Friday, December 13, 2019

Original Winter Bunny Rabbit Painting! 1st Tuesday Art Prints & ACEO Prints! WIP Chocolate Labrador Lab Puppy Dog Work in Progress...



"Snowy Bunny" Original 8"x10" Painting on Canvas here

This week my featured painting is "Snowy Bunny," an original white winter hare painting.  I love bunnies and rabbits so much!  This is one of my favorite paintings, it is perfect for a white Christmas even if you never see snow or actually anytime of year...  This original rabbit painting is available on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  The art has a painterly realist impressionist feel... 


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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 winter and Christmas, you may see them here.

Featured Image "Snowy Bunny"
8"x10" Open Edition print on Sale here
ACEO 2.5"x3.5" Limited Edition LE 1st of 25 on Sale here

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WIP Chocolate Labrador Lab Puppy Dog Art Original Painting Work in Progress...


In this original wip work in progress acrylic painting of a chocolate labrador, I have finished the underpainting of the dog.  In the bottom portion, I have started to work up the final colors a bit.  The panel that I'm painting on is 8"x10" although the original is spoken for.  I will release prints at some point in the future.  


This is a work in progress, but I also post finished pieces here as well if you'd like to come to visit!  You also may see some of my finished paintings at lisabellarusso.com if you'd like.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! Zen Waterlily Water Lily Pink Flower Original Painting & WIP Work in Progress Big Eye Little Red Riding Hood...


Happy Thanksgiving wishes from me to you.  I am thankful for so much.  I hope you have a beautiful day.  


"Zen Waterlily" Original 5"x7" Painting, Open Edition 5"x7" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here

This is "Zen Waterlily," an original pink water lily painting.  I love to see and paint flowers, they have such a delicate grace.  The art has a painterly realist impressionist feel...


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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 mermaid art; you may see them here.

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Little Red WIP Work in Progress


In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a big eye little red riding hood I've been working on her underpainting.  Fairytales hold a strong allure for me.  In this piece, I'm focused on her face.  I've made her bangs a little bit longer and I'm continuing to work on the underpainting.  Although I'm not done with them, I've also added a bit of color to her eyes just for fun.  

This big eyed beauty is on an 8"x10" panel in acrylics...  


This is a work in progress, but you also may see some of my finished paintings at lisabellarusso.com if you'd like.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Original Little Owl Bird Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! WIP Chocolate Labrador Lab Puppy Dog Work in Progress...



"Owlie" Original 10"x13" Painting on Wooden Plank here

This week my featured painting is "Owlie," an original Athene noctua owl painting.  Owlie is painted directly on a wood plank and would be great for fall or any time of the year!  There is hanging hardware on the back of the original so it is ready to hang.  This original bird painting is available on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  The art has a painterly realist impressionist feel... 


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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; you may see them here.

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WIP Chocolate Labrador Lab Puppy Dog Art Original Painting Work in Progress...


In this original wip work in progress acrylic painting of a chocolate labrador, I have finished the background.  Next will come an underpainting of the dog himself.  The panel that I'm painting on is 8"x10" although the original is spoken for.  I will release prints at some point in the future.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Original Big Eye Mermaid with Starfish Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Big Eye Fantasy Mermaid WIP Work in Progress Toned Drawing...



"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 lisabellarusso.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, 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

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Big Eye Fantasy Mermaid WIP Work in Progress Toned Drawing...


This is a project I have on the drawing board, in a manner of speaking.  This big eyed mermaid has a seashell crown.  Right now I'm working on a toned drawing of her.  It is very much a work in progress at this point.  I am still laying in the base tones, then I'll add some lights, then some more darks, and then the brightest lights...  I've also transferred her to a canvas and I'm looking forward to putting some paint down on her in the not too distant future.


Saturday, November 2, 2019

Feliz Día de los Muertos / Happy Day of the Dead! Big Eye Eyed Sugar Skull Calavera Original Painting / Eternal Roots Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of Art


Feliz Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead from this big eye sugar skull calavera and from me at lisabellarusso.com!


"La Sonrisa" Original 8"x10" Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here

This is "La Sonrisa," an original big eye fantasy painting of a sugar skull inspired calavera.  There is some texture in the background. DDLD / DOTD is a celebration, initially of Mexican origin, that remembers those who are gone from us that we still hold in our hearts.  She has big brown eyes and long brown hair streaked with purple.  The art has a lowbrow surreal feel...


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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 mixed with fall, Día de los Muertos, and Halloween art; you may see them here.

