Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day! Nesting Dragon with Eggs Fantasy Art...


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

This year is a bit different than most, but I wish all of the mothers out there a beautiful day.  My mother has an innate beauty and depth of character that I am fortunate to have experienced as a part of my life.  I am so grateful to her!

"Nesting" is a small piece with a mother dragon safe guarding her eggs in a tree.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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


Feliz 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 and safe time!  We'll be celebrating with some delicious Mexican food...


Monday, May 4, 2020

May the Fourth (4th) be With You! Big Eye Toned Drawing of Baby Yoda...


I hope you have a wonderful Star Wars Day from me and from baby Yoda at lisabellarusso.com!  May the Fourth (4th) be with You...


Usually I do a toned drawing as a precursor to doing a painting, but this time I have not yet decided if I'll take this any further.  We recently subscribed to Disney+ streaming and I was able to watch The Mandalorian.  Of course I was smitten with baby Yoda, not that he's technically actually baby Yoda, but smitten I was...

I've mentioned wanting do some more toned drawings this year and add them to the studies section of my website, but I haven't had much follow through yet.  Hopefully this little 5"x7" drawing on 9"x12" toned paper will be there in the not too distant future depending on if I decide to go further and do a painting of him or not.  If I do decide to paint him, I'll wait until the painting is also complete and add them to the website at the same time. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Happy Earth Day Wishes! Big Eye Garden Guardian Fairy Iris Angel Original Painting...


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

I love this planet!  It's the only one we have and it is beautiful.  I try to do what's right for the earth as much as possible.  I hope you will enjoy my big eyed friend.


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter Wishes From This Sweet Bunny Rabbit and I...


Happy Easter Wishes from this bunny and from me at lisabellarusso.com if you celebrate Easter!


"Ode to Spring" Original Painting Sold, Open Edition 5"x7" Giclee Prints & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints Here

It's a different kind of holiday this year...  I hope you are staying safe regardless and have a wonderful hoppy happy Easter if you celebrate it!  I love bunnies so much, I hope you will enjoy this bunny friend.   


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Big Eye Grey Gray Eyed Strawberry Blonde Fantasy Angel Fairy! Art Prints & ACEO Prints!



"Tender Heart" 5"x7" Prints and LE ACEO Prints here

My featured image is "Tender Heart," the original painting has flown away home but this angel art is available as art prints and LE ACEO prints!  She has big grey eyes and strawberry blonde hair.  I think she has a great tenderness to her.  The art has a painterly lowbrow surrealist 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 angels, but there are more than solely angels to see.  If you would like to take a look; you may see them here.

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



Saturday, April 4, 2020

Original Pink Saucer Magnolia Flower Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Photograph of Dappled Gentle Light Against the Flowers at Descanso Gardens...



"Elegance" Original 11"x14" Painting on Canvas Here

This is my featured painting is "Elegance."  I've been thinking about the beauty of flowers.  I love their gentle forms and trying to capture them when their charm is at its zenith.  The art has a painterly realist impressionist feel.  The original pink saucer magnolia floral acrylic painting is available 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 and more; you may see them here.


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Photograph of Dappled Gentle Light Against the Flowers at Descanso Gardens


I took this photograph of these pink saucer magnolias at Descanso Gardens.  I love how the light gently caressed and engulfed them.  I can't take myself to the gardens so I find myself visiting my photos of them.  I hope that you will enjoy this photo!


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Rough Sketch of a Big Eye Bunny Girl Maiden/ Art Sketches Daily #dailysketch #draweveryday...




Here is my big eye bunny girl maiden rough sketch.  She is actually a merging of two sketches in photoshop.  I did her face first then sketched some ears.  I played with their size and angles a bit to get them just so.  I do continue to sketch daily, I find a bit of art routine is very important to my day.  I'm hoping to do a drawing of this one as well as a painting.  Although it seems unlikely I will complete her for Easter, I love bunnies any time of the year!


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 mermaid art plus some more; you may see them here.

