Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Rough Sketches of Some Bicorn Hats & Big Eye Pirate Lasses / Art Sketch Daily...


So, whilst I've continued to sketch daily, I haven't been posting each and every sketch, but I thought this would be a fun project to share.  I'm working on a pirate painting, although at this point I'm only at the rough sketches stage.  I've sketched three potential pirate lasses and some bicorn hat options.  I plan to pick one lovely lass and find the best hat for her and develop her further.  I tend to doubt that I'll finish her in time for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but I'm going to try anyway...

I've been wanting to paint a pirate for quite some time and she's finally on the drawing board!  You may see some of my finished paintings at lisabellarusso.com if you'd like.

Bicorn Hats, Rough Sketches by Lisabella Russo

Pirate Lass, Rough Sketch by Lisabella Russo

Pirate Lass, Rough Sketch by Lisabella Russo

Pirate Lass, Rough Sketch by Lisabella Russo

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Original Big Eye Gothic Blue Angel Fairy Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Titian's Portrait of a Lady in White at the Norton Simon Museum of Art, CLOSED Show...



"Twilight Angel" Original 8"x10" Painting on Canvas Here


My featured painting is "Twilight Angel."  She has huge blue eyes, blue hair, and her wings are outstretched behind her.  She also is adorned with a flower in her hair and a blue heart necklace.  This original big eye gothic angel fairy painting is available on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints! 

I'm sorry for being so long absent again, this year has been a different kind of year for me.  I do hope to get back on track though!  I hope you have been having a beautiful summer season.


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 angels, you may see them here.


Featured Image "Twilight Angel"
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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Titian's Portrait of a Lady in White at the Norton Simon Museum of Art, CLOSED Show
c. 1561, on loan from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden 

Lisabella Russo (me) with Titian's Portrait of a Lady in White (Tiziano Vecelli or Vecellio)
#withtheart

Tiziano Vecelli or Vecellio, known in English as Titian, was a premier Italian member of the 16th century Renaissance Venetian school.  This painter was renowned for his use of color and light.  He was exceptional at landscapes, mythological and religious subjects, and portraits.

Titian's Portrait of a Lady in White (Tiziano Vecelli or Vecellio)

It is very rare that I have had the opportunity to see a Titian in person, so when "Portrait of a Lady in White" was on display at the Norton Simon Museum of art, I jumped at the occasion.  The show has since closed, but I am including some of my close up photographs of the art to share with you some of the beauty of the piece.

Titian's Portrait of a Lady in White (Tiziano Vecelli or Vecellio) Close Up Detail

The identity of the sitter has long been speculated upon.  It was queried if she might be based on his mistress or one of his daughters.  She has appeared in more than one painting and in this one is thought to perhaps encompass the Venetian spirit of beauty.

Titian's Portrait of a Lady in White (Tiziano Vecelli or Vecellio) Close Up Detail

Titian lived for many years and painted throughout.  I feel very fortunate to have seen this incredible artist's piece.

Titian's Portrait of a Lady in White (Tiziano Vecelli or Vecellio) Close Up Detail

Titian's Portrait of a Lady in White (Tiziano Vecelli or Vecellio)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July! Big Eye Eyed Blue Purple Dragon Original Painting...


Happy Independence Day Wishes from this big eye dragon and from me at lisabellarusso.com!


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

I'm not really sure what dragons and the 4th of July have to do with each other, but this dragon wanted to celebrate with you and I didn't want to say no...  He or she (I'm respecting the dragon's privacy) does breath fire and some people like fireworks on the fourth, so maybe there's the connection.  This dragon is perched atop a rock, guarding treasure nearby.  I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday and are good to the dragons in your life too!

On the 1st Tuesday of the month I listed some prints at a sale rate!  The theme this month is dragons and unicorns...  This dragon as well as additional pieces are available as open edition giclee art and LE ACEO prints here.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Farewell to Junicorn! Abstract Expressionist Sunset Sunrise Fantasy Unicorn Art...


This unicorn and I bid you adieu to Junicorn from lisabellarusso.com!


"Freeborn" The original painting is not available, but Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints are available Here

I love unicorns!  This is an older piece with an abstract expressionist feel.  There is also a companion piece with a similar feel on my website.  I have a couple of ideas for new unicorn paintings, but at this point they are only ideas.  I hope to do some work on them but I have other projects at the front of the queue.  They're definitely in my project wishlist though!  I hope the closing of Junicorn treats you well...

I didn't get a chance to feature my unicorns on my first Tuesday of the month ebay listings, but I will try to do so in July with some of my dragons thrown in for good measure as well!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Happy International Faerie Day! Big Eye Eyed Golden Brown Eyes Fairy Original Painting...


