Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Original Lionhead Bunny Rabbit Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! October 6-10 Sketches, Sketch Art Daily...



"Maximillion" Original 10"x8" Painting on Panel here

This week my featured painting is "Maximillion," an original grey lionhead rabbit painting.  I love bunnies and rabbits so much!  This rabbit's photo reference is courtesy of his person David Reeves Payne.  This original rabbit painting is available on my website as are art prints and LE ACEO prints!  The art has a realist impressionist feel... 


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 Halloween and Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead, you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

Edit 10/12: I've ran out of time to do a separate post for PPF today, so I am sharing this completed painting.
I may not be able to do a separate post on Friday, so I may link to this post for Paint Party Friday.  To see more participants, please visit:

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October 6-10 Sketches


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems to be pondering a matter of great depth.  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 October. This is from day 6. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of begonia blossoms.  These flowers have such a diversity of shapes...  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 September.  This is from day 7.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She is charming with flowers in her hair...  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 September. This is day 8. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a blanket flower.  They have such a vibrance that is difficult to convey with pencils, but still their form is quite lovely...  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 September.  This is from day 9.  

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 October.  This is day 10.  

This is a rough sketch. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Día de los Muertos: Remember Me at the Ontario Museum of History & Art Day of the Dead Framed Paintings + October Sketches



Here are my paintings framed and ready for the Día de los Muertos: Remember Me exhibit at the Ontario Museum of History & Art.  

Día de los Muertos: Remember Me at the Ontario Museum of History & Art
Thursday, October 11, 2018 to Saturday, November 10, 2018

"Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) emphasizes remembrance of past lives and a celebration of the continuity of life. It is a tradition with roots to Mexico's oldest civilizations. Explore Día de los Muertos through the artwork of local artists at our annual exhibit showcasing contemporary work in painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, ofrendas (altars), and the participants from the city-wide ornament contest! Admission is Free. For more information, call (909) 395-2510."

The opening reception is Saturday October 13th from 1 pm to 3 pm, Alex Ledante and I both have art in this show, but I don't think we're going to be able to make it to the reception.  We will be attending on a different day and I'll try to get photographs to share of the exhibit.

These are:
Return to Me (Vuelve a Mi)  11"x14" Acrylic Painting, Approximately 17"x20" Framed
Guiding Light (Luz de Guía)  7"x5" Acrylic Painting, Approximately 12"x10" Framed
If you're interested in the art, please contact me regarding price and availability.  They will be on display until November 10th and available after November 20th.

Location: 225 S Euclid Ave 
Ontario, CA 91762
Phone: (909) 395-2510
Hours: Noon to 4 pm Thursday through Sunday


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

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October 3-5


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  Her hair is being tussled by the wind...  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 October. This is from day 3. 

This is a rough sketch.  You may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like.


Here is a sketch of weeping cherry blossoms.  Sakura flowers are a favorite of mine...  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 September.  This is from day 4.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a delicate 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 September. This is day 5. 

This is a rough sketch. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Original Big Eye Halloween Fairy Goddess Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! September 26 to October 2 Sketches...



"Hallofaerie" Original 11"x14" Acrylic Painting on a Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Hallofaerie," an original fantasy painting.  This big eye fairy has big brown eyes, her wings are extended behind her, and is inspired by my love of the fae and Halloween.  She also had a goddess look and a pumpkin jack o lantern.  The art has a soft lowbrow surreal feel... 


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 Halloween and Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead; you may see them here.

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

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday
http://www.create-with-joy.com/

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September 26-October 2 Sketches


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems to be in deep contemplation of something above us.  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 September. This is from day 26. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of hydrangea blossoms.  These flowers have a delicate complexity...  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 September.  This is from day 27.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a kind quality...  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 September. This is from day 28. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a hibiscus.  These flowers have a joyful quality...  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 September.  This is from day 29.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a strength to her...  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 September.  This is from day 30.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a hopefullness in her gaze...  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 October. This is from day 1. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a zinnia flower.  It has such sweetness...  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 October.  This is day 2.  

This is a rough sketch.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Original Purple Clematis Flower Painting! Art Prints & ACEO Prints! September Sketches...



"Clematis" Original 7"x5" Painting on Panel Here

This week my featured painting is "Clematis."  This purple flower was inspired by a photo by Shawn Parker Photography.   The art has a realist impressionist feel.  The original floral painting has some texture in the background and 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 includes some of my maidens with big blue eyes, you may see them here.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

Edit 9/28: I've ran out of time to do a separate post for PPF today, so I am sharing this completed painting.
I may not be able to do a separate post on Friday as that is the drop off day for the Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead paintings that I have been working on, so I may link to this post for Paint Party Friday.  To see more participants, please visit:

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September 22-25 Sketches


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a gaze 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 September. This is from day 22. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of an anthurium flower.  They have a bold allure...  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 September.  This is from day 23.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She dreams sweetly...  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 September. This is from day 24. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of two tulips.  These flowers are nestled together...  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 September.  This is day 25.  

This is a rough sketch. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Big Eye Art Original Painting Work in Progress WIP + Sketches of Big Eye Angels Fairies Maidens & Flowers / September 15-21 / Art Sketch Daily...



In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead maiden I've been working primarily on her face.  Her eyes and makeup are in place, but the highlights will come later as will her eyelashes.  I've done the underpainting of her hair and the underpainting for the marigolds was finished before; but when complete, her hair will be dark and the marigolds orange.  I'm still a ways from being done, but I feel that I will meet my deadline.  Usually I work on more than one painting at a time, but I presently feel that I must devote myself to this one until it is complete.