Share Your Ears #shareyourears


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Chocolate Brown Labrador Lab Puppy Dog! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Alex Ledante on Youtube...



"Man's Best Friend" 8"x10" Prints and LE ACEO Prints here

This week my featured image is "Man's Best Friend," the original painting has already found its forever home but this canine art is available as art prints and LE ACEO prints!  The dog is inspired by a chocalate brown labrador lab dog with great love in its eyes.  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, but there are more than just mermaids to see.  If you would like to take a look; you may see them here.

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Alex Ledante on Youtube


Alex Ledante is one of my favorite artists.  He has started a new endeavor that I am happy to be sharing with you.  He is creating videos that showcase the makings of some of his art pieces.  Like most things he does, these videos are works of art in and of themselves.  Please take a look at his channel here.

I love watching his videos, they are a welcome respite; even though there's just a like button, I hope you'll love them too and hit the like and subscribe buttons as well!


Monday, March 23, 2020

WIP Mermaid with a Seashell Crown Art Original Painting Work in Progress...



I finished the toned drawing study I shared a while back and have begun the painting of this mermaid with a seashell crown.  I'll share the finished version of the drawing when I am also finished with this piece.  In this original wip work in progress acrylic painting I've been working on the background, the lineart for her face and details are difficult to see, but they have been transferred over.  I have a smidge more to do on the background and then I'll begin with the coral part of her crown.  It isn't blocked in as I plan on doing it with drips over the dark background...

This big eyed beauty is on a 16"x20" oval canvas.


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.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

My Photograph of Spring Pink Cherry Blossoms Sakura at Descanso Gardens...



Most years I visit Descanso and Huntington Gardens many times in the spring.  This year will be a bit different.  I did go once to Descanso Gardens before we were asked to stay home as much as possible.  This is a photo I took that day of a sakura tree boughs laden with pink cherry blossoms.  I hope that you will enjoy this photo!  

I'm not posting daily as my time on the computer is limited, but I am trying to post a bit more often as many of us are staying in more than usual.  I have many years of stockpiled photos, art shows I haven't shared yet, and my own art completed and in progress that I'd like to share some of with you.  If we can not go to the art or the gardens, I will strive to bring some of what I have to you...


I love to try to capture beauty, you may see some of my finished paintings at lisabellarusso.com if you'd like.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Happy First 1st Day of Spring Wishes! Vernal Equinox Original Sakura Pink Cherry Blossoms Flower Floral Painting...


The first day of spring came early this year.  These flowers and I send Happy Vernal Equinox wishes from lisabellarusso.com.


"Sakura San" Original 8"x10" Painting, Open Edition 8"x10" Giclee Prints, & Limited Edition Giclee ACEO Prints are available on my website Here

The equinox falls when the length of day and night are nearly equal throughout the world.  I was surpised that it was the 19th this year instead of the 20th, 124 years ago is when it last occured this early! I love cherry blossoms, they are one of my favorite spring blooms.  It doesn't really feel like spring yet here, but I'm hopeful it will soon!


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Saint Patrick's Day from a Big Eye Redheaded Angel and I! Original Fantasy Art Painting & Prints...


Happy St. Saint Patrick's Day from an angel and from me at www.lisabellarusso.com!


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


I hope this St. Saint Patrick's Day finds you well.  I chose a big eyed redheaded angel this year to watch over us.  I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday!


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Happy Fairytale Day Wishes from the Little Mermaid! WIP Little Red Ridinghood Work in Progress...


Happy Fairytale Day Wishes from this big eye redheaded mermaid and from me at lisabellarusso.com!


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

I love fairytales!  Here is one of my paintings inspired by the Little Mermaid (I also love mermaids).  She has two seahorse friends and is part of my ongoing fairy tale series.
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WIP Little Red Ridinghood Work in Progress


In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a big eye little red riding hood I've mostly finished her underpainting.  Fairytales hold a strong allure for me.  In this piece, I'm focused on her face.  I've completed her hair and have started work on the overpainting of her hood and ribbon.  Next will come some final shading and highlights for her eyes. 