Featured Image "La Sonrisa"
8"x10" Open Edition print on Sale here
ACEO 2.5"x3.5" Limited Edition LE 1st of 25 on Sale here

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Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of Art

Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots 
Ontario Museum of History & Art in the Museum's North Wing
225 South Euclid Avenue
Ontario, California 91762

Open Until Sunday November 10, 2019
Regular Open Hours
Thursday through Sunday 12 PM to 4 PM
Admission is free
General Information or to make a reservation call: (909) 395-2510

Alex Ledante and I have some art pieces up at the Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of Art.  We love creating Day of the Dead art and it is an honor to be contributing to this show.  The show is running until Sunday November 10th 2019; here are some of my favorites from the show...


"Amongst the Ancestors (Entre Los Antepasados)" with and by Lisabella Russo (me :), Alex Ledante had me pose in his favorite Memento style...)

"Amongst the Ancestors (Entre Los Antepasados)" by Lisabella Russo

Three pieces with and by Alex Ledante

"Quetzacotl" / "La Ofrenda" / "Mictlantecuhtli" by Alex Ledante

"Aunt Orah" with and by Riea Owens

"Aunt Orah" by Riea Owens

"Mariposa (Butterfly)" with and by Lisabella Russo (me :), photo by Alex Ledante

"Mariposa (Butterfly)" by Lisabella Russo

The wonderful Christopharo and lovely  Samantha who joined us for the show in front of my piece "Amongst the Ancestors (Entre Los Antepasados)"

"Visit My Bones" by James Armendariz

"Eternal Reunion of Spirits" by June Ramirez

"Forever" by Joe Armas (top) and "This Heart Doesn't Beat as Fast Without You" by James Armendariz

"La Princess a Muerta" by Cuitlahuac Palacios

"Pidiendo" by Pablo Damas

"Community Altar (Ofrenda) by Oscar Leal-Lopez

Mariachi Band in the Courtyard

Adios from Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots 2019 at the Ontario Museum of History & Art

I didn't want to overload my blog with too many images in one post, to see more of my favorites from this show, please visit here.


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween! Big Eye Eyed Fairy Goddess Pumpkin Jack o' Lantern Original Painting / Big Eye Eyed Fantasy Scarecrow Lass / Art Sketch Daily


Happy Halloween Wishes from this big eye fairy lass and from me at lisabellarusso.com!


"Hallofaerie" Original 11"x14" Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here

This is "Hallofaerie," an original big eye fantasy painting of a fairy angel dressed up as a Greek or Roman goddess for Halloween.  She is standing next to her favorite fall jack o'lantern pumpkin.    She has big brown eyes and long brown hair.  The art has a lowbrow surreal feel...


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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 mixed with fall, Día de los Muertos, and Halloween art; you may see them here.

Featured Image "Hallofaerie"
8"x10" Open Edition print on SOLD, but available on my website at the link above
ACEO 2.5"x3.5" Limited Edition LE 1st of 25 on Sale here

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Big Eye Eyed Fantasy Scarecrow Lass / Art Sketch Daily


So, whilst I've continued to sketch daily, I haven't been posting each and every sketch, but this is a fun project that I'm working on.  I've decided to paint a big eye scarecrow lass.  I've sketched two potential scarecrows and decided to develop this one.  I was inspired by Camilla d'Errico's Drawloween prompt list, although I've yet to get past the rough sketch stage...

I am looking forward to taking the first rough sketch and doing a toned drawing of her!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Original Big Eye Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Painting! 1st Tuesday Art Prints & ACEO Prints! CLOSED Show 2018 Remember Me Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of History & Art



"Remembrance" Original 11"x14" Painting on Panel Here

This week my featured painting is "Remembrance."  She was my first Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) painting.  She has blue black hair, big brown eyes, and red roses in her hair.  She is adorned with calavera sugar skull makeup.  The original big eye 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 lisabellarusso.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 mixed with fall, Día de los Muertos, and Halloween art; you may see them here.

Featured Image "Remembrance"
8"x10" Open Edition print on Sale here
ACEO 2.5"x3.5" Limited Edition LE 1st of 25 on Sale here


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CLOSED Show 2018 Día de los Muertos: Remember Me Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of History & Art

Thursday, October 11, 2018 to Saturday, November 10, 2018


Return to Me (Vuelve a Mi) by and with Artist (Me :)) Lisabella Russo (Photo by Craig Satori)

Return to Me (Vuelve a Mi) by Lisabella Russo

Guiding Light (Luz de Guía)  by Lisabella Russo

Renacimiento by and with Artist Alex Ledante

Caryatid and Nunca Mas by Alex Ledante

Our Lovely Friends Craig Satori and Amy Garner with Familia by David Flores

Familia by David Flores

Desvanecimiento by David Palacios

Reincarnation by Isaac Pelayo

Estrella by Chris Wesley

Adios from Día de los Muertos: Remember Me 2018 at the Ontario Museum of History & Art

I didn't want to overload my blog with too many images in one post, to see more of my favorites from this show, please visit here.





Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots 2019 Exhibit Up Now!