Happy International Faerie Day Wishes from this big eye fairy lass and from me at lisabellarusso.com!


"Paned Wings" Original 5"x7" Painting, Open Edition 5"x7" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here

I love fairies!  They have such an innate grace.  I hope you have a magical day!

I'll try to get caught up on visiting tomorrow.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy Summer Solstice! Sunflower Flower Original Painting...


Happy Summer Solstice wishes from me at lisabellarusso.com...  


"Sunlight Sunbright" Original 18"x24" Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints, & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints are available on my website Here

Sunflowers always make me think of summer...  These flowers are so bright and full of hope.  I hope you have a wonderful first day of summer and that the season is a beautiful one for you.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

WIP Work in Progress Big Eye Little Red Riding Hood Original 8"x10" Acrylic Painting Fairytale...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a big eye little red riding hood I've completed the background am working on the underpainting.  Fairytales hold a strong allure for me.  In this piece, I'm focused on her face.  I think I'm going to make her bangs a little bit longer and do the underpainting of the ribbon and then decide if I need to go any further with the overall underpainting before I proceed to layering colors.  

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.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day! Sailboat Ocean Sea Original Painting...


Happy Father's Day wishes from me at lisabellarusso.com...  


"Reminders" Original 11"x14" Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints, & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints are available on my website Here.

This piece is currently living in my Animal Art section (previously Assorted), I haven't yet transported it to studies...  My dad loves the ocean, so that is why I have chosen this painting for this day. 


I'm sorry I haven't been around much, I'm a bit behind with everything this year.  I'll try to do better though.  I'll also try to get caught up on visiting tomorrow...

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day from a Nesting Dragon... Fantasy Art


Happy Mother's Day

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



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

Just a quick hello!  I'll try to get caught up on visiting tomorrow...

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Original Closed Big Eye Gothic Mermaid Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Plus a MerMay Rough Sketch...



"Song of the Siren" Original 7"x5" Painting on Canvas Panel Here


This week my featured painting is "Song of the Siren," an original painting of a big eye gothic mermaid with closed eyes. It's unusual for me to paint big eyed maidens with their eyes closed, but it just felt right for this piece as she prepared to sing her song. 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 for the 10 day auctions is mermaids for MerMay, you may see them here.

Featured Image "Song of the Siren"
7"x5" Open Edition print on Sale here
ACEO 3.5"x2.5" Limited Edition LE 1st of 25 on Sale here


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Rough Sketches of 2019


Here is the rough sketch for the face of a mermaid I am working on.  She will have a beautiful seashell crown and be painted on an oval canvas.  I also plan to do a drawing of her.  I've started her in honor of MerMay, but while I will be working on her this month, I probably won't get her completed this month.  Mermaids are a favorite theme of mine though and there are many to see at my website if you'd like...


I love to sketch and draw. I've been sketching daily for years and it's one of my favorite ways to make sure art is in my life daily. Some of them are destined to become paintings or drawings, some remain sketches. Here is one of my daily rough sketches... 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Happy Cinco de Mayo Wishes! Big Eye Gothic Latina Fairy Angel Original Painting


Happy Cinco de Mayo Wishes from this big eye gothic Latina fairy angel and from me at lisabellarusso.com!


"Flowers in Her Hair" Original Approximately 10"x14" Acrylic Painting on Wooden Plank, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here.


I hope that if you celebrate this day, you have a fun, safe, and festive adventure!  We'll be celebrating with some delicious Mexican food...

Saturday, May 4, 2019

May the Fourth be With You! Big Eye Rough sketch of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia



Although I've continued to sketch daily, it has been a while since I've shared any of my rough sketches.  This one is inspired by Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia.  I've long loved her big soulful eyes.

I hope you have a wonderful Star Wars Day!  May the Fourth (4th) be with You...



I love to sketch and draw. I've been sketching daily for years and it's one of my favorite ways to make sure art is in my life daily. Some of them are destined to become paintings or drawings, some remain sketches. Here is one of my daily rough sketches...  You may see some of my completed works at lisabellarusso.com.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day Wishes from Iris Dream and from me...


Happy Earth Day Wishes from this big eye garden guardian fairy and from me at lisabellarusso.com!


"Iris Dream" Original 16"x20" Acrylic Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter Wishes and Hopes for a Beautiful Day...


Happy Easter Wishes from this big eyed lamb and from me at lisabellarusso.com if you celebrate Easter; regardless I hope you have a beautiful day today...