This lovely maiden is on an 11"x14" panel in acrylics.  


This is a work in progress, but I also usually post at least one finished piece on Tuesdays if you'd like to come to visit!  My schedule is a bit off currently though due to this deadline so I'm not sure when next I'll be here but you also may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like. 

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

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September 15-21 Sketches


Here is a sketch of two daisies.  One daisy is charming, I felt two would be even more so...  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 September.  This is from day 15.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a bit of a languid expression...  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 September. This is from day 16. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of mullein flowers.  I don't think I've sketched this flower before...  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 September.  This is from day 17.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems very focused...  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 September. This is from day 18. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a calla lily.  These flowers have such lovely 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 September.  This is from day 19.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a sweet expression...  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 September.  This is from day 20.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a marigold flower.  I definitely have marigolds on the mind right now...  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 September.  This is day 21.  

This is a rough sketch. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Big Eye Art Original Painting Work in Progress WIP + Sketches of Big Eye Angels Fairies Maidens & Flowers / September 1-14 / Art Sketch Daily...

Edit 9/18:  I'm still working on this painting with an upcoming deadline, if my progress goes well enough, I'll post an update again on Friday.  If not I'll need to continue working and wait to post again until I feel closer to completion...


In this original acrylic work in progress WIP painting of a Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead maiden I've completed the background and the underpainting of the marigold flowers.  I'm still working on her underpainting for her face and her hair needs to be blocked in as well.  When complete, her hair will be dark, the marigolds orange, and her face will have makeup as well.  I'm a long ways from being done though and the deadline for this is coming up, so it will be my focus for a while...

This lovely maiden is on an 11"x14" panel in acrylics.  


This is a work in progress, but I also usually post at least one finished piece on Tuesdays if you'd like to come to visit!  My schedule is a bit off currently though due to this deadline so I'm not sure when next I'll be here but you also may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like.

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

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September 1-14 Sketches


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seem quite wise.  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 September. This is from day 1. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a calla lily.  Calla lilies have such grace...  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 September.  This is from day 2.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She looks like she would like to be of help...  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 September. This is from day 3. 

This is a rough sketch


Here is a sketch of a rose and rosebud.  I love roses very much...  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 September.  This is from day 4.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  Her hair is damp from the ocean...  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 September. This is from day 5. 

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of fuchsia flowers.  They have a sweet delicacy...  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 September.  This is from day 6.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  With her winswept hair, she has a powerful feel.  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 September. This is from day 7. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a passion flower.  They have such beautiful details...  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 September.  This is from day 8.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She seems a bit intense...  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 September.  This is from day 9.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a bloodroot flower.  They are a favorite of mine...  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 September.  This is from day 10.  

This is a rough sketch.


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She has a caring expression...  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 September. This is from day 11. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She is perhaps a little wistful...  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 September. This is from day 7. 

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a bloodroot flower.  There is an elegance to these flowers...  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 September.  This is from day 13.  

This is a rough sketch. 


Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden.  She looks a bit cautious...  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 September. This is from day 14. 

This is a rough sketch. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Original Big Eye Gothic Snow White Fairytale Painting + Art Prints & ACEO Prints! Jasmine Becket-Griffith Exhibit at the Corey Helford Gallery II...



"Sneewittchen" Original 8"x10" Painting on Canvas Here

This week my featured painting is "Sneewittchen."  She is inspired by the Grimms' fairy tale Snow White.  "Sneewittchen" translates to Snow White from German as written back when it was published.  Her dark hair is adorned with water lilies, her skin is ever so pale, and her lips a brilliant red.  The art has a lowbrow surreal feel.  The original big eye gothic fairytale 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 includes some of my maidens with big blue eyes, you may see them here.

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

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

Edit:  I'm not going to have a chance this week to do a separate post for Paint Party Friday, but this is my most recently completed fantasy painting.  To see more participants, please visit:

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Jasmine Becket-Griffith Magical Thinking Exhibit Part II

Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Magical Thinking Part II (CLOSED Show)
Corey Helford Gallery
Most of the pieces are sold, but please send inquiries for available work to sherri@coreyhelfordgallery.com.

Magical Thinking is Jasmine Becket-Griffith's solo show at the Corey Helford Gallery.  She is one of my favorite artists.  Her surrealist big eyed beauties are a source of inspiration to me.  I feel very fortunate when I get to see some of her works in person.  She did a number of small studies, some of which correspond to larger pieces, that I found very compelling.   These are some of the pieces that had floral components.  Her flowers are every bit as beautiful as her big eye maidens.

This is Part II of IV of the photos that I'm sharing from this show.  I'll link them together here as I go.  Part I is here.

Here are some links for Jasmine Becket-Griffith

MINI STUDY OF A MERMAID WITH ROSES by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

MERMAID WITH ROSES by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Framed in 61" x 28" tall Rococo style "Trumeau" frame with dressing mirror

MERMAID WITH ROSES Close Up by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Framed in 61" x 28" tall Rococo style "Trumeau" frame with dressing mirror

MINI STUDY OF A BOUQUET by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS IV: TULIPS by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

MINI STUDY OF BLACK ROSES by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS VI: BLACK ROSES by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS VI: BLACK ROSES Close Up  by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

NAUTILUS BOUQUET by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS V: TIGER LILY by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS V: TIGER LILY Close Up by Jasmine Becket-Griffith


Whilst I have continued to sketch daily, I spent my time getting this ready and haven't had a chance to prep my sketches yet.  I'll try to get caught up on posting my daily sketches on the next time that I post.