I am so sorry you've been ill and unfocused. I truly hope you are feeling better and listen to your heart my friend. It will never lead you wrong!! Your paintings are AMAZING!!! I am so excited for you exhibit! Congrats! Your sketches are all truly wonderful! You have kept busy!! Big Hugs and Much Love!

Valerie-Jael said...

So sorry to hear that you've been under the weather, feel better soon! Lovely art and sketches, your amazing paintings will be great in the exhibition. Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

Nicole DVArtist said...

You are just amazing with you art. You inspire me to do better and more. I love seeing all of your art. I tell all my friends about you too. Wish we lived closer.

Lowcarb team member said...

So pleased you are feeling better now.
Your paintings will be great in the exhibition - hope all goes well.

All the best Jan

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

sorry you were under the weather
good luck with the show and nice collection of sketches :)

Valerie-Jael said...

Happy PPF Lisa, hugs, Valerie. Have a great weekend.

carol l mckenna said...

Congrats on your art exhibit and glad you are feeling better ~ beautiful painted works and sketches!

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Linda Kunsman said...

congrats on the exhibit, and best wishes! Your sketches are always a pleasure to view- even the rough sketches look so good already and hold much promise. Enjoy the exhibit, and happy PPF!

sirkkis said...

Congratulations,Lisa🌹
Fantastic canvas. The sketches are lovely and would like to see them ready.
Happy PPF weekend ❤️

Victoria said...

Beautiful art! Your portraits are spectacular and gorgeous! I love your world, always so captivating and soulful..all of your sketches are fantastic! Yay, congrats, that is so exciting, shine on my magical friend!
Hope you are feeling all sparkling and bright. hugs
Victoria

Tarang Sinha said...

Love the portraits! Sketches are also nice. Best wishes. :)

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Thanks so very much for your considerate and lovely words.