"Found Lamb" Original Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints, & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here


Bunny girl may have to wait a bit, I've been distracted by another painting...  So many paintings that I'd like to paint...  I'm also a bit behind in visiting, I'll try to get caught up tomorrow hopefully.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Original Sakura Cherry Blossoms Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints!



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


I'm working on a bunny girl painting that I'd like to share some rough sketches for soon.  I haven't quite decided what direction I'm going with for her hair.  She also has a couple of earses options.  I don't think I'll have her done in time for Easter, but it's possible...

This week my featured painting is "Sakura San."  These cherry blossoms are pink and white.  These flowers have such a delicate beauty, seeing them brings me joy as does painting them...  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 spring cherry blossom and bunnies; you may see them here.

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


I'm joining in this week with Paint Party Friday.  To see more participants, please visit:
http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com/

Friday, March 29, 2019

Original Big Eye Latina Angel Fairy Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints!



"Dulzura" Original 8"x10" Painting here

I apologize for my long absence.  This month is Women's Month and I decided to take some time to contemplate matters.  I've decided to change my art name from Lisa Isabella Russo to Lisabella Russo.  It's shorter and I think it will be simpler for doing shows.  I've also decided to make my assorted art section on my website purely animal art as that is mainly what's there.  Some of my assorted art will make its way to Art Studies, some will be removed.  Art Studies is my new title for what was Master Art Studies, and will include some of my toned drawings at some point.  I will also be going through all of my sections and removing some of the art.  For now, everything except the titles are as it was, so if you have your eye on something, I suggest taking action or writing down the title of the art as I may be able to accomodate you if you know what you're looking for...

This week my featured painting is "Dulzura".  This Latina angel fairy has large brown eyes and her name means sweetness in Spanish.  I think it embodies her essence.  The art has a lowbrow surreal feel.  The original big eye 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 and includes a selection of some of my big eyed fantasy winged fae; you may see them here.

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


I'm joining in this week with Paint Party Friday.  To see more participants, please visit:

Friday, February 22, 2019

Original Blue Red Betta Siamese Fighting Splendens Fish Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints!



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

This week my featured painting is "Phinneas."  This little betta fish is predominately blue with red accents. I am so smitten with betta splendens fish that I've also featured one in another painting that I plan to shared last week, if you missed him with his goddess friend, I've linked them in the link above...  They are some of my smallest paintings.  The art has a lowbrow fantasy surrealism feel to the style.  The original Siamese fighting fish painting is available 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 Chinese Zodiac Animals (although a Western dragon has sneaked in), you may see them here.

Bonus Featured Image "Phinneas"
5"x7" Open Edition print on Sale here
ACEO 2.5"x3.5" Limited Edition LE 1st of 25 on Sale here

I'm joining in this week with Paint Party Friday.  To see more participants, please visit:
http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Original Big Eye Gothic Goddess & Betta Fish Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Happy Valentine's Day...


Happy Valentine's Day!


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

This week my featured painting is "Lovfina."  This big eye blue eyed gothic goddess with silver hair has a blue green gold betta fish friend.  It looks like he is going in for the kiss, so I thought he'd be perfect for Valentine's Day.  I love betta fish, I painted a blue one who shows up solo in another piece that I plan to share soon, but I've linked them in the link above if you can't wait...  They are some of my smallest paintings.  The art has a lowbrow fantasy surrealism feel to the style.  The original goddess and betta fish painting is available for 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 Chinese Zodiac Animals (although a Western dragon has sneaked in),  you may see them here.

Bonus Featured Image "Lovfina"
5"x7" Open Edition print on Sale here
ACEO 2.5"x3.5" Limited Edition LE 1st of 25 on Sale here


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:
http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Original Piglet Painting! Chinese Zodiac Animal Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Happy Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig/Boar...



"Fortune Smiles" Original 5"x7" Framed Painting on Panel available through Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the Zodiac: Year of the Boar Exhibit at the Art Salon Chinatown.

moc (@) theministryofculture.com
Realm is located in Los Angeles Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza at Art Salon Chinatown
425 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Open Wednesday through Monday 12-6:00 PM, Closed Tuesday

This week my featured painting is "Fortune Smiles."  This little piglet was painted in honor of Chinese New Year...  Since the year of the horse I have been painting a small painting a year to honor the lunar new year, I haven't painted them all yet, but I have been creating one for each year as we go.  Year of the Pig/Boar was a joy to paint.  The art has a realist impressionist feel to the style. 


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 Chinese Zodiac Animals (although a Western dragon has sneaked in), you may see them here.

