Friday, August 31, 2012

Completed Wonder Woman Painting to Donate

I finished my Wonder Woman painting!  It is titled "Strength and Beauty" and is an 8"x10" acrylic painting on canvas panel.  There's an in progress shot of her a few posts down.  This is my first Super Hero, but I knew I had to make the attempt when I saw what the cause was.  All proceeds from the show will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Association to fund treatment and research.

The show information is:
Public Event · By Jim Lujan, Annie Ortega and Leann Lujan

Saturday, September 8, 2012
5:00pm until 10:00pm
EVE Gallery 280 W. Second St., CA 91766 (909) 638-1058
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month...these kids are the TRUE HEROES!

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Adorable Napping Hedgehog...

I meant to post some print auctions today, but time flew away from me. Now I'm considering a new possible project, so auctions will wait... I saw this cutey on a friend's page though and thought I would share:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Shinto Lantern

I love to visit the Japanese section of Descanso Gardens.  I have on more than one occasion photographed stone shinto lanterns, but it was only today that I learned what they are called...

Monday, August 27, 2012

Lessons of the Cherry Blossom: Japanese Woodblock Prints I at the Norton Simon

I went to the Norton Simon Art Museum in Pasadena, CA a while ago and they had an exhibit of some Japanese woodblock ukiyo-e prints.  It's a small exhibit, but very good.  It will run until September 3rd.  It is in celebration of the 100th anniversary gift of 3,000 cherry trees by Tokyo, Japan to Washington, D.C..  The cherry blossom (sakura) has been an important symbol in Japan, it blooms for a week, a brief and transitory beauty.

This is one of the walls of the exhibit.  I will try to post different walls on different weeks.  This wall is dedicated to the seasons.  Artists would show the seasons by showing trees, herbs, and flowers that would be prevalent at different times of years.  For example, cherry blossoms were a symbol for spring and red maple leaves were a predicator of autumn.

Utagawa Hiroshige I "Koganei, Musashi Province" from the Thirty-six Views of Fuji series

In "Koganei" while the cherry blossom is not the main subject, it is a strong component of the composition.  The summit of Mount Fuji is framed through a blooming ancient cherry tree.

Utagawa Hiroshige I "Inside Kameido Tenjin Shrine" from the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo series 

The "Kameido Tenjin Shrine" piece shows wisteria blooming near a drum bridge at the Tenjin Shrine.  Wisteria blooms at the start of summer in Japan.  The bridge shape and colors had an allure for a number of European Impressionist artists amongst whom was Claude Monet who had a similar bridge built at his home in Giverny.

Utagawa Hiroshige I "Yuhigaoka Hill at Meguro, Edo" from the Thirty-six Views of Fuji series

In "Yuhigaoka Hill" the autumnal maple leaves are in full view, a mix of red and brown leaves indicate late autumn as they fall into the stream.  In Japan, viewing maple leaves in the fall is akin to viewing cherry blossoms in the spring. 

Kawase Hasui "Zōjō Temple, Shiba"

"Zōjō Temple" has a tree laden with snow as a symbol of winter.  It was not considered creative enough by the artist's peers, but it was quite a success with the public.  I think it is quite beautiful.

This concludes the wall dedicated to the seasons in the exhibit.  Sorry about my reflections in the photos, they were under glass!

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Additionally, I have been working on my painting to donate.  Here is a work in progress view of my Wonder Woman piece:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Early Stages Wonder Woman Painting...

This isn't my usual subject matter, but I'm painting it to donate to a show to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation for their research to find a cure.  The theme is True Heroes and the subject matter is Super Heroes.  I've never painted a Super Hero before, but I'm giving it a try with Wonder Woman.

Lately I seem to be posting very early progress shots and then jumping to the final piece...  I think that when I'm working on a deadline and get into it, I tend to forget to take additional shots.  If I remember to, I may post another in progress shot on this one.

I know quite a few artists who don't use line art, but for me, line art is essential.  I sometimes deviate somewhat from the path as I go, but I need the foundation of line art, and my early stages progress shots show the bones of the piece.

I did finish the painting I was working on last Friday on time for NFAC, she's on eBay here if you'd like to take a look at my finished piece.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Abstract Heart and an Assortment of Listings...

My featured print auction for the week is on eBay here.  I think this is the first time I've listed one of my abstract prints on eBay.  I painted and sold the original "Flying Heart" a while back, but when I was looking through my files, it caught my attention.  I haven't been painting many abstracts lately, but I do enjoy them.  This one is an abstract expressionist flying heart and I think it has a feeling of love and hope.