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.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Original Big Eye Black Ghost Painting! Black History Month Art Prints & ACEO Prints! HELLO KITTY 45th Anniversary Group Show (Closed Show) II



"Moonrise" Original 16"x20" Painting on Canvas here

This week my featured painting is "Moonrise," an original big eye black ghost painting.  I painted it for Diversity and Inclusion: The Influence of African-American Art in Southern California at the Ontario Museum of Art Exhibit.  She was inspired by a folktale.  I loved painting her fluffy hair.  This original painting is available as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  The art has a painterly 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 some of my lovely dark skinned maidens in honor of Black History Month.  If you would like to take a look; you may see them here.

Featured Image "Moonrise"
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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HELLO KITTY 45th Anniversary Group Show (Closed Show) II
Corey Helford Gallery  
JUNE 29 - AUGUST 3, 2019 

I love Hello Kitty and I love art, so this show was a perfect storm of love for me!  Some of my favorite artists had works in the show and I was introduced to some new artists as well.  I photographed most of the show, so it will be a while until I've rezised and shared my pictures, but I hope you will enjoy them as they come along.

In some cases I have photos of me with the art as part of my #withtheart series of photographs.  For this show, my wonderful and talented mother made me a solo Hello Kitty crochet doll as well as a hat with multiple figures!  I hope you will enjoy them as well. 

Lisabella Russo (me) with PEEKABOO KITTY by Olivia De Berardinis #withtheart
This was my first time getting to see an original Olivia De Berardinis painting, I was so thrilled!  Alex introduced me to her art books years ago...

PEEKABOO KITTY by Olivia De Berardinis

THE CAT & THE GIRL by Pogo

A SUPER DAY IN CALIFORNIA! by Kozyndan

CLOUD NINE by Nicole Gordon

HELLO AGAIN, KITTY by Kelogsloops

HELLO AGAIN, KITTY by Kelogsloops Close Up

MY MELODY STAR STORM by Lori Nelson

HELLO LILY KITTY by Sarah Folkman

GOOD MORNING KITTY by Bennett Slater


To see more paintings from the show, please visit here.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Original Water Lily Waterlily Flower Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! WIP Work in Progress Big Eye Little Red Riding Hood...



"Zen Waterlily" Original 7"x5" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Zen Waterlily."  I've been thinking that it has been a while since I've shared one of my flower pieces, I love to paint flowers.  This pink and yellow water lily is a favorite of mine.  The art has a painterly realist impressionist feel.  The original water lily floral acrylic painting is available 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 Chinese Zodiac animals; you may see them here.


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WIP Work in Progress Big Eye Little Red Riding Hood


In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a big eye little red riding hood I've mostly finished her underpainting.  Fairytales hold a strong allure for me.  In this piece, I'm focused on her face.  I've been working on her eyes and skin tones, next I will start working on the overpainting of her hair.  

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.


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Original Sanguine Rat Rodent Painting! Happy Lunar Chinese New Year Zodiac Art Prints & ACEO Prints! ART COLLECTOR STARTER KIT VI (Closed Show) Corey Helford Gallery...



"Sanguine Rat" Original 5"x7" Painting on Panel here
Edit:  The original has sold, open edition prints & LE ACEO prints are still available.

This week my featured painting is "Sanguine Rat," an original rat set against sakura cherry blossoms painting.  I painted it in honor of Chinese New Year...  Year of the rat is soon to start!  This original rodent painting is available 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 Chinese Zodiac animals, I have delayed my usual launch until recently as I just completed the painting of the rat this week.  If you would like to take a look; you may see them here.