Featured Image "Fortune Smiles"
5"x7" Open Edition print on Sale here
ACEO 2.5"x3.5" Limited Edition LE 1st of 25 on Sale here


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:
http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Wrapping Up 3 Years of Posting Daily Sketches Big Eye Angels Fairies Mermaids Goddesses, Flowers, Animals, & More...


January 24-31 Sketches, Conclusion of Posting Daily Sketches

I did the 29 faces challenge five times before I decided to embark on a longer challenge.  On February 1st of 2016 I decided to start sketching daily.  Each subsequent month I renewed that challenge to myself.  Today, January 31st of 2019 marks the three year mark of sketching daily and sharing a sketch for every day.  They have been primarily rough sketches.  I plan to continue to sketch daily, but I've decided that from this point forward, I will share only a selection of the sketches. 

I may change my mind on this if I find myself faltering in my resolve to sketch daily without the challenge of sharing them, but at this point, I feel like the time spent scanning and resizing each and every sketch could be better spent.  I hope you have enjoyed my daily sketches and will continue to enjoy my featured sketches moving onward.  You may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like.


Here is a sketch of an daffodil.  This flower seems cheerful to me...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch 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 24.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a delicate intensity...  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 25. 

This is a rough sketch


Here is a sketch of a petunia.  I love the flow of their lines...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch 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 26.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a gentle sweetness...  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 from day 27. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of an amaryllis.  These flowers have such elegance...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch 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 28.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an inquisitive 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 from day 29.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a poppy.  This flower is of the icelandic variation...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch 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 30.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a cautious expression.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be a fairy angel 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 January. This is day 31.

This is a rough sketch.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

You Are Invited To The Exhibition Celebrating the New Lunar Year of the Earth Pig/Boar at The Realm/Ministry of Culture Art Salon Chinatown



My little pig painting "Fortune Smiles" has been accepted in the Realm/Ministry of Culture Zodiac: Year of the Boar Exhibit at the Art Salon Chinatown.
The opening reception is Saturday February 2nd, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Alex and I will be there at some point, but I'm not sure exactly when, please contact us if you'd like to coordinate.  As you enter, it is the building pictured on the right hand side.
The exhibit runs Saturday February 2nd through Sunday March 17th 2019.

Happy New Year of The Pig!
"Art Salon Chinatown is pleased to invite you to an exhibition celebrating the New Lunar Year of the Earth Pig/Boar. Over 20 artists have created celebratory interpretations of the Boar or Pig in various mediums. Join us as we welcome the start of this year, filled with the promise of harmony, success, peace, and prosperity!"

Opening Reception: Saturday February 2, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, February 2 through Sunday, March 17, 2019

moc (@) theministryofculture.com
Realm is located in Los Angeles Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza
425 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Open Wednesday through Monday 12-6:00 PM, Closed Tuesday


Edit 2/2/19:  Due to car troubles, I'm going to postpone my visit to the show until a later date. I will try to take photos to share when I am able to go.

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WIP Work in Progress View of "Fortune Smiles"


In this original wip work in progress acrylic painting of a piglet, I have finished the underpainting.  This is not the completed version, but one of the steps along the way, the original completed painting is available at the Realm/Ministry of Culture Zodiac: Year of the Boar Exhibit at the Art Salon Chinatown until March 17th...  The panel that I'm painted on is 7"x5" and I intend to release the prints and an image of the framed original next week.  Please contact me if you'd like a preview of the finished piece, my little piggy gets more pink and nuanced in the pig's state of completion.


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 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:


I've still been sketching daily, but I haven't had the opportunity yet to have a scanning party, so I'll try to share them when I next post...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

WIP Piglet Pig Art Original Painting Work in Progress + Sketches of Big Eye Fantasy Maidens, Flowers, & Lovebirds / January 10-23 / Art Sketch Daily...



In this original wip work in progress acrylic painting of a piglet, I have laid in the background.  I am painting this pig in honor of Chinese New Year, this year it is Year of the Boar...  The panel that I'm painting on is 7"x5"


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 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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January 10-23 Sketches

I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in January. They are all rough sketches.  I'm quite a bit behind in sharing my daily sketches, so I've grouped the images in groups 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 10:  Here is a sketch of an orchid.  There are so many lovely variations of this flower...
Day 11:  Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  I think she has seen much of the world...  I think she is most likely an angel fairy, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess.  
Day 12:  Here is a sketch of a geranium.  They are so vibrant and lovely... 
Day 13:  Here is a sketch of an anthurium.  They are a joy to sketch... 
Day 14:  Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a moodiness to her demeanor...  I think she is most likely a fairy angel, although she could also be a mermaid or a goddess. 