Upcoming Event Information, Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots Exhibit 2019 at the Ontario Museum of Art Here...

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Upcoming Event Information, Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of Art



Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots 
Ontario Museum of History & Art in the Museum's North Wing
225 South Euclid Avenue
Ontario, California 91762

Thursday October 3 - Sunday November 10, 2019
Regular Open Hours
Thursday through Sunday 12 PM to 4 PM
Admission is free
General Information or to make a reservation call: (909) 395-2510

Opening Saturday, October 5 
1pm - 3pm

Alex Ledante and I have some art pieces up at the Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of Art.  We love creating Day of the Dead art and it is an honor to be contributing to this show.  Mine include a big eye fantasy calavera sugar skull inspired piece and a solo monarch butterfly.  We hope to be at the opening on Saturday October 5th, most likely towards the end of it.  If you'd like to meet with us at the show please send me a message and we'll work out any details.  We hope you will be able to see the show in person during the run of the show from Thursday October 3rd to Sunday November 10th 2019; but regardless, I will try to take some photographs to share while I'm there.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Big Eye Fantasy Pirate Lass WIP Work in Progress Toned Drawing...




Ahoy scallywags, in honor o' International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I 'ave been workin' on this toned drawin' o' a pirate lass.  I've laid her gently in, but I still needs t' add some lights 'n do additional shadin'.  I be plannin' on doin' a series o' pirate paintin's, this will be th' first one.  Sometimes fer a paintin' I like t' do a toned drawin' first as in this case.

I hope ye 'ave an excellent Talk Like a Pirate Day!


Most o' me art be also available on me website at lisabellarusso.com; however, on th' first Tuesday o' th' month, I like t' put some art prints 'n LE ACEO prints on ebay at a lower promotional rate fer th' duration o' th' auctions...  This month, me theme be cats 'n dogs; ye may see them here.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Original Lisianthus Flowers Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Rough Sketches of Some Orchids...



"Lisianthus Beauties" Original 4"x3.5" Painting on Acid Free Vellum Paper in a 5.25"x4.75" Frame Here

This week my featured painting is "Lisianthus Beauties."  These light lilac flowers captured my imagination when I photographed them at Huntington Gardens.  The art has a soft realist impressionist feel.  The original lisianthus floral acrylic painting is available for purchase on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  

If you'd like to see some of my process for this painting, I've shared my shared some of the steps from sketch to final version here.


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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 cats and dogs; you may see them here.

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Rough Sketches of Some Orchid Flowers / Art Sketch Daily


So, whilst I've continued to sketch daily, I haven't been posting each and every sketch, but here are some of my sketches of an assortment of these lovely flowers.  I think my next flower painting may be an orchid, there are so many lovely variations!  Orchids are one of my favorite flowers...

These are rough sketches, but you may see some of my completed floral paintings here if you'd like.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Big Eye Siamese Balinese Kitten Cat Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Bennett Slater ART OF CHARACTER at the Corey Helford Gallery, CLOSED Show...



"Make Time to Cuddle" Original Painting by Lisabella Russo Sold, Additional Animal Art Here


My featured painting is "Make Time to Cuddle."  This kitten has huge blue eyes, sometimes my animals tend towards realism, but this one has a surreal lowbrow feel.  I follow my heart with each painting in which direction to go.  This original big eye Siamese Balinese kitten painting is sold, but art prints and LE ACEO prints are available on my website year round! 


Most of my art is also available on my website at lisabellarusso.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.  I'm trying something different and letting them loop around for a few turns...  This month, my theme is cats and dogs, you may see them here.

Featured Image "Make Time to Cuddle"
5"x7" Open Edition print on Sale here
ACEO 2.5"x3.5" Limited Edition LE 1st of 25 on Sale here


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Bennett Slater ART OF CHARACTER (Closed Show)
Corey Helford Gallery  
JUNE 29 - AUGUST 3, 2019

One of the things that I love about the Corey Helford Gallery is that they tend to host a multitude of shows at once.  I went to see their Hello Kitty exhibit (photos pending) and was pleasantly surprised to see the work of Bennett Slater in the group show "Art of Character."  I've seen this artist's work before in various shows, but this was my first time seeing so many together, I love the lowbrow surreal animals in his works.  In this series there are dogs, a duck, a deer, and a cat.  However, his art has a very unique conceptually compelling take on these.  This series is entitled "Goody Gumbdrops" and in his own words "There is no such thing as a simple life, but the desire to achieve one drives so many of our base impulses."  His works are oils on wood and juxtapose traditional techniques with melting perspectives.

STRAWBERRY CREAM by Bennett Slater

DOUBLE DUCK by Bennett Slater

SWEET KITTY by Bennett Slater

MINT DIP by Bennett Slater

HOT DOGGY by Bennett Slater