Featured Image "Sanguine Rat"
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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ART COLLECTOR STARTER KIT VI (Closed Show)
Corey Helford Gallery  
Group Show 
DECEMBER 14 - JANUARY 18, 2020

The Corey Helford ART COLLECTOR STARTER KIT VI (Closed Show) features art by their artists generally sized at 12"x12" and priced to entice new collectors into taking the plunge.  Oh how I wish I could!  I went to see HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN by Jasmine Becket-Griffith and I'd so love to be able purchase her and take her home, but alas no, I could only look at and photograph the art.  Which was a privilege in and of itself...  There were a number of rodent inspired pieces and I've decided to open with sharing them as it felt fitting as this year is year of the rat!  I will definitely be sharing more from this show as time progresses.

Lisabella Russo (me) with HERA´S RAT 1 by Hera of Herakut #withtheart 

HERA´S RAT 1 by Hera of Herakut

HERA´S RAT 2 by Hera of Herakut

LIGHT WHERE YOU NEED IT (MOUSE) by Sean O'Meallie

"FAMILIAR by Sarah Dolby


Saturday, January 18, 2020

WIP Year of the Rat Art Original Painting Work in Progress / AUSTRALIA WILDFIRES FUNDRAISER! - Camilla d’Errico - Koala Postcard Set - Signed...



In this original wip work in progress acrylic painting of a rat, I have finished the background, I went with a loose impressionistic style of some cherry blossoms.  Next I will be the underpainting and then the foreground and final details.  The panel that I'm painting on is 5"x7" and I'm hoping to release this on Tuesday but I have a lot of painting to do!  I'm painting Rattie (this is just a working title, I'm hoping to come up with something better, but if not, well...) in honor of the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Rat.  


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.

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AUSTRALIA WILDFIRES FUNDRAISER! - Camilla d’Errico - Koala Postcard Set - Signed


This auction is by welcometo_ourden on ebay, it is to benefit the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue @wireswildliferescue.  I love animals and my heart broke seeing the devastation there.  This seems like a beautiful way to help.  I have bought from this seller and they are fantastic.



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Original Happy Little Piglet Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Celebrating the New Lunar Year of the Earth Pig/Boar Exhibition (Closed Show)...



"Fortune Smiles" Original 5"x7" Painting on Panel here

This week my featured painting is "Fortune Smiles," an original piglet painting.  I painted it in honor of Chinese New Year...  Year of the pig is winding to an end and I realized I had yet to add my happy piglet to my website!  This original boar painting is available 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 will be Chinese Zodiac animals, however I am still working on my rat painting, so I have delayed my usual launch until after the completion of the painting.  There are still some of my favorites listed, mermaids, and winter and Christmas themed art if you would like to take a look; you may see them here.


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Celebrating the New Lunar Year of the Earth Pig/Boar Exhibition (Closed Show)
The Realm/Ministry of Culture Art Salon Chinatown
February 2nd through March 17th 2019

Upon reflection, I also realized that I had yet to share my pictures from the show "Celebrating the New Lunar Year of the Earth Pig/Boar" I participated in!  Since year of the pig is fast changing to year of the rat, I decided to remedy that situation!   I think last year I managed an earlier start to my Chinese Zodiac inspired painting than I have to my rat.  Although I greatly enjoyed the exhibit and the art at The Realm/Ministry of Culture Art Salon Chinatown's exhibition, I think I'm a bit too far behind to see if they're having a show this year, but I hope that you will enjoy these boars from some of the artists who participated last year as well as my happy little piglet. 


Artist Lisabella Russo (me :)) with my painting Fortune Smiles to left and Year of the Boar by Niki Solina to right #withtheart

Fortune Smiles by Lisabella Russo

Fortune of Pigs by Martha Fernandez

Boaring Chores by Edmund Arevalo

Year of the Pig by Jose Angel Hernandez

Taking on the Year of the Pig by Eileen Hsu

I Am Not Your Profit by Dina Farris Appel

Year of the Boar by Sandra Low

II Cinghiale Italiano by Debbi Green

Year of the Wild Pig by Yuri Shimojo

Fashionista by Terri Berman

Fragile by Chris MacDonald