Day 15:  Here is a sketch of a calla lily.  There is a purity and grace to these flowers... 
Day 16:  Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an expression of wonder.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be a fairy angel or a mermaid.  
Day 17:  Here is a sketch of a tulip.  I love tulips... 
Day 18:  Here is a sketch of gloxinia flower.  I'm not sure if I've seen one of these in person... 
Day 19:  Here is a sketch of a hibiscus.  I love the flower's joyful quality...  


Day 20:  Here is a sketch of a daisy.  Daisies are such sweet flowers...  
Day 21:  Here is a sketch of a lovebird.  This is lovebird one of three potential lovebirds that I will decide amongst to paint.  Here I am exploring standard proportions, but I may redraw them to explore a more chibi look.  
Day 22:  Here is a sketch of a lovebird.  This is lovebird one of three potential lovebirds that I will decide amongst to paint.  Here I am exploring standard proportions, but I may redraw them to explore a more chibi look.  
Day 23:  Here is a sketch of a lovebird.  This is lovebird one of three potential lovebirds that I will decide amongst to paint.  Here I am exploring standard proportions, but I may redraw them to explore a more chibi look.  

Friday, January 18, 2019

Original Big Eye Gothic Latina Mermaid & Flapjack Octopus Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Artist Spotlight...



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

This week my featured painting is "Octina."  This big eye gothic Latina mermaid has a little reddish orange flapjack octopus friend. I am so smitten with my little cephalopod umbrella octopus friend that he shows up solo in another piece, I've linked them in the link above...  They are some of my smallest paintings.  The art has a lowbrow fantasy surrealism feel to the style.  The original mermaid and octopus 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.

Bonus Featured Image "Octina"
5"x7" Open Edition print on Sale here
ACEO 2.5"x3.5" Limited Edition LE 1st of 25 on Sale here


I'm joining in this week with Paint Party Friday.  To see more participants, please visit:

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Artist Spotlight
Jasmine Becket-Griffith

As an artist, I find the works of other artists inspiring.  There's a lot going on in the art world, some of it online and some of it out in the world.  I love art so much and I hope you will enjoy reading features on some of the artists that I love...


Jasmine Becket-Griffith is one of my favorite artists and I was fortunate to win this 78 Tarot deck on twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/jasminebecketgriffith.  She'll be painting live again on Sunday January 20th 2019.  This Mythical Tarot of the Legendary was written by Trish Sullivan and Illustrated by 81 artists.  It is part of a global art collaboration.  Jasmine's card was the Moon and she drew in part on Alphonse Mucha for inspiration.  It is a gorgeous card and she very kindly signed the card and the case.

I've been bouncing from deadline to deadline so I've been sharing less works in progress than I usually do, but I have been inspired by Jasmine Becket Griffith and Annie Stegg Gerard (who I'll include in a future Artist Spotlight) to include underpaintings as part of my process.  I feel it has had a positive impact on my art.  I also feel as though being able to watch as Jasmine creates her incredible works of art is a gift in and of itself, but she also holds raffles throughout her broadcasts as well...  If you miss the live broadcast, you may watch them archived on her twitch page.  The older ones are also uploaded to youtube.

Here as some additional links for Jasmine Becket-Griffith


I've still been sketching daily, but I haven't had the opportunity yet to have a scanning party, so I'll try to share them when I next post...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Original Pink Peach Flapjack Umbrella Octopus Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! January Sketches...



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

This week my featured painting is "Adorablis."  This little flapjack octopus has pink, peach, and orange hues. I am so smitten with my little cephalopod umbrella octopus friend that he's also featured in another painting that I plan to share next week, but if you can't wait to see him with his mermaid friend, I've linked them in the link above...  They are some of my smallest paintings.  The art has a lowbrow fantasy surrealism feel to the style.  The original octopus 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.

Bonus Featured Image "Adorablis"
5"x7" Open Edition print on Sale here
ACEO 2.5"x3.5" Limited Edition LE 1st of 25 on Sale here


Edit 1/11: I've ran out of time to do a separate post for PPF today, so I am sharing this completed painting.
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January 5-9 Sketches

I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in January. They will be primarily rough sketches. 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 quality of curiousity...  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 marigolds.  They are based on one of the simpler variations of this flower...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch 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 6.

This is a rough sketch.

Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has an intensity to her...  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 from day 7. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of an iris.  I love the flower's long elegant lines...  I'm unsure if I'll paint this sketch 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 an expression of compassion.  I think she is most likely a goddess, although she could also be a fairy angel 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 January. This is day 9. 

This is a rough sketch.