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


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.