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