This week I also have up prints of "Apple of My Eye" my Pomona Goddess, "Snowy Bunny" a white winter rabbit, "Drowning" my self portrait, and "More Than One Way to Fly" a fairy and her fox squirrel companion who are temporarily delayed on their hot air balloon flight.  They're all here starting today and ending next Thursday.  I also have an original fairy painting up that will end on Monday here, it's a no reserve auction!

Except for images that I have yet to upload (which is a project that I think I'm avoiding currently), my art is also available on my website at, however I like to sometimes offer some images on eBay at a lower promotional rate for the duration of the auctions!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Incarcerated Kitty

This is my friend's cat RJ, he is trapped!  Okay he's not actually trapped, he loves to nap there.  It's one of his favorite spots...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Remedios Varo from In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists at LACMA & My Nibblefest

 Remedios Varo, Recuerdo de la Walkyria (Memory of the Valkyrie)

I went to the LACMA show In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States.  Today I am sharing some images of art that moved me by Remedios Varo.  This is part one of two posts I will make with images by this artist.

 Remedios Varo, Papilla estelar (Celestial Pablum)

Remedios was born in Spain, but fled to Paris during the Spanish Civil War.  She moved to Mexico due to the Nazi occupation of France.  Mexico is were she spent the remainder of her life.

Remedios Varo, Gato hombre (Cat Man)

She generally worked in oils on masonite panels that she prepared herself.  I hadn't seen the artwork of this surrealist artist before this exhibit, I found myself very drawn to her works.

I am linking this post with Inspire Me Monday

I did manage to complete my painting for Nibblefest, she is shown below and is on eBay here.

She is titled "Café au Lait" and is a 5"x7" original acrylic painting on canvas.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Another Early Stages Painting Work in Progress...

This painting is still very much in the early stages...  I am hoping to get her done for Nibblefest on Monday the 20th, but we'll see.  The theme is "coffee."  Although I've seen some truly lovely still life paintings with a focus on coffee, I couldn't really find inspiration in it for myself to paint.  So, I hemmed and I hawed, and hemmed some more...  And thought of a beautiful fairy girl with skin the color of coffee...

And decided to give it a go.  I'm not sure if I'll finish on time or not, but I will make the attempt...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Deep Red Rose In Close and Other Listings...

I'm a bit sentimental about some of my paintings, so much so that some of the originals never come up for sale.  My deep red rose painting "Corazon" is one of those paintings.  This week I have two versions of "Corazon" up for sale as prints, one is the in close view here and the other is the full version here.  The colors are quite different in the two, it is the difference between my scanner and my camera, but I think they both work.

This week is the print debut of "Azure Haired Beauty" a blue gothic fairy, based on my original that I painted for Nibblefest.  Prints additionally listed this week are "Turning" a gray horse amidst some yellow flowers and "Soft Light" an Asian gothic mermaid fairy basking in the light.  They're all here starting today and ending next Tuesday.

Except for images that I have yet to upload (which is getting to be quite a project that I really do mean to undertake soon), my art is also available on my website at, however I like to sometimes offer some images on eBay at a lower promotional rate for the duration of the auctions!

Monday, August 13, 2012

The EVE Gallery Art Show: Tribute to the City of Pomona & the Goddess of Pomona

I took some photos at the exhibit, I was even "tricked" into a picture of myself...  It was a lot of fun spending time with some of the fabulous artists who contributed and also great to see some friends I hadn't seen in a long time.

To see a closer image of my artwork and additional information about the show, please visit here.

Lisa Isabella Russo (me!) with Apple of My Eye in the upper left corner

Christopharo with art in the upper left corner & Alex Ledante with sunglasses & art in the lower left corner

Grasiela Rodriguez with her piece directly behind her

Alex Ledante pointing at his artwork

Noah visiting with us at the exhibit

The soon to be newlyweds Craig and Amy visiting with us at the exhibit

Grasiela RodriguezAlex Ledante, and Christopharo inspired me to be a part of this show.  

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Friday, August 10, 2012

A Painting of the Goddess Pomona & Show Info

Titled "Apple of My Eye," this original acrylic painting of the goddess Pomona measures 11"x14".  It is on display at the Eve Gallery in Pomona from August 11th to August 25th.  I will be attending the opening reception on this Saturday the 11th.  

Artists Grasiela RodriguezAlex Ledante, and Christopharo will also be there, amongst others, with art up for display at this group show.  

The gallery information is:
"POMONA" An Art Show/Tribute to the City of Pomona & the Goddess of Pomona
the EVE Gallery
280 W. Second St., Pomona, CA 91766 (909) 638-1058
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11th 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, August 25, 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Gallery doors will open at 3:00 pm for both dates.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: My Cousin's Wedding...

Sam and Stephanie actually were married a while ago, but it wasn't until recently that I went through my images from the wedding.  The bride and groom look quite dapper and so sweet together.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A purple rose, some listings, and an in progress shot...

I sold the original of "Soft Dreams" quite some time ago, but this purple rose remains one of my favorite images that I have done.  I haven't added it to my website yet, but I do have it up at eBay here.  

Prints additionally listed this week are "Lace Wings" a gothic Latina fairy, "Standing Tall" a purple bearded iris in both square and 5"x7" format, and "CA Coast" an oceanscape of Point Dume in Zuma Beach.  I'm in a bit of a purple mood this week, so they all have some amount of purple in them, even the oceanscape...  They're all here starting today and ending next Tuesday.

Except for images that I have yet to upload (which is getting to be quite a project that I should undertake soon), my art is also available on my website at, however I like to sometimes offer some images on eBay at a lower promotional rate for the duration of the auctions!

Last week, I wasn't online much because I was painting on a deadline for an art show at Eve Gallery in Pomona.  The theme of the show is the goddess Pomona, a Roman goddess of orchards.  Usually I also mention the Greek name of the goddess, but in this case, there is none.  I did in fact finish on time to submit to the show, but today I am sharing one of my work in progress shots...  If I have the opportunity, I will share another WIP on Thursday and the finished piece on Friday.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Edgar Degas: Bodies in Motion at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena Part II

On July 6th, I attended a talk at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena on movement in the work of Edgar Degas.  After the talk, I took photographs of the pieces highlighted in the talk and I am sharing them here.  This is part two of two posts that I will make on the topic.  To read part one, visit here.

Edgar Degas, The Star: Dancer on Pointe

In The Star: Dancer on Pointe, Degas captured a pose of a dancer that could not be held for any length of time.  It was truly a moment in passing.  To create this piece, Degas used pencil studies and the model Melina Darde.  He also did something which I think is quite unusual, he added paper to the piece to extend the composition.  This is something that he did in more than one of the pieces at the Norton Simon.  For works on paper, I think this is an interesting technique.  At the time of its debut, this piece was considered quite scandalous due to the fact that one may see up her skirt!

Edgar Degas, Women Ironing

Degas portrayed the experiences of women who worked as laundresses with a deft accuracy that captured a feeling of moments in their lives, they were a large portion of his body of work.  He made three different versions of the painting "Women Ironing."  In it you see the movement of one woman using the full force of her body to do the physically challenging work.  The other woman is holding a wine bottle and in mid yawn, for a moment not involved the labor of the moment.

Edgar Degas, Actress in her Dressing Room

Although Degas painted many images of dancers, he rarely painted actresses.  Actress in her dressing room is a rare glimpse into the thespian world from him.  Instead of focusing on her face, the view is from the back, with a soft focus of her face in the mirror's reflection.  To the left almost hidden by the volumnuous folds of her gown is the actresses attendant.

 Edgar Degas, Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot & Dancer Holding Her Foot in Her Right Hand

In this series of sculptures, Degas captured moments of dancers holding their feet.  A difficult pose indeed to hold!  In written correspondance, a model shared her difficulties with the pose.  In spite of this, there is a certain grace and power to the poses.

Edgar Degas, alternate view of Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot & Dancer Holding Her Foot in Her Right Hand

In one of my photographs, I think you may see how he applied the wax, in some sections dabbed on, in others more smooth.

Edgar Degas, The Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen

For as long as I can remember, I have admired his sculpture, The Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen.  She is the only one of his sculptures to be exhibited in his lifetime.  Imagine my surpise to learn that reaction to her in her time was in no way favorable!  The woman giving the talk said it caused "riots."  I imagine it was more metaphorical than actual, but still, I was shocked.  When she was displayed for the first time, she had a wig of long black hair, apparently the dancer was quite proud of her hair.  She also had a sewn white top and skirt.  She was considered to be too realistic in look and her ballet form poor.  They even went so far as to call her a rat from the sewers!  While members of the critical art community at that time were not impressed, she still remains to me a source of inspiration.  This little dancer, caught in a moment in time.  I have an alternate post of various views of The Little Dancer here.

Degas worked from memory, photographs and live models and said "Drawing is a way of thinking, modelling another."  

This concludes part two of my two part series inspired by the talk I attended, I hope you enjoyed